Dec 222017
The Summer Break in our Parish

The Summer Break in our Parish Mass and Reconciliations timetable remains the same The Parish Office closes on 22nd December until 23rd January Resuming at the end of January: Sunday newsletters Holy Communion to the sick Resuming at the start of February: The 6:30am Wednesday Mass Thursday Adoration after Mass First Friday Prayers for the [more…]

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Dec 222017
End of Life Choice Bill

David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ bill seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand for those over 18 years with a terminal illness or an irremediable condition.  The majority of MPs voted ‘yes’, so the bill will go to Select Committee where the public can submit their views on it. This Select [more…]

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Dec 172017
Gaudate (Joy) Sunday

When we were engaged we did a bit of travelling. I have a memory of us in Assisi watching the sun set discussing the readings for our wedding. One of the themes we wanted to come through was joy. In the time we were getting to know each other we had experienced such great joy. [more…]

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Dec 162017
In the Parish this week...

Tuesday 19th – Spiritual Renewal after 9:15am Mass – all welcome in the church Tuesday 19th – Men’s Luncheon Thursday 21st – Office closed for staff lunch Friday 22nd – Advent Prayers Friday 22nd – Parish Office closes for Summer break – re-opens on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.              

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Dec 152017
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration - Holiday Substitutes needed

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: Substitute Adorers urgently required for the coming holiday period (until the end of January) It is a real challenge for organisers to ensure there are no gaps in the roster for the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St Gregory’s Church, Bishopdale. We have urgent need for substitute adorers for: 1-2am Mondays; 1-2pm Wednesdays; [more…]

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Dec 152017
2018 Clergy Shifts

These shifts are effective the weekend of 27/28th January 2018 Fr Chris Orr Parish Priest Hoon Hay & Halswell. Fr Alister Castillo Assistant Priest Hoon Hay and Halswell.; Hospital Chaplain Christchurch Public Hospital, one day per week. Fr Kevin Wei Parish Priest, Bryndwr; Chaplain to St George’s Hospital. Fr Mathew Siji Valloppallil  MCBS Parish Priest, [more…]

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Dec 102017
A Voice Cries in the Wilderness

As we move into the second week of Advent, the words of St Paul remind us “to be pure of heart and come blameless filled with the fruit of holiness through Christ Jesus, for the glory and praise of God.” Advent is a time of eager waiting. We wait for Christ and to get back [more…]

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Dec 082017
An advent gift for our Diocese - we have a new Bishop

A new Bishop of Christchurch is appointed by Pope Francis Pope Francis has appointed Father Paul Martin SM as the next Bishop of the Christchurch Diocese. Bishop-Elect Paul Martin will be the tenth Bishop of Christchurch and succeeds Bishop Barry Jones who died in February 2016. Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic [more…]

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Dec 082017
Youth Ministry - Become World Changers

We are looking at youth ministry next year. You may have seen the Facebook page called St Francis of Assisi World Changers.  Young people are full of passion and have so many gifts. As a Parish we would like to explore ways for them to change the world through love and service. Anyone in the [more…]

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