The Catholic Parish of Christchurch South


On behalf of the Marist Community I would like to thank those parishioners who were able to attend either the Vigil last Wednesday night or the Funeral Mass on Thursday for Fr Vince.

Fr Vince spent many years of his priesthood serving in this Diocese:
1960 – 1971 St. Bede’s College;
1988 – 2006 Sacred Heart Parish, Timaru;
2007 – 2012 St Patrick’s Parish, Akaroa, Parish Priest;
2013 – 2017 Sacred Heart Parish, Addington;
2018 – 2019 St Basils Court; 2020 Nazareth Community of Care.

In remembering Fr Vince we give thanks to God for God’s choice of him to be a priest and for Mary’s choice of him to be a member of the Society of Mary.  We give thanks to God for his faithfulness, dedication and generosity in serving the Church and especially for his ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch over so many years.  May he rest in peace.


With the announcement last Monday by our PM of our return to Level 1 the weekend Masses will
return to our normal weekend timetable.  This means in addition to our Masses at Addington and Halswell, Masses will be celebrated again on a Sunday at 9am at Beckenham and Hoon Hay.  Until further notice, Holy Communion will only be distributed under one kind: the Body of Christ.


Please note that due to the school holidays, there will be:

NO 5:30pm Mass at Addington on Monday, 28th September and 5th October.
NO 9:15am Mass at St Peter’s on Tuesday, 29th September and 6th October.
NO 9:15am Mass at Hoon Hay on Friday, 2nd October and 9th October.

These weekdays Masses will resume again when Term 4 begins on Monday, 12th October.

                                                     EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Each Friday, there is Exposition after the 9am Mass at Sacred Heart until 10:30am. There is also Exposition on a Saturday after the 9am Mass until 11:30am.  With the coming election and referendums please come and pray for the good of our country and its peoples.

                                                          RECENT MEETINGS OF PRIESTS

In recent weeks I have attend two “gatherings” of priests.  The first was held at Hanmer Springs with Bp Paul and all the priests in the Diocese who are in parishes.  During our two days together we reflected on the parish and mission; leadership; the parish and school relationship.  Last week I was in Wellington for a meeting with our Marist PP’s in NZ.  There are six of us and during our time together we shared on aspects of our present parishes we serve in, our future in parishes and the role of laity in our parishes.

                                                           CONGRATULATIONS TO

Siobhan Bergin has recently been appointed to the position of Transition Facilitator for the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch.  Siobhan is a parishioner of the Catholic Parish of Christchurch South and is currently the chairperson of the BOT at Our Lady of the Assumption School.  She is also on the Board of St Vincent de Paul.  Siobhan will take up her new position on 12th October and we offer her our prayerful support and best wishes for her new appointment.


Fr Peter Head sm
Parish Priest