Aug 162019

Bishop’s Proposed Plan – Our Faith Our Future

Bishop Paul has been sharing his vision for the proposed plan for the diocese in the seven area meeting. These meetings were well attended, by approximately 1200 people.  Thank you to all those that attended these area meetings. There was an opportunity for questions and answers which resulted in good robust feedback. In response to your concerns raised at the meetings the frequently asked questions have been updated on the website. Almost 400 submissions of feedback have been received.  The feedback process is still open and can be submitted online or by using a hard copy form available from parishes.

Rochester Lecture: Women and Church: The Future. By Ann Gilroy, editor of Tui Motu InterIslands, the independent Catholic monthly magazine.  Wednesday 21st August 7pm, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, 77 Ilam road. Supper provided afterwards.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S MOVEMENT Women’s Heart for Mission – A retreat day led by Ann Gilroy, Editor of Tui Motu. Saturday 14th September 9.30am-4.30pm at the McFaddens Centre, 64 McFaddens Rd, Papanui, Christchurch. Cost: $50 including lunch, morning & afternoon tea. ALL WELCOME !

CCJP Multimedia & Essay Contest 2019

The Christchurch Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) invites students from Years 7 to 13 who are enrolled at our Catholic Schools to enter the 2019 Essay and Multimedia Contest.  There are incredible cash prizes to be won, both for individuals the participant’s class.  For more information, read the poster on your parish’s noticeboard, or go to the website:

SPRING RETREATS : Fr John O’Connor (Food for Faith) will present on aspects of our Catholic faith as we’re challenged to live it today. Three sessions – Thursday 5, 12 and 19 September, from 7-8pm at St Anne’s, Woolston.  All welcome.

Stories from World Youth Day Panama 2019

Come and hear the experiences of our three Christchurch Pilgrims who travelled to Panama for this Year’s World Youth Day. Maddy Frew, Jack O’Neil and Fr Alister will share their highlights and challenges of World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to come and see what World Youth Day is about especially for those thinking about going to World Youth Day 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. Thursday 29th August, Christ the King Parish Centre – 90 Greers Road, 7:30 – 8:30 pm.


A Eucharistic Love Story with our Carmelite Saints” 

Father Michael-Therese, CSJ, will be leading our upcoming November Retreat at Rochester Hall, Friday 15 Nov to Sunday, 17 Nov Show Weekend.

If you would like to join us, contact Megan Emery ph 383 0706 or Email:


The Sisters would like to offer a Retreat for Single Catholic Women who may wish to spend some time in prayers and reflection to discover God’s plan for their lives. 20-22 September at Nazareth Community of Care 220 Brougham St. $40.00 per person. RSVP by 30 August to For more info call Sr Teresa Clare + 61 450 355 014.

JOURNEY TO THE FATHER is a young adult retreat that takes place every year in collaboration with the Tertiary Chaplaincy of the Diocese. 23rd – 25th August. It is a weekend get-away filled with prayer, adoration and fellowship in the beautiful Banks Peninsula (YMCA, Wainui). Registrations:

A fun night of fellowship and games for young people in years 7-13! Bring your teams of 6 and be in the running to win our Sports Night Shield! If you are registering as an individual, no problem! We will place you in a team.  
Where: ARA Sports Centre
When: Saturday 31st August

Time: 6-9pm
Cost: $5 (If cost is a problem, please don’t hesitate to contact us)

For more information or queries, contact Carmela at

Revolution Camp aims to inspire the young people to revolutionize their life and the world through their relationship with Jesus Christ. This camp holds sessions, games, activities, Sacraments and fellowship in hopes that they may grow to be empowered in their own lives and to bring that revolution out to their communities.

Who: Years 7-10
When: Fri 27th – 29th September
Where: Woodend Christian Camp
Cost: $70 (If cost is a problem, please don’t hesitate to contact us)
For more information or queries, contact Carmela at


The Bishop’s Pastoral Office invites you to this one day seminar on Wednesday Sept 18th at Christ the King Parish Centre. Sherry is a world-renowned author and founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute. In light of Bishop Paul’s proposed plan, the seminar will focus on how parishes can form intentional disciples. The seminar costs $50 and includes talks, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and Mass. For more information and to register contactMatt O’Connell on or (03) 366 9869.  


Sunday 1st September 2019, 6.30pm. 52 Halswell Road, Hoon Hay.

Come join CYT, Bishop Paul and the Carmelite Sisters at the Carmelite Monastery to celebrate Mass and get the chance to meet the sisters afterwards! Supper and refreshments provided. If anyone would like to donate food to the Sisters for Supper then please contact Delbert Castillo, Parish Support Coordinator at CYT.


Fr Rick recently attended a conference in Rome of people involved in this area of ministry. He is offering a talk on the subject of this conference on Thursday 22nd August at 7.30pm at Christ the King Parish Centre, 90 Greers Road, Burnside.

THE CRAFTY CREW:  Would you like spend an afternoon crafting with others?

You are invited to the Hoon Hay Church Hall, 89A Sparks road, Hoon Hay

1.30-4pm Saturday 17th August.  Come and meet, and work alongside, other crafters from the Christchurch Parishes. Bring your hand-craft project/s and a gold coin donation, as well as a bit of cash for raffles. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any enquiries call Ann on 981-0535.

MARRIAGE UNPLUGGED:  “A healthy marriage always takes work.  Look for ways forward instead of ways out.” For couples at all ages and stages of marriage to help strengthen their love and commitment to one another. Facilitators:  Tim and Jenn Goulding. SATURDAY, 28th SEPTEMBER  9:30 – 4:30 Fourviere House, 67 Leithfield Rd. Leithfield. Registration: $40 per couple. There is limited room so please register early to avoid disappointment.  For further information and registration contact:

Jennifer Goulding or phone: 03 314 8096 


Are you experiencing change, loss and grief in your life? Learn about how significant losses have impacted your life and learn knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond and understand these experiences. Papanui Parish course is running from 23 August 12.30-3pm on Fridays for 4 weeks. To register contact Lauren on 027 424 6045 or   

THINKING DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD?  Speak to any priest or contact Vocations Director Fr. John O’Connor

 16/08/2019  Categories: Diocesan News