November is the month when the church specifically asks us to pray for our beloved dead. As Father Mark reminded us in his weekly newsletter last week it is a good and holy thing to pray for the holy souls.
We encourage you to talk with your children about members of your family who are now with God and to pray for them.
You will be aware that following our school Mass on Friday 30 October our year 5 and 6 students visited the Catholic Cemetery in 18th Avenue and placed a posy of flowers on each of the graves of our Cluny Sisters. Father Mark led us in a very beautiful Liturgy and it was very poignant and moving to see the students, led by our principal Ben Fuller, place the flowers so reverently and respectfully on the 19 graves.
It is a timely reminder that so many of the Sisters buried there left their families and homes in Ireland and other parts of the world to come and work in our St Mary’s School.
Friday 27 November marks the 75th Anniversary of the arrival of the Cluny Sisters in Tauranga and we look forward to celebrating that significant occasion with the Sisters.
The midday Mass at St Mary Immaculate Church that day will be to honour and recognise the amazing work and contribution of our Cluny Sisters. Sursum Corda has been invited to sing at that Mass.
End of Year Masses
Please note the following dates on your calendar which you are warmly invited to and we encourage you to attend.
Graduation Mass this year is on Thursday 10 December at 7.00pm at St Mary Immaculate Church, Cameron Road. At this Mass not only will we celebrate all our Year 6 students graduation we also recognise and farewell our families who are leaving St Mary’s this year. We would like our Year 5 students to be present at this Mass to support and farewell our Year 6 students.
Prizegiving is on Tuesday 15 December at St Mary Immaculate Church,Cameron Road at 11.00am.
Taylor Brothers Fireworks Gala Friday 30 October 2015
I am sure all who attended our Fireworks Gala a little over a week ago will firstly agree that it was yet another fantastic community event and, secondly, join me in congratulating our amazing PTA. It was a great event that continues to grow and evolve and one that we are obviously famous for. Though the weather threatened early we were left with a great night to showcase a magnificent display.
Michelle Pine, ably assisted by Tracey Nirmalaraj, once again led the fireworks subcommittee and our thanks goes to you, as it does to all who performed a variety of roles and gave up time in ensuring such a successful event.
Thanks again to our major sponsors of the night. We hope you all enjoyed the Taylor Brothers St Mary’s Fireworks Gala night!
Now that we can all catch our breath, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who contributed in one way or another, in making the event an outstanding success.
To all who donated prizes, cash, wheelbarrows, jars, baking, electrical gear etc. just to name a few and, of course, those of you who worked tirelessly giving up your valuable time to organise, set up, run our stalls on the night and then to clean up afterwards. You were all amazing!
We would also like to thank all of our sponsors of the event:
- Taylor Brothers Transport - Gold Sponsor
- Zariba Holdings - Silver Sponsor
- Pak ‘n Save Tauranga – Bronze Sponsor
- More FM - Media Sponsor
- RYE Electricians & Triac AV Lighting & Sound – Electrical & Sound Sponsors
- Hellers ‘Sausages for Schools’ Sponsor
- New World Gate Pa – Unlock-a-Trolley raffle Sponsor
Our wheelbarrow sponsors, class reps, teachers, staff, parents and, of course, students, who did all the hard work in making our 2nd very successful St Mary’s Wheelbarrow Race such a fun, competitive race.
- Wheelbarrow Sponsors:
- Immerse Nail & Beauty
- Certified Finishers
- DMS Progrowers Ltd
- Domett Truck & Trailers
- Advantage Business
- Property Managers Group
- Crowe Horworth
- Colourfast Powder Coaters Ltd
- Girven Road Medical Centre
- Jeffries family
- Accident & Healthcare
- Abernethy, Broatch Law
- O’Connor Warren Insurance Brokers
- La Brioche Patisserie
- Schiphorst family
Room 15 Abernethy, Broatch Law, won the final wheelbarrow race and Room 6’s Advantage Business taking out the Best Dressed. Let’s not forget the following who also donated their services to the event:
St Mary’s Young Vinnies, St Mary’s Whanau Group, the many Aquinas Students, Hereford Kitchens, La Brioche Patisserie, Hirepool, Fulton Hogan BoP, Port of Tauranga, Tauranga Volunteer Fire Service, Filipino Group, St Marys’ Pacifica Group, City Care and all those wonderful groups who performed on stage.
This event involves a huge amount of effort to put on and we could not do it without the support from our fantastic St Mary’s Community.
Michelle Pine & Tracey Nirmalaraj and the Fireworks Gala Event Team