Thank you for the very warm welcome to St Mary’s Tauranga; myself and my family feel very blessed to be part of the community. I have moved to Tauranga from Rotorua where I was DRS at St Mary’s Rotorua and had taught there for the past 14 years. My husband, Neil and I moved to Rotorua from Auckland when I had finished training as a teacher. We have three children, Samuel (year 7) at Aquinas College, Sarah (year 5) and Adam (year 3) both here at St Mary’s. As a family we are looking forward to new challenges and experiences that our move to Tauranga will bring.
Last Tuesday we were able to thank and praise God for the gift of Grandparents. It was fantastic to see so many Grandparents. Students were able to proudly share with them their school life. I am sure it is quite different today to when they went to school.
This week we welcomed 29 new families to the school. Dear Lord, We pray for our new students and families, that they are always welcomed and supported by the community. Help them to settle into our school and feel part of our faith community. May they come closer to you each day.
On Friday 12 August 9:30 at Church the school will be celebrating Mass for the Assumption.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On this feast of Mary we celebrate a special favour that God gave to Mary, our Mother.
The Assumption means that Mary was taken up into the glory of heaven not only with her soul, but also with her body.
Jesus, the Son of God was born from Mary’s pure womb. So when Mary died, God the Father and Jesus, would not let the body of the Mother of God be spoilt. This was her reward for her love of God and her years of faithful prayers and suffering.
Now Mary is in heaven. She is queen of heaven and earth. She is the Mother of Jesus’ Church and queen of apostles. Every time Mary asks Jesus to give us graces, he listens to her request.
After the resurrection from the dead, we, too, can go to heaven with our bodies. Our bodies will be perfect. They will not suffer illness anymore. They will not need any more food and drink to keep alive. They will be beautiful and splendid!
If we use our bodies now to do good, those bodies will share in our heavenly reward.
As we celebrate the feast day of Mary, we can ask our Blessed Mother Mary to guide, protect and care for us.
Prayer for the Assumption of Mary
Father in heaven, all creation rightly gives you praise, for all life and all holiness come from you. In the plan of your wisdom she who bore the Christ in her womb was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven. May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.