First Holy Communion Mass Sunday August 26 @ 9.30am
We pray for and congratulate our candidates for First Holy Communion this weekend:-
Luse Asi, Paige Geypen, Hamish Fowler, Elias Fraser, Eli Herbst, Christopher Jorgensen, Ideg Jones Hogan, David Kilgour, Sandrene Mordeno, Rolfe Patalbo, Ally May Rawson, Tama Roberts and Jayla Strong.
All families are as always, warmly invited to come and celebrate Mass together.
Faith Facts this Week:-
week the Church celebrates the feast days of three great “founders”. On
31st of July St Ignatius is celebrated.
He was the founder of the Jesuit Order, who have been one of the most
influential orders in the history of the Church. Jesuits are involved in
academic, spiritual and missionary ministries around the world. Fr Robert Morris who was ordained by Bishop
Paul on 2 June 2018 in Christchurch is a Jesuit, as was Pope Francis before he
was made a bishop. St Alphonsus Liguori founded the Redemptorist order
and his feast day is celebrated on August 1st. St. Alphonsus was an accomplished preacher
and he has left to his followers, many volumes of writing that has won for him
the title of “Doctor of the Church”. The Redemptorists had a monastery
based in Bower Ave, Christchurch for many years. On August 3rd the Church marks the feast of St Dominic. Dominic
was a contemporary of St Francis, and the two started important religious
orders at the beginning of the 13th century. The Dominican order, sometimes
referred to as the “Order of Preachers” includes sisters and friars
(priests), and their work is primarily academic focussed, with many Dominicans
working in tertiary education around the world.
Dominican sisters have staffed several primary and secondary schools in
New Zealand including Teschemakers and St Joseph's School (Oamaru), St Dominic’s (Dunedin) and St
Who was St Bernard? And what has it got to do
Bernard (1090-1153) was a clever
and Holy man who guided many princes, popes and holy people and helped them in
their faith. He founded an order of monks that grew to have many monasteries.
These were known as Cistercian monasteries.
was monastery high up in the Swiss mountains on the St Bernard’s Pass, it
was called the monastery of St Bernard. It was a hospice for the sick and
injured. At that monastery they had dogs that turned out to be very good at
rescuing people in the snow and ice. They became the name St Bernard. But guess what this monastery was named after
a different St Bernard! St Bernard of Menthon (923 – 1008). He started this
monastery for travellers.
Atua e Manaaki