The Catholic Parish of Christchurch South


In the newsletter of 8th November there was a brief report given by the Transition Team.  One of the statements made was “we’ve been reviewing property” and  we  would like to elaborate on this issue.

At one point it was envisaged that the parish offices would be transferring to Hoon Hay.  The
decision to go to Hoon Hay has now been put on hold and the parish offices will remain where they are at 70 Spencer Street, Addington.
  There are three main reasons for this decision:

                          1.) It was going to cost between $15,000 – $30,000 to set up the former presbytery at Hoon Hay to make                                      the building suitable to accommodate  the parish offices.

                          2.) As the former presbytery at Hoon Hay will eventually be demolished, the parish staff would have to                                          shift once again to temporary offices.

3.) The location of the former presbytery is not an easy place to find.

As you are aware the decision has been made for the new church, parish centre and accommodation for the priests to be built on the Hoon Hay site.  At present we do not have the area of land for this to happen.  The diocese is, at present,  in negotiations to acquire additional land in order that we have the area of land required for the future needs of the parish.  How long will this process take?  At this stage we have no idea but you will be advised of any developments as they happen.

At this stage, we will continue to exist as the Catholic Parish of Christchurch South with our
present five faith communities: Addington, Beckenham, Hoon Hay, Halswell and the Carmelite Monastery.   We will therefore be continuing to use our present facilities (churches/halls) for some time to come.

It is time though to look to our future as one parish and in 2021 to look at the ways we can develop our parish especially at a faith and spiritual level.  This year has been a year like no other but we live in hope that 2021 will allow us to begin to look at the ways we want to grow and develop as the Catholic Parish of Christchurch South.

We invite you, the parishioners, to take part in the survey that will soon be presented to you on behalf of  the Transition Team next weekend (28/29 November).  We are hopeful this survey will enable you to participate in the process of the way/direction you would like to see our parish go with regard to our on-going faith development.  Your input is essential to this process.

In the newsletter of  8th November you were advised of a newly created email address where you are most welcome to contact the Transition Team with comment or questions you may have.   The email address is:

With kind regards and every blessing
The Members of the Transition Team




Ben will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael Gielen at
Sacred Heart church, Ponsonby.

If you would like to watch his ordination on YouTube you will be able to via this link:



Fr Peter