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4th Sunday of Advent

21st & 25th December 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
2 Samuel 7: 1-5,8-12,14,16 : Psalm 89 : Romans 16:25-27 : Luke 1:26-38
Next Sunday:   Genesis 15:1-6;21:1-3 : Psalm 103 : Heb 11:8,11-12,17-19 : Luke 2:22-60

This week in the parish....

Wed 24 5.30pm Family Mass, St Johnís
  11.30pm Carol Service, St Johnís
  Midnight Christmas Mass, St Johnís
Thurs 25 8.30am Family Mass, St Francis
  10.15am Christmas Mass, St Johnís
Fri 26 9.30am Mass, St Johnís

Happy Christmas to You All †

As the year ends and the Christmas season begins, may I thank all who has taken part in the life of our parish this year.
Our thanks to Father Ron, to the parish staff, and to all the volunteers who give their time and talents freely on committees and in the various groups who serve the needs of parishioners and the wider community.
Since the October Synod on the Family in Rome the bishops of the world have been sent material to use in consulting people at all levels in the Church in preparation for the follow-up Synod next October on the same subject. We donít yet know how the bishops will use the material but hopefully our parish, like all others, will have a chance to contribute again to the deliberations of Pope Francis and the Churchís bishops.
Given the violence that continues across the globe, and especially in the light of this past weekís horrific events, the slaughter of the innocent children in Pakistan and the hostage victims in Australia, let us renew our commitment to being people of peace, praying constantly for those who suffer, and making every effort to be agents of peace and justice in our own families and among those with whom we live.
Holidays, when people are out of their normal routine, and are spending more time with each other, can increase stress and the potential for conflict. Let us commit ourselves to easing tensions quickly, and when small niggles arise, let them pass, rather than grow into more serious concerns.
May the peace of the Lord Jesus be with you this Christmas; may the light of the Son of Justice shine on you and your families, and may you all enjoy a very happy New Year.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Christmas Mass Times:
Christmas Eve - St Johnís:
5.30pm - Family Mass
11.30pm - Carol Service
Midnight - Christmas Mass

Christmas Day:
8.30am - St Francis, Family Mass
10.15am - St Johnís, Orewa

There will be 9.30am Mass as usual on Boxing Day and on 1 & 2 January.

We pray ...
We pray for the sick in the parish including Jenny Morgan, Eric Verdonk, Sharon Pak, Eugene OíLeary, Walter Nicholls, Ned Erceg and Arthur OíLeary.
We pray for the recently deceased including Margaret Cockle and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Tom Ward.

Parish Annual Picnic:

    As there will be no newsletters during January, please diarise our Parish annual picnic to be held
    on Sunday 1 February 2015, Site 3, Wenderholm Regional Park
    (look out for the yellow balloons) from 3pm onwards.
    Bring picnic blankets, chairs, sports equipment. togs and towels and a picnic dinner and drinks.

Prayer Groups:
The St Johnís prayer group will resume in the hall on Wednesday 21 January and the next prayer meeting at St Francis will be a combined one on Wednesday 4 February.

Link Magazine:
If you havenít received your Christmas edition, please collect it from the foyer.

We need help ...
To prepare for professional cleaning of the carpet in St John's Church in January 2015.†
We need to move the seating from the Church on Thursday 15 January and to put it all back on Saturday 17 January.†
It is heavy work, but should only take about an hour if we get a good turnout.†If you can help, please contact Terry Cochrane on 426 2383.

This Sunday: 2 Samuel 7: 1-5,8-12,14,16 : Psalm 89 : Romans 16:25-27 : Luke 1:26-38
Vigil: Isiah 62:1-5 : Psalm 89 : Acts 13:16-17, 22-25 : Matthew 1:1-25
Midnight: Isaiah 9:1-7 : Psalm 96 : Titus 2: 11-14 : Luke 2:1-14
Day: Isaiah 52:7-10 : Psalm 98 : Hebrews 1:1-6 : John 1:1-18

