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1st Sunday of Advent

29th November 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Jer.33:14-16 : Psalm 25 : 1 Thess. 3;12-4:2, Luke 21:25-28,34-36
Next Sunday:   Baruc 5:1-9 : Psalm 126 : Phil. 1:3-6,8-11 : Luke 3:1-6

This week in the parish....

Sun 29 3.00pm First Reconciliations, St John’s
Mon 30 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
Tues 1 7.00pm Liturgy Committee Meeting, St John’s
Wed 2 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Schools of Discipleship DVD, Hall
Thurs 3 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 4 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
Sat 5 9.30am Mass of Anointing, St John’s

Today, as we begin a new liturgical year, the liturgy invites us to come to
the house of God, so that God may teach us His ways and help us to walk in
His light. Today in the readings we are given a ‘wake-up’ as they lead us to reflect
on how much we need God’s guidance and help.

The Anointing of the Sick  

Next Saturday, 5 December, we celebrate the Anointing of the Sick during 9.30am Mass.
Who can be anointed? Before Vatican II (1962-65) the sacrament was called Extreme Unction, or often “the Last Rites”, received when people were dying.

After Vatican II, the Church restored the practice of anointing not just the dying but also the sick, based on the Letter of James: “Are there people sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord”.

Sometimes people think that anyone can be anointed, since we all need healing one way or another. Yes, we all need healing, but we don’t all need anointing. For most of us Eucharist and Reconciliation are the usual sacraments of healing. Anointing is that special sacrament for those who are particularly suffering ill health or frailty. Some people are called to witness to Christ in their suffering more than others, although their suffering may not necessarily be visible to others.

It’s also not just a matter of age. A younger person may be really suffering in some way, and so may come for anointing, while an older person may say to themselves: “I may be in my 80s, but I reckon I’m in pretty good shape for a person of my age. I don’t think I need to be anointed.”

Having said that, age often does bring with it increased frailty or weaker health, in which case anointing is appropriate.

These comments are meant to be a guide, not a set of rules. Ultimately it is up to each person to decide whether to be anointed.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Reminder - Christmas Hamper Appeal:
Many thanks to those parishioners taking part in this appeal. All 50 profile sheets were taken away to be made up into hampers. Please note that all hampers need to be brought into the church foyer at Mass time next week on either of the following dates:
Orewa - Saturday 5 December or Sunday 6 December.
St Francis – Sunday 6 December.
Most important of all, please remember to securely attach the profile sheet to the hamper. All enquiries to Ken, 427-9106.

Link Magazine:
Please collect your Christmas edition from the foyer.

On sale after Mass today:

  • Christmas Cards ($5 per pack of 10)
  • 2016 Columban Calendars ($12 each)
  • 2016 Daily Mass Calendars ($3.00)

All are invited ....
to stay for morning tea after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

Pope Francis
Laudato Si

The failure of global summits on the environment make it plain that our politics are subject to technology and finance. There are too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #54

This week is the beginning of the Paris climate talks.  Please pray that our global leaders truly act for the common good, to preserve the climate for the sake of all, particularly poor environmentally-vulnerable island states and nations, and all future generations.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Alex McGinley, Marcel Biggelaar and Sue Marlow.
We pray for all the deceased including Ngaire Clarke and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Isabel Straka.

Invitation to all parishioners:
You are invited to join us on Wednesday 2 December, 7.30 pm in St John’s Hall.
We will show a DVD promo on a year long DVD programme called “Schools of Discipleship” which Bishop Pat has approved for showing under the auspices of the ACCR. This inspiring programme teaches how to evangelise simply and effectively, to spread the Gospel.
Christmas Carols and Christmas supper to follow.

Dear Fr Pat Brady & the Hibiscus Coast Parish Family,
please accept our sincere thanks for all the cards, flowers, messages, visits and support. Your continued prayers and thoughts for Pat offered him much peace during such a difficult time. Pat’s faith was very important to him. Knowing Pat was thought of so fondly by many touched us deeply as a family, we have lost a truly treasured person. A special thank you to those of you who contributed and attended Pat’s funeral, it was such a lovely service and in keeping with his strong faith.
Maree & the Kellett Family

Calling all singers and musicians!
If you would like to participate in the music at the Christmas Vigil Mass or carol service and midnight Mass at St John’s, please ring Eileen, 427 5228 / 021 2804044. We particularly encourage any youth who play a musical instrument or sing to participate in the Vigil Family Mass.

