Special Character

School Charism

Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions

On Christmas Day 1861 in Lyon, France, Euphrasie Barbier founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM - Religieuses de Notra Dame de Missions). She was also known as Mother Mary of the Heart of Jesus.

Four of her Sisters arrived in New Zealand from France in 1861. Their foundation school was St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in Napier, established in 1865. Euphrasie first visited New Zealand 1872. By 1960 the sisters had started and were teaching in fifty-eight primary schools and fourteen secondary schools in New Zealand.

St Joseph's, Stratford was blessed to receive its first Sisters in 1897 and they established our school. The first Principal at St Joseph's School was Sister Margaret Mary, who was a Mission Sister.

The Mission Order honours Mary, as the teacher of Jesus, prayer and being a missionary to others. This is the basis of our school's Mission Statement - " Our Mission School cares and shares like Jesus, through serving others - He Manaaki, He Atawhai. "

If you want to find out more, visit the web site of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions www.rndm.org.

The Sisters’ emblem indicates the letters of their religious name as RNDM from the French name Religieueses de Notre Dame de Missions.

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Sister Euphraise Barbier established the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions


Bishop Jean-Baptisete Pompallier brought Catholicism to New Zealand from France.

Margaret Mary

Sister Margaret Mary was the first principal of St Joseph's School, Stratford


Bishop Peter Cullinane was the first Bishop of the Palmerston North Diocese.

prayer week 5

Morning Prayer - Monday Week 5
Morning Prayer - Friday Week 5
Prayer - Tuesday Week 5
Church - Habitats
Prayer - Wednesday Week 5

prayer week 4

Morning Prayer - Monday Week 4
Morning Prayer - Tuesday Week 4
Morning Prayer - Wednesday Week 4
Morning Prayer - Thursday Week 4
Morning Prayer - Friday Week 4
Life In Jesus' Time

For Senior Students

Rooms 1-6 RE Habitats

For Junior Students

Prayer week 3

Morning Prayer-Monday Week 3
Morning Prayer - Tuesday Week 3
Morning Prayer - Wednesday Week 3
Morning Prayer - Thursday Week 3
Morning Prayer - Friday Week 3
Eucharist and Adoration

Lent and holy week resources 2020

Fourth-sunday-of-lent (2)
Palm Sunday 2020
1 Holy Week - Washing of the Feet
2 Holy Week - Last Supper
3 Holy Week - Praying in the Garden
Copy of Easter 2 Doubting Thomas
4 Holy Week - The Way of the Cross
5 Holy Week - He is Risen Alleluia
Copy of Easter 1 Road to Emmaus

Prayer week 2

Morning Prayer - Week 2


Term Three Learning

We will participate in lessons from the God Strand, Prayer Strand and we also celebrate the Feast of the Assumption

At St Joseph's School we are a community of disciples - TE WHANAU A TE KARAITI , being Kind like St. Joseph in our school, at home and in our community.

Learning Objectives for Learning Strand THE HOLY SPIRIT – TE WAIRUA TAPU

Year 1 and New Entrants: God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God – the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. We use symbols like fire and wind for the action of the power or Mana of the Holy Spirit and we can see signs of the Holy Spirit – Te Wairua Tapu, at work in people’s lives.

Year 2: The Holy Spirit in People’s Lives

We can respond to the Holy Spirit at work in our lives in many ways. Two important ways the Holy Spirit is at work in the Church, the people of God – Te Whanau a Te Atua, is through prayer and the Eucharist.

Year 3: Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are traditionally listed as; love, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It is God’s love at work through the Holy Spirit which enables people to exercise their mana and bear these fruits. It is again the Holy Spirit who helps us to recognise when we have violated tapu and have sinned and to forgive and be forgiven.

Year 4: Pentecost

The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost revealed the Trinity and the Church and enables people to live like Jesus and to know the Father. Through the Holy Spirit Jesus fulfilled his promise to be with his followers, through Church, Word and Sacrament.

Year 5: Titles and Symbols of the Holy Spirit

We gain a greater appreciation of the role of the Holy Spirit through a knowledge and understanding of the titles and symbols for the Spirit found in Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.

Year 6: Baptism and the Holy Spirit

Through baptism people receive the Holy Spirit who strengthens them to believe, to hope and to love. Baptism frees people from original sin and personal sin. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit helps people to grow in tapu and mana and to be more like Jesus.

Year 7: The Holy Spirit in Scripture

From the Scriptures we learn of the role of the Holy Spirit. Present at the Creation and speaking through the Prophets, God’s Spirit of love – aroha and truth – pono was with Jesus and with the early Christians as they walked in Jesus’ way, and still remains the life principle of the Church.

Year 8: The Mission of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the World

The Holy Spirit opens people’s minds to the meaning of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and prepares them to go out into the world and draw others to Christ. People experience Christ through the Sacraments and are strengthened by this to carry on his mission in the world. The Holy Spirit prepares people, cultures and religions to receive the Gospel. The Church is sustained and renewed by the Holy Spirit who works in people to promote ways of living with justice, peace and love.


Youth group

Our youth group is open to students Year 4 and up. They meet every second Friday in the Parish Centre from 6 pm to 8 pm. Dinner is provided.

A $2 donation is appreciated.

parish Newsletters 2019 term 1

4th Sunday in ordinary Time Year C.pdf
5th Sunday in ordinary Time Year C -.pdf
Supplement 17th February - Email Copy.pdf
7th Sunday in ordinary Time Year C -.pdf

parish Newsletters 2019 term 3

Easter Raffle Winners

Our Easter Fund Raiser.