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Holy Name Catholic Church considers possible relocation to Ascension Winery

By Teresa McNamara / June 4, 2024
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The Holy Name Parish Church in Warkworth has become too small for its growing community so the Catholic Diocese of Auckland is looking to buy a former winery outside the town for a bigger church. Media Release

Resilience and Faith Communities

By Sian Owen / May 27, 2024
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In the past couple of years we have experienced extraordinary challenges as communities from pandemic to storms.  Much has been learnt particularly regarding how we support our community and collaborate with others.  Professor Paul Morris the co-convenor of the Religious Diversity Centre will lead this seminar where we can learn from the past, both what went well and opportunities to improve, and help establish ways forward to continue to build community resilience and support. 

Mary Mother of the Church

By Sian Owen / June 1, 2021
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  Mothers In Catholic circles Mary Mother of the Church is the newest of the Marian Feast Days first celebrated in the universal Church in 2018.  The image presented is from John 19:25-31, which recounts how from the cross Jesus entrusted Mary to his disciples as their mother and entrusted his disciples to Mary as her children.  Mary introduced her son to the world.  He is known by a string of names, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and his name has spread throughout the world. Paul VI in 1964 formally bestowed the title of …
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Pentecost Sunday

By Stephen Fraser / May 31, 2021
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At last – Pentecost Sunday- here we are – ending the Pentecost journey that journey which catapults us into life as missionary disciples. Today’s reading and gospel introduce us formally to the person of the Holy Spirit. Up until today Gods people only knew about the Spirit of God – the spirit that comes from the Father. Remember Jesus speaking in the temple from the from that beautiful passage of Isaiah – God’s spirit is with me…because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, sight to the blind…and on it went and today you see Him in …
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Reflection – The Ascension

By Stephen Fraser / May 24, 2021
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Today is the feast of the Ascension which is both great and exciting on one hand and has some trepidation on the other for the Apostles. On the exciting side, Jesus speaks of the mission and of power on high. However, there is this nervousness, that Jesus won’t be beside them the way he has been with them for more than 3 and half years – in their very presence. I am reminded of the Golden Eagle – The Golden eagle is the greatest and fiercest of the birds of prey, yet one of the most sensitive and vigorous in …
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He is Risen – Alleluia

By Sian Owen / April 12, 2021
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He is Risen! The darkness of the Church at the Easter Vigil was brought alive by the light of the Paschal candle. On this night of all nights we celebrated the glory of Christ’s resurrection.  It is a ceremony rich in symbolism and joy.  Having experienced and remember the Passion story through Holy Week our hearts burn with joy and excitement.  Our hope is renewed as we recognise that Jesus resurrected lives with us. This annual celebration of the Lord’s resurrection is one of our earliest. It goes back to the first generation of Christians.  In fact for the first …
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Reflection Palm Sunday

By Stephen Fraser / April 5, 2021
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Our journey of change culminates now from learning like the women at the well, to understanding like the blind man who received his sight, and from understanding to change like Mary, Martha and Lazarus. These events are indelibly written to our hearts that will result in transformation of heart mind and soul and body, like Jesus as transfigured. We will become a new creation, like a new butterfly exiting the chrysalis, ready for its journey of life. As Jesus makes his triumphal entry, there is a foreboding of the sacrifice to come. How quickly the crowds attitude will change in …
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Who Packed Your Parachute Today?

By Sian Owen / March 25, 2021
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Charles Plumb, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience. One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!” “How in the world …
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