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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     †     19th August 2018

Pope Francis

In carrying Jesus, Mary brings us a new joy, filled with meaning,” Pope Francis said, “she brings a new ability to overcome with faith the most painful and difficult moments; she brings the ability of mercy, to forgive each other, understand each other, support one another.”

How do we exercise these qualities of Mary?
Mercy, forgiveness, understanding and support for those in painful or difficult situations.


For those who remain in Him, the face of Christ is truly everywhere – never hidden, ready, available for all to see, each of us bearing the mark of the divine artisan who would fill this world to fullness with signs of mercy, compassion, gentleness, reconciliation, justice, love and peace, who would make us sacraments of life, so that where we are, there Christ may be. This is but part of what Wisdom is teaching us today. Her table is always set, and she still proclaims “from the heights above the city, ‘Who is simple? Let her/him come this way ….

Leave foolishness behind and you will live, go forwards in the way of perception” (Prov. 9; 3,4,6). Jesus doesn’t appear to us as bread and wine in heaven – he is our eternal food there. This is our faith.

Fr Sean

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The Church Life Survey 18th-19th of August ...

50 question (tick the box) multiple-choice. For everyone over the age of 15 years.
Copies of the survey are available in the foyers at both churches OR the survey can also be completed online at this link:
Enter the Church code: GDPOCZGG

Thank you to everyone who have already completed and returned them!! Thank you.

Every nation touched, every heart changed.

Warkworth Aglow is on Friday 31st August at 7pm. Barakah Community Hall, 160 Hepburn Creek Road, Warkworth.
Our speaker this month is: Mrs. Jeannette Ward who is the President of Aglow NZ a position she has held since 2010. Jeannette has a passion to see both men and women achieve the potential that God has planned and purposed for them. She believes that each person has a unique sound given by God and that together we can impact our community, our city and ultimately our nation.


Bishop Patrick Dunn is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship to be known as the Ruth Miller Scholarship for Study at Good Shepherd College. This scholarship will be available for a selected number of people who intend to do one or more Theology papers at Good Shepherd College towards a Bachelor of Theology degree in 2019. For further information about this scholarship and to receive an application form, please contact Linda McQuade, Vicar for Education, Email: Closing date for applications is 15 October 2018.


As Northern Ireland comes under pressure to allow abortion on demand as in the rest of Ireland, a new pro-life group, Both Lives Matter, has emerged. Both Lives Matter offers a network of pregnancy support centres and challenges the accusations that abortion-rights advocates make about the pro-life movement. According to founder, Dawn McAvoy: “Too many people have been silenced by the false accusation that they are forcing their views on others.” Advocating for the life and dignity of both lives women and children, is not offensive, it’s about standing for human equality. How can this be offensive? It is compassion and justice in action.” Visit the website of Both Lives Matter at:
For more prolife information, visit

Fancy a Cuppa?

Parish Morning Tea after the Sunday 10.30 am Warkworth Mass.
Yes, you may ‘Bring a Plate’ if you wish to….

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Children's Liturgy

There will be Children's Liturgy during the 10.30 Mass TODAY. It is suitable for children over 4 years old unaccompanied. Younger children are welcome with an older sibling or parent. We would love to offer Children's Liturgy more regularly, if you would like to see what is involved, please feel most welcome to come out with the children today or speak to me (Deb) after Mass.
If you would like an email reminder of when there will be Children's Liturgy, send me an email;

Next Sunday Kiribati Community Mass

Warkworth Church
Sunday 10.30 am on the 26th of August.


The information has been compiled into a spreadsheet.
The Engage ‘18 Team are meeting this weekend to discuss how the feedback can be implemented.

Rest in Peace Craig Julyan

Craig’s funeral will be celebrated at 1pm on
Wednesday 22nd of August at Warkworth church.

2019 Columban Art Calendars are available NOW

Proceeds from calendar sales are sent overseas
to support the work of St Columbans Mission Society

Euthanasia Debate hosted by Hon Mark Mitchell MP:

Tuesday 21 August from 7pm at Orewa Arts and Events Centre, 76 Riverside Road, Orewa.
David Seymour MP will be speaking in support of the End of Life Choice Bill, with Hon Maggie Barry MP presenting the case against it. It is vital to have many supporters of life in the audience as Mark Mitchell wants to hear feedback from the community. A question time will follow the main speeches.

Prayer Chain

Amplify the power of prayer!
Contact Trish Coupe on 425 4272

Do you have ....

Any Parish news or events to share??
- Birthdays - School Awards - Weddings or Wedding Anniversaries
Telephone or email the parish office….

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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday after the 11 am Mass at Warkworth
“Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love.”
- Pope John Paul II

Those who are sick or infirm...

And who wish to receive Holy Communion in their home or place of residence. Please contact Fr Sean on 425 8545.

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Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Booties memorial sends strong message.
  • Two young priests ordained.
  • Reflecting on WYD 2008 ten years on.
  • Forums tackle ‘elephant’ issues.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.


All about the dough...
The CEO of a large orange company walked up to the Pope and offered him a billion dollars if he would change "The Lord's Prayer" from "give us this day our daily bread" to "give us this day our daily orange."

The Pope refused his offer.

Two weeks later, the CEO offered the pope 10 billion dollars to change the prayer and again the Pope refused the man's generous offer.

Another week later, the man offered the Pope 20 billion dollars and finally the Pope accepted.

The following day, the Pope said to all his officials, "I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we have just received 20 billion dollars. The bad news is that we lost the bakery account."
Here's another round of some sound advice:

* The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

* If you do something right once, someone will ask you to do it again.

* You can't have everything, where would you put it?

* How can you prevent diseases caused by biting insects? Don't bite any.

* There are three ways to get things done: do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or forbid your kids to do it.

* The secret to success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made.

* Old age always means 15 years older than you are.

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Parish Priest: Fr. Sean O'Conner, 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'Conner 425 8545
Warkworth Maintenance: Bob Dye 425 0089
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716 Liturgical Ministries: Fr. Sean O'Conner 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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