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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     †     23 June 2019

Day of Prayer for Refugees & Migrants

“The future is made of us,
let’s Share the Journey”


When Jesus said ‘do this in memory of me it is clear that he was not only referring to his actions relating to the bread and wine. He was asking his followers to live out this symbol of his life giving love. This is made very clear in the fourth gospel where, instead of the Passover meal, John reports that Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples and afterwards told them that they must do the same.

The Eucharist as a sacrifice and meal involves us not simply in a prayerful ritual but also commits us to a way of relating to each other. If we are truly devoted to the Lord’s presence in Holy Communion then we will also be truly devoted to his presence in the community, especially in those who are most in need.

Lord in this Eucharist today
I welcome you into my life;
help me to live like you and love like you.

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Celebrations, Workshops & Events within the Diocese

Prof. Thomas O’Loughlin, from Nottingham University, England ...

Will be presenting two seminars. The History of the Mass and Eucharist the Great Sacrament of Unity. Sunday 30th June 2019. Christ the King Parish, Owairaka. 1pm –5:30pm Prof. Thomas O’Loughlin is an entertaining speaker and these seminars offer a chance to deepen our understanding of the Mass. Register at

Quo Vadis

Where are you going? - gathering: Eucharist, sharing and discerning on diocesan priesthood with Bishop Pat and Fr Sherwin Lapaan. The next gathering is on Saturday, 6 July, 10.00 am-12 noon, at Pompallier Centre, 30 New Street, Saint Marys Bay. All men aged 17-27 years welcome. RSVP to Our future priests are certainly in our churches on Sundays and often also on weekdays!

Fr Richard Leonard SJ ...

Will speak on Mission and Prayer, St John Vianney Hall, 317 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough Saturday July 20 10am-3pm FREE - Lunch provided RSVP by 16 July.

Eucharistic Convention is a 3-day event that includes ...

Holy Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation, testimonies of faith and talks from our special guest Fr. Roger Landry from Massachusetts, USA, Fr. Tom O'Loughlin from the UK and Fr Neil Vaney from Wellington.
This convention will start off with a Youth Night. See poster for details.

Christian Meditation Retreat.

Meditation and Becoming Human, led by Fr. Peter Murphy. Meditation as a path to fullness of life, July 26-28, St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland. For further information contact Vincent 09-424-2293 or Cost $280.

Columban Mission Magazine

‘The Far East’ are available at the back of both churches.

104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. Whakawhetai – Gratitude with RANGI DAVIS. Fri 21 Jun, 7-9pm. $15. We will explore Whakawhetai/Gratitude reflected in relationships with Atua, tangata, whenua, the universe and the cosmos. This evening will be deaf friendly, with deaf interpreters.

  2. DREAMWORK 103 Inspirational Dreams and Visions with MARGARET BOWATER. Sat 29 Jun, 9.30am-4pm. $95. BYO lunch. Manual included.

  3. RETREAT DAY: Introduction to Mindfulness and Christianity with LINDA GOW. Sat 29 Jun, 9.30am-3pm. $65 incl. lunch. The workshop will address questions like “Is Mindfulness OK or is it encouraging people to embrace Eastern Philosophy and Spirituality?”. It will also explore both theoretically and practically the concept of mindfulness and how mindful awareness can enhance our lives and ministry as Christians.

  4. MUFFIN MEETING: Living Gratefully (3 sessions) with HELEN BERGIN OP. Mondays 10.30am-12.30pm, 1, 8 and 15 Jul. $15 each or all 3 for $40.

  5. EVENING TALK: Hail, Full of Grace with Fr MERV DUFFY sm. Fri 5 Jul, 7-9pm. $15.

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


Mahurangi Chapter June Breakfast on Saturday 29th June 7:00am with guest speaker, Bruce Stuart

Rest in Peace

Brother Peter Dalton OFM
Respected member of the Franciscan Friars for 61 years. (16/7/2019)

Selwyn Joseph Walker (18/7/2019)

Second Collection - 30 June 2019 - Peter’s Pence

The money collected does directly to the Pope via the nunciature in Wellington to use in whatever projects he thinks necessary.


There will be NO 5:15 pm Mass in Warkworth (Tuesday - 2nd July)
and NO 9:00 AM Mass in Puhoi (Wednesday 3rd July)
because of the Clergy School at St. John Vianney Parish Hall, Hillsborough with Prof. Thomas O’Loughlin, from Nottingham University, England.


Sunday 30th of June
Warkworth 9 am
Puhoi 11 am
Puhoi celebrates the 156th anniversary of the arrival of the settlers from Bohemia.
Sunday starts off with mass at 11.00 am followed by a shared lunch in the hall. There will traditional dancing and music.

Warkworth Roster

Please let me know if you will be away Aug/Sept/ Oct/Nov
Email or telephone Bernadette or 425 8545

Berny’s on leave!

Any news items or events that you would like to advise? I shall be compiling a special newsletter!
The parish office will be closed from 5th to 22nd of July.

Discover the Old Testament Prophets

Baptism calls each of us to be a prophet. So who were the prophets that Jesus knew about, what motivated them, what was their message and how did they get that message across? Are their concerns and message still relevant today?
The Catholic Institute (TCI) is offering a new course in the Prophets, taught by scripture specialist Dr Laurel Lanner and starting from 8 July
Enrol in the on-line course through the TCI website – look for the details on the home page.

St Vincent de Paul Op Shop is looking for more good quality donations

Please think of us when you are de-cluttering or downsizing your home.
We need more treasures, furniture, bric-a-brac, clothes, shoes, linen etc. We are happy to pick up good quality furniture and whiteware. We also need clean plastic bags with handles.
We are happy to recycle these for you. Many thanks.
Vinnies Glenfield, 8/75 Ellice Rd, Glenfield ph: 443-5274


Join us for a cuppa
after Puhoi 8.30am on the 7th of July
after Warkworth 10:30 am Mass every Sunday

Spiritual Journey to Ireland, Scotland and England:

Departs Auckland 23 June 2019 for Dublin, concludes in London 15 July. Chaplain: Monsignor David Tonks. Inquiries to Laura at or 09 921 5106


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Christchurch parish restructure proposed.
  • Refurbished James Liston Hostel re-opens.
  • Cardinal Dew speaks to priests on abuse summit.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.


Uh oh!
A grandpa and his grandson are driving to the mall when the grandpa says, "Uh oh, I just made an illegal right turn!"

His grandson says, "That's okay grandpa, the cop behind you did the same thing!"
Retail problems

A store owner was dismayed when a brand new business much like his own opened up on his left and erected a huge sign which read, "BEST DEALS."

He was shocked when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading, "LOWEST PRICES."

Panic ensued until he had an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop. It read, "MAIN ENTRANCE."

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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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