Thursday, 29 October 2020

2.Special Character Week 3 Term 4 2020

 Kiaora/ Malo e Lelei

Special Character Focus

School and Family Mass- 
Presenting the Mass and Gospel is a service opportunity and Ministry for our children in spreading God’s word.
You are welcome to join us for Mass at 9:15 am on Thursday in the Basilica. 
Thank you to PukekoYear 1/2- Mrs Brookes' class for the presentation of the gospel at Mass last Thursday. Today the Mass and Gospel presentation lead by Year 8- Mrs Jones Hogan' s class. Next Week Thursday Mass will be Kereru/Year 1/2- Mrs Misiloi's class.

Gospel Reflection: Matthew 5:1-12

It is fitting that today’s gospel includes the beatitudes, in which our Lord sits among the people and teaches them some truths about God’s family.  I imagine a motley group of people, much like I see in Mass each Sunday. They want to hear from Jesus.  Like us, they probably left this encounter pondering what these sayings meant to them and struggling with how they could live these teachings, which reflect a kind of otherness from what they knew themselves to be now. Perhaps encounters during the coming days allowed them to grasp, internalize, and live some of those truths, thereby reflecting God’s image into the world, revealing kinship to themselves as well as to others. So it is with us today, as we remember and honor those who have finished the struggle and dwell with our Lord as his children, seeing him as he is, face to face.  We who continue to struggle need their prayers and the light of God reflected through their lives to show us the way and give us hope that we, too, are God’s kinfolk.

Lord, we need holiness and transformation that only you can provide.  Help us to struggle well and to reflect more of your image..  Thanks be to God. 

Faith Facts Term 4
26th Labour Day
28th Sts Simon & Jude

Pope Francis October prayer intention The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity faithful, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.
26th October 1942 NZ Women Jurors Act allows women to sit on juries. The Act provided for women aged between 25 and 60 to have their names placed on the jury list on the same basis as men – if they so desired. New Zealand’s first female juror was Elaine Kingsford, who sat on a case at the Auckland Supreme Court in 1943. She raised the possibility that one day there might even be women judges – a thoroughly radical idea at that time.
Through history women have gradually been able to participate in areas of responsibility within society. We pray, with Pope Francis, that this too may happen within the church.



Please, Lord, anything but humility! Our instinctive reaction to humility might be the result of a culture that exalts riches, honors and pride. Yet all this week Jesus teaches that the way to salvation is through humility. And on the upcoming Sunday, the Solemnity of All Saints, we hear Jesus encourage us to be "poor in spirit", "meek" and "peacemakers." All week we can continue to speak to the Lord as we would to a loving friend who listens to us. And always, we can end our day in gratitude, for the merciful God who loves us so compassionately and longs to be in our hearts. Amen.

Thank you/ Malo Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

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