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Parish Newsletter     †     22nd April 2018



22nd Special Day World Day of Vocations
29th Warkworth Parish Pastoral Council AGM


4th Warkworth Anointing Mass at 11.00am
5th Warkworth Men’s Breakfast at Parish Hall at 7am.
5th & 6th Warkworth FOODLINK
6th Puhoi Children’s Mass
12th Warkworth Youth Mass at 6pm
13th Puhoi FOODLINK


    One of the entertainments arranged for a group of Argentinian Catholic Youth who came to visit our parish was a visit to Sheepworld, and the happiness of being able to feed the young lambs was so evident among them. I too was brought up to feed young lambs whose mothers had died, but the sense of relationship between flocks of sheep and shepherds in the time of Christ I’ve seen only between young shepherds of llamas, alpacas and vicunas in the highlands of Peru and Chile. The young people go out ahead, and the animals follow, to enjoy food and water to which the shepherds lead them.

    Christ presents Himself as that caring shepherd for us. Words of kindness and correction are motivated by love, looking after our welfare. A good shepherd foresees the danger that may be a risk for his flock, and chooses other paths of safety for them. We have but to listen to His voice to find the paths that lead us away from danger and confusion, to count on this friend who gave his life for us. We celebrate Vocation Sunday today, and ask blessings on all called to follow Christ in difficult moments of their lives, especially as consecrated religious and priests.

Fr Sean

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Parish Pastoral Council Annual General Meeting

on the 29th of April after 10.30am Warkworth Mass
in the Warkworth Church Hall

We have vacancies on the Parish Pastoral Council to fill. Please consider giving some time to this ministry.

“The Pastoral Council assists in promoting pastoral action in the parish."

Want to know more?? Have a chat to Fr Sean or to Rick O’Flaherty, Christine Greig, Linda Williams, Bernadette Straka.

For Sale

We have a selection of rosary beads, crucifixes and religious metals for sale at the back of Warkworth church… prices from $1 each.

We welcome into our parish community

Sophie Joseen Gladys Drum who was baptised at Warkworth church
Logan Samuel Miller who was baptised at Puhoi church on Saturday the 21st of April.

Heartbeat – your local Christian bookstore…

Great Kids holiday reading in store – Riwaka Gang books, Imagination station, Rosie Boom series, Great kids Bibles and MORE!
Francine Rivers new book The Masterpiece in store now Sensible Shoes Series - New book No. 4 An Extra mile George Bryant’s new book – Agents of Change – second book of Kiwis making a real change and much More! Come and see !

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Today is the World Day of Vocations. Pope Francis tells us:

We will never discover the special, personal calling that God has in mind for us if we remain enclosed in ourselves, in our usual way of doing things... We could lose the chance to dream big and to play our part in the unique and original story that God wants to write with us.

God calls young people from our local communities to serve as priests and consecrated religious. We all have a role to play in helping young people to ‘dream big’ and hear this call. What can I do to foster vocations from this community?

Pope Francis – Message for 2018 World Day of Vocations:
‘It will not fill our hearts if we keep standing by the window with the excuse of waiting for the right time, without accepting this very day the risk of making a decision. Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now! Each one of us is called to become a witness of the Lord, here and now.
‘We should not wait to be perfect in order to respond with our generous “yes”, nor be fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord.’

A prayer request
You might know of a young person in the parish, in your family or an acquaintance whom you think would make a good priest or religious. Why not pray for them by name on a regular basis? Carry them with you ‘spiritually’ to Mass on Sunday. Sometimes the Lord uses us as his instruments to encourage vocations.

ANZAC Day Services:

Warkworth - Dawn Service – Rotunda Church Hill at 6am Civic Ceremony 10.30am
Puhoi - Puhoi Pioneer Memorial Park 9am
Matakana - Matakana War Memorial 10am
Algies Bay - Amberlea Rest Home 1.30pm

Holy Cross Seminary invites ...

