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Parish Newsletter     †     20th Jun 2021


When the apostles got caught in a storm, they turned to Jesus for help and found it. From time to time, we too get caught in storms. Our storms usually take the form of trials of one kind or another. Jesus is always near, hidden in the heart of suffering and he alone can give us courage and inner peace which casts out fear on the stormy voyage of life.


My faith is tested many times every day, and more times than I’d like to confess, I’m unable to keep the banner of faith aloft.
If a promise is not kept, or if a secret is betrayed, or if I experience long-lasting pain, I begin to doubt God and God’s love.
I fall into the chasm of disbelief and I cry out in despair.
But then the Spirit lifts me up again, and once more I am secured in faith.
I don’t know how that happens, save when I cry out earnestly, I am answered immediately and am returned to faithfulness.
I am once again filled with Spirit and firmly planted on solid ground.
Maya Angelu

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Parish, News & Events


First Reading (Job 38:1,8-11). In the Bible the calming of a storm is a characteristic sign of divine power, because the wind and the sea are seen as forces of evil and chaos that only God can control. Today’s reading stresses God’s mastery over the watery chaos.
But the storm can also stand for trials and tribulations which the righteous suffer, and from which only the power of God can save them. All this prepares us for the Gospel. By calming a storm Jesus shows his divine power and his care for his disciples in their trials.

Second Reading (2 Corinthians 5:14-17). Paul had experienced the boundless love of Christ. This was the driving force behind all that he did. Christ showed his love for us by dying for us. We therefore must not live self-centered lives. It is by this, and not worldly standards, that we are judged.

Gospel (Mark 4:35-41). In 4:35-5:43 Mark follows the section on the parables with four miraculous actions of Jesus. The first of these was the calming of the storm.
In the calming of the storm, the apostles witnessed a work that only God can accomplish, which means that Jesus has divine power. At the same time the miracle shows Jesus’ care for his apostles. Mark is using the story for catechetical purposes.
The storm reflects the post-Easter experience of the early Church. The disciples have run into all sorts of difficulties, and feel that the Lord has abandoned them. But they are summoned to have faith in his presence with them and his care for them.
We can relate the storms mentioned in the scriptures to the storms through which the Church is passing, and proclaim the power of Christ to still these storms today if we cling to him.

Year of St. Joseph –

Week 8 – Joseph, the Workman
Matthew 13.55: “Isn‘t he the carpenter‘s son?”

In Mark’s Gospel we read of how the people said of Jesus “Is this not the carpenter>“ He learned his trade from Joseph, who must surely have been diligent at his work as he was at his religious duties. He knew the dignity of work, the ‘homage of work (Vat.II) that makes our efforts part of the redemptive work of Jesus himself. He probably also knew the evil of unemployment; there would be times of hardship when people had no money to give work to Joseph and Jesus.

People today tend to view work only as a means of making money; too often work is thought of as a means to satisfy one’s instincts of greed. The machine has taken over from the craftsman. There is less sense of pride in workmanship. Let us ask St. Joseph to help us see our work as service for others, as a sharing in the work of redemption; a means of bringing order and beauty out of chaos, a means of making our world a better place.

Day of Prayer for Refugees & Migrants

“The Holy Family had to face concrete problems like every other family, like so many of our migrant brothers and sisters who, today too, risk their lives to escape misfortune and hunger,” Pope Francis, Patris Corde, 2020

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A warm welcome to any new parishioners:

Please introduce yourself to Fr Brian and complete a parish enrolment form on the table in the foyer.

Voice for Life ...

Voice for Life has been made aware of a recent case involving a healthy New Zealand infant who was born alive after an unsuccessful late term abortion (at more than 21 week’s gestation) and then left gasping without medical assistance for two hours before dying. This incident took place at a hospital and was witnessed by a healthcare student who was present during the ordeal.

The Sacraments of Baptism – Reconciliation...

For more information about the Sacraments of Baptism – Reconciliation – First Communion & Confirmation….
Please talk to Fr Brian

Warkworth Combined Churches Foodlink

Contact: Davina 09 425 8861, 5 Pulham Road, Warkworth
  • Collection baskets are in the foyers of our churches for food and grocery items
  • To donate directly to Foodlink: Mahu Vision Community (ASB) 12 3095 0240595

Warkworth Homebuilders:

Is an organisation working in North Rodney dedicated to helping local families
by walking them through hard times.
Call (09) 425 7048

Parish Caring Fund – Family Support

Please contact Fr Brian if your family has an immediate need for help.

Parish Contributions

For those parishioners who donate to the parish via the envelope system or by cash during the collection time at Mass, you may wish to continue to contribute to the parish via internet banking.

