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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

30th October 2016

This Sunday:  
Wis 11:22-12:2 : Psalm 145 : 2Thess: 1:11-2:2 : Luke 19:1-10
Next Sunday:   2Macc 7:1-2,9-14 : Psalm 17 : 2 Thess 2:16-3:5 : Luke 27-38

This week in the parish....

Mon 31 7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 1 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group
  7.00pm Liturgy Meeting, St John’s
  7.00pm Risk Management Meeting, Hall
Wed 2 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.30am All Souls Day, Mass at St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.00pm Discipleship School, Hall
Thurs 3 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Sun 6 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St John’s

In the Gospel today we see the Lord’s compassion towards a sinner - the tax-collector, Zacchaeus.
The Lord extends this same compassion to us too, and calls us to repentance.

This Week..

Tuesday 1 November: All Saints Day (Mass: 9.30am, St John’s)
“For every St Francis of Assisi or St Rose of Lima there are thousands of unknown and long forgotten mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, neighbours, co-workers, nurses, teachers, manual labourers and other individuals in various kinds of occupations who lived holy lives that were consistent with the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” (Richard McBrien).
The holiness of so many ‘ordinary people’ is recognised today: people remembered for their selfless love, mercy, peacemaking, hunger for justice and truth, and other God-given virtues. All Saints Day reminds us there’s hope for us all.

Wednesday 2 November: All Souls Day (Mass: 9.30am, St John’s)
On All Souls Day we pray for our deceased family members and friends, and throughout November we continue to remember the “Holy Souls”.
All Saints raises our hopes that our loved ones are with God. All Souls allows us to acknowledge that, for many, purification may be needed before entering God’s eternal presence.
However we remember, and pray, we devote this month to those whom we have loved and who have gone before us “marked with the sign of faith”.

Appropriate Treatment of the Ashes of the Deceased
In recent days there has been publicity about a document Issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome concerning correct ways to treat the ashes of people who have been cremated. There has also been some local Catholic reaction. I’m inclined to let things be until the NZ Bishops give their considered response to the document and provide leadership on the matter for New Zealand Catholics, as is their role.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

November is the month ....
When special prayers are offered for all the deceased.
A basket of remembrance will be kept at the altar at both churches.
Please feel free to write the names of those whom you wish to remember on the prayer intention slip in the foyer and place it in the basket.

All Souls Day - 2 November:

    All parishioners are invited to attend the Mass at St John’s this Wednesday at 9.30am where we will pray for and remember all our deceased loved ones, especially those parishioners who have gone to their rest in the past year.
    A special morning tea will be held after the Mass.

Pope Francis

Let everyone be moved to look into the depths of his or her conscience and listen to that word which says: Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation.        

Pope Francis (9/7/13)

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Trish McGrath, Terry Gooding, Ray Kearney and Tracey Campbell. We pray for the recently deceased including Barbara Howie, Pat Gregory, Trevor Murfitt, Gwen McNeil, Sr Alma Tadman and Elizabeth van Kampen. We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Alan Atfield and Wim de Veer.

Retreat for Gay Men 2016:
At St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Mt Roskill, onSaturday 19 Nov, 9.3am-4.30pm.
This year the retreat will be woven through and around the story of Jacob (especially Genesis 32:24-31) and the healing of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). Fee: $40 (includes lunch).
Register by 11 November - phone (09) 485 1418 (after 6pm).

Seniors’ Christmas Lunch
Friday 18 November, Parish Hall, Noon.
Entertainment provided.
Admission free, limited to 80 people.
To book please add your name to the list in the foyer.

104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

  1. The Value of Journaling – Craft day MARGI MONTAGU-FRYER Saturday 5 November 10 am – 2 pm. $30. BYO lunch.
  2. WEEKEND Christian Meditation RETREAT – Moving into Mysterious Silence CATHRYN WILES-PICKARD rsm Friday 11 November 7pm till Sunday 13 November 3.30pm. Residential (incl. all meals) $250, Non-residential (incl. all meals) $150. Booking essential

Booking essential, for more details see

There will be no morning tea...
After the 10.15am Mass today due to the new parishioners’ lunch taking place in the hall.

