Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Christchurch’

Repair of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral now put at $100 million Comments 0

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Repair of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral now put at $100 million “We are really looking at three options – whether to demolish the existing building, to retain what we can of the basilica and rebuild to its former glory, or, in the short-term, whether or not to mothball the building until we have a clearer Read more

Pupils under canvas in 5 Christchurch parish schools Comments 0

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

It is hoped that the pupils under canvas in five Christchurch primary schools will soon be able to return to their classrooms. On 17 February blocks were closed at St Mary’s School and Our Lady of Assumption School Hoon Hay. Some days later pupils at schools St Bernadette’s, Hornby, Christ the King, Burnside and St Peter’s, Read more

Earthquakes have not changed church attendance Comments 0

Friday, February 24th, 2012

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 Read more

Marquees set up as classrooms at two Christchurch schools Comments 0

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Children in two Christchurch Catholic schools are being taught in marquees set up as clasrooms. Five tents have been at Our Lady of Assumption in Hoon Hay to temporarily replace the block that housed five of the school’s 12 classrooms. The school has a roll of 260. Four have been installed at St Mary’s, in Read more

Number of Parishes reduced from 50 to 24 in Christchurch Diocese Comments 0

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Earthquake damage, ageing clergy and smaller congregations have led to a decision which will see the number of parishes reduced  from 50 to 24 in the Christchurch diocese The new parishes are larger and often involve a single priest holding services at more than one church. Christchurch Catholic Bishop Barry Jones said the reduction would “cause some Read more

Blessed Sacrament Cathedral – Tabernacle doors missing Comments 0

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Missing: Two bronze doors. Possibly stolen, or possibly not.

Christchurch’s Catholic Cathedral has misplaced the tabernacle doors valued at $185,000, after they were removed from the 106-year-old earthquake-damaged building for safekeeping.

The only problem is the board of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament doesn’t know who has them.

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Restore or rebuild – crunch time for Christchurch Cathedrals Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The Catholic and the Anglican Churches are facing some tough decisions about the future of their Christchurch Cathedrals –  restore the old ones or build new ones. The Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament leaders are considering whether to restore the building for more than $100m or build a new cathedral for about $40m. “I am still 50-50. Read more

18 new parishes for Christchurch diocese Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

A major reorganisation is ahead for the New Zealand diocese of Christchurch with the planned formation of 18 new parishes. “New and wider parish boundaries will now include previously separate parish communities, making possible a sharing of resources, both human and material. These changes will cause some sorrow and sadness, but also present new opportunities. For many Read more

Centenary of Sacred Heart Basilica in Timaru Comments 0

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

One hundred years after a parish priest expressed concerns that plans for it were too ambitious, the Sacred Heart Basilica in Timaru has celebrated its centenary. The celebrations, which took up much of the weekend, culminated with a 90-minute mass on Sunday morning which saw the church packed out with hundreds of attendees, including numerous Read more

Cathedral’s stolen chalices found in squatters’ stash Comments 0

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Catholic Cathedral staff are delighted to get back 11 stolen chalices they did not even know were missing.

Christchurch police last week returned the chalices to the church after finding them in a stash of stolen goods accumulated by a group of squatters living near the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Barbadoes St.

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