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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     †     15th July 2018

Pope Francis G & E #139

Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to hesitate when the Spirit asks us to take a step forward.

Let us ask for the apostolic courage to share the Gospel with others and to stop trying to make our Christian life a museum of memories.”


Mark 6:7-13 - Jesus instructs his disciples and sends them to preach repentance.
Families who work together to accomplish routine household tasks know that the benefits are more than efficiency. In sharing daily tasks, we accomplish more, but we also build relationships that last! Jesus sent his disciples in pairs to minister in his name. Perhaps the job was accomplished more effectively this way, but more importantly, Jesus’ mission was accomplished more authentically.
The Christian message can only authentically be proclaimed in and through the community of faith. In our work with others, we build this community of faith and can invite others to share in it.
We pray that we may continue to rely on the support of the community of the Church in our life of discipleship.

Fr Sean

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Warkworth Rosters for June/July....

Are available in the foyer of Warkworth Church.
**Please note the cleaning and flower rosters are on the Saturday Roster**
Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov rosters will be out soon, please contact Bernadette in the parish office, if you are going to be away.
Thank you

Amplify the power of prayer!

Contact Trish Coupe on 425 4272


Everyday prayers and assorted devotional cards are available in the foyer at Warkworth Church.

Children’s Liturgy Warkworth – Ages 4-7 years old

The Children's Liturgy of the Word is primarily worship and prayer for children. Children leave the "Big People's" liturgy and experience a "Little People's" liturgy of the word. We sing a seasonal Psalm and Gospel Acclamation, listen to the Gospel reading from the Children's Lectionary, participate in a children's reflection on the readings of the day, recite the "Little People's" creed, and offer prayers of the faithful.
Please consider if you can help in this ministry. Contact Deby McKerr on 425 9198 or email:

Parish Collections - Sunday 8th July 2018 - $718.20

“For every three dollars you give, you get one back.”
If you are interested in joining our Planned Giving please contact Bernadette at the Parish Office 425 8545 or

On the Noticeboards...

At the back of Warkworth and Puhoi churches
Information on events happening around the Auckland Diocese...
  • From Doubt to Faith to India – In the Footsteps of the Apostle Thomas.
  • Catechists networking and formation gathering.
  • Mercy Spirituality Centre Workshops.
  • The Breakthrough Concert.
  • Dove Fellowship News.

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What is it? A chance to hear what the parish offers and to offer your ideas about existing and new activities.
When is it? August 5th
Where is it? The Warkworth Church Hall after 10.30 am Mass.
Please come along with your ideas and thoughts as to how we can make our church community a place where you and others want to be.

Annual Caring Sunday Appeal

Next weekend our parish is holding the Annual Caring Sunday Appeal for the Bishop’s charity, The Catholic Caring Foundation.
A donation to the Bishop’s Foundation helps families in need of emergency housing, counselling, nutritious food, youth support, special needs of our elderly, victims of domestic violence, parenting programmes for struggling families and so much more.
Please join Bishop Pat for the Foundation’s Mass and Caring Awards at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday, July 25th at 12.15pm.

Thank you ....

To everyone who gave of their time last Saturday at the Working Bee at Warkworth Church…
It was a great morning of chatter and fellowship with and a bit of work thrown in!! (-.-)


The Ministry of Health sent a submission to the law Commission in line with the Government’s requirement that abortion be treated as a “health issue”.
Voice for Life asked a retired specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist to review the Ministry’s submission and he noted for a start: “The almost total denial of the existence of the unborn child. The biological reality of the living unborn child is simply ignored. The reality that each and every termination of pregnancy kills an unborn child, is totally ignored. “the right of conscientious objection is opposed by the Ministry’s submission. This is an important issue for medical practitioners and other health care workers.”
For more information on pro-life issues, visit

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 and old parishioners
All Parishioners are invited and new helpers are welcome.

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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:

  • New Zealand theologian reflects on Humanae Vitae 50 years on.
  • Jesuit working in Hamilton diocese.
  • Cardinal Dew shares thoughts on homilies.
  • Ecumenical document accentuates positives.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.


Rich grand-dad
A grandson asks his rich granddad how he made his money.

The old guy looks down at his worsted wool vest and says, "Well, it was a long time ago and the economy wasn't doing well. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents.
The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $1.37.
Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

An elderly lady did her shopping and upon return found four men in her car. She immediately dropped her shopping bags and began to hit them with her heavy handbag, proceeding to scream at them at the top of her voice, commanding them to get out of the car.

The men didn't wait around for a second invitation but got out and ran like mad. The lady proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver's seat.

Small problem, her key wouldn't fit the ignition.

Her actual car was identical and parked four/five spaces further down. She realized her mistake, loaded her bags into her car and drove to the police station.

The officer that she told the story to nearly tore himself in two with laughter and pointed to the other end of the counter where four pale males were reporting a car-jacking by a mad elderly woman.

No charges were filed.

Airborne approximately thirty minutes on an outbound evening Aer Lingus flight from Dublin, the lead flight attendant for the cabin crew in her lovely Irish brogue, nervously made the following painful announcement:

"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so very sorry but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up by our airport catering service...

I don't know how this has happened but we have 103 passengers on board and, unfortunately, only 40 dinner meals... I truly apologize for this mistake and inconvenience."

When passengers' muttering had died down, she continued..

"Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat will receive free, unlimited drinks for the duration of our 5 hour flight."

Her next announcement came four hours later...

"If anyone would like to change their minds, we still have 40 dinners available."


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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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