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Here is a short vocations video featuring the newly ordained Fr Graeme Blackburn, Fr Alister Castillo, Fr Huynh Van Tran and footage from their ordination…(Read More)

Sunday 23 July saw singers from a number of our Christchurch parishes converge on St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.  Around 60 singers responded to an invitation from our Sacred Arts team to meet with Sir James MacMillan: a key Catholic composer and conductor from the UK with an international reputation. A full choir gallery enjoyed…(Read More)

JPII CENTRE FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER VARIETY CONCERT: Free Admission.  Bring your family and friends along to enjoy an evening  of LIVE MUSIC  featuring Joyce family, Mark Gregory and guest artists. All age groups will enjoy this night. 7:00pm Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Jeffreys Road, Bryndwr on Saturday 19 August 2017. Supper break midway, and…(Read More)

Video of the ordination to the priesthood of Graeme Blackburn, Alister Castillo and Huynh Tran held on Saturday 1st July is now available. Watch here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtTgVARTxqM Audio of the Mass is also available below Ordination Mass audio part 1 Ordination Mass audio part 2 &nbsp…(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 109 &nbsp…(Read More)

Introduction The ultimate decision in appointing bishops rests with the pope, and he is free to select anyone he chooses. But how does he know whom to select? The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome…(Read More)

View a video of Fr Rick Loughnan speaking about the new panels on the Cathedral fence, or visit our Facebook page to view. https://www.dropbox.com/s/5sxui915hffrnoc/CATHOLIC%20FENCE.mov?dl=0 Interactive panels erected outside the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will give visitors a video and pictorial view of the Catholic…(Read More)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Late last year I asked everybody in the Diocese to pray together a prayer asking the Lord to renew our diocese. As we continue to wait and pray for a new bishop, I now want to implement a programme of spiritual renewal for the entire diocese and I invite everybody to…(Read More)

Latest Inform now available

The latest Inform is now out in parishes and is filled with news and activities from across the Diocese. Read it online now. Click on the PDF file below  Inform 107- December 2016 Click here to go to the Inform page to see all Informs online or click on the image to download the current…(Read More)

Fr Rick Loughnan, our Diocesan Administrator, has asked that as a way of asking the Lord for renewal in our Diocese at the same time as we further our rebuilding programme, that we together pray the following prayer. God of Love – Through our baptism you have called each one of us into the Church…(Read More)

On Sunday November 13th, the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy was closed at the Pro-Cathedral at the close of the 5.30pm Mass. An overflowing church gathered to pass through the Holy Door one last time before it was officially closed by the Diocesan Administrator, Fr Rick Loughnan. Preceding Mass, over 100…(Read More)

Earthquake Information

This page has been restarted after our latest earthquake.  View latest information here. Click here to view the prayer in times of an earthquake Our Facebook page has our latest updates A suggested modified notice… Contributions towards Earthquake Relief If you wish to make a donation to the Diocese to help those suffering from the…(Read More)

St. Therese of Lisieux said of prayer: “for me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” CCC 2558. The Faithful are called to pray ceaselessly. During this challenging time, we offer this resource…(Read More)

Our Cathedral

Cathedral update from Fr Rick Loughnan, Diocesan Administrator 21st October 2016 Background Since May 28, 2015, the key messages from the Diocese in relation to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament are that the Diocese believes it could save the nave of the Cathedral and progressively build back other parts over time. This rebuild work…(Read More)

Useful Advice and Resources   There are still ways to get help as you recover from the effects of the earthquakes. This page offers some suggestions for resources and where to find help.  There are also some reading resources, you can share your story and find out about counselling services. More information will be added…(Read More)

On the 6th August 2016, the Feast of the Transfiguration, Sister Catherine of Christ OCD made her First Profession of Temporary Vows at the Carmelite Monastery of Christ the King. The main celebrant, Fr Clarence Trinkle from Washington DC, who guided Sr Catherine towards the contemplative life, was joined by six other priests at the…(Read More)

A Christchurch Catholic Community of Learning has been approved by the Ministry of Education, and those schools involved are hard at work to finalise their achievement plan, which will form the basis of their work together over the next 2 years. Communities of Learning are developing around the country and are based on the Ministry…(Read More)

Former Ngai Tahu Property chief executive, Tony Sewell, has accepted a contract to lead the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch property team. A long-time member of the Catholic Cathedral Management Board, he has a deep understanding of property matters in relation to the Diocese. “The Diocese has tread a very sensible and measured path in…(Read More)

Agencies working in Catholic pastoral care, health care and social service are aiming to provide better service coordination and identify and meet community needs. The collaboration follows a meeting of key agencies last week hosted by St John of God Hauora Trust (photo above). Agencies in attendance represented Te Rangimarie Marae, St Vincent de Paul…(Read More)