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Parish Newsletter     †     25th September 2022


A major theme of the Scripture readings is “Lasting wealth.” These readings continue a theme of compassion for the needy poor and contain a harsh warning for those who feast while others starve. Yet all of us are beggars before God.

The way ahead for us who are the Christian faithful is sketched out in a wonderfully clear manner.

Fr Brian’s SCRIPTURE NOTE for the Sunday Mass

First Reading (Amos 6:1,4-7). Amos was the prophet of the needs of the poor.
He spoke to the complacent wealthy of both Judah and Israel, who were unconcerned about what was happening to the country, which was about to be destroyed by the Assyrians.
Indeed, by their lavish life-style they were undermining the very fabric of the country. And they hadn’t the slightest concern for the plight of the poor. (This is precisely the sin of the rich man in the Gospel).
Amos warned them that they would be the first to be led off into exile.
Within a generation the kingdom of Israel was overrun.

Second Reading (1 Timothy 6:11-16). At baptism the Christian makes his profession of faith, in imitation of Christ who, before Pilate, spoke up for the truth.
As Jesus was faithful to his call in the face of hostility that led to his death, so Christians facing persecution, and who live in hope of ‘the appearing of the Lord’, should be faithful to God’s call.

Gospel (Luke 16:19-31). (For convenience I refer to the rich man as Dives). Nowhere in the parable is it suggested that Dives’ wealth was ill gotten or that Lazarus is a victim of his oppression. What then is his sin? His sin consists in the fact that cushioned by a lavish life-style, he is oblivious to the presence of a poor man at his gate. Dives was a worldling who didn’t look beyond the good things in this life.
This is a parable about the responsibility of wealth.
Some of the harshest words in the Bible are directed at the uncaring rich. Lazarus was rewarded, not for his poverty, but because God is the vindicator of the poor.


Mother Teresa said:
‘The greatest evil in the world today
is the terrible indifference
towards one’s neighbour,
which is so widespread.’

Lord, save us
from the scourge of indifference.
Open our hearts when they are closed,
soften them when they are hard,
and warm them when they are cold,
so that we may listen
to the cries of the needy,
and bear the fruits of love.

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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.

Joshua One Day Auckland Catholic Men’s Retreat – 1st October, 2022.

Please see Jerome Hardy about carpooling and for further information also see the notice board.

Bible/ Prayer Get Together

Are you keen to join us? Tell us which day suits you and we'll work something.
Christine 0212456920 OR Kristin 0211921870

Celebration for Venerable Suzanne Aubert

Sunday 2 October is a day of celebration for the Venerable Meri Hohepa-Suzanne Aubert.
The National Liturgy Office has produced readings, prayers and other resources for this wonderful Sunday. Go here:

Daylight saving

Turn your clocks forward 1 hour Sunday 25 September.

Have a cuppa....

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

Warkworth Christian Foodlink Christmas Box Appeal

I would like to get a head start with letting people know what we need for the Christmas Boxes, so they can buy one or two items a week with their weekly shop. If you could collect these items at home, and then bring them in by the 20th November. We would really appreciate it.

Food Item & Quantity

Biscuits x 2 Boxed Chocolate x 2 Block of Chocolate x 1
Candy Canes 12pk x 1 Chips x 3 Christmas Mince Pies 6pk x1
Coffee 100g x 1 Crackers (food) x 2 Fizzy Drink 1.5L x 1
Jellies x2 Juice 1L box x 2 Mayonaise x 1
Milo 310g x 1 Onion soup mix x1 Raro Sachet 3pk x 1
Reduced Cream x 1 Tea 30pk x 1 Sparkling Grape Juice x 1
Sweets / Lollies x 2 Tinned Fruit Salad x 1 Tomato Sauce x 1

NZ Catholics are being urged .....

To support the under-funded hospice and palliative care services by donating, volunteering in hospice shops and asking their members of Parliament and the Government to make palliative care a priority.

Bishop of Auckland Steve Lowe, Secretary of the NZCBC, says hospices provide a free service to 20,000 palliative care patients and their whanau each year, but have to fundraise almost half the $176 million cost.

