Message from the Bishop
The St Isaac Retreat House
in the Bay of islands is exquisitely beautiful. There are several cabins so solitude is guaranteed plus a very Spirit-filled Chapel with icons and a view out to the hills. The Library is also exceptional. All in all it made me ask myself why I do not go on retreat more regularly. This retreat was specially blessed as I accompanied Mother Alena of the Community of the Sacred Name and had also the company of Sister Anne of the Sisters of the Love of God, who resides in the hermitage there.
This Sunday at 10 am at St Michael and All Angels I will welcome and license the new Principal of the St Michael’s Church School, Miss Penny Tattershaw
. I invite your prayers for Miss Tattershaw, the children and teachers of St Michael’s Church School and indeed all our Anglican Schools. Cathedral Grammar School needs your prayers especially at this time.
On Friday 2 February at 7 pm on the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, at the Transitional Cathedral, six people will be ordained to the diaconate. Your prayers and presence are invited. For clergy who are vesting please wear a white stole.
The last pre-Synod meeting for the 3 March Synod will be on Thursday evening at 7pm at All Saints Burwood
. We are spending our time at the pre-Synod meetings discussing the number of lay members of our Synod; the challenge of consolidation of our various entities’ accounts; and of course the Final Report about Motion 29 going before General Synod. Today I discovered that we will be required to have only one General Synod vote as the Final Report does not change any of the Formularies of the Church. I apologise I have said at earlier pre-Synod meetings that I believed it would take two General Synods to pass a resolution based on the contents of the Motion 29 Final Report, but Jeremy Johnson our Chancellor and member of the Working Group that produced the Report says only one General Synod will be required.
Lent is approaching and the new issue of AnglicanLife magazine focuses on the season of preparation for Easter. It is available in the parishes this Sunday I believe
. Thank you so much to Cathy Maslin as she retires with the publication of this edition of the diocesan magazine as the Editor of AnglicanLife. Welcome once again to Jo Bean who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 4: 23-24