On Saturday 3rd march 2018 Bishop Paul Martin was ordained. Our parish of Sancta Maria wishes Bishop Paul every blessing and welcomes him as our new Pastor of the Diocese of Christchurch. Check out the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch  for more…(Read More)

CONGRATULATIONS to the Philippine community for the wonderful All-Sunday celebration of Santa Nino, the Divine Child. While the weather played its happy part in the success of the day, the real joys of the day for me were the warm community feel of all the people, whether their dialect, origins or social background. Because…(Read More)

A BBQ was held after the 10.30am Mass at Sacred Heart on December 10th.  Parishioners enjoyed a sausage and bread on a beautiful hot day under the tree. Special thanks to the Crequer family & helpers  for manning the BBQ ! &nbsp…(Read More)

A new Bishop of Christchurch is appointed by Pope Francis Pope Francis has appointed Father Paul Martin SM as the next Bishop of the Christchurch Diocese. Bishop-Elect Paul Martin will be the tenth Bishop of Christchurch and succeeds Bishop Barry Jones who died in February 2016. Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand…(Read More)

ABLAZE Conference

Those that went to the Ablaze conference from our parish enjoyed it very much.  Two days of challenging and inspiring talks and workshops, along with a warm and friendly atmosphere.  Well done to the organisers and volunteers ! Photo credit:  Marilou Crequer Below:  Panel Discussion, Sat 11 November.  Left to right:  Thomas Seywell, Fr Michael…(Read More)

On 21st October 2017 Laurie and Marie McKee received a Papal Award, Benemerente, for their services to the Church.  The Award was presented at the  11.00am Mass at St Mary’s Manchester St.  Congratulations Laurie & Marie ! Photo credit:  A McKee…(Read More)

THE RITE OF ACCEPTANCE  for those enquiring about the Catholic Church was celebrated Sunday 8th October at the 10.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Church. This is the first of the Rites of the “Order of Christian Initiation of Adults” (Formerly known as R.C.I.A). Regan Harper, Paul Tonkin and Jade Tonkin are…(Read More)

On September 9th, at Sacred Heart Church, the parish celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation.  We congratulate the 38 candidates who received the Sacrament and pray that God will continue to bless and guide them in their Christian journey. Thanks to Marilou Crequer for the photos…(Read More)

New Bell at St Peter’s

Over the weekend of 8-10th September, the new bell at St Peter’s will be rung.  The bell is named Cecelia after the patron saint of music!  Many thanks to those involved in preparing the bell and tower.  A job well done!!  Thanks to Bob Arthurs for the photos…(Read More)

On Sunday 2 July 2017 St Peter’s School celebrated 90 years with a school and parish Mass. (Photos Chris Hope) Below:  Looking at Memorabilia in the parish centre.  Marie Gardener (in Purple) and her sister were the oldest St Peters students who attended. (Photo Chris Hope) Below:  Sr Betty Dwyer & Sr Anna Persico…(Read More)