There are large range of groups and organisations within the diocese that can assist with many of the difficulties we face in life.
Below is a list of some of the organisations, their contact details and a brief description of the services they provide.
Hours (by appointment): Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00am-5.00pm Tuesday, Thursday 9.00am-6.30pm
Catholic Social Services is an Agency of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. Catholic Social Services seeks as an integral part of the church to reach out to human need.
The agency promotes a holistic approach by offering counselling, family / social work support, group courses for children and adults, as well as budgeting / advocacy, practical needs advice and assistance and postadoption services. All services are no-cost and readily available to all. Counsellors / social workers offer quality professional services and are members of professional bodies to which they are accountable. All clients can expect a caring safe environment, respectful and non- judgmental treatment, cultural awareness and complete confidentiality.
Catholic Social Services works primarily in the immediate Christchurch environs. Upon request, the agency will support parish-based initiatives within the wider Diocese, as needs emerge and resources permit.
Catholic Social Services offers Individual, Couple and Family Counselling using a range of different approaches. The areas covered include but are not limited to:
- Relationship difficulties – couple and family
- Children’s behaviour
Catholic Social Services offer a range of group programmes free of charge to members of the community. Group programmes have been developed to help participants manage specific issues with greater understanding and awareness. These programmes include:
- CREAM (Conflict Resolution, Emotional Awareness and Anger Management).
This course looks at why people behave the way they do and how we can be in control of our lives.
This course is an Adult anxiety course. It is an opportunity to understand anxiety, gain strategies to manage your anxiety, learn how to change automatic thoughts and overcome limiting thoughts and behaviour.
- Supporting Your Child Following Separation and Divorce.
This programme provides helpful information about how children react to change and loss. What you can do to help your children by seeing through their eyes; how to communicate with them; understand what is normal and explore ideas that will help support you both. This distinctive approach – taking the child’s perspective – provides emotional space and or non-judgemental environment for parents to wonder, share, discuss and learn how to care for and nurture their children post-separation and divorce.
- Facing Your Fears
This course is for children aged 8-10 years who experience anxiety. Anxiety can come in many different forms and can feel really out of control for the child concerned. Experiencing fears about all sorts of situations, people or things is very tiring for the child, as well as for parents, and things can quickly deteriorate. However, anxiety is also something that can be effectively managed and parents can improve the child’s chances of learning how to do this by working together with their child in our Facing Your Fears Programme.
- Parenting Spirited Young People
This course offers an alternative approach to looking at parenting by looking first at ourselves, as parents. Who are we? Why do we do the things we do? Why do we react to some things with such intensity? What have we learnt from our parents? This course covers topics such as personality styles, attachment, birth order, and the influence of the family tree, and how all of this impacts the way we parent our children. We explore anger and conflict, look at alternative ways to interact and communicate. We tap into our innate strengths and our own learning style to help support change – both for us as parents and our children. Suitable for parents of children from all age groups.
- Seasons for Growth
Grief Courses for Adults and Children dealing with grief / loss because of death, divorce, disability, disease or other losses in your life? This course will: • Encourage you to express your thoughts/emotions; • Explain the grief process; • Help you to normalise emotions associated with your loss; • Help you to restore self-confidence.
The JPII Centre is a Christchurch-based Catholic organisation dedicated to building a culture of life, marriage and family through prayer, service and education.
Healing after Baby-Loss or Abortion
The trauma of baby-loss or abortion can be something hugely traumatic for any person who experiences it. We support people going through this via our Rose Bud parish programme. For more details contact us at the office.
Perinatal Support for families
who are facing the challenge of an adverse or life-limiting diagnosis for their unborn baby. We can assist with advocacy, referrals and other support.
Book of Life
The John Paul II Centre Book of Life is a special memorial book for anyone who has lost a child in the womb or at birth and wishes to have somewhere to memorialize their little one. The Book of Life has been lovingly handcrafted and inside its beautiful wooden frame it houses specially printed pages where the names of lost little ones can be handwritten. The Book of Life is kept in a central spot in our chapel, so that those with names in it can come and spend time reflecting on their little one, and every week all of the babies recorded in the Book of Life are prayed for at our team Mass. Currently the Book of Life resides at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St Gregory’s (28 Cotswold Ave).
