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6th Sunday of Easter

21st May 2017

This Sunday:  
Acts 8:5-8,14-17 : Psalm 66 : 1 Peter 3:15-18 : John 14:15-21
Next Sunday:   Acts 1:1-11 : Psalm 47 : Eph. 1:17-23 : Matt 28:16-20

This week in the parish....

Sun 21 3.00pm Secular Franciscans’ Meeting, Hall
Mon 22 7.30pmMeditation, St John’s
Tues 23 10.00am Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, 8 Palmgreen Crt, Wgp
Wed 24 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Wgp
  7.15pm Discipleship School, Hall
Thurs 25 10.00am Morning tea for the Adoration Group, Hall
  4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 26 9.00am Rosary prayers, St John’s
Sun 28 9.00am Sacramental programme, Children-only session, St John’s

Jesus promised us an Advocate. He promised us his Spirit.
Are we spirited disciples who advocate for the poor and needy,
the orphaned or the neglected, even in the face of abuse
and persecution?


Ministry is not the vocation of a few but the gift and work of many. Ministry is the baptised life made real.
These days we have, ‘rediscovered’ the absolute importance of baptism in the life of disciples. We talk about the extraordinary dignity of baptism – the wonder of baptism – the marvel of baptism!

Human beings are not baptised into an audience or a club but into a community, into the Body of Christ. Baptism implies discipleship and discipleship implies ministry. These conclusions are inescapable! Christian community is ministerial. Churches comprise groups of disciples who are called to serve the world.

We say this before we start talking about clergy and laity – and we should never talk about an active clergy and a passive laity. We cannot talk of the Church or the churches as a caste system. We cannot talk of baptism as some sort of insurance policy (fire insurance?!).

Baptism is a commission to serve – to minister. Baptism is a continuing call throughout life from the Holy Spirit to serve the kingdom of God.

God bless you all,
Fr John

Pentecost Sunday – 3/4 June:
We need one more volunteer to read a prayer in a foreign language at the 5.30pm Mass on 3 June. The English version of the prayer will be given to you for translation.
Please contact Theresa in thee parish office to volunteer.

Eucharistic Adoration:
We invite all those in the adoration group, and those interested in participating in this prayerful ministry, to a morning tea in the parish hall on Thursday 25 May, after the 9.30am Mass.
Contact Margret, 426 8177.

Learn ...
Learn to encounter others with the right attitude, which is to accept and esteem them as companions along the way.
Learn to find Jesus Christ in the faces of others, in their voices, in their pleas.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Agnes Murphy, Kevin O’Connor, Tony MacDonald, Jo & Cushla Sweetman, George Pearce, Maureen Tollan and Denise Wickens.
We pray for the recently deceased including Irvine Massey, Murray Hustler and John Pegler.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meet for a cuppa and social time in the hall on Tuesday 23 May at 10am. All ladies welcome, especially any new parishioners or visitors.
Tel. Marie Carswell, 426 3054.

Denis Joll ....
Is most grateful for all the prayers that are being offered for him.
In return he is praying for everyone who is praying for hm. Please keep it up!

Rosmini College’s Young Vinnies ....
Are offering help to those who need home visits, work around the house, gardening and lawns, help with cooking, shopping, or help with phones and computers.
Phone Paddy Hallissey at (09) 489 5417 or email him on

To be collected from the foyer:
Sunday morning tea rosters.
Planned giving envelopes.

On Sale:
Purchase a NZ Catholic newspaper and keep up-to-date with the latest Catholic news - on sale in the foyer for $4.00.

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

  1. MUFFIN MEETING The Sacred Icon with MICHAEL PERVAN & Fr PAVLOS PATITSAS Wed 24 May 10am-12pm. $15 incl. morning tea.

  2. DANCE is the Hidden Language of the Soul with MARTA CULLEN Thurs 25 May, 7-9pm. $15.

  3. DREAMWORK 201 Resolving Nightmares with Margaret Bowater Sat 27 May, 9.30am-4pm. $90. Booking essential.

  4. Redeeming the Word… with Dr Mary Betz Wed 31 May, 7-9pm. $15.

Booking essential, for more details see

On Leave ...
Deacon Murray will be on leave from Monday 22 May to Thursday 1 June inclusive.

All invited ...
To stay for morning tea and sausage sizzle after the 10.15am Mass today. From next Sunday onwards there will be no sausage sizzle during the cooler months.
We thank the Morton-Jones and Thompson families for the time they have given over the years to setting up and cooking the sausages.

All Day Retreat ...
On ‘God Speaks in the Silence of Our Hearts’ with Fr Dominique Faure and Dr Cameron Surrey on Sunday 28 May, 9am–4pm.
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.
Early bird - $30 single/$50 couple; At the door - $40 single/$70 couple.
Email to register. Eftpos available.
To be held at the Catholic Discipleship College, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna.

Choral Vigil Mass:
The Ascension of the Lord at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph, Saturday, 27 May at 7.30 pm.
Featuring the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles.
This is also an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the musical tradition of the Catholic Church, music that is now often only heard in concert performances.
Validated parking is available at the Wilsons's car park on Hobson St ($4) or Durham Lane ($2).

Grey Power ...
Meets in the parish hall on Friday 26 May at 1pm.

On the way home from church a little boy asked his mother, “Is it true, mummy, that we are made from dust?”
“Yes, darling, and we go back to dust again when we die. Well, the outside of us does anyway.”
“Then in that case,” the little boy said earnestly, “I think there’s someone under my bed, but I’m not sure whether they’re coming or going.”

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • PM a HIT at De La Salle.
  • Challenge issued for priests to be with people more.
  • Fatima anniversary in Portugal and NZ.
  • New priest for Wellington.
  • Keeping God’s name holy.
  • Pope to meet Trump later in May.

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

The St Patrick’s Cathedral Race Day at Ellerslie is back, on 30 September 2017. So save the date, start organising your table, dust off your fascinator and watch this space for more information.
Pa Peter Tipene, the Dean, has suggested that it would be great if the Hibiscus Coast Parish could arrange at least one, preferably two tables. It is a great day out and a lot of fun.
Indicate your interest by writing your name and contact details on the form in the foyer or contact Deacon Murray. More details as they come to hand.

Congratulations to our newly baptised:
Hadley Jillings, Ari Swann, Nico Swann, Liberty Master and Zeke D’Souza.

Tui Motu Interlslands magazine ...
Is an independent Catholic monthly magazine. It invites its readers to question, challenge and contribute to its discussion of spiritual, social and ecological issues in the light of Gospel values, and in the interests of a more just and peaceful society.
Copies are available after Mass today.

St Francis Church Update:

    The alterations work is progressing reasonably well with some items ahead of schedule and some a little behind. The new concrete entrance floor has been poured and most inside walls have been re-lined and are being stopped and painted.
    Three of the five stained glass windows have been repaired and strengthened on site. The other two are being rebuilt at a specialist glass works in Mt Eden. At this stage we expect the work will be complete around 12 July.
    Within the next week we will set out the proposed new seating plan for review and comment. We will keep you updated as the project progresses.
    Parish Finance Committee

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 John, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr John 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 (James5:14).
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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