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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)

Updated 15th September 2020 Mass this weekend, 19th and 20th September This coming weekend we continue to be restricted to a maximum of 100 people per Mass, due to being in Alert Level 2. The parishes of the Cathedral, Christchurch North, Christchurch South, Christchurch East and Waimakariri have online registration and bookings can be made…(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)

Mass Times

Mass times for the new parishes that have been amalgamated and are as follows. Download a PDF here of Sunday Mass timesDownload 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…(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)

The latest Inform – issue 123, July 2020 is now available. This issue edition includes remembrance of the Most Rev Basil Meeking DD, seventh Bishop of Christchurch. As chief shepherd of the diocese, Bishop Meeking established Inform in September 1991. We are also honoured to feature the life and contribution of his dear friend Dame…(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)

Safeguarding

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… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHlzOWp8ZQY&feature=youtu.be 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)

Mass Livestream

Mass will be livestreamed each day from three places. Diocese Sundays at 10.00am and celebrated by Bishop Paul Monday to Saturday at 9.00am and celebrated by various priests of the diocese. Once the livestream finishes they are available to watch on Youtube Click here for the Diocese YouTube channel Waimakariri Mass is being…(Read More)

Caritas has launched an appeal to assist the Pacific nations with the pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly and globally with devastating impact. Caritas is working with partners on the ground across the Pacific and around the world to support vulnerable communities as they prepare for and respond to the effects of…(Read More)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Kia tau te rangimārie kia koutou – Peace be with you It was in the evening of the first Easter day, while the disciples were locked down in fear, that suddenly the risen Christ stood before them in the closed room and said, “Peace be with you” and showed…(Read More)

20 March 2020 Dear Members of the Catholic community You will have read the public statement of the Bishops of New Zealand regarding the suspension of all Masses in the country from 20 March. It was not an easy decision to make knowing as we do that the Eucharist is at the heart of our…(Read More)

20 March 2020 Pastoral letter to parishioners from the Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand regarding the Covid-19 coronavirus-related suspension of Mass The psalm we pray together at this weekend’s Masses for the Fourth Sunday in Lent is perhaps the best known and most loved of all the psalms. For almost three…(Read More)