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Parish Newsletter     †     13 October 2019


Nine were cured, and a tenth was healed, The last one came back and lifted his heart in praise and thanks. He was a man of another country, not liked by the followers of Jesus, yet his heart was like the heart of Jesus, thankful and light.
The word ‘thanks’ can change an atmosphere. It is one of the most important words between people who are in ordinary and consistent relationships. With those we love, with those with whom we work, live, and with whom life is shared, it is a word that deepens the bond among us. It brings lightness among us.
The Christian heart is a grateful heart. We sometimes find people whose lives are very difficult and disabled on the outside but have a heart of thanks on the inside. They are the people who give thanks for what they have, rather than whine over what they have not!
The thanks of the Samaritan brought him into a sort of unity with Jesus and with the others who looked on him as a foreigner. Thanks can bring enemies together. When we give thanks for the same things, we shatter barriers. The nine were cured, and probably did well for Jesus in their reports. But the tenth brought the new life of Jesus to others from a grateful heart.
Give thanks this day for the ordinary, for the people who are always there, for the goodness of God. Give thanks, and in giving thanks we will be more like Jesus.

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Celebrations, Workshops & Events within the Diocese

The annual Catholic Men’s Retreat ...

Will be held at Willow Park, Eastern Beach Auckland over the weekend of 18-20 October 2019.
To register online go to or email Greg Sullivan at 021 437 747.

What would Jesus Do?

Mission in a Fractured World Sr Laurie Brink OP
19 October, 2-4pm, Sacred Heart College, Glen Innes.

To commemorate the anniversary of 733 Polish children ...

And their caregivers arriving to New Zealand. We are celebrating Mass with Bishop Denis Browne at St Paul’s College Chapel, 183 Richmond Road, Ponsonby at 11am on Sunday 27th October

Centenary Celebrations:

St Francis de Sales and All Souls Parish, Devonport
Please join us as we celebrate 100 years of St Francis de Sales and All Souls Church in Devonport with a Thanksgiving Mass at 2 pm on Sunday 3 November, celebrated by Bishop Patrick Dunn. Followed by refreshments and conversation in the Hall.
St Francis de Sales and All Souls Church, 2A Albert Road, Devonport. All Welcome.

Talk: On Declaration of Marriage Nullity

By Monsignor Brendan Daly. Sunday 3 November at the Saint Columba Centre at 2pm
- What does Jesus and the Church teach about divorce and remarriage?
- What is the process and the grounds for Declarations of Nullity which are free of charge?

Safeguarding Seminar

9 November 10am-12 noon, Sacred Heart Church, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby an opportunity for those who have not attended previously.
Numbers attending to

Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Volunteers

Bishop Patrick will celebrate the Mass which will be held at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph on Saturday 9th November 2019, starting at 5.30pm.

125th Celebrations:

Sacred Heart School, Dunedin Labour Weekend 2020,

2020 Pilgrimage to Europe...

For Passion Play Prague – Budapest – Vienna – Salzburg – Oberammergau (Passion Play) – Munich – Lucerne 26 Aug to 16 Sept 2020.
Pilgrimage Optional Extension Barcelona – Padua – Venice – Assisi – Rome 15 Sept to 26 Sept 2020. Chaplain: Msgr David Tonks
Inquiries: To Laura at or 09 921 5106

Welcome! Fr Austin Fernandes

We look forward to the gifts you bring to our parish.

Pope Francis’ October Prayer Intention:

That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary "spring" in the Church.

Respect Life Sunday

All is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning. We are able to take an honest look at ourselves, to acknowledge our deep dissatisfaction, and to embark on new paths to authentic freedom. Pope Francis: Laudato Si’ #205

Respect Life Sunday is a time when, traditionally, we have focused on those threats to human life that people face at the beginning and end of life. These threats remain real – New Zealand is currently facing the possibility of significant changes to abortion and euthanasia laws. However, we also recognise that our responsibility to protect life extends beyond those issues and that these issues are inter-woven.

