St Mary's Catholic School 27 July 2022 - Term 3 Week 1

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Gospel Reading

Luke 11:1-13

Jesus teaches the disciples about prayer.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Luke gives more attention to Jesus' teachings on prayer than any other Gospel writer. He also mentions Jesus at prayer more than the others. In today's reading, from the beginning of Chapter 11 of his Gospel, Luke presents the core of Jesus' teaching on prayer. It consists of Jesus teaching a prayer to his disciples, a parable on the persistent neighbour, and assurances that God hears our prayers.

The disciples notice Jesus praying “in a certain place.” They ask him to teach them to pray just as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. Jesus teaches them a simple version of the most famous Christian prayer, the Our Father, or the Lord's Prayer. Matthew's version shows signs of being shaped by public prayer. Luke's version is probably closer to the original form that Jesus taught. Stripped of much of the language we are used to, Luke's version seems simple and direct. We pray that God's name will be recognized as holy and that his rule over all will be established. This is followed by petitions for our needs for bread, for forgiveness, and for deliverance. Luke uses the more theological language of “sins” rather than “debts,” which is used in Matthew's version.

Having taught his disciples a simple, daily prayer, Jesus goes on to reassure them that God answers prayers. First he tells a parable about a persistent neighbour who asks a friend for bread at midnight. The friend is already in bed and has no desire to disturb his family by opening the door. But because the neighbour is persistent, the sleeping man gets up and gives him all that he needs. If a neighbour is willing to help us if we are persistent enough, how could God not respond to our requests?

This teaching concludes with the reminder that if we seek, we will get a response. If a human father, with all his faults, knows how to give good gifts to his children, how much more will our heavenly Father give us? Instead of good gifts, however, Luke substitutes the word Holy Spirit. This foreshadows the gift of the Holy Spirit, who is central to Luke's theology and who will play an important role in the growth of the early Church after Pentecost.

The parable and the concluding teaching in this section should not lead us to think of prayer as a series of requests presented to God. Rather, as Jesus teaches in his model prayer, prayer consists in recognizing God's holiness and his rule over all things.


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Tihei mauri ora, nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa, E nga whanau, e nga kaiako, e nga tamariki, e nga manuhiri, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

Welcome back to Term 3!

A warm welcome to our new students who have started this term, and their families to our St Mary's community.

It has been wonderful to see all the children back, happy, safe and getting stuck into their learning. We appreciate the huge support of our community around everything that happens in our environment, particularly the winter illnesses. Please take care of yourselves and your family.

Kanohi ki te Kanohi - Parent Teacher Conferences

As we have previously advertised in our newsletters this year our Parent Teacher Conferences commence today Wednesday 27th July, 3 pm-6 pm and will continue on Thursday 28th July, 12.30 pm-6 pm.

You will have 15 minutes with your child's teacher to discuss the learning and the reports thus far.

We also know that the system has its quirks and if you would like at some time during the day before or after your interview, Mrs Broadmore and I will be available in the staffroom to answer any questions you may have.

Please book your 15 minute conference with your child's class teacher by going to and entering the event code 4pd69 or by using this direct link

Please note: SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM THURSDAY 28TH JULY for all children.

There is no After School Care or afternoon school buses on this day.

Raising concerns

A reminder if you have concerns, it is imperative that you speak with your child's teacher in the first instance. After that if you feel you need to go to the team leader then please do so. Mrs Akkerman is the leader for Years 4-6 and Ms Oates is the leader for Yrs 0-3

Mrs Broadmore and I will support the school and families once they have been through these channels. We must role model good behaviours to our children and follow the correct processes.


Our newsletter is published every second Wednesday. It usually has a significant amount of information, alongside our website, so please make yourself familiar with it. Our website looks great and can be translated into many different languages as can the newsletter. Please make sure you check this regularly.

Financial concerns

If you have any financial concerns or worries with payments please make sure you contact Karen or myself.

We can support the Diocesan fees by helping you complete the forms to support payments as well.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray



We are looking forward to a busy term ahead and being able to share with you in celebrating our school liturgies, Masses and learning in our Religious Education lessons.

Our whole school liturgies continue to take place each Monday in our Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre at 10.30am. Parents and family members are very welcome to join us for these.

