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Parish Newsletter     †     28th November 2021


As we move out of a period of stay-at-home orders, with Covid-19 a reality in our communities and a sense of uncertainty, we are hopeful that all shall be well. In this season when we prepare with hope for the coming of Emmanuel – God with us, all are invited to join a circle of prayer, praying for ourselves, our communities, the world.

Advent is a time of watchfulness which focuses our attention on the coming of Christ. We live between two comings of Christ – his first coming in humility and weakness at Bethlehem, and his second coming in majesty and power at the end of time. Advent is a time to deepen our friendship by thinking of his great love for us in sending his Son as our Saviour. If we do so, our vision of Christ will become clearer and a driving force in our lives.

REFLECTION: Life is fleeting

The hill flowers fade,
but will bloom again next year.
But we never get back our youth.
Life is a fragile gift which we enjoy only briefly;
our life is like the warming of oneself in the sun.
We live in a flash of light; before we know it,
evening comes and night falls.
But the very fleetingness of life
makes it all the more precious.
Lord, may your gentle and sure light
guide us on the unfolding road,
so that we may walk with confidence
towards the light that never fades
and the life that never ends.

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Parish, News & Events

Fr Brian’s SCRIPTURE NOTE for the Sunday Mass

There is a twofold aspect to Advent: it is a time of preparation for Christmas in which the first coming of Christ is recalled; at the same time, it directs our thoughts to the second coming of Christ. It is divided into two parts, which runs from the beginning until the 16th of December, expresses the eschatological aspect of Advent. The second part, which runs from the 17th to the 24th of December, focuses on the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem.

The liturgy turns to the passages in Scripture that speak of the two comings of Christ. The Old Testament readings centre on the messianic hope of Israel as it takes shape and grows. The Gospel readings focus on Jesus in whom the messianic prophecies are fulfilled, and on his forerunner, John the Baptist.

First Reading (Jeremiah 33:14-16). Here the prophet assures the people that God will send the promised one, namely, the Messiah. The Messiah will be descended from the stock of David, and his reign will be marked by wisdom, justice and integrity. The oracle is a fitting introduction to the season of Advent. Jesus is the ‘root of David’ (Apocalypse 5:5) who will inaugurate the reign of God.

Second Reading (1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2). Paul prays that the Lord may deepen the love the Thessalonians have for each other, a love that will then reach out to all people. He urges them to live the life God wants so that they may be blameless in the sight of God when the Lord comes.

Gospel (Luke 21:25-28,34-36). The early Christians believed that the Second Coming was near, and would be preceded by cosmic signs. Using apocalyptic imagery borrowed from the Old Testament, Luke describes the second coming of Christ. The disciples are urged to await the Lord’s coming with confidence, vigilance and prayer.
The Parousia really means that there is a goal to the divine plan working itself out in history, a plan that is accomplished in and through his incarnate Son, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Apocalypse 22:13).

Homily for Sunday, 28th of November - Walk in the Light of the Lord

This Sunday each year the Church invites us to embark on a journey – the journey of the Liturgical Year. When we start the Liturgical Year, we are setting out to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

In the course of the year the whole of Christ’s life and teaching will pass before us. We will re-visit all the mysteries of his life: from his expectation (that is what Advent is about), to his birth, his life, death, resurrection, ascension into heaven, and his sending of the Holy Spirit.

In the course of the year, we will relive his whole story. We must try and see it as new and present and alive. The celebration of each feast brings back the event in its original clarity and vitality. We are not spectators but actors in all this. The mysteries of Christ’s life are represented in such a way that we are drawn into them, and become participants in them. That makes it more demanding, but also more enriching and exciting. God is not just a God of the past, but of the present and the future too.

This day the readings concentrate on the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. The reason for this is that before we commit ourselves to a journey, we need to know the goal of the journey. It can be likened to our travels overseas when we would climb on board an airliner at Auckland’s International Airport, we have a particular destination in mind, and we trust the aircraft is airworthy and that the flight crew are competent and will take us there.

So, on this day the liturgy directs our eyes towards the goal of our own journey and that of the world, namely, the certainty of the second coming of Christ.

The world about us this past year has not at all been easy due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its continuing effects which are still with us, international tensions, acts of terrorism, of growing violence in many cities, and the threat of global meltdown, and relationship difficulties in many families. It is almost a picture of the apocalyptic first reading for the First Sunday of Advent Mass. But as brothers and sisters of the Lord, we are called to be awake and be children of faith, of hope, and charity.

We are not to be submerged by anxiety, bowed down by despair. “Hold your heads high”, the Gospel tells us. “Stand erect”. May we be the salt of the earth and allow the light of Christ shine through us to the world.

God made his world out of nothing. Housewives need cream, carpenters need wood, preachers need words and I might add, silences. God needed nothing. ‘A carpenter leaves a chair and the chair continues to exist, kept in existence by the material used in its making. If God left us, we would be kept in existence by the material used in our making, namely nothing.’

