The Catholic Parish of Christchurch South

2021

A belated happy and blessed New Year to you all.  I hope and pray this year will be a year when all of us will be kept safe and well.  When we hear what is happening in other parts of the world,  we cannot take for granted the way in which we have been truly blessed and protected in our
country.

WORD OF GOD SUNDAY

Pope Francis has asked the Church to devote the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time to be the celebration, study and dissemination of the WORD OF GOD.  As well as the sacred text as a focus of our attention at Mass, we are invited to hold the WORD in our hands every day so that it becomes part of our daily prayer and lived
experience.

“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45)

 

 

COVID 19

As new highly-transmissible Covid-19 strains send countries into second and third lockdowns we have been reminded of the importance to keep scanning QR codes, should there be a community outbreak.

Everyone who has a mobile phone needs to be scanning the NZ Covid Tracer app as we enter any of our churches. In the foyer of each of our churches there are signs where you are to scan in the QR code.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SCAN AS YOU ENTER THE CHURCH.

LENTEN RETREAT IN DAILY LIFE 6 – 13 March

Our parish will be having a Lenten Retreat in Daily Life 6 – 13 March.  If you desire to deepen your personal relationship with Christ, discover God’s presence and call in your life then come and join this retreat that is being offered to you.  Next weekend practical information and registration for the retreat will be made available to you.

PARISH SURVEY/PARISH LEADERSHIP

Sincere thanks to the 188 parishioners who filled in the parish survey in December.  The parishioners’ feedback, via the survey, will be part of the input for next Saturday, 30th, when the Parish Staff, Transition Team and Finance & Management Team will meet together with a facilitator to look at our future for 2021 and beyond.

TWO NEW MEMBERS ON THE TRANSITION TEAM

I express gratitude to Elizabeth Ross and Kim Williams for their time on the Transition Team.  Two new members, Gill Ngan and Angela Woolstencroft, have joined the Transition Team – welcome to Gill and Angela as part of the Transition Team.

With every blessing
Fr Peter Head sm
Parish Priest