This follows ongoing engineering assessments of both buildings. Bishop Barry, after consultation with the Parish Priest Father Brian Fennessy, has accepted the structural engineers' recommendations.
The St Joseph's Church in Temuka has had ongoing engineering assessments, particularly after the 22 February Christchurch earthquake, with engineers regularly monitoring the building. Following a recent review, the building was considered to be earthquake prone. Work will begin immediately to remove the spire from the church to lessen the risk of it falling.
Sunday Mass will be celebrated at St Joseph's Hall, with weekday Mass continuing at the St Mary MacKillop Chapel.
A recent survey of the St Mary's Church in Pleasant Point confirmed that some parts of the building are no longer vertical, compromising its strength.
Mass will be celebrated in the adjacent Kerry Hall.
The Diocese has been carrying out engineering assessments of all churches and schools, starting in the more severe earthquake hit areas of Christchurch and gradually moving further out around the diocese. This type of engineering assessment is now starting to be carried out in cities across New Zealand in all types of buildings, as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes.
Temporary safety fencing will be built around both churches.
The fences will remain in place while more permanent solutions are investigated in association with structural engineers from Opus International. As the process continues, Bishop Barry Jones has given instruction that the parish be involved and consulted in this process.
Access to the buildings is approved for removal of liturgical items needed for Mass, but no more than two people at a time will be allowed.
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