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October 2019

John Paul II Centre for Life – Race Night

October 18
Christchurch, New Zealand + Google Map

Annual Fundraiser – Race Night Friday 18th October 5.30pm at Addington Raceway. Level 2 of the Metropolitan Stand (The Silks). Tickets $50 per person which covers entry plus a two course meal. Reserve your tickets now by calling 03-351 3225

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Interfaith Workshops on Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination

October 18 - October 19
Christchurch, New Zealand + Google Map

Youth/Young Adults Workshop: Friday 18 October, 6.00pm pizza for 6.30pm start. Cost $15.00 Adults Workshop: Saturday 19 October 1.00-5.00pm. Cost $20.00. Registration by 16 October to: revandrewdonaldson@gmail.com Venue for both workshops: Fendalton Community Centre, 170 Clyde Road. These are valuable interactive workshops contributing to social cohesion in our multi-cultural and multi-religious society. Sponsorship can be arranged for those who cannot afford to attend.

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Passionist Family Groups – Beach Cleanup

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Christchurch, New Zealand + Google Map

Meet at the South Brighton Domain at 12pm for a sausage sizzle lunch, followed by Estuary clean up from 1pm - 2pm. Bring your gumboots, a bucket or bag to collect rubbish, a drink and chair. All welcome - "Passionist Family Groups - a Family for All!" More details at: www.olv.co.nz

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Prayer Series – Noticing God’s Presence

October 22

Tuesdays 22 and 29 October, 10.30 -11.30am, in Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre at Villa Maria College. Sr Mary Catherwood will draw on sacred music and the gospel for the following Sunday to lead the group into silent prayer.

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Golden Catholics

October 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
St Gregory’s Parish Centre, 30 Cotswold Ave
Christchurch, 8053 New Zealand
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Our speakers at our next “Golden Catholics” event for 2019 are Rev Simon Eccleton (Vicar for Marriage) and Ms Elizabeth Ong (Director) from the Marriage Tribunal Office. Our guest speakers will provide us with very informative and interesting talks. For those over 65 who enjoyed our previous Golden Catholic events a warm invite is extended to you again. A special invitation is extended to those who have not been before – we would love you to come. No costs are…

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Alpha Leaders Networking Meeting

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St Josephs Parish Centre, Vagues Road
Christchurch, New Zealand
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If you have already run Alpha, or would like to see Alpha run in your parish, please join us on: Wednesday 23 October at 7:30pm at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Papanui We will share experiences and cover: What is Alpha?, How to Get Alpha Up and Running, Feedback in Parishes So Far, and How We Can Help You. For more information please contact Matt O’Connell moconnell@chch.catholic.org.nz or Carly Mulqueen alpha@waimakariricatholic.org.nz.

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Our Lady of Victories – Plant Sale

October 26 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Our Lady of Victories, 106 Main South Road
Christchurch, 8042 New Zealand
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Saturday 26th October, 9.30am - 1.30pm. 106 Main South Rd, Sockburn. Cash only sales - great quality and variety of succulents, natives, bedding plants, fruit, tomatoes, vegetables and more. Sausage sizzle running all morning!

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Inter-Church Prayer for the Protection of Life

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Christchurch, New Zealand + Google Map

Concerned for the protection of life? Join with our Christian brethren at a combined Prayer Service for Life at 7pm, 29th October, 61 Cornwall St. Enquiries: Maria, John Paul II Centre for Life 351 3225

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November 2019

Christian Meditation

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Christchurch, New Zealand + Google Map

Meditation in the Christian Tradition. “…It is this contemplative prayer form that we would especially like to see developed. While its simplicity masks the effort required, it is one of the best responses to the spiritual vacuum in our modern society. Knowing how to go into your “inner room” and meet Jesus, is thus the first stage in a personal relationship with God through Jesus and the doorway . . . to ongoing renewal. “Prayer in the Busyness of Life”…

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Celt and Scripture Presentation

November 3 - November 17
St Josephs Parish Centre, Vagues Road
Christchurch, New Zealand
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With Fr. Frank Kelly To be held at St Joseph's Parish Centre, Vagues Road, Papanui. Sunday 3rd November 7.30pm - Forgiveness in Scripture Sunday 10th November 7.30pm Celtic Prayers for Today's World. Sunday 17th November 7.30pm - Using New Testament Hymns for Prayer Everyone welcome. Inquiries phone Christine 366 9869

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Loburn Mass

November 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Christchurch, New Zealand + Google Map

Mass for the repose of the holy souls will be celebrated at St Brigid’s Church (Loburn – Whiterock Road, Loburn) on Sunday 3rd November @2:00pm followed by blessing of the cemetery and cuppa. Family members of those buried at St Brigid’s cemetery and other parishioners are most welcome.

