ST PETER CHANEL PARISH

CATHOLIC PARISH OF WAIMAKARIRI

Welcome

VISion

A growing and thriving community of Christian faith, hope and love where everyone is welcome.

 

mission

We are joy-filled missionary disciples: fed by the Eucharist, growing in holiness, and taking the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ to the people of Waimakariri.

 

Upcoming

events

MASS TIMES

RANGIORA

SUNDAY MASSES

Sunday – 5pm Latin Mass (First & Third Sunday)

Saturday Vigil – 6pm

Sunday – 10:30am 

 

WEEKDAY MASSES

Tuesday – 9am 

Wednesday – 9am

Thursday – 9am

Friday – 12pm

KAIAPOI

SUNDAY MASSES

Sunday – 9am

 


WEEKDAY MASSES

Wednesday – 12pm

Friday – 9.30am

Saturday – 9:30am 

 

OXFORD

SUNDAY MASSES

Sunday – 5:00pm 


WEEKDAY MASSES

Wednesday – 7pm (First & Third Wednesday) 

 

LOBURN

No regular Mass timetable.

reconciliation

KAIAPOI

9am Saturdays

RANGIORA

5:15pm Saturdays 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at anytime by approaching a priest.

christmas MASS TIMES

CHRISTMAS EVE

  • 5:00pm Latin Mass at St Mary and St Francis de Sales Church in Rangiora
  • 5:30pm Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Kaiapoi preceded by Carols at 5:00pm
  • 8:00pm Mass at St Mary and St Francis de Sales Church in the Chervier Centre in Rangiora preceded by Carols at 7:30pm

CHRISTMAS DAY

  • 8:30am Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Oxford
  • 9:00am Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Kaiapoi
  • 10:30am Mass at St Mary & St Francis de Sales in the Chervier Centre in Rangiora preceded by Carols at 10:10am

NEW YEARS EVE

  • 6pm Vigil Mass at St Mary & St Francis de Sales in the Chervier Centre in Rangiora

NEW YEARS DAY

  • 8:30am Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Oxford
  • 9:00am Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Kaiapoi
  • 10:30am Mass at St Mary & St Francis de Sales in the Chervier Centre in Rangiora 

Who Is Your King?

The story is told about a husband who was boasting to his friends: “You know, in my house I am the king, and whenever my wife and I have a quarrel, my wife does the kneeling!” Upon overhearing this, the wife said: “You know why I kneel? I kneel to look for him under our bed where he is hiding!” Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King. Jesus reminds us that He, and He alone, is our King. Those of us who consider ourselves as kings, or act as wannabe kings would do well to remember that on judgment day, we have to face Christ and be judged, not so much by our power, wealth, stature, knowledge or success we have achieved but by the good deeds and love we have done to one another. The Lord is not going to ask us: How many times did you go to Mass, or how many times you spent in adoration, how many times you receive communion or how many rosaries did you pray? The Lord is going to ask us, where were you when I was hungry? Where were you when I was thirsty? Where were you when I was lonely? Where were you when I was imprisoned? Where were you when I was knocking at your door asking for help? Because the Lord is going to say to us whatever you do to the least of your brothers and sisters, you do it to me. We have seen it before, and we see it again: No one stays at the top forever. How futile are all our human efforts to hold on to power and influence and hold on to life itself! Those who think of themselves or make of themselves kings or queens will sooner or later find out that earthly glory is passing, and worldly power is fleeting. Save yourself and your family the trouble. The sooner you stop playing God, the better. The Koreans have a beautiful custom of not harvesting all the fruits of a tree in autumn so that the birds will have something to eat in the forthcoming cold winter. This surely is an example worth emulating. They consider the needs of the helpless and the little ones. How much more should we, so-called Christians! We must be considerate, thoughtful, sensitive to the needs of the people around us, and respond generously. As subjects of Christ, the King of the universe, we must be on the lookout for ways and means to carry out His marching orders to serve people, and to preserve Mother Nature. Christmas is just around the corner. As we busy ourselves making Christmas happen in our own homes, please set aside something to make Christmas happen in the lives of other people. Remember the words of the Lord in today’s Gospel: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for Me.” May we learn to be open, obedient, and

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