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From the public media this weekend you will know of the resignation of Bishop Charles Drennan of the Diocese of Palmerston North. Since it has not been possible for me to inform you of this situation directly through diocesan communication channels, I have asked priests to read this message from me at all Masses in…(Read More)

Cardinal John Dew, the Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand, today announced that Bishop Charles Drennan has resigned as the Bishop of Palmerston North. Bishop Drennan tendered his resignation to Pope Francis following an investigation into a complaint of unacceptable behaviour of a sexual nature. The complaint was made by a young woman. Pope Francis has…(Read More)

Bishop Paul has written a letter for parishes for the Extraordinary Month of Mission Christchurch: a Diocese on mission. Pope Francis has asked the church to mark this month of October as an Extraordinary Month of Mission Dear Brothers and Sisters In the Pentecost Our Faith Our Future proposal for restructuring of Christchurch city parishes…(Read More)

On Sunday 6th October a major milestone was celebrated: Don Whelan’s fifty years of service as Musical Director at our Cathedral. Fr John Adams offered the 10.30am choral Mass at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral before around 100 past and present members of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Choir and Orchestra (CBS…(Read More)

This year’s Social Justice Week calls us to consider our part in seeing that our workplaces, our schools and our communities are fair places for all. We are challenged to see, hear, and experience the lived reality of people, naming what is happening and taking action. Caritas is using this year’s theme of…(Read More)

  The latest Inform is now out in parishes and is filled with news and activities from across the Diocese.   Read it online now by clicking on this link: Inform 118           The previous issue issued is  available here: Inform 117…(Read More)

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops today expressed concern about the proposed new abortion regime for New Zealand, whilst also looking forward to contributing to what they hoped would be an honest, respectful dialogue that explored the complexities surrounding abortion. “The Bishops hear from a wide community of Catholic women and men on this important issue…(Read More)

This weekend Bishop Paul provided a pastoral letter that was read in all parishes in the diocese regarding the future of the Cathedral. The letter in full is as follows: My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I am writing to you regarding the future of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Barbadoes Street…(Read More)

Brother Guy Consolmagno, Vatican astronomer, was invited by the Catholic Discovery Centre to come to New Zealand for a nationwide tour to “show a side of the [Catholic] faith that most people don’t see” He was in Christchurch this month lecturing on the history of astronomy and his work back in Rome where he…(Read More)

People will be responding to these events in different ways and this is understandable as we are all unique and come with our own background and exeriences. We might also find that peoples feelings and experiences change day to day. Remember to be gentle with yourself and others, understand that you can and will see…(Read More)

For the latest updates visit our Facebook page Message from Bishop Paul Martin We are horrified at the violence that has been inflicted on people of our city this afternoon. Words cannot convey our distress. Our prayers are with those who are suffering. I invite you now, wherever you are, alone or with family, workmates…(Read More)

Bishop Paul has made an announcement this morning regarding the future of Marian College. A new Marian College is to be built in Christchurch’s north west with the first students expected to start school in February 2023. The college will neighbour St Joseph’s Primary School and will be on a three hectare site…(Read More)

St Vincent de Paul Society in Christchurch still has Christmas gifts for families available as demand for its services has lifted 30% this year. Over the last year the society volunteers have made approximately 6500 house visits, answering the call for charity amongst a wide cross section of society. Mike Daly, President of the Canterbury…(Read More)

Christmas Mass Times

Below are the Mass times and other liturgies for our parishes for Christmas. Addington-Beckenham Christmas Eve Mass: Addington: Carols at 4:30pm, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 5:00pm Carols at 9:00pm, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 9:30pm Beckenham: Carols at 5:30pm, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass: 6:00pm Carols at 8:30pm, Christmas…(Read More)

Clergy Appointments 2019

Bishop Paul has made the following clergy appointments for 2019 These appointments will commence the weekend of 26/27 January 2019…(Read More)

After eight months of extensive restoration, St Patrick’s Church, Akaroa, was reopened on Labour Day Monday with Bishop Paul holding a Liturgy of Thanksgiving. Built in 1864 via Irish-born John Cullen, St Patrick’s Church is 154 years old, an iconic landmark of Akaroa and site of the beginnings of Catholic faith in…(Read More)

Respect Life Sunday

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ E te whānau whakapono a te Karaiti Praising God for the gift of life is common to all world religions. Deep down in the heart of every person is the knowledge that life is precious and often fragile. The worldwide human family recently experienced this belief as we…(Read More)