Choristers Sought for Puhoi Dialect Mass, Easter Sunday 2016

Our Puhoi musicians and singers are invited to be part of an exciting and unusual venture, the singing of our Easter Sunday Mass, at 8.30am on March 27, in the German dialect similar to that spoken by the Puhoi Bohemians.

The Egerlaender Volkssingmesse – Egerlaender Folk Mass – composed in 1950 by Anton Haubner and Fritz Roscher, has already been sung twice in Puhoi, once by visiting Egerlaenders from Germany and once as part of a Kowhai Singers concert.

It is envisaged this Easter’s choir, to be coached by Kowhai Singer and founder of the new Puhoi Children’s Choir, Carole Hay, will comprise the children, their parents and members of our Puhoi Church congregation, and other community members as well as Bohemian descendants from the Waikato and, hopefully, visiting Egerlaenders from Germany and Austria.

There will be a gathering of all those interested in learning more about this unique enterprise on Monday, February 1 at 5pm in the Puhoi Church and rehearsals will start in Puhoi soon after. Please bring a USB stick to the initial gathering to receive a simple computer programme.

I have also prepared for emailing the three-part music arranged by our Kowhai Singers director Peter Cammell, plus the dialect words and translation, accompanied by a pronunciation guide.

The music, comprising around six songs, is simple, but some more voices, especially male, would be welcome.

Contact coordinator Judith Williams, 4220181, to have the music sent to you or for more information.

State Of The Nation Report comes north

[via Judith Williams]

A Mountain All Can Climb, the Salvation Army’s 2015 social issues report on the state of New Zealand, will be brought to a Rodney audience by its author on April 20.

One of New Zealand’s most respected annual such reports, widely covered in the media and hotly debated in Parliament, the document covers the key social policy areas of children’s wellbeing, work and incomes, crime and punishment, housing, and social hazards, including alcohol, drugs, gambling and debt.

The report can be read on the website:

An initiative of the Warkworth-Puhoi Catholic Parish’s newly –formed social justice group, the local presentation, at 7.30pm in the Puhoi Church of Sts Peter and Paul, will be by the report’s author, Alan Johnson, from the Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.

He will talk about the role which such reports can play in highlighting social questions and justice in a media world increasingly concerned with money and celebrities.

The presentation is open to all, especially the Warkworth- Puhoi Catholic parish’s Wellsford, Hibiscus Coast and Helensville church neighbours and members of community organisations dealing with the issues the report highlights.

Its organisers are welcoming the occasion as a wonderful opportunity for ecumenical interaction.

Johnson will offer ideas ‘as to how faith communities and social justice groups can raise questions around polity and inequity both locally and nationally’.

He hopes to start a debate ‘on how the social teachings of the Gospels can be
witnessed in our everyday lives as Christians and citizens’.