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Parish Newsletter     †     25th February 2024


In this celebration of Holy Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent, our readings reveal that on a high mountain, the apostles got a glimpse of the glory that belonged to Jesus as the Son of God. We too have glory in us because we are made in God’s image. May we have faith and trust and never lose hope.


On Mount Tabor
the apostles got a glimpse of the glory
that belonged to Jesus as the Son of God.
So wonderful was this experience
that Peter exclaimed,
we thank you for bringing us here.’:
And surely it is good for us
to be here this evening (morning).
Lord, we thank you for bringing us here,
because here
we get a glimpse of our glory,
for we too are children of God
and heirs to eternal life.
May our lives reflect the glory
for which we are destined.


First Reading (Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18). This is a highly problematic story. Whatever actually took place in the episode, there can be no doubt that it was a test of Abraham’s faith. Rarely if ever was a man asked to give greater proof of his faith and of his obedience.
The story shows how complete was Abraham’s faith in God and obedience to God. God swore to reward his extraordinary faith with the benefits of the covenant.
From where would Abraham have got the idea of sacrificing his son? Certainly not from God. We must keep in mind that he lived among the Canaanites who practiced human sacrifice. Whatever the origins of the story, far from encouraging human sacrifice, it actually let to its abandonment.

Second Reading (Romans 8:31-34). Using the method and terminology of the law-court, Paul assures his converts that God is on the Christian’s side. Jesus’ sacrifice is eloquent proof of that: ‘God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for all of us.’ (In this we catch an echo of the first reading).
The fact that God is our judge is not a problem. God has already pronounced in our favour. The only person who could claim the right to condemn us is Christ. But he is our advocate, standing at the right hand of God, pleading our cause.

Gospel (Mark 9:2-10). The transfiguration came at a crucial moment in Jesus’ ministry. So, he climbed a high mountain to meet with God. As when Moses met with God on the sacred mountain, Jesus’ appearance changed too. And there by his side stood two giants of Israel’s history, Moses and Elijah.
Like the story of Jesus’ baptism, the transfiguration is an epiphany story. In both there is a voice, and the voice says the same words: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved.’ The cloud is a sign of the presence of God. Moses represents the law, Elijah the prophets. Thus, Jesus is seen as bringing the law and the prophets to fulfilment.
It is no longer possible to say exactly what happened on the mountain. But its first and chief significance was for Jesus himself. It was meant to confirm him in the course he had taken.
But it also benefitted the apostles, and it is this that Mark emphasizes. In the transfiguration they were given a glimpse of the glory of the risen Jesus. In retrospect it confirmed them in the belief that Jesus was the Messiah and Son of God.
(The name of the mountain is not given. There is a tradition that connects it with Mount Tabor in Galilee. And for convenience that is how I refer to it.)

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.

Lenten Prayer Intentions

We invite you to place the names of your family & friends into our Lenten Prayer Intentions boxes under our church altars.

25th February Warkworth Mass

Bennie Bukasa will give an account of her time at HeartsAFlame.

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News & Events


    - Monday, Wednesday & Thursday of LENT 8.30 am before 9.00 a.m. Morning Mass
    - FRIDAYS - after 10.30 a.m. Mass
    - Monday & Thursday from 8.00 a.m., finishing 15 minutes before the start of Mass.
    - Friday after the morning Mass & Benediction
    - Saturday after the morning Mass
    - Saturday afternoon from 5.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m.
    - Sunday by appointment after 2.00 p.m.


The Rosary will be recited before Sunday 10.30am Warkworth Mass.
The Rosary will begin at 10.10am
All parishioners are encouraged to join in this prayer.
We ask for silence in the church other than for the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary.
Please join us.
If we truly understood the power of just one Hail Mary each one of us would be continually on our knees in prayer.

Men's Breakfast

Join us for the next Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 24th February,
at 7.30 am in the Parish Hall.

Next Sunday - 3rd March 2024

3rd Sunday of Lent
Day of Prayer for Children
Scripture reading theme:
Cleansing the Temple

1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm: 19B
2nd Reading: 1Corinthians 1:22-25
Gospel: John 2:13-25


NZ Catholic $4
2024 Daily Mass Calendars $4
Available in the church foyers

Moved …

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


Some headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • St Ignatius of Loyola Catholic College opens.
  • Pounamu taonga for national shrine.
  • Campaign for living wage for lowest-paid school workers.
  • Christchurch Catholic women encouraged to form little communities.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Diocesan Notices

Joshua Catholic Men's Fellowship (North Shore)

Upcoming Meetings
Join a great group of Catholic guys who meet on the last Wednesday of every month at St Thomas More Church , 336 Wairau Rd, Glenfield. The program includes fellowship, uplifting Praise and Worship, an inspiring talk by a guest speaker to encourage us on our walk with the Lord, and a cup of tea and a bite to eat.
February Meeting Date and Start time: Wednesday 28 February at 7.15pm Guest Speaker: Fr Carl Telford SM will be speaking on " Fostering a Strong Prayer Habit"

Note: If you would like to attend please call/text Jerome on (027) 2334380 to arrange car-pooling. We currently have a full vehicle departing from Warkworth Holy Name Parish at 6.30pm every last Wednesday of the month. It would be great to fill a second.

The Upper Room

Young adults, this event is a fantastic opportunity to grab a drink, enjoy some (free) bar snacks, meet other young Catholics, and dive into some relevant topics.
Our guest speaker for this Upper Room is Danielle Mourits.
Thursday 7th March 7pm at Good George Mission Bay. Tickets $10.
Go to our Facebook page @AKCYM or email for details.

Help save lives this Lent

Help save lives this Lent by prayer, fasting, and public witness to the sanctity of all human life from the first moment of existence at conception. Find out how to get involved here: visit the website

News about the Diocese.

For news about the life of the diocese and to find out about events and other opportunities coming up head to CDA connect a monthly round up of what’s happened and what is coming up. The February edition is now up visit the website

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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

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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At the cinema

A man running a little behind schedule arrives at the cinema, goes in to watch the movie that has already started, and as his eyes adjust to the darkness, he is surprised to see a dog sitting beside its master in the row ahead, intently watching the movie.

It even seemed to be enjoying the movie: wagging its tail in the happy bits, drooping its ears at the sad bits, and hiding its eyes with its paws at the scary bits.

After the movie, the man approaches the dog's owner, "Wow, your dog really seemed to enjoy the movie. I'm amazed!"

"Yes, I can't believe it myself," came the reply. "He hated the book."

Engineering terms and their translations

NEW: Different colors from previous version.

ALL NEW: Software is not compatible with previous version.

UNMATCHED: Almost as good as the competition.

ADVANCED DESIGN: Upper management doesn't understand it.

NO MAINTENANCE: Impossible to fix.

DESIGN SIMPLICITY: Developed on a shoe-string budget.

UPGRADED: Did not work the first time.

A FRESH APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM: We just hired three kids out of college.


WE WILL LOOK INTO IT: Forget it! We have enough problems for now.

Two snakes are talking.

The first one asks, "Sidney, are we venomous snakes?"

The second snake responds, "Why do you ask?"

The first one says, "I just bit my lip."

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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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