Faith Facts Term 3, Week 9

Saturday 24th September 2022

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First Holy Communion

This weekend 23 of our students will be making their First Holy Communion on Saturday 24th September at Christ the King Church at 1:00pm.

The children (and parents) have worked hard this term learning about this very special Sacrament and the special meaning behind taking the Eucharist at Mass.

Please remember them in your prayers and join us in wishing them and their families all the very best for their special day.

Faith in Action

Ellie Gane and Una Austin have shown remarkable compassion recently when they decided to have a combined birthday party and instead of their guests bringing presents they asked for donations of money to go towards groceries for St Vincent de Paul.

At Values Assembly they presented their $150 worth of food donations to Richard from the St Vincent de Paul who was very impressed with their thoughtfulness and compassion.

Well done to them both for showing us the true meaning of living the Gospel Values and showing Faith in Action!

Father Alister School Visits

Throughout the Term Father Alister often comes in on a Monday to hold class masses in the hall or come into the classrooms to meet and work with our students. All our students love having Father Alister come to visit and hear all the stories he has to share.

Recently in Rooms 2, 3, and 4 he has talked about the initiation Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. He brought some of the symbols of Baptism for the children to look at.

In Room 1 the children got to try on some of the vestments as they talked about the colours of the Liturgical Year. This may have also been an early recruitment drive by Father Alister as well!

Family Mass

The Combined Schools Family Masses at Christ the King Church have been a great success throughout Term 3. It has been a lovely way for families within the Christchurch North Parish to come together to celebrate Mass.

It is envisioned that these Masses will continue in Term 4 so we encourage you all to come and be a part of it.

Did You Know?

This term our Faith Facts have been focusing on Bishop Gielen and helping us get to know him better.

Bishop Michael Gielen was appointed Auxiliary (assistant) Bishop of Auckland on Monday 6th January 2020 and was ordained as a bishop by Bishop Pat Dunn (then Bishop of Auckland) on Saturday 7th March 2020.

He was then appointed Bishop of Christchurch on Saturday 21st May 2022 and was Installed as Bishop on Saturday 9th July 2022 in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.

Gospel Reading - Sunday 25th September

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Luke 16:19-31 (Click here for full Gospel Reading) ‘The Rich Man and Lazarus’

Jesus tells us the story of the rich man who was so self-absorbed, that he did nothing to help Lazarus.

What do you think the rich man could have done?

What do you think Jesus is saying to us with this story?

The Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16 Sunday School Lesson Resource

Liturgical Year

Wednesday 21st September was the Feast Day of St Matthew, the Apostle, and Evangelist.

Matthew the Apostle was, according to the Christian Bible, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to Christian tradition, one of the four Evangelists. He wrote the Gospel of Matthew to tell about Jesus' life and his understanding of who Jesus was.

Why do priests wear red vestments? Well, when we celebrate a particular feast day within Ordinary Time the priest wears the colours of that feast. Red is used on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Pentecost Sunday, on celebrations of the Lord’s Passion, and on the feast days of the Apostles and Evangelists and martyr Saints.

Important Dates - Term 3

  • Monday 26th September - Public Holiday
  • Friday 30th September - Assembly Room 1
  • Friday 30th September - Last Day of Term 3