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2nd Sunday of Advent

4th December 2016

This Sunday:  
Isaiah 11:1-10 : Psalm 72 : Romans 15:4-9 : Matthew 3:1-12
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 35:1-6,10 : Psalm 146 : James 5:7-10 : Matthew 11:2-11

This week in the parish....

Mon 5 7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 6 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group
  7.00pm Liturgy Meeting, St John’s
Wed 7 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 8 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

Today we hear again the lonely voice of John the Baptist urging us to prepare a way for the Lord.
As we gather to listen to God’s Word,
let us create a space in our minds and hearts so that the Lord can come to us in this Eucharist.

“As We Wait in Joyful Hope...”
Some Notes on the Season of Advent

In the course of the year, the Church unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from his incarnation and birth to his Ascension, Pentecost and the expectation of his Second Coming. Advent links the end of this cycle back with the beginning. Advent prepares for Christmas, when Christ’s first coming is remembered, and it is also the “season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period for devout and joyful expectation.”
The Christian community lives in an “interim” time between two historical events: the coming of Christ in the flesh and his coming in glory at the end of time. The Church is called to be strong in faith “as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.”
The use of the colour violet in Advent suggests a state of unfulfilled readiness. It serves to set off the joyful white of Christmas with greater dramatic effect.
The focus of the liturgy on the Sundays of Advent each year is clearly identifiable: on the first Sunday, the return of the Lord; on the second, John the Baptist’s call to conversion; on the third, the relationship of John to Jesus; and on the fourth, Mary and the events immediately preceding Christ’s birth.
As a period of expectation and preparation, Advent is closely related to, yet distinct from, the feast of Christmas for which it prepares. For this reason, the Church’s Advent liturgies do not include prayers, music or symbols which are special to Christmas, even though our wider society anticipates Christmas in these ways. In the Eucharist and in the sacrament of Reconciliation, we focus on the distinctive Advent qualities of watchfulness and prayer as we prepare for the joyful wonder of Christmas.

- based on pastoral notes on the Missal, 1993

Christmas Masses:
We still need 3 Ministers of Communion and a collector for the 10.15am Mass and an additional collector for the 5.30pm Mass. Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you are available.

To be collected from the foyer:
Morning tea rosters - St John’s
5.30pm Ministers’ rosters
10.15am Ministers’ rosters

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Pope Francis

We have celebrated an intense Jubilee Year in which we have received the grace of mercy in abundance. Like a gusting but wholesome wind, the Lord’s goodness and mercy have swept through the entire world. Because each of us has experienced at length this loving gaze of God, we cannot remain unaffected, for it changes our lives. (#4)
Now, at the conclusion of this Jubilee, it is time to look to the future and to understand how best to continue, with joy, fidelity and enthusiasm, experiencing the richness of God’s mercy. Our communities can remain alive and active in the work of the new evangelization in the measure that the “pastoral conversion” to which we are called will be shaped daily by the renewing force of mercy. (#5)        

Pope Francis Misericordia et Misera

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community.
We pray for the recently deceased including Beverley Malcolm and Sheila Wilson and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time, including Alex McGinley and Ngaire Clark.

Health and Safety:
A requirement of our ‘Parish Health and Safety Procedures’ is to establish a list of people who are trained to assist in the event of an accident or emergency that may occur on parish premises. If you are a doctor, nurse, certified first aider or have other emergency evacuation procedure training, please add your name and contact details to the list in the foyer.

Catholic Young Professionals ....
Are privileged to welcome Paul Ninnes, Managing Director of Real Talk Int., an organisation that speaks to over 20,000 people every year about love, sex and relationships. Paul has a passion for seeing people fulfil their potential and uses his powerful life story to deliver a life-changing message!  Join us at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD, on Wednesday 7 Dec at 6.30pm. Drinks and nibbles provided.
For further information email;

Care & Share Christmas Hampers:
If you know of any families that may need additional support during the Christmas period, please let us know so that we can take steps to provide assistance. Contact Ken, 427-9106.

Bishop’s Bake Christmas Cakes:
There are a variety of sizes, iced or decorated with glace fruit and nuts, plus a gourmet gift set. Support the Catholic Caring Foundation and order at

Bishop’s Bake Christmas Cakes:
There are a variety of sizes, iced or decorated with glace fruit and nuts, plus a gourmet gift set.
Support the Catholic Caring Foundation and order at

Eucharistic Adoration ....
Will end on Thursday 15 December and recommence on Monday 31 January. God bless the team who have kept this prayerful ministry alive!

Marian Mothers’ Group:

Meets on Monday 5 December, 7.30pm at 4 Hiwi Crescent, Stanmore Bay. All women are welcome to come and listen to a talk prepared by the Marist Centre.
Please bring your rosary beads. For more information phone Therese, 424 0732.

Thank you ...
For continuing to donate the 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.

After 42 years of dedicated service to Catholic education...
The Principal of St Mary's Ellerslie is retiring at the end of this year. Cheryl Cowan has also worked at Sacred Heart, Vermont Str, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Howick and St Mark's Pakuranga. Cheryl has spent the last 30 years at St Mary's, 26 of which were as Principal.
We acknowledge her loyal, caring and dedicated service and wish her much love and peace in her retirement.

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  • Tamaki misses mark with remarks.
  • Priest wings into Kaikoura quake zone.
  • The Catholic high school as parish mission.
  • Top Scholars 2016
  • Catholic submissions at End of Life hearing
  • Visit to the largest container ship to visit NZ

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

Singers are invited ....
To join the music group at the Christmas midnight Mass.
Contact Eileen, 427 5228/021 2804044.

Congratulations to our recently baptised:
Reuben John, Amelia John and Marcello Boric.

Thank you to the parish bowling group ....
For their donation of $500 to parish funds, and to the Order of Secular Franciscans for their donation of $150.

Altar Servers:
We are needing more altar servers at both churches. If you are aged 10yrs + and have been confirmed, please consider volunteering for this ministry. This is a wonderful way for our youth to participate in the Mass. A training session will be held in the new year.
Please contact Chris or Jo Wilson, 427 4925.

Do you have any spare wool you could donate to a group of ladies who knit items for those in need. Please place this in a bag and leave it under the table in the foyer.

Get your Catholic Christmas presents ...
From Never Ending Books, Shop 4, The Village, 1 Moenui Ave, Orewa – Christmas Card packs and singles; children's’ and adults’ bibles; gold & silver crosses and crucifixes with presentation boxes; Advent calendars; God’s Word 2017.

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

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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