REPORT FROM MANGERE EAST ST THERESE SAMOAN COMMUNITY-MALAEOLA 2015
OFFICERS FOR 2015:
PRESIDENT: Taulapapa Magele Tulimu Sulu
VICE: Fuiavailiili Talo Sopi Vete
TREASURER: Limiteti Tauiliili Isaako Lasi
SECRETARY: Leiataua Togia Sefo Peto
PRESIDENT: Tanupo Lemalu Iosefo
VICE: Fina’i Pelenatete Eteuati
SECRETARY: Emma Francis Sio
PRESIDENT: Tavale Oleva
VICE: Logo Tino
TREASURER: Ruta Sailimalo Etuale
PRESIDENT: Imeleta Fiai’i
VICE: Fetu Vaivai Peto
SECRETARY: Malia Hunt
TREASURER: Imakulata Robertson
CHOIRMASTERS: Afoa & Toilolo Etuale
ORGANIST: Sailimalo Etuale & Epati Kalolo
There are only 30 families that made up the Samoan Community that belong to the Malaeola Community but there are a lot more Samoan families in the St Therese Parish, Mangere East. Our parish is a truly multi-cultural Parish. The Samoan Community have a Sunday school and a Youth group. The Sunday school starts before the 10:00am Mass and it teaches Christianity to our youths, the school is also open to any children in the parish regardless whether they belong to the Malaeola Samoan Community or not. The Youth group teaches Samoan to the young people of our Parish and they are affiliated to the Malaeola. They are at the moment learning Samoan Customs in the simplest form, eg, telling elders that the food is ready etc. They have being practicing for the last couple of months and they will have a performance at the St Therese hall on the 13th June 2015 at 2pm. They have their own meeting every 2nd Sunday of every month.
We have 2 days for our singing practices, one on Monday for Mr Epati because he is not available for our usual day which is every Tuesday at Malaeola at 6pm. The one on Monday is at St Therese hall. Our Samoan Community sings at the 10am Mass every second Sunday at St Therese. Our patron is St Joseph and our Feast Day is March 21st. Also on the fourth Sunday of every month we have our Samoan Mass and the Samoan community does all the singing and I must say that Samoan Mass is well attended, not only by the elderly but the Samoan Community as a whole. We are also involved with our Cultural Mass together with all the other ethnics communities on the fifth Sunday when they do occur in some months.
Our women’s committee is the backbone of our community and they help organise everything.
Sadly, so far this year Seneuefa Maligiapu from our community has passed away peacefully at her home. Also from our community, a mother and a father of members of our community have passed away in Samoa and Wellington. Serefina (Mr Fuiavailiili’s wife) is very sick at the moment, please remember her in your prayers.
From our Parish of St Therese: The Samoan Community is very much involve with fundraising for our church as we are trying to pay off our loan for our new church, we are currently doing bonus tickets, po siva in August and our Fair in October.
Ma le fa’aaloalo lava
Leiataua T. Sefo Peto