Sancta Maria parish connects and serves the people who attend St Peter’s Church, Beckenham, the Carmelite Monastery in Halswell Road, and Sacred Heart Church, Addington.
Our parish is named after the ship Sancta Maria, which brought Bishop Pompallier into Akaroa Harbour in 1840 and which began the Catholic Mission in our part of the world. The ship’s Latin name means Holy Mary, so we are named after Mary, Mother of the Lord.
We are very much a multi-cultural parish and this gives added vitality which permeates our liturgies. St Peter’s rejoices in a strong music tradition with many youth participating in the Sunday music group.
We are blessed with two parish primary schools years 1-8 which have proud histories, especially through a century of service by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. Today, competent lay teachers promote our Catholic Faith and our Gospel Values and Virtues.
While the Marist Fathers have responsibility for the Sacramental life of the parish, the laity is highly involved in the life of the parish and we welcome all to be active. Our Parish organisations, like St Vincent de Paul, Catholic Women’s League and Catholic Workers see that the social justice and service of Christian life is maintained. Passionist Family Groups are strong while Couples and Singles for Christ also flourish and Jesus Youth too.
We strive to live up to our parish name and the names of our Churches. May the Lord continue to bless and grace us in this wonderful venture, of “knowing, loving and serving God and our neighbour as ourselves.”