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Parish Newsletter     †     22nd October 2017



4th & 5th Warkworth FOODLINK
4th Warkworth Men’s Breakfast in Hall at 7.00am. Bring $10.00 as this is a fundraiser for the Parish Youth
5th Puhoi & Warkworth Children’s Mass
12th Puhoi FOODLINK
12th Parish Youth Mass


2nd Warkworth Men’s Breakfast in Hall at 7.00am. Bring $10.00 as this is a fundraiser for the Parish Youth
2nd & 3rd Warkworth FOODLINK
3rd Puhoi & Warkworth Children’s Mass
3rd Puhoi FOODLINK


    To love God is to love without measure, as is His love for us. Jesus doesn’t give an opinion, as an opinion is only a stepping stone on the way to truth, and Jesus never stops halfway, his love is always total, it is the only true absolute. When Jesus loves us, he has no opinions about us, he knows us. This should give us great comfort as it means that his love for us is untainted by the gossip of others, and he never mistakes our good intentions for bad. His gaze upon us is completely true and infinitely tender.
    A pharisee wants to put a measure on the love of God, and what is enough? He cannot abide the incredible freedom afforded to the true lovers of God. Let us be unafraid and cast ourselves entirely into the love of God without measure and without care for the opinion of others.
    Isaiah points out that our God asks for our obedience, and promises to be with us in the steps of our lives. The Psalm is an introduction to the other readings, and points out that whatever God decides is worthy of our appreciation and worship. Paul writes to us and his friends in Thessalonika, promising prayers and offering his example to us.
Fr Sean

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Puhoi Women’s Dinner

Puhoi Women’s Dinner is on November 1st 2017 and the Theme is Benvenuto Italia – Italian Cuisine, gathering in the hotel bar from 6pm –7pm with a complimentary cocktail, or a drink bought from the bar, and nibbles, which are included in the price of the evening.
At 7pm it’s to the dining room for a meal, Starter, and main course, plus dessert followed by tea or coffee. A vegetarian option is available – just let Judith Williams or the kitchen know in advance. The speaker this year is an American historical fiction writer William C. Hammond, best known for his Cutler family maritime chronicles (Google Wikipedia), now residing in Puhoi.
Small items for the raffle would be appreciated. The cost of the whole evening, excluding drinks you buy from the bar, is $30, and we ask for payment in advance if possible to confirm your commitment to attending.
Email Judith to reserve your place, Make out your cheques or leave cash for PUHOI BISTRO and place it in MY mail box (not in hotel’s) PO Box 404 151

Halo-een, Halloween and Heartbeat

It’s time to dust off your halo’s Saints - As you probably know the theme for the Kowhai Festival this year is Halloween, However Heartbeat will be having a Light stall themed Halo-een.
We will be giving away cookies, Christmas story booklets , Jesus the Light in the darkness tracts, and will have free competitions for the kids with prizes. We will also be selling Christmas Story books and children’s books among a few other things but the main thing is to be a Christian presence in the town at this time.
Cookies - We would love some volunteers to make some cookies for us. Heart and Star cookie cutters are at Heartbeat available. Pray - Please pray for this gentle outreach and also consider walking the streets of Warkworth amongst the ghosts, witches and ghouls and see if there is an opportunity to speak to someone about Jesus. We do have some tracts to give away. Anyone like to sing ??? Praise songs help bring the presence of God we know.
Any other ideas?? You can talk to one of us in the shop or phone Heartbeat 425 9559.
‘The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it’

Heartbeat - Christian store here in Warkworth

We’ve been to the Trade Fair and lots of new stock is coming in every week!
Lovely 2018 Calendars & Diaries, Gifts, New Release books, Journals, Great selection of Children’s books. The Shack DVD available the end of September. ‘Anointed for work’ by Richard Brunton in store now.

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Youth Worker – Team Leader

To work with young people within our community who need extra help and support, to empower them with essential truths, skills, and mentors to facilitate personal transformation whilst increasing connection to their community.
To apply please email your CV along with a covering letter to by 25th October 2017. Further info on board in foyer of church.

