A HOLIDAY IN SCENIC GERALDINE
The Geraldine Presbytery is available for rental by parishioners during the year. The house is furnished, with a good kitchen and lounge. There are 3 bedrooms: queen bed + 4 singles; BYO linen/towels. Cost: $60/night. For bookings - contact: Margaret 03-693 7559 or 027 671 4515 or Sue 03-693 9607, email GeraldineParishHouse@gmail.com
GOD MAY BE CALLING
you to live your life as a priest of the Diocese of Christchurch. We each hear God’s call in different ways, perhaps an interest or attraction to the life or work of the priest, or the niggling thought that won’t go away.
If you think God might be calling you in this way, check it out by talking to any priest, or contact the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr John O’Connor, email: email@example.com or phone 021 444 179.
A DAY TO PRAY
Thursday has been set aside as a special day to pray for our priests and for vocations to the priesthood. Small prayer cards and family prayer leaflets are available in church foyers, or visit: www.chch.catholic.org.nz/priesthood
P.A.T.H.S. - Post Abortion Trauma Healing Service
P.A.T.H.S. is a Support Group for those struggling after a termination of pregnancy or abortion that provides a welcoming and safe place to talk.
It can be comforting to be with others who have similar experiences and can understand and empathise. You are not alone. The facilitators are sensitive and skilled. The group meets in Christchurch on the third Tuesday of the month, from 10.30am to midday.
For more information contact P.A.T.H.S. ph 0800 728 470 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - St Vincent de Paul
Do you have a few hours spare a week and would like to join our team at the St Vincent de Paul store, Stanmore Rd, as a volunteer?
We are looking for people to work both in the shop and sorting room. If you feel you could help us out please call Polly on 389 7484, or call into our store at 265 Stanmore Rd, Richmond.
MOUNTAIN RETREAT FOR HIRE
Arthur’s Pass. The Catholic Outdoor Club has a fully equipped18-bed bunk house at Arthur’s Pass.
Available for hire by families, schools and groups. $40 - $60 per night - 2 adults, dependent children free. [Group and midweek rates available on application]. Ask about our May/June specials.
Bookings: Suzanne ph/fax 03 342 9841.
BEATITUDES CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
We welcome groups and individuals for retreat days, group outings and days of recollection in a peaceful and prayerful environment just 40 minutes out of the city.
Facilities are available for individual live-in retreats and times of rest.
An open invitation is extended to celebrate the Resurrection Vespers with the Community every Saturday at 5.30pm, followed by supper and Jewish dances.
Contact Sr Clare on 03 314 8837 or 021 246 9766, Beatitudes Catholic Community, 67 Leithfield Rd, Leithfield.
CBS CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA
The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Choir presents a Solemn Mass at 10:30 am every Sunday at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, exploring a wide repertoire through orchestral, contemporary, polyphonic and plainsong Mass settings. Regular concerts and recording opportunities, which feature the associated Cathedral Orchestra, include an annual St John Passion and Messiah.
The choir rehearses each Wednesday from 7.30 till 9.30 pm in the Music Suite at Christchurch Boys' High School, with a supper break at 8.45 pm. A wide range of ages and backgroun
ds is represented, united by a love of sacred music. Newcomers are always welcome, and will be given an opportunity to audition after a familiarisation period.
During ten overseas tours with its supporting orchestra, the choir and orchestra have performed Masses and concerts in the cathedrals and major churches in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, San Francisco, Cairo, Jerusalem, Istanbul, St Petersburg, Moscow, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Aachen, Leipzig, Dresden, Haarlem, Brussels, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Lucerne, Milan, Venice, Florence, Chartres, Paris, London, Dublin, Rome, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Washington, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas, Vilnius, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Seville, Granada, Malaga, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Anyone interested in joining as singer, player or supporter, is welcome. Further information, and contact details, may be found on the CBS web page - www.cathedral.org.nz.
CBS JUNIOR CHOIR
Are you interested in joining a choir for children from 8 - 13 years?
Practice weekly every Thursday during the school terms, 4.30 pm, at Christchurch Boys' High School, singing secular and sacred music.
Regular performances at the Pro-Cathedral and parish churches.
Further information from Musical Director Josephine Oorschot, 355 4850 or 027 417 4649 or email: email@example.com
INVITATION FOR VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT PRISON
There are five Church services a month at Rolleston Prison on either a Monday or Wednesday. These services are conducted by the Chaplaincy Team.
Burnside, Sockburn and Hornby groups need two more groups to complete the monthly cycle.
If anyone is interested in joining either of those two groups, contact the Prison Chaplain, Maka Tatafu ph 388 8433.
It is an opportunity to be with prisoners in the servicesand to talk with them during the cuppa afterwards.
Each service begins at 6.00pm and finishes at 7.00pm. Every second month, Mass replaces the service.
IF YOU ARE GOING INTO HOSPITAL…
It is important when a family member enters hospital, that their next of kin or carer, makes sure they are registered as Catholic.
Due to privacy laws, some hospitals do not now provide names of Catholic patients to our Catholic Chaplains. So if a patient or a family wishes to see the Catholic hospital chaplain please ask the ward staff to ensure that the chaplain is contacted.
If you know you will be entering hospital then you are able to ask your parish priest to anoint you prior to going into hospital.
A Catholic priest is always available for urgent calls by asking hospital staff to contact him.
Click here for details of hospital chaplains
‘PARISH TO PARISH FOR B & B’
The ‘Parish to Parish Bed & Breakfast’ book is available with 200 homes in NZ & Australia for Catholics to enjoy hospitality for $30 for one, or $25 for two or more;
this includes continental breakfast.
We would love to hear from parishioners interested in becoming hosts.
To order your copy send a cheque for $15 [incl p&p] to Marie Anderson, 2 Brent Place, Christchurch 8053.
For enquiries phone 359 5541 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PREGNANCY COUNSELLING SERVICES
Training and support is given. Please ring in the evening either Jenny 342 9392 or Julie 322 4904.
Volunteers are required to work from home and to be part of a team of Christian and caring people.