As a Catholic community, we joined together to help out those in need over the holiday period, by donating cans of food. These donations were donated to St Vincent de Paul and the Mercy Hospice, who will ensure that they are distributed to those in need. We thank all those who contributed to making this a successful event.
God chose Mary to be the mother of his son, Jesus. Mary was always ready and willing to do whatever God wanted. Because she was so special she was taken up body and soul to be with Jesus in heaven – this is what ‘Assumption’ means. On this day, we affirmed our belief that Mary is now in Heaven.
The students of Room 6 prepared and shared a beautiful Liturgy for the students, whanau and parish members to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption.
Through dramatization, students recounted some of the special moments in Mary’s life and reminded us all of her true faith and love.
Servant Leadership was the theme of our Year 7 & 8 Retreat this year. We were very fortunate to have Carolynn Philips and Margaret Fitzpatrick from the Catholic Schools Office facilitate this day at the St Francis Retreat Centre. The students explored their role as leaders at St Therese School and participated in a range of activities to develop a better understanding of the values of the school and how they are called to serve others.
On Sunday the 27th May we joined together as a community to celebrate the Holy Trinity Mass. The students of St Therese School read with reverence and performed a beautiful dance about the Holy Trinity.
It was great to see so many students and family members. Thank you to Father Arul for leading the Mass and also to the Samoan Community for the beautiful singing and allowing us to be part of the mass.
As a school, we gathered for the blessing of our beautiful St Therese Statue.
She has recently been fixed up and painted and looks amazing.
Father Arul lead us through the liturgy and also took the time to bless each of us in this new school year.
‘Jesus is Knocking on Your Door’
This year our theme for our Opening Mass was ‘Jesus is Knocking.’ On the altar up the front was a well-known image of Jesus knocking on a door.
We were reminded that we need to be awake and alert to welcome Jesus from wherever and whenever he comes. To go out and meet him when we see he’s coming. Meeting him in Sacred Scripture, meeting him in the Eucharist, meeting him in prayer, meeting him in the various disguises he takes, in the poor, in the sick, in the lonely, in the prisoners, in those we might consider our enemies, in the person sitting next to you. We’re called to be awake and alert for his presence at all times, and to open up the door when he comes and allow him to enter. We look forward to the new school year and opening our hearts to the Lord.