“Sanctity in Everyday Life”

An All-day Silent Retreat for Women with Fr Dominique Faure
Saturday 28th October 9am – 5pm Talks, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass, Reconciliation. Lunch provided. $30 early bird (by Oct 25th); $40 on the door, eftpos available Catholic Discipleship College 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna.
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A Reflection Day on the theme of Forgiveness

‘It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.’ May Angelou 1928 – 2014 What does it mean to forgive and to be forgiven? We will use Scripture and stories from life to explore forgiveness and how the capacity to forgive and to be forgiven frees us to live morefully and in peace with ourselves and others. Facilitator: Ann Neven rsj
Saturday 4th November 10.0 a.m. – 3.0 p.m.
Mary MacKillop Centre 56 Selwyn Avenue Mission Bay Auckland
Cost $30 Waged and $20 unwaged. Bring own lunch. Tea and Coffee provided.
Registrations to by Wednesday 1st November to - or Phone 09 528 1801

Retreat Day for parish ministers of Music.

Ministers of music (directors, instrumentalists, choir members, cantors) work hard at their ministry throughout the year. This day is offered as an opportunity to step aside, rest, pray and be nourished by the Word. St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Orewa, November 11th, 10am - 3.30pm. Cost $10, lunch provided.
Please register for the retreat at the liturgy centre (360 3061) or

Expressions of interest - Director, National Liturgy Office

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) is seeking applications for Director of the National Liturgy Office. This is a unique, part-time role supporting liturgical practice within the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand which:
  • Promotes sound and appropriate liturgical practice within the bicultural environment of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Provides advice and recommendations to NZCBC on liturgical matters
  • Ensures effective liaison with international liturgical bodies, including the Holy See
  • Liaises with dioceses throughout New Zealand on all aspects of liturgical practice.
In addition to a background in liturgical studies/ministry, the successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills, strong administrative and managerial experience.  Familiarity with liturgical practice in New Zealand would be an advantage.  The role is 30 hours a week (negotiable) and while currently based in Auckland there is flexibility on location of the role.
For enquiries or a job description contact James van Schie, Executive Officer, NZCBC - - including a current CV and an outline of your motivation for the role.
Final date for acceptance of applications is Monday, 20 November 2017

The Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival for those aged 15-29 is on 2-3 Dec.

Includes keynote sessions, workshops, music, prayer, praise and worship, Mass and more. Festival registration: All ages welcome on Sunday evening for a public concert by international songwriter and worship leader Matt Maher. Get your tickets here:

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

Hearts Aflame 2018

A spiritual enrichment programme for 18-35 year olds. Register now for only $465 for 10 days of comfortable accommodation, delicious food, world-class teaching, beautiful liturgy & prayer and community from across NZ. Hearts Aflame 2018: 'Faithful to His Promises'. Nga Tawa College, Marton, North Island. 29th Dec - 7th Jan 2018. This price is only available until Sep 9th or until tickets sell out, so secure your low price now with a $100 deposit.

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.

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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:

  • 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
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Parish Priest: Fr. Sean O'Conner, 425 8545
Parish Office Secretary: Lauren Boakes, 425 8545
Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson: Vacant
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


Here's a quick quiz, you can scroll down for the answers. There are four questions. They are not that difficult.

1. How do you put an elephant into the fridge?
Answer: Open the door, put in the elephant, close the door.

2. How do you put a giraffe into the fridge?
Answer: Open the door, take out the elephant, put in the giraffe, close the door.

3. The animals are having an animal meeting. All the animals attend except for one. Which one does not attend?
Answer: The giraffe. It's still in the fridge.

4. You must cross a mosquito-infested river. How do you manage it?
Answer: You swim across. All of the animals are attending the animal meeting.

There was a businesswoman who had just completed a huge development project for an obscenely rich investor.
When she was leaving the investor's office he offered her diamonds, rubies and a silver-plated luxury car, but she declined.
The investor insisted, so she said that she just started to golf and maybe a set of golf clubs would be nice.
A few weeks later she received a message from him: "So far I have bought you three golf clubs. I hope you aren't disappointed that only two of them have swimming pools."


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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