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Parish Newsletter     †     26th September 2021


In this time of Level Three lockdown in our Auckland Region in trying to contain the spread of the Delta strain of the Covid-19 Virus and its impact and restrictions on our lives, we can still, however, influence one another in all sorts of ways. May we, in God’s grace, be stepping stones for one another as we do our best to follow Christ’s footsteps.

REFLECTION: Treasuring the little ones

Jesus condemned those who lead the little ones astray,
but he blessed those who care for them.
One of the most touching things about children is their openness.
But this same openness leaves them very vulnerable.
They may not say much but they feel everything.
They are like flowers which appear in the spring-
frail and delicate with beauty-
innocents abroad in an unpredictable climate.
If embraced by the sun, they will bloom to their full potential.
But if they are assailed by hail, they will die a premature death.
Love is to a child what sunshine is to a flower.

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Parish, News & Events

Fr Brian’s SCRIPTURE NOTE for the Vigil Mass

First Reading (Numbers 11:25-29). This tells of the institution of seventy elders who were to assist Moses in ruling the people of Israel. They were endowed with the spirit of leadership and prophecy that was given to Moses. Joshua resents the fact that the gift of prophecy is now given to many others besides Moses, but Moses himself welcomes it.
The main point of the reading: God’s choice is not personal privilege to be guarded jealously, but a call to serve his people. This ties in with the incident in the Gospel concerning the man who was casting out devils in the name of Jesus but did not belong to the company of the disciples.

Second Reading (James 5:1-6). This contains a strong warning to the wealthy. It stresses two points. First, the ultimate worthlessness of wealth; whatever comfort it affords is transitory. Second, wealth is often obtained through exploitation of the weak, something that cries out to God for vengeance.

Gospel (Mark 9:38-43,47-48). The fact of casting out demons ‘in the name of Jesus’ shows that the exorcist recognized the power of Jesus. Therefore, he is not against Jesus and his disciples even if he hasn’t joined them.
The smallest act of kindness shown to a disciple on the ground of his connection with Christ will not fail to have its reward.
Jesus utters a grim warning against anyone who would hurt the ‘little ones’ who have faith in him. The directions for dealing with temptation are not meant to be taken literally. They forcefully make the point that sin is to be avoided at all costs.
Jesus talks about hell, and compares it to Gehenna. Gehenna was a ravine south of Jerusalem, where once infants were offered in sacrifice to Moloch. It was desecrated by Josiah and was henceforth used as a dump for offal and refuse. A fire burned there always. As a site of ill omen, it came to symbolize the place of future punishment.

Homily for Sunday, 26th of September 2021 - Better to enter into Life

Many aspects of people’s thinking and culture today has a shrunken sense of the real. In it life is pursued within limited horizons with the expectation of annihilation at death. This helps to explain why the lines from the Gospel today according to Saint Mark are so challenging. We are challenged from two directions.

The first challenge is that we are presented with the seriousness of our moral lives and its consequences. An initial reaction to this challenge might be to look for ways to escape from such demands – this is mere exaggeration? Surely these are crude shock tactics? Could any moral failure require such drastic action?

The second challenge is to believe in a larger, deeper reality than much of our secularized culture wants us to. The Gospel tells us about devils, hell, miracles and the Kingdom of God. An initial reaction to this challenge might be to dismiss it as primitive cosmology.

Because of the force of Jesus’ language, the point is that we need to be alert to the urgency with which we need to deal with the real causes of sin. There are times when we need to clean shop through the reordering of our thoughts and desires, so that the way is clear for Christ to be in our lives. And we need to give expression to our repentance. In this teaching we need to remember that the hearers of Jesus understood the heart not to be the only source of a person’s emotions, but also of their thoughts and every decision they make. In effect, our sins are caused by disordered thoughts and desires.

God created us without us, but he did not will to save us without us. If we agree with Saint Augustine on this, then we can begin to grasp the wonder of the gift of salvation and at the same time the demands that repentance makes on us.

The Christian faith also comes as a gift to the mind, and it is as nuanced and complex as the truth can be. From time to time, various complicated truths are summed up in short and memorable sayings. One that comes to mind is that ‘we should pray as though everything depended on God, and we should work as though everything depended on us.’ Without belief in God and life after death, living therefore in a shrunken world and with a diminished sense of what it means to be human, such people will see everything ending for them at death.

