The Catholic Parish of Christchurch South


(Ascension Sunday – Pentecost Sunday)

“Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”

In the week between Ascension and Pentecost Sundays the Christian Churches celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. We are united in our desire for unity, although we know this is a long road.

In Aotearoa New Zealand the Christian Churches work together in many ways – prison and hospital chaplaincy, advocacy on behalf of those who are disadvantaged, resettlement of refugees are just some examples. In some places we gather together to worship at times such as Ash Wednesday and Advent. This is a long way from the strained and often hostile relationships which have existed among Christian Churches in past times. We are blessed to be living in a time when we can talk together about unity, pray together and work together for others.

The theme for this year’s Week of Prayer is Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (cf. Jn 15:5-9). If possible try to take part in the Week of Prayer in some way, with others or on your own. The prayers for the Eight Days between Pentecost and Easter can be found at or on your diocesan website, together with other information about the Week of Prayer.  Each of us has a part to play.


Cardinal John Dew
Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism


The theme of this Week of Prayer specifically regards love: “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (cf. Jn 15:5-9). The root of communion is love of Christ who makes us overcome our prejudices to see in others a brother or sister to be loved always. Then we will discover that the Christians of other confessions — with their traditions, with their history — are gifts from God, they are gifts present within the territories of our diocesan and parish communities. Let us begin to pray for them and, when
possible, with them. We will thus learn to love and appreciate them.
Prayer, the Council reminds us, is the soul of the whole ecumenical movement. Therefore, may prayer be the starting point to help Jesus achieve his dream: that they all may be one.

Pope Francis




Adoration vigil: Prayer for the Holy Spirit

The parish will have a night of prayer and Adoration to prepare for Pentecost.

This will begin on Friday 21st May at 9 pm and continue through the night.

All are welcome to come and pray. If you would like to sign up for an hour please register at the link below.