Billings Natural Fertility
The Billings Method is an effective, scientific and medically approved method of natural fertility control. It is applicable whether a woman has short or long cycles, and it can be used by women who are breastfeeding, approaching menopause or coming off contraceptive medication.
The John Paul II Centre for Life offer private, confidential, one to one instruction with internationally accredited Billings teachers, at appointment times to suit you.
Cost: $230 (This covers all sessions, booklets and charts, etc for the first year)/ The JPII Centre is happy to subsidise anyone with a community services card.
For more information about Billings contact the Centre on 0225039249
Theology of the Body Seminars for Engaged Couples
Theology of the Body is a truly life-changing expression of Catholic teaching regarding love, marriage, sexuality and the human person. It answers some of the most fundamental and profoundly important questions of human existence.
The John Paul II Centre for Life offers seminars for engaged couples. The Joy-Filled Marriage programme is intended as a supplement to parish formation and is also appropriate for young single adults wanting to know the Church’s teaching about marriage. Each seminar includes an introduction to the Theology of the Body, the sacrament of marriage (what you are saying “I do” to) and natural fertility awareness. Cost and dates provided on application.
The John Paul II Centre for Life places a big emphasis on prayer, as we understand that it is the vital foundation upon which all our other work is built and carried out.
Mass is celebrated weekly for the cause of life and for all of our supporters and their families.
Weekly Holy Hour
We believe in the tremendous power that flows from adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Currently a weekly holy hour is held every Monday at 4pm at the perpetual Adoration Chapel. All are welcome to join in.
Most importantly of all, everything that happens at the John Paul II Centre for Life is underpinned by prayer, and that this contributes to the sense of peace, healing and hope that people receive at the Centre.
Founder – Mary Potter
Dating back over 100 years, The Little Company of Mary was inspired by the words of Mother Mary Potter who said, “Love alone inspires us to service.” The people behind this wonderful organisation are devoted to caring for the suffering and dying of our world, providing both practical resources as well as prayer.
The Congregation of the Little Company of Mary (LCM) was founded in Nottingham England in 1877 by Venerable Mary Potter. Mary Potter’s vision was for an order of sisters who would stand in solidarity, prayer and compassion for the suffering and dying. LCM quickly grew and spread around the world. The first LCM sisters arrived in Christchurch in 1914 and have been serving the people of Christchurch ever since.
Many Christchurch people fondly remember the LCM sisters (sometimes called “The Blue Nuns”) who ran the Lewisham/Calvary Hospitals and pioneered many other health-based services around New Zealand. Over the years thousands of Cantabrians were born at Lewisham/Calvary!
In recent years, the LCM ministry and charitable purpose in Christchurch has moved its focus towards supporting older people. LCM provides accommodation options and activities to assist older people to remain engaged with the community and to reduce isolation and loneliness.
Mary Potter Community Centre
The Mary Potter Community Centre in Christchurch provides assistance for seniors living in the wider community. All seniors are welcome to join the Mary Potter Community Centre Activities Programme provided on Mondays and Thursdays.
Mary Potter Courts
The LCM Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Mary Potter Courts – an affordable rental housing option for independent people aged 60-plus; the Mary Potter Apartments – built to universal design principles to provide accessible rental housing; and the Mary Potter Community Centre and Italian Garden – available for hire by organisations whose purposes align with the ministry of the Little Company of Mary.
For more information please visit our local website www.lcmchristchurch.org.nz. to learn more about LCM’s Christchurch history and photos, current ministry, donations or bequests, upcoming events, and news.
The LCM in Christchurch is part of the wider LCM Region of the Southern Cross. This Region covers LCM in Australia, Tonga and Aotearoa New Zealand. Please visit the LCM Region’s new website at www.lcm.org.au to learn more.
Christian Renewal Association New Zealand (CRANZ) is a charitable trust and an umbrella organization for a for a variety of Christian-based care & support services. They offer support, counselling, healing and training across New Zealand.
Our services help people to overcome their past and current personal, emotional and psychological traumas and pain, enabling them to reach their individual potential in society, and are for people of all nationalities and backgrounds.
