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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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Parish Newsletter     †     23rd September 2018

October is the month of the Rosary

The Rosary will be prayed after the Saturday 9 am Mass
at Warkworth during October.


Our thanks to Bishop Paul for celebrating First Communions and Confirmation of members of our parish in Puhoi today – a special and blessed time for those who celebrate these sacraments as for all the community who celebrate Eucharist with them. May this event increase the number and fervour of those who share their faith and also serve on the altar and help others to grow in openness to the Spirit and consciousness of Christ’s presence in their lives today and in the future. Bishop Pat sends his regards and congratulations, together with apologies for not being here with us, but wanted Matilda Martin and all of the Puhoi/Warkworth community to enjoy the presence of Bishop Paul on this special day for the Martin family as also for the community in getting to know the Bishop Of Christchurch.

Fr Sean

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St Leo's Catholic School are celebrating their 125th Jubilee ...

On Sunday 11 November 2018, beginning with a celebration of Mass at 11am and followed by lunch, entertainment and a mix and mingle. We invite any past pupils, families or staff to help us celebrate. Bookings can be made on the website and more information is available on the facebook page St Leo's Catholic 125th School Jubilee

Youth Events

‘Living the Splendour of Truth’ International pro-life, pro-family conference: This amazing weekend conference will help you, your family and our entire culture rediscover the newness of the faith and its power to enlighten and transform our communities. This is also once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the daughter of St Gianna Beretta Molla – the daughter she gave her life for. Experience beautiful liturgies, pray and learn how we can live of Christ and allow Him to encounter our culture– a culture that is in desperate need of His Love and Mercy. 5-7th October. Epsom Girl’s Grammar School. Early bird rates apply only for a short time. Register now at or phone 09 629 4361.

LIFEFEST 2018: Attention young people and youth groups! A one day hands-on event providing young people, 13 to 19 years, with important tools to build a new culture of life into the future! Amazing overseas speakers. Formation-Food-Prayer-Prizes. An October holiday day well worth the $20! Sponsorships available. Thursday 4th OCTOBER: 9 am to 9 pm . Epsom Girls' Grammar School, Auckland. ALSO: cheap accommodation available for those travelling a distance for the nights of the 3rd and 4th Oct. For more info or to book the accommodation email: txt: 021 2317954 ph: 04 2378343 or Michael on 021 825 955.

North Shore Catholic youth have secured 8 places for the highly popular Life Teen Summer Camp in Otaki from 15-19 January 2019. This is a rare opportunity for teens 13-17 (as at 1/11/18) to encounter God in a new and challenging way and experience a bigger and better life than you ever thought possible through faith, friendship and adventure. The cost is $220 ($50 deposit) and we’ll be providing the transport but you’ll need to be in quick - registrations close on 30 September. For more contact Fr Anthony Trenwith at St Joseph’s parish, Takapuna on 489 6486 or by e-mail

Camp for Youth – Mangawhai Mon 8th – Wed 10th October – see the notice board for details.

104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. CELEBRATING 30 YEARS: High Tea & Mercy Day Mon 24 Sept, 2-4pm incl. afternoon tea. Donation/Koha.

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

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Change of Mass times on Sunday 23rd of September

Warkworth Mass - 9.00 am
Puhoi Mass - 10.30 am
The Parishes First Eucharist & Confirmation Mass will be celebrated at Sts Peter & Paul Church, Puhoi this year.

Candidates for First Eucharist & Confirmation
  • Max Barry
  • Ashling Collins
  • Jamie Collins
  • Isabella Gobbie
  • Oliver Jamieson
  • Joseph Lawsen
  • Miller Lodewyks
  • Liam Tracey
  • Matilda Martin
  • Olive Morris
  • Dante Te Ariki Phillips
  • Lenka Pollock
  • Ryder Pollock
  • Lachlan Porter
  • Emily Rackham
  • Molly Smith
  • Ruby Tait
  • Uaai Tebutookai
  • Isla Ye
  • Makayli Ye
  • Alastair Stormont (Confirmation)

Parish Pot Luck Dinner - Saturday 13 October

To be held in the hall, after 6 pm Mass. All welcome for fun, food and fellowship.
Please bring your favourite dish and drop in the hall before Mass.
Hot meals are fine as we will have a crew in the hall heating up food and preparing during Mass.
Bring your own refreshments and we look forward to seeing you there!

Mark your Calendars!!

De Paul House Blessing
& Opening of Family Houses
at Valerie Close
will be on the 1st of October at 10.30 am.


After 3 months Maria Hardy leaves Uganda for the next 3 months of her African trip.
She has loved every minute of it and been changed for ever by the love and lives of those she has met there.


Envelopes and packs of Special Collection envelopes, for parishioners who use internet banking or automatic payments, are available in the foyer now.
Many thanks for your generous gifting for our parish.


190 Catholic priests from throughout New Zealand met in Christchurch last week for their five-yearly national assembly. The assembly provided priests with an opportunity for them to renew their commitment to priesthood in an informal gathering. In a real spirit of collegiality, the week’s programme gave the priests a chance to spend time together and to openly reflect on and discuss their own experiences in ministry and pastoral life. Thank you to you, our parishioners, for your prayers and support for what was an invigorating and inspirational week.

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.

Bernadette ...

Is away overseas from the 24th September until the 20th of October.
Any office enquires please contact Fr Sean Telephone 425 8545

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Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • NZ bishops write letter of support to Pope.
  • Changing pew dwellers into missionary disciples.
  • Candles set Auckland church statue on fire.
  • St Peter’s College wins national 1st XV title.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.


As the following classics will demonstrate, laughs can often be found in unexpected places. Supposedly, these are actual ads that have appeared somewhere at some point:

* Dinner Special -- Turkey $2.35; Chicken or Beef $2.25; Children $2.00.

* We will oil your sewing machine and adjust tension in your home for $1.00.

* Have several very old dresses from grandmother in beautiful condition.

* Tired of cleaning yourself? Let me do it.

* Lost: small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family.
Copying Errors!

A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying copies, and not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies.

The head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."

So, the head monk goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.

Hours later, nobody has seen him.

So, one of the other monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books, crying.

"What's wrong?" he asks.

"The word is 'celebrate'," sobs the old monk.

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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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