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Parish Newsletter     †     11th December 2022


In today’s First Reading the prophet Isaiah says to us, ‘Courage! Do not be afraid. God is coming to save you.’ And in the Gospel, we see Jesus, our Saviour, at work, enabling the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and the lame to walk.

It is a marvellous display of compassion for suffering humanity. In this Eucharist we encounter the same compassionate Jesus. Let us not be afraid to let him see our wounds and handicaps.

Fr Brian’s SCRIPTURE NOTE for the Sunday Mass

First Reading (Isaiah 35:1-6,10). This contains a message of hope for God’s people in exile. The prophet assures them that God himself is coming to their rescue and will lead them back to Zion. He uses the image of the desert, made fertile by rain, to portray the confident hope that God would restore his people, crushed by misfortune. Their most crippling disabilities – blindness, deafness and lameness – will be relieved when God sends salvation to his people.

Second Reading (James 5:7-10). Saint James is talking about the second coming of Jesus. He urges the kind of patience and hope farmers show in waiting for the harvest, and which the prophets of old showed as they waited for the promises to be fulfilled.

Gospel (Matthew 11:2-11). John the Baptist’s image of the Messiah was that of a stern judge who would execute a fiery judgement. But Jesus did not fit this image. This may account for John’s doubts about him. Jesus dispelled John’s doubts by showing that he was doing precisely the kind of things that had been predicted for the messianic times (by prophets such as Isaiah). Once again, Matthew presents Jesus as the one who fulfils the messianic prophecies.
Jesus goes on to praise John, declaring him to be a true prophet. He is more than a prophet: he glimpsed the age of fulfilment. As the forerunner of the Messiah, he was in a very privileged position. Yet he himself did not belong to the kingdom. Jesus says that ‘the least in the kingdom is greater (more privileged) than he’. Far from diminishing John’s role in God’s plan of salvation, this increases his heroism in that he prepared the way for a kingdom that he himself would never enter (on earth).

Reflection: A reed in the wind

John the Baptist was no reed swaying in the wind. A reed swaying in the wind is a symbol of those who are easily influenced,
who go along with whatever is popular,
and who have no convictions of their own.
But the humble reed can teach us something.
The fact that it is light means that it is at the mercy of every wind that blows.
But it has great strength too. The greatest storm cannot uproot it.
Even when giant trees like the Totara come crashing down, the slender reed still stands secure.

Lord, teach us that there is strength
in weakness and suppleness,
and give us the wisdom to know
when to bend and when to stand firm.

Are you available ....

Are you available to help with ministries for the Christmas Masses?
~ Christmas Eve Warkworth 4.00 pm & 6.30 pm ~ Christmas Day Warkworth 10.30 am
~ Christmas Eve Puhoi 9.00 pm
~ Please add your names to the roster sheets in the back of both churches.

For Sale

2023 Daily Mass Calendars $3

2023 Columban Calendars $12

Get yours from the tables
at the back of both churches

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News & Events

A warm welcome to ...
    any new parishioners:

Please introduce yourself to Fr Brian and also complete a parish Enrolment Form on the table in the foyer.

Alternatively complete and send this form online;
click here.

3rd Sunday of Advent .... Joy

The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is meant to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have reached the midpoint of Advent.

Next Sunday:

18th December 2022
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Theme: Let the Lord enter

Maria’s Craft Fair...

THIS Sunday in the Church Hall until 2pm

Have a cuppa....

Join us for a cup of tea/coffee after
Sunday 10.30 am Mass

Moved …

If you have moved home, changed your telephone or email address kindly email your changed details to Berny in the parish office

Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast last Saturday of every month
in the Warkworth church hall.

Next one: 25th February at 7.30 am.


Some headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Bishop wants 'thriving parishes of faith'
  • Synod is like a hui, says Bishop Lowe
  • CEC launches podcasts with a Christmas focus
  • COP27 didn't heed call from Pacific
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Diocesan Notices


As we look towards Christmas, perhaps you are already thinking of the lights, the festivities, the food and the wine for the gathering of your family. But in our communities, there are the unnoticed who struggle with the stress of Christmas because they are already struggling to put food on the table for their children.
Our elderly are there too, who struggle with loneliness and social isolation, or the young person doubting their self-worth, or the mother and father who cannot find a safe place for their family to call their home.

