Kiaora Whanau,Malo e Lelei
On Thursday the 12th August, Ruma Takahe-Year 7/8 presented the gospel. Due to NZ nationally going to Lockdown Level 4 the school was closed and there was no mass in Week 4. This week's gospel presentation will be Ruma Hoiho- Year 5/6. Due to restrictions of numbers during Level 2 to only 50, we are having school mass via zoom. Next week's gospel presentation will be Ruma Kakapo. Malo 'Aupito
The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with the preparation of the gifts and the altar. As the ministers prepare the altar, representatives of the people bring forward the bread and wine that will become the Body and Blood of Christ. The celebrant blesses and praises God for these gifts and places them on the altar. In addition to the bread and wine, monetary gifts for the support of the Church and the care of the poor may be brought forward.
The Eucharistic Prayer-After the gifts and altar are prepared, the Eucharistic Prayer begins. This prayer of thanksgiving is the heart of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In this prayer, the priest acts in the person of Christ as head of his body, the Church. He gathers not only the bread and the wine, but the substance of our lives and joins them to Christ's perfect sacrifice, offering them to the Father.
First Holy Communion:
On Sunday the 22nd of August, it was planned to have our First Holy Communion for our Sacramental children. An email from Adrienne went out to all parents stating that Holy Communion is deferred as it was unlikely that we will be at Level 1 on Sunday. As soon as we return to Level 1 we will select a date and let parents and children know. Please take care.
Faith Facts: 13th – 17th September
12th- 18th Social Justice Week
13th September to 19th September (13-19 Mahuru) Maori Language Week
13th St John of Chrysostom
14th Feast of the Holy Cross
15th Our Lady of Sorrows
16th St Cornelius and Cyprian.
Social Justice Week 2021 runs from September 12-18 and will highlight the Beatitudes with the theme of encounter and community.
More on the Beatitudes- Pope Francis said just as Christian saints have done so throughout the ages, Christ's followers today are called "to confront the troubles and anxieties of our age with the spirit and love of Jesus." New situations require new energy and a new commitment, he said, and then he offered an additional six beatitudes for modern Christians. Here is the first one...
"Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them for their heart.
Three more Beatitudes for the modern Christian, given for us by Pope Francis...
"Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness."
"Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him."
"Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home."