• Catholic - Anglican Ash Wednesday Service

    10 March 2011

    Christchurch's traditional Anglican-Catholic Ash Wednesday service to mark the beginning of Lent took place last night at St. Christopher's Anglican Church in Burnside.

    The Catholic and Anglican Bishops of Christchurch take turns hosting the joint Ash Wednesday service. more»
    “Lent will be observed in the ruins of a beautiful and gracious city”
  • Prayer service to mark closure of the Church

    9 March 2011

    The St. Mary's Church in New Brighton is to be demolished, due the damaged incurred.

    A prayer service of thanksgiving has taken place to mark the closure. more»
    St Mary's Church, New Brighton to be demolished
  • 5 March 2011

    Dear priests, lay pastoral workers and parishioners

    We have all been affected deeply by the terrible events in Christchurch. The earthquake has taken lives, injured people, and destroyed property, including the homes and workplaces people depend upon to supply their most basic human needs. more»
    Letter to Catholics from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops
  • 3 March 2011

    The St Mary's Presbytery was significanlty damaged and has had to be demolished. more»
    St Mary's Presbytery to be Demolished
  • Volunteers pitch in to clean up liquification

    2 March 2011

    View photos below of the volunteers - young and not so young, who pitched in to help the sisters by cleaning up the liquification. more»
    Carmelite Update
  • 27 February 2011

    The photos below show some of the effects of the earthquake on church property. more»
  • 25 February 2011

    Nazareth House has sustained some damage.

    Click on a photo below to enlarge. more»
    Nazareth House
  • 1 January 2011

    Initially on this page were plans for visitors coming to Christchurch who were attending rugby games for the World Cup.

    Given the earthquake on 22nd February 2011 much has changed. more»
    2011 World Cup
  • 29 November 2010

    Bishop Barry had a message read in all parishes on Sunday. Read his message here.

    The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has sent a message to Bishop Barry and Father John Morrison (Greymouth Parish Priest) on Thursdsay 25th November as follows:

    "The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the tragedy that has taken place at Pike River Mine, near Greymouth. His holiness shares the sorrow of the families and friends of the miners and he remembers all of them in a special way in his prayers. Upon everyone concerned the Holy Father cordially invokes Almighty God's blessings as a pledge of consolation and strength." more»
    Bishop Barry's message to Catholics at all Sunday Masses
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  • 19 November 2010

    People from around New Zealand gathered at St Mary's Pro Cathedral today to pay their respects to Bishop John, where he lay in state on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and vigil requiem masses were held on both evenings.

    Today's requiem Mass was celebrated by Bishop Barry Jones. Concelebrants included Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Balvo, and members of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.

    The homily was delivered by Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking, who said Bishop Cunneen was known as a man of “unwavering pastoral charity”.

    “The holy gifts he received in ordination flourished and bore fruit abundantly in his life not least because he had also notable natural gifts of temperament and character which brought him close to people... His clear, wholehearted commitment to social justice, to the relief of human need, to human development was not in the abstract; he simply got on with the job when he saw a person in need”. more»
    Church full for funeral of Bishop John Cunneen
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  • 7 November 2010

    Beginning on the First Sunday in Advent, 28 November 2010 the Church of Aotearoa New Zealand will begin the implementation of the people's parts of the Mass.

    Missalettes are being distributed to parishes with the new Mass parts. In addition a music CD has been circulated to parishes which contains the chants and the Mews Mass.

    The National Liturgy Office website has catechetical materials, music, audio files, bulletin notices, powerpionts and OHPs available. more»
    New Missal Update: New Words. Deeper Meaning. Same Mass.
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  • 5 November 2010

    Some time ago Our Lady of Fatima Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul was given $50.00 as a prize for the best essay on the life of St Vincent de Paul written by a primary school aged student. It was decided to time the competition to coincide with the 350th Anniversary of his death. They received forty-seven entries from schools in the Christchurch Diocese and the prize was awarded to Georgia Harrison from St Joseph's Papanui. A Certificate and prize money was presented to Georgia by Bishop Barry following the Anniversary Mass at Christ the King Church on 27th September 2010 more»
    Outstanding Essay Wins Prize
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  • 23 October 2010

    At the recent Clergy Annual General Meeting, Bishop Barry announced that St Mary's, Manchester Street, will be the 'Pro Cathedral'.

    This announcement has come about as a result of earthquake damage to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, which means the Cathedral will not be available for use for at least 6 months and possibly more than 12 months. more»
    Bishop announces a 'Pro Cathedral'
  • 14 October 2010

    Mary MacKillop will be canonised on October 17th in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI.

    How will we celebrate her canonisation?

    On Sunday 17th October the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference will release a pastoral letter to be read at Sunday Masses and have special prayers in the liturgy. more»
    Mary MacKillop Canonisation
  • 8 August 2010

    The foyer of St Paul's Church, Dallington, recently hosted the launch of a very special book, “Uniquely Gifted” – a collection of stories from Faith and Light friends.

    A capacity crowd enjoyed the evening, skilfully presented by Gilbert Enoka, (All Black sport psychologist and son-in-law of Joan Lydon), who told Joan's story and that of Faith and Light – the international ecumenical community movement supporting those with intellectual disabilities. more»
    Special book released tells stories of Faith and Light friends
  • 10 June 2010

    From the moment of Bishop Uzoukwu's arrival, and for all who met him or heard him preach, one could only marvel at his courage, commitment, and zealousness in proclaiming the Gospel and witnessing to the mission and importance of Divine Mercy in the Church and in the world. more»
    Bishop Martin Uzoukwu has successful visit to the Diocese
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  • 4 June 2010

    In late May, international Chastity speaker, Jason Evert visited the Diocese and spoke to over 2000 students.

    Through stories that were personal, humorous and at times emotional, Jason was able to portray the message of chastity in a compelling way teenagers could relate to and understand.

    Read reactions from students like, “I promise not to have sex before marriage” and “Thanks to you my boyfriend said he love's me enough to wait, you are amazing!” more»
    Bold Chastity Message Shared with Young People
  • 26 April 2010

    Brother Loughlan Sofield (or Lock as he is commonly known), is shortly to come to the Diocese to speak on Collaborative Ministry.

    He will speak in various pastoral areas, at a clergy day, pastoral workers / diocesan staff / chaplains and to Principals and school leaders.

    'Lock' will provide workshops in understanding the role of laity in today's Church and the call to Collaborative Leadership –understanding our various roles as ministry. more»
    Brother Loughlan Sofield Speaks on Collaborative Ministry
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  • 18 February 2010

    As part of encouraging people to integrate prayer into their lives, New Zealand's Catholic Bishops have distributed leaflets around the country with prayers for different times of the day.
    more»
    NZ Catholic Bishops Produces Second Leaflet on Prayer
  • 22 December 2009

    In the well known words of the 2nd Vatican Council, the Holy Eucharist is “the source and the summit of the Christian life.” The Sunday celebration is the veritable heart beat of the Church – being able to take one's place in the assembly for the Eucharist is at once a grace, a joy and a privilege. At the present time, my great concern is to ensure that Sunday Mass is available for the people of our Diocese. Because of the need to adjust to a smaller number of priests being available for Sunday Mass a number of structural changes have been made. more»
    Bishop Barry signals possible future parish changes
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