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Parish Newsletter     †     11th Apr 2021


In this Second Week of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, to have faith is most precious, but it is exposed to the harsh winds of doubt which flow through our modern world. Our Easter celebration is given a boost through the Scripture readings for this Sunday, for they help us to recognize that, because of the Resurrection of Jesus, we are living a hope-filled and exceptionally blessed existence, which anticipates the promised bounty of eternal life. May we experience a strengthening of our faith through God’s merciful and healing love as we are nourished by his Word and in the food of the Eucharist.


Faith is a great gift.
But the story of Doubting Thomas shows just how frail is the human container in which this gift is carried.
It is very difficult to remain a believer on one’s own.
We really need to belong to a believing community, whose common faith strengthens the faith of each individual.
The early Christians show us the way to go.
They supported one another by praying and worshipping together, and by offering a service of love to one another.

End of Year Receipts
Planned Giving Envelope Packs

Are available in the church foyers.
Thank you for your ongoing support of your parish.
May God Bless You All.

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Parish, News & Events


First Reading (Acts 4:32-35). This is the second of three summaries in Acts that describe (in an idealized way) the life and activities of the earliest Christian community. (the other two are 2:42-47; 5:12-16). The reading highlights the unity that existed among the members, their sharing of possessions, and the powerful preaching of the resurrection.

Second Reading (1 John 5:1-6). From now until the seventh Sunday of Easter inclusive, the second reading is taken from the first letter of Saint John. John’s primary aim is to make his readers understand the sublimity of their condition as Christians. Christians share in the very life of God. They are born of God, and abide in God.
Today’s reading stresses the Christian vocation to love. Through faith in Jesus Christ, Christians have become children of God. They will show their love for God by keeping his commandments. And if they love God, they will surely love their fellow Christians too, because they too are children of God. Keeping the commandments is not difficult because through baptism they share in Christ’s victory over the powers of evil.

Gospel (John 20:19-31). This passage has been referred to as the ‘Johannine Pentecost’. But everything is less dramatic than in Acts. The risen Jesus appears to his apostles, shows them his wounds (these serve to identify him as the same one who died), and bestows peace on them. Then he inaugurates the mission of the Church. This mission is the exact same mission he received from the Father (a mission accomplished by his death and resurrection): the reconciliation of people with the Father, through to forgiveness of sins. To carry out their mission he gives them the gift of the Spirit and the power to forgive sin.
Catholic’s see this as justifying the sacrament of reconciliation. But the power over sin is exercised first in Baptism and also in the Eucharist.
The various Gospels mention doubt when Jesus appears to his followers after the resurrection (Matthew 28:17; Luke 24:37-38; Mark 16:14). But John dramatizes that doubt in an individual. Paradoxically, however, from the lips of this ‘doubting Thomas’ comes the highest profession of faith in all of the Gospels: ‘My Lord and my God.’
Writing for a generation that has not ‘seen’ the Lord, the evangelist adds the comment: ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ He is telling these later disciples (and us) that they share the same blessedness as those who actually saw the risen Lord. Originally John’s Gospel ended where today’s passage ends.

St Mark Parish, Pakuranga - 50th Jubilee

Is celebrating its 50th Jubilee Year (1971-2021) on 18 April 2021, Sunday, 10AM, with an outdoor Mass at the Parish School Ground with Bishop Michael Gielan as the main presider. We invite all priests and parishioners who served at St Mark to join us on this celebration of thanksgiving. For further information, please call the office 09 576 7959 or email us at

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Warkworth Homebuilders:

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

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

Marriage preparation programme:

Gerry Smith at Auckland Diocese (09) 360 3025

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:

  • Samoan couple celebrate 60 years of married life.
  • Bishop reflects on calling out evil.
  • Pope says family ministry needs more than just repeating doctrine.
  • Abortion facility safe area bill called an overreach.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Diocesan News & Events

Pro-Life Facts

Lifesite News reports that the US-based Family Research Council has commented on New Zealand’s Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage Bill. “We cannot build a society that advances women’s rights based on lies and inconsistencies. During a miscarriage, an unborn child tragically dies. During an abortion, an unborn child is killed, but there is a major difference. The tragedy caused by abortion is preventable. Affirming the death of a child in miscarriage is a tragedy, while pretending that abortion is somehow a woman’s right, leads down a very dark road where an unborn child’s worth is based simply on whether he or she is wanted. Hopefully, New Zealand’s Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage Bill will prompt the need for pro-life legislation which truly advances women’s rights.
Let us pray that this legislation will lead to NZ becoming a nation that recognises inherent value in every father, mother and every child – including unborn children.”

Right to Life has launched a petition to parliament, asking them to uphold our rights to free speech, free assembly and association, by rejecting the contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill by voting it down at it s second reading in the House of Representatives. Please sign our petition, with your name and e-mail address.
- Kenneth Orr, Spokesman for Right to Life NZ Inc.

How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

You can use regular Rosary beads or your fingers for this prayer.

Step 1: Intro Prayer – Make the Sign of the Cross, then say the following prayer:
“You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!”

Step 2: First Three Prayers – On the first three beads above the crucifix pray, one Our Father, one Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.

Step 3: Eternal Father Prayer – On the first Our Father Bead say the Eternal Father prayer:
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”

Step 4: Sorrowful Passion Prayer After each Eternal Father prayer, on the ten Hail Mary Beads say the following prayer:
“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
(Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for all five decades).

Step 5: Holy God Prayer Say the Holy God prayer, repeated three times:
“Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Step 6: Concluding Prayer Conclude with the closing prayer:
“Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.”

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Light Bulbs again...
Q: How many musicians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Twenty. One to hold the bulb, two to turn the ladder, and 17 to be on the guest list.

Q: How many bluegrass musicians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two. One to put it in, and one to complain that it's electrified.

Q: How many folk musicians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Seven. One to change it and the other six to sing about how good the old one was.

Walking home.

Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs. Right in the middle of the cemetery they were startled by a tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones.

"Holy cow, Mister," one of them said after catching his breath, "you scared us half to death -- we thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?"

"Those fools!" the old man grumbled. "They misspelled my name!"

A Short History of Medicine - How humanity has treated illness:

Approximately at the beginning of recorded medical history - "Here, eat this root."

Year 1000 - "That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer."

Year 1800 - "That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion."

Year 1900 - "That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill."

Year 1950 - "That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic."

Year 2000 - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root."

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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: 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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