Weekly Notices

For the week of Jun 09 2024
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Bishop Michael has initiated a process for choosing a patronal name for the new Cathedral. The last day for nominations is Sunday, June 9. Visit https://cdoc.nz/cathedral to submit your nomination or ask your parish team for a paper form. A short-list will then be shared for consideration before Bishop Michael discerns the name, which he will announce in late July. We invite you to join Bishop Michael in praying: 

Holy Spirit, inspire us as we discern a name for our new cathedral. Lead our Diocese to a patronal name that can encourage, challenge and comfort the People of God, and someone on whom we can rely for intercession. Amen.



Pope Francis has declared 2024 as a Year of Prayer as a lead up to the Jubilee Year in 2025. The Christchurch Diocese is holding a Conference on Saturday July 27th to mark this year. The theme of the conference is “Lord, teach us to pray” and will involve Mass, Prayer, workshops, keynote talks and more. The Conference is being held in Ashburton at the Holy Name Catholic Church and the Sinclair Centre. The cost $59 includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. All are invited to join with Bishop Michael. For more information and to register go to https://cdoc.nz/news-events/pr... or contact Matt O’Connell on 366-9869 or moconnell@cdoc.nz

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How should Christians view artificial intelligence? How can we use emerging technologies like AI ethically? What does the Pope have to say about it? Come along to the next Catholic Business Network lunch on 4th July at Te Pae Convention Centre for answers to those questions with leading Catholic technologist James Bergin. You’ll also meet other Catholics working across a range of professions in and around Christchurch. Learn more and register at https://www.cbn.nz/cbnevents

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Join us for dinner and an inspiring testimony with Mike and Kate Baird, who are celebrating 45 years of marriage and raising eight children. They’ll share their story of faith and love within a Catholic marriage, showing the transformative power of God’s grace. Don’t miss this evening of reflection and hope with Mike and Kate Baird, sponsored by the Catholic Development Fund. Saturday, 22nd June 2024, 5.30 pm Location: Commodore Hotel, 449 Memorial Ave, Tickets: $67 include a two-course meal with wine to match https://events.humanitix.com/d...



Revolution Camp is back for 2024! An inspiring speaker, an incredible house band and all the usual camp favourites will be on the menu for Year 7-9 students from 5th - 7th July. Woodend Christian Camp is again our host and tickets are already selling fast – with earlybird pricing available. Get a group together from your Parish and School and make this the best camp ever! All the details and the link to register are at  www.cyt.org.nz/revolution. Sponsorship is available and donations to support these are welcomed. Enquiries and any other  questions to mcurrie@cdoc.nz.

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Life is busy - time for a retreat?
Taking time for a retreat at Sister Eveleen offers a precious opportunity to pause, reflect, and reconnect with what truly matters in the most beautiful and serene setting of Scarborough Hill.
In the midst of life’s busyness, a retreat creates a breathing space for you to deepen your relationship with God, gain clarity amidst the noise, and just simply rest.
It is a chance to step away from the distractions of everyday life, your demands of work and ministry and open yourself to renewal and growth.
Whether it is through prayer, reading scripture, silence or meaningful discussions, a retreat offers a gentle invitation to nurture the soul and rediscover the joy of faith in a welcoming environment.
Join us for our regular prayer times, get in touch for a personal day or overnight retreat, or register for our guided retreats.
Please visit our website www.sistereretreat.com

Midwinter Fire - Exploring the Dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola - facilitators Colin & Carol Renouf
Date: Fri 26 - Sun 28 July



Mariapolis is a time of spiritual nourishment and renewal which is open to everyone: adults, families, young people and children. The programme is for the whole family and consists of talks and life experiences about putting the Gospel into practice in today’s society. The aim is to promote unity in the family, at work, in the parish, at school, and with friends. This will be held at St Peter’s Church, 11 Fisher Avenue, Beckenham on Saturday 29th June. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael on Sunday 30th June at 9.00am. Contact Pania 021 065 7401



Have you perhaps experienced the pain of conceiving, then losing a child before or at birth? The Mass of Remembrance is a special mass offered for all children who have died before being Baptised, and for all families to remember and heal in the knowledge that your child is in the loving care of the Lord. At the Mass of Remembrance there will also be an opportunity for parents, extended family or friends to record the names of the little ones they have lost in the Book of Life as a way to remember and heal in the knowledge that this child is in the loving care of the Lord.

The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. Tuesday 11th June - 7pm



We meet once a month on the second Monday of the month at 7:30pm. (Monday June 10th) in the meeting room beside St Teresa’s Church Hall – 8 Puriri St, Riccarton. (There will be a sign on the door before each meeting to help you find the entrance.)



1:30-4:00pm at Our Lady of Victories, 106 Main South Rd in Sockburn. This month the meeting is on Saturday 15 June. Meet and work alongside crafters from other Christchurch parishes. Bring your handcraft project and a gold coin donation. Any queries, call Jude Lathey 021 217-2052



Charity Native Trees are available for Church and School properties for spring planting.

Laudato Si Action Group has supported Canterbury Catholic Schools with receiving and planting about 700 trees over the last year. Pope Francis, in Laudato Si and Laudato Deum Encyclicals promotes us all to Care for the Earth and Care for the Poor. This is an opportunity for you or a group in your parish to promote this mission and plant trees in our parish land to care for our common home. Every small forest is important.

The trees are generously donated by Trees for Canterbury. They match the right trees for the space being planted, taking care to ensure wetlands are established with suitable native trees and hot dry areas with native trees that will thrive. If you, or your Parish group are interested in promoting Laudato Si Action with your Parish community, praise be to you.

Phone 027 4088 535 Jenny.carter@xtra.co.nz Laudatosiplatform.org



if you are a couple who wishes to deepen and enhance your Catholic faith in your marriage then Couples for Christ Christchurch invite you to join their Christian Life Program. This is a series of eight teachings that will assist you in living your vocation more completely. Venue: Catherine McAuley Centre - Villa Maria College.Dates: Sundays 30th June - 18th August 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. To register contact: Eric and Stella Serafico 0211654925 or Marlu and Mayeth Relato 0224758028