Posts Tagged ‘Timaru’

Timaru’s Sacred Heart Basilica strengthened and reopening

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Timaru’s Sacred Heart Basilica is reopening for its first service since closing for earthquake strengthening nearly two years ago. Holy Family Parish priest Father Chris Friel said he and the parishioners were looking forward to Sunday’s mass, the first in the historic building since February 2019. Friel, who was ordained in the ornate church in Read more

Timaru a supportive place for refugees, church leader says

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The leader of a church which helped a family settle in Timaru after they fled their war-torn home is not surprised the town has been chosen as a new refugee settlement location. Continue reading

Timaru’s Basilica to get $3.9m earthquake upgrade

Monday, October 15th, 2018

A $3.9 million upgrade of Timaru’s Sacred Heart Basilica aims to strengthen the building and protect it against future earthquakes. Sacred Heart Parish council chairman Gary Shand said after the Canterbury earthquakes the church realised the building was not completely earthquake-proof and needed to be bolstered. The main work will focus on putting steel structures Read more

Preparing for the apocalypse in Timaru

Friday, September 11th, 2015

A religious group in Timaru is preparing for an apocalypse they believe will coincide with this month’s blood moon. A handful of Timaru Messianic believers are waiting to see if the fourth blood moon since April last year will be significant as predicted. Based on the teachings of American Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Kahn, as well Read more

Coptics want to buy Timaru’s Chalmers Church

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

A small group of Coptic Orthodox Christians say they are in the process of buying Timaru’s Chalmers Church. This is the second time they have tried to buy this church. If a sale goes ahead the group will rename it St George’s Coptic Church. Businessman Dean van Buuren purchased the church, Friendship Centre and neighbouring Read more

Church deconsecrated

Friday, December 20th, 2013

St Joseph’s Church in Douglas St, Timaru, New Zealand, was deconsecrated during a service last Sunday. The church has not been used for regular mass for the past five years and its deconsecration gave about 200 past parishioners a chance to say goodbye. Deconsecration removes the religious blessing placed on the building, in preparation for Read more

Restorative justice project gets two more years

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Project Turnaround, the provider of restorative justice in South Canterbury, has been given the green light to continue for another two years. Timaru District Council’s community services group manager, Sharon Matson, said yesterday Project Turnaround had been advised verbally that it had secured the tender for providing the service over the next two years. “Until Read more

Timaru’s St Joseph’s Church may be up for sale

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Holy Family Parish in Timaru has decided, that if Bishop Jones approves, St Joseph’s church in Douglas St will sold. The Holy Family parish was formed in 2012 by combining two Timaru parishes, Timaru North and Sacred Heart There are two churches in what was formally Timaru North, St Thomas the Apostle and St Joseph’s. Read more