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St Vincent de Paul Society in Christchurch still has Christmas gifts for families available as demand for its services has lifted 30% this year. Over the last year the society volunteers have made approximately 6500 house visits, answering the call for charity amongst a wide cross section of society. Mike Daly, President of the Canterbury…(Read More)

Christmas Mass Times

Below are the Mass times and other liturgies for our parishes for Christmas. Addington-Beckenham Christmas Eve Mass: Addington: Carols at 4:30pm, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 5:00pm Carols at 9:00pm, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 9:30pm Beckenham: Carols at 5:30pm, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass: 6:00pm Carols at 8:30pm, Christmas…(Read More)

Clergy Appointments 2019

Bishop Paul has made the following clergy appointments for 2019 These appointments will commence the weekend of 26/27 January 2019…(Read More)

After eight months of extensive restoration, St Patrick’s Church, Akaroa, was reopened on Labour Day Monday with Bishop Paul holding a Liturgy of Thanksgiving. Built in 1864 via Irish-born John Cullen, St Patrick’s Church is 154 years old, an iconic landmark of Akaroa and site of the beginnings of Catholic faith in…(Read More)

Respect Life Sunday

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ E te whānau whakapono a te Karaiti Praising God for the gift of life is common to all world religions. Deep down in the heart of every person is the knowledge that life is precious and often fragile. The worldwide human family recently experienced this belief as we…(Read More)

Villa Maria College’s choir, Con Brio, has taken out a coveted Silver Award at The Big Sing Finale in Wellington. The Big Sing is the largest annual event of the New Zealand Choral Federation, and sees choirs from all over New Zealand compete for positions in the competition’s grand finale, held in Wellington…(Read More)

STATEMENT FROM NZCBC PRESIDENT BISHOP PATRICK DUNN The New Zealand Catholic Bishops welcome the Letter this week to the People of God from Pope Francis asking forgiveness for the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults perpetrated by clergy and consecrated persons. As Pope Francis notes, these heinous crimes inflict deep wounds on the victims…(Read More)

Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre, at Villa Maria College, has been named the winner of the coveted award for Public Architecture at the Canterbury Architecture Awards. The building’s Pounamu Mercy Cross has also been named as a finalist in the prestigious national Interior Awards for 2018. “We are feeling very blessed to be…(Read More)

On the 25th June 2018 , Fr Barry Malone sm  celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination. Fr Barry celebrated the 10.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Church Addington on June 24th along with six other priests, including his brother Fr Anthony Malone OFM. Photos:  Marilou Crequer…(Read More)

Christchurch Vinnies are excited to announce the opening of a new shop located in Hornby. Doors opened Monday 11th June. This follows a month of preparations: decorating, fitting out and stocking the new shop, which was largely carried out by our own Vinnie staff and volunteers. The result is amazing, and the shop will rival…(Read More)

We have enjoyed wonderful celebrations in the ordination of Bishop Paul on Saturday 3rd March, 11am This will followed by his installation into the Cathedral the following day on Sunday 4th March at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.   Photos from both events can be found on our Facebook page The Sounds Catholic programme covering…(Read More)

23 January 2018   Dear Parishioners,   As many of you will know, in December 2017, David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ bill had its first reading in Parliament and was voted through to the Justice Select Committee. This Bill, which seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide, is something that we, the Bishops of…(Read More)

Fr Rick Loughnan with Bishop-Elect Paul Martin express their deep sadness at the news of the death of Fr Graeme Blackburn last evening in a road accident. We along with the whole diocesan family express our deepest sympathy to Graeme’s mother, Erin, and the family at this tragic loss. Fr Graeme was the…(Read More)

We have a new Bishop!

Fr Rick Loughnan, Diocesan Administrator is delighted to announce the appointment of Fr Paul Martin SM by the Holy Father as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Christchurch. In a note to the clergy of the Diocese this morning, Wednesday 6th December, Fr Rick said: It is with great joy that I can announce…(Read More)

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE HEADS OF DENOMINATIONS OF CANTERBURY CHURCHES Sunday 10 September 2017 The Anglican Cathedral has been at the centre of perhaps one of the most public and fraught stories coming out of the devastation caused by Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. It has been a long and difficult saga. Every Cantabrian…(Read More)

The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch’s Commission for Justice & Peace invite submission for the 2017 Essay and Multimedia Contest. This years topic is Immigration >>Throughout history humans have travelled the world searching for places to call home Entries are open to all year 7 – 13 students See their website for details &nbsp…(Read More)

NEW ZEALAND CATHOLIC BISHOPS WARN OF THE DANGERS OF VOTER APATHY Even when the choices to be made seem difficult or the questions to be asked too tough, are we tackling some of the big challenges facing us as a nation and as part of a global community? With the 2017 General Election in just…(Read More)

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)