Once God and a larger and more lasting reality are accepted, then the moral picture changes too. Jesus said that anyone who gave in his name, even a cup of cold water to another, would be rewarded. The ‘cup of water’ is a symbol of a small kind of deed. The good we do and the merits we acquire will allow us to discover a double gift: the gift of truth of conscience and the gift of the certainty of redemption. The Spirit of truth is the consoler. The challenge for us is to love God and desire the coming of his Kingdom.

The opportunity to give a cup of cold water can come our way in the course of a day. A small act of kindness, an offer of assistance, can turn winter into summer at least briefly for another person. They just need to have a certain quality. That quality is warmth. All deeds that come from the heart with purity of intention have this warmth!

With kind thoughts and blessings,
Fr. Brian

Celebration Sunday October 3 Update

As you know, the first Sunday in October is the national celebration day for Venerable Suzanne Aubert Meri Hohepa. In previous years parishes have included special intercessory prayers and an informative video at the Sunday Mass.
With many churches closed around the country and Sunday Masses not possible under current Covid-19 restrictions, I am delighted to tell you that we have two special virtual celebrations planned for October 3, and we have also prepared some material for your private home devotional time.

Mass from Island Bay with Cardinal John Dew
The Cardinal has agreed to celebrate a special Mass in the Chapel beside the crypt at Island Bay where Suzanne Aubert Meri Hohepa lies.
This Mass will be broadcast at 2:00 PM on Shine TV on Sunday October 3. It will also be available to view later in the day on YouTube and Facebook.

Live Facebook Liturgy
In addition to the Mass, we are holding a special liturgy from the crypt at 5pm. This will include karakia and material written and presented by the Sisters.

At home resource kit
For those who would like something special to use at home on Celebration Sunday, we have prepared some devotional material. This will be available next week. Please register your interest with Sr Josephine if you would like to receive this.

Invitation for Prayer requests:
If you have a special prayer request, or there is someone in your parish who would like to be remembered at either of these events, please send confidential details to Sister Josephine Gorman via email:
Cardinal John will offer this special Mass for the intentions of all those who ask him to do so. Please do contact Sister Josephine.
At the conclusion of the Mass, all prayer requests will be placed on the tombstone of Suzanne Aubert Meri Hohepa and the Sisters will continue to pray for e during October.

Please remember we have some great resources available to help during these challenging times.
To view the ‘Journeying with Suzanne Aubert Meri Hohepa' booklet which is just is one of them, please click below.

With thanks for all you have done and continue to do in promoting the spirituality and good works of Venerable Suzanne Aubert Meri Hohepa, we pray...
'thanks be to God for all He has done and is doing for us'
God Bless
Sister Margaret Anne Mills
Congregational Leader Sisters of Compassion

Ruakaka 30th Anniversary

On Sunday 14th November 2021, the Ruakaka Holy Family Catholic Community is celebrating 30 years since moving into the new Church in Peter Snell Road, Ruakaka.
Mass is at 10.30am followed by a shared luncheon, sausage sizzle and entertainment for young and old. We are specially reaching out to past members and friends who could be interested in coming along and sharing a few memories.
Please contact either; Ray Timmins; 02102788867 : Or Monica Johnson ; 021382401 :

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This Weeks Events

Tuesday 28/09, 7pm
Tuesday Night Formation // with Tim Wilson
Looking for an evening of faith formation? This Tuesday, the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy team will be joined by Tim Wilson, Executive Director of the think tank, Maxim Institute. Prior to his work with Maxim, time was an award-winning journalist, with work appearing in The New York Times and The Guardian.

Wednesday 29/09, 7pm
Livin’ in Lockdown #6 // Sharing our Faith
How do we share our faith when we’re stuck in a bubble? Saint Paul did, and you can too! Join the ACYM team for a laid-back, radio talk-show style on Facebook Live and we talk about sharing our faith in lockdown.

Love Without Limits by Divine Renovation Australia
Jesus taught us to both love our neighbour and to go make disciples. Join Cardinal Tagle, Nicky Gumbel and friends for an honest conversation around how we can live out this calling in the modern world. SESSION ONE | Thursday 30/09, 10pm or SESSION TWO |Friday 01/10, 10am

Friday 01/10, 7pm
Vocations Adoration Feast of St Therese of Lisieux. Join Bishop Michael Gielen for the monthly first Friday Adoration and Benediction live from St. Pat’s Cathedral.