Through our core ministry Emotionally Free, we train and supervise prayer counselors to provide donation/koha based confidential counselling services and respite referrals in various locations throughout New Zealand. Emotionally Free® New Zealand is run in NZ by agreement with Rita Bennett, of Christian Renewal Association Inc. Edmonds, Washington, USA. We are an ecumenical trust accountable to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand.
CRANZ is focused on providing a high quality, caring and confidential service.
Courses and Programmes offered
Healing of the Soul is an in-depth ten week small group course, and each session has a short teaching, a time of sharing, and prayer ministry.Topics covered include self-esteem, overcoming lies, dealing with fears, forgiveness of God, self and others, and other associated issues.
Unbound ministry empowers people to take hold of the freedom they have been given in Christ. Unbound is a deliverance prayer ministry that focuses on people, not evil spirits. It is a safe, loving and reproducible model that helps people to respond to the good news of the gospel and apply the truth to their lives using the Five Keys: Repentance & Faith, Renunciation, Forgiveness, Authority and Father’s Blessing.
The Holy Spirit & You Gifts Course is a unique, comprehensive, Scripture-based course, helping countless individuals understand and live the Spirit-filled life. It was written by international leaders in the Renewal of the Holy Spirit, the Rev. Dr. Dennis Bennett and Dr. Rita Bennett.
The course includes:
Teaching by trained leaders from syllabus and scriptures
Facilitator-led small group discussions, prayer for the release of gifts and an opportunity to practice operating in these gifts
Graduation certificates and anointing service
Leadership training for those who desire it
Prayer Counselor Training
The specialised prayer counselor training offered by CRANZ teaches people how to pray with others for the
healing of the whole person.The Basic Course we offer here can be done for personal benefit or as a foundation for becoming a prayer counselor before doing the Advanced Course
Emotionally Free – Basic Course is an eight part powerpoint course, with small groups, and individual prayer for in-depth healing.Teachings include: Scriptural foundations for inner healing, having a personal relationship with Jesus, being set free from cults and the occult, baptism in the power of the Holy Spirit, what soul healing is and is not, healing your inner child, learning to forgive from the will and emotions, healing life’s hurts, spiritual freedom and breaking generational bondage.This course is suitable for those seeking personal healing and is a requirement for those wanting to be trained as prayer counselors. A Basic Course Manual is available.
Emotionally & Spiritually Free – Basic Course (Catholic edition) is a 10-part powerpoint course with small groups, Reconciliation, Mass and individual prayer for soul healing.Teachings in this course cover all the same topics as the general Emotionally Free – Basic Course, such as having a personal relationship with Jesus, being set free from cults and the occult, and healing of the inner child. This course also goes deeper into the Catholic theology & practice of healing: the Sacraments of healing, foundations in scripture and tradition for soul healing, and the difference between the sacrament of Baptism and the baptism/empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
This course is suitable for those seeking personal healing and is a requirement for those wanting to be trained as Catholic prayer counselors.
Emotionally Free – Advanced Course is a requirement for those wanting to train as prayer counselors. This course includes teaching, small groups, and prayer for healing of traumas. Topics covered in this course include: fear, anger, journey to wholeness & dealing with traumas, release from losses in life, and healing of prenatal & birth traumas. This course also has a practical aspect, with two required practicums.An Advanced Course Manual is available.
Individual Prayer Counseling
We have teams of prayer counselors available in various locations throughout New Zealand. Inner healing is a process or journey taken at the pace right for you, so appointments are for 1 hour, normally weekly then progressing to less frequently as major issues are dealt with. There is no charge for our services but a donation/koha is appreciated to assist with our costs and the growth of the ministry, enabling us to help others.
Are you desperately needing a break in a peaceful, loving environment, with the option of receiving healing prayer? Or do you know someone else who is in need that you would like to sponsor?
Contact us in regards to respite facilities.
Post: The Catholic Worker, P O Box 33-135, Christchurch
Phone: Francis 03 338 7105
Members of Te Wairua Maranga Trust have since 1989 been operating a community following a Catholic Worker philosophy. While ecumenical in personnel and outreach, members of the Catholic Worker follow a spirituality inspired by the teachings of Christ and consistent with the major social teachings of the Catholic Church. Our movement was founded in 1933 by Dorothy Day, a US journalist, and Peter Maurin, a French-born pilgrim and labourer.
