Feb 162020
The Road Ahead

This week I have been meeting with the Pro-Cathedral parish council and finance committee. Each group is helping me to get to know that parish better. They are assisting me to understand their unique history, being a merging of two important and distinct communities – the former Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Parish and St [more…]

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Feb 022020
Our First Week

Father Job and I were touched by the warm welcome from the two parishes which make up our pastoral area when we settled in among you last weekend. Both parishes are busy, and it’s obvious that people are generous in offering themselves in service for the liturgy and in care of the house of God. [more…]

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Dec 082019
Preparing for the New Year

Last weekend Bishop Paul announced his decision for the re-arrangement of the parishes in our city and south of Christchurch. In light of the feedback he received he decided that St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Parish and Mairehau Parish should be amalgamated into a new Cathedral Parish. What does this mean for us at St Francis of [more…]

 08/12/2019  Categories: Editorial, News Tagged with:
Nov 032019
Saints for our everyday lives

There are many Saints who have played a huge role in my faith journey; they have become my friends and companions. I feel that I know them well, I have read their life stories; I know their suffering and pain. I have watched videos of their lives and I even have pictures of them around [more…]

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Sep 292019
The Mission Has Begun

After much prayer and planning our Mission led by John Pridmore was held last week. As a parish we prepared for this event by praying for its success, considering how to become better evangelisers, and equipping ourselves for going out to family, friends and neighbours to invite them to attend the Mission. Whether you went [more…]

 29/09/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Sep 222019
Where is God leading you?

We take a good amount of time to care for our physical selves: showering, personal grooming, exercising, cooking and eating food, clothing ourselves and getting good amounts of sleep. We care for our emotional selves by taking time-out, whether that be on a screen, reading a book, lying on the couch, being in nature, doing [more…]

 22/09/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Sep 012019
Parish Mission with John Pridmore

In years past, parish missions were a big event in the life of a parish. Once every couple of years, guest preachers would come to a parish for a few days and preach a mission. This September, our parish is going to be having a parish mission with John Pridmore. So what is the point [more…]

 01/09/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Jun 302019
A Personal Reflection from Fr Simon

In our part of the city we’ve been through a lot following the quakes of 2010/2011. But I believe it’s precipitated a rather amazing journey for us as a community. We lost so much, but it has led to the realisation that a lot of the stuff we thought was important actually isn’t. To be [more…]

 30/06/2019  Categories: Editorial, News Tagged with:
May 262019
A New Way of Looking at Things

About a hundred and twenty years ago a French portrait artist named James Tissot exhibited a number of religious paintings.   All of these were entitled, “Scenes from the life of Christ”.   Tissot had lived in many countries including the Holy Land.  In the latter place, he studied the landscape and the environment most intently, the [more…]

 26/05/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
May 122019
Jesus, the Good Shepherd

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also called the Good Shepherd Sunday, because Jesus speaks of himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:27-30). It helps us meditate on the life of Christ after the Resurrection which means that he cannot die again. He is the Good Shepherd who is capable of leading us to eternal [more…]

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