Saturday 02/10, 7pm
Setting Hearts on Fire // Weekend Worship with Michael Mangan
Join Aussie Catholic singer/songwriter Michael Mangan for Weekend Worship on Saturday 2 October at 7.00 pm. 60 minutes of music, movement, fun and faith for the whole family. Sing along with some of Michael’s well known “classics” including Hearts On Fire and Come Together and learn some of his newer songs. Email song requests to Pastoral Office by 30 September and Michael will try to squeeze them in! and

Sunday 03/10, 7pm
The GREAT Diocesan Quiz Night
Win up to $500 for your parish, school, or faith community. Join us for our first ever great Diocesan quiz night! Get your bubble organised for a family-friendly night of fun that will test your knowledge of movies, sports, Catholic trivia and much more!

Daily Reflections from Bishops

Daily Reflections from Bishops Pat and Michael Reflections from the Bishops on Facebook Bishop Pat and Bishop Michael

We pray....

Loving God
In our us
In our lonliness ...befriend us
In our emptiness ... fill us
In our fear...assure us
In our uncertainties... comfort us.
With lavish love...bless us

Online Sessions (Evening):
Notices from Titipounamu Study & Joy

The Gospel of Luke – The Gospel of the New Church Year with Kieran Fenn fms.
Mondays, 27 September -11 October, 7-8.30pm. Free. ZOOM.
Series of 5 parts. All sessions are connected but also stand alone.
$25/session or $90/series of 5 sessions.
For more information and registration:
Muffin Talk Radio Programme recordings and video clips on religion, interfaith and community available at

A number of resources are available this week.

Liturgy of the Word for 26 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Liturgy of the Word for families 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

Coming events in Project Lift Up – a diocesan program of Faith, Fun and Fellowship.
Akld Catholic Project Lift Up Updated.pdf

Liturgy of the Word for Sunday

Outline of Liturgy of the Word for Sunday with links to appropriate music videos, suggestions for reflection. Accompanied by a PowerPoint for sharing from Pastoral Services Liturgy Centre

On-line Rosary

At 9am daily with the Cathedral of St Patrick’s and St Joseph
Contact to join

Breaking Open the Gospel of the Day

Members of the Diocesan Community proclaim the Gospel of the Day and reflect on its meaning in our lives and this situation YouTube.

Resources in times of Lockdown

The diocese has a number of resources available on its website to support people during this time

For those at level 2 will be a useful resource.

A reminder that the diocese continues to provide broadcast Sunday Mass. It is uploaded at 5.30pm Saturday night (as per a Vigil Mass time) to the Youtube channel Auckland Catholic . It is also broadcast on Shine TV Sundays at 2.00pm Free-to-air TV Channel 25, Sky TV Channel 201.


There are a number of key issues happening in our nation which will affect families, and we just wanted to alert you to some resources which may be of benefit to you and your family. These are all free resources and are designed to equip you to understand what’s at stake, and to pass on to your family to assist them to also be aware and to speak up.

The Liturgy of the Word with Children is...

  • Is a ritual for the proclamation of God’s Word with Children appropriate to their understanding.
  • Is a moment of salvation in which the living God communicates life to God’s children and in which they respond with awe, praise, thanksgiving and petition.
  • Is time to hear God’s Word at an appropriate level.
  • Is an opportunity to hear the Gospel message and consider how to practice it in life.

Staying Alive During Lockdown

A fun, radio talk-show style event for youth and young adults on Instagram live, sharing our top tips and hilarious stories for staying alive in lockdown. With ACYM. Wednesdays 7pm Instagram


The latest edition of the NZ Catholic is available free of charge ONLINE in digital form.
Please enjoy reading New Zealand’s only national Catholic newspaper.

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Diocesan News & Events

Vacancy | Part time Accountant

The Accountant role reports to the Financial Controller and in this role you will be responsible for managing the financial functions contained within the role responsibility to ensure all financial reporting requirements and imperatives are delivered accurately and add value to the organisation. You will provide accurate, timely and relevant statutory and management reporting information to ensure the Diocese fully meets statutory requirements and achieves strategic goals. This is a permanent part-time role for 24 hours per week.

