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Parish Newsletter     †     31st MAY 2020

MASSES REMAIN SUSPENDED in our Parish this weekend

Dear Parishioners,

We will very soon be able to resume celebrating Holy Mass for our people at long last beginning with Monday the 1st of June.
Please note the following Mass Timetable as we leave the Easter Season
Monday, 1st of June - Mary, Mother of the Church: 9:00am -Holy Name, Warkworth.
Tuesday, 2nd of June – 5:15pm – Holy Name, Warkworth (9th Week in Ordinary Time).
Wednesday, 3rd of June – 9:00am – Saints Peter and Paul, Puhoi.
Thursday, 4th of June – 9:00am – Holy Name, Warkworth.
Friday, 5th of June – 5:15pm – Holy Name, Warkworth. (Note: later time for this week only).
Saturday, 6th of June – 9:00am – Holy Name, Warkworth.

Trinity Sunday – 7th of June – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Vigil Mass – Saturday evening, 6th of June – 6:00pm Holy Name, Warkworth.
Sunday – 8:30am – Saints Peter and Paul, Puhoi.
Sunday – 10:30am – Holy Name, Warkworth.

Please note the following, folks!

  • Entry to the Church will be through one door only to help count numbers of our people entering (Maximum 100).
  • Sanitise your hands as you enter the Church.
  • Contact tracing is required – please complete the required information (we may have people to assist with this for you).
  • Maintain physical distancing of one metre at all times. Families may sit together, but there needs to be one metre spacing between different families.
  • Do stay at home if you are unwell.
  • All the pews in use will be sanitised before and after each Mass (help would be greatly appreciated for the cleaning and sanitising of the Church).
It will be good to be back together again as a praying people of God in our journey of faith, hope and love!
With every blessing,
Fr. Brian

Pentecost Sunday

With this feast we celebrate the birthday of the Church because it was the first Pentecost Sunday that the infant church was launched on its course and took on its missionary role. The Spirit of the Lord transformed the apostles from a fearful group to courageous men announcing the Good News about the mighty acts of God.
    The action of the Spirit continues in our own time and is first evident in our lives at baptism. Through the prayer of the Church, the Holy Spirit comes to us to lead us in the fullness of God’s truth and love.

Sharing the Word of God today:

Now that we are in the later part of the Easter season, the attention shifts from the resurrection appearances to the continued presence of the glorified Christ with his Church through the Spirit. This is the connection between the First Reading and the Gospel.
  • First Reading (Acts 2:1-11).
    Luke has the giving of the Holy Spirit happening on the feast of Pentecost. Jewish tradition saw Pentecost as the feast of the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. According to a legend a mighty wind turned to fire and a voice proclaimed the Law. In a further refinement, the fire split into 70 tongues corresponding to the 70 nations of the world, to convey that the Law was proclaimed not only to Israel, but also to all nations.
        Luke exploits this tradition. He, too, has the mighty wind and tongues of fire coming upon the group of disciples. But for Luke the universal proclamation was not that of the Law, but of the Good News, a proclamation that has undone the sentence of Babel and re-united the scattered nations.

  • Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13).
    Here Paul is concerned with charismatic gifts which have become a source of disunity among the Corinthians. He admits that there are many gifts but insists that they all have the same source – the Holy Spirit. These gifts are given by the Spirit for the good of the Church, the Body of Christ. There is no place for divisions within the community of Christ.

  • Gospel (John 20:19-23).
    John has the giving of the Spirit happening on Easter Day. However, we must avoid any impression of a two-fold initial solemn bestowal of the Spirit. Luke and John are saying the same thing: the risen Lord gives the gift of the Spirit, and inaugurates the mission of the Church. That they differ in their dating is due to theological concerns.
        In our passage, the risen Christ appears to his apostles, shows them his wounds (these serve to identify him as the same who died), and bestows peace on them. Then he entrusts his mission to them. This mission is the exact same mission he received from the Father: the reconciliation of people with the Father (through the forgiveness of sins). To carry out their mission he gives them the gift of the Spirit and the power to forgive sin

Homily theme: Beauty of Hope and Forgiveness in the Holy Spirit.

When the Holy Spirit descends in our first reading, he does so with great drama. He is accompanied by signs that tell us something about him; a mighty wind and miraculous tongues of flames. But in the Gospel the sign is much less impressive, but no less dramatic. All Jesus does is breathe on the disciples, having said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’

Before the coming of the Spirit, the apostles were virtually living in hiding in the upper room. A great task had been entrusted to them, yet they had neither strength nor the will to begin it. But after Pentecost they are changed men.

Thus, Pentecost changed the disciples from men who were fearful, to men with real hope. Fear was banished and there were no more closed doors. John the Baptist had predicted, ‘One mightier than I, is coming, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire!’

