Catholic Parish of Warkworth and Puhoi

Home Page
Mass Times
The Coming Weeks Events
Sunday's Readings & Gospel
Ask Father a question
Get the Newsletter emailed
Get Baptised in our Parish
Get Married in our Parish
I'm a New Parishioner
Join our Gifting Programme
Parish Council
Special Events
Parish History
    - by author
    - by category
    - Photo Library
Words of Wisdom
Contact the Parish Office
Links to other sites
Fundraising Shop
Who to Contact


as a PDF file


If you know of anyone who would like the NEWSLETTER emailed to them weekly
let me know their email address.
Perhaps you can think of some non-practising Catholics
who may be interested in at least keeping a small contact this way?

to get the weekly newsletter via your email

Sign up for Gifting to help our small parish:
PRINT the gifting sheet
or click here to

Living Justly in Aotearoa newsletter

Will be only by email now. Please send your postal address to Kevin at PO Box 68419, Newton, Auckland 1145 for those who haven’t got access to the internet.
Otherwise Email:

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 June 2018


Pope Francis describes...

Patience is another quality the Pope urges us to have:
“Patience” carries with it a sense of responsibility, since it signifies “bearing with suffering,” rather than letting it go. It is to be a suffering,” he insisted, “borne with joy and gladness, despite the circumstances. Patience means “bearing with,” not entrusting problems to another, who bears the difficulty.”

How patient am I?
How patient are we as a community with each other?


The Catholic Church celebrates the birthday of Jesus, of Mary His Mother, and of John the Baptist. Of other saints we celebrate their day of death. This became an important feast not only because of this prophet of the Old and New Testament, but also because it replaced, as did Christmas, the important pagan feasts of the solstice of winter and summer, and called on people to celebrate Christian values on these days when there was the strong custom to celebrate pagan vices. Chapters 1 and 2 of Luke are theological presentations, not historical – revelations in a narrative or story-telling form. Someone chosen by God often is given a new name, may have elderly parents and a mother who can’t have children, or is a virgin. God’s law jumps over human law, and these chosen by God live a different life to the rest of us. I ask John’s intercession for those who bear his name –Jean, John, Jane, Joan, Ian, Ivan, Sean, Johannes, Joanna, Seanna, Juan, John Paul, John XXIII, Jan.

Fr Sean

- - -


From Maria Hardy and her family…..THANK YOU….. THANK YOU…..

to everyone who has contacted or given Maria items, and money to take with her to Uganda.
Please keep her in your prayers…..


Saturday the 30th and
Sunday the 1st of July.

... Aglow ...

Friday 29th June beginning at 7pm with supper. Berakah Retreat Community Hall, 160 Hepburn Creek Road.
Our speaker this month is a local resident: Moana Hehepoto who has a powerful testimony to share of her journey from brokenness to restoration.

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


Let’s gather to worship and celebrate the Mass - in our own way!
Warkworth Youth Mass on the
Saturday 7th of July.
Families are invited to come and stay after Mass for pizza and table tennis in the Parish hall. Koha of $10 per family.
For more details please call Fran on 021 156 2529.


The abortion statistics for the year ended December 2017 reveal that the lives of 13,285 unborn children have been lost in that time period, while over the last 40 years, the annual abortion numbers add up collectively to over 500,000 lost boys and girls in New Zealand.
For more pro-life information, visit

Stay for a Cuppa & chat...

Parish Morning Tea after the Sunday 10.30 am Warkworth Mass.
Pour the cups of tea and hand out biscuits. Easy! Supplies supplied.
Come and socialize and meet new parishioners.
All Parishioners are invited and new helpers are welcome.

Back to top

Change of Mass Times – Sunday 1st July

Warkworth 9.00 am
Puhoi 11.00 am

Men’s Fellowship International MAHURANGI CHAPTER

Invite you to a Breakfast Function with Guest Speaker Jono Mafi.
Jonathan was born and raised in a loving Christian family in the Pacific Islands of Tonga, the son of a Tongan evangelist and a NZ doctor. From a young age he came to the realisation that life meant very little without purpose and so “purpose” and especially Godly-purpose has been a personal passion of his along with helping others find purpose in their lives.
Where: Warkworth Golf Club – 4 Golf Rd, off Matakana Rd
When: Saturday – 30th June 2018 – 7.00am
Cost: $15 pp – Please pay at the door.
Bookings: Peter Adolph 425 8996
For catering purposes, please let us know by Thursday 22nd.

StellArt Auction evening

Saturday 30th June at Stella Maris Primary School
You are invited to enjoy a special biennial fundraising evening with Stella Maris. Entertainment provide by Ben Fernandez and Maria O'Flaherty jazz band, complementary canapés throughout the night and a wonderful display of Professional art and children's art up for auction.
Tickets $20 per person.
Contact Renee Beckett to secure your tickets today: or 021 612 025. (Stella Maris: 50 Silverdale Street, Silverdale)

Music accompanies the liturgical action.

A Processional song (Entrance, Sprinkling Rite, Offertory, Communion and Recessional hymns/songs) is one that accompanies another liturgical action. Songs with refrains and variable number of verses are most appropriate.
The beginning and ending should match the liturgical action. Singing is by the choir or cantor alternating with the people, or entirely by the people, or by the choir alone; alternatively, an instrumental solo may be played instead of singing a song.
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal 48, 74, 87, 313; Musicam Sacram, 36, 66-67)

Do you have any Parish news or events to share??

Birthdays - School Awards - Weddings or Wedding Anniversaries
Telephone or email the parish office….

Back to top


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.

Back to top


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Jesuit ordained in Christchurch.
  • Daughter of modern saint to visit NZ.
  • Child forgoes birthday gifts to help Wellington cathedral.
  • Migrant communities fear for kids in secular New Zealand.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.


Liar, liar!
The judge asked the defendant to please stand. "You are charged with cutting down a tree without having permission to do so, using a chain saw."

From out in the gallery, a woman shouts, "Lying miser!"

"Silence in the court!" the Judge says. He turns to the defendant and says, "You are also charged with cutting a hedge in a protected area using an electric hedge trimmer."

"Damn tightwad!" the same woman in the gallery blurted out.

"I said QUIET!" yelled the judge. To the defendant, "You are also charged with using an electric drill outside your house during night hours."

"You liar!" the woman from the gallery yelled.

The judge thundered at the woman: "If you don't tell me right now the reasons for your outbursts I'll hold you in contempt!"

The woman answered, "I've lived beside that man for ten years now, but do you think he ever had a tool when I needed to borrow one!"
Very tied.

One afternoon, a woman was in her back yard hanging the laundry when an old, tired-looking dog wandered in.

The woman could tell from the dog's collar that he had a home. But when she walked into the house, the dog followed her, sauntered down the hall and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door, and the woman let him out.

The next day the dog was back. He resumed his position in the hallway and slept for an hour. This continued for several days.

Curious, the woman pinned a note to his collar: "Every afternoon, your dog comes to my house for a nap."

The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: "We have five children. He's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?"

Back to top


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”

- - -

Back to top

If your Parish would like a managed site like this - email Simon Straka