Part-time Credit Controller & Administration

This part time role of 20 hours per week is to provide credit control and administration support to the Operations Manager for the collection of Attendance Dues for schools in the Auckland Diocese. Hours are flexible to incorporate some evening and Saturday morning work.
Key Tasks include: Collection of compulsory school Attendance Dues; contact with school parents via outbound phone calls; follow up of unpaid accounts and Debtor ledger management.
To view the full adverts and position descriptions, please visit our website under Diocesan Services and Staff Vacancies. Applications close on 29 September 2021.

Life Teen Summer Camp Auckland 14-18 Jan 2022

WELCOME HOME to your home away from home!
Are you ready to dive deeper into your relationship with Christ and become a Summer Missionary? There are a range of roles, so no matter your gifts we have a place for you!
If you are 18+ and would like to apply as a Summer Missionary or to know more go to or email the team at

Divine Renovation Aotearoa Conference Taupo 19-21 October 2021

Tongariro Catholic with the support of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton is excited to be hosting a nationwide conference to promote Divine Renovation as a stellar model for parish renewal. This conference is open to anyone who wants to find out more about how the Divine Renovation model can transform parishes of all sizes and for those who have already adopted the DR model and want to continue to learn and connect with others. We particularly invite parish priests and their parish pastoral councils to come and see what this model has to offer the life of their parish. Find out more, and register:

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Parish Services and Contacts

The Sacraments of Baptism – Reconciliation...

Enquiry's for the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion & Confirmation
Please talk to Fr Brian

Parish Caring Fund – Family Support

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

Warkworth Combined Churches Foodlink

Contact: Davina 09 425 8861, 5 Pulham Road, Warkworth.
  • Collection baskets are in the foyers of our churches for food and grocery items
  • To donate directly to Foodlink: Mahu Vision Community (ASB) 12 3095 0240595

Warkworth Homebuilders:

Is an organisation working in North Rodney dedicated to helping local families
by walking them through hard times.
Call (09) 425 7048

Parish Contributions

For those parishioners who donate to the parish via the envelope system or by cash during the collection time at Mass, you may wish to continue to contribute to the parish via internet banking.

The parish bank account number is 02-0100-0120990-018.
Please ensure that you provide the following details with each payment:
  • Your initials and name
  • If you normally pay via the envelope system then please quote your envelope number
  • The word “collection”

For all other parishioners who donate by envelope or cash and who do not have access to internet banking, then please hold your collection money each week and the parish will collect it as soon as possible after this crisis has abated.

The Lord remains with us always. Let us pray for each other to deepen our gratitude for that presence in our spiritual communion each day.

Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us!
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Brian Lange

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In a long line of people waiting for a bank teller, one guy suddenly started massaging the shoulders of the man in front of him.

Surprised, the customer turned and snarled, "Just what the hell are you doing?"

"Well," said the guy, "I'm a chiropractor and I could see that you were tense, so I had to massage your back. Sometimes I just can't help practicing my art!"

"That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!" the guy replied. "I'm a tax collector. Do you see me pickpocketing the guy in front of me?"

School Phone Message.

Apparently the following was voted unanimously by some office staff as the phone menu for a school:

"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting the right staff member, please listen to all your options before making a selection:

To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1.

To make excuses for why your child did not do his work - Press 2.

To complain about what we do - Press 3.

To cuss out staff members - Press 4.

To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5.

If you want us to raise your child - Press 6.

If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7.

To request another teacher for the third time this year - Press 8.

To complain about bus transportation - Press 9.

To complain about school lunches - Press 0.

If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable/responsible for his/her own behaviour, class work, homework, and that it's not the teacher's fault for your child(ren)'s lack of effort, hang up and have a nice day!"


The other day, a boss was complaining in the staff meeting that he wasn't getting any respect.

The next morning he went and bought a small sign that read, "I'm the Boss." He attached it to his office door.

Later that day when he returned from lunch, he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that said, "Your wife called. She wants her sign back."

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Parish Priest: Fr Brian Lange 425 8545
Parish Finance Committee Chairperson: Fr Brian Lange
Caring Group: - 425 8545 Office
Puhoi Church Bookings: Bernadette Straka 09 426 7374 or 422 0716 or WW Office 425 8545
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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