On Thursday 7th April the Harinui Syndicate went to the Church to meet with Father Iosepha. He spoke to us about his life and especially about his experiences as a child. We enjoyed hearing about his family, schooling and his favourite things to eat!
Our hats and fruit
Blessing with Holy water
waiting for Father
saying a prayer
Here he comes
Father encouraged us to ask him questions and then he answered them. It is quite hard for 5 year old children to formulate questions and not make statements – but we had a really good go at it! We asked some very good ones.
The Baptismal Font
The baptism of Jesus in stained glass
The Last Supper in stained glass
We looked at all the Holy objects in the Church and talked about their special names. Some of us remembered a lot of them since our last visit to the Church.
After Father came into the Church and talked to us, he showed us around the Church. We enjoyed hearing him explain the special places inside Holy Cross Catholic Church.
They are the colours of the Liturgical year
They hang in a cupboard
I can see read, green and purple
They are beautifully embroidered
Some have detailed stitching
The pictures on them have meanings
They hang up so they don’t wrinkle
They are lovely to look at
We stood still and listened carefully
Altar cloths in many colours
White altar cloths
Father showed us through the Sacristy, a special room where things used in the Mass are safely kept. We saw the special robes or vestments Father wears when leading the Mass. They come in all the colours of the Liturgical Year. They are very beautiful and have lots of embroidery and applique on them.
The screen for reconciliation
The altar server’s gowns
The door you enter for reconciliation
Next we walked around to the quiet prayer room. There are chairs set out ready for people to go in and have quiet moments of prayer. People can spend time with God, speaking with Him.
The prayer room
We sit quietly
Fatehr explains the objects to us
The Bible, flowers adn icon
Seats ready for people to pray
Special things to help us focus on prayer
The icon, a picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
After we went outside with Father and he showed us the fantastic flower gardens various Church groups had planted and were nurturing. They water and weed the gardens to keep the plants healthy. Then we headed across the road using the pedestrian crossing, to safely arrive at Father’s house.
Beautiful flowers in the garden
We admire the colours
We look at the marigolds
Look at this lovely lily
Here is a cycad growing outside the Church
The roses are so bright
Walking to Father’s house
Safely across the pedestrian Crossing
We walk smartly but sensibly
Along the pavement
Heading for the Presbytry
We walked up the drive to the house and looked at the front gardens before going around to the back yard. People from the Church help Father to keep his yard looking tidy and attractive. They mow the Church lawns too!
The brick wall at the front
It looks very healthy and had lots of grapes on this summer
The gardens at the front
Ohhh! What is this?
Nice white roses
Fateher showing us the vines
Looking back down the drive at the Church!
The back yard
Later we sat on the deck and enjoyed some treats. We had taken our bucket of apples over to share out for morning tea. It was a lovely surprise when Father and his helpers gave us some yummy treats too. We liked the watermelon – it was so juicy. We loved the cookies – they were sweet and crunchy. We enjoyed the sweets – they were chocolaty and delicious!
Enjoying our apples
Talking to each other
Comfortable on a chair
Sitting on the grass
A lovely surprise – treats to eat!
We like it at Father’s
Steps to sit on
The back deck
It was a very special morning. Maryla said a wonderful, “Thank You!” to Father. She spoke clearly and used great words to express our thoughts of appreciation.
Treats to chew
Snacks to enjoy
Choosing our next treat
Spending time together
Mrs B shares out the cookies
Thank you Mrs B!
Maryla says ‘Thank You’
We are proud of her – she spoke very well.
When we got back to class we all drew a picture to say “Thank You” to Father. Nikolao wrote on the front of the card. Mrs de Koning wrote down our thought on stickers to add to the card in cloud shapes. Mrs O’Grady printed out 4 of the photos to put in the card too.
Later, on Friday Mrs Bucheler took a small group of children with her to deliver the card to Father. We had a wonderful time visiting with father and learning more about him and his role in our Church.
On Wednesday morning 2nd March the Harinui Syndicate went to visit our newly renovated Church. We admired the new terracotta coloured carpet and the matching vinyl on the kneelers and pew seats. We saw the large space behind the altar and also the bright white paint on the walls.
The front of the Church
The baptismal font
Mrs O’Grady points out the tabernacle
The tabernacle and it’s little light
Lining up outside the class
We looked carefully at the important objects inside the Church and practised saying their special names. We thought about sitting quietly, kneeling still, standing straight and moving slowly around the Church. We want to respect the people who are in the Church to pray and not disturb them.
