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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

24th July 2016

This Sunday:  
Genesis 18:20-32 : Psalm 138 : Col. 2:12-14 : Luke 11:11-13
Next Sunday:   Eccles 1:2,2:21-23 : Psalm 90 : Col 3:1-5,9-11 : Luke 12:13-21

This week in the parish....

Mon 25 7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 26 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group
Wed 27 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.00pm Discipleship School, Hall
Thurs 28 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

Jesus says to us what he said to his disciples: “Ask, and you will receive;
seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”
In this way he is urging us to pray to God with child-like trust
and confidence for all our needs.

Words of Mercy, Words of Hope  

“Is there any father among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give your child a snake ... or for an egg will give a scorpion? ... How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:11-13).
Many times over the years have I found reassurance in these words, both for myself and for others for whom I hope they offer comfort.
For some of us raised in a previous era there is often still a sense of God as essentially the one who will judge us, and perhaps despite the good we might do, may very well take more account of our wrongdoing.
Jesus’ words in today’s gospel draw on the experience of parents and hopefully help lay to rest in us that image of God which engenders fear and apprehension. Parents know how much they are moved with love by their children when their children seek their help. They may not always be able to give their children what they want, but they recognise their need and seek to do only the best they can for them. How reassuring it is to hear Jesus using this very human awareness to teach us that, if we mere mortals can respond in this way, how much more will God respond to us when we call. This includes those times when our need is to be accepted by God even in our sinfulness, when we may be least confident of God’s listening ear.
Pope Francis’ decision to call 2016 a Year of Mercy continues to reverberate in people’s lives whenever people experience a forgiving word, a gesture of acceptance, a smile of friendship, a refusal to judge or condemn. In all such situations we are receiving that lovingkindness which is of God, and there are few who are more privileged and more well-placed to be sacraments of God’s mercy and love than parents.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Today is Caring Sunday:

    There will be a second collection to support the Catholic Caring Foundation and the assistance it provides to the poor and most vulnerable in the Auckland area.
    Please give generously to this appeal.
    Note: If you don’t have spare cash on you today and wish to contribute, or if you are on the planned giving system and would like a receipt for your donation, please take a Caring Sunday appeal envelope from the table in the foyer, complete your details and place this in the usual Sunday collection next week.

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast Churches ...
Meet in our St John’s hall on Monday 1 August at 7pm.
We invite all the men to attend and to welcome other members of the HBC community to our parish.

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on sale in the foyer for $4.

Pope Francis

Let us ask ourselves: is our faith fertile? Does it produce good works? Or is it rather sterile, and so more dead than alive? Do I make neighbours, or do I just pass by? The Lord, he said, will remind us of the situations in which we saw Him in those around us and either helped, or did nothing.

Pope Francis asked these questions in his  homily on Sunday 10th July, adding that we should answer them often, since in the end “we will be judged on the works of mercy.”

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community and for the recently deceased, including Fr Ivan Lunjevich.
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Thinking of Becoming Catholic?
A series of Enquiry Evenings for people interested in becoming Catholic begins on Tuesday 16 August, 7.30pm in St John’s meeting room, Orewa, continuing on Tuesday evenings.
Interested folk who are not Catholic are most welcome to contact Fr Pat or the parish office by phone (09 426 5599) or email ( or for more information, or to express interest.
Parishioners are encouraged to let family or friends know about these evenings.

Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship...
Invites all men to a meeting on Wednesday 27 July, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Joseph’s Centre, Takapuna. Fr Tony Delsink will speak on ‘The Vocation of Marriage’.
Call Basil (09) 443 5755.

Thank you
For continuing to donate your aluminium tabs off your beer & cold drink tins and lids of wine bottles for the ‘Kan Tabs for Kidney Kids Project’.
This is a wonderful way to help children with kidney disorders.

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

  1. MUFFIN MEETING Human Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi PAULA PIRIHI Wednesday 27 July 10am-12pm. $15 incl. morning tea.

Booking essential, for more details see

Many thanks indeed ....
To all the people who donated goods to the refugee appeal. These were delivered to the Red Cross Warehouse in New Lynn this week.
They were surprised and delighted to get so much - two large vehicles packed full to the brim! There were many generous people who had bought new pillows, blankets and household items as well as those who donated good quality second hand goods.
Pope Francis in his message for the world day of Migrants and Refugees this year said "Welcoming others means welcoming God in person." and this action from our Parish has shown we are serious about offering welcome and kindness to those who have recently arrived in our country.

National Vocations Awareness Week, August 7-14.
An invitation to a Friday night vigil Mass and Adoration on 5 August hosted by Duc in Altum (Into the Deep) to pray for more vocations to the priestly, religious, consecrated and single life. 
Supper in the hall to conclude the evening. ALL welcome!
Sacred Heart Church, 16 Vermont Street, Ponsonby .  

Parish Ladies Coffee Group
Meet for a cuppa and social time in the hall on Tuesday 26 July at 10.00am.
All ladies welcome.
Enq. Marie Carswell, 426 3054.

Indoor Bowling Club meets every Wednesday...
At 1pm in the parish hall for a friendly game of bowls.
All welcome.

New Parishioners:
Please complete a parish roll form (on the table in the foyer).

Headlines from the latest
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  • What do young people see as blocks? [Part 1]
  • WYD in Krakow - July 26 to Aug 1st
  • Moment of truth for UK & Europe
  • Archaeology find means we may have to rethink the word 'philistine'
  • Sr Corita's pop art on show in capital
  • Vatican says don't forget the seafaring folk

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

‘Year of Mercy’:

All Parishioners are invited to come and join us as we gather for 2 evenings to learn more about different aspects of God's Mercy.
Sr Sian and Carlo David from Pompallier Centre will be our speakers on Thursdays 4 & 11 August in the Parish Hall, starting 7.30 pm.
Topics will be: Mercy in Scripture and Mercy in our World.
We will be delighted to welcome as many people to these talks as we did to the recent "Thank you" celebration.
Please register by calling Helen on 424 7245 or 0212626492 or email: Look forward to seeing you there.
Blessings, Faith Formation team.

Happy 100th Birthday
To Maureen Channon (25 July).

Dove Retreat 29 - 31 July:
All women are invited to a retreat weekend with guest speakers Phil and Jennie Ryall from Australia. 
Jennie, a trained counsellor and spiritual companion for many women, carries a strong heart for people to find breakthrough into the freedom of God's goodness. 
Phil and Jennie are leaders for the Disciples of Jesus Community in Australia.
Theme: Never Thirst Again. 
To be held at  Willow Park Christian Camp, Eastern Beach, Auckland.
For registration and further info visit or phone Shona, or phone (07) 543 0101.

Confirmation certificates and photos:
Parents may collect these from the parish office.

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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