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Parish Newsletter     †     15th May 2022


‘I give you a new commandment: love one another, just as I have loved you.’
These words which were spoken by Jesus to his apostles at the Last Supper, are spoken to us in our Gospel for this Fifth Sunday of Easter.
This was the new order the Saviour had come to bring, and the sign by which the world would recognize his followers.
We need to learn how best to go about loving others for the sake of God because, in the evening of life, we will be judged on how well we have expressed our love for others with due concern and wisdom.

Fr Brian’s SCRIPTURE NOTE for the Sunday Mass

First Reading (Acts 14:21-27) This tells us about the conclusion of Paul’s first missionary journey. Paul and Barnabas retrace their steps, encouraging the little communities they have founded, preparing them for the inevitable persecutions, and appointing elders in every church.

Second Reading (Apocalypse 21:1-5). This passage comes from the final part of Apocalypse. The final part of Apocalypse opens with a vision of a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem. In the new Jerusalem sorrow and pain will have no place. This glorious future to which God is leading us will be fully realized only in the hereafter.

Gospel (John 13:31-35). The scene is the Last Supper. Judas has departed and Jesus is alone with his own. He is going forward to the cross. By so doing, he is giving glory to God, who in turn will give glory to him. The apostles can’t follow him yet. In the meantime, they are to live by a ‘new commandment’ – the commandment of love. It is new only in the sense that it sets a new standard – ‘as I have loved you’. The world will know that they are his disciples by their fidelity to this commandment.


It’s easy to love people who are far away, but not always easy to love those who are close at hand.
Yet these are the people Christ asks us to love.
That is where our love must begin.
But, of course, it shouldn’t end there.


Lord, open our hearts when they are closed,
and warm them when they are cold,
so that we may produce the fruit of love,
and the world will know
that we are your disciples.

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News & Events

A warm welcome to any new parishioners:

Please introduce yourself to Fr Brian and also complete a parish Enrolment Form on the table in the foyer.
Alternatively complete and send the form
click here.

El Shaddai – Filipino Choir

Next Sunday we welcome El Shaddai – Filipino Choir
who will be singing during the 10.30 am Mass at Warkworth.

Candidates for Confirmation and First Eucharist

After a very interrupted program instruction will commence again for our young people on Sunday, the 15th of May at 4:00pm in the Warkworth Church Hall.

We pray...

May you find the strength
to face tomorrow in the love
that surrounds you today.

Group's Resuming Soon

We are hoping to resume soon – our Prayer and Gospel Study Group and our Sunday morning cup of tea.
Watch out for commencement dates!!
Email to be involved.

End of Year Tax Receipts

Please collect your End of Year Tax Receipts and planned giving envelopes from the foyer.

Wooden crosses

Could any reader or special minister who has inadvertently worn the wooden crosses home, please return them!
Thank you


Since we are at the “red” traffic light setting, we are providing, free of charge, a digital link to our latest issue. We invite you to distribute this widely, including posting it to your social media outlets. A cover graphic and ‘click link graphic’ are also attached to assist with this.
Please enjoy reading New Zealand’s only national Catholic newspaper.
  • - New Zealand canon lawyer calls for more laity in Church governance.
  • - Dame Lyndsay Freer retires from Church media role.
  • - Cardinal Dew quizzed on radio at Easter.
  • - Northland author of book on priests suffers devastating property fire.

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Family Life International NZ co-ordinated the recently concluded 40 Days for Life campaign in Auckland, where pro-life supporters gathered to pray opposite the AMAC abortion facility on Dominion Rd in Auckland for 40 days during Lent. Around 140 people participated, giving from 1 - 67 hours of their time.

For more pro-life information visit


Young Adults Evening Taking place on Saturday 21 May, 6:00pm-9:00pm, an evening of keynote speakers, praise and worship, adoration, reconciliation, and prayer. Spaces are limited, so grab your FREE tickets today!