All clergy and parishioners to celebrate with the seminary staff and students the Founders Day Mass. Mass will held at Sacred Heart Church, 16 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, at 5.00 pm on Monday 30 April.
Principal celebrant will be Bishop Paul Martin, newly ordained Bishop for Christchurch. All the bishops from the New Zealand Bishops Conference will also be in attendance.

Prolife Facts

The Abortion Law Reform of NZ (ALRANZ) recently promoted a diagram showing the “series of hoops” NZ women allegedly have to “jump through” to get an abortion. They want the Canadian model introduced, which is no law at all, with abortion allowed up to birth. In contrast, a senior nurse, who works part-time as a practice nurse in a large NZ medical practice, has explained to Voice for Life that, based on her experience, obtaining an abortion appears to be easy.

The Law Commission is reviewing the current abortion law. Their website on reviewing the current abortion law can be found at It has sections explaining how the law works. Submissions have been invited and can be sent by email to:
For more pro-life information, visit:

Family Faith website

Parents are the first educators of faith in order to support families in this ministry the Auckland Diocese maintains a Family Faith website it has ideas for family faith development from the pre-school to adolescent. Explore, grow and enjoy.

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Altar Servers:

Children who have made their First Communion and are thinking that they might like to become altar servers, please talk to Fr Sean. He will organise training for you.

Children's Masses (Ww and Puhoi):

The first Sunday of the month we celebrate a Children’s Mass. The children of the parish undertake the ministries during the mass. If you wish to receive a reminder, please email (Ww) or (Puhoi).

Bibles for Sale:

My First Catholic Bible Hardback - $20.00 each. 2 copies available.
Plus - Good News Bible (New Testament. Paperback.) $10.00 8 copies available
Both lots at Sale prices Please contact Fr Sean or Lauren at parish office 425 8545.

Those who are sick or infirm...

And who wish to receive Holy Communion in their home or place of residence. Please contact Fr Sean on 425 8545.

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Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • NZ bishops quoted in Pope’s apostolic exhortation.
  • Church teaching had impact on union leader.
  • 40 Days for Life brings some special graces.
  • Astronaut took Communion while orbiting earth.
NZ Catholic - $4 per issue.

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Parish Priest: Fr. Sean O'Conner, 425 8545
Parish Office Secretary: Lauren Boakes, 425 8545
Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson: Bernadette Straka
Parish Pastoral Council Secretary: Linda Williams
Parish Finance Committee Chairperson: Bob Dye
Caring Group: Lauren 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: Deby Rice 425 9198 & Bernadette Straka 09 426 7374 or 422 0716
Rosters: Warkworth: Lauren Boakes 425 8545 or 425 5476, Puhoi: Maureen Fairclough.
Newsletter (Bulletin): Lauren Boakes & Fr. Sean O'Conner 425 8545
Warkworth Maintenance: Bob Dye 425 0089
Puhoi Church Maintenance: Simon Straka 0274914011 or 09 422 0716 Liturgical Ministries: Fr. Sean O'Conner 425 8545
Warkworth Parish Hall Bookings: Lauren Boakes. 425 8545


An atheist !
A woman comes home from a date rather sad. She tells her mother, "He proposed to me an hour ago."

"So why are you upset?" her mother asks.

"Because he also told me he's an atheist. He doesn't even believe there's a hell!"

Her mother replies, "Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we'll show him how wrong he is."

The new priest is nervous about hearing confessions, so he asks the older priest to sit in on his sessions. The new priest hears a couple of confessions, then the older priest asks him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions.

The older priest suggests, "Cross you arms over your chest, and rub your chin with one hand."

The new priest tries this.

The older priest suggests, "Try saying things like, 'I see, yes, go on,' and 'I understand. How did you feel about that?'"

The new priest says those things.

The old priest says, "Now, don't you think that's a little better than slapping your knee and saying 'No shit?!? What happened next?'"


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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