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Wheelchair Available ...

The Caring Group has provided a Wheelchair for the use of for any parishioner who may require it. Enquiries to Moira 425 0232.

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We have stocks of several varieties of bibles available from our online shop (at

Parish Newsletter     †     17th February 2019


The beatitudes confront us with choices concerning temporal or earthly possessions. They challenge us to purify our hearts, to embrace the values of God that are completely opposed to those of the world. The things that we think we need to be happy and successful are exposed as being of no value at all in God’s economy. The beatitudes provide us with the heart of the Christian way of life. It takes complete trust to live the beatitudes. Jesus is asking us for that complete trust in God, no matter what our condition in life. What does the church teach us about worldly wealth and the responsibilities required of those who have an abundance of it? Social justice teachings of the church have been consistently forthcoming in the past hundred years

– they remind us that the teachings of Jesus were not just for that time, but for all time. Jesus is addressing us with the challenge of his teaching. How does this make you feel? Jesus did not say that it was wrong to own things, have enough to eat or a comfortable home, but his sermon reminds us that this should not be our sole focus in life.

What steps might you take this week to focus more attention on spiritual values?

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Open Day St Paul’s College, 183 Richmond Road, Ponsonby

Thursday 7th March. Sessions – 9.30am & 1.45pm
Assembly in the College Chapel, followed by tour.
Enrolments for Years 7, 8 and 9
Building Men of Courage since 1955

Catholic Caring Foundation

Please take home a copy of the Caring Foundation’s summer newsletter and find out how your gift is supporting families and communities in need throughout the diocese. Want to make a difference to our community? Then please consider gifting to the foundation.

Caring Foundation Annual Grants

The foundation is now receiving grant applications from social service agencies and charities throughout the Auckland diocese who work to support and strengthen families and communities. Applications close on 12th of April, 2019. For more information and to download the application form, please visit our website:

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Join the Auckland diocesan pilgrimage, led by our Vicar General, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, and our diocesan Media & Communications person, Dame Lyndsay Freer. Departing Saturday 14 September, this 15-night pilgrimage offers superior accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, daily Mass for our group and outstanding local guides. See the Gospels come alive as we retrace the steps of Jesus from his Nativity to Calvary. For further details contact the organiser, Harvest Journeys, on their free-calling number (0800) 819 156 or visit or call Lyndsay on (021) 272 4895.

"Listening to the People of the Land:

Christianity, Colonisation and the Path to Redemption Friday 22 February, 7 pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby. The cost of the book at the launch will be $30. All are welcome.
RSVP There is good parking at the rear of the Columba Centre. Guest Speaker Sue Bradford.

104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. EVENING TALK – Grateful for God’s Goodness: Love Poured Out with ELIZABETH SNEDDEN rcsj. Fri 1 Mar, 7-9pm. $15

  2. LENTEN SERIES: Journey of the Cross Fridays during Lent, 7-8.30pm. $10 each session or all 6 sessions for $50. This series will provide an opportunity to reflect on the cross through music, Scripture, reflection, prayer and times of silence. Over the 6 weeks, each presenter will do two sessions each. The presenters are: Max Maxwell, Anne Warren chf and Cathryn Wiles-Pickard rsm. These are all stand-alone events and complimentary events. You are welcome to come to one, two, or them all…

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

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Friday 22nd February

Adoration 11.30 am to 12.00 pm

at Warkworth Church


There are just a few copies left....
2019 Columban Art Calendars $12
Sister Anne’s A6 Prayer Series $1
NZ Catholic $4
Good News For You $2
Proclaim Praise $2


Some of our database is either out of date or non-existent. We especially require a current email address.
If you have changed your address or any family information please email the office.

Parish Picnic

Parish Picnic POSTPONED
Stand by for details...


Today we welcome a pilgrimage group of Sisters from various New Zealand and Australian religious communities.
Blessings on you All during your travels.

Prolife Facts

Voice for Life spokesperson Kate Cormack, a qualified counsellor, is kept busy answering the questions that flood in from the online forum We Deserve Better. She explains what We Deserve Better is all about: “The Government pushing for abortion law reform, so now is the time to start talking about abortion in a more in-depth, more informed way.
We want to reveal the latest information, the facts and the stories of woman who have lived experiences. The Government may want the conversation to be focused on their agenda, but we remind then that there is far more to this real injustice. We are a voice for the voiceless because New Zealand deserves better than abortion.”

For more pro-life information, visit the Voice for Life website

Healing Masses...

Healing Masses will be celebrated on the 23rd & 24th of February

“What is a healing Mass?”
A healing mass is a special celebration of the mass that aims at helping people find healing in whatever areas they may require it: Spiritual, Physical, Mental Restoration. Although according to the Catholic Church the mass itself has certain healing properties, a healing mass focuses participants on the specific theme of healing.
Music and other elements of the liturgical celebration focus on the theme of healing to support the aim of the healing mass.

Spiritual Journey to Ireland, Scotland and England

Departing Auckland 23 June 2019
25 days
chaplain Monsignor David Tonks
Inquiries to Laura at 09 9215106 or

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Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Kiwis centre stage at World Youth Day in Panama
  • Pastoral leader dies on Christmas Day.
  • Seal of confession issues often misunderstood.
  • Women deacons about ministry not power.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.


Jokes by Number
Joe is walking along a street at night when he hears a lot of laughter and shouting from a comedy club.

Joe thinks, "Hmm...never been to a comedy club before, I'll go check it out."

In he walks, amidst hoots of laughter. He looks up at a stage in the center of the room and sees a man going to the microphone. He taps the microphone twice and says, "42." Everyone bursts out laughing and he walks off the stage.

Another man comes up and yells, "68!" The crowd laughs even louder.

A third man walks up and shouts, "12!"

Joe is quite confused by now so he finds the manager and asks, "Why does everyone laugh when they are only calling out numbers?"

"Well," says the manager, "we got tired of saying the same jokes over and over again so we assigned them numbers so each number called out is a joke."

"Ohh," said Joe. "Am I allowed a go then?"

"Sure!" the manager exclaimed. So up on to the stage went Joe and yelled at the top of his voice, "168!"

The patrons laughed so loudly the room shook. They carried him off the stage.

After that, he went to the manager and asked, "Why was my joke so funny?"

The manager was still chuckling, but he said, "Well, they haven't heard that one before."
Some things only seem to happen in movies:

* Your car will always start immediately unless you are being chased by a monster of genetic creation.

* A detective can only solve a case once he has been fired from his job.

* The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building you want without difficulty.

* Once applied, lipstick will never rub off - even while scuba diving.

* All Asian people know Karate.

* If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.

* The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.

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Parish Priest: Fr Chris Brady or Fr. Jude Algama 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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