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Parish Newsletter     †     25th February 2018



25th Parish PICNIC at Puhoi Domain, 12 NOON


2nd Warkworth Anointing Mass Friday at 11.00am
3rd Warkworth Men’s Breakfast at Parish Hall at 7am. Please bring $10.00 as this is a fundraiser for the Parish Youth
3rd & 4th Warkworth FOODLINK
4th Parish Children's Mass
10th Warkworth Youth Mass at 6pm
11th Puhoi FOODLINK


    “This is my Son, the Beloved; Listen to him. It is extremely rare for the Father to speak in the Gospels, it is Christ who came to speak for the Father in the Gospels, it is Christ who came to speak of the Father – the Father really doesn’t speak except briefly and saying only the essential. ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ We all desire to do what the Father wants but how do we listen to his Son? What does it mean to truly listen? To listen is not all that easy. To listen it a thirst of the mind to truly hear what the other one is wanting to tell us and not only to hear what we think we already know. All of us no doubt try to listen, but how do we actually listen properly? Our Lady as the perfect disciple can teach us what it means to listen, what it means to have a constant thirst to receive from Christ without diminishing in any way what he do ardently desires to give us. Our Lady treasured the Word of God in her heart. If we too wish to listen to the Beloved Son we will receive the Word of God, not first of all to understand but as a treasure that we draw life from as Jesus leads us to climb the mount of transfiguration that is prayer.
    Abraham is given a difficult test in the first reading – God the Father goes through the same test before offering His Son on the Cross for the salvation of our sins – and we too are given the same difficult decision to make in many moments or our lives. To give up our will and do the Will of the Father is a daily decision in our lives, difficult to accept and just as difficult to put into practice. Yet God continues to promise so much in the future of our lives. The Psalm has us pray “I trusted, even when I said; ‘I am sorely afflicted”. We are here to make a thanksgiving sacrifice today, to offer His Son to the Father in thanks for all that Father, Son and Holy Spirit have given to us. Paul continues in his letter to the Romans in the Second Reading, pointing out that with God on our side, who can be against us? And points out this same promise of God being willing to continue to benefit us in the future, not refusing anything he can give. And he also points out that Christ not only died for us, but rose from the dead, and stands at God’s right hand to continue to plead for us.

Fr Sean

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Our Parish Picnic - 25th February - 12 NOON

Venue: Puhoi Domain beside the river... where there's shadey trees, a kids playground, swimming, toilets, etc, etc - just across the bridge from the Puhoi General Store & Puhoi Pub.
The Puhoi Market will also be in progress in the morning
Turn left over the bridge.... or come earlier & visit the Farmer's Market first!

Stations of the Cross during Lent

Puhoi – Wednesday Evening at 6.00pm
Warkworth – Friday after the 11.00am Mass.
Till 23rd March.

Lenten Journey.

An invitation to a Lenten Journey starting Friday 16th February at 9.00am till just before 11.00 am Mass. in the hall Ww, sharing Sunday Mass Scriptures. This continues for 6 weeks. Till 23rd March
Inquiries to Parish Office 425 8545 or Fr Sean same phone number.

Movie at Matakana Cinema’s.

The message in it is Revenge vs Forgiveness. It's not just a Maori movie or a Christian movie, it's a KIWI movie for all. But it's an M rating as there is gang violence included. No swearing or sexuality however. So will leave that up to your wise judgement. If you'd like to know more please just ask, else here are some helpful links: The official trailer -
Cinema times & bookings, else check your local cinema -
Website - info on it being inspired by true events (Tarore & her book 1936) It's 97 minutes long (ex trailers).

Please don’t talk in church before Mass

Before Mass: We Speak to God
During Mass: God speaks to us
After Mass: We speak to each other


Think about other ministries that we may be able to START or RESTART in our parish, Caring, Prayer Group, Bible Study, Young parents or mothers group, Youth. There may be others that I haven’t thought of. Let Me Know.
Think about what YOU can do make this parish more vibrant.
We used to have a very successful Marion Mothers Group a long time ago now perhaps 30 years, and in that group we had a leader who brought us to the Lord and His Mother Mary through a bit of study, while the children played, with one of the parents taking turns to supervise them. With so many young children (preschool) in the parish now it might be an ideal time to reintroduce something like this, and it’s a good way to get to know each other too.


Lech and Hazel Ozieranski are due have a baby in mid February and will be looking for a Catholic Nanny, if you can help and think you’re suited to that kind of job please contact Lech 021-710-726 or Hazel 021-214-4432.

First Communion and Confirmation

IF any children are wishing to make their First Communion and Confirmation this year please contact Bernadette at Puhoi 422 0716 and Fr Sean, or Lauren in Warkworth 09 425 8545. Please get in touch ASAP so we can sort the lessons out. Thank-you.

Bishop Pat has now confirmed the date ....