10:15am Mass Collectors:
We are looking for people to help with the 10:15 Sunday Mass collections on a rostered basis. 
If you are able to assist with this important ministry, please contact Mel Westcott on 421 0236.

Mission Sunday appeal
Our Parish’s contribution to the Mission Sunday appeal totalled $2,113.00

Car Parking St John’s:
A suggestion made in our newsletter distributed a few weeks ago is causing some confusion.
We believe that reversing into right-angle parking spots is easier BEFORE Mass, rather than AFTER when traffic movement is more intense.
HOWEVER, along the fence-line at the rear of the carpark, cars MUST drive in to avoid unnecessary exhaust fumes permeating those properties.
Hope this now makes it clearer for everyone.
Also, as with everywhere else, it is very discourteous to our more disadvantaged parishioners to park your vehicle in ‘disability parking’ without the necessary sticker displayed.
(Risk Management Team)

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast Churches ....
Meet on Monday 7th November at Northgate Baptist Church (c/o Silverdale Rugby Club) at 7pm. Prayer, praise & worship and a shared meal to conclude.
Contact Graeme, 428 7424.

Concert for Vietnam:

at Manly Methodist Church on Saturday 12 November, 7pm in support of a shelter for girls and their babies, and a boarding school run by Our Lady of the Missions, Vietnam.
See notice board for more details. Suggested koha: $10.

Please stay ...
Please stay for a cuppa after the 8.30am today.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Massey professor says shift Church resources north.
  • Move to shut down Thames pro-life protest.
  • Rediscovering the value of motherhood.
  • Men’s fellowship celebrates 30 years

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

Sacramental Progamme Candidates
The following candidates for the Sacramental Progamme will be presented at the 10.15am Mass today.
Please keep them, their families and the catechists in your prayers:
Ella Aguas
Nathan Craig
Karys Flohr
Anthony Goodall
William Grounsell
Kobie Harwood
Sophia Lopez
Victoria Methven
Hannah O’Neill
Cole Phillips
Luca Phillips
Dhana Rodriguez
Benjamin Thompson
Luke Thompson
Annaluz Yap
Caitlyn Zwart

Sacramental Programme:
The first children’s session for the candidates preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation will be held at St John’s Church at 9am on Sunday 6 November.
Please contact Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045 if you have any queries.

Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 3 November at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the theatre.
All welcome. Ring Jocelyn, 426 0941.

Pope Francis’ Jubilee for Prisoners:
Leaflets on Crime & Reconciliation in the Year of Mercy are available in the foyer. Please take one home and reflect carefully on this issue.
As part of our Diocesan response Bishop Pat invites parishioners to come and meet our Catholic prison chaplains, listen to their stories and support initiatives to prepare prisoners for their release into the community and find employment - 2pm-4pm on Sunday 6 November at St Columba Centre, 20 Vermont St, Ponsonby.

Hibiscus Coast Parish Pastoral Care

The Sacrament of Anointing:
The Catholic Church offers the sacrament of Anointing to its members who are seriously sick or frail, undergoing surgery or approaching death. Please don’t hesitate to request anointing for yourself or a family member at these times. 
Please contact Fr Pat, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2, or
If Fr Pat is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 603 5132.

Hospital Visits and Chaplaincy:
If you or any of your family are a patient at North Shore Hospital or other hospital and wish us to know,
please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465 or 021 994 703. 
If you would like a visit from a hospital chaplain please let the staff know or phone (09) 358 0825 Ext 1019.

Care and Share:
A caring network in the parish catering to the requirements of the sick, lonely and people in need.
Contact Truus Tinsel - 426 9548.

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, 02. 6035132 or

Home Visits:
Fr Peter Gray, a retired priest of Auckland diocese, living in the parish, enjoys visiting parishioners in their homes.
If you would like a visit from him, phone (09) 428 5376.

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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
Maureen Nancarrow; 426 7921
Ursula Taylor; 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
Kerry Johnson; 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
Judy Gooding; 424 1008

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