Posts Tagged ‘parish mergers’

Parishes: Leadership and other issues associated with clustering and mergers

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
Brendan Daly

Today the most common experience of church and Christian community is in a parish. In many dioceses and archdioceses, parishes are being clustered into pastoral areas,2 and often the number of Masses in these pastoral areas is being rationalised and timed so that it is easier for neighbouring priests to celebrate Masses in the other Read more

Wairarapa church unlikely to be sold

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Because of its historical and heritage values, a member of St Joseph’s at Riversdale Beach Charitable Trust is confident that the church will remain a community asset and not sold by the Catholic parish to a private owner. After consultation over the past year, Cardinal John Dew announced in June that of the five Wairarapa Read more

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

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

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

Bishop Martin proposes wide-ranging changes for parishes

Monday, June 10th, 2019

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

Fewer Masses in Invercargill ahead of merger

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The merger of the four parishes in Invercargill will take place about the first Sunday in Advent this year, according to St Mary’s parish priest Fr Chris O’Neill. In preparation for this, the number of Masses in the city will be reduced in mid-June. The most significant effect will be that at several of the Read more

Church seeks to sell substantial Kapiti landholdings

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The Catholic church is about to sell off a clutch of high-profile properties in Kapiti to fund a new church and school. Following the merger of its Paraparaumu and Waikanae parishes, the church has decided to sell both its existing churches and the current St Patricks School site in Paraparaumu. In their place, the church Read more

Nearly 1000 Catholics celebrate inaugural Mass

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

A special Mass to launch the unification of three Hastings Catholic parishes into one was held at St John’s College yesterday. The inaugural Mass for the combined parishes of Heretaunga Plains drew almost 1000 Catholics. The celebrant for the service was Bishop Charles Drennan, the second Catholic Bishop of Palmerston North. The move to unify Read more

Radical priest calls for new ways of parish leadership

Friday, June 5th, 2015

A former vicar-general in Vienna says the Church is at a crossroads in terms of lay parish leadership because of the shortage of priests. Fr Helmut Schüller said merging independent parishes into vast, impersonal parish associations is “pretty much the most unimaginative thing one can do”. In the long run, the Church will not be Read more

Bunnings site in Paraparaumu purchased for a new parish centre

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Cardinal John Dew has signed off on the purchase of the 4.2 hectare Bunnings site in Paraparaumu for a new church and parish centre. The move is part of the plan to centralise parish facilities on the Kapiti coast. The parishes in Waikanae and Paraparaumu were merged just over a year ago to form the Read more

School merger – parents thought options were still open

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Some parents of Our Lady of Fatima School students were shocked to see a sign promoting a new school that would close their own because they believed consultation on the details of the decision was open until late July. The school, in Christchurch New Zealand, is to be closed along with another school, St Paul’s Read more