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Parish Newsletter     †     3rd December 2017



2nd Warkworth Men’s Breakfast in Hall at 7.00am. Bring $10.00 as this is a fundraiser for the Parish Youth
2nd Warkworth Working BEE
2nd & 3rd Warkworth FOODLINK
3rd Puhoi & Warkworth Children’s Mass
10th Puhoi FOODLINK


6th & 7th Warkworth FOODLINK
14th Puhoi FOODLINK


    Today we begin Advent. This is the period when we begin to celebrate the coming of Jesus among us two thousand years ago, but we also believe he is coming among us now and so we have to be prepared to receive him, and we know that he will come again at the end of time, and we have to prepare the world for his coming. Everything we do as Christians is related to the three comings. We must now recall now that it is because he first came in Palestine back then, that we are assembled here for the Eucharist; gathered today: gathered here and now, we ask pardon for our sins that we might be prepared for his second coming in the Eucharist; and as a community let us pray that we will be ready to stand before him when he comes again in glory. The first reading announces the great theme of Advent – God, Our Father, is sending the Redeemer into our midst. Advent reminds us that we are the people of God awaiting the return of the Lord in glory. Meanwhile, we must pray that we will not be without any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When will he come? We are called to stay awake, to be alert to being the followers of Jesus in every moment of our lives. Father, hear our prayer to you at the beginning of this holy season–hear us and answer our needs.

Fr Sean

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Warkworth Working Bee TODAY

Working Bee to clean-up around the outside of the Church and clean-up the inside of the church also. One job inside that often gets missed is the metal supports of the kneelers and the metal supports under the seats, so the need a damp cloth with some dishwashing liquid or a little bit of Handy Andy on a damp cloth and a dry cloth to finish the job off as they get very dusty. We are hoping to do these jobs on the Saturday of the men’s Breakfast 2nd December
Ladies can help too if they are able to. Many hands make light work. Please mark it on your Calendar.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees will be erected after Mass on Sunday at both churches. We are hoping that the children may like to decorate them so please come and help if you are able.

Christmas Magazine Reports / News needed NOW

Any reports for the Christmas Magazine would be great-fully accepted ASAP.
Perhaps a report from the Men’s Breakfast, Children’s Liturgy, Music Groups, Kiribati Group, Youth group, articles, snippets, and any items of interest to add to our Parish Christmas Magazine. Please supply copy via email or drop into the Parish Office.
Any Queries please telephone Bernadette on 422 0716.

Think about other ministries that we may be able to start or RESTART in our parish, Caring, Prayer Group, Young parents or mothers group. Think about what YOU can do make this parish more vibrant.
We would like to have a Parish Picnic in February and would like suggestions as to where it might be held.

Don’t forget we always need more Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Cleaners and Flower arrangers etc etc at Warkworth.
Please don’t leave it to someone else when you can do just as well. Give it a go.

Puhoi Working Bee

A BIG Thankyou to all those who came & helped us clean & tidy up around the church.


Lech and Hazel Ozieranski are due have a baby in mid February and will be looking for a Catholic Nanny, if you can help and think you’re suited to that kind of job please contact Lech 021-710-726 or Hazel 021-214-4432.

Heartbeat Christian Store

Volunteer needed to serve in the shop on Wednesday afternoons from 12.30 – 4 pm.
Full training will be given. Phone John 425 5973 or Stella 425 9559

Warkworth Rosters - Christmas Holidays

As we start gearing up for Christmas, some of us know where we will be for the holidays and what Mass we like to go to. I’m thinking ahead because I have to have the Christmas rosters done by 11-13 December and I would like to know who is going to be here or not going to be here for the Christmas Masses and which one you would be likely to go to and also for the few weeks after that too so that Fr Sean will have people to do the jobs like Reading and Eucharistic Ministries especially.
Please let Lauren know 425 8548 Office or 425 5476 Home. I have had a few answers but not all have replied so please put your thinking caps on and let me know one way or the other PLEASE.

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The Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival for those aged 15-29 is on 2-3 Dec.

Includes keynote sessions, workshops, music, prayer, praise and worship, Mass and more. Festival registration: All ages welcome on Sunday evening for a public concert by international songwriter and worship leader Matt Maher. Get your tickets here:

St Mary's College Christmas Concert - 3rd Dec

Sunday, 3 December at 7 pm. In the Catherine Macauley Hall, 11 New Street, Ponsonby.
Performances by the St Mary's Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, the Clarinet and Wind. - Carol singing - Ensembles. Admission $10 (children free).
Carmel Carroll

Matt Maher Public Concert - 3rd Dec

THIS SUNDAY, 3 December, Victory Convention Centre, Freemans Bay:
Encounter Jesus with leading Catholic worship leader and 8 time Grammy nominated musician Matt Maher from USA, joined by GRACE Worship and Monique Holden. A life-changing opportunity to unite and worship in a powerful way with Christians from all over New Zealand.
$40 tickets, selling fast, book at
Get 10 tickets for the cost of 9, contact Joey (

Choral Mass .... - 8th Dec

For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:36-38
At the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph 7.30 pm, Friday, 8 December.
With the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles.
Validated parking will be available at the Wilson’s car parks on Hobson Street & Durham Lane.

