Letter from the Vicar 15 March 2015

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s for Mothering Sunday. Today we are delighted to welcome the community of S. Michael’s Church School as it joins with the Parish to celebrate this important day when we give thanks for and honour mothers.

Mothering Sunday comes at the midway point of the season of Lent, and it is a day when we lighten some of our Lent disciplines to recall the ultimate victory that has been won through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The fourth Sunday in Lent has been traditionally known as Laetare Sunday, after the Latin antiphon which begins, ‘Rejoice Jerusalem!’ Flowers, which are not used during Lent, are brought into the church on this Sunday and the rose vestments are used.

The tradition of Mothering Sunday on this day arose in England quite naturally when children would bring simple posies to their mothers. Such children were often working away from home, and as they walked home on this Sunday they would pick wild flowers from the roadside to present to their mothers. I always find this a very touching story. In our age our children generally live at home, yet our lives can become so busy that we struggle to find the time to make simple acts of appreciation and gratitude to our mothers. Mothering Sunday is all about thanksgiving, and so we celebrate with a joyful Mass.

Please do join in the Mass today, and I am delighted that our new school serving team will be helping to lead us, along with the Young Voices group, directed by Paul Ellis. I particularly want to draw your attention to the recently announced award to Paul, our Music Director. He has been made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music, which is a very prestigious international award and a great honour for him. It recognises decades of service to church music in cathedrals, churches and schools, as well as his contribution nationally and internationally to the RSCM. It particularly recognises Paul’s work with young people and the great encouragement he has given to young singers and musicians, as we have been privileged to see and experience here at S. Michael’s.

Following the Mass we are all invited to share refreshments and a sausage sizzle on the green in front of the classrooms.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

• Sunday School: during the 10:00 am Mass. Details Marla Hughes (960 0753).
• Donations for Easter flowers: envelopes are available at the back of the church.
• Sales Table: today after Mass. Tickets now available for the Easter raffle, $2 each or 3 for $5. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
• You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
• The Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• Lent Study Groups: times on Services and Activities Page.
• Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• Contemporary Mystics: Spiritual Guides for the 21st Century—monthly series beginning with Joy Cowley on Thursday, 6:00 pm at CSN Retreat House, 300 Tuam Street. Email spirit@stlukesinthecity.org.nz for details.
• Keeping Good Company presents Even in Death by David Winfield. 27, 28, 30 March at 7:30 pm, 29 March at 2:00 pm at Academy Funeral Services Chapel. See poster for details.
• Royal School of Church Music: presentation of awards and workshop with Andrew Reid (Director), followed by refreshments. 15 April, 8:00 pm at S. Michael’s. Please let Louise know if you can help.
• Large TV available, in good order. Details from the parish office.
• The Needlework Group: details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
• Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.