Thursday, 6 September 2018

2. Special Character - Term 3 Week 7

Social Justice Week
Each year the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week, inviting us to reflect and take action on a current social justice issue. 

This year, the 9th to the 15th of September, we focus on disability and participation. How can we encourage more enabling communities, affirming that everyone has a part to play in our society?

"Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated.  Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed." 
Jean Vanier, Becoming Human, 1998 
Faith Fact
St Gregory the Great’s feast day is September 3rd.  He was a Pope from AD 590 to 604.  He was the first pope who had been a monk previously as well as a diplomat.  He was also known as a highly competent administrator and is known for his work on the liturgy and reorganisation of the entire church.  Gregory was the first to send Christian missionaries to Britain and under his papacy the Church grew in influence and power throughout Europe.  Gregory also instituted a system of distributing food and alms to the poor of Rome.      

God Bless 
Nicola Winders 

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