Our class Masses take place each Thursday in our Cluny Chapel at 9am and again we encourage you to join us for these. It is such a privilege for each class to have their very own class Mass and we are so grateful to Father Philip and Father Arnold for celebrating the Eucharist at school with us. This term class masses will be for the Aroha team so please check the school calendar for dates.

Whole School Mass

We will be having a whole school Mass on Thursday August 18th to celebrate the beautiful feast of the Assumption.(August 15th)

It would be wonderful if as many parents,grandparents and friends could join us for this, so please note this in your diaries.

In conjunction with preparing for this Mass, and following on from the visit earlier in the year of the icon Ko Hata Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua which was commissioned by the Bishops of New Zealand to celebrate the rededication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary, Mother of God, Assumed into Heaven, your child /children will be creating and making their own icon . We look forward to being able to share the process and finished creation with you.

Grandparents Day Tuesday 26th July

Pope Francis has declared July 26th (Feast Day of St Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus) World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly.

We are celebrating Grandparents Day next Monday at our Liturgy. This Liturgy is going to be recorded so we can share it with you and hopefully you will be able to share it with your child/children’s very precious grandparents and grandfriends.

Pope Francis has written a beautiful and quite personal letter for the World Day which is well worth reading. As Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life has observed:” The Pope’s message for the upcoming World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly is the alternative to the culture of rejection: it helps all of us and the elderly themselves, to understand that far from being material to be thrown away - they have a precious vocation within our communities. In this time that yearns for peace, the Church has a great need for elders, who have the “gift” of tenderness, who are able to protect and intercede.”

Click here for the full message from Pope Francis or see the message below.

And so we pray,

Lord God, bless our grandparents with long life, happiness and health. May they remain constant in your love and be living signs of your presence to their children and grandchildren. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

With kind regards and God bless

Sally Washer

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Hairini Marae Pōwhiri and Noho

We are blessed to have connected with our local marae at Hairini - Ngāi te Ahi of Ngāti Ranginui.

On Thursday the 18th of August, after our Assumption Mass, our Senior Kapa Haka roopu will travel to Hairini marae to be welcomed before staying the night.

Due to a maximum of 40 people being able to attend, we will only have our Senior Kapa Haka tamariki and a few staff and Board of Trustee members present, but we will certainly keep you up to date with photos and videos of this special occasion.


Last term the children in Māramatanga researched an animal as part of our Science - Living Things inquiry. They researched, published and presented their learning.
Every child presented their animal project in front of the Māramatanga children, telling us one fact they learnt about their chosen animal. We were also lucky to have our Aroha buddy classes join us for an afternoon for us to share our learning. The Māramatanga children loved being able to teach their older buddies about their animal.


** Colour Run Postponement **

Unfortunately we've had to make a call and postpone the Colour Run again. The atrocious weather of late means that even if it clears by Friday, the field will be too soggy and plus there are a lot of children off this week due to illness. We’re working with school to determine a new date and we will communicate this with you as soon as possible.

Thank you to all those who offered to help on the day; without you these events simply can’t happen so we truly appreciate your participation. We hope you’ll be able to help on the new date too.

We know the children will be disappointed as well but it will happen one day!

Thank you for your understanding.

Your PTA Committee

Katie, Lisa and Sarah

Colour Fun Run colouring competition winners!

A huge congratulations to all our COLOUR FUN RUN colouring competition winners!

So many of our students did an amazing job with their entries, that it made judging very difficult. Thank you to our judges, 'the office ladies', for taking on this challenging task!

Our winners are:


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Term 1 - Thursday 3 February - Thursday 14 April

Monday 7 February - Waitangi Day

Term 2 - Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July

Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday

Tuesday 7 June- TEACHER ONLY DAY, Kahui Ako

Friday 24 June - Matariki

Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Friday 2nd September-TEACHER ONLY DAY

Term 4 - Monday 17 October - Friday 16 December

Monday 24 October - Labour Day

Friday 18th November- TEACHER ONLY DAY


Term 3- Wednesday 27th July, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 28th July 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 28th July.


Term 4- Wednesday 7th December, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 8th December 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 8th December.


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