December 23, 2016

Eighth Week of the School of Mission

The week’s topic was on Catholic Church and Sacraments. Beautifully Fr. Francis began the week by sharing on the Sacraments. The Sacraments enable us to be born, to grow, to be healed, and to recover. The Sacraments are from God and lead us to God for they are Gods actions. Statements help us to celebrate life that Jesus brings us. We were enlightened as Fr. Francis shared a little about church history, about persecutions in the church and the importance of the first four councils of the church.

Fr. Alliston then explained to us how the Church was founded by Christ Himself as he then highlighted the four major marks of the Church; that of being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. 

We concluded the week with an explanation on who Mary of Nazareth is: mother of God and our mother. We covered the four Marian dogmas: Mary as Mother of God, the Immaculate Conception, the Perpetual Virginity and the Assumption of Mary to heaven. Mary not only journeyed with Jesus through His life but continues to journey with the Church even after Jesus’ ascension. 

Christmas Street Outreach
The Staff and Participants of the School of Mission were blessed with the opportunity to reach out to people in the heart of Wellington CBD during this Christmas season. 

The skits, mimes, testimonials, short talks and meeting people one on one gave the participants firsthand experience of outreach as a community. It was an opportunity for all to share in the love and joy that Christ brings at this Christmas time.