Thursday, 8 February 2018

2. Special Character - Week 2, Term 1 2018

The 2018 Sacramental Programme will begin this Sunday with Commitment Sunday at 9.30 am Mass. If you would like your child to join in preparing to make the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion please contact Mrs Frances- Rees our Principal.
This invitation also extends to any parent who may be interested in being initiated into the church, also contact Fr Wayne or Mrs Frances Rees. Please contact Fr Wayne if you would like your child baptised.

Faith Facts this week:-

Next Wednesday 14th February we will begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday celebrations. You will notice that the Alleluia and the Gloria are always omitted during the Mass in Lent. Lent is a season of repentance and conversion. The season lasts for 40 days and the liturgical colour used in predominantly violet, reminding us of the blood shed by Jesus during His Passion and Death.

Waitangi Day was named after Waitangi where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed, commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand.

Bishop J. B. F. Pompallier arrived in New Zealand in 1838, and established many Catholic missions. Pompallier was sympathetic to Māori concerns, and for his time, he had an enlightened view towards Māori culture. He was at Waitangi when the Treaty was signed on 6 February 1840, and asked Lieutenant-Governor Hobson for his promise to protect the Catholic faith. This pledge is sometimes referred to as the unwritten “fourth article” of the Treaty, and is said to protect and recognise not only major western religions, but also Māori custom. 

God Bless

Nicola Winders

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