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Wheelchair Available ...

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Parish Newsletter     †     10 November 2019


The big question is what it will all be like? Jesus gives no details. We live in hope and die in hope. We are to be alive forever in the love of God. God keeps love safe. When life ceases, love stays.

God is God of life, the Gospel says; To him all are alive even the dead,

God breaks into life in a new way at our death. It happens in small ways every time we are transformed a bit – when we forgive, make peace, really help another, when we promise ourselves to someone or some cause, we are in resurrection­mode. But the final one is a gift unlike any earthly gift.

We need to share this hope with each other. The peace you may have felt at the death of someone, the dream where the loved one was happy, the thanks you feel for another for ever – all brings hope even if their death is sudden or self inflicted or at a young age. As we place our candle at the altar for our loved ones in November, we are letting them go off into what death really is – our finding our way to the arms of God.

Words of Pope Francis – “Hope is not looking at a half-full glass, which is simply optimism, which is a human attitude that depends on many things. Hope is a gift of Jesus, of His very self, His very name is hope. It is Christ in you, the hope for glory.

This is the eternal hope, which is the root of our joy even in the losses of our lives.

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Celebrations, Workshops & Events within the Diocese

Prayer for healing and miracles.

Everyone is invited to a healing service with Father John Rea SM on Saturday November 16th, 9.30am to 12pm at Sacred Heart Church, 16 Vermont St, Ponsonby. Praise and worship, teaching and healing prayer.
For more info, contact Deidre Broome 09 4108899

St Thomas More, Glenfield is hosting a screening of the UNPLANNED movie.

Abby Johnson becomes the youngest clinic director in the history of Planned Parenthood, then a life-changing experience turns her into an anti-abortion activist. Monday 18 November 2019 at 7pm at Hoyts, Wairau Park.
Tickets $23 each and available online
Please book as soon as possible so that the screening can go ahead.


Join Brother Matthew from the Taizé Community at an Ecumenical and Prayer Reflection event on Tuesday 19 November at 7pm, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell.

Advent Carol and Vespers

A service of Carols and Readings for the Season of Advent at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph. Saturday, 30 November at 7.30 pm. With the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by Nicholas Forbes. All are welcome to share this tradition as we journey through Advent. Entry FREE but there will be a retiring collection.
Validated parking is available at the Wilson car parks on Hobson Street ($4) and Durham Lane ($2 entry from Queen St only).

Date Claimer February 15th, 2020

Lift up Their Voices the Liturgy Centre a formation day for musicians, choirs, cantors, liturgy committees and all people with an interest in music in the Mass. Michael Mangan, a composer of Brisbane, Fr John O’Connor, Director of the National liturgy Office presenting. The day will also include a sing-a-long of Waiata and Maori music to include in Sunday Masses. The day will begin at 9.30 with prayer (9.15 for coffee) and finish at 3.15pm. The venue is Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Onehunga. Please bring your own lunch.

Auckland Catholic Diocesan Vacancy:

For an administration assistant to the Leader of the Pastoral Services Group. This is a part-time position of 4 hours Monday to Friday with occasional weekend and evening work. We are seeking an enthusiastic person with strong digital skills able to respond to a variety of needs and responsibilities. Applications close 26 November 4.00 p.m. Further details to be found at

End of Life Choice - ACTION NEEDED NOW!!

MP Mark Mitchell is asking Rodney constituents to let his office know whether they want the End of Life Choice (euthanasia and assisted suicide) Bill to become law. On 13 November he intends to vote according to the view expressed by the majority of communications received in this new survey.
PLEASE CONTACT HIM AGAIN URGENTLY – by Monday 11 November at the latest. Couples, please send separate emails as individuals. You don’t need to give a reason for your view.
Please email with your name and address to prove that you are in the Rodney electorate.

No Masses on these days:

Tuesday 12th &
Wednesday 13th November

From Fr Ralph:

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers, much appreciated.
The family is indeed going through hard and challenging times, health wise. Am hopefully back on the 21st Nov late night.

Address And Contact Information

If you have changed your address and or contact details including email addresses, please notify the parish office so we can update your information.

Overseas Appeal

“30 percent of Ugandan girls from poor families miss school because of lack of sanitary towels.”
There will be a talk and a second collection this weekend for this project. ‘Special Gift’ envelopes for this appeal will also be available at both churches This is an overseas appeal on behalf of Fr John Vianney Makanda. No donation receipts are available/issued.

2019 Christmas Magazine

Have you got a story, joke, or poem that could be included in this years Christmas Magazine?
Please email or drop it into Berny at the parish office
(No later than: 24th of November)


Join us for a cuppa after Warkworth 10:30 am Sunday Mass

Warkworth Christian Foodbank

Provides food parcels to individuals and families in the area that may be struggling to put the basic essentials on the table.
Like all food banks in New Zealand, they are also struggling to meet demand.
Please give what you can…. Thank you

Heartbeat Christian Store, Warkworth

Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Diaries and Calendars and many gift ideas for all the family. Come and See!

New Rosters for Warkworth Masses

Have you thought of offering YOUR talents to your parish.
Please contact Berny if you would LOVE to join our roster! Or drop-in to the parish office Wednesday or Friday 9am – 2pm

Columban Calendar

2020 Columban Calendar is a major fundraiser for Columban Missionaries.
$12 per copy

Thank you to ALL of our YOUTH ...

For giving their time and talents to our parish and to their parents who support them.
Next Youth Mass: February 8th, 2020

WW Church Hall

Please would anyone wishing to use the Hall, book it well in advance with the Parish Secretary at


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Pope accepts Bishop Drennan resignation.
  • Kiwi Carmelite makes solemn final vows.
  • Extraordinary Month of Mission in October.
  • New Vicar for Maori in Auckland.
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


Different Perspectives
A dog thinks: "Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me... They must be Gods!"

A cat thinks: "Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me... I must be a God!"
Father and Son

The farmer's son was returning from the market with the crate of chickens his father had entrusted to him, when all of a sudden the box fell and broke open. Chickens scurried off in different directions, but the determined boy walked all over the neighborhood scooping up the wayward birds and returning them to the repaired crate.

Hoping he had found them all, the boy reluctantly returned home, expecting the worst. "Pa, the chickens got loose," the boy confessed sadly, "but I managed to find all 12 of them."

"Well, you did real good, son," the farmer beamed. "You left with 7."
That Light Bulb...

How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?

Just one, but the light bulb really has to want to change.

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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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