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The latest Inform – issue 129, October 2021 is now available. This issue includes: A report and photos of the recent Jubilate in the Town HallAn article about the world wide Synod called for by Pope FrancisRead about the former St Joseph the Worker, LytteltonSister Leonie O’Neill RSM has recently passed away and we reflect…(Read More)

In 1838 at the first Catholic Mass, Bishop Pompallier dedicated New Zealand to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven when he celebrated his first Mass here at Totara Point in the Hokianga on 13 January 1838 In 2020 the New Zealand Bishops discussed plans to establish a National Shrine honouring Our Lady with a suitable artwork…(Read More)

Deaconate Ordination

This weekend Archbishop Paul will ordain as deacons Monty Bamford, Adam Kirkeby and Alfred Tong. Monty is a seminarian of the Christchurch Diocese. Below is the link for the ordination to be viewed online, tomorrow (Saturday 2nd October) at 11am. Please keep them in your prayers…(Read More)

Fr Frank Kelly RIP

On Saturday morning Father Frank Kelly died peacefully at Nazareth House. Fr Frank was born in Invercargill in 1941. After attending St Bede’s College he entered Holy Name Seminary at Mosgiel, then being ordained by Bishop Ashby in 1966 Fr Frank ministered in many parishes in the diocese and in more latter years was…(Read More)

Praying through Covid

Following the government announcement about Alert Level 2, we are now able to have gatherings of up to 100 people. With gatherings of up to 100 people we continue to need to provide the following requirements: • A means for people to record their visit • Physical distancing of 2 metres between bubbles • Clean…(Read More)

Archbishop Paul has announced the appointment of Simon Thompson as its new General Manager, replacing Andy Doherty who, after six years in the role, is moving overseas. Thompson is Manager, Strategy and Planning at Ōtākaro Limited, the Crown-company responsible for the construction and operation of Te Pae Christchurch, New Zealand’s newest large…(Read More)

At a recent event organised by the United Nations Assoc. NZ (Canterbury) in association with Canterbury University & West Papua Action Canterbury, the plight of the indigenous peoples of West Papua was the subject of a Presentation and Forum Panel at the University of Canterbury. The first of the three Presenters, Matt Stent, delivered a…(Read More)

#Share the Journey

“ #Share the journey was a beautiful experience for me. A journey of solidarity but also a chance to get to know and understand my peers better.“ In October the Remar group from Catholic Cathedral College joied the Caritas Initiative #Share the Journey and did a solidarity walk around the beautiful surroundings of Living Springs…(Read More)

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, the free Pfizer vaccine is now being offered to members of the public, starting with those most at risk. The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are urging people get vaccinated to protect themselves, their whanau, and the community. In getting the vaccine, you will also be protecting those…(Read More)

Archbishop Paul has announced that Christchurch firm Warren and Mahoney Architects will work with American-based Catholic architectural specialists Franck & Lohsen Architects in the design of the new cathedral for the Christchurch Diocese. Franck & Lohsen will lead the design with Warren and Mahoney as Associate Architect for the project. In late December 2019…(Read More)

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)

Updated 26th March 2021 The Catholic Church is participating in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. This week the representatives of the Church are participating in the Redress Hearings Phase 2. The final representative of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand was Cardinal John Dew, who has made a formal apology…(Read More)

Archbishop Paul Martin said that he was delighted to see the plans for Marian College coming to fruition which reflected the desire of the diocese to create a hub in the north of the city with two secondary schools, a primary school and the North Parish church and facilities. Tenders will be called shortly and…(Read More)

In December 2020, Bishop Paul wrote in Inform about the three diocesan priorities. The purpose of having these is to focus our priorities and help prioritise our efforts and energies. Growing in Holiness If you and I are to reach our God given potential, then we are called to become holy. Our Church communities will…(Read More)

Archbishop Paul celebrated the Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion on Saturday 20 March. Pictured left: Candidates, those already one with us in Baptism, who are preparing to be received into the Catholic Church, and celebrate Confirmation and Eucharist. Pictured right: Elect, those called to Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Those coming into the…(Read More)

Homily – Palm Sunday

This Lent we have been sharing the homilies from various priests within our Diocese. This week we hear from Fr Simon Eccleton. Deep in the heart of human beings is the desire to be truly free. No one wants to be a prisoner, or worse, a slave. Freedom is a precious state which is worth…(Read More)

This Lent we have been sharing the homilies from various priests within our Diocese. This week we hear from Fr Edwin Calaco SBD. Unless a Grain of Wheat Dies Many people see death as an interruption in their life and mission. But Jesus saw death as a fulfilment of his life and mission. Many times…(Read More)

This Lent we have been sharing the homilies from various priests within our Diocese. This week we hear from Fr John Adams. There are some beautiful words for each one of us in our second reading this week from St Paul writing to the people at Ephesus. “You were in darkness once – now you…(Read More)

This Lent we have been sharing the homilies from various priests within our Diocese. This week we hear from Fr Michael Scheerger.…(Read More)