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Parish Newsletter     †     26th January 2020


We notice a big change of life for the disciples – they leave the past to follow the Lord, leaving behind their old jobs and roles but also what might block them from living fully. To follow the Lord joyfully we need to believe in ourselves as valued in the sight of God. We pick up messages about ourselves from significant people and we have to let them go. A child whose parents separate often feels unloved and needs the care and love that shows they are okay, Many addicted people have, deep down, a sense of not being loved. Every child coming into the world deserves to know that he or she is loved. We believe that the first gift of our faith is the love of God, the humble God who became one of us in love. In religion we need to touch into the love and the call of God, by gradually letting go of the things in the world that prevent from knowing God’s love. The first of the apostles had something new. Each of us, week by week can get this new thing, the love of God.

Everything else flows from that. To know the love of God is a huge gift, and to know the love and acceptance of another or a few others in life is also a huge gift. Both are one, in every love and friendship we have.

Is there anything keeping you from living in God’s love?
Ask his help in this.
Lord, Let me know your love day by day and share with all I meet.

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Celebrations, Workshops & Events within the Diocese

Word of God Sunday, 26 January 2020

“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”. Luke 24:45
Pope Francis asks us to devote the third Sunday of Ordinary Time to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God. In his Apostolic Letter 30 September 2019, Pope Francis outlines how salvation, faith, unity and mercy all depend on knowing Christ and Sacred Scripture. “God’s Word” he writes “has the power to open our eyes and to enable us to renounce a stifling and barren individualism and instead to embark on a new path of sharing and solidarity”. As well as the sacred text as a focus of our attention at Mass, we are invited to hold the Word in our hands every day so that it becomes part of our daily prayer and lived experience. This message is universal and intergenerational – to make the Word of God a “lamp with which we look to the future: its light allowing us to read the signs of the times.”

Charismatic Mass

All members of groups with a Charismatic spirituality are invited to come for the opening Mass of 2020 at Sacred Heart Church, 16 Vermont St, Ponsonby, on 1st February at 10.30am followed by shared lunch in the hall.
Contact Deidre 021 022 51103 or Anil 022 364 9306

St Valentine’s Day Mass St Patrick and St Joseph Cathedral

Celebration of Marriage and Family Friday 14th February -7.30 pm (Validated parking available) All welcome: Engaged, Married, Singles, Families, Children Everyone.
The Catholic Marriage Preparation Team, ph 360-3025 Or email Gerry at

Lift up Their Voices – February 15th

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 97 Galway St Onehunga, 9.15 am to 3.15 pm – formation day for all involved in music ministry Music is an important ministry and throughout the Diocese, the time and talent of musicians is generously given to support the liturgy, the ‘source and summit’ of our Christian life. This day will provide liturgy committees, choir members, cantors and musicians with an opportunity to come and rest a while, drink at the well of living water, be inspired for the year ahead, and meet others involved in this same ministry. There is no cost, though donations will be gratefully received.
Please register at and remember to bring your own lunch.


For info please contact Sylvia 021 08822990

Ignatian Spirituality for Women

An 8-day silent, individually guided retreat. Given by Adriana Janus, Nicola McCarthy and Joy Cowley. 20-29 March 2020.
Magnificat Retreat Centre, Featherston. Cost: $675, includes accommodation for 9 nights, all meals and daily spiritual direction. For further information and registration please contact Joy Cowley,

Farewell to Fr Ralph

Parish Farewell for Fr Ralph in the Parish Hall after the 10.30 am Warkworth Mass THIS SUNDAY.
Please bring a plate for a shared lunch.
We are ‘taking up’ a collection for Fr Ralph at all masses this weekend, which will be presented to him at the luncheon.
“God be with you; by His counsels guide, uphold you; with His love securely fold you. God be with you, till we meet again.”


Warkworth Rosters for February and March are available in the foyer at Warkworth Church.

Rest in Peace Jon Peeters

Requiem Mass on Wednesday 29th of January at 11am at Warkworth church.

Food Bank Collection

Warkworth: February 1st & 2nd
Puhoi: February 9th

March for Life Auckland

Please join us!
For a family-friendly, life affirming awareness march to show our love for vulnerable unborn babies, their mothers, and the wider impacted whanau. 1pm Saturday 29th of February, gather at Freyberg Square, Auckland CBD. 2pm Aotea Square along Queen Street 2.45pm. speeches at Aotea Square.
We look forward to marching for LIFE with you and your family.

Puhoi Morning Tea

After Mass next Sunday 2nd of February

All Youth

Saturday Vigil Mass, 7th of March

First Men’s Breakfast for 2020

At 7.00 am at the Warkworth Parish Hall on Saturday 7th of March.

The Pope’s Monthly Prayer Intentions

Promotion of World Peace We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.

Listen to the Migrants' Cries We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Pope appoints Auxiliary Bishop for Auckland.
  • New Year Mass on Gisborne beach.
  • New Our Lady shrine for Canterbury.
  • Two jubilees for Cardinal Williams.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

Christian Supplies for all Occasions

Heartbeat Christian Store, Warkworth
Ph 425 9559

Never Ending Books, Orewa Ph 09-426 6457

St Joseph’s Gift Store, Takapuna

The Square Gift Store, Auckland Cathedral

Family Life Catholic Gifts, Hillsborough


A million dollars
A preacher went into his church and while he was praying, he asked God, "How long is a million years to you?"

God replied, "Like one second."

The next day the preacher asked God, "God, how much is a million dollars to you?"

And God responded, "Like one penny."

Then finally the next day the preacher asked God, "God, can I have a penny?"

And God answered, "Sure, just a second."
It hurts!

"Doctor, Doctor when I press my finger here... it hurts, and here... it hurts, and here... and here..., what do you think is wrong with me?"

"You've probably broken your finger."
It's Black and White!

A little boy, at a wedding looks at his mom and says, "Mommy, why does the girl wear white?"

His mom replies, "The bride is in white because she's happy and this is the happiest day of her life."

The boy thinks about this, and then says, "Well then, why is the boy wearing black?"

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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


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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