Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices – 26 March 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Welcome to the school and parish communities as we join together today for Mothering Sunday. I especially greet those who are new to S. Michael’s Church School this year, and I hope you will feel welcome here. Mothering Sunday is one of the highlights of our school year, when we express our thanks and admiration for mothers. Yesterday was the Feast of the Annunciation, when we recalled how the Angel Gabriel came with a message to Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus.

Our readings today are taken from that celebration and they help us to remember how courageous and true this young woman was to the purposes of God.

Mothering Sunday marks the halfway point in the season of Lent. Lent is our preparation season as the Church gets ready to celebrate Easter. Up until now we have been focused on penitence. This means reflecting on our own life and where we have fallen short of the goodness of God, and how God forgives us through his mercy. Mothering Sunday is like a little breather before we begin to direct our attention towards the suffering and passion of Jesus as we look ahead to Good Friday.

One of the things we can realise in these weeks is how the challenges and suffering in our own lives connect in some way with Jesus’ passion. For example, you may be someone who wakes in the night with worries, and you might then understand more about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest. The services in the next few weeks will touch each one of us in very personal ways. Indeed that is their purpose, so that when we arrive at Easter and celebrate the resurrection, we experience the new life of Christ in the particularities of our own life situation.

As you wait for the Mass to begin today, spend a few moments thinking about your life at present and perhaps one thing you are especially thankful for and one thing that troubles you at the moment, and bring these things into your prayers today.

Following the Mass we will, weather permitting, join together for a sausage sizzle and refreshments on the school lawn with games for the children, so do please stay and enjoy the fun.

 

Yours in Christ,

Father Andrew Starky.

 

Children’s Church is held regularly on Sundays during the 10:00 am Mass. It is led by our Youth Ministers and their helpers and all children are welcome.

 

Parish Notices

  • Bible Study Group: Mondays 7:15 pm in the school. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel.Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Euthanasia Seminar: Saturday 9:30 am at the Cathedral. See poster for details.
  • Daylight Saving ends next Sunday. Clocks go back one hour.
  • Ben Randall’s first Eucharist: 4 April, 7:00 pm at the Cathedral. All welcome.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: Easter Day at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Posters for Stations of the Cross and Holy Week Services available from the office. Please take one for display at your workplace or for friends.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Raffle tickets, $2 each or 3 for $5, available Sundays in the hall, weekdays from the office.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly in the lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.
  • Preparations for Easter:
    • Donations for flowers to Jill Woodside please.
    • Palm Crosses: these will be made on 6 April from 10:45 am in the lounge. Helpers required, also donations of flax. Details Kathryn Starky.
    • Working bee: 15 April 10:00 am in the lounge.