Posts Tagged ‘Parish amalgamation’

3 Wairarapa churches up for sale Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
churches for sale

After many months of deliberation, the fate of five Wairarapa church buildings owned by the Catholic church has been decided. Three will be put up for sale. Cardinal John Dew announced in June that only Featherston’s St Teresa of Avila and Masterton’s St Patrick’s Church would be kept. The following properties will be up for Read more

Gatherings Group call for more consultation about parish amalgamation Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019
gatherings group

A group of Christchurch Catholics who call themselves the Gatherings Group have requested an opportunity to further discuss Bishop Paul Martin’s 9th June proposal to close churches in the diocese. The group have asked that the current process be re-examined in two three-hours, or three two hour meetings – professionally facilitated and open to all – with the Read more

Christchurch parishes are overflowing, so let’s address the lack of priests Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
christchurch

Well, I guess we have had just about everything here in Christchurch since September 4, 2010. Two years of death-defying earthquakes then the grief-stricken, the demolition, the dying, the rebuilding aftermath. Followed by March 15, 2019, with 51 people dying while at prayer in the mosques, and while we are prayerfully and painfully recovering ourselves, Read more

What will happen to surplus land after parish reorganisation? Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Land and buildings used by the Christchurch parishes of St Francis of Assisi parish in Mairehau, Christ the King in Burnside, St James in Aranui, the Sacred Heart in Addington, St Peter’s in Beckenham, Saint Peter and Paul’s in Halswell and the Holy Trinity in Bryndwyr may no longer be needed when the parishes are Read more

Bishop Martin proposes wide-ranging changes for parishes Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019
changes

Bishop Paul Martin, the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch, is proposing to create five new parishes in Christchurch by merging 12 existing parishes. The proposed changes were announced at Sunday masses throughout the Diocese via a video message on Pentecost Sunday. Parishioners have been asked to provide feedback by August 30. The five new parishes would Read more

Archdiocese to review its stock of churches and presbyteries Comments 0

Monday, February 18th, 2019
review

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

Cardinal Dew: Leadership in times of change Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
leadership

The archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, was the keynote speaker at the Proclaim 2018 conference in Brisbane. He spoke on the topic of Leadership in a Time of Change. The cardinal said New Zealand Catholics looking for answers to “renewal” took heart from Pope Francis. “The Pope is encouraging us to go out of our buildings Read more

Closing parishes – there’s a better way to do it Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
parishes

Like many Catholics across the Northeast and Midwest, parishioners in Pittsburgh are adjusting to a difficult new reality. On April 28 Bishop David A. Zubik announced plans to reduce the diocese’s 188 parishes to 57 by 2023. The parish closings follow years of falling Mass attendance—the diocese reports it is down by more than 40 Read more

German diocese reduces parishes by 80 per cent Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The German diocese of Trier has reorganised itself and reduced its parishes by 80 per cent. Rising costs and declining church membership have prompted the changes which will see the diocese reduce its 172 parishes to 35. Judith Rupp, spokeswoman for Germany’s western Trier Diocese, says the changes would save time and money on “administration Read more