An update on the Parish Centre Upgrade

posted May 26, 2018, 6:37 PM by Parish of The Holy Family   [ updated May 26, 2018, 6:40 PM ]

This project has taken much longer to get underway than any of us expected. It was almost a year ago when we needed to employ an Architect to prepare plans for the incorporation of the front of the centre to that of the New Church while at the same time include a regulation specific ramp between the two buildings.

On completion of the final working plans provided by the Architect, we submitted these to the Council to obtain Building consent; we finally received the certificate on 20th February this year.

As is required by the Diocese, we then needed to get two written quotes from register builders to carry out the work as described in the drawings. We have now submitted to the Diocese office all those documents awaiting final improvement from them to proceed. We are hopeful that we will be underway by the end of June.

Late last year we replaced the upper plastic windows with double glassed modern windows with side opening electric windows.

Other than the rebuild of the Thames Street end of the centre, we will be building cupboard space in the centre, replacing the ceiling and lights, laying new Iino on the floor, Instillation of heat pumps then finally giving the Interior and exterior a total repaint.

With a healthy bank account and donations still coming in from generous parishioners we feel confident that we will be able to pay all accounts as they come in.

In the foyer of the church are the plans of the rebuild for you to look over. Any question you have may be directed to either Peter Farrelly or John Mourits.

The Reconstruction of our Lady's Grotto Area:

Claire Fraser-Jones has taken up the lead on this project and with a small team of helpers will be transforming the area which will result in an attractive area were parishioners can go and quietly pray in front of Our Lady. While you may see a black-out curtain going up shortly and unveiling will take place at the start of September.

Easter Mass Times 2018

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:45 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

Letter from the New Zealand Bishop's Conference on Euthanasia

posted Jan 28, 2018, 12:12 AM by Parish of The Holy Family   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 12:12 AM ]

23 January 2018 

Dear Parishioners,

As many of you will know, in December 2017, David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ bill had its first reading in Parliament and was voted through to the Justice Select Committee. This Bill, which seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide, is something that we, the Bishops of New Zealand, remain extremely concerned about. We want to take the opportunity to further inform you about the complexities and risks associated with euthanasia and assisted suicide. 

We are hesitant about “tacking on” activities to Mass, but from time to time a particular initiative is given permission because its focus is so important that in effect it finds its full meaning within the context of the Mass. As we gather to be nourished by God’s Word (teaching and law) and by His Body and Blood, which makes possible the fullness of life, it is appropriate that something which so gravely threatens the gift of life is addressed within the context of our Sunday worship.

Today, all around New Zealand, we are making available a resource which gives 5 reasons why legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide would be dangerous. We encourage you to share it among your friends, family and networks. This information is to inform and assist you to take personal action. Each of you can make a difference. Each of you are called to make a difference.

The fact sheet being provided at Masses today is also available online by visiting the website of The Nathaniel Centre – the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre – 

Thank you for giving this your attention and for the support and effort you have all given to date on this issue. It is a powerful witness when the entire Catholic community is united around a point of belief and action – the upholding of the dignity of human life - which is so central to our faith and pivotal to an inclusive and caring society.

Many of you submitted to the Health Select Committee Inquiry two years ago. There is now an urgent need to let parliament know your views about David Seymour’s Bill. Therefore, we urge each of you to get personally involved by sending a submission to Parliament’s Justice Select Committee before the closing date of 20 February 2018. Instructions on how to make a submission will be handed out with the fact sheet.

Your voice will make a difference 

Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland and NZCBC President 
Bishop Charles Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North and NZCBC Secretary
Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington 
Bishop Steve Lowe, Bishop of Hamilton 
Bishop Colin Campbell, Bishop of Dunedin 
Bishop-Elect Paul Martin SM, Bishop-Elect of Christchurch 

A new Bishop of Christchurch is appointed by Pope Francis

posted Dec 11, 2017, 12:41 AM by Parish of The Holy Family   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 2:18 PM ]

Pope Francis has appointed Father Paul Martin SM as the next Bishop of the Christchurch Diocese. Bishop-Elect Paul Martin will be the tenth
Justin Boyle (left) and Bishop-elect Paul Martin (right)
 Bishop of Christchurch and succeeds Bishop Barry Jones who died in February 2016.  

Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC), said “we are delighted that Bishop-Elect Paul has accepted the call to this special ministry. On behalf of all the New Zealand Bishops I warmly welcome him to our New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference. We know that he will bring a new voice and a valuable perspective to our discussions.”  
Bishop-Elect Paul Martin SM was born in Hastings in 1967, one of five children.  He entered formation for the Society of Mary in February 1985, and studied in theology and arts at Victoria University in Wellington. He  completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the Angelicum University from Rome and studied to become a teacher. Bishop-Elect Paul has taught English and Religious Education in New Zealand and has held the roles of Rector at St Patrick’s College in Wellington and Deputy Rector in Pastoral Care at St Bede’s College, Christchurch.   

The Bishop-Elect has also served as President of the Wellington Secondary Schools Principals Association and was a part of the Marist community at the time it was working in Māori pastoral care at Rawene in the South Hokianga. More recently, he was General Bursar for the Society of Mary in Rome. 

Bishop Dunn said “it is wonderful for Christchurch that they will receive a Bishop who has worked with a range of communities, has extensive pastoral experience and comes to the role with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.” 

As news of his appointment was announced, Bishop-Elect Paul said “I’d like to express what a privilege it is to be chosen to serve in the Diocese of Christchurch as Bishop, following in the footsteps of those before me. I am really looking forward to taking up this ministry and leading the Diocese.” 

Bishop Dunn said “I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to Father Rick Loughnan who has given us his dedicated service as Diocesan Administrator for almost two years. During this time he has worked tirelessly to support the priests and people of the Diocese, and has represented them well at our regular meetings of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.” 

Father Rick Loughnan has been the administrator of the diocese following the passing of Bishop Barry Jones last year. Commenting at the time of the announcement, Father Rick said “we are delighted with the appointment by Pope Francis and look forward to welcoming Bishop-Elect Paul with open arms.” 

It is expected that his ordination will be in the first part of next year.

Christmas Mass Times 2017 | Kaimai Collegial Area

posted Nov 1, 2017, 5:10 PM by Parish of The Holy Family   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 4:54 PM ]





Daylight Savings begin this Sunday!

posted Sep 21, 2017, 12:20 AM by Parish of The Holy Family   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 12:21 AM ]

It's that time of year again- Daylight Savings kicks in at 2:00am this Sunday, so you'll need to put your clock forward one hour- Mass Times will be an hour earlier than what your clock says!

Sunday Mass Times | September 2017

posted Aug 25, 2017, 5:22 PM by Parish of The Holy Family   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 5:22 PM ]

3RD SEPTEMBER (1st Sunday)

9:00am Morrinsville
11:00am Te Aroha

10TH SEPTEMBER (2nd Sunday)*

9:00am Te Aroha
11:00am Morrinsville

17TH SEPTEMBER (3rd Sunday)

9:00am Morrinsville
11:00am Te Aroha

 24TH SEPTEMBER (4th Sunday)

9:00am Te Aroha
11:00am  Morrinsville

Saturdays:   Paeroa at 6:00pm

*10-16 September: Social Justice Week

Photos from First Holy Communion 2017

posted Jul 15, 2017, 9:34 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

Full size photos from this year's First Holy Communion ceremony can be found on the photos page here

Thanks to Jake O'Flaherty and Bradley Richardson for taking these for the families.

Easter Mass Times 2017

posted Apr 8, 2017, 7:51 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

Daylight Saving finishes this weekend!

posted Mar 30, 2017, 9:48 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

It's that time of year again- Daylight Saving finishes at 2:00am this Sunday, so you'll need to put your clock back by one hour- Mass Times will be an hour later than what your clock says! Daylight saving resumes again on the 24th of September.

Also, Mass in Paeroa on Saturdays will be at 7.00pm to reflect this change. Keep and eye on the Mass Times page for all the changes.

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