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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

22nd October 2017

This Sunday:  
Is 45:1,4-6 : Psalm 96 : 1Thess.1:1-5 : Matt 22:15-21
Next Sunday:   Exodus 22:20-26 : Psalm 18 : 1 Thess.1:5-10 : Matt 22:34-40

This week in the parish....

Mon 23 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 24 10.00am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
  7.15pm R.C.I.A., St John’s
Wed 25 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St John’s
Thurs 26 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 27 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis


Over the following weeks I will publish in this space some of the key attitudes and qualities and work of a parish pastoral council. This will help all of us to identify what such a body is, and (perhaps more importantly) what it is not. The word ‘pastoral’ is key.
Hopefully at the beginning of December, we will be ready to form our own PPC. I will also publish here such things as how elections for membership will take place, who will be appointed and who are the ex officio members. Please read this material week by week, consider prayerfully if you would be willing to serve in this body. Fr. John.

The following functions and role of a Parish Pastoral Council are taken from the Parish Pastoral Council Handbook 3rd Edition by Cecilia Anning – Archdiocese of Brisbane (AU).

Functions of a Parish Council A Pastoral Council seeks to:

  • enrich the quality of parish life
  • provide opportunities for parishioners
    • - to grow in holiness
    • - to discover and live out their personal and community call to mission to live as Catholics who effectively transform society.
In order to fulfill its role, the Pastoral Council will:
  • search out and respond to the hopes, ideas, needs and concerns of parishioners.
  • grow in knowledge and awareness of what is already happening in the parish.
  • encourage and support the good work of existing groups within the parish.
  • evaluate carefully information gathered in order to contribute towards the making of decisions that reflect the values of the gospel and the teachings of the Church.
  • set long-term and short-term pastoral goals for the parish.
  • provide opportunities for parishioners to grow in their relationship with God and with each other.
  • develop, implement and improve parish initiatives that assist parishioners in their continuing efforts to live as effective Christians in society.

Special Collection today for Mission Sunday:
Today is the day when we celebrate who we are as Christians: missionary-disciples. It is a day of prayer. It is also a day when we are invited to look beyond our local Church in NZ and assist through financial gift the missionary work needed in the young dioceses in many developing countries.
Appeal envelopes are in the foyer for those who are not on the planned giving system.
You may also donate online atwww.missionz/donate.

All Souls Day - 2 November
All parishioners are invited to attend the Mass at St John’s
on Thursday 2 November, 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.

Helpers needed for the All Souls’ Mass:
We need a number of volunteers to help with various tasks for this Mass.
Please have a look at the list of these in the foyer and add your name if you are willing to assist.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Peter Cowlishaw and for the recently deceased including Talamaivao.
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Br John Shepherd and Peter McClintock.

Host Families:
Calling for Host Families to share a ‘cultural exchange’ experience with our Japanese students while attending Stella Maris School from 11-26 November 2017.
Host families will receive $250.00 per week per student.
For all the information please contact Liz Whelan, (09) 836 1277 or

Josephite Spirituality:
A presentation on the values and qualities of Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods will be held at 2pm on Saturday 11 November at St Francis Church, Manly. Afternoon tea will follow.
Anyone interested is invited to attend.
For more information ring Catherine Birt (09) 424 0134 (evenings).

Seniors’ Christmas Lunch
Friday 17 November,
Parish Hall, Noon.

Admission free, entertainment provided, limited to 80 people.
To book please add your name to the list in the foyer.

Operation Christmas Child:
Christmas gift boxes are due back today 22 October.
Thank you to those who have participated in bringing joy to children living in desperate situations this Christmas.

New Parishioners’ Lunch:
The Care and Share team are hosting a lunch for new parishioners on Sunday 5 November, 11.30am in the parish hall. Invitations have been mailed to those who have registered since 1/11/2016.
For catering purposes it is important that you RSVP by Monday 30 October latest.
If you have not yet registered please complete a parish roll form which you will find on the table in the foyer.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meets for a cuppa, bingo and a social time, in the parish hall on Tuesday 24 October at 10am.
All ladies welcome.
If you are new to the parish, please come along and say hello. Phone Christina, 426 7108.

Grief group:
A grief group led by Iris Barrow, will meet fortnightly on Tuesdays, 3pm-4pm, starting 24 October at Iris’ home at the Hibiscus Coast Village, Unit 147/101 Red Beach Rd.
Open to all people experiencing any type of grief. If you would like to join the group please contact Iris, 421 1927.

Church Keys:
If you have a key for St Francis church or St John’s church, and no longer need it, please return it to Theresa in the parish office.

Please collect:
Minister rosters for the 5.30pm and 10.15am Masses and Sunday morning tea rosters for St John’s church.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Catholic Enquiry Centre aims to reach new generation.
  • Patience urged in wait for new Mass translation.
  • Thoughts after the death of Hugh Hefner.
  • Akld cathedral character often there 24/7
  • Second arch discovered in Rome

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

A big thank you to the Care & Share team for arranging another enjoyable and successful Trivial Pursuit evening.
We appreciate the time and effort that went into arranging the event. Well done to the winning team! Many thanks to all the sponsors who generously donated prizes.
A total of $585.00 was raised for Care & Share.

Sacramental Programme::
Enrolments have closed for the 2017/18 programme.
A parent-only meeting will be held in the parish hall on Tuesday 24 October at 7pm.
It is important that a parent from each of the registered families attend this meeting. The children preparing for the Sacraments will be presented to the parish on Sunday 29 October at the 10.15am Mass.
Contact Antoinette Yelcich at

Mass for all Catechists:
All the catechists in our parish, and their families, are invited to a Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 11 November at 5pm.
Catechists who prepare young people and adults for the Sacraments, lead children’s liturgy or other faith formation programmes will be acknowledged and affirmed at this Mass.
Certificates will be presented to those who have served parishes for 10-20 years or 20 years and more.
If you would like to attend this Mass please add your name and contact details to the list in the foyer.

HBC Businesswomen
HBC Businesswomen’s evening on Thursday 26 November, 5.45pm-9pm, at the Salvation Army Auditorium, Red Beach.
Come along and be inspired by talented local business women to achieve success in your career or business. An ideal opportunity for business networking.
Hosted by parishioner, Valentina Pereira of MiRock Financial Services. All women welcome.
Tickets are $30 and proceeds will go to Special Olympics Hibiscus Coast. To book phone Valentina, 021627802 or email

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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. Prayer Chain:
Please phone any of the members listed on the noticeboard in the foyer, if you require prayers for a special intention.

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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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