Posts Tagged ‘declining congregations’

More church buildings for demolition – locals saddened

Monday, May 20th, 2019

In what is becoming a familiar occurrence, the demolition of church-owned buildings is being opposed by people concerned at the loss of a “well-loved landmark” in their community. The demolition of two residential buildings in Parnell, Auckland, owned by the Anglican church has been described as “sinful”. And in Dunedin, an eleventh-hour effort is being Read more

Archdiocese to review its stock of churches and presbyteries

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, has directed every parish in the archdiocese to review its stock of churches and presbyteries. The review will identify how many churches the parish needs to cater for its Mass count, taking into account the availability of priests and lay pastoral leaders, and the ideal location of the Read more

Tiny church bucking national trend thanks to community spirit

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

In a semi-rural Marlborough town, St Luke’s Church is welcoming its loyal parishioners; as it has done since Queen Victoria was head of state. While the number of regular attendees for Sunday morning service fluctuate from 25 to 30, St Luke’s is a vital part of the community Continue reading

Filipinos changing face of the Catholic Church in the South

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Father Christopher O’Neill says he can foresee his church in Invercargill becoming a predominantly Asian congregation in future decades “if things carry on the way they are at the moment”. He estimates that up to 30 per cent of his regular congregation are from the Filipino community. With the launch of the Southland Regional Development Read more

Another church for sale because of dwindling and ageing congregation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A church on Auckland’s North Shore has been put on the market. It is the latest of a a number of churches that have been closed or sold in recent years because of declining church attendance and changes in the worshipping habits of those who do go to church. In February this year, for example , there were 9 churches on Read more