Below are several new documents from the Archdiocesan stewardship tam for our parish.
But the main one is an invite TO ALL PARISHIONERS to our second general stewardship ADVENT RETREAT on Dec 2 at St Thomas More Church from 9:30am to 3:45 pm. You are asked to bring your own lunch.
The other documents below refer to Gospel Reflections and Prayers of the faithful for October which is Stewardship Month. These were sent to our Liturgy Committee and to PPC member but are also provided here for parishioners to read through.
Stewardship of the Earth. Parishioners will have seen media coverage of the effects of climate change on sea levels, and in our region these are applicable not only to New Zealand's coastal areas, but especially to our South Pacific neighbours, and more acutely to the islands of Kirabati. As well as reading Pope Francis' practical tips on the environment parishioners may like to look at the Stuff/Fairfax interactive (link below) on the plight of the Kiribati Islands whose inhabitants are thinking about where to find another country to live in.
4 Pillars of a Stewardship Parish – Hospitality, Prayer, Service, Formation of Gifts. The Parish Council has been studying one of these at each meeting. At the September Meeting, Father Ron asked the council members to think about what prayer means to them and what it looks like, or could look like, in our parish. Here is a summary of those ideas;
Traditional, Meditation ,Saying the Rosary in May & October, Pray the Rosary 10 minutes before mass in October, Novena, Scripture groups, Charismatic mass, Children’s mass, Prayer requests, Taize songs service (John 14-16), Prayers of the faithful said from the body of the church, Music, Bible study groups, Annual retreats on specific topics, Homily to be relevant to today’s world, Prayers of the week, Prayer themes, Family Groups.
4 Pillars of a Stewardship Parish – Hospitality, Prayer, Service, Formation of Gifts.
The Parish Council has been studying one of these at each meeting. Hospitality was discussed at the August meeting and here are some themes that came through:
HOSPITALITY: We strive to extend a warm, hospitable and loving welcome to all who join us in worship, service, study, social or in times of personal need. We assist our parish community in presenting a visible sign of Christ’s loving kindness in all we do.
PRAYER: We grow as disciples who are committed to prayer—individual and communal prayer, public and private prayer. Through prayer we are invited to draw closer to Jesus and to imitate Him in our daily lives. While Eucharist is central to our spiritual life, other prayer opportunities are made available.
FORMATION: We strive to educate, form and sustain the stewardship way of life for all ages through faith formation opportunities in the parish and school. We strive to be disciple stewards and give good example as we participate in parish life in ministries and on parish leadership teams. We are open to the continuous conversion to a life of stewardship – to sharing what one has with a loving, generous and grateful heart.
SERVICE: We strive to be servant ministers to the need of our parish members, the wider community and Church. We strive to serve compassionately those who are hurting or in need, lost or alone, or suffering in any way. We give thanks to God for all the gifts we have received and we celebrate the special events in the lives of parishioners.
Feedback (THREE DOCS BELOW!) from our Parish Stewardship Day of Oct 29 at Cardinal McKeefry School. And a letter from Cardinal John Dew.
6 December, 2016
Thank you for your warm welcome of me and of my team to the Stewardship day on October 27, 2016. Your attendance and participation was much appreciated. As explained on that day it is my fervent wish that our archdiocese becomes a Stewardship archdiocese where each of us can grow in our response to the call of Jesus to be his disciples.
I was delighted with the day and the enthusiastic conversations which resulted from our considering what it means to
Stand on life-giving ground
Journey together with respect
Shape a more human society
Enclosed, as promised, please find the notes from your conversations of the day, those arising from the individual topics addressed in the World Café and also those from your discussion of how to provide leadership in putting the many good ideas expressed into action.
I trust and hope that these will be helpful to you in your ministry of service as leaders in your various groups, or as parishioners involved in growing and nurturing the parish. Again I thank you wholeheartedly for all that you are doing and will do as intentional disciples.
With my prayerful best wishes,
Cardinal John Dew
Reflection on Stewardship day.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7
Last Saturday many of us gathered at Cardinal McKeefry School to take part in Stewardship day. This was an opportunity to think about our aims for Otari Parish around three key themes – Journey with respect, Stand on Life-giving ground and Shape a more human society. Using the world café method, over one hundred parishioners were able to discuss each of these themes and have their ideas recorded by the table facilitator through the following questions:
Journey with respect: How do we recognise the gits God has given each of us? What would we need to be in place for me to share more of my gifts? What do I need to let go of, to allow the gifts of others to flourish?
Stand on life-giving ground: What does a life giving disciple look like? What might a disciple do for our community? How can we enable this to happen more frequently?
Shape a more human society: How can I, we create communities of solidarity and belonging? Who are the poor and marginalised in our local area? How can we as a parish community become more aware of our relationships with the whole of creation?
In the evening the leaders of various groups within the parish, including our two parish schools St Teresa's and Cardinal McKeefry, were able to spend time with this feedback to begin forming some goals for Otari Parish. It was an honour to be involved in such important work for the parish and I’d like to thank Lorraine McArthur, Mary-Ann Greaney and Cardinal John Dew for facilitating this day for us. If you were unable to attend I encourage you to talk with those who did so we can continue the wonderful dialogue started through this special event.
Tania Savage (Principal, Cardinal McKeefry)