Thursday, 18 November 2021

2. Special Character Week 5 Term 4 2021.

Welcome, Kia Ora Whanau/Malo e Lelei!

Special Character Focus: Church Strand-Community of Disciples

This week our R.E teaching, will continue teaching the Community of Disciples- Te Whanau o te Karaiti. Next week we will be teaching Advent. 

First Holy Communion- Congratulations to our first two groups of children who received their First Holy Communion last week. Thank you to their families for their continued support in preparing them for this holy sacrament. We are looking forward to seeing our last two groups on Saturday 20th at 5.00pm and Sunday 21st at 9:30 am Mass for their First Communion.

Please arrive very early, so you can be sure of a seat near the front of the Church (Every second seat is roped off) The children will sit with their families. We will give them their medals before Mass.

Parents, please spend time with your child/ children this week preparing them for this special Sacrament.

It is important that they realise that it is Jesus they are receiving in Holy Communion. It is a reverent occasion. Please have the children practise walking slowly forward with their hands joined and show them how they hold their hands out to receive the host. When Father says "The Body of Christ"  they answer "Amen". They then return to their seats slowly and reverently.

At the end of Mass, the children will be presented with their certificates and a goodie bag with a small gift for each one. We hope this will help make up for not being able to have a communal celebration at this time.

Every Blessing to you all

School Mass: 

Last week's gospel presentation was Ruma Takahe- Year 7/8. This week the gospel presentation was Ruma Hoiho- Year 5 & 6. Next week gospel's presentation will be Ruma Kakapo- Year 4 & 5. Thank you to all teachers and children for preparing these masses with great and awesome gospel presentations. God bless. 

The Rite of Peace follows the Communion Rite. The celebrant prays that the peace of Christ will fill our hearts, our families, our Church, our communities, and our world. As a sign of hope, the people extend to those around them a sign of peace, typically by shaking hands.

Faith Facts

Week 5: November 15-19 (Green)

14th World Day of the Poor

16th St Margaret of Scotland

17th St Elizabeth of Hungary

Sunday 21st Christ the King Sunday

The Church’s liturgical year concludes with this feast of Christ the King, instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to celebrate the Jubilee Year and the 16th centenary of the Council of Nicaea.  Instituting this feast, Pope Pius XI proclaimed: “Pax Christi in regno Christi” (“The peace of Christ in the reign of Christ”).  

5th World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis reminds us that poor people are not outsiders but part of our communities – ‘they’ are our sisters and brothers. While charity presupposes a giver and a receiver, mutual sharing generates fraternity and solidarity – it makes us sisters and brothers. It lays the foundation for justice. 

“My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”

Thank you/ Malo Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

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