• 19 July 2012

    Both the St Joseph's Church in Temuka and the St Mary's Church in Pleasant Point are currently unable to be used.

    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. more»
    Two churches in South Canterbury are deemed earthquake prone
  • 29 June 2012

    Msgr Tom Power, the much loved parish priest of St. Peter's Parish in Beckenham has passed away on the morning of 28th June, aged 92 after a very short period of illness.

    Msgr Tom (or Fr Tom as he was most known by) was the oldest parish priest in New Zealand. He was ordained in 1953 and was parish priest of St Peter's for the past 25 years. One of the notable attributes of Fr Tom was that he was up to date with technology, emailing his homily to those on his email circulation list on a weekly basis. more»
    Msgr Tom Power R.I.P.
  • 15 June 2012

    A preliminary engineering assessment of St Mary's Church in Sewell Street, Hokitika has revealed that the building is earthquake prone. Whilst engineering solutions are assessed the church is unable to be used.

    St Mary's School hall has been suggested by engineers as a suitable alternative for the Parish in the interim. The parish and school are working together to enable this to happen. more»
    St Mary's Church in Hokitika deemed 'earthquake prone'
  • 13 June 2012

    A labour of love and high standards in radio production have won Sounds Catholic the prestigious 2012 NZ Radio Industry Award for best spoken programme in the Community and Access category. The magazine style weekly programme is produced and hosted by Ken Joblin of the Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy, and can be heard Sundays at Noon, repeated at 10pm and via online podcast.

    The winning episode featured highlights from a year of challenges faced by the Christchurch Diocese. At times the sound of an aftershock can be heard during a recording. more»
    Sounds Catholic wins national award
  • 28 May 2012

    The 'Voyage of Discovery' image is travelling the country and is given to each parish when they celebrate their twenty years of being part of the Passionist Family Group Movement.

    This painting was painted by Michael Pervan, a renowned NZ based iconologist, is passed on to the next parish as they celebrate their twentieth celebration. more»
    Parishes to celebrate Passionist Family 20 year anniversary
  • Churches unable to be used at this time

    4 May 2012

    Preliminary engineering assessments of Our Lady of Fatima Church (Mairehau) and St Mary and Francis de Sales Church (Rangiora) and the Catholic Social Services building has revealed that all three buildings are earthquake prone. more»
  • 27 April 2012

    Families from around the Diocese converged on Waipara Riverside Park to enjoy fun, friendship, discussion, and prayer on a bright weekend from 13-15th April.

    Facilitated by the team at the “John Paul II Centre for Life” and ably assisted by the Diocesan Youth Mission Team, the weekend gave couples an opportunity to network and listen to talks centred on a Catholic view on authentic love, relationships, the meaning of motherhood, and what true manliness really means. more»
  • 11 April 2012

    Recently a third earthquake information evening was held for clergy and parish leaders providng the latest information about insurance and the Diocese's strategy regarding earthquake matters.

    Following this meeting the notice below has been sent to parishes...
    Important Notice – Detailed Engineering Evaluations (DEE) more»
  • 22 February 2012

    Bishop Barry was asked to lead the final prayer that concluded the 'two-minute silence' at the Memorial Service at Hagley Park on the first anniversary of last year's 22nd February earthquake.

    This was his prayer: more»
  • 29 January 2012

    On Wednesday 25th January 2012, Bishop Barry Jones suppressed some existing parishes and established new ones.

    This was after an extensive period of consultation on The Provision of Sunday Mass in the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. more»
  • 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. more»
  • 11 December 2011

    Bishop Barry has been in Rome as part of the New Zealand Bishops Ad Limina visit, which began on Monday 12 December.

    Read Pope Benedict XVI address to the NZ Bishops at the conclusion of the visit. more»
  • 29 November 2011

    A large crowd of over 150 people turned out to hear acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Fr Robert Barron.

    Fr Robert Barron is internationally recognised as an inspiring and sound teacher. He has, perhaps more than any other, heeded the call of both Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict for priests to use technology in the mission of spreading the Gospel. more»
  • 12 November 2011

    A liturgy of thanksgiving and farewell was held at the Korean Catholic Community Church in Bower Avenue, New Brighton.The service held on a beautiful spring afternoon on Sunday 23rd October, more»
    Time of Thanksgiving and Farewell held prior to Korean Catholic Community Church Demolition
  • 20 October 2011

    A documentary has been filmed around the post-earthquake work on the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

    The documentary focuses on the work at the Basilica with a small insert on the church at St Joseph's, Lyttelton. It covers the process as a result of the earthquakes in February and June more»
    Battle at the Basilica – a 30 minute documentary on national TV
  • 12 October 2011

    Bishop Barry is pleased to announce that in partnership with Caritas New Zealand, a role has been created of 'Earthquake Recovery Coordinator' and appointed Matthew (Matt) O'Connell to this full time role.

    The Earthquake Recovery role has been created to work with parishes and communities providing leadership, support and guidance in assisting them in responding to pastoral needs. more»
    Bishop Appoints Earthquake Recovery Coordinator
  • 17 September 2011

    A time of 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. more»
    Time of Thanksgiving and Farewell held prior to Lyttelton Church Demolition
  • 4 September 2011

    A liturgy of thanksgiving and farewell was held outside the Star of the Sea Church in Sumner.

    The service held on a beautiful spring afternoon on Sunday 4th September attracted a large crowd to remember the 98 years of the current Church. more»
    Time of Thanksgiving and Farewell held prior to Sumner Church Demolition
  • 20 July 2011

    View the latest video of the Cathedral Dome deconstruction more»
    View video footage of the Cathedral
  • 19 July 2011

    The Diocesan earthquake recovery group continues to meet weekly.

    Regarding the earthquake on Monday June 13th. The feedback from engineers is that generally there has been incremental damage to buildings that have previously experienced damage. Generally no further significant damage has been reported. more»
    Church Property Update
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