For our children’s First Communion and Confirmation. This will take place in Puhoi on September 23rd at 10.30am.
Warkworth Mass time will change for that day only to 9.00am

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24hour Silent Retreat : 23 – 24 February 2018

7pm Friday – 7pm Saturday Bring all your personal gear with you.
All meals and bedding will be provided.
Cost $115pp
Contact 09 625 6651 or email

2018 Music Workshop: Liturgy and the Music We Choose. March 8th

When: Thursday March 8th, 7pm
Where: Pompallier Centre, 30 New St. Ponsonby.
This is a workshop for parish musicians, cantors and choirs. There are 3 parts to this workshop.
  • Exploring liturgy.
  • The parish repertoire.
  • Priorities for deciding what we sing.
To register, email;

National Marriage Training Weekend. 18–20 May

Those involved in marriage education (or those wishing to be involved) are invited to the National Catholic Marriage Training Weekend on the weekend of 18–20 May 2018 at Chateau on the Park in Christchurch. The theme is “Christian Marriage: Radical Demands – Extravagant Mercy”. The weekend is held every two years to form and encourage those involved in Marriage Education in the Catholic Church. For more information, go to

Extensive pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan - Apr-May

Planned for 29 April – 19 May 2018. For full brochure and itinerary, contact Pukekohe Travel P: 09 237 0013 or toll free: 0800 785 386. E:
Enquiries also to Mir Pilgrimages on 0274 219 064.

Family Faith website

Parents are the first educators of faith in order to support families in this ministry the Auckland Diocese maintains a Family Faith website it has ideas for family faith development from the pre-school to adolescent. Explore, grow and enjoy.

History of NZ Catholic Charismatic Renewal:

'The New Day that Dawned' - a history of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in New Zealand has been compiled to commemorate the 50th anniversary Jubilee and is now available for purchase. $20 per copy plus $6.50 p&p. Contact "" or Margaret Paton email or phone (09).298.4409

Sandra Armstrong / Marriage Programmes Co-ordinator / Marriage and Family Life / Catholic Diocese

Office Hours – Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm Phone: 09 360 3008 Email:
Pompallier Diocesan Centre. 30 New Street, St Marys Bay, Auckland 1011
A Wedding is a Day a Marriage is a Life time.

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Those who are sick or infirm...

And who wish to receive Holy Communion in their home or place of residence. Please contact Fr Sean on 425 8545.

There is nothing too big or too small to bring to God's attention

Anyone may call their prayer group or their church to prayer when a need is recognised.
Contact Lauren Boakes 425 5476 Trish Coupe 425 4272

Bibles for Sale:

My First Catholic Bible Hardback - $20.00 each. 2 copies available.
Plus - Good News Bible (New Testament. Paperback.) $10.00 8 copies available
Both lots at Sale prices Please contact Fr Sean or Lauren at parish office 425 8545.

Altar Servers:

Children who have made their First Communion and are thinking that they might like to become altar servers, please talk to Fr Sean. He will organise training for you.

WW Flowers and Dusting:

If anyone would like to be part of our team, one to do flowers and one to do dusting, please ring Lauren at the Parish office, 425 8545. Time frame once every 6-7 weeks.

Children's Masses (Ww and Puhoi):

The first Sunday of the month we celebrate a Children’s Mass. The children of the parish undertake the ministries during the mass. If you wish to receive a reminder, please email (Ww) or (Puhoi).

WW Children's Liturgy:

Will take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The Gospel and Readings are presented in a child friendly format. Any parents are welcome to attend with their children. Please see Fran or Deby if you are interested.

WW Readers of the Word and Special Ministers of the Eucharist:

We require more people for our rosters. Please talk to Fr Sean if you can help.

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Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • National priests’ assembly returns to South.
  • Discipleship College gets new home.
  • Tongan to help advise Pope.
  • Home of Compassion has open day.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. Reconnecting Broken Connections: Using one Te Ao Maori approach of Whakawhanaungatanga and Hohourongo with RANGI DAVIS, Tues 27 Feb. 7-9pm $15

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

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Parish Priest: Fr. Sean O'Conner, 425 8545
Parish Office Secretary: Lauren Boakes, 425 8545
Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson: Bernadette Straka
Parish Pastoral Council Secretary: Linda Williams
Parish Finance Committee Chairperson: Bob Dye
Caring Group: Lauren 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: Deby Rice 425 9198 & Bernadette Straka 09 426 7374 or 422 0716
Rosters: Warkworth: Lauren Boakes 425 8545 or 425 5476, Puhoi: Maureen Fairclough.
Newsletter (Bulletin): Lauren Boakes & Fr. Sean O'Conner 425 8545
Warkworth Maintenance: Bob Dye 425 0089
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716 Liturgical Ministries: Fr. Sean O'Conner 425 8545
Warkworth Parish Hall Bookings: Lauren Boakes. 425 8545


Message in a bottle
A ragged individual stranded for several months on a small, deserted island one day noticed a bottle lying in the sand with a piece of paper in it.

Rushing to the bottle, he pulled out the cork and with shaking hands pulled out the message.

"Due to lack of maintenance," he read, "we regretfully have found it necessary to cancel your e-mail account."
Golf trainee

A retiree was given a set of golf clubs by his co-workers. Thinking he'd try the game, he asked the local pro for lessons, explaining that he knew nothing whatever of the game.

The pro showed him the stance and swing, then said, "Just hit the ball toward the flag on the first green."

The novice teed up and smacked the ball straight onto the green, where it stopped inches from the hole. "Now what?" the fellow asked the speechless pro.

"Uh... you're supposed to hit the ball into the cup," the pro finally said, after he was able to speak again.

"Oh great! NOW you tell me!" said the beginner.


If you are new to the parish, welcome!
An information booklet about the parish life is available in the foyer.
Please complete the form enclosed and hand it in or post it to the parish office or
complete it online here: “New Parishioner Form”

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