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Confirmation 2021

On 11-12 September 2021 at our Parish, Father Thai confirmed 75 candidates. The children spend the year preparing themselves leading up to their Sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament program involves the children attending a retreat, a Commitment Mass, workshop with their parents reflecting what they are learning and they complete their lessons in class. The teachers from Orana and the Catechists from our Parish work very hard with the children to prepare and rehearse with them. We are very proud that they have all achieved this milestone. Please pray for these children and their families that they continue on their faith journey.

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Wedding Anniversary Mass 2021

22 couples from the parish of Ss John and Paul celebrated their milestone wedding anniversaries at a special Mass on 15 Aug 2021.  They included couples who reached significant anniversaries last year but were unable to have a special celebration because of Covid restrictions.  Together the couples chalked up an impressive 823 years of married life.  Among them is a young couple who celebrated their first wedding anniversary last year, and are expecting their first child very soon, and a very blessed senior couple who marked 65 years of marriage.

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Fr Anthony Farewell

The parishioners of Sts John & Paul are so privileged to have had Fr Anthony with us. During this period of time he has given us his time & talents guiding us and leading us to mature spiritually. We would like to thank him and assure him that we will continue to keep him in our prayers. Thank you Fr Anthony. God Bless

First Holy Communion 2021

On 19-20 June 2021, the children from our Parish received their First Holy Communion. Please continue to pray for our children that their faith grows stronger each day and that they remain closer to our heavenly Father.

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Youth and Teens New Year Celebration

The Youth and Teens had a New Year celebration at the Parish presbytery to start the year. It was a beautiful afternoon with fellowship and a good spread of food. The warm weather was a good excuse for the young ones to have fun in the pool.
Our very own Fr Thai was the magician that afternoon and really entertained us leaving us spellbound with his magic tricks.

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PREP 2020 Year End Party

As the year comes to a close, on 1 December 2020, the children from PREP, participated in a special end of the year Mass celebrated by Fr Thai before they had their party in the parish centre.

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First Holy Communion 2020

On 19-20 September 2020, 48 children from our Parish received their First Holy Communion. The children were prepared beautifully by their teachers. A big Thank You to the Principal of Orana and the Associate Principal Erin Leech for their help in preparing the children for this Sacrament. A big Thank You to the volunteers who helped to register parishioners every week, for their dedication and efforts to keep our whole congregation safe, particularly at these two Masses. Thank you to Father Thai and Father Anthony for their help and support with the children and their Prayers and words of guidance during the Mass. Please continue to pray for our children that their faith grows stronger each day and that they remain closer to our heavenly Father.

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Children Christmas Mass 2019

Children’s Christmas Mass & Carol Service 6pm, 24th Dec 2019

Our Children’s Christmas Eve Mass and Carol Service this year was another wonderful celebration of our Lord’s birth shared by all who attended.

In the Carol Service, children of the St John and Paul’s Parish presented an outstanding performance of “The Unexpected Christmas” play by Simmone Graham (New Zealand). Told from a child’s perspective, the play depicts Angels discussing Jesus’ birth with God. The message of God’s universal love for us was beautifully delivered in the acting and dialogue with humour sprinkled throughout. Sweet and short, the play elicited smiles and giggles from the congregation.

The Nativity presentation that followed was another hit. This year we had a ‘real’ donkey join us in the procession! This almost life-sized donkey on wheels carried Mary down the aisle delighting the children (and adults) in the pews.

Our multi-talented child actors also gave their voices to sing beautifully in the choir. We had a few more musically talented children come on board this year with their flutes, a clarinet, viola, cello and saxophone. The beautiful sounds added depth and enlivened the overall presentation. It was a wonderful, enjoyable listening experience for all indeed.

Altogether the children’s presentation was impressive, delightful and impactful. Their determination in remembering lines, knowing their positions and taking on new songs was very much appreciated and is to be commended. It all paid off in the end. So too their parents who made the commitment to bring them to the practices every Saturday rain or shine. This combined effort is what makes our Parish such a vibrant community.

For many families in the Parish, including mine, Christmas isn’t complete without participating in an activity that keeps Jesus in the foremind at this special time. The lead up to Christmas becomes more meaningful as we are reminded of the reason for the season.

Our Children’s Christmas Mass and Carol service provides a great opportunity for families to experience that together.

If you and/or your children would like to join us in 2020, look out for the registrations in November. We would love your support. All children aged 7-14 welcomed.

God bless your year ahead.

Sharon Willesen

Matt 19:14 let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these

Special Note:  A big thank you to Juanita Curtis (Nativity Presentation) and Helen Miller (Organ and Musical Arrangements) for their help in making this a memorable part of our 2019 Christmas celebrations

Busy Bee Christmas 2019

Thank you to all parishioners who have generously donated their time and talent for the Busy Bee on Saturday 30 November 2019 preparing our Church for the Christmas celebration.

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PREP Concert 2019

Our PREP program has finished for the year with a wonderful concert. Each class performed items. They sang, danced and read beautifully. We farewelled our wonderful Confirmation class. All the families joined Father Thai, Father Anthony and all the care just for a wonderful afternoon tea feast. We would sincerely like to thank, Anggy, Mary, Stephanie, Bev, Matthew, Daryl, Megan, Bronaugh, Sylvia and Carol our hard working Catechist. They prepare lessons every week, share their faith journey and truly inspire our children. May God bless you.

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