The manifesto of the Catholic Worker highlights a commitment to pacifism, personal responsibility for the welfare of our poor and destitute neighbour, the promotion of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy as found in the Gospels, and the living out of the Beatitudes in daily life.
What we offer
In Christchurch, we operate three houses of hospitality named after Suzanne Aubert, Thomas Merton and Joseph Cardijn, and the Promised Land farm outside Leeston. We engage in regular prayer, seek to support one another, and publish a quarterly journal The Common Good. We offer hospitality to people in need either on a temporary or more permanent basis. We have a continuing outreach to a number of families offering friendship and support and we support actions for justice in a variety of forms.
We celebrate a liturgy followed by a shared meal every Wednesday evening at 6pm at Suzanne Aubert House, 8a Cotterill Street, Addington, Christchurch, ph 03 338 7105. Anyone is welcome.
Catholic Workers also operate Clarehouse, a house of hospitality in Opononi (phone 09 405 8209) on the Hokianga Harbour, and St Francis of Assisi CW Farm in Whirinaki, also on the Hokianga in Northland.
Reclaiming Our Funerals
We also offer funeral services that offer an alternative and cheap way of burying loved ones. A funeral can be a wonderfully creative event if a family is aware of its possibilities.
Costs. Few adequate funerals are available for less than $6,000 and many cost well over $9,000. Yet funerals need not be so expensive. An all-up funeral could cost as little as the price of the burial plot ($828 or $1370 dug) or cremation fee ($700/800) if the family do the other services required. Depending on location, a full funeral could be kept as low as $1200/1500.
Caskets/coffins. When purchased from an undertaker, caskets can range from $400 to $5,000, with $800 the average. Family members can make one. A simple home-made wooden casket made from customwood – pine or plywood – lined with linen/cotton and plastic (no PVCs for cremations) can be adequate. But you can order one from a funeral director. (Or in Christchurch you can order from firstname.lastname@example.org , phone 03 332 9192.)
For further information contact Funeral Choice, P O Box 33-135, Christchurch, or email email@example.com. Or www.funeralchoice.co.nz)
We do not seek funding from traditional sources. Trusting in Providence, we hope to receive enough to
keep our houses of hospitality open and our various works going. Catholic Worker houses do not issue tax receipts since we are running neither a business nor a church social agency. We invite people to participate personally and unconditionally.
Provincial Coordinator, Mary de Leijer
Phone: 03 323 85316
Faith and Light, founded by Jean Vanier, is a Christian community movement for people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends.
It is an international organisation with communities in over 60 countries. Communities meet regularly for prayer, sharing and celebration.
Faith and Light believes in the uniquness of each person and their right to be loved and respected. Faith and Light aslo believes that every person, able-bodied or disabled is equally loved by God and is called to deepen his/her spirituality. Each person, however profoundly he/she may be disabled, is called to be a source of grace and peace for the whole community, for the Church and all humanity.
Phone: 03 352 8292
Marralomeda is a Christian community where people with and without intellectual disability share life together. Nineteen people with intellectual disability live in four homes in Redwood with those who support them. Through ordinary daily activities we support each other and enable the unique gift of each person to be recognised and celebrated. Inspired by the concept of the L”Arche communities founded by Jean Vanier, Anne-Marie and Roger Pike began Marralomeda on 27th November 1989 when they invited Anne Miller and Margaret Bowring who had lived at Tempelton Centre for over 30 years to share life with them and their 3 children John, Ena and Colleen.
The Centre is a very central part of life for all members of the community. This is a place where members participate in a programme tailored to meet their personal needs and level of activity.
The Hoatu Fund is a fund of the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch, to assist with the material and spiritual needs of vulnerable women, children and families.
The following guidelines provide further information about what the fund can be used to support and how to make a request for funding.
