31 October 2019

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31 October 2019
Dear Parents

Faith Facts
Week 3: October 28th Labour Day -1st November
28th St Simon and St Jude Apostles
1st November All Saints Day
2nd November All Souls Day

Labour day recognises the fight and success of an 8-hour working day. We pray for all those forced to work more that an 8-hour day.
From the beginning Labour Day parades were often used to draw attention to other political or economic issues – in this case urging the government to complete a controversial regional transport project. Work on the Otago Central Railway had begun in 1879, but progress was slow. The line would not reach Cromwell until 1921.

All Saints and All Souls
This week we celebrate two significant days in the Church’s Liturgical Year. The Feast of All Saints is celebrated on 1st November to honour all the saints known and unknown.  This is followed on the 2nd November by the Feast of All Souls.  On this special day in the Liturgical Year we pray for those who have died, that they ‘may rest in peace’.  Perhaps you might like to visit your Parish church with your family members, light a candle and spend some time in prayer.   Or take time out at home and have a special prayer time to remember those in your family who have died.

Week 4: November 4th – 8th
Pope Francis Prayer That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.
POPE PAUL VI
ON OCTOBER 28, 1965 declared 
In our time, when day by day humankind is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the Church examines more closely her relationship to non-Christian religions. In her task of promoting unity and love among people, indeed among nations, she considers above all in this declaration what people have in common and what draws them to fellowship.

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One is the community of all peoples, one their origin, for God made the whole human race to live over the face of the earth.  

Welcome to Cooper and Bella Braithwaite who joined the children in Rooms 8 & 9 last week.  We hope they, along with their family, enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.

Congratulations to Mitchell Johnston and Holly Robertson, our Charism winners for Weeks 2 & 3, and all the children who received certificates.

Share the Road 

School Photos
School photos were handed out to the children today. Parents have till Friday 8th November to return their order to the school office.

Attendance Dues
This week we received a list of parents/caregivers who are in arrears with their child’s Attendance Dues. We were alarmed to discover 32% of our families are behind, or not even attempting to make these payments. Our school alone has $20,869 in outstanding accounts. These fees were a condition of attending a Catholic school. We urge you all to contact the Catholic Education Office in Dunedin (03) 4741994 / dues@cdd.org.nz to arrange setting up a direct credit. If you are not sure of your balance, please phone Christine.

Sports Fees
All Touch, Futsal and Cricket accounts were sent home last week. Can we have these all settled please by the 20th of next month. To date we have $1845 owing in activity fees/sports fees, so your prompt attention would be appreciated. 

PTA Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday 1st November 2.30 in the foyer.

Teens of Mental Illness – With each new generation come new challenges or different versions of the same struggles that have affected teens for decades. Bullying, peer pressure, body shaming, negative self-perception — the list of teen issues goes on and on. Below is an informational page of parents and their teens that speaks on these issues and ways to cope. Please feel free to take a look: 
https://www.columbusrecoverycenter.com/help-teen-with-mental-health-issues/

Community Notices
The annual Calvary Fair will be held on tomorrow, Friday 1 November in the David Harrington Lounge (Hospital Lounge) at Calvary Hospital. The fair will be from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.  There will be a chocolate wheel, raffles, white elephant stall, crafts, baking, and whitebait patties.

 

 

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