Welcome, Kia Ora Whanau/Malo e Lelei!
Special Character Focus: Traditional Prayer
On Monday we had a staff meeting with Katrina van de Water our Religious Education Advisor from the Dunedin Diocese about Traditional Prayer-the richness of Catholic prayer. Traditional prayers have emerged from the story of the Church in various times and are part of the ongoing prayer life of the Church. They have become, in essence, part of what it is to "be" Catholic. Thank you Katrina.
Last week's gospel presentation was Ruma Kereru- Year 1/2. We had a Liturgy to celebrate Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua, Holy Mary, Mother of God. There was no Mass this week. Next week the gospel presentation will be Ruma Pukeko-Year 1/2.
Week 2: October 25 – 29 (Green)
25th Labour Day
28th Sts Simon and Jude
31st Mission Sunday
World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It is first and foremost the celebration that all baptised are missionaries. We participate in the Mission of God – to bring the Good News that God is here and wants to give life abundantly (Jn 10:10).
November 1st is All Saints' Day.
It is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven. All Saints' Day was formally started by Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs on May 13 in 609 AD. Boniface IV also established All Souls' Day, which follows All Saints.