Faith Facts Term 3, Week 6

St Patrick's School 2nd September 2022

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Did You Know?

This term our Faith Facts will focus on Bishop Gielen and help us get to know him better.


Bishop Michael Gielen has been appointed as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Christchurch.


Bishop Michael Gielen worked in parishes in Gisborne, Hamilton and Western Bay of Plenty before becoming Director of Formation at Holy Cross Seminary, Auckland in 2014.

Family Mass

It was so lovely to see the Church full of children on Sunday. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the way everyone felt so joyful. The Combined Schools Family Mass is at Christ the King Church at 9:00am. The dates for the rest of Term 3 are 11th September and Sunday 18th September. This is a lovely way for families within the Christchurch North Parish to come together to celebrate Mass.


For this special Mass, students do not have to wear their school uniform and are able to sit with their friends or parents and caregivers throughout the Mass.


Families are encouraged to bring a plate of 'finger food' for morning tea to share over tea and coffee in the Christ the King Parish Centre after Mass.


It is important that we support this new 'Family Mass' concept at Christ the King Church. It is envisioned that this Mass will be more child and family focused and encourage more families to Mass each week.


We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Gospel Reading

Sunday 4th September - Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C


Luke 14:25-27 (Click here for full Gospel Reading) ‘Choosing to Follow Jesus’


Jesus knows that it is not easy being a follower of his, and to live as he wants us to. There is a cost involved. Jesus wants us to think carefully about what is expected of us if we are to be his disciples. We have to love him totally and be really committed to living the way he has taught us – to love one another, to be forgiving and kind. Why do we want to be Jesus’ followers when it can be such a difficult thing for us to do? This is the place where we belong to God and can find true happiness and peace. The benefits make all the cost worthwhile.

Gospel Reflection

Each week our Catholic Parish of Christchurch North Team creates an online reflection for our tamariki in our Parish schools. We would like to share this with you so you may also have the opportunity to share in the Gospel with your children.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Liturgical Year

Monday 29th August is the Feast Day of the Passion of St John the Baptist.


According to the New Testament, he was a preacher who baptised people. John called people to turn to God and to prepare for the coming of the messiah (Jesus). He baptised Jesus in the Jordan River. People would go to him so that he would put them in the water to show that they have turned away from their sins, so that they could get into heaven.


John was the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, and a relative of Jesus. He was known for living in the wild, wearing clothes made from camel's hair, and eating locusts and honey.


Christians commonly refer to John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus, since John announces Jesus' coming. John is also identified as the spiritual successor of the prophet Elijah.

Important Dates - Term 3

  • Sunday 4th September - Fathers Day
  • Tuesday 6th September - Gymnastics Year 1 -4
  • Friday 9th September - Teacher Only Day
  • Tuesday 13th September - Gymnastics Year 1 -4
  • Friday 16th September - School Assembly Room 2
  • Tuesday 20th September - Gymnastics Year 1 -4
  • Thursday 22nd September - School Production 6:30pm
  • Friday 30th September - School Assembly Room 1
  • Friday 30th September - Last Day of Term 3