Should you require further guidance around making a request for funding, please contact:
Email: Sr Mary Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the four sisters of Mercy in Christchurch East set up a Mercy Outreach Ministry, to provide shelter and support for residents affected by the earthquakes in their area. They received initial funding from their Congregation, with ongoing donations from the Catholic diocese in Christchurch and from generous individuals over the months that followed.
Mercy Outreach assists in two main ways. Firstly the Sisters of Mercy, and other religious congregations, made their holiday houses available as temporary accommodation for those who had to move out for earthquake damage and repairs.
Secondly Mercy Outreach helps struggling residents in the Eastern Suburbs suffering from the effects of the earthquakes with the basic necessities of life. Over 200 families have been supported and they continue to do great work supporting individuals and families in the eastern suburbs.
Convenor: Rev Michael Pui
Phone: 03 366 9869
Physical Address: Cathedral House, 2/9 Washington Way, Sydenham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Postal Address: PO Box 4544 Christchurch 8140 New Zealand
The purpose of the Commission is to study the teaching of the Church as it bears on society and social questions. This teaching, in fact, belongs to the moral theology of the Church and has been built up since the very infancy of the Church because the Church and her members have always tried to let Catholic faith shed its light on society. Rather than offering technical or political solutions to social issues, the Church looks to analyse things from the standpoint of Catholic faith. As a distinct and recognisable body of doctrine, a stream of magisterial teaching, known as Catholic Social Teaching, goes back to the famous “Rerum Novarum” (1890) of Pope Leo XIII.
The Commission was established by Bishop Meeking in 1994. Members of the Commission are appointed by the Bishop for a two year term.
From time to time it publishes a newsletter “Dignitas Humana” which is made available in the churches of the Diocese and on this website.
The Catholic Women’s League in Christchurch Diocese began in 1936 and continues to be an important and vibrant part of parish life in 11 Christchurch City branches and 8 other branches spread through Mid and South Canterbury and the West Coast.
September 2010 was the beginning of a dramatic and traumatic time for the Diocese, from the time of the first earthquake to the Pike River tragedy and the February 22nd 2011 quake. In Christchurch the disruption and devestation caused by these events has affected every member to some degree.
Despite disruption to parishes and homes members continue with League activities: raising funds for mission communities, assisting in parish activites, aiding local children and families where need is perceived.
The Diocesan Council meets monthly, alternating between meetings between Christchurch and Ashburton to share travelling, enabling the League to function in an ever-changing world. The publishing of a monthly newsletter ensures members know what is happening and what is planned for the future.
The Nazareth Community of Care is a retirement village and care complex developed in Christchurch by the Sisters of Nazareth, with options including palliative care, eighty-bed rest home and hospital, and sixty-five independent retirement villas.
Situated on eight hectares of established grounds, the community is located on the site of the former Nazareth House aged care facility, Brougham St, Sydenham.
A community within a community, Nazareth incorporates a market-style square featuring services such as a chapel, café, hairdresser, consulting suite, shop, and cinema. Our well-being staff integrates social activities and entertainment into residents’ everyday life.
The Sisters of Nazareth believe everyone should have the opportunity to access good-quality, affordable housing. Six social houses are part of the Nazareth Care Village.
Nazareth communities respect all religious faiths. Although a Catholic organisation, the Nazareth Community of Care is non-denominational in its acceptance of others.
The Sisters of Nazareth’s commitment to providing the very best in retirement living means every inch of the Nazareth Community of Care is thought about with specific attention to detail.
Retreat Coordinator Wendy Hill (enquiries and information), phone: 027 254 9222 or 04 974 8693
Site Leader Suzanne O’Rourke (sponsorship & prayer support), phone: 021 549 528
Postal Address: Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats PO Box 30-959 Lower Hutt 5040 Wellington
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats is a weekend retreat experience to heal the emotional and spiritual pain of an abortion experience.
Holding the knowledge of a pregnancy which has ended through abortion is unlike any other grief. It is an experience which sends ripples throughout someone’s whole life. The Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Team are skilled in their understanding of this particular grief and each Retreat group is treated with absolute care, compassion and confidentiality.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekends allow each person’s journey with the scriptures to ‘un-write the future’.
Relationship, forgiveness and healing, including the Catholic sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, are at the heart of these Retreats and they are open to everyone – those of any faith or denomination, as well as those with no formal faith tradition.
