Welcome to the website of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, Mairehau. Our parish was established in January 2012 and is in its fifth year of existence. We look back on the three previous communities of Burwood, Mairehau and Dallington with gratitude to God. The hard work and lived faith of so many in those places granted a rich foundation for the new life we have been blessed with at St Francis of Assisi Parish.
Change and fresh beginnings are knitted into the story of the people of God in every age and across every culture. In times of transition we learn to loosen our hold on our own plans and even our comforts – and learn to abandon ourselves into the providence of God.
In the last 12 months we have seen some lovely moments of transition and growth in our parish. On the large scale we saw the opening of our wonderful new school. We are grateful to the establishment Board of Trustees and new principal Jo Earl, and her team, for the smooth transition to the amazing modern school that proudly bears the name of our patron saint, Francis.
Our parish feast day weekend in October is always a joyful mix of prayer, teaching, community and youth related activities – enriched by the presence and work of the Franciscan Friars who join us on alternate years.
We are grateful to the groups and individuals who reach out to the wider community with service and care. The good news of the gospel demands to be proclaimed and lived to the entire world. We have a very active St Vincent de Paul Society who are tireless in their work of responding to the needs of those who cry out for food and clothing to allow them to get by.
We all look forward to the day when we will have new facilities for our worship of God, support for each other, and outreach into the community. The parish presented its case for a new Church and facilities to the Diocesan Rebuild Board in early 2016. The diocese is working on a major fundraising campaign, which will be very important for us. As soon as information comes to hand we will share it with you.
May God continue to bless us on our unique journey. Thank you for your support and contribution to the life of our parish community.
Sincerely in the Lord,
Father Simon Eccleton – parish priest
Father Paul Avarez – assistant parish priest