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Talks on St Luke’s Gospel

November 7 - November 14
Ferrymead Catholic Parish, 739 Ferry Road
Christchurch, 8023 New Zealand
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By Fr John Jolliffe sm (one hour duration) St Anne’s Parish hall, 739 Ferry Road, Woolston (east side of school playground/parking area). With St. Luke, come to know and love Jesus Christ, our Friend and Saviour, full of mercy and compassion. Topic 1: Overview of Luke’s Gospel – 7th November at 1.45pm and repeated at 7.00pm Topic 2: Praying with St Luke’s Gospel – 14th November at 1.45pm and repeated at 7.00pm

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Joshua Men’s Fellowship

November 13 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
St Gregory’s Parish Centre, 30 Cotswold Ave
Christchurch, 8053 New Zealand
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We will be celebrating the year of blessings with a Thanksgiving Mass. 7.15 pm Wednesday, 13th November, St Gregory’s Centre, 30 Cotswold Road, Bishopdale. Prayer, gospel reflection, praise singing, formation and friendship. Come and join like-minded Catholic men to grow your faith and be encouraged in your walk with the Lord. Every second Wednesday of each month. More information? Phone Chris on 027-646-4138.  

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Scripture Series Gospel according to Matthew Year A

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Christchurch, New Zealand + Google Map

Dr Kathleen Rushton RSM Wednesday 13th November In preparation for the new liturgical year which begins in Advent, this session will give an overview of the Gospel according to Matthew to invite us to listen more deeply to the gospel readings of Year A in order to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre Villa Maria College, Peer Street, Upper Riccarton Koha/Donation 7.30pm – 9pm Venue: Te Manawa…

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OCDS Carmelite Retreat

November 15 - November 17
Rochester and Rutherford Hall, 77 Ilam Road
Christchurch, United States
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“A Eucharistic Love Story with our Carmelite Saints” Father Michael-Therese, CSJ, will be leading our upcoming November Retreat at Rochester Hall, Friday 15 Nov to Sunday, 17 Nov Show Weekend. If you would like to join us, contact Megan Emery ph 383 0706 or Email: benedictus@windowslive.com

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Firepower Youth Rally

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Come experience the Mission Team 2019 as this is their last event for the year! Come hear their stories about the year of mission and celebrate them and all of the hard work they have done this year. For all ages, held at Eastside C3 Church 269 Hills Road, Mairehau on the 22nd of November, from 7pm-9.30pm. A night filled with live worship, testimonies and fellowship! For more info contact Delbert Castillo, Parish Support Worker at: dcastillo@chch.catholic.org.nz or 03 353…

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Candlelit Family Prayer Vigil

November 22 @ 7:30 pm
John Paul II Centre for Life, 88 Idris Road
Christchurch, 8052 New Zealand
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THE JOHN PAUL II CENTRE FOR LIFE invites you to a Candlelit Family Prayer Vigil on Friday 22nd November at Holy Trinity Parish, Bryndwr. Opening Mass 7.30pm celebrating Faith in all the generations, midnight Mass for Marriage and Priesthood. Adoration and Rosary throughout the night. Reconciliation available after 7.30pm mass Enquiries phone Daphne 351-5435

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Replenish Healing Centre

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St Teresa’s Parish, 8 Puriri Street
Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand
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Come and have fun while supporting this fundraiser to help our Replenish Healing Centre. Friday – 29 November – 6-9pm – St Teresa’s Parish Hall in Riccarton. For info and tickets contact Ana De Jong 021 913 105 or replenishnz@gmail.com People in emotional and spiritual distress are finding Replenish a wonderful place of respite.

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December 2019

Coast to Coast Rosary Crusade

December 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Christ the King Parish, 90 Greers Road
Christchurch, 8053 New Zealand
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The New Zealand government is looking at reforming our Abortion Laws and legalising Euthanasia. In response, a group of lay Catholics have organised this Pro-Life (from conception to natural death) Coast To Coast Rosary to be held on Saturday 7th December, at 3 pm at Christ the King Church. Please join us. Alternatively, you may wish to join the March for Life in Wellington that day. Every Pro-Life group in New Zealand is represented. The March begins at 101 Wakefield…

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Blessing of the Statue of Our Lady of Fourvière and the 25th Jubilee of the Community of the Beatitudes in New Zealand

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fourvière House of Prayer and Retreat, 67 Leithfield Rd
Leithfield, New Zealand
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On Saturday 7th December, at 6pm, on the 25th Jubilee of the Community of the Beatitudes in New Zealand, Bishop Paul Martin of Christchurch will bless the statue of Our Lady of Fourvière. Fourvière is an ancient hill in Lyon France, where in the earliest centuries of Christianity, the proto-martyrs of the French Church were put to death, including St Pothin whose successor was St Irenaeus – a disciple of John the Evangelist. A Marian Shrine was well established there…

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