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Carmelite Sister turns 90

She was six years old when she made up her mind. She entered at 17, and now, as she has turned 90 in November, she’s going stronger, in some ways, more than ever. “Not everyone gets to 90 years,” Sr Teresa explained with a soft laugh. In fact it has come as a surprise…(Read More)

Bishop Paul Martin has announced this morning that a new cathedral will be built in the centre of the city adjacent to Victoria Square. As well as the new cathedral, a pastoral centre / community hub, a primary school for a relocated St Mary’s Primary School, offices for the diocese and residential accommodation for clergy…(Read More)

Nearly at the halfway point of construction, Catholic Cathedral College’s new $5.6 million office, administration and classroom building will be constructed using industry leading resilient and sustainable systems, with timber at its core. Cross Laminated Timber, known as CLT, forms the three-storey building’s structural framework and this is just the beginning…(Read More)

After an extensive process of seeking feedback, Bishop Paul has confirmed the establishment of five new parishes in Christchurch by amalgamating 12 existing parishes as well as changes in the Selwyn district. Bishop Paul announced this to parish congregations on Sunday throughout the Diocese. The video can be found on the Our Faith Our Future…(Read More)

Clergy Appointments 2020

From 26 January 2020 until 31 May 2020 (Pentecost) After Pentecost the appointments below are expected to remain the same; however, they will relate to the new North, South, East, West, Central and Selwyn parishes. North Christchurch area consisting of Bryndwr, Burnside and Papanui parishes:Parish Priest of the three parishes: Fr Rick LoughnanAssistant Priests…(Read More)

The last Friday in October saw around 80 singers from five of our primary schools meet at the very beautiful St Joseph’s Church in Temuka for Jubilate South Canterbury. This is our fourth Jubilate in South Canterbury and brought together Year 4-8 students from Ashburton, Fairlie, Pleasant Point, Timaru South and Waimate. They…(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)

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)

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 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)