A liturgy of thanksgiving and farewell was held outside the St Joseph's the Worker Church in Lyttelton.
The service held on a beautiful spring afternoon on Sunday 18th September attracted a large crowd to remember the 146 years of the Church.
The service began with Paul Dalziel reading an excerpt from the Lyttelton Times describing the opening of the Church on 1st July 1865.
Father Jim Consedine then shared a poem he wrote after the February 22nd earthquake called 'I knew Lyttelton".
Scripture was proclaimed and a homily given by the Parish Priest, Father Denis Nolan.
The Parish Priest, Father Denis Nolan spoke of hope for the future and Father Rick Loughnan (Vicar General) gave the final blessing.
Prayers were shared by a variety of parishioners, relfecting on the life of the parish over the years.
A moving moment was the Reverend Neil Struthers playing the Bagpiper's Lament.
See below to view photos of the liturgy.
See other post earthquake photos of the Lyttelton Church by clicking here.