If you are able to give a gift to my Caring Foundation’s Christmas appeal, your gift will care for the poor, lift families out of poverty, and provide care and compassion to those in need. Give a more impactful gift this Christmas with a donation to the Caring Foundation. Give a gift of joy to our most vulnerable.

Divine Renovation ...

Conference will be a unique and inspiring experience for anyone who wishes to move their parish from maintenance to mission. 10-12 February 2023, Sydney, Australia. Register today at


Close to 3000 pro-lifers filled Wellington’s Lambton Quay as they walked in the annual March for Life on a sunny Saturday, 3rd December. They came in vans and buses from all over the country, the Far North and the Deep South, gratifying numbers of young people and family groups, chanting “Life is Beautiful” and “March for Life”.

A small group of pro-abortion protesters were present, holding an incongruous banner “Get Out Fascists!”
The Marchers filled the lawns in front of Parliament to hear Kate Cormack, president of Voice for Life, and other speakers. TV3’s Newshub covered the event on the evening 6pm news, showing the opposition and the Marchers, with comment from Kate Cormack.

The large turnout of young people at the March for Life is a moving witness that many young people are prepared to challenge the status quo supporting abortion and are adding to the ranks of the pro-life movement in New Zealand.

For more pro-life information, visit

WYD23 Fundraiser:

Private Screening of Avatar 2 (Rated M),
18th December 2022 2pm, Midcity Hoyts Cinemas
$20 per ticket includes entry, ice-cream, popcorn, drink and sweets.
Email or ph Paula 021827225.

Journey to the Holy Land with Bishop Steve Lowe

Commences Sunday 5th March 2023 ~ 17 nights / 20 days
with Harvest Journeys NZ Toll-Free: 0800 819 156

Sacred Footsteps 2023

Registrations are now open for Nga Tapuwae - Sacred Footsteps 2023.
Our Northland pilgrimage will be from 6th January to 8th January 2023. All are welcome to hikoi with us to learn more of our Catholic heritage. We will explore, experience, and live the sacred places of Kupe, Bishop Pompallier, and the early missionaries. The pilgrimage will conclude with Mass at the place where the first Mass in NZ occurred. Contact Stephen Fraser 09 360 3052 or:

Marriage & Family Life ....

Would like to invite to you consider becoming Marriage Educators.

If you have 2 hours a fortnight and are passionate about helping engaged couples prepare for marriage and have been married for 5 years or more, please contact Gerry on 021 02247442.

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Parish Services and Contacts

Home Visits

Please contact Fr Brian if you need or you know of someone who would like a Home Visit
– communion and reconciliation to the sick and housebound.

Warkworth Homebuilders:

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

Warkworth Combined Churches Foodlink

Contact: 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 ANZ 01-0482-0005321-11

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
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

Planned Giving

To enrol in the our parish Planned Giving Program, please complete the form on the back and place either into the collection basket, give to Father Brian or to the Parish Office. If you have any questions please email Berny at the parish office.

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Heaven Above
There were three guys waiting to get into heaven. They were at the pearly gates and Saint Peter told them that to get in, they had to answer one question, which was, "Have you been an honest person?"

The first man told him, that yes, he had been honest, apart from a few small lies.

Saint Peter gave the man a luxury car and let him in the pearly gates.

The second guy said that yes, he had also been honest, but that he had told a few bigger lies.

Saint Peter gave him a motorcycle and let him in the pearly gates.

The third guy stepped up, and hanging his head down, said that he had lied every chance he got, and was deeply sorry for it.

Saint Peter gave him a bicycle and let him in the pearly gates.

Then one day, the guy on the bicycle saw the guy in the luxury car pulled over by a cloud and just crying his eyes out.

The cyclist asked him why he was crying, he got the nice car and he shouldn't have anything to be sad about.

The guy in the car looked up and said, "I just saw my wife skateboard by!"


Patient: "Doctor, I think I need glasses."

Teller: "You certainly do! This is a bank."


A newly married man asked his wife, "Would you have married me if my father hadn't left me a fortune?"

"Honey," the woman replied sweetly, "I'd have married you NO MATTER WHO LEFT YOU A FORTUNE."

The truth about EVs - a good article about them here

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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: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716
Liturgical Ministries: Warkworth: Christine 423 0433, Fr Brian Lange 425 8545
Warkworth Parish Hall Bookings: Parish Office 425 8545
Marriage preparation programme: Gerry Smith at Auckland Diocese (09) 360 3025


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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