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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)

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)

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 Audio of the Mass is also available below Ordination Mass audio part 1 Ordination Mass audio part 2 &nbsp…(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. 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)

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)