The month of October is the month of the Rosary. On our first day back to school this term students prayed a decade of the rosary for our intentions in our liturgy. Classes have been learning about the rosary and how to use rosary beads.
This week our liturgy focused on Mission Sunday which is this coming Sunday. Students learnt about life in Cambodia and how missionaries help children receive an education. Students have been encouraged to act with mercy and to pray for those in need and for the missionaries who do such good work around the world.
New children and new families liturgy
On Tuesday 25 October we welcome 17 new students to St Mary’s since our Term 3 liturgy. All families are very welcome to attend this very special litury to help make our new families feel welcome.
Sacramental Programme 2016-17 (for students Y4 and above)
Enrolments for the Sacramental Programme will take place on Sunday 30 October, after 9am Mass at St Joseph’s Te Puna; and after the 10.30am Mass at St Mary Immaculate. You can also enrol your child (or grandchild) on-line, through the Parish website.
You must register by Monday 31 October – no late registrations will be accepted.
There will be some changes to the organisation of the programme and celebration of the Sacraments this year:
There will be one programme for the whole parish. Those students attending St Mary’s School will complete much of the learning in school time (you will still need to register through the Parish), students from other kura and schools will gather at St Mary Immaculate Church on Monday afternoons after school.
Volunteers will be needed for this programme. The first lesson will be Monday 14 November 3.30pm - 5.00pm.
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Friday 2 December 4pm - 6pm
There will be a separate Liturgy of Confirmation on Sunday 21 May at 2pm, possibly at Holy Trinity Church. Following this, there will be a social time with Bishop Steve.
The Celebration of First Communion will be more flexible, and can take place at a number of Masses in St Joseph’s, St Therese Chapel and at St Mary Immaculate during July and August.
An information booklet with all the information and details can be collected at the time of enrolment or found on the parish website.
Praise to the God of All Comfort 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”
Prayers for Fr Mark
Please keep Father Mark in your prayers as he prepares for his surgery for prostate cancer and his recovery. Father Stuart Young will be acting parish priest until Father Mark returns.
We pray that all students and their families of St Mary’s Tauranga have a very blessed and wonderful Term 4.
Teresa Rush , DRS