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Parish Newsletter     †     9th Aug 2020

Reflection / Prayer

All day from that deep well of life within
Himself has He drawn
healing for the press of folk,
restoring strength,
forgiving sin,
quieting frenzy,
comforting distress.
Shadows of evening fall,
yet wildly still
they throng Him, touch Him,
clutch His garment’s hem,
fall down and clasp His feet,
cry on Him, still the Master, spent,
slips from the midst of them
and climbs the mountain
for a cup of peace,
taking a sheer and rugged track untrod
saved by a poor lost sheep
with thorn-torn fleece
that follows on
and hears Him talk with God.

Katherine Lee Bates


Faith in God and what he wills for each one of us
is at the centre of the Scripture readings for this Sunday,
and God’s quiet but powerful presence in our lives calls for faith that matures.

Sharing the Word of God today


First Reading (1 Kings 19:9,11-13). During the reign of Ahab in Israel, Elijah took on himself the task of combating the Baal-worship fostered by queen Jezebel. However, he adopted a very militant, even bloodthirsty, approach. Now on the run for his life, he is directed to Mount Horeb where he takes refuge in a cave.
There he is taught that the tactics he had been adopting are not God’s tactics. God’s ways are not man’s ways – even Elijah had to learn this. God’s approach is not a violent one (symbolised by the mighty wind and the earthquake). Rather, it is a gentile one (symbolised by the breeze).
This passage matches the Gospel story. In each story an encounter with God or with Christ takes place after the stilling of the storm.

Second Reading (Romans 9:1-5). Saint Paul tells of the sorrow and anguish he suffers because his fellow Jews refused to accept Christ as the Messiah. His pain is not unlike what is experienced by those who become separated from family and friends over issues of faith and religion.

Gospel (Matthew 14:22-33). We have no way of knowing what actually happened. However, the lesson of this passage is abundantly clear. As Matthew relates it, the story is clearly symbolic. The disciples in the boat represent the infant Church; the wind and the waves represent the persecution let loose on the Church. Jesus is not with them physically; he is in heaven, praying to the Father. However, in the Church’s direst need, when all seems lost, her Lord comes to save her.
The incident of Peter sinking and being saved by Jesus is probably a reference to Peter’s failure during the Passion, and his restoration after the resurrection. The writer would have known this, and almost certainly had it in mind when telling this story.
In any case, Peter represents the typical disciple, caught between faith and doubt. Jesus’ rebuke, ‘Man of little faith! Why did you doubt?’ is directed at us also, who often start out courageously only to lose heart when faced with a crisis.

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Celebrations, Workshops & Events within the Diocese

Liturgy Conference 2020

An invitation is extended to every parishioner in the Auckland Diocese to attend the Liturgy Conference from the 1st to the 3rd of October at Baradene College.
Worshipping under Southern Skies - Weaving together Liturgy and Life. It will be a great opportunity to grow in faith. Please visit the website

Northland March for Life

  • WHEN: Saturday 15th of August at 12:30pm
  • WHERE: Gather at Haven Falls Funeral Home, 139 Bank Street Whangarei. Just below MacDonald's with an entrance also off Apirana Avenue.
  • WHY: To celebrate life, call for the repeal of the Abortion Law, support mothers & babies.
  • WHAT: Walk down Bank Street to Laurie Hall Park where the event will finish with speeches and music.
  • BRING: Your kids, grandma, grandpa, signs, and picnic lunch.

Choral Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral ....

For the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrating Aotearoa New Zealand's Patronal Feast Day, at 7 pm Saturday 15 August.
Music is brought to you by the celebrated Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by Nicholas Forbes.
All are very welcome.

Social Justice Election Forum:

7:00pm Tuesday 18 August 2020 St Columba Centre 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby hosted by the Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission. This is your chance to ask representatives of all the major Parties where they stand on important issues. All welcome.
For further information contact Theresa Fepuleai or Peter Garrick

THE GIFT (Life in the Spirit Seminar in DVD presentation)

Pope Francis encourages all Catholics the experience of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Hibiscus Coast Parish Prayer Group invite you all to this course commencing 19th August, and the following 5 Wednesday nights 7.15 pm in St John the Evangelist churches hall. 180 Centreway Rd, Orewa.This modern adaptation of the standard LSS is compelling, engaging and completely Catholic in its approach. Suitable for all ages.
Contact Brian & Barbara Hines 0274837180 or or just come along.

