The Catholic Parish of Christchurch South

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis announced in late January that he was establishing the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.  This celebration each year will be on the 4th Sunday of July to coincide with the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, Mary’s parents and Jesus’ grandparents.  This year the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne is on Monday, 26th July.



VACANCY: Catholic Parish of Christchurch South – Coordinator of Sacramental Ministries. A vacancy exists on our Parish Staff with a key focus of establishing teams of volunteers to assist in the Sacramental ministries within our parish. This role requires a special combination of experience, skill, and personal qualities.
Applicants will demonstrate a personal faith commitment, relevant pastoral experience and a desire to be on mission.

More information including the position description and application form can be downloaded on the diocesan website: Employment Vacancies -Catholic Diocese of Christchurch (

Applications close Friday  6th August.


OCIA: Order of Initiation of Adults 

Want to be a Catholic?
Curious about the Catholic Church?

OCIA is a programme which gives adults a pathway to become Catholic and strengthen their commitment to God and His Church.
OCIA will begin on Wednesday the 28th of July  2021.
If you or someone you know is interested, please register using the link below.



​The first meeting for the confirmation programme will be on Sunday 1st August 5pm.
We will begin with Mass for all parents and children at  Sacred Heart Church. We will then have a catechesis session for parents and children,
we aim to finish by 7 15pm.

If your child is interested, please register using the link below.


The Search

What is this journey in between “birth” and “death”? Is the journey taking you somewhere, or are you leading yourself to some kind of destination – a destination that could extend beyond your last breath? What do you want from your life during the in between? The questions are there.
And, the answers are too.

Join us for seven Wednesday nights as we SEARCH for the answers.
First session: July 28  2021  7:00-8:30pm for 7 consecutive Wednesday nights
Where: Sacred Heart Addington, Church Hall
A light supper will be provided.

You can watch the trailer to THE SEARCH here

Sign up using the following link


IF YOU ARE GOING INTO HOSPITAL: Most hospitals no longer provide names of Catholic patients to our chaplains. If there is someone from your family going to hospital please advise the chaplain:

Christchurch Hospital:           Angela McCormick 364 0640 (x89554)
Burwood Hospital:                   Megan Emery 027 410 6940
Hillmorton Hospital:              Joan Hough 021 501 683
Nurse Maude Hospice:           Christchurch North Parish 03 359 1438
St George’s Hospital:              Christchurch North Parish 03 359 1438
Southern Cross:                       Cathedral Parish 379 1068


Identity & Coming Together:

We will create opportunities for our parishioners to identify with belonging to a welcoming, alive in faith, community.

 Connection & Community:

We will have a variety of opportunities for our community to connect.

 Formation & Growth:

We will develop resources and engage with the people to equip them to grow in their understanding and deepening of their Catholic Faith and strengthening their relationship with Jesus Christ.

 Liturgical Celebrations:

The Liturgy will be supported with formation to achieve consistency across our Parish.


We will develop and implement a “Parish wide” Communication Plan.

Volunteer form:

If you would like to complete the volunteer form that was handed out at Mass last Sunday, and you have not already completed one, please click the link below to complete and submit the form electronically.

Below is a link to the parish vision which was handed out after mass on trinity Sunday and the Prayer for our Parish.
ChCh South – Parish Vision 2021 Newsletter