9 September 2018 



JOSHUA FELLOWSHIPMen’s gathering  Wednesday 12 Septemberat 7.15pm at St Gregory’s Centre, 30 Cotswold Road, Bishopdale. Come and join like-minded Catholic men to grow your faith and be encouraged in your walk with the Lord. Prayer, gospel reflection, praise and teaching with real life application.  More information? Phone Chris on 027-646-4138.

ST THERESE ROSE PETAL EVENING 2018: The Beatitudes Community invites you to join them at St Teresa’s, Puriri St, Riccarton, on Friday 5th Octoberat 7PM, for an evening of prayer, music, and a talk on the theme “All is Grace”. All welcome. Email:[email protected] Phone (03) 314 8837  (poster attached)

2019 SILENT RETREAT: Light and Shade, led by Laurence Freeman OSB Director, The World Community for Christian Meditation. January 13th – 16th, 2019at the University of Waikato, Hamilton For more information visit 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, 2019at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital For more information visit

CLERGY NATIONAL ASSEMBLY180 diocesan priests are gathering in Christchurch for the fourth national assembly with the bishops, which is held every five years.  The assembly this year will take place from 10th – 14th September.  Please keep the priests in your prayers during this week as they gather for prayer, formation and recreation.  Please note there will be very few weekday Masses available that week in the diocese.

THURSDAY TALKS w THE COMMUNITY OF ST. JOHN: This month’s topic is ‘Introduction to Theology’. Every Thursday beginning 6thSeptember and finishing 18thOctober7.30pm in St. Teresa’s Parish hall. All are welcome

2018 ROCHESTER LECTURE– Christianity; Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-first Century. Speaker – Bishop Paul Martin SM.  Wednesday 19 Septemberat 7 pm, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, 77 Ilam Road, Supper to follow.

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 [email protected]

SACRED HEART SCHOOL CHRISTCHURCH –  Leavers 1968: If you left Sacred Heart School in 1968 (50 years ago) and would like to catch up with other 1968 leavers, or can help us contact these girls could you please contact either Jennifer Hamilton (Martin) on 0211846908 [email protected]or Janet Verrall (Lendrum) 0274855611 [email protected]

CARMEL YOUTH MASS: Sunday 9thof September, 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.  [email protected] 

DOMINICAN DAY OF REFLECTION:  Saturday 15th Septemberat the Christ the King Parish Centre starting after 9am Mass. Morning session Mary Betz (Auckland) on Pope Francis’  encyclical “Laudato Si” (Care for our Environment).  Lunch Provided. Afternoon session Judy Garvey “The Role of the Laity in the Church Today”.  Cost:  Donation to cover costs RSVP [email protected]or 3517683.

REPLENISH RESPITE AND HEALING TRUSToperates a house in the North Canterbury Countryside where individuals can rest and recover from life’s curveballs (see We are looking for a spiritually mature Christian couple to add to our team.  Attributes we are looking for are : personal wellbeing, servant hearts, humility, honesty, good communication skills, reliability, accountability, flexibility and relevant practical skills/experience. Appointment will be for an initial period of 1 year with an initial trial period. Please phone 0273009887 or email [email protected]for further information and an application pack.

ADULT EDUCATION:Fr Frank Kelly will be presenting three talks on:Jesus Then and Now.   7.00pm on Sundays 9th, 16th& 23rdSeptember.  Venue is St Joseph’s Parish Centre in Papanui.  Free admission.  Enquiries 378 3647.

Sunday 9th:  Jesus in the Gospels

Sunday 16th:  Jesus in the Early Church

Sunday 23rd:  Jesus Today

REVOLUTION CAMP:  Catholic Youth Team is running a camp for Years 9-10 students from 28 -30 September at the Woodend Christian Camp.   Registration is $70.  Fun, games, praise and workshop good talks and an opportunity for young people to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Register online at contact Carmela at the Catholic Youth Team at [email protected]or call 03 353 0705 for more information

John Paul II Centre for Life – Race Night will be held on Friday night the 2ndof 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 [email protected]

Divine Renovation– A day with Fr James Mallon The Bishop’s Pastoral Office invites you to this one day seminar with Fr James on Friday  14thSeptember  at City Church and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. Fr James is author of the book Divine Renovation and has had wonderful success in renewing and growing his parish. This day costs $50 and includes four talks, morning and afternoon tea, Lunch and Mass. For more information contactMatt O’Connell on [email protected]or (03) 366 9869. Register online at

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



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