Married Couples:

Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the residential Marriage Encounter Weekend 2 – 4 October at Bella Rkaha Retreat Centre, Oratia. Book now!
As this will be the last weekend for a while. Phone 0800 362686 or Christine & David Sloan (09) 372 3581 or email


Reunion lunch on Thursday 15 October 2020 at Hotel Ashburton 12.30pm. Please register your interest (or any queries) to Mary Schmack – 0275505783 or Therese Toney cliffe graham

Pro Life Facts

Statistics NZ reported that there were 12,857 induced abortions in 2019, a decrease of 425 from 2018.
This equates to 18% of all known pregnancies, excluding miscarriages.
For every 1,000 women aged 15-44 years there were 13.1 abortions.
For more pro-life information, visit Family Life International at

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Celebrations, News & Events within the Parish

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary...

This is the Patronal Feast for New Zealand and is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Vigil Mass at Puhoi – Friday 14th – time to be confirmed.
Warkworth Mass – Saturday 15th of August at 9 am.

We seek volunteers ....

To distribute euthanasia flyers to letterboxes on your street, within our parish area from the 22 -30 August.

If you can spare some time to enjoy a walk around your neighbourhood, dropping leaflets into letterboxes please email or telephone Berny.
Telephone Parish Office 425 8545
Email Parish Office:

Join us for a cuppa ...

In the hall after Ww 10.30 am Mass

Warkworth Combined Churches Food bank.

Please bring items any and every Sunday!!

Parish Caring Fund – Family Support

Please contact Fr Brian if your family has an immediate need for help.


Reconciliation by request, either before or after Mass or by appointment.
In the sacrament of Reconciliation we simply give God a chance to share with us the infinite merits of his Son.

Regular giving to support the Parish...

Can be done using Donation Envelope or Automatic Payment (AP).
Please contact Berny at the Parish office


Some headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Priests shouldn’t promote political parties.
  • Auckland’s Mercy Spirituality Centre closes.
  • Vatican instruction gives guidance on parish reforms.
  • St Paul a model for ecumenical dialogue.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Not much of a man, was he?
A grizzled old man was eating in a truck stop when three bikers walked in. The first walked up to the old man, pushed his cigarette into the old man's pie and then took a seat at the counter.

The second walked up to the old man, spat into the old man's milk and then he too took a seat at the counter.

The third walked up to the old man, turned over the old man's plate, and then he took a seat at the counter.

Without a word of protest, the old man paid and quietly left the diner. Shortly thereafter, one of the bikers said to the waitress, "Humph, not much of a man, was he?"

The waitress replied, "Not much of a truck driver either, he just backed his big-rig over three motorcycles."

Trip to ROME!

A man was getting a haircut prior to a trip to Rome. He mentioned the trip to the barber who responded, "Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded, dirty and loud. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"

"We're taking XYZ Airlines," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"

"XYZ?" exclaimed the barber. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, they're always late and their flight attendants are unfriendly. So, where are you staying in Rome?"

"We'll be at the downtown International Hotel."

"That dump! That's the worst hotel in the city. The rooms are small, the service is surly and they're overpriced. So, whatcha doing when you get there?"

"We're going to go to see the Vatican and we hope to see the pope."

"That's rich," laughed the barber. "You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."

A month later, the man again came in for his regular haircut. The barber asked him about his trip to Rome.

"It was wonderful," explained the man, "not only were we on time in one of XYZ's brand new planes, but it was overbooked and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and we had a friendly stewardess who waited on us hand and foot. And the hotel - it was great! They'd just finished a huge remodeling job and now it's the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us the presidential suite at no extra charge!"

"Well," muttered the barber, "I know you didn't get to see the pope."

"Actually, we were quite lucky, for as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained that the pope likes to personally meet some of the visitors, and if we'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the pope would personally greet us. Sure enough, five minutes later the pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down as he spoke a few words to me."

"Really?" asked the Barber. "What'd he say?"

"He said, 'Where'd you get the lousy haircut?'"


An accountant is having a hard time sleeping and goes to see his doctor. "Doctor, I just can't get to sleep at night."

"Have you tried counting sheep?"

"That's the problem - I make a mistake and then spend three hours trying to find it."

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Parish Priest: Fr Brian Lange 425 8545
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: Parish Office 425 8545
Rosters: Warkworth: Parish Office 425 8545
Newsletter (Bulletin): Parish Office & Fr Brian Lange 425 8545
Warkworth Maintenance: Bob Dye 425 0089
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716
Liturgical Ministries: Fr Brian Lange 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”

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

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