Saturday, March 28, 2020

Prayer...

Hello everyone...


I hope you are all staying in your bubbles today!!

After finding out about our first fatality from COVID-19 as a country, I am sure your thoughts and prayers are with the family of this person who has passed on.

Prayer is something which connects us to God.  Remember, He is there for us!  

We have been given so much time to use, to re-evaluate, to think about the future with regards to our relationships in the home, in the work place and with God.

In a way, this is the time we can use to turn back to God and it is especially appropriate during this Lenten time.


YouTube - Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi 2020

This video of our Holy Father, reminds us dearly of our own relationship with God.  Even though we may be separated in our own homes and we cannot attend church, we can be thankful for the use of modern technology which allows us to be in-touch not only with each other but with Pope Francis himself who is always thinking of all of us in the world today.

We don't have to be sad that we cannot attend mass.  We can use this time to develop our prayer relationship with God.

Let us pray for ourselves, our families, our communities, our country and the entire world.  Prayer is needed in our world today.

Give God some time in your day.  

"Let us at any cost be faithful."  St. Mary MacKillop (26.3.1873)

Monday, March 23, 2020

A Prayer of Protection

The Light of God

The light of God surrounds us,
The love of God enfolds us,
The power of God protects us,
The presence of God watches over us,
Wherever we are, God is,
And where God is, all is well.
St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, St. John,
Like unto the prophet Jonas, as a type of Christ,
Who was guarded for three days and
Three nights in the belly of a whale,
Thus shall the Almighty God,
As a Father, guard and protect me from all evil.
Grant me Protection
Grant, O Lord, Thy protection
And in protection, strength
And in strength, understanding
And in understanding, knowledge
And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice
And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it
And in the love of it, the love of all existences
And in that love, the love of spirit and all creation.

A Lenten Journey

As we are about to close our schools due to COVID-19, please remember, we need to continue to live the true meaning of our Lenten Journey.

*Almsgiving
*Prayer 
*Fasting

Let us turn to help those in our community that need help.  Let us pray for a world that is in need of prayer.  Let us fast from enjoying the good things that we love and give someone else a chance to enjoy them instead.





"He is a just and merciful God, you may be sure that the trial is sent in love."  St. Mary MacKillop (6.8.1895)






Tuesday, March 17, 2020

COVID-19

Religious Education Events Cancelled...

For our children and community's health and wellbeing because of COVID-19, we will be cancelling a couple of events that were scheduled to be held this term.  

*Syndicate Mass at school on the 27th of March
*Reconciliation at school on the 27th of March

We have Father Anthony's blessing and support on this.

Events Postponed until further notice

20 years School Anniversary Celebration

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
—John 14:27

"Courage, courage, trust in God who helps you in all things."  
St. Mary MacKillop (10.3.1874)


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

20 Years...

Our little school is turning 20 years old next week!

Since the school opened in 2000, it has steadily grown.  The changes in our little corner of the world have been plenty.  It is great to see old students of the school coming back to bring their own children to be educated here.

God is good!  All the time!
All the time! God is good!

Keep an eye on this page.  We will share more information about our 20 year celebration very soon.

"Be faithful in the least as well as in the greatest." St. Mary MacKillop  (3.3.1873)

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Bishop Michael Gielen

Auckland's Auxiliary Bishop

Congratulations to Father Michael who was ordained today as Auckland's New Auxiliary Bishop!

This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness an ordination of a brand new Bishop.  It was an honour to attend this mass today at the Vodafone Events Centre.  To see the culture of the Auckland Diocese in every aspect of the celebration was truly an amazing experience.

So many schools from the region were represented by some of their students and teachers.

It was a privilege to have been part of the day.

Here are some images from Bishop Michael Gielen's Ordination










 The two images below are courtesy of 
Bishop Patrick Dunn's Facebook page



"God’s will be done" St. Mary MacKillop  (10.2.1882)


Friday, March 6, 2020

SC501

Understanding the Old Testament

Teacher's Only Day on March 6th, 2020 was a day well spent!  

Lyn Smith from Te Kupenga, Catholic Leadership Institute took us on a journey through the Old Testament.
Together with fellow colleagues from Catholic Schools around the North Island, we were introduced into the world of the Old Testament.

This day has left us wanting to learn more about the Old Testament.  We are looking forward to our second day together in a few weeks time to add to the knowledge that we have gained today.

Thank you Lyn for your leadership and passion and your sense of humour today.  You have inspired us to want to carry on and learn more about the Bible and you have encouraged us to look at the Bible in a different way and to bring some of the new knowledge that we have learnt into the classroom in this day and age.


Here are two images from our day.






"God give me strength for what is necessary. " St. Mary MacKillop (11.6.1877)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Episcopal Ordination

Come and be part of the Celebration!  

This is a once in a life-time chance to witness an Episcopal Ordination in this day and age in our country.  Keep Father Michael in your prayers.  

See you at the Vodafone Events Centre next Saturday!!!



"Let us do the will of God, the beautiful, wise will of God." St. Mary MacKillop  (5.3.1870)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ash Wednesday Mass

A huge thank you goes out to Father Anthony and the parishioners of St. Therese parish for allowing us as a school to attend Ash Wednesday Mass with the community.

The teachers have already commented on what a wonderful mass it was.

Here are some images from this mass.














"How good God is to me and how much reason I have to be grateful" 
St. Mary MacKillop(22.2.1899)

CARITAS - The Lent Appeal

What can you do to help others who are less fortunate than you?

We can help CARITAS in our small way to help others in the local and international community who are in need.

The Challenge has been laid out in the words of Pope Francis "God wants to speak to the world by your life... do not abandon the path of love"

How fitting are these words for us during this season of Lent!  Let us help to do good things for others.  Our good actions, no matter how small will show the world that God is speaking through us and we are listening to his call.

We are a school who supports the work of Caritas every year.  Like St. Mary MacKillop did in her lifetime, it is now our turn to do our bit, it is our turn to be of service to others.

"Do all you can to assist and love one another" St. Mary MacKillop (28.1.1890)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Lenten Season

Lent

Ash Wednesday 

Ash Wednesday falls on the 26th of February 2020.  This day marks the beginning of the Lenten Season.  
Lent lasts for 40 days.

Lent is a season of preparation.  Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving.  This is our way to prepare for Easter.

The children are learning about the meaning of the Season of Lent and how they can prepare themselves by doing good things for others during the next 40 days.

We will join the community at St. Therese Church for Ash Wednesday mass at 9:15am.  
Please join us.

"Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel"



"The Cross is my portion – it is also my sweet rest and support." St. Mary MacKillop (To Flora MacKillop 26.2.1872)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Dedication Mass 2020



This was a fantastic gathering for all Catholic Educators in the Auckland Diocese.  Bishop Patrick Dunn celebrated the mass with all teachers who attended on behalf of their schools in our Diocese.


It was a mass to acknowledge all the hard work that everyone has put in to their respective schools and it was also a chance to acknowledge teachers/educators who have gained qualifications in Catholic Education.


Congratulations to Mrs Myocevich, Mrs Joseph and Miss Crawford from our school for their achievements in their studies, gaining qualifications in Catholic Education.







"God wants us by every means in our power to lead others to life. " St. Mary MacKillop (1899)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Beginning of Term Mass...



Last Friday, we celebrated our first school mass for the year.  

Thank you to all parents who were able to join us for this mass.


Here are some images from our mass.



























"Today God has been so good to me." St. Mary MacKillop (14.6.1874)