Our parish is Our Lady Star of the Sea. We share in worship with our parish on a weekly basis with two classes attending prayer at the church on a Wednesday morning. We support the parish with feast day celebrations and we lead our own liturgies and masses as well. Once a term we lead a Sunday Mass service where all families and parish members are welcome to attend to worship together.
All Souls Day and All Saints Day
Known liturgically as the "Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed", All Souls' Day is often seen as a continuation and extension of the All Saints' Day celebrations conducted the day before. While All Saints' Day is dedicated to those who are in heaven, All Souls' Day is a day of prayer for those who have died but have not yet reached heaven.
This year All Saint's Day is Thursday 1st November and All Soul's Day is Friday 2nd November.
November- Month of the Holy Souls
In November we particularly remember those who have died. We begin with the Feast of All Saints on November 1st. On this day we celebrate all the saints in heaven, both the officially recognised (canonised) saints and the ordinary people who have lead good lives and are now with God in heaven. November 2nd is All Souls day, when we pray for all those who have died and especially those who are in purgatory. There is a 9:30a.m. Mass on this day, followed by an Opunake cemetery blessing. There will be a Pihama cemetery blessing at 6:30pm on November 14th. Okato cemetery blessing is at 6:30pm on November 15th, followed by Mass. There will be a box in front of the altar at church for names of people you would like to remember and pray for throughout November.
First Reconciliation/First Eucharist preparation programme 2018/2019
The programme to prepare for these two sacraments will begin early next term. If your child is 8 years or over and willing to attend 6 lessons, followed by reconciliation, and another 6 lessons, followed by Eucharist please ring the school office and register your interest, or print out the form on Term 3, Week 9's newsletter and return to school.
Our Term Three school mass is Sunday September 23rd at 10am. We would love to have as many families as possible attend. We ask that the children sit together at the front left of the church, so that we can sing together. Parents are welcome to come and sit with us. Children who have a special role are asked to arrive by 9:50am, with those who are the greeters arriving by 9:45am. There will be a morning tea after mass and children are invited to wear mufti. Any donations to the Opunake Foodbank, which will be brought up during the offertory procession would be greatly appreciated.
Father Vijay heads home to india
Father Vijay is away in India, visiting his family, from May 20th through to June 24th. Bishop Owen Dolan is supporting the Parish by celebrating mass. School masses will take place as usual on a Wednesday morning. We pray that Father Vijay has a safe trip, and that his family are in good health.
Tiana-Mae, Christine, Madison, Father Vijay, Maya, Jorja (back), John, Gerald and Charlie.
Congratulations to these children for making their First Holy Communion. Thank you to all the parents who supported their children during the lessons.
First Holy Communion mass
Please join us on Sunday 8th April at 10am for the First Holy Communion Mass. We are asking that children bring a donation along for the Foodbank. If you would like to stay afterwards for a cup of tea and some morning tea, then we ask you to bring along a plate of food to share. It would be lovely to have as many children from school come along for this special event.
Holy Week - March 25th to April 2nd
The celebrations of Holy Week are so important that we spend 40 days preparing for them with fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Lent is a time of preparation to allow us to fully enter into the most important time of the year: the sacred triduum, from Holy Thursday until the Easter Vigil. It is meant to be a kind of three-day retreat for the whole Church where we meditate on the profound outpouring of love that comes through the mysteries of Christ. It’s where we allow ourselves to live these three days again with Christ to experience anew the depth of love contained in each of these mysteries.
Palm Sunday - Sunday March 25th - Our Lady Star of the Sea, 10am
School Easter Presentations Wednesday March 29th - Our Lady Star of the Sea - 2pm - TBC
Holy Thursday - Thursday March 30th - Our Lady Star of the Sea, 7pm
Good Friday - Friday March 31st - Our Lady Star of the Sea, 2pm
Easter Saturday Vigil - Saturday April 1st - Our Lady Star of the Sea, 7.30pm
Easter Sunday - Sunday April 2nd - St Martin's Pungarehu 9am
It would be lovely to see the children attend the parish masses over this very special week.
st JOseph's day
Please join us on Monday at 10am at Our Lady Star of the Sea to celebrate the feast day for St Joseph's.
A Modern look at St Joseph.
The Bible may not mention Joseph much and none of his words may be recorded, but what it does say speaks volumes about his character. The following are 6 signs of a modern-day St. Joseph.
1. Social Media
If Joseph did use social media, it wouldn’t be the center of his life. Being a private person, he would rarely log on and if he did, he wouldn’t post lame selfies and photos of his meal of unleavened bread and fish. He wouldn’t rant and rave, nor would he gossip about anything. Maybe he’d share an inspiring quote here and there and post a few holy hashtags. #holyfamily #proudfosterfather #imnotworthy.
I think it’s safe to say Joseph would be working as a carpenter, and probably have his own shop. He would do honest, quality work and his prices would be the fairest around. He would make a modest living, bringing in just enough money to pay the bills and put food on the table. Jesus would be Joseph’s only employee and that would be plenty of manpower for the shop. If I had to guess the name of his business I’d go with “Divine Wood Works”. He’d build the best staircases around.
3. Social Life
Joseph wouldn’t be one for parties and huge gatherings. He’d be more apt to enjoy a nice quiet night at home with his Holy Family. If you did see Joseph out with friends or family, it would probably be at a function for his parish. He’d be the one sitting quietly with his wife Mary, looking content and peaceful. He may say a few quiet words to people passing by, but that’s about it. People would know Joseph as a quiet man, but when he did speak his words would be profound. Joseph would be the go-to-guy for great fatherly advice.
Joseph would have a profound faith life. He would attend daily mass and would be seen in deep prayer. His internal life would be far beyond anything we can imagine, having constant conversations with God in his heart. Joseph’s trust in God would give him strength through the toughest situations and temptations.
5. Personality and appearance
Joseph would be a warm and friendly person. People would want his presence around them always, even if it was silent, because there would be something about him that brings peace and security. Joseph would never gossip or speak ill of anyone, and he would never lose his temper. You would never know that Joseph comes from a royal bloodline because he wouldn’t talk about it. He doesn’t like the spotlight and loves the simple life. Joseph would keep a simple and clean appearance, and sport an EPIC beard.
6. Social Views
What he would stand for and proclaim is the sanctity of human life, chastity, respect for women, and giving to and serving the needy. He wouldn’t “leave it to someone else” to feed the poor. He’d be at the local food bank every other weekend. Bottom line: he would stand for God’s Law and respect the teachings of the Catholic Church. Did I mention he’d have an awesome beard?
St. Joseph is a role model for all ages and generations and we should all have a special devotion to him. Saint Bridget of Sweden once shared the revelation told to her by Our Lady that Joseph would constantly pray out loud, “Heaven grant that I may live so as to accomplish the Will of my God.” Simple yet profound. Classic St. Joseph.