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Wheelchair Available ...

The Caring Group has provided a Wheelchair for the use of for any parishioner who may require it. Enquiries to Moira 425 0232.

Bibles available
at the Parish shop

We have stocks of several varieties of bibles available from our online shop (at

Parish Newsletter     †     16th February 2020

The heart of religion

This list of some of Jesus’ sayings give an indication of what is important to him. He states the religious tradition of the people when he says that he has not come to abolish the old religion, and that religion must go much deeper and be an affair of the heart. He asks for forgiveness and reconciliation when he speaks about leaving a gift at the altar to go for reconciliation. He commends marriage, and faithfulness in marriage, in his views on divorce. He believes in the respect for sexuality that is shown in not using a person. This collection of Jesus’ sayings form a background to how he lived his life himself. He lived out these sayings in many of the events of his life, which we hear about on other Sundays. The Sermon on the Mount, of which this is part, is the backdrop to much of Jesus’ life and mission, a sort of vision statement for his life and ministry.

Much of this went against the religious practice of his people, which was centred mostly on externals. He saw the ritual and the law of religion as important only if it came from the heart. This is the challenge always to religion – to live heartily what it enthusiastically believes. Practices in ritual and in religious custom and laws may change with different cultures and times; what is important is the way we live our lives, following Jesus and knowing that all our efforts to live like him are praised and rewarded.

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Celebrations, Workshops & Events within the Diocese

Training course for Volunteer Chaplaincy Assistants at Auckland Hospital

If you are interested, please contact Robert Burley, Chaplaincy Assistant Training administrator on email

March for Life

A family-friendly, life affirming awareness march to show our love for vulnerable, unborn babies, their mothers, and the wider impacted whanau. 1pm Saturday February 29th, gather at Freyberg Square, Auckland CBD.
2pm march to Aotea Square along Queen St, 2:45pm speeches at Aotea Square.

Teens Seminar

In Auckland Divine Retreat Centre New Zealand (DRCNZ) an Apostolate of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland is organizing a Teens Seminar, Jonah and the Whale on 29 February 2020 from 10am to 2.00pm at St John Vianney Church Hall, 317 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough. Parents are requested to kindly send their teenage children to participate in this celebration! Bring your family and friends with you.
No registration fee.
Contact: Arthy Mobile:0223193621 Email:

NAU MAI, HAERE MAI Nga Whaea Atawhai O Aotearoa

Sisters of Mercy invite young women aged between 18 and 40 to a Come and See Day to discover more about our Mercy Life. Saturday 7th of March 2020, 10 am to 3.30 pm, Holy Cross Parish Hall, Papatoetoe.
RSVP for catering and for more information contact: or phone Sr Fatima- 02108429440, Sr Linda - 021 263 0439


Celebrating 179 Years of the Cathedral (1841 – 2020). Join Bishop Patrick at the St Patrick’s Day to a High Tea in Liston Hall. 1 pm, Tuesday, 17th March.
Tickets are $35 and are available for sale at The Square Gift Store, St Patrick’s Square, 43 Wyndham Street.

Ignatian Spirituality for Women

An 8-day silent, individually guided retreat.
Given by Adriana Janus, Nicola McCarthy and Joy Cowley. 20-29 March 2020. Magnificat Retreat Centre, Featherston.
Cost: $675, includes accommodation for 9 nights, all meals and daily spiritual direction. For further information and registration please contact Joy Cowley,

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course

April 4-6, 2020 & May 1-3, 2020, St Pius X Catholic Church, 59 Pine Ave, Melville, Hamilton 3206. Fees apply. Registrations essential, closes 1st March.
Contact Katherine Pawson at for further details.

Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Michael Gielen.

Bishop Patrick Dunn encourages all the People of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland to attend.
Saturday 7 March. TIME: 11.00 am
VENUE: Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Wiri. Entrance at Gates 2 and 3.

104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. MUFFIN MEETING The Mystics of Helfta with ELIZABETH SNEDDEN rscj. Fri 21 Feb, 10.30am-12.30pm. $15 incl. morning tea.

  2. DREAMWORK 101: Introduction to Dreamwork with MARGARET BOWATER. Fri 21 Feb, 6-9pm & Sat 22 Feb, 9.30am-4pm. $130 bookings essential. Manual included.

  3. Who is my Neighbour? with BRIDGET CRISP rsm. Tues 25 Feb, 10am – 5pm. $35 incl. lunch. This workshop is based on Laudato Si and care of the Environment, especially the challenges faced by many Pacific Island nations.

  4. The Treaty of Waitangi: What is means in 2020 with SUSAN HEALY. Fri 28 Feb, 7-9pm. Koha/Donation

Contact us if you would like a booklet for full information or if you wish to book: or

Come and join a group of parishioners for Sunday readings reflection

On Thursday 20th of Feb at 10.15 am, at Christine Grieg’s home 73 Riverglade Lane, Matakana.
Contact: Christine Greig 0212456920, or Kristin Price 0211921870

Carmel College:

The Pre-Enrolment event for prospective Year 7 to Year 9 students starting in 2021, and their families, will be held on Thursday, 20 February 2020. Online applications are now open. Visit

Warkworth Morning Tea

After Mass EVERY Sunday.

Parish Pastoral Council

THIS Sunday -16th of February, midday in the Warkworth Church hall.

Sacred Heart College:

Pre-Enrolment Open Day 4th March 2002. Endeavour Scholarships are now open to Catholic, Maori and Pacific boys for Year 7 & 9 intake in 2021. (see the noticeboard)

Ash Wednesday

26th of February is Ash Wednesday
Could you please bring in your palms received on Palm Sunday last year. Collection baskets will be in the church foyers.

Sacramental Program 2020

Please contact the parish office to register.

Welcome Sisters of Mercy

We Welcome to our 10.30 am Sunday morning mass at Warkworth a pilgrimage group of sisters from the orders of Sisters of Mercy (New Zealand & Australia), Our Lady of the Mission, Josephite and Dominican


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Filipino-Kiwis made papal knight and dame
  • 250 years since first Mass in NZ waters.
  • Three bishops bless West Coast memorial.
  • Wellington Sister awarded QSM.
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


A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the footpath, and stopped centimetres from a shop window.

For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said, "Look mate, don't ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me!"

The passenger apologized and said, "I didn't realize that a little tap would scare you so much.

"The driver replied, "Sorry, it's not really your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver.

I've been driving a funeral van for the last 25 years."
A Few Chuckles

Catholic Dog

Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, 'Father, my dog is dead. Could ya' be saying a mass for the poor creature?'

Father Patrick replied, 'I'm afraid not. We cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.'

Muldoon said, 'I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?'

Father Patrick exclaimed, 'Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic?

Father O'Malley answers the phone. 'Hello, is this Father O'Malley?'

'It is!'

'This is the Taxation Department. Can you help us?'

'I'll try!'

'Do you know a Ted Houlihan?'

'I do!'

'Is he a member of your congregation?'

'He is!'

'Did he donate $10,000 to the church?'

'He will!'
Husbands are husbands

A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan.

'What was that for?' the man asked.

The wife replied, 'That was for the piece of paper with the name Penny on it that I found in your trouser pocket."

The man then said 'When I was at the races last week, Penny was the name of the horse I bet on.'

The wife apologized and went on with the housework.

Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious.

Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit him again.

Wife replied, 'Your horse phoned!'

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Parish Priest: Fr Brian Lange 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 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”

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