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Arrangements are being made for Masses this weekend. For all that follows, should the government revert to Alert Level 1, the parish weekend Mass schedule will be as usual, with no limitations on capacity. Saturday 6th March – Vigil Masses The government alert level is planned to end on Sunday 7th March at 6am. This…(Read More)

This Lent we will be sharing the homilies from various priests within our Diocese. This week we hear from Fr John Adams. I was doing some reading recently and I came across an article on Lent and it began by telling a story of a Catholic woman getting a job working at a seafood processing…(Read More)

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Paul to the role of Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington, where he will assist Cardinal John Dew. The appointment was announced in Rome on 1st January. A coadjutor usually becomes the bishop or archbishop of a diocese when the incumbent bishop retires. Archbishop Paul says: “This appointment was a surprise, and…(Read More)

Latest Inform now available

The latest Inform – issue 125, December 2020 is now available. This issue includes: Coverage of the ordination to priesthood of Fr Tang van PhanBishop Paul outlines his priorities for the diocese The John Paul II Centre for Life celebrates its 15 year anniversaryThe Timaru Basilica reopens after strengtheningThe late Fr Kevin Clark is rememberedAnd…(Read More)

Updated 1st December 2020 The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Aotearoa has begun its faith based redress public hearings, which includes the Catholic Church, and where some survivors of abuse in faith-based care are giving evidence. Before the Royal Commission was instigated, the New Zealand Bishops and congregational leaders petitioned the government…(Read More)

Video Testimonies

We have been too silent about telling our story of how Jesus has transformed our lives. St Paul, in his letter to the Romans, asks how will people come to know Jesus if they never hear of Him because no one has proclaimed Him? In our lives and our parish communities how can we share…(Read More)

Mass Times

Mass times for the new parishes that have been amalgamated and are as follows. Cathedral Parish Sunday Mass times: (all Masses @ St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral) Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm Sunday: 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 4:30pm and 6pm Weekday Mass times: Monday to Friday: 7:30am, 9:15am & 12:05pmSaturday: 9.15am North…(Read More)

Fr John Morrison RIP

Bishop Paul has announced that Fr John Morrison has died and asked we pray for his soul. Fr John did in the afternoon on Saturday 3rd October. Fr John has served in a number of parishes in the diocese and held various chaplaincy roles. He had retired to Maryville Courts before going to Nazareth House…(Read More)

The upcoming election will include a referendum on Euthanasia. The question you will be asked is “Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?” The Church is very clear that she respects life from conception to natural death. Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special care and respect…(Read More)

Fr Kevin Clark RIP

Bishop Paul has announced that Fr Kevin Clark died late Monday afternoon at Nazareth House. Fr Kevin was 89 years of age and a priest of the diocese for 64 years.”We pray eternal rest for his soul and thanks to God for his life and ministry.” Due to the Covid-19 level 2 requirements…(Read More)

In their statement the New Zealand Catholic Bishops oppose euthanasia and urge cannabis caution They are urging voters to say “no” to the euthanasia referendum and ask that voters give “serious thoughts” to the effect of cannabis on vulnerable young people when considering the cannabis referendum. The six bishops make those calls in their 2020…(Read More)

Mass Online

Mass online is being celebrated in various places online and on TV. The links to these various Masses are below. Diocese of Palmerston North – 9.30am every Sunday Timaru Vigil every Saturday 6.00pm Our Lady of Kapiti – Archdiocese of Wellington – 9.30am every Sunday Australian Bishops’ Conference – various times Mass is also on…(Read More)

Bishop Paul has recently issued the decrees relating to the establishment of the new parishes in Christchurch and Selwyn. The decree for the new parishes being established becomes effective on the 12th of July 2020.  These decrees can be found as follows: Catholic-Cathedral-Parish-new-decreeDownload Catholic-Parish-of-ChCh-North-decreeDownload Catholic-Parish…(Read More)

Bishop Paul Martin has announced today, 11 June 2020 the death of Bishop Emeritus Most Reverend Basil Meeking DD. Bishop Meeking aged 90 passed away at Christchurch Hospital after a short period of ill-health. Bishop Meeking was the seventh bishop of Christchurch. He was firstly ordained as a priest in 1953 and then as…(Read More)


Pope Francis has made it clear he expects the Church on every level to implement whatever steps are necessary to ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults and to respond to their needs with fairness and mercy. The aim of our diocese is to provide a consistent vision to create and foster a secure…(Read More)

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles gathered in the upper room.  Those apostles, who had been with Jesus during his ministry and since his resurrection, were waiting for the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  They believed the words of Jesus…(Read More)

The week 16th to 24th May is a week set aside to mark the 5th Anniversary Pope Francis’ encyclical: “Laudato Si’ – On Care for our Common Home” (LS). Here Pope Francis’ speaks about this week… What a difference this encyclical has made! It has…(Read More)

NZ Catholic The latest NZ Catholic is now available and can be viewed online NZ-Catholic_Issue-587_April-19-2020Download The Nathaniel Report From the Nathaniel Centre – the NZ Catholic Bioethics Centre Edition number 60 contains articles on euthanasia and cannabis that we trust you will find informative in the lead-up to the referendum questions…(Read More)