Virtual Alive in the Spirit conference

Attended online by 1000 people last year, the interactive pastoral experience offers individuals and groups a variety of ways to engage flexibly. The NZ organiser is Amy Armstrong, pastoral ministry coordinator for the Diocese of Dunedin. It runs from 26 to 28 May. Full details here:

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for 2022 runs from 30 May – 5 June. Please join with us to celebrate together at this year’s Ecumenical Prayer Service on Sunday 12th June 2022, 6:30PM |15 Culperry Road |Glendene | Host: St Peter’s Syrian Orthodox Church. Refreshments after service. Email for further details.


– Mass & Luncheon 11am on Sunday 5th June.
Old Boys and families who’ve had an association with Marist and St John’s College in Hamilton are all welcome. We would be very grateful if parishioners would share this invitation to people who may be interested.
Please register attendance online at, or phone the College Office on 07 856 7091.

Bishop’s Jubilee Bursary Semester 2 2022

Jubilee Bursary Contribution towards fees for Theology and RE courses at degree and post graduate level Applications close Thursday, 9 June 2022 please contact: Michelle Jarvis

Justice and Peace Commission

Diocese of Auckland's Justice and Peace Commission currently needs new members for their Affordability of Housing Committee which advocates for everyone to have affordable, warm and dry housing particularly those in greatest need, and Social Hazards Committee, it advocates to overcome exploitation of people, loan sharks and gambling and alcohol harm. If you have an interest in serving in these areas please contact: Peter Garrick Executive Secretary phone 022 1300 730


Diocesan Services Staff Vacancies for the full position descriptions of these roles and how to apply. Please visit our website
  • - Liturgy and Ministry Co-ordinator Full-time role
  • - Pastoral Worker to the Auckland Deaf Community 32 hours per week
Parish Secretary Vacancy - Glen Eden Parish General administrative tasks, managing invoices and reporting processes, updating and maintenance of our website and be proficient in MYOB. Part-time 25-30 hours per week. Please submit your CV and covering letter outlining your interest in this role to


For info please contact Sylvia 021 088 22990

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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

Home Visits

Please contact Fr Brian if you need or you know of someone who would like a Home Visit
– communion and reconciliation to the sick and housebound.

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

Warkworth Combined Churches Foodlink

Contact: 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 ANZ 01-0482-0005321-11

Warkworth Homebuilders:

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

Columban Calendars ($12) and Daily Mass Calendars ($3)

Are on sale in the parish office.

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Bexfield diamond
A businessman boarded a plane to find, sitting next to him, an elegant woman wearing the largest, most stunning diamond ring he had ever seen. He asked her about it.

"This is the Bexfield diamond," she said. "It is beautiful, but there is a terrible curse that goes with it."

"What's the curse?" the man asked.

"Mr. Bexfield."

She Said YES

An elderly widow and widower were dating for about five years. The man finally decided to ask her to marry him. She immediately said "yes".

The next morning when he awoke, he couldn't remember what her answer was! "Was she happy? I think so, wait, no, she looked at me funny..."

After about an hour of trying to remember to no avail, he got on the phone and gave her a call. Embarrassed, he admitted that he didn't remember her answer to the marriage proposal.

"Oh", she said, "I'm so glad you called. I remembered saying 'yes' to someone, but I couldn't recall who it was."

Quick Jokes

  • One day the teacher asked the class, "Tell me, is it noisier than last year in your neighborhood?" 70% said, "Yes," and the other 30% replied, "I didn't hear the question."

  • To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

  • Classified Ad: Snow Blower For Sale ... Only Used On Snowy Days

  • I just went to the Air & Space museum. Boy do I feel ripped off. It was just an empty room.

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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: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716
Liturgical Ministries: Warkworth: Christine 423 0433, Fr Brian Lange 425 8545
Warkworth Parish Hall Bookings: Parish Office 425 8545
Marriage preparation programme: Gerry Smith at Auckland Diocese (09) 360 3025


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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