But we also need to learn a complementary truth. God is warm, loving. Not clinically detached or only ultimately responsible but personally involved. His concern would be felt in the gentleness of the Incarnation, the agony of Crucifixion, the lift-off of Resurrection, the total embrace of Salvation.

As Christians our work can be especially creative. We are stewards of God’s love in the world. Each life is precious and has a unique response to his or her call. Either we consign our moments in time to the dustbin of history or we help towards its climax when Christ will complete his redemptive work and preside in judgement over us all.

Like the early Christians, we must pay continuous attention to the signs of the times, as we try to maintain an open-ended attitude of trust in GOD, towards the future. Advent reminds us that we don’t fall between two stools. We live between two comings of Christ. As we rejoice in the first, we are invited by Paul and Luke to intensify our preparation for the second. If we do so, our vision of Christ will become clearer and a driving force in our lives!

With prayers and blessings,,
Fr. Brian


Since 2017, Voice for Life has organised the March for Life in Wellington on Saturday, 4th December. Pro-lifers assemble from all over NZ and march to Parliament grounds. But with Covid 19 restrictions in place, a new innovative online March for Life is taking place on 4th December.

You and your family can participate in the march online - just go to March for Life NZ Online to register your name and your family. There is a short 1 minute-30 seconds message from legendary American pro-life activist Lila Rose and details on how you can take part.

The March for Life 2021 is to celebrate Life, remember the more than 500,000 Kiwi babies who have lost their lives to abortion – and increase public awareness of the impact of abortion on women, families and our society. The forces promoting abortion may appear to be making gains at present, but the March for Life will enable you to be “voice for the voiceless” even from your home.

For more pro-life information
and visit for information about the march and to sign up

The Synod

Interest in the Synod is high. Over 200 people have attended the Information sessions to learn about the process and many are preparing to reach out and form listening groups to facilitate responses to the fundamental question:

Please promote and encourage people to get involved. Much can be discovered on the diocesan website

There people are able to download the information booklet

As reported previously the Vatican has changed the deadline for response to the Synod. This means the following are not the Auckland Diocesan dates of importance
  • Submission of responses to or through the online response form by 14 April 2022.
  • The pre-synodal meeting will be held 10-12 Saturday 14 May. 10am St Joseph's Takapuna.
To keep up-to-date with what is happening in the diocese you are encouraged to sign up to the fortnightly Synod Snapshot,
the second will be available next week.

Youth & Young Adult Leaders Gathering
Sunday 28 Nov, 7pm

In the wake of World Youth Day, our youth and young adult leaders are invited to join us for an evening of fun, formation and sharing their feedback.

Featuring Fr Rob Galea and plenty of familiar faces, we’re excited to dive into the conversation of how we can journey together!

End-of-Life Choice Act

The End-of-Life Choice Act came into effect in New Zealand on 07 November. How do we, as Catholics, respond to people contemplating assisted dying? Wednesday 4 December 7.00pm. Join us as Dr John Kleinsman (Director of Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics and Acting CE of Te Kupenga) and Rev Dr Mervyn Duffy (CTC Head of Bachelor Programme) talk about the Bishops’ guidelines and the Vatican letter Samaritanus Bonus. To register, go to

The Great
Diocesan Christmas Quiz
Sunday 5 Dec, 7pm

Back by popular demand! After having such a blast at our first quiz night, we’re back with another opportunity to win up to $500 for your parish school or faith community.
Grab your best Christmas outfit and join us for another night of trivia-filled fun!

Pax Christi Aotearoa NZ - AGM

'Pax Christi NZ will be having their 2021 Annual General Meeting on 11 December at Te Waipuna Puawai, 12A Umere Crescent, Ellerslie, Auckland from 10am -2pm.
Please bring something for a shared lunch. To register your attendance please contact .
Note: If COVID restrictions are still in place, the AGM will be moved to the Zoom Platform.'

for Tu Kahikatea Awards 2021
are now open

Do you know a young person aged 35 years or younger who has made an outstanding contribution to ministry for more than 3 years?

Nominate them for a Tu Kahikatea Award by visiting our website
Nominations close 15th December.


Bishop Patrick Dunn, the Catholic Bishop of Auckland, is pleased to call for applications for the Ruth Miller Scholarship for study at Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College. This scholarship will be available for a selected number of people who intend to do one or more Theology papers at Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College towards a Bachelor of Theology degree in 2022.
For further information about this scholarship and to receive an application form, please contact Catherine Ryan, Vicar for Education, Email:
The closing date for applications is 3 DECEMBER 2021

Foodlink Christmas Treat Box Food List

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Online Sessions (Evening):
Notices from Titipounamu Study & Joy

Nativity Scenes with Beate Matthies. Monday, 6 December, 7-8.30pm. ZOOM. Koha/Donation.. ZOOM. Koha/Donation.
For more information and registration:

RCIA Dates 2022

As the end of the liturgical year approaches, we look ahead to with joyful hope to the new year. That means the 2022 calendar is filling up. Please diary and let the appropriate people know the following dates around RCIA.
  • Rite of Election 1.45pm Sunday 6 March Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph – numbers attending will be required by 12 noon Tuesday 1 March
  • Mass of Welcome (Mass of the Neophytes) 4.30pm Mass Sunday 29 May Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph.