It is a time for an ‘integral ecology’ that recognises the connection between the cry of our most vulnerable and the cry of the earth; an ecology that embraces the God-given dignity of all creatures; an ecology that acknowledges that the roots of the environmental crisis lie in our rampant consumerism and a ‘throwaway culture’ stemming from economic models that privilege certain people and certain stages of life; an ecology that addresses the marginalisation and exclusion of vulnerable persons, in particular at the beginning and end of life.
+Stephen M Lowe (abridged)

The most important movie you’ll ever see - UNPLANNED

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Join us for a cuppa after Warkworth 10:30 am Sunday Mass

Life Teen Summer Camp 2020 in Otaki

If you are a high school student between the ages of 13-17 years then you can attend the camp. It'll be an amazing week with fun games and activities but most importantly a time to deepen your faith through daily prayer, Adoration and Mass.
To accommodate the growing number of campers, the Life Teen Summer Camp will take place over 2 weeks in January:
- 14-18 January (first week)
- 21-24 January (second week)
Be quick though!

Registrations are closing at the end of the month so make sure to visit for more information.
  • If you're a teen who wants to attend, you must be part of a Parish Group.
  • Anyone over 17 is encouraged to sign up as a Summer Missionary and give their all to the Best Camp Ever.
Please contact Fran Hardy 021 1562529 or Fr Ralph.

Extraordinary Month of Mission: October 2019

We belong to the Church.
It’s time to rekindle with enthusiasm our Baptismal Commitment with Gospel Joy.
Let us help in realising the mission of God entrusted to the Church:
“Go and make disciples of all nations.”

New Zealand Catholic newspaper

October 12-13, free copies of an Auckland diocese-only edition of NZ Catholic newspaper, published by Bishop Patrick Dunn, will be distributed after all Masses THIS weekend.

WW Church Hall

Please would anyone wishing to use the Hall, book it well in advance with the Parish Secretary at

Columban Calendar

2020 Columban Calendar is a major fundraiser for Columban Missionaries.
$12 per copy

No Parking

No Parking at Warkworth Medical Centres
They are open on weekends for patients and request that our parishioners do not use their car park.

The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary

The Mysteries of the Rosary
  1. JOYFUL MYSTERIES - Mondays, Saturdays
  2. SORROWFUL MYSTERIES - Tuesdays, Fridays
  3. GLORIOUS MYSTERIES - Wednesdays, Sundays


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Msgr. Brian Arahill called a ‘great priest’.
  • Census shows fewer Catholics.
  • Former PM sounds warning at Caring Dinner.
  • Pilgrimage for Life concludes in capital
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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


Those Storks!!
A boy was assigned a paper on childbirth and asked his mother, "How was I born?"

"Well honey...," said the mother, "the stork brought you to us."

"Oh," said the boy, "and how did you and Daddy get born?"

"Oh, the stork brought us too."

"Well how were Grandpa and Grandma born?" the boy persisted.

"Well darling, the stork brought them too!" said the mother, by now starting to squirm a little.

Several days later, the boy handed in his paper to the teacher who read with confusion the opening sentence: "This report has been very difficult to write due to the fact that there hasn't been a natural childbirth in my family for three generations."
Exit the Bus!

"When you exit the bus, please be sure to lower your head and watch your step."

"If you miss your step and hit your head, please lower your voice and watch your language. Thank you."
Visiting the Doctor

A man and his wife were making their first doctor visit, the wife being pregnant with their first child.
After everything checked out, the doctor took a small stamp and stamped the wife's stomach with indelible ink.

The couple was curious about what the stamp was for, so when they got home, the husband got out his magnifying glass to try to see what it was.
In very tiny letters, the stamp said, "When you can read this, come back and see me."

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Parish Priest: Fr Ralph Barcelo 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'Connor 425 8545
Warkworth Maintenance: Bob Dye 425 0089
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716 Liturgical Ministries: Fr. Sean O'Connor 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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