Thursday, 15 September 2016

2. Special Character - Week 8, Term 3 2016

The Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week.
In 2016, Social Justice Week runs from 11-17 September and the focus is on migration.
Today, migration is changing our world in ways that we cannot ignore. This year’s topic for Social Justice Week focuses on migration and encourages students and teachers to share migration stories and respond through prayer and action.
On Monday 12th we shared a lovely School Liturgy in the hall at 9am. The Liturgy  focused on 'Welcoming Migrants and Refugees in the Jubilee Year of Mercy'. Class Religious Lessons have been centred around 'Prayer and Migration Stories' each day.
On Monday evening Michael Mangan  visited the parish community. On Tuesday 13th he visited St. Joseph's School from 10-11am. Michael is a composer, teacher and music liturgist who is based in Brisbane, Australia.  A former specialist music teacher, he has composed over 250 pieces which are widely used in Liturgy and Religious Education programmes in schools and parishes throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Michael's music is published in North America by World Library Publications, Chicago.  His compositions are known for their "singability" and suitability for liturgical celebrations, especially with children.
We were all very proud of the children's behaviour and the wonderful singing.

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