Liturgy of the Word

As well as being in Word and PowerPoint form on the website

New CDA Connect issue out now!

Christmas Cards + Gift Wrapping Service Wrapping

Can you believe Christmas is only 36 days away! With lots of postage delays, it's never too early to start planning for Christmas.

It is important for us here at The Square Gift Store to source as many sustainable products as possible and our cards are no exception. We have a large and exciting range of Christmas cards available this year but stock is limited so be in quick.

We know for some that travelling over summer this year may not be an option. So if you would like your gifts wrapped and sent directly to your loved ones we will happily do so.

Once you reach the check out you will be able to add gift wrapping by selecting our "add gift wrapping" option. If you would like one of our beautiful Christmas cards added to your order with a message we can do this also. All you need to do is purchase one of our cards when you place your order and then write your message in our gift wrapping message section.

We know it is a difficult time for everyone and we want to make this festive season as enjoyable as possible. The Square Gift Store, 43 Wyndham Street, CBD, Auckland, AKL 1010


The latest edition of the NZ Catholic is available free of charge ONLINE in digital form.
Please enjoy reading New Zealand’s only national Catholic newspaper.
  • NZ bishops issue guidelines for parishes under traffic light framework.
  • Many reasons for Mass absences.
  • Events support beneficiaries.
  • Departing director looks back at her years at Caritas.

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Under Lockdown...

Daily Reflections from Bishops

Daily Reflections from Bishops Pat and Michael Reflections from the Bishops on Facebook Bishop Pat and Bishop Michael

On-line Rosary

At 9am daily with the Cathedral of St Patrick’s and St Joseph
Contact to join

Breaking Open the Gospel of the Day

Members of the Diocesan Community proclaim the Gospel of the Day and reflect on its meaning in our lives and this situation YouTube.

Staying Alive During Lockdown

A fun, radio talk-show style event for youth and young adults on Instagram live, sharing our top tips and hilarious stories for staying alive in lockdown. With ACYM. Wednesdays 7pm Instagram

Resources in times of Lockdown

The diocese has a number of resources available on its website to support people during this time

For those at level 2 will be a useful resource.

A reminder that the diocese continues to provide broadcast Sunday Mass. It is uploaded at 5.30pm Saturday night (as per a Vigil Mass time) to the Youtube channel Auckland Catholic . It is also broadcast on Shine TV Sundays at 2.00pm Free-to-air TV Channel 25, Sky TV Channel 201.


There are a number of key issues happening in our nation which will affect families, and we just wanted to alert you to some resources which may be of benefit to you and your family. These are all free resources and are designed to equip you to understand what’s at stake, and to pass on to your family to assist them to also be aware and to speak up.

The Liturgy of the Word with Children is...

  • Is a ritual for the proclamation of God’s Word with Children appropriate to their understanding.
  • Is a moment of salvation in which the living God communicates life to God’s children and in which they respond with awe, praise, thanksgiving and petition.
  • Is time to hear God’s Word at an appropriate level.
  • Is an opportunity to hear the Gospel message and consider how to practice it in life.

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Parish Services and Contacts

The Sacraments of Baptism – Reconciliation...

Enquiry's for the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion & Confirmation
Please talk to Fr Brian

Parish Caring Fund – Family Support

Please contact Fr Brian if your family has an immediate need for help.

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

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 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

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Electric Car Problems....
Lisa was out driving her car and while stopped at a red light, the car's engine suddenly turned off.

It was a busy intersection and the traffic behind her was starting to pile up. The guy in the car directly behind her was honking his horn continuously as Lisa tried to get the car to start up again.

Finally she gets out and approaches the guy behind her. "I can't seem to get my car started," Lisa said, smiling. "Would you be so kind and try if you can get it fixed for me? I'll stay here in your car and lean on your horn for you."

My Change?

The zen master walks up to the hot dog vendor and says, "Could you make me one with everything?"

The vendor prepares the hot dog and hands it to the zen master.

The zen master gives the vendor a $20 bill and the hot dog vendor puts it in his cash drawer.

The zen master asks, "Where is my change?"

And the hot dog vendor replies, "Change comes from within."


A student in chemistry class was instructed to create a new substance by mixing some special ingredient with water.

But the student chose the wrong ingredient and the teacher realized mixing it with water would create an explosion.

He stopped the student and asked him to first stir the water in the bucket for five minutes before adding the ingredient.

The student wanted to know what that would accomplish.

The teacher answered, "It will give me time to get away."

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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: 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”

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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