The crucifix above the altar
We enjoyed our time in the Church and knew we were getting ready for our next full school Mass, so we know where to go and what to do. We know how to bless ourselves with the Holy water. We are learning to genuflect as we enter the pews, looking at the tabernacle and it’s light.
On Wednesday 28th October Father Iosepha came to talk to the students of the Harinui Syndicate. We all went into Room 4a to meet with him. This visit was a follow-up to our Social Science Unit – ‘Our Church Community: Holy Cross Parish.’
Father shared with us about his time in ministry as a priest, his favourite things like – colour (blue) and lollies (all of them!) Then he told us some stories about when he was a boy. It was very interesting to learn about our priest as a member of our community.
Father shares with us
After Father Iosepha had answered all our questions, he invited us to share morning tea with him at his home. We all took our bags with our morning tea in. We carried over our fruit buckets, which had bananas in them! Past the Church and over the pedestrian crossing we went in two careful lines. It was a lovely sunny day and we st down on the front lawn to enjoy our food.
Sharing timew with father
Here is Mrs B
We were hngry
We took our fruit bucket
Our healthy morning tea
We saw the lovely roses in Father’s garden, the new grape vines that had just been planted adn looked through the gate and over the road to see how close the Church was!
The grape vines
It was also a very exciting morning because we were introduced to father Elric who has just joined the parish. He is a great singer! We looked forward to him leading our school Mass of Friday for All Saints.
Thank you Father Iosepha for spending time with us – it is super to get to know you better!
Last week (week 5) Rooms 2 and 2a went for a visit to Holy Cross Church to visit the food bank. Mrs Helsham and one of her food bank helpers came to explain to us about the food bank. They told us how it helps people who need some extra support. Sometimes people have problems and need us to show Jesus’ love to them by sharing what we already have.
The Food Bank Box
A big box for lots of shared food
We listened carefully
Many of us had brought a food item to share. Each one was a non-perishable type of food. That means it didn;t have to go into the fridge or freezer to keep fresh. Usually they are tinned, packaged or dried things. We gently placed them into the bottom of the special food bank box.
Here is all the food
It is all healthy
I like to share
This will help someone
Jesus shared with others too
Mrs de Koning passed us our food
In it goes
Ready for handing out to others
A big box for lots of shared food
While we were in the Church foyer Father Iosefa came in with Father Paul who was visiting our parish. They talked with us too. Father thought we were very clever because of all the things we had learned.
Father Iosefo and Father Paul
Father shared ideas with us
Father listened to us
Father introdued father Paul
We listened carefully
Just as we support our sponsored child Sergio in Guatemala, by giving money to the missions, so we can help those who live in our community by sharing food with them through the Food bank.
During weeks 2 to 6 of Term 3 the Harinui Syndicate are studying the Church Strand – belonging.
We are planning to have regular visits to the Church to become familiar with the objects we see there and how to behave correctly within the Church.
Our rubrics for the first 2 weeks have been:
*Be able to genuflect
*Name 3 Holy objects in the Church
*Act respectfully in Church
It was a bright sunny day as we walked to the Church together. Everyone walked sensibly and looked carefully around them.
Holy cross Catholic Church
A sign for passers by to read
The front enterance of the Church
Listening to Mrs O’Grady
We went on the side door
As we went into the Church Mrs O’Grady showed us how to bless ourselves with the Holy Water.
We blessed ourselves
I reached in with my right hand
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
We entered quietly and at the end of the pew we practised genuflecting. We remembered to face the correct way as we did it and then moved carefully to our seat.
The sign of the Cross
Next we saw how we could sit nicely on our seats with our backs against the seat back and our feet and legs straight down. We were reminded not to put our shoes onto the kneelers while we were sitting.
Next we looked at some of the Holy objects inside the Church. We learned their names an some special things about them.
The symbols of the 4 gospel writers
The lectionery on the lecturn
The perpetual light
The baptismal font
After that we learned how to kneel during a service. It is important to have a nice straight back and hold our hands still on the pew back in front of us. It is a time of prayerful stillness.
Talking to God
Our teachers were very proud of us as we behaved in a respectful and reverend way while we were in Church. We are getting ready to be able to celebrate the Eucharist together with others in an appropriate way. We are learning about our Church, the Holy objects in it and how people act while they are there worshipping God.
We genuflected as we left the pew and quietly lined up ready to leave the Church