St Francis of Assisi Parish
Sep 282018


FIRST FRIDAY MASS: You are invited to join with those in the Renewal on the first Friday of each month as we come together to celebrate Mass at 7.30pm, Christ the King Church, 90 Greers Rd, Burnside, followed by supper in the Parish Centre.  Next Mass: Friday 5th October.

For more information about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal go to:

 PREPARING ADVENT: Workshop Saturday 13 October  9:15am-3:30pm. We will explore methods & resources for preparing this liturgical time. Registration required by 5 October.  Materials provided. Contact Marianne 03 353 0758 or

INTERNATIONAL THOMAS MERTON SOCIETY: Monday, December 10th marks the fiftieth anniversary of the untimely death of the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton in Bangkok, Thailand. As part of a number of events celebrated worldwide, the Christchurch chapter will hold a commemorative event on the day, starting at 6pm in the evening at the Waimairi Cemetery in 195 Grahams Road, Burnside, where members of the Merton Family are buried. This will be followed by prayer and refreshments in the Narthex at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral for approximately an hour. For further information contact Sister Eleanor Capper rsj on:

 PASTORAL SUPPORT PERSON: The Sisters of Mercy have a part-time vacancy for a person who will support the pastoral care team for five days a week 5 hours per day and on call those days. The purpose of the role is to assist with the pastoral needs of the Sisters of Mercy in Aged Residential Care and with community Sisters as needed.   If you require more information email Lynne;

WILDER: Run by the Catholic Youth Team … BUT an event for ALL AGES!  Adoration, prayer teams and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Perfect time out before exams or just a chance to sit with Jesus.  This time we are supporting Our Lady of Victories Parish with their 40 hours of Adoration.  Friday 5th Oct @ OLV Sockburn: Mass at 7pm, Wilder to follow until 9pm.  Delicious supper to follow.  ALL WELCOME

 MASS OF REMEMBRANCE:  Have you or a family member experienced the grief and pain of conceiving, then losing a baby before or at birth? Whether this was recently, or decades ago, we invite you to join us for this year’s Mass of Remembrance on Monday 15th October at 7.30pm at St Teresa’s Parish, Riccarton. For more information please contact the John Paul II Centre for Life on 03 351 3227. If you need someone to talk to about your loss, or if there is some other way in which we can help you, please let us know.

PRO-LIFE FACTS There were more than 36,000 written submissions to the Justice Committee, 90 per cent were opposed to euthanasia. Anyone who made a written submission to Parliament’s Justice Committee on the End of Life Choice (Euthanasia) Bill early this year can request to speak to the Committee for up to 5 minutes. Interested people are urged to contact the Secretariat ASAP at or 04 817 8506 or 04 817 8305.

For more pro-life information, visit the Right to  Life website at

GOLDEN CATHOLICS: 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. No costs are involved. Please note your diaries that the next luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 from 11.30am – 1.30pm at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Vagues Road, Papanui. To date approximately 100 people have been attending these luncheons

We will have two excellent guest speakers, Triona Doocey, Archivist for the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch and Virginia  Noonan, Director for the National Office for Professional Standards for the Catholic Church in New Zealand.  If you wish to attend please advise your parish secretary by Friday, 12 October 2018.

DOVE:  Ladies hear the call of the Dove and be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit! Come be encouraged in your faith journey as Wilma Conroy – Dove National Team – leads us in Praise and Worship of Our Lord. SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 1pm – 3pmAll women welcome. Christ the King Parish Centre Greers Rd Phone txt Diane 0274312026 for more info

ST THERESE ROSE PETAL EVENING 2018: The Beatitudes Community invites you to join them at St Teresa’s, Puriri St, Riccarton, on Friday 5th October at 7PM, for an evening of prayer, music,

and a talk on the theme “All is Grace”. All welcome.

Phone (03) 314 8837

2019 SILENT RETREAT: Light and Shade, led by Laurence Freeman OSB Director, The World Community for Christian Meditation. January 13th – 16th, 2019 at the University of Waikato, Hamilton For more information visit or write to NZCCM retreat, 12 Everest St, Wellington 6035

Contemplative Care: Healthcare and Meditation: A Meditatio Seminar with New Zealand healthcare professionals and Laurence Freeman OSB January 17 & 18, 2019 at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital For more information visit

OCDS NOVEMBER CARMELITE RETREAT: “Called to holiness with Mary the Mother of Jesus and our Carmelite Saints”. ​

Fr Allan Jones, S.M. will be leading our upcoming November Retreat at Rochester Hall again. Dates are from Friday, 16th Nov (11 am registration) to Sunday 18th Nov (approx 3.30 pm) Show Weekend. Costs will be $215 live-in and $95 day only. Retreatants are encouraged to live in to gain the full benefit of a silent retreat. This covers all meals, accommodation and other retreat costs.

If you would like to join us, contact Megan Emery 027 410 6940 or benedictus@windows

John Paul II Centre for Life – Race Night will be held on Friday night the 2nd of November. Tickets will cost $55-00 per person and will be available in October.

Hamper tickets will be on sale the weekend of 27/28 October. For further information contact Phil Gourdie by email

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