Professional guidance & compassionate support: the Retreat Team includes professional counsellors, Spiritual Directors and those who have a lived experience of abortion. Those on the Retreat Team have on-going mentoring and clinical supervision to ensure that participants are treated with dignity, integrity and safety – at every moment.
Support before and after a Retreat is offered “with open hands” – free of charge or obligation.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats is funded by the Rachel’s Vineyard (NZ) Trust. It is a lay ministry of the Catholic Church and is independent of any religious congregation or advocacy group. The invitation to attend a Retreat is open to anyone whose life has been touched by abortion – no matter who you are, no matter how long ago.
St John of God Waipuna is located at 349 Woodham Road, Avonside, Christchurch 8061. The team offers a specialised range of wrap-around services for young people aged 10 to 25 years in supporting them towards growth and development. Services include:
The Health and Wellbeing Team
Our Health and Wellbeing team provides individual and group counselling support for young people at risk and their families. The team works with young people aged 10 to 25 years for a range of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug counselling, as well as eating awareness counselling.
Young Parents Support Service
Individual and group support to help young mums and dads make thoughtful choices. This includes one-to-one social work, and a wide variety of pregnancy and parenting education and development programmes. Programmes available at Waipuna include our PPE (Pregnancy and Parenting Education) programme, infant massage, ante-natal classes specifically for young parents, and the Mellow Parenting programme.
Our Adventure Therapy Team work alongside vulnerable young people to explore and develop their strengths and wisdom in a supportive yet challenging environment. The programme works in partnership with 13 Christchurch schools to deliver intensive mentoring and counseling through outdoor and adventure activities.
Our Reintegration team is a partnership programme with Ara Poutama, working alongside young people who have offended in their journey towards growth and development. The team also delivers the Rangatahi Tumanako Programme, delivering prosocial support and mentoring for rangatahi in their longer-term journey towards growth, education and employment.
Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD)
Waipuna is the Canterbury agency responsible for the delivery of the CAYAD project. Our team develops community action initiatives that aim to reduce drug-related harm in youth and increase community ownership and capacity to address this health issue.
Little Owls Preschool
Little Owls is a quality early education centre, that provides a unique approach to childcare with a focus on the needs of families and parents and their children. Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced who take pride in providing a warm and caring environment for our tamariki and whanau. Little Owls is open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.00pm.
Phone: 03 338 2009.
St John of God Halswell is a 60-room residential care service supporting adults living with physical and neurological disability. The facility is also home to the Granda Centre for Transitional Rehabilitation.
Our unique model of care, known as My Life, guides how we work alongside residents to help them to live and experience life. MyLife calls upon our people to be creative and resourceful, in supporting the people to live with us to lead a fulfilling and enriching life.
Our experienced teams work with residents to develop individual lifestyle plans, allowing them to set and achieve goals. Services available at St John of God Hauora Trust include the Granada Centre Gym, a range of Allied Health services and professionals, as well as a busy Activities schedule both onsite and in the community.
Alongside St John of God Halswell, we operate four community living homes, located in Addington and Rolleston. These homes provide more independent living options for people living with a disability while maintaining dedicated support and living assistance.
The Granada Centre
The Granada Centre is a specialist centre for transitional rehabilitation care. Our philosophy at the Granada Centre is focused on helping you to regain your ability to participate in life.
We believe all people living with a disability deserve to live an enriching and independent life, maximising autonomy in their lifestyle and daily choices.
We want you to regain a meaningful place back in your community. To achieve that, our team will work in partnership with you and your whanau to achieve your goals.
We provide a residential rehabilitation service alongside our long-term residential care operation, as well as supporting clients living in the community.
We are experienced in supporting people recovering from a broad range of brain injuries as well as neurological conditions.
The Society exists to help those in need throughout our community. We do this in response to the call of Jesus to love our neighbours as ourselves. Our help for others is not limited to any one thing but is given in many different practical forms.
Local St Vincent de Paul Conferences
Providing food, clothing, furniture, support and mentoring.
