Thursday, November 28, 2019

St Patrick's DRS honoured by TCI. The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Catholic Institute and Good Shepherd College are joining forces next year to become Te Kupenga – Catholic Leadership Institute, with the new tertiary qualifications provider to be called the Catholic Theological College. To mark the final TCI graduation event the TCI Council would like to honour a small group of TCI graduates as TCI Exemplars – graduates who demonstrated academic excellence during their study with TCI, with a commitment to personal growth in faith and who are living out their better informed faith in service to others.

Bishop Steve celebrates the achievements of Teresa Rush and Donna Vincent from Tauranga who received Graduate Certificates in Leadership and Catholic culture, Angela Moeke from Taupō who received a TCI Exemplar Award and Damian Robertson from Rotorua who received a Certificate in Christian Studies - Christian Ministry and a TCI Exemplar Award.

Amazing Mini Vinnies finding ways to serve the community. They held a car wash after Mission Sunday mass and raised $170 which will go to our local SVDP Society. Last week they held their annual Lemonade sale and made $300 which will be donated to Kids Can. Congratulations to this small but motivated group of Y4-6 students who are finding ways to put their faith into action.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Special Character Leaders give the homily for Mission Sunday - Go and make disciples of all nations.

Msgr Trevor asked us to speak to you today on the topic - Go and make disciples of all nations. We thought about this and decided to talk about our “Faith in Action.”  Through our Baptism, we are called to be Royal, Prophetic and Priestly. So we want to share with you some of the ways we have put our faith into action over the last few years.
Firstly, as Catholics, we are called to be royal, prophetic and priestly.
Royal - means to serve others and work for justice - tika and peace - Rangi Marie. We do this by serving at the weekly Community Lunch; raising money for Caritas to purchase goats, chickens, safe drinking water, water filtration, training teachers; speaking at the International World Day of Prayer; being Peer Mediators

To be Prophetic - means to witness to Christ through our words and actions. We do this by caring for God's creation and planting shrubs throughout the school; being an Environ school; taking care of the gully; cleaning up the lakefront and beach; providing toiletry packs for the Women's Refugee and homeless; visiting and entertaining the elderly; hosting parishioners and parents after mass; providing Mother's Day gifts for the women of the parish; hosting Mother's Day morning tea for those mothers on their own; purchasing children's books for the Waikato Resettlement Centre; collecting 'Bread tags for Wheelchairs'

To be Priestly means to worship God. We do this by participating in masses & morning liturgies; daily prayer; take home prayer bags; participating in the Sacramental programme; and holding a range of different ministries within the parish.