St Francis of Assisi Parish
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23 February 2020

WOVEN – Diocesan Worship / Prayer Event “I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery.”  Col 2:2

As we prepare for Pentecost and look forward to our new future within the Diocese, you are invited to come and join Bishop Paul in a prayer vigil.  This is to pray for our future and for unity, to be woven together and to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ to be a witness of faith in our city and our country.

Join with Bishop Paul and others in the diocese at #woven for one hour or more over this 12 hour vigil

Friday 8th May 12noon to 12 midnight at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral

12 hours of different expressions of prayer; celebration of Mass, adoration, reconciliation, meditation, Taizé, praise and worship.  It will involve different groups from the diocese; prayer groups, cultural groups, schools, choirs etc.   Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Paul at the beginning and end of this time of prayer.

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MARCH FOR LIFE CHRISTCHURCH 28 March 2020  Mark your calendars now! On Saturday 28 March, join pro-life New Zealanders in Christchurch for a March for Life. Starting 12pm at the Cathedral Square and walk to North Hagley Park. Life is precious and sacred, let New Zealand know that we love them both!

Visit for event details and updates. Flyers available at the back of church.

DOVE – Saturday 14 March 1-3pm Join us in welcoming Joan Houck as our speaker this month. Joan has been travelling to NZ from the US for over 40 years. During this time, she has been involved in many retreats, bible studies and missions – both here and overseas. We welcome woman of all ages to this not to be missed event! More info – contact Ann 021 111 3963 or Facebook – DOVE Fellowship Christchurch.

GOLDEN CATHOLICS:  I am very pleased to advise that our speakers at our next “Golden Catholics” luncheon for 2020 are Mr Mike Nolan (Manager for the Catholic Education Office and Mrs Cushla O’Connor (Religious Education Adviser).  I am sure that our guest speakers will provide us with very informative and interesting talks.

For those over 65 who enjoyed our previous Golden Catholic events a warm invite is extended to you again.  A special invitation is extended to those who have not been before – we would love you to come. No costs are involved. Please note your diaries that the next luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 from 11.30am – 1.30pm at St Gregory’s Church, Cotswold Avenue, Bishopdale.  Parking is also available behind the church on Colesbury Street. If you wish to attend, please advise your parish secretary by Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

PRO-CATHEDRAL CONCERT FOR LENT At St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Sunday, 8 March at 3 pm, CBS Orchestra will present a free hour-long concert of Beethoven’s Christus Introduction and Eroica Symphony No. 3.

ABORTION LAW REFORM The current abortion law in New Zealand is being debated in parliament with a second reading and vote by politicians coming up soon. The Church calls us to defend life.  The laity are encouraged to contact their local electorate and list Members of Parliament to ask that they vote against the anti-life Abortion Legislation Bill at its second reading. The Bill removes abortion from the Crimes Act so that it is no longer a crime to kill an unborn child and provides for late term abortions.  Abortion is violence against women and the unborn child – the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family. Please also pray for that this Bill be defeated.

INITIATION JOURNEY: God has been working in the lives of many, calling them to life in the Church. Many parishes have been working with these adults, some seeking initiation through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and others, already baptized, seeking communion in the Church. Bishop Paul joins bishops throughout the world in celebrating these rites, eliciting a deeper level of commitment and faithfulness from the catechumen and candidates. Their godparents and sponsors will testify on their behalf and we will be asked to affirm them, supporting them by prayer and example. All are encouraged to come to the Rite of Election, Sunday, 1 March 1:00 p.m. St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street. This is not a Mass but a joyful celebration of God’s calling and their response to discipleship. A reception will follow.

ASH WEDNESDAY:  An ecumenical service for Ash Wednesday is being held at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, on Wednesday 26 February at 5.30pm hosted by Bishop Paul Martin.  All are very welcome.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL, DUNEDIN – 125th CELEBRATIONS, 2020 All Ex-pupils and former Teachers are advised that at Labour Weekend 2020,

the School will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its opening in North East Valley, Dunedin.  Everyone interested in attending these celebrations should


 40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER CAMPAIGN Please join us in a powerful Lenten prayer effort. Just one hour a week praying opposite Christchurch Hospital will help to save the lives of unborn children scheduled for abortion and increase our nation’s reverence for life. Many volunteers needed from  8:00am to 6:00pm  between 26th Feb and 5th April. You won’t stand alone. Visit or ring Tony on 022 057 3860 for more info. 

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD FORMATION COURSE 4th-6th April and 1st-3rd May 2020  at St Pius X Catholic Church, 59 Pine Ave, Melville, Hamilton.A Montessori based faith education process that enabling children to encounter God in a retreat like atmosphere filled with sensorially rich materials based on the Scriptures and the Liturgy.

This Formation Course is for those interested in the faith development of children aged 3 to 6 years. It is the foundation course for further levels, and therefore also for those wanting to eventually train in Level 2 (6-9) or Level 3 (9-12) Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. For further information see or contact Katherine Pawson at  Register online at by 1st March 2020.

 21/02/2020  Categories: Diocesan News, News