Letter from the Vicar and Notices

From the Vicar…

My dearest sisters and brothers,
As we approach Michaelmas, it may be helpful for us to
reacquaint ourselves with the various prayers, chaplets, and
novenas that exist. I believe it is important for us to be more
aware of who S. Michael is, and what his being our Patron Saint
means for us as we set about our mission in the city.
The first prayer originates from the Leonine Prayers of 1890. This is the abbreviated
version of 1902.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
S. Michael the Archangel,
illustrious leader of the heavenly army,
defend us in the battle against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of the world of darkness
and the spirit of wickedness in high places.
Come to the rescue of mankind,
whom God has made in his own image and likeness,
and purchased from Satan’s tyranny at so great a price.
Holy Church venerates you as her patron and guardian.
The Lord has entrusted to you
the task of leading the souls of the redeemed to heavenly blessedness.
Entreat the Lord of peace to cast Satan down under our feet,
so as to keep him from further holding man captive
and doing harm to the Church.
Carry our prayers up to God’s throne,
that the mercy of the Lord may quickly come and lay hold of the beast,
the serpent of old, Satan and his demons,
casting him in chains into the abyss,
so that he can no longer seduce the nations.
May this prayer be part of our daily lives as we discern our mission for the season that
awaits us.
Peace be with you all.

Father Chris


Parish Notices

>Vicarage Building Fund: Women’s Fellowship Spring Raffle. Tickets on sale
today, prizes available for inspection at morning tea after Mass.
>Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
> School Grandparents’ Day: Friday 12:30–3:00 pm.
> Bible Study Group meets next on 17 September, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
> Book Launch—A New Zealand Prayer Book: Past, Present and Future.
Geoff Haworth will speak about his recently published history of NZPB.
19 September 7:00 pm, S. Barnabas Church Hall. Gold coin koha. See poster.
> Three mannequins needed to display vestments in the church in Heritage Week.
If you can help please speak to Gloria Moyle.
> Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats etc for
distribution through Walsh House. Please place in box at the back of the church.
> Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
> Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Donations of modern novels are particularly
welcome. Koha to parish.
>Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
of groceries and other household items, particularly during the cold weather.
Suggested items: baked beans, spaghetti, tinned soup, tinned fruit, cereal,
toilet paper, toothpaste and soap.
> Advance Notice: Michaelmas will be celebrated on 29 September with a Festival
Mass at 7:00 pm, with supper to follow.
>Donations for flowers may be left in the parish office or given to Gloria Moyle.
> Working Bee for brass cleaning etc: 29 September 10:00 am in the lounge.