The heart & soul of St. Vincent de Paul is the Local SVdP Conference. “Conference” is the Vincentian name for our local membership groups. Members from our conferences make the traditional “home visit” to connect with people from the local community and where necessary they provide food, clothing, furniture, support and mentoring for those in temporary or permanent need.
There are adult conferences based in the following areas of Christchurch:
Addington, Beckenham, Bryndwyr, Burnside, Cathedral/Mairehau, Halswell/Hoon Hay, Hornby, Kaiapoi, New Brighton, Papanui, Rangiora, Riccarton, Selwyn, Sockburn, Summer/Woolston.
Welfare Office and Food bank
Our Welfare office is here for people who require help by way of food, household goods, advice and
information for the support of individuals and/or families. Contact us on 03 389 7484 extn 1, or email us at email@example.com
Our food bank is organised by the welfare office and provides basic food needs for families and individuals who are in immediate need of assistance. Our food bank relies on the generous support of individuals and businesses to keep it stocked. Perishable food donations are accepted by local conferences or at any of our stores. Large donations of goods can be picked up by our Van and Truck team, please call the General Manager – Robyn Casey to organise this, 03 389 7484 or 0274-740-048.
Financial Assistance also allows us to buy food in bulk to stock up and keep our the food bank supplied and operating.
The main way the Society raises money for its work is through the more than 50 shops and centres
around New Zealand that sell a variety of goods at very reasonable prices.
In Christchurch City there are three St. Vincent de Paul Shops, one at 265 Stanmore Rd in the suburb
of Richmond, another at 19 Langdons Rd in Papanui across from Northlands Mall, and finally 31 Shands Road in Hornby (across the railway line, next to the Toolshed). These shops serve a few different functions.
People kindly donate quality clothing, furniture, and other goods to our shops. These are sorted by our volunteers and are either sold to the public at bargain prices with the proceeds going to assist the needy in our community in many different ways.
We also receive orders for some of these goods from welfare contacts in our communities including
our St. Vincent de Paul Conferences. These goods go directly back out into the community at no cost to those who are most in need.
Shop locations and hours
265 Stanmore Road, North Avon, Christchurch
03 389 7484 extn 2, P O Box 26007 North Avon, Christchurch 8053
Monday to Friday, 9am—4pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm
Books, clothes, shoes, furniture, bric-a-brac, and electrical goods.
19 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch 03 389 7484 extn 3. Monday to Friday, 9am—4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm Books, clothes, shoes, furniture, bric-a-brac, and electrical goods.
31 Shands Road, Papanui, Christchurch 03 389 7484 extn 4. Monday to Friday, 9am—4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm Books, clothes, shoes, furniture, bric-a-brac, and electrical goods
WOOMB NZ National Office
Address: 105 Waimea Road, Nelson
Phone: 0800 NZ FERTILITY (0800 693 378)
WOOMB NZ Charitable Trust is registered as a charitable entity on the New Zealand Charities Register under CC48802.
The executive arm of WOOMB NZ trust is Billings LIFE NZ. In accordance with the charter of WOOMB International of which WOOMB NZ is an affiliate, WOOMB NZ implements the programs of Billings LIFE NZ (Leaders in Fertility Education). Billings LIFE NZ oversees the training and accreditation of teachers in the authentic Billings Ovulation Method®. It also offers presentations to the community on fertility awareness and safeguarding reproductive health. Modules of learning are also available to health practitioners (including Gynecologists, General Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Midwives, etc.) on the scientific basis of monitoring a woman’s fertility throughout her life, using the Billings Ovulation Method™.
WOOMB NZ Mission Statement
Understanding, honoring and safeguarding the natural fertility of women thereby empowering them with the knowledge to achieve or postpone pregnancy and monitor their reproductive health. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Sr Mary Catherwood RSM
Phone: 03-379 1298
Physical Address: 22 Gracefield Ave, Christchurch 8013 New Zealand
Rosary House Spiritual Life Centre provides for prayer and contemplation; retreats, prayer days, spiritual direction, supervision for spiritual directors, an environment for prayer and solitude; and educational programmes that promote spiritual development.
No reira, ka kiia toku whare, he whare inoi mo nga iwi katoa Isaiah 56:7
“For my house will be called a house of prayer for all the people.” Is.56:7