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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.

Bibles available
at the Parish shop

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

Parish Newsletter     †     24th Jan 2021


In this celebration of Holy Mass for this Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sacred Scriptures records Jesus setting out in his ministry. Jesus’ first words issue a call to repent and believe in the Good News. This is about the Kingdom of God that has come near to us with an assurance of a blessed future.


The good news
I may be poor
but no millionaire can be so happy as me,
if they haven’t got the love of God in their souls. Think what it is –
not to hate anything but evil;
to be full of love for every creature;
to be frightened of nothing;
to be sure that all things will turn to good;
to know that nothing can separate us from God who loves us,
and who fills our souls with peace and joy.
This blessedness is offered to everyone;
it is the good news
that Jesus came to preach to the poor.
- George Elliot

Sacramental Programme for Catholic Families 2021

If your child is 8 years or older (Year 4 and up) the programme teaches and prepares the children towards receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist.

If you are interested in enrolling your child for the programme please have a chat to Fr Brian or email Berny for an enrolment form. Closing date: 21st February 2021

Sharing the Word of God today


First Reading (Jonah 3:1-5,10). This text relates how the preaching of Jonah met with an immediate response in the pagan city of Nineveh. The people recognized in his voice the voice of God., and undertook to reform their lives. The story shows the possibility of a heathen city repenting and turning to God. It also shows God’s readiness to show mercy, even to Gentiles. The theme of repentance is the connection with the Gospel.

Second Reading (1 Corinthians 7:29-31). Paul was convinced that the Parousia was imminent. He is not recommending that husbands should stop loving their wives, or that they should put on a hypocritical show of sorrow or rejoicing. He is asking for a detachment from the dear, familiar things that tend to absorb us.
Even though we can’t share Paul’s belief that the Second Coming of Christ is imminent, he still has an important message for us, namely, that this world is not the be-all and the end-all. We are destined for the next world. This should profoundly affect the way we live in this world.

Gospel (Mark 1:14-20). The first half of Mark’s Gospel (1:1-8:26) describes Jesus’ ministry of preaching and healing in Galilee. Jesus begins his preaching by calling on people to repent and embrace the Good News. The call to repentance connects his preaching with that of John the Baptist. If the Ninevites responded so fully to the preaching of Jonah, how much more fully should we respond to the preaching of Jesus. For Mark ‘believe the Gospel’ means ‘believe in the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.’
The Gospel goes on to relate the call of the first four apostles: two sets of brothers, Peter and Andrew and James and John. We see the same prompt and positive response as we saw in the Ninevites: ‘At once they left everything and followed him.’

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Parish, News & Events


Parish Family (husband, wife and young child) are in need of rental accommodation $250-$350 p.w.
Please contact Fr Brian.

Talents among us.

I'm looking to have a 'core' group of people to learn some new/old songs/hymns. If you're interested please ring me 021 2456 920 or 09 4230433 Also any instrument players please dust them off and share your talents. All support and encouragement will be given! Christine Greig

Join us for a ‘cuppa’

Stay, chat and enjoy a cuppa after 10.30 am Sunday Mass at Warkworth.

Warkworth New Rosters

Please collect your copy from the blue folder in the foyer of the church..

Readers please note:

The readings for the Mass which you are rostered for, are stapled to your named roster.

Marriage preparation programme:

Gerry Smith at Auckland Diocese (09) 360 3025

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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

Parish Caring Fund – Family Support

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

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


Some headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • New coadjutor archbishop for Wellington.
  • Praise for social services leadership.
  • NZ bishops urge people to get Covid vaccine.
  • New rector for seminary.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Diocesan News & Events

De Paul House Vacancy:

A qualified Social Worker with 3 years or more social work experience is needed to join the team at De Paul House Emergency housing & family support service.
For a detailed job description please check out the listing on or email to request. Closes 31/01/21

Mass for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Deaf friendly Mass with NZSL the first for 2021 |Sunday 14 February, 12noon, Poynton Room, Pompallier Catholic Centre, 30 New St, Ponsonby.
Bring something for shared lunch.

