Our Lady of Lourdes School T1, 2022

Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome to Term1: Week 8


Blessings to you all as we begin week 8 of the term. This Friday, Pope Francis has asked us to unite in prayer to pray for peace in our world. Below is the beginning of a liturgy you could share at home.

This Friday, children could add to the school uniform by wearing the colour blue and yellow in support of peace. If you are able, a gold coin donation will be collected from our school and sent to Caritas Ukraine to help supply food and clothing to the many people in need. Please see below...

Aotearoa New Zealand united in prayer for the conversion of hearts for peace in our world and an end to the war in Ukraine

Feast of the Annunciation, Friday 25 March 2022

Resources prepared / collated and shared by

O te Hāhi Katorika ki Aotearoa.

National Liturgy Office of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand

Prayer of Pope Francis for an end to the war - March 2022

(can be prayed by one leader with all praying bold text)

Forgive us for war, O Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,

have mercy on us sinners!

Lord Jesus, born in the shadows of bombs falling on Kyiv,

have mercy on us!

Lord Jesus,

who died in a mother’s arms in a bunker in Kharkiv,

have mercy on us!

Lord Jesus, a 20-year-old sent to the frontlines,

have mercy on us!

Lord Jesus, who still behold armed hands in the shadow of your Cross,

have mercy on us!

Prayers of Intercession

We pray for the Church: that in this time of crisis, she may speak words of truth and justice, act with compassion and be a sign of Christ’s love for all those who are suffering.

E te Ariki, Whakarongo mai rā ki a mātou

We pray for world leaders, that guided by integrity and wisdom, they may work together so that peace may flourish.

E te Ariki, Whakarongo mai rā ki a mātou

We pray for all those caught up in violence, remembering especially the people of Ukraine; that in this time of fear and conflict, they may know God’s presence and peace.

E te Ariki, Whakarongo mai rā ki a mātou

We pray for all those suffering from hunger as a result of conflict and injustice, in countries such as Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Ethiopia.

E te Ariki, Whakarongo mai rā ki a mātou

We pray for our parish and our local community: that in this time of Lent, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.

E te Ariki, Whakarongo mai rā ki a mātou

Again, our thanks for your support as we journey together in these uncertain times. You are always in our prayers.

Once again, go gently, take good care of each other, being a person of MERCY in our world.



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As well as creating ‘logistical overload’ for schools, Covid is a huge concern for parents. The health sector has developed some excellent resources for parents on the KidsHealth website which you may wish to share with parents. Please check out the links below -



New content is being added regularly to COVID-19 | KidsHealth NZ

KidsHealth also covers a huge range of general child health topics that may be of interest to parents and help to reduce anxiety in your community.

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As part of the Catholic Theological College online event series, we wish to invite you to “But who do you say I am? -- Images of God, mental well-being and Pacific young women," on Thursday 31 March 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom. This might interest young people, especially Pacifika. The speaker is Dr Therese Lautua, a graduate in PhD Theology at the University of Auckland. She will talk about the significance of Christianity for the spiritual and mental wellbeing of young Christian, multi-ethnic Pacifika women. She will take us through the different images of God and how these impact mental wellbeing.

Details and registration here: https://www.tekupenga.ac.nz/uncategorized/upcoming-online-event-who-do-you-say-i-am-images-of-god-mental-well-being-and-pacific-young-women/

Bishops' Synod Survey

“Pope Francis wants to hear from you!” The bishops are using this direct papal message to invite people – Catholic or not – to take part in a survey for the ongoing international synod on the future direction of the Church. The survey is being advertised on Stuff and in social media such as Facebook, so you might see it pop up. Please share it with friends who may not be reached by your parish/diocesan Synod consultation. Details including a link to the survey: https://www.catholic.org.nz/news/media-releases/synod-feedback/

Thank you!

Ngā mihi, David

David McLoughlin

Communications Adviser, NZ Catholic Bishops Conference

Te Huinga o ngā Pīhopa Katorika o Aotearoa

Phone: 04 496 1725

Mobile: 021 611 052

Catholic Centre, 22-30 Hill Street Wellington 6011

LENT and CARITAS resources

The theme for Lent 2022 is Building Dreams Together: Called to be Peacemakers. (How truly appropriate with everything that is going on ) In our changing world we need to come together and find ways of realising our dreams. There is always hope of transforming our world for the better when we are guided by peace, love and justice in our lives.

Our lovely Liturgy for this week - Thank you Mrs Cheetham


Attendance Dues Information – March 2022

❖ 2022 attendance dues invoices/statements will be emailed to families this week (if we have an email address on file). If no email address is held, invoices/statements will be sent via Post. If you do not receive an invoice/statement, please contact us so we can reissue one to you.

❖ If you make a payment on or before the 31st March 2022 that includes a voluntary catholic character donation of $5.00 or more, a donation receipt will be emailed/sent by post in April, for you to claim a tax rebate.

❖ If you wish to set up a regular payment plan, please contact the Attendance Dues team to discuss payment options. Our contact details are as follows: ▪ 0800 200 208; or


❖ Our bank details for payment:

▪ Name of Account: Diocese of PN

▪ Account Number: 02-0630-0237950-04

▪ Reference Number: “please ensure you enter your account reference number

❖ One off payments by credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard only) can be made using our website: www.pndiocese.org.nz/education/dues.

❖ Attendance Dues charges for 2022 are:

$465.00 for each Primary Student (Year 0 – 8).

$930.00 for each Secondary Student (Year 9 – 13)
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  • Friday March 25th - add blue/yellow to your uniform, bring gold coin
  • Thursday April 14th - HOLY THURSDAY
  • Friday April 15th - Good Friday - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THE TERM BREAK
  • Monday May 2nd - FIRST DAY OF TERM TWO
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TERM DATES for 2022

Term 1 - Wednesday February 2nd - Thursday 14th April (Friday 15th is Good Friday)

Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July

Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September

Term 4 - Monday 17th October - 14th December (to be confirmed)