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Parish Newsletter     †     1st December 2019


In faith and in hope we begin Advent this week with its first candle. With Mary and Joseph we wait for Christ. The candles are lighting the way for them – and for us! The coming light of Jesus lights both our waiting and our journey in life. May it shine the light of Christ into the darknesses of the year since last Christmas – bereavement, illness, depression, disappointments?

We prepare best for Christmas by spreading this light. The way to celebrate Christmas is rooted in our following of the gospel. Among our ways are care for the poor, some daily prayer, and the wish to forgive and be forgiven.

All the different images of Christmas prepare us for this birth – the carols we hear and sing, the lights in the streets, the star over the church and the ways we pray with anticipation and remember other Christmas days with joy.

Everything of this month can remind us of God. The Christ­mas trees, lights, cards, carols, parties, Santa hats, the houses lit up with reindeer and all the things we see about Christmas, all remind us that God is near.

Remember some people or memories that make you grateful for Christmas. Thank God for these in your own world.

Come, Lord Jesus.
Come into our world of gold and grey,
which needs you badly.

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Celebrations, Workshops & Events within the Diocese

G.I.F.T, Christmas Mass

Sunday 8th December, 4pm at Good Shepherd, Balmoral. An invitation to all Catholics with disabilities, their families and support workers. A light meal is provided after Mass in the G.I.F.T Centre. Everyone is most welcome. Ph: (09) 629 0445.
See poster for details.

Annual Christmas Market

St Mary’s School, Northcote is having their annual fundraising Christmas Market, on Saturday 7th December 10am – 2pm, 45 Gladstone Road, Northcote and we would love to see you there.
See poster for details.

Christmas in the Park...

At St Mary’s Avondale, 21st December 2019, 7pm– 9.30pm. 2134 Great North Road.
See poster for details.

Pompallier Commemoration

Pompallier Commemoration Mass at Totara Point, North Hokianga on Sunday, 12th January 2020, 11am.
See poster for details.

Formation Day.

February 15th, 2020, the Liturgy Centre will be hosting a formation day for musicians, choirs, cantors, liturgy committees and all people with an interest in music in the Mass. Presenters: Michael Mangan, a composer of music from Brisbane, Fr John O’Connor, Director of the National liturgy Office. Venue: Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Onehunga. Please bring your own lunch.

End of Life Choice Bill

The Government is now progressing the Referendums (sic) Framework Bill, to put a temporary process in place to deal with the euthanasia referendum and the cannabis referendum, which includes restrictions on referendum advertising and spending.

We know that public support for the proposed euthanasia law is based on confusion, as this Curia poll clearly demonstrates: . Going forward, the challenge is to educate ourselves and others on the very real issues with the euthanasia Bill, so that people know clearly what they are being asked to vote on.

Within hours of the passing of the Bill, one of our pro-life MPs wrote that:

“… the more that people know about the law, the less they like it. Polling has indicated that strongly, as well as countless conversations that we’ve all been having.

We have the people and the passion to succeed: our side’s complete domination of the Select Committee submission process proved that.

It is also worth noting that, whatever happens from here, we have already saved many lives by delaying and narrowing the Bill to the extent that we have.”

The work has already begun, and we will not cease our opposition to this anti-life and dangerous law. We will bring to light the many flaws in this Bill, and the truth of overseas experience with these types of laws.

Read the Summary for MPs, Share it with others as you feel appropriate, to help raise awareness. Copies available at the back of both churches.

Advent Reconciliation North Shore

Dec 5th - Thursday 7pm - Orewa
Dec 10th - Tuesday 7pm - East Coast Bays
Dec 11th - Wednesday 7pm - Northcote
Dec 12th - Thursday 7pm - Glenfield
Dec 19th - Thursday 7pm - Takapuna
Dec 20th - Friday 7pm - Beach Haven
Warkworth & Wellsford T.B.A

NEW ROSTERS for Warkworth ...

Are available now! Please collect your roster from the trays in the foyer.

Parish Christmas Magazine is available now

Please take your copy.
Christmas and New Year Mass times are included.

Ugandan Girls Collection $1814.00

Thank you very much for your generosity.

Volunteer Morning Tea Thank-You

15th December at Warkworth church hall after 10.30 am Mass
We would like to celebrate your contribution to our parish.


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

Ww Combined Churches Foodlink Christmas Parcels

Please see enclosed list of items.
All donations must be received by 4th December.

Craft Fair

On Saturday 7 December 2019 in the hall of Totara Park, Melwood Drive, Warkworth from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Pope’s Prayer Intention: December

The Future of the Very Young.
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritise the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

Calling all children!

Who would like to participate in our Dramatised Christmas Gospel at Warkworth Christmas Eve 6.30 pm?
Contact Fran 021 156 2529 or Kristin 021 1921890

Columban Calendar

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

Mahurangi Intercessors Breakfast Fellowship

Presbyterian Church, 5 Pulham Road on Monday 2nd December, 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Contact Larry Cates for more information: 09 425 0966 or

Address And Contact Information

If you have changed your address and or contact details including email addresses, please notify the parish office so we can update your information.


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Church fronts at royal commission.
  • Dame Kiri visits old school
  • People have say on Chch plan.
  • Details awaited on Tomorrow’s Schools reset.
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


Fly Identification Methods
A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter. “What are you doing?” she asked

“Hunting flies.”

“Oh. Killing any?” she asked.

“Yep, three males, two females,” he replied.

Intrigued, she asked, “How can you tell them apart?”

He responded, “Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone.”
Memory test

Three elderly men are at the doctor for a memory test.

The doctor asks the first man, "What is three times three?"

"It's 274," the first man replies.

The doctor worriedly says to the second man, "Your turn. What is three times three?"

"Tuesday," responds the second man.

The doctor sadly says to the third man, "OK, your turn. What's three times three?"

"Nine," answers the third man.

"Yes!" exclaims the doctor. "How did you get that?"

"Doc, it's pretty simple," replies the third man, "I just subtracted 274 from Tuesday."
Slow Golf

A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.

Engineer: "What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!"

Doctor: "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!"

Pastor: "Hey, here comes the greenskeeper. Let's have a word with him."

"Hi George. Say, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"

George: "Oh, yes, that's a group of blind fire fighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free."

The group was silent for a moment.

Pastor: "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."

Doctor: "Good idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them."

Engineer: "Why can't these guys play at night?"

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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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