Bishop Steve says:
“When the public was asked at the 2020 election to support the euthanasia legislation – dubbed the End of Life Choice law – they were led to believe palliative care would be a priority choice. Instead, hospice funding has been virtually capped at a time of high inflation”

Men’s Breakfast

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

29th October at 7.30 am.


Some headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Catholic tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.
  • NZ Catholic success at ACPA awards.
  • Foreign editor encourages Christians to be public about their faith.
  • Australian Catholic schools get guidance on gender and identity.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Diocesan Notices

Catholic Theological College

Catholic Theological College is holding a free online event, “No hope in hell: How a real Gospel view of the afterlife can make us better missionaries” on Thursday 13 October at 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom. The speaker is Cameron Surrey of the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy. Come along with your whanau and friends.
Register for free at

March for Life in Christchurch

On Saturday 17th September an estimated 450 men, women and children took part in a March for Life in Christchurch. The aims of the March for Life were to:
  1. celebrate life;
  2. remember the more than 540,000 pre-born babies who have lost their lives to abortion in NZ since 1978;
  3. increase public awareness of abortion, and its impact on women, families and society
  4. bring all New Zealanders of good will together, united in the one common vision of making abortion unthinkable.
The marchers gave witness to the community to the sanctity of life of every human being from conception to natural death.
They also gave a strong message to Parliament and government that a significant proportion of everyday New Zealanders reject the Abortion Legislation Act 2020, which fails to recognise the humanity of the unborn child and its right to life.
For more pro-life information, visit

Maria Assumpta Parish in Beach Haven, Auckland

Is celebrating its Golden Jubilee over Labour Weekend. 22-23 October 2022.
We welcome former parishioners to join us.
Please register at
or text Pat Lythe at 0273441663.


September Issue is out now:


Please give this your serious consideration. We have two more invitations to join laity from other Auckland parishes to answer Pope Francis's call to create communities of welcome. On Saturday 15th Oct you have the opportunity to travel to Takapuna Parish (CAR POOLING IS AVAILABLE) to reflect on our discipleship as individuals & as a faith community. Registration is required by Oct. 10th. Lunch will be provided.
or contact Kristin Price on 0211921870
There is an earlier date at Onehunga Parish for the 24th Sept. NB registration by 19th Sept

Upcoming Retreats & Events at St Francis Retreat Centre

For more info visit or call 09 625 6651

St Francis Open Day - Come learn about St Francis of Assisi & explore the grounds.Sun 2 Oct 2pm - 4pm.
Please register

Time Out Days – For those who see a day retreat - 9:30am – 2:30pm ($30 includes lunch) Tue 18 Oct

24Hr Quietude – For those who seek a short retreat – Fri 7pm – Sat 7pm ($120pp incl accomm + food) 18 - 19 Nov

Life Teen Summer Camp

Registrations for Life Teen Summer Camp 2023 are open!
Join us (and 400 YOUNG PEOPLE!) for an incredible 5 days this January. If you are a leader in your parish youth group, school, or faith community, we want YOUR GROUP to join us at Life Teen Summer Camp.
If you’re a young adult, we want YOU to apply to be a summer missionary and be part of the team that makes this incredible event happen. To find out more and to register, head to

Registrations are now open for - 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.
Don't delay, get your group together, hire a van, pack the car and we'll see you there!!
or contact: Stephen Fraser 09 360 3052 or: Wiga Autet: Manuel Beazley:

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Parish Services and Contacts

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.

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

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

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.

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An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; 45 years of misery is enough."

"Dad, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her," and he hangs up.

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like hell they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this." She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone, too, and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving. Now what do we tell them for Christmas?"


A woman entered the hospital to deliver her 15th child.

"Congratulations," said the nurse, "but don't you think this is enough?"

The woman replied, "Are you kidding? This is the only vacation I get each year."

Questions for God

A preacher went into his church and while he was praying, he asked God, "How long is a million years to you?"

God replied, "Like one second."

The next day the preacher asked God, "God, how much is a million dollars to you?"

And God responded, "Like one penny."

Then finally the next day the preacher asked God, "God, can I have a penny?"

And God answered, "Sure, just a second."

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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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