Fire burns away what is useless. Fire refines what is noble. Fire melts the cold and unites the divided. The disciples emerged full of enthusiasm, gifted with eloquence and with a very clear sense of their vocation. Filled with the Holy Spirit, they began their mission, and we see the great courage and confidence with which they did so. The same Spirit descends on us at our Baptism and is rooted more firmly and strengthened at Confirmation when the bishop anoints us with the Sacred Oil of Chrism, so sealing the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us. The Spirit is our advocate with God, who leads us on paths of goodness and holiness.

In his letters, Saint Paul was very keen to stress that the Holy Spirit was given to us that we might be children of God. We are not born to be slaves, whether slaves of sin, of addiction, to the ambition of power, or slaves of money. For us as God’s children, the modern consumerist motto ‘I shop therefore I am’ is just not true. We are given the Holy Spirit to be free, free to be our true selves, free to be children of God.

In this feast, which celebrates the birthday of the Church, it is important for us to remember that the giving of the Spirit under the sign of breath is linked with the reality of forgiveness in the Church, the power of giving absolution, transmitted by Jesus along with the Spirit to the apostles and to their successors in the ordained priesthood. But it also points to the fact that forgiveness has to be at the heart of any community shaped by the Spirit.

As children of God, Saint Paul tells us, we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, sharing in his sufferings so that we might share in his glory. Our destiny is heaven, but it is in the ordinary circumstances of daily living that we share most fully in the greatest of God’s gifts in our journey in life.

The older theologians use to say that the soul is a kind of sailboat, the Holy Spirit is the wind which fills its sails and drives it forward, and the gusts of wind are the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As we face the difficulties and trials on our earthly journey, we should rejoice that the Holy Spirit is ever present, enlightening our mind with hope and gradually forming Christ in us as He did in the womb in Mary.

God opens up a new life of possibilities before us, to beauty and truth, beauty and truth which speaks deeply to our true selves with hope for a life with Him that will never die.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, & Fear of the Lord.

The twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, & Chastity

With kind thoughts, prayers and blessings,
Fr. Brian

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Online Masses.

Following the example of Pope Francis with the opening of Church buildings the decision has been made not to upload a daily weekday Mass.
We will continue to post Sunday Mass and work with Shine to have it shown on Shine TV.
We are mindful that for many during this time of lockdown the provision of daily Mass has been of great consolation and a source of nourishment.
Therefore we will offer through the website and YouTube channel a daily reflection on the Gospel.

Breaking Open Today’s Gospel.
The Gospel will be proclaimed and then a member of the Diocesan Team will unpack its meaning for us today. We begin with Bishop Michael please join us.

Shine TV will be broadcasting Mass from 2.00pm
Free-to-air Channel 25, Sky TV channel.


St John Vianney House are looking for a part time cook (3 days per week – 19.5 hours 7.30am to 2.00pm) to prepare, serve and clean up meals (breakfast and main meal at midday) for our retired priests in residence.
Please visit our website, Administration tab – staff vacancies to view the full job advertisement and position description.
Applications close 19th of June 2020.

Parish Donation Receipts.....

Will be available in the foyer of both churches from Monday 18th.
If you currently use pledge envelopes, please consider changing to automatic payments.
It’s a simple process to set up and, once established, means we can confidently plan for the future.
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We really appreciate your generosity and consideration in these challenging times.

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Survey - How Church’s have communicated during the Lockdown.

The Diocese has collaborated with a number of denominations to construct a simple survey to establish what went well, what could have gone better and what we have learnt.
We would be most grateful if you could follow this link to the survey

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Three pastors were having lunch in a cafe. One said, "Ya know, I've been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at church. I've tried everything - noise, spray, cats - nothing seems to scare them away."

Another added, "Yeah, me too. I've got hundreds living in my belfry and in the attic. I've tried everything - they just won't go away."

The third replied, "I baptised all mine, and made them members of the church... Haven't seen one back since!"

A Dogs Life

Upon entering a little store, the stranger noticed a sign saying "DANGER! Beware Of Dog!" posted on the glass door.

Inside he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor beside the cash register. He asked the store manager, "Is THAT the dog folks are supposed to beware of?"

"Yep, that's him," the manager replied.

The stranger couldn't help but be amused. "That certainly doesn't look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?"

"Because," the owner replied, "before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him."

Missing Pigs

A police theft report stated that a farmer had lost 2,025 pigs.

Thinking that to be an error, the officer called the farmer directly. "Is it true Mr. Smith that you lost 2,025 pigs?" she asked.

"Yeth," lisped the farmer.

Being from that area herself, the officer entered: "Subject lost 2 sows and 25 pigs."

Words, words, words

A husband was trying to prove to his wife that women talk more than men. He showed her a study which indicated that men use about 10,000 words per day, whereas women use 20,000 words per day.

His wife thought about this for a while.

She then told her husband that women use twice as many words as men because they have to repeat everything they say.

Her husband looked stunned. He said, "What?"

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Parish Priest: Fr Brian Lange 425 8545
Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson: Lynn Williams
Parish Pastoral Council Secretary: Rick O'Flaherty
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: 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
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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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