Welcome, Kia Ora Whanau/Malo e Lelei!
Religious Education Focus: This term we are teaching the Church Strand- Community of Disciples-Te Whanau a te Karaiti. The key ideas for our children to understand concepts of the Church Strand are:
1. The Church is the people united with God
2. We all have a responsibility in the Church
3. There are formal responsibilities in the Church
4. The mission of the Church is to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth.
The Synod 2021-2023-In this Synod, Pope Francis is inviting the entire Church to focus on the theme – “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” A synodal means “journey together” which enacts and manifests the nature of the Church as a pilgrim Church and missionary people of God.
On October 17th the world celebrated the opening of the Synod. Our Dunedin Diocese Synod Gathering will be in December at Holy Cross Mosgiel. We need to recognise and appreciate the Church- "as both gift and task" as we use the variety of charisms and gifts that God has bestowed upon us for the benefit of the Church community and families on this "journey together".
Last week's of term 3 we had zoom Mass and Ruma Kiwi-Year 3 presented the gospel. This week's gospel presentation will be Ruma Kereru- Year 1/2. There was no Mass but we had a Liturgy to celebrate Te Ara a Maria hikoi. The way of Mary, Our Lady, Mother of God. Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua, Holy Mary, Mother of God.
Next week there will be no Mass but in Week3 the gospel presentation will be Ruma Pukeko Year 1/2. Malo 'Aupito.
Name: Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua Translation: Holy Mary, Mother of God Artist: Damien Walker (Studio of Saint Philomena, Rangiora) Māori advisor: Anthony Kemp
To celebrate the rededication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary, Mother of God, Assumed into Heaven, our Bishops commissioned a new piece of art. They wanted a depiction of Mary that connects her to our country. The piece challenges us to see her as a woman of incredible strength and the place she holds in our hearts and our community today.
Week 1: October 18 – 22 (Green)
18th St Luke, evangelist
Luke Gospel. Forgiveness and God's mercy to sinners is also of first importance to Luke. Only in Luke’s do we hear the story of the Prodigal Son welcomed back by the overjoyed father. Only in Luke do we hear of the forgiven woman disrupting the feast by washing Jesus' feet with her tears. Throughout Luke's gospel, Jesus takes the side of the sinner who wants to return to God's mercy