Time Out Day .... - 13th Dec

At St Francis Retreat Centre from 9.30am - 1.30pm Wednesday 13 December 2017
Everyone is invited to attend our final day of reflection for the year. A light lunch will be provided, and we ask that you bring a gold coin donation towards cost. If you have never been before do come and check us out and enjoy our beautiful surroundings and know afresh God's Blessing.
Please contact 09 625 6651 or email admin@stfrancisretreatcentre to book your place.
St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd Mt Roskill

Christmas on the Field .... - 23rd Dec

At St Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Avondale on Saturday 23rd December. What an amazing opportunity to showcase and Celebrate the God given talents that many of our Parishioners, Family and Friends have! Bring your friends and family, bring a blanket, Share a meal, Sing-along! Free Entry, Pre-Ticket sales for a wonderful hot cooked meal will be available shortly. For more information, please contact Amata on 0211822485.

Hearts Aflame 2018

A spiritual enrichment programme for 18-35 year olds. Register now for only $465 for 10 days of comfortable accommodation, delicious food, world-class teaching, beautiful liturgy & prayer and community from across NZ. Hearts Aflame 2018: 'Faithful to His Promises'. Nga Tawa College, Marton, North Island. 29th Dec - 7th Jan 2018. This price is only available until Sep 9th or until tickets sell out, so secure your low price now with a $100 deposit.

Extensive pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan

Planned for 29 April – 19 May 2018. For full brochure and itinerary, contact Pukekohe Travel P: 09 237 0013 or toll free: 0800 785 386. E:
Enquiries also to Mir Pilgrimages on 0274 219 064.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

As parishes create their calendars for 2018, this is a reminder to include the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is between Ascension and Pentecost Sundays (13-20 May).
Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday are also good times for ecumenical activity.

Family Faith website

Parents are the first educators of faith in order to support families in this ministry the Auckland Diocese maintains a Family Faith website it has ideas for family faith development from the pre-school to adolescent. Explore, grow and enjoy.

History of NZ Catholic Charismatic Renewal:

'The New Day that Dawned' - a history of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in New Zealand has been compiled to commemorate the 50th anniversary Jubilee and is now available for purchase. $20 per copy plus $6.50 p&p. Contact "" or Margaret Paton email or phone (09).298.4409

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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.

There is nothing too big or too small to bring to God's attention

Anyone may call their prayer group or their church to prayer when a need is recognised.
Contact Lauren Boakes 425 5476 Trish Coupe 425 4272

Bibles for Sale:

My First Catholic Bible Hardback - $20.00 each. 2 copies available.
Plus - Good News Bible (New Testament. Paperback.) $10.00 8 copies available
Both lots at Sale prices Please contact Fr Sean or Lauren at parish office 425 8545.

Altar Servers:

Children who have made their First Communion and are thinking that they might like to become altar servers, please talk to Fr Sean. He will organise training for you.

WW Flowers and Dusting:

If anyone would like to be part of our team, one to do flowers and one to do dusting, please ring Lauren at the Parish office, 425 8545. Time frame once every 6-7 weeks.

Children's Masses (Ww and Puhoi):

The first Sunday of the month we celebrate a Children’s Mass. The children of the parish undertake the ministries during the mass. If you wish to receive a reminder, please email (Ww) or (Puhoi).

WW Children's Liturgy:

Will take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The Gospel and Readings are presented in a child friendly format. Any parents are welcome to attend with their children. Please see Fran or Deby if you are interested.

WW Readers of the Word and Special Ministers of the Eucharist:

We require more people for our rosters. Please talk to Fr Sean if you can help.

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Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Ablaze conference inspires Christchurch.
  • Mobile life centre on road in NZ.
  • Destiny Church challenge for Catholics.
  • Farewell to Dame Sr Pauline Engel.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Parish Priest: Fr. Sean O'Conner, 425 8545
Parish Office Secretary: Lauren Boakes, 425 8545
Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson: Bernadette Straka
Parish Pastoral Council Secretary: Linda Williams
Parish Finance Committee Chairperson: Bob Dye
Caring Group: Lauren 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: Deby Rice 425 9198 & Bernadette Straka 09 426 7374 or 422 0716
Rosters: Warkworth: Lauren Boakes 425 8545 or 425 5476, Puhoi: Maureen Fairclough.
Newsletter (Bulletin): Lauren Boakes & 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: Lauren Boakes. 425 8545


Here are another few short jokes:
* A note left for a pianist from his wife: "Gone Chopin, (have Liszt), Bach in a Minuet."

* One of the unshakeable laws of parenting: A child will not spill on a dirty floor.

* If men TRULY ruled the world...then Valentine's Day would be moved to February 29th so it would only occur in leap years.

* Weight gain can be something that just sort of snacks up on you.

* What do you call a mouse that can pick up an elephant? Sir.

A man goes to a psychiatrist. The receptionist asks him why he is there. The man complains, "I keep seeing giraffes even if there are none."

The receptionist asks, "Have you ever seen a psychiatrist?"

The man replies, "No, just giraffes."


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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