TIME FLIES WHEN YOU ARE
HAVING FUN/Working For The Lord
2012 seems to have flown by. In September we had the honour of our visiting Mother General on the eve of her Feast Day,
a Children of Mary BBQ for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin,
and a community outing which had as an aim – EXERCISE - but in reality, turned out to be a long drive through tunnels, over mountains, hills and plains; on the way passing a vast variety of wildlife on a forgotten highway, only to walk about 20 minutes to NZ’s longest waterfall then jump back in the van again so we could make it back to the convent before midnight. Luckily for us, we didn’t turn into pumpkins.
Photos during our Community Outing
Now we are nearly at the end of yet another school year. Our senior girls have been studying hard in preparation for their Cambridge Examinations, which they are now sitting and which, unfortunately for them, continue to run through the mid-term holiday break. They have the consolation, however, of knowing that they are candidates at an exam centre which has been passed as ‘completely satisfactory’ by the Cambridge inspector, thanks to our competent Cambridge Administrator.
At the same time, the Form 1 & 2 girls were full of excitement as they prepared to present scenes from "The Wind in the Willows" for their parents and some of the older girls.
|Badger, Rat, Mole and Toad|
The next day was the feast of Christ the King, and twelve young children received their King for the first time sacramentally, from the Bishop’s hands. After Mass,
St. Anthony’s Parish braved the rain to
do public honour to our Lord by a procession through the Gonville streets. The
Blessed Sacrament passed over a sawdust carpet beautifully decorated by Brother
Andre and his young helpers, around the block, and to the outdoor Benediction
altar in front of a parishoner’s house, where a neighbour lady behind us gave
her pet dog a running commentary on the proceedings! Then through the Gonville
domain we marched back to the church, finishing the Rosary and singing as we
A fierce competition mounted between the Dominican Sisters and the SSPX Priests/Brothers for the title of “Best Fundraiser” and needless to say, was won by the Sisters, with the result that we are looking forward to a delicious meal, home-cooked in the presbytery kitchen, which will be delivered to our door for the feast of All Dominican Saints on November 12!
The students also competed among themselves, and the best fundraisers—both individuals and class groups—were awarded prizes, for example a class trip to a destination chosen by the students. We thank all the generous benefactors through whom God’s providence works for the growth of His sovereignty here in St. Anthony’s parish.
As we near the end of year, a time when blood pressure levels rise as we head into examinations, reports, prizegivings, Final School Masses and this year a 10th Anniversary celebration, we were fortunate in having two well-rounded guests “drop in” one day, which provided much recreation for the Sisters. There is a funny story attached to this visit and details will be revealed at the heavenly nuptial banquet.
What we CAN tell you is this. Very exciting news will be announced soon by Mother Rose.