On the mend:
A big thanks to the parish community for your prayers, cards, and inquiries. Your concerns have greatly attributed to my recovery from surgery. God bless you all. Bob Bovelander.

C.W.L. Christmas Cake Raffle:
Tickets are on sale in the foyer. Please support our Mission work and take the opportunity to win this delicious cake baked by Christina Mannes.

Finance Committee:
The Parish is obliged to comply with some new regulations for Risk Management and we have several deadlines to meet in 2016. Is there anyone with some expertise in this field or anyone that is willing to assist us with this. Please phone either Gabrielle 426 9153 or Anne 424 5488. Thank you

Hibiscus Coast Singers’ Christmas Concerts will be held at St Stephen's Anglican Church, Stanmore Bay on Friday 4 December at 7.30pm and Sunday 6 December at 2pm. The concerts will feature favourites from the choir’s repertoire and Christmas celebrations. Tickets available from Orewa Menswear or 100% Eddie Law (Wgp Plaza). Adults $20 (children free). A collection will be made for Hibiscus Hospice.

Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday3 December at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the theatre. All welcome. Ring Iris, 421 1927.

Sacramental Programme:
Please pray for our parish children who will participate in their first Reconciliation later today at 3pm. Parents and siblings are also invited to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Mainly Music:

    Final meeting for the year will be on Wednesday 16 December.

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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

Home Visits from Father Peter Gray:
As many of you know, Fr Peter Gray, a retired priest of Auckland diocese, is now living in the parish. Fr Peter enjoys visiting parishioners in their homes. If you would like a visit from him, please call him on (09) 428 5376.

Bishop’s Bake Christmas Cakes:
The Bishop’s Bake traditional Christmas cakes and gift packs are now available to buy as Christmas gifts for your friends and family. Support the Foundation by purchasing today. Orders to Aotea Baking or or phone (09) 299 3216. Every order goes in the draw for three beautiful hampers from Aotea Baking.

Congratulations ...
to our newly baptised, Callum Hope, Pippa McMahon and Jocelyn Thompson.

Rite II Reconciliation North Shore Deanery

    Sun 6 Dec - Beach Haven - 5.30pm
    Thurs 10 Dec - Warkworth/Puhoi - 7.00pm
    Fri 11 Dec - Wellsford - 7.00pm
    Mon 14 Dec - Mairangi Bay -7.00pm
    Tues 15 Dec - Glenfield - 7.00pm
    Wed 16 Dec - Takapuna - 7.00pm
    Thurs 17 Dec - Northcote - 7.00pm
    Fri 18 Dec - St John’s Orewa - 7.00pm
    Sun 10 Dec - Devonport - 7.00pm

Diarise!! Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve - St John’s:
5.30pm - Family Mass
11.30pm - Carol Service
Midnight - Christmas Mass

Christmas Day:
8.30am - St Francis
10.15am - St John’s, Orewa

Ministers for the Christmas Masses:
If you are available to be a Minister of Communion, Minister of the Word, Sacristan, Mass Coordinator or Collector at either the 5.30pm, Midnight Mass, 8.30am or 10.15am Christmas Masses please add your name to the list in the foyer.
Altar Servers: If you are available to serve at any of the above Masses please email Chris Wilson, or phone 0274824301.

Ministry to the Sick & Infirm:
Those who are sick or infirm, and who wish to receive Holy Communion in their home or place of residence, please contact our Communion to the Sick coordinator, Deacon Greg Murphy, (09)424 5488 or

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Is anyone sick?
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James 5:14).
Please telephone any of the parishioners listed below.
We would love to pray for your intentions in our daily prayers.

Norma McGrath (Coordinator) 424-8460
Margret Conroy - 426 8177
Jackie Straka - 421 0502
Maureen Nancarrow - 426 7921
Ursula Taylor - 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby - 427 5850
Kerry Johnson - 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor - 424 1414

Let us know if there are any parishioners you know of who are:

  • Sick
  • Need transport to doctors, hospital etc.
  • Lonely or grieving
  • Require emergency food supplements.
Help us to help you!
Please phone:
Contact the parish office at 426 5599
Any donations of non-perishable food items for the Care and Share foodbank will be welcomed.

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