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Parish Newsletter     †     18 August 2019


Fire is frightening; it can burn up a city. Controlled it is warming: in control in a grate; and it also warms the heart, when we sit back, watch the flames and chat, think or pray. Jesus came to bring fire on the earth.

His is the warmth of love and companionship: when we know we can go to him just as we are, and enjoy the intimacy of his friendship – the friend who is always offering the gift of his heart to each of us.

The warmth of Jesus brings comfort and hope to the world when we live in isolation from each other, lack of friendship and hope. When we lack the reconciliation and justice that makes life possible among us, then the warmth of God’s love for all can inflame our coldness.

There is also the fire that disturbs; love challenges as well as comforts. The flame of God can be frightening in that it demands a world of justice, peace and reconciliation. The fire of this love is the fire that also warms and comforts.

The flame of God is the Holy Spirit. Jesus comes to bring all sorts of fire to the world, and to send the Spirit of comfort, justice, reconciliation and hope. The message of Jesus may divide us, and if it does, the love of Jesus can unite us, for love is the most powerful gift of Jesus.

A saying has it — he has come to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.

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Abortion Bill Update

The Abortion Bill was given its First Reading on 8 August:
  • liberalises late-term abortion.
  • has no safeguards to prevent sex-selective abortions.
  • allows under 16’s to access abortion on-demand without any safeguards.
  • has no safeguards to ensure women aren’t being coerced into abortions.
  • has no cooling off period and pre-abortion counselling is not a requirement.
  • has no safeguards to prevent abortions on the grounds of disability
  • does not require that abortions be provided by a doctor.
  • violates the right to freedom of conscience of medical professionals.
  • provides for ‘Safe Areas’ where freedom of expression would be curtailed.
Details on the above reasons, along with a Submissions Guide, are available in the foyer or at Submissions close on 19 September 2019. Please note that the Select Committee will not accept emailed submissions. They will have to either be posted in or sent via the Parliamentary website:

Celebrations, Workshops & Events within the Diocese

Catholic Overseas Aid Committee / Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

50th Anniversary Mass
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is celebrating a ‘Jubilee Year’ this year, representing 50 years since national bodies were established for justice, peace and development, including the provision of Catholic volunteers overseas. Bishop Patrick Dunn will celebrate a special Mass to mark this occasion for the Auckland diocese. In conjunction with the Auckland Justice & Peace Commission and the Mangere East parish of St Thérèse, Caritas invite you to join us for this celebration.
All are welcome.
5pm Saturday 24 August, St Thérèse’s Church, 10 Wickman Way, Mangere East.

Refugees and Migrants – Untold stories of Hope.

All welcome to come and listen to these inspiring stories. Wednesday 28 August at 7pm at St Thomas More church hall, 336 Wairau Road, Glenfield, Auckland.

Auckland Interfaith Council presents ....

The Imam and the Pastor 27 August 7.30-9.00pm, Hillsborough Room, Fickling Center, 546 Mount Albert Rd, free. See Poster.

104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. · DREAMWORK 201: Resolving Nightmares (6hrs) with MARGARET BOWATER. Sat 24 Aug, 9.30am-4pm. $95. This is a second-level workshop. You will practice skills of respectful enquiry and role-interviews; and learn how to recognise and respond appropriately to trauma dreams and nightmares.

  2. · RETREAT DAY: Thank you – A day to celebrate our thanks to God for something for which we are grateful with FRAN FRANCIS & KRIS TELFER. Sat 24 Aug, 9.30am-4pm. $65 incl. lunch.

Contact us if you would like a booklet for full information or if you wish to book: or

Training and formation for Lay Leaders of the Word

The Liturgy Centre and Good Shepherd College are together hosting training and formation for Lay Leaders of the Word.
This training will be held at Good Shepherd College, 20 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby. Each training day will begin at 9.30am and finish at 3.00pm. The program includes:
  • Saturday 19th October 2019 .............. Introduction & Theology of Gathering
  • Saturday 23rd November 2019........... Pastoral Theology & Liturgy A
  • Saturday 22nd February 2020 ......….. Scripture & Liturgy B
  • Saturday 7th March 2020 ................... Leading the Rite & Preaching A
  • Saturday 28th March 2020.................. Preaching B & Church then and now
  • Saturday 25th April 2020 .................... Hospitality & Looking ahead
Lay leaders of the Word assist their parish in these ways:
- Leading weekday communion service liturgies.
- Leading Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest.

We welcome registrations for this course. See Poster for details. Registrations by Wednesday October 16th email

Please talk to Fr Ralph if you are interested in attending this course.

Diocesan Job Vacancies

Parish Education in Faith Coordinator
Full time member for its Faith Formation team.

Catholic Tribunal
Administrator/Case Instructor part-time (approx 28 hours per week)

To view the full advertisement and position description for the above roles, please visit our website under Administration and staff vacancies.

Safeguarding ....

Safeguarding the Catholic Church’s National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS)
It contains information on reporting abuse, safeguarding & related policies.

Holy Land pilgrimage:

To the Holy Land from April 24 to May 14, 2020, in association with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, with Fr Chris Denham as chaplain. The itinerary includes all major holy places in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and around the Sea of Galilee, plus Mount Carmel, Acre and the Dead Sea. For further information contact Pat at or on 480-4463.


Join us for a cuppa after Warkworth 10:30 am Sunday Mass


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Christchurch Catholic cathedral to be demolished.
  • Reaction to proposed abortion law reform.
  • Bishop Dunn celebrates 25 years as bishop.
  • Wellington raising profile of priestly vocations.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.


A businessman boarded a plane to find, sitting next to him, an elegant woman wearing the largest, most stunning diamond ring he had ever seen. He asked her about it.

"This is the Bexfield diamond," she said. "It is beautiful, but there is a terrible curse that goes with it."

"What's the curse?" the man asked.

"Mr. Bexfield."
Three Wishes

A man was on a beach when he discovered an old lamp in the sand. He rubbed it and a genie popped out.

The genie said, "I will grant you three wishes. The only condition is that you cannot wish for more wishes."

"All right," said the man, "I wish for more genies."

An elderly widow and widower were dating for about five years. The man finally decided to ask her to marry him. She immediately said "yes".

The next morning when he awoke, he couldn't remember what her answer was! "Was she happy? I think so, wait, no, she looked at me funny..."

After about an hour of trying to remember to no avail, he got on the phone and gave her a call. Embarrassed, he admitted that he didn't remember her answer to the marriage proposal.

"Oh", she said, "I'm so glad you called. I remembered saying 'yes' to someone, but I couldn't recall who it was."

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Parish Priest: Fr Ralph Barcelo 425 8545
Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson: Bernadette Straka
Parish Pastoral Council Secretary: Lyn Williams
Parish Finance Committee Chairperson: Bob Dye
Caring Group: - 425 8545 Office
Puhoi Church Bookings: Bernadette Straka 09 426 7374 or 422 0716 or WW Office 425 8545
Justice and Peace: Judith Williams 422 0181
Sacramental Programme: Bernadette Straka 09 426 7374 or 422 0716
Rosters: Warkworth: Parish Office 425 8545 or 425 5476, Puhoi: Maureen Fairclough.
Newsletter (Bulletin): Parish Office & Fr. Sean O'Connor 425 8545
Warkworth Maintenance: Bob Dye 425 0089
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716 Liturgical Ministries: Fr. Sean O'Connor 425 8545
Warkworth Parish Hall Bookings: Parish Office 425 8545


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An information booklet about the parish life is available in the foyer.
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