Catholic Churches remain open after recent earthquakes

2 January 2012

With the series of earthquakes happening recently - including those of Monday 2nd January 2012 and Friday 23rd December, the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Barry Jones has sought advice from the Diocesan engineering consultants about the use of churches and associated buildings.

Churches, halls and buildings can be used for public gatherings EXCEPT for any that show fresh signs of damage from these latest events.  Any such building, with fresh signs of damage, will need to be inspected before use.  These inspections are being organised.

The following changes have been made to the status of our churhces due to Friday's earthquake:


The Bryndwr Church is unable to be used because of the effects of the earthquake.

Masses are now to be celebrated in the parish hall.


Mass is now to be celebrated in the hall next to the Church at Springston

Te Rangimarie

The next Mass will be at 12noon on Sunday 1st January


Please note St Mary's Pro-Cathedral has been checked by engineers and has been cleared for use.

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