The parish bank account number is 02-0100-0120990-018.
Please ensure that you provide the following details with each payment:
  • Your initials and name
  • If you normally pay via the envelope system then please quote your envelope number
  • The word “collection”

For all other parishioners who donate by envelope or cash and who do not have access to internet banking, then please hold your collection money each week and the parish will collect it as soon as possible after this crisis has abated.

The Lord remains with us always. Let us pray for each other to deepen our gratitude for that presence in our spiritual communion each day.

Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us!
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Brian Lange


Some headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Opposition to abortion safe areas bill.
  • Bishop defends church design simplicity.
  • New Hamilton diocese strategic plan.
  • Bishops face tough pastoral issue on euthanasia.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Diocesan News & Events


The Catholic Caring Foundation is looking for a community-focused database/grants and administrator co-ordinator to join their busy team on a fixed term 11-month (August 2021 to July 2022) contract period for 20 hours per week.
For more details please visit, Diocesan Services, Staff Vacancies.

Auckland Eucharistic Convention.

Overseas and local speakers address the theme:
‘Come to me all you who are weary & heavily burdened.’
Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July at St Mary’s College, Ponsonby.
Tickets $30.00 per day or $50 for the weekend.


Friday 2nd July, 7.00 pm-9.00 pm, at St Benedict’s Church (1 St Benedict’s St, Eden Terrace).
Soup and buns to follow! Come and pray for vocations in our diocese.

Rite Of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA Ministry) Lecturers:

Fr Merv Duffy & Sr Sian Owen Are you passionate to share your faith? Be involved in RCIA Ministry! The course will be held from 16-17 July and 6-7 August (Fri 6pm – 9pm | Sat 9am – 4pm) at St Columba Centre, Vermont St, Ponsonby.
Cost: discounted rate of $300/person and $200/person for a group of 3 or more.
For more information, please email at or phone (09) 361 1053 ext. 711. Website:

Promoting Christian Unity

The Catholic Diocese of Auckland Commission for Ecumenism 2021 Talk Series Promoting Christian Unity.
Are you divorced, and/or in a relationship with a non-Catholic? Are you baptized in another Church? Who can take the Eucharist? Who cannot? What does the Church teach?
Interesting questions and you are invited to a public talk by Mons. Dr. Brendan Daly who will speak on the very topic: The Law of Intercommunion for those who are not Catholics.”
22nd June 7:00PM at Our Lady of the Assumption parish hall, 97 Galway Street, Onehunga.
Light refreshments afterwards.

High Tea for Haiti -

Fundraiser for St Damien Paediatric hospital.
Great speakers, entertainment and auction items. Sunday 4th July, 12.30pm at The Officers Mess in Devonport.
Tickets $89.
Book now at or 09 2160635.

Rejoice | Auckland Catholic Festival 2021

Bishop Pat is pleased to invite you to come together to be inspired, encouraged and strengthened as Catholics at a Diocesan Festival on Saturday 16 October (last Sat of school holidays) at St Luke’s Catholic Church and Sancta Maria College. Save the date.
More info at:

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Lost and Found...
A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of shopping at the mall. It was found by an honest little boy, who returned it to her.

Looking in her purse, she commented, "Hmm, that's funny. When I lost my bag, there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills."

The boy quickly replied, "That's right. The last time I found a lady's purse, she didn't have any change for a reward."

Help Me!

A man and his wife are lying in bed. It's 3 o'clock in the morning and there's a crazy storm outside.

They hear a knock on the door and after a while the husband goes down to answer. When he gets to the door there's an elderly man wearing a soaked, hooded jacket and he asks, "Can you please give me a push?"

The house owner slams the door and goes back to bed. He tells his wife about the man needing a push, and that there's no way he's going out into the storm.

But he can't get back to sleep, listening to the storm and feeling guilty about the old man.

So he finally gets up and goes back down to the door. He looks out into the rain and can't see him. So he shouts, "Sir, where are you?"

And he hears from the other side of the garden, "I'm over here! On the swings!"

Phone Conversations

A woman had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up.

"Wow," said her husband, "that was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?"

"Wrong number," replied the wife.

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Parish Priest: Fr Brian Lange 425 8545
Parish Finance Committee Chairperson: Fr Brian Lange
Caring Group: - 425 8545 Office
Puhoi Church Bookings: Bernadette Straka 09 426 7374 or 422 0716 or WW Office 425 8545
Sacramental Programme: Parish Office 425 8545
Rosters: Warkworth: Parish Office 425 8545
Newsletter (Bulletin): Parish Office & Fr Brian Lange 425 8545
Warkworth Maintenance: Bob Dye 425 0089
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716 Liturgical Ministries: Fr Brian Lange 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”

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

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