Letter from the Vicar 21 June 2015

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s for School Founders’ Day. We welcome school families and staff today as we celebrate our life together and the foundations we share in Christ. For the families who are new to S. Michael’s we especially welcome you and hope you will feel comfortable as you make your way through the Mass. The liturgy will follow this booklet closely and you are invited to participate fully in the service, including coming forward to receive the bread and wine of Holy Communion.

Today we remember and give thanks for the people of courage and vision who established S. Michael’s Church School, which remains as the oldest primary school in Christchurch. The strength of their vision and the determination of both parish and school mean that our school remains today a jewel in the centre of the city. An integral part of the special character of S. Michael’s, this school continues to offer children wonderful educational opportunities, as it has now done for 164 years.

This special character is something that we hold in particular focus before both school community and parish on this day. In the life of the school, of course, this is part of the everyday programme, but it has its climax each Wednesday morning when we celebrate the School Mass. From this centre point the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ flows out to every aspect of school life, whether in the classroom, the sports field, the school production, or music and cultural life.

For the parish the school provides a continued expression of our desire to support and strengthen young families, by caring for and educating their children. We believe that through these fine boys and girls ‘the S. Michael’s difference’ will enrich all those communities and individuals they come in contact with, in their present and future lives.

Following the Mass today I hope you will be able to stay and enjoy refreshments and the traditional and well-loved PTFA sausage sizzle.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the morning and evening service each Sunday.
RSCM Music Sunday: hymns old and new, today 2:00 pm at Knox.
• The Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
Motion 30 Workshop: Tuesday 7:30 pm at S. Saviour’s. Registration Les Brighton admin@theologyhouse.ac.nz or phone 341 3399.
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
Organ Recital: Denis Guyan. Next Sunday 2:00 pm at S. Michael’s. Door sales $20 (fundraiser for S. Barnabas).
Phantom of the Opera: the original 1925 silent movie with live sound track by organist David Briggs. 1 July 6:30 pm at the Cathedral. Tickets $25 & $15 from eventfinda.co.nz or the Cathedral shop.
• The Bible Study Group meets next on 6 July, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The Needlework Group: details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
Residential Retreat A New Heart based on the Spiritual Exercises of S. Ignatius of Loyola, at the Home of Compassion, Wellington 17–26 July. Cost $817. Details from arrupenz@xtra.co.nz or phone 04 383 7769.
Book Swap/Donate/Share with a Friend/Give as a gift:
Modern books that you have enjoyed. Fundraising koha to Anne at the sales table. Books available in parish lounge during the week and in the hall on Sundays.
Box lots of books are welcome at any S. Christopher’s Dove Book Shop.
Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Pat, Jane and John Evans wish to thank all involved
in the Funeral Mass for Bill on 30 May. It was a
memorable occasion and a comfort to us all.
A special thanks to Fr Andrew for his care and
support, particularly in the last few weeks of Bill’s life,
and to Fr Ron.