Liturgy Committee Training

A formation opportunity for members of Liturgy Committees and others involved in preparing liturgy |Thursday 18 February, 6.30 nibbles, 7-9.00 pm meeting, Poynton Room, Pompallier Catholic Centre, 30 New St, Ponsonby. Register at

Ecumenism – one possible answer for a contemporary NZ with Dr Rocio

Figueroa of Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College facilitated by Catholic Diocese of Auckland Commission for Ecumenism. Tuesday 23 February 7.00pm, Poynton Room, Pompallier Catholic Centre, 30 New St, Ponsonby. Register at

Walk through the Mass Saturday 20 March.

An opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Mass, its words and gestures, and explore what is meant by our ‘participation’. Saturday 20 March 9.30am-1.00pm. Our Lady of the Assumption Onehunga. Morning tea provided. Donations welcome. Register at

Titipounamu Study & Joy

For Registration go to: Online Session (Retreat Day): Who am I? – Reflecting on our Identity in God with Eamon Butler. Saturday, 30 January, 10.30am-4pm. Fee: $60, ZOOM

Online Sessions (Evening):

The Passion of Jesus Christ with Br Kieran Fenn who has a wonderful way of bringing Scripture alive.
4 Mondays in March, 7-8.30pm. Fee: $25/session. ZOOM.
All sessions are connected but also stand alone. Start: 01 March

On-Site Event:

Ancient Rock-Hewn Churches in Ethiopia with Nic Birt.
Saturday, 13 March, 7-9pm at the Coptic Orthodox Church in Birkdale, North Shore.


2021 Daily Mass Calendars - $3

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Mum's Brownies Recipe
Remove teddy bear from oven and preheat oven. Melt 1 cup margarine in saucepan. Remove teddy bear from oven and tell Jr. "no, no."

Add margarine to 2 cups sugar. Take shortening can away from Jr. and clean cupboards. Measure 1/3 cup cocoa. Take shortening can away from Jr. again and bathe cat.

Apply antiseptic and bandages to scratches sustained while removing shortening from cat's tail. Assemble 4 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 1-1/2 cups flour.

Take smoldering teddy bear from oven and open all doors and windows for ventilation. Take phone away from Billy and assure party on the line the call was a mistake. Measure 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup nuts and beat all ingredients well. Let cat out of refrigerator.

Pour mixture into well-greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake 25 minutes. Rescue cat from Billy. Throw cat outside while there's still time and he's still able to run away.

-> Frosting

Mix the following in saucepan: 1 cup sugar, 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, 1/4 cup margarine. Answer the door and meekly explain to nice policeman that you didn't know Jr. had slipped out of the house and was heading for the street. Put Jr. in playpen.

Add 1/3 cup milk, a dash of salt, and boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Answer door and apologize to neighbor for Billy having stuck a garden hose in man's front door mail slot. Promise to pay for ruined carpet. Tie Billy to washing line. Remove burned brownies from oven.

Fresh Fruit?

A duck walks into a general store and asks the manager, "Got any fresh fruit?"


"Got any fresh vegetables?"

"No. We have only canned and dry goods."

The next day, the duck returns. "Got any fresh fruit?"


"Got any fresh vegetables?"

"No. I told you yesterday, we have only canned and dry goods. If you come back tomorrow and ask me the same question, I'll douse you in cream."

On the third day, the duck walks in and asks, "Got any cream?"


"Got any fresh fruit?"

Today let's take a closer look at a few signs:

Auto Repair Service. Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once, you'll never go anywhere again.

We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.

Vacation Special: have your home exterminated. Get rid of aunts. We do the job in 24 hours.

Used Cars: Why go elsewhere to be cheated. Come here first.

Wanted: Hair cutter. Excellent growth potential.

Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too.

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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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