May 172019

A very important phase of planning is involving community input on what the new school could look like. We are all responsible for ensuring the new school and grounds reflect and celebrate Marian’s Catholic special character, values, heritage and story.

Marian College is currently reaching out to everyone with a connection to Marian, to have a say on the new school. As well as current students and staff, parents and caregivers, this includes members of Rauru – former students and staff of Marian College, St Mary’s College and McKillop College, Christchurch.

Marian is holding workshops, Post It stations, and there is an online survey on the school website.

Here is the link to the online survey:  
The survey closing date has been extended to 30 May – please take the time to submit your views.

A New School Vision Board is on display in school reception. You are welcome to share pictures, images and objects – you can be assured they will be treasured and safely returned. Pop in for a visit and take a look.

 17/05/2019  Categories: Diocesan News, News, Property Updates
Jun 162019
A Prayer: The Sign of the Cross

The earliest prayer that I learnt since I was a little boy was making the Sign of the Cross. My mother was the first teacher who taught me to pray. I remember the joy of being able to make the Sign of the Cross with confidence. While saying the words, ‘In the Name of the [more…]

 16/06/2019  Categories: Editorial, News
Jun 142019
Parent & Children Coffee Morning

Wednesday 19th June at 10am in the Assisi Lounge. This is a chance for parents and kids to get together. There will be plenty of toys for the children and cuppa for the parents. Anyone in our community is welcome. I would love some helping hands for this new group. Maybe some Wednesday morning Mass [more…]

 14/06/2019  Categories: Event, News
Jun 142019
Children of Hope: Adoration for Kids

Come and spend half an hour with Jesus. Prayers, songs and short periods of silence. This afternoon Sunday 16th June at 2:30pm in the Church.  Afternoon tea and play for the kids afterwards. All welcome. Queries to Debra 027 717 5616.

 14/06/2019  Categories: News
Jun 142019
National Day of Prayer for the Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC)

The CEC strives to touch a new generation by reaching out through our Catholic Discovery Facebook pages.  Yet nothing reaches out and touches so deeply as personal witness and example. You who read this are now Jesus’ disciples here in New Zealand. CEC wants to help you by providing reflections, prayers, and videos to help [more…]

 14/06/2019  Categories: News
Jun 142019
Our Faith Our Future - Bishop’s Proposed Plan

Following Bishop Paul’s announcement last weekend, the information on the Bishop’s proposed plan can be found on the website  In the bishop’s announcement he invites us to reflect and pray about his proposal for another week before the feedback process opens on 22nd June.  For ease of collation feedback online is encouraged although there [more…]

 14/06/2019  Categories: News
Jun 142019
Women's Retreat Afternoon

“Come To The Water You Who Are Thirsty” Afternoon Retreat  A time of sitting with passages from Isaiah 55, allowing God to work in your heart and refresh your spirit. 1-5pm Saturday June 22nd. Register on the form in the Church foyer or by emailing Kirsten Challies on

 14/06/2019  Categories: Event, News Tagged with:
Jun 022019
The Happy Wanderer Returns

It’s good to be home. It was a few days after last Christmas that I flew to Vietnam and spent some time with the families of each of our students and priests who come from there. They were keen to hear news of their sons. Bishop Paul wrote a letter to each family, and that [more…]

 02/06/2019  Categories: Editorial
May 312019
More Adorers needed for Perpetual Adoration Chapel

Perpetual Adoration continues to be a great blessing, but we need more adorers. Many hours only have one adorer and we would like to have two people for every hour. St Pope John Paul II once said that “it is Jesus you seek when you dream of happiness”. Sign up for a holy hour and [more…]

 31/05/2019  Categories: Diocesan News, News
May 312019 the Diocese

Beatitudes Night for Pentecost Saturday 8th June 5:30pm –7:30pm.  Join the Beatitudes Community for an evening of prayer as the Church enters the great feast of Pentecost. The evening will include prayer, music, a teaching, the conclusion of the Novena for Pentecost.  Prayer is followed by a pot-luck dinner.  Our Lady of Fourvière House of Prayer and Retreat, 67 Leithfield Road, Leithfield. Pentecost [more…]

 31/05/2019  Categories: Event