Earthquakes have not changed church attendance

The Catholic Bishop of Christchurch , Barry Jones, says a comparison of this year’s annual survey of the numbers of adults and children coming to Sunday Mass with the surveys of the last few years seems to show that the earthquakes have had no effect on the number of persons coming to Sunday Mass

He says in regard to the Catholic schools, the commitment of families to them has been strong and consistent. Families who have been displaced from their homes continue to make huge efforts to remain part of their school ( and parish ) community, often travelling across the city and past other schools to bring this about. A number of Catholic schools have buildings which have been damaged, some quite recently.


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