Posts Tagged ‘Wairarapa’

Seismic shift in church earthquake rating

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Of 75 buildings in the Wairarapa tagged as ‘high seismic risk’, civic officials have listed St Patrick’s Church in Masterton as one of six deserving priority attention. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) rates St Patrick’s as only 26% NBS compliant (New Building Standard). Church engineers originally rated the building at a much Read more

3 Wairarapa churches up for sale

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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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

Wairarapa Church expected to remain open

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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Cardinal John Dew, June, announced that St Joseph’s Catholic church at Riversdale Beach would be sold along with three other churches in the Wairarapa. Since then, consultations have taken place between the cardinal and the Riversdale Beach Charitable Trust about the church’s status. According to Trustee Neil Prichard, a sale was unlikely to happen. He Read more

Tough choices looming for Catholic parish

Monday, May 20th, 2019

A radical shake-up of the Catholic church in Wairarapa could see fewer church buildings, fewer priests, and a shift in the traditional HQ from Masterton. In a letter to parishes in February, the Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew directed them to review their churches and presbyteries in response to a “critical situation” with the Read more

Church closed. Martinborough Catholics celebrated Christmas outdoors

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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In October last year, two Wairarapa Catholic churches were abruptly closed for some time after being deemed earthquake-prone. One of the churches is Martinborough’s St Anthony of Padua. The decision left the local Catholic community to sort out its immediate future including the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass and Carols celebration.  The Martinborough Catholic community considered a Read more

Cardinal John surprised by level of interest in his appointment

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Today, Friday 6 March, a liturgical reception will take place in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Wellington to formally welcome Cardinal John Dew back from Rome. An open invitation has been made to anyone who wishes to attend. The Evening Prayer of the church will be prayed and light refreshments will follow. Cardinal Read more

Lack of priests forces 3 Wairarapa parishes to merge

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

An overhaul of the Wellington Archdiocese will soon see the three Catholic Wairarapa parishes merge into a single combined parish. The three separate parishes of Masterton, Carterton and Featherston will combine to become the Catholic Parish of Wairarapa, as of February 1. The new parish will be centrally administered from Masterton, but all five Catholic Read more

Hato Paora College takes Wairarapa by storm

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Hato Paora College students have just completed a successful visit to the Wairarapa; the first since 1986. They have taken part in the Viard Shield athletics competition at Chanel College, played against Rathkeale and Wairarapa Colleges and performed a concert. Not only did their kapa haka concert at the Masterton Town Hall go off without a hitch, but Read more