St Anne’s Church in Woolston has opened again after it was closed in February 2011 due to earthquake issues.
It is a great occasion for the Stella Maris Parish with the parish priest, Fr Dan Doyle saying that, “the parish is overjoyed to be able to be back in the church after such a long period. We have been grateful for the use of St John’s Church who have welcomed and accommodated us during this time. We look forward to being able to celebrate the liturgy as a parish family in our own place.”
The church is being reopened with a blessing of the church before it is used for Mass and Confirmation.
The temporary works just completed focussed on strengthening of the rear wall, narthex and improving connections between the roof and main structure.
The original tower was removed after the earthquakes for safety and the area beneath has been made good with the placement of the cross where the tower previously stood.
Following St Anne’s being reopened, other churches are expected to reopen shortly.
This includes St Peter’s, Beckenham which will open on the Feast of Christ the King, on November 21.
St Matthew’s, Bryndwr, could be open by early December.
A contract has just been let to replace two-thirds of the roof and add reinforcement around the walls to Our Lady of Assumption, Hoon Hay. It is expected to be open for Christmas.