Sunday 28 Dec: Genesis 15:1-6;21:1-3 : Psalm 103 : Heb 11:8,11-12,17-19 : Luke 2:22-60
Sunday 4 Jan: Isaiah 60:1-6 : Psalm 72 : Eph. 3:2-3,5-6 : Matthew 2:1-12
Sunday 11 Jan: Isaiah 42: 1-4,6-7 : Psalm 29 : Acts 10:34-38 : Mark 1:7-11
Sunday 18 Jan: Samuel 3:3-10, 19 : Psalm 40 : 1 Cor. 6:13-15, 17-20 : John 1:35-42
Sunday 25 Jan: Jonah 3:1-5,10 : Psalm 25 : 1Cor 7:29-31 : Mark 1:14-20
Sunday 1 Feb: Deut. 18:15-20 : Psalm 95 : 1 Cor. 7:32-35 : Mark 1:21-28

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Eucharistic Adoration ....†
Has ended for the year and will recommence on Monday 19 January for the World Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Blessings for Christmas and the New Year from the group.

Meditation Groups:
Meet again as St Johnís on Mon 5 January and Thurs 8 January and at St Francis on Wed 21 January.

Mainly Music ...
Commences on Wednesday 11 February 2015.

The Indoor Bowling group ...

    Start again on Wednesday 28 January.

To Fr Pat and the Parish family of the Hibiscus Coast
I extend my gratitude and love for the cards, messages, and flowers at the recent and tragic death of my youngest sister, Josephine.
My whanau have suffered the loss of three family members over the first three weeks of November and while our loss has been devastating, we have been tremendously supported by an enduring faith and hope in God and by the love and prayers of so many.
Your loving care and concern for me and the whanau is most appreciated and will never be forgotten. Blessings for a Happy & Holy Christmas and a New Year filled with wonder and hope.
Fr Peter Tipene xxx

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

The parish office will be unattended from 24 December ...
Until it reopens on Tues 27 January. Fr Pat and Deacon Murray will be available during this period.
Where possible please hold any administration queries until the office reopens.
There will be no newsletters during the month of January.
If you have any notices to be announced at the weekend Masses, please hand these to the Mass coordinator.
Any notices for the newsletter dated 1 February are to be emailed to the parish office the week prior.

Position Available:
Part-time bookkeeper to prepare the Hibiscus Coast Parish and House accounts.
The time involved is approximately 10 hours per month. There is additional time every 6 months reconciling GST returns etc.
If you are interested please contact the Parish Office, (or if it is closed, contact Douglas Birt at 09 974 3783 or email for an itemised job description.
Then please submit your CV to Fr Pat Brady, by Friday 9 January.

Crib at St Johnís:
We need some helpers to assist with
dismantling the crib
on Sunday afternoon, 4 January.
Please ring Anne, 0211029524 /426 6457 (w).

Sarah & Tessa Manning (20 Dec)
Adriana Bovelander (28 Dec)

Hearts Aflame:
Catholic Summer School for 18-35 age group, from 2-11 January in Marton.
Features an awesome line up of international and local speakers, including the Sisters of Life from New York and the world-renowned author and speaker Father Jacques Philippe.†Registrations close Sunday 14 December.

On Sale:
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Christmas Cards - $5.00( pack of 10 smaller cards)
$7.00 (pack of 10, larger cards)
2015 Daily Mass Calendars - $3.00
NZ Catholic $4.00

Mercy Spirituality Centre:
104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

MOTHERS, SISTERS, DAUGHTERS: Standing on their Shoulders with Edwina Gately (USA & UK) Edwina will share stories and poetry about women from different walks of life around the globe who have made a difference in the world. We will come to know something of the brave women - environmentalists, poets, politicians, social activists, martyrs and unknown women - whose witness and courage will inspire and guide us on our own journeys. Come and hear this vibrant speaker. Saturday, 14 February 2015Early-bird $65 (payment before 1 Jan 2015) Late-comers $80

Booking essential, for more details see†

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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
Jackie Straka 421 0502
Noeline McDonald 426 7521
Margret Conroy 426 8177
Maureen Nancarrow 426 7921
Lana Hilliar 426 0555
Ursula Taylor 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby 427 5850

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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