St Mary's Catholic School 8 September 2021 - Term 3 Week

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Gospel Reading

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus teaches his disciples that the greatest are those who serve all.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In Sunday’s Gospel, we hear Jesus again predict his passion, death, and Resurrection to his disciples. The setting here is important. Jesus and his disciples are preparing to journey through Galilee, a Jewish territory in which Jesus has already encountered problems with the Pharisees. Perhaps this is why Mark indicates that Jesus was trying to journey in secret. In predicting his passion, Jesus is acknowledging the danger they will face and is trying to prepare his disciples for it. Yet Mark tells us that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying and were afraid to ask what he meant. Such hesitation on the part of the disciples is not characteristic behaviour. Peter had no fear about rebuking Jesus in last week’s Gospel. Perhaps this is an indication that the disciples were aware that a new situation was emerging.

Mark paints a vivid picture in today’s Gospel. Having arrived at Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples enter a house. In this private place, Jesus asks his disciples about the argument they had while they were journeying. Again, the disciples are uncharacteristically silent and afraid to answer. They have been found out. Jesus then summons the Twelve, whom Mark identified earlier in his Gospel as those chosen by Jesus to preach and to drive out demons. To this select group of disciples, Jesus teaches that those who would be first in God’s kingdom must be servants of all.

Jesus then calls forward a child and teaches the Twelve that to receive a child in Jesus’ name is to receive both Jesus and the One who sent him. We might easily fail to understand the significance of this action. In first-century Palestine, children were without status or power, possessing no legal rights. In this action, Jesus is teaching his disciples and us that when we serve the least ones among us, we serve Jesus himself. Who are the people without power or status in our society that Jesus is calling us to serve? Do we do so willingly? Jesus teaches that God’s judgment of us will be based on this criterion alone.


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

Firstly, again I want to thank our St Marys community for the way in which you have adapted to Alert Level 2 again. I know this can be extremely difficult for all of us as we navigate through the pandemic. It looks as though we are going to be in Alert Level 2 until the end of this Term so please be mindful that certain activities and events will look different for the end of the Term.


Teachers have been busy working alongside your children to share some of their learning through the Arts and RE. It was our intention to have four points on the graph, one for each term. We have decided to leave the Term 3 point off and concentrate on the learning and goals to show progress towards the end of Term 4.

Teacher only day Friday 12th November

As per the Ministry guidelines, we had planned for another Teacher Only Day in Term 4. This will be Friday 12th November. There will be no school for the children and no before or after school care that day.

Aroha Camp Meeting

Due to the Ministry of Health guidelines under level 2, we will no longer be holding the scheduled Aroha Camp meeting on Wednesday 29th September. All information will be shared with you via HERO.

If you have any questions about camp, please email your child's whānau teacher.

Resumption of Sunday Masses

Please read this important Letter from Bishop Steve Lowe regarding the resumption of Sunday Masses.

New PE Uniform

Effective immediately we have a new PE uniform that can be purchased from the school office. You are welcome to continue to wear the previous version of our PE uniform, however moving forward you will purchase the new PE uniform from the office. Over time the older style will go through the phasing out process.

The price for a shirt and shorts are $35 each. They can be used for most sports and inter-school sports. Payment is to be made by eftpos only.

Holiday programme

If you are interested in our Holiday programme for 1 or 2 weeks could you please email Shelley:

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray


Baptism Preparation for those who are considering Baptism for their children

If you would like to inquire about your child being Baptised please contact Teresa Rush for further details.

There will be Baptism lessons during school time in weeks 3/4/5 of Term 4, 2021

2022 Parish Sacramental Programme

When students are in Years 5 and 6 they are invited by the Parish to enrol in the Sacramental

Programme that prepares them to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and

Eucharist (First Holy Communion).

Enrolments for this programme will be opened in February 2022. Click here for more information...

Lunchtime prayers in the Chapel

At lunchtime on Monday’s the Chapel is open for students to enjoy spending time in prayer (see pictures below).

God Bless

Teresa Rush



Tauranga Shoebox Christmas Appeal

I am Hugo from Whānau Walter.

I am excited to be helping Tauranga kids feel special this Christmas.

My aim is to fill 50 shoeboxes. I hope you can help me!

If you would like to prepare a shoebox please come and see me or Mrs Broadmore.

We will give you a tag that has if the present is for a boy or a girl and what their age is. Then you can go shopping!

Once you have filled and wrapped your shoebox please drop it off to me or to the school office by the 5th of November.

For more information please follow this link:


It is a spring morning and the sun is rising. I feel the still breeze brush against my skin and the soft dirt beneath my feet. The sun is nearly fully up and it shines upon me, its warmth has tickled my skin. I look up and I see the clear blue sky, I look at the ocean beside me and I take a moment to appreciate how glistening and calm it is. I hear baby birds chirping in the distance, calling for their food... and now mum is calling me in for breakfast. Goodbye spring, I'll see you at lunchtime!

By Bella Ferguson, Whånau Tanner


Mass on SHINE TV

Mass will be broadcast on Shine TV Sundays at 2pm until further notice. It can be found on Free-to-air TV Channel 25 or Sky TV Channel 201. This will be pre-recorded in Auckland under the restrictions of the Covid-19 lockdown alert level.

Weekend Masses

The following weekend Masses will be held at St Mary Immaculate Church (25/26 September), with gatherings up to 100 people:
5pm Vigil Saturday
8am Sunday
10.30am Sunday
NO 8am Saturday morning or midday Masses over the weekend.

Under the level 2 restrictions:
Contact tracing / face masks / social distancing / no singing at Masses / no children's liturgy / maximum gathering 100 people.

We will continue to live stream the Masses.

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Term 3 - Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October

Wednesday 11 August - Accord Day Teacher Only Day

Term 4 - Monday 18 October - Friday 17 December (12 noon)

Monday 25 October - Labour Day

Friday 12th November - Accord Day Teacher Only Day


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

Friday 24 June - Matariki

Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Term 4 - Monday 17 October - Tuesday 20 December

Monday 24 October - Labour Day

There is provision for two Teacher only days and two Accord days to be added to the 2022 calendar year.

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