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A Message from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops to Parishioners Every pregnancy involves at least two lives – the child and the mother. Every abortion takes away an innocent life. Protecting and caring for life from conception to natural death stands at the core of our Catholic faith. From the moment an embryo comes into…(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)

Villa Maria College’s choir, Con Brio, has taken out a coveted Silver Award at The Big Sing Finale in Wellington. The Big Sing is the largest annual event of the New Zealand Choral Federation, and sees choirs from all over New Zealand compete for positions in the competition’s grand finale, held in Wellington…(Read More)

STATEMENT FROM NZCBC PRESIDENT BISHOP PATRICK DUNN The New Zealand Catholic Bishops welcome the Letter this week to the People of God from Pope Francis asking forgiveness for the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults perpetrated by clergy and consecrated persons. As Pope Francis notes, these heinous crimes inflict deep wounds on the victims…(Read More)

Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre, at Villa Maria College, has been named the winner of the coveted award for Public Architecture at the Canterbury Architecture Awards. The building’s Pounamu Mercy Cross has also been named as a finalist in the prestigious national Interior Awards for 2018. “We are feeling very blessed to be…(Read More)

On the 25th June 2018 , Fr Barry Malone sm  celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination. Fr Barry celebrated the 10.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Church Addington on June 24th along with six other priests, including his brother Fr Anthony Malone OFM. Photos:  Marilou Crequer…(Read More)