St Peter Chanel Parish is a growing and thriving faith community which gathers in Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Oxford in North Canterbury. We are known for our large number of families. Together we seek to bring people to Jesus and form missionary disciples. We invite you to visit us.
christmas MASS TIMES
- 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
- 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
10:30 pm – Adoration in Rangiora
11:30pm – Mass at St Mary & St Francis de Sales in the Chervier Centre in Rangiora
NEW YEARS DAY
- 9:00am – Mass at St Mary & St Francis de Sales in the Chervier Centre in Rangiora
We rejoice that we have returned to Level 1 and can resume our normal Mass times from this coming weekend.
There is no longer any need to register in advance for Mass or to sign in on entry to our churches.
However as the government is encouraging us to continue to log our own movements, you will be able to scan a QR Code on your phone using the NZ Covid Tracer Ap at the entrance of each of our churches to record when and at what time you visited.
We will have our final Online Mass this Sunday 14 June at 10.30am.
We look forward to seeing you soon. God bless you and your loved ones.
Saturday – 6pm – Vigil Mass
Sunday – 10.30am
Tuesday – 9am
Wednesday – 9am
Thursday – 9am
Friday – 12pm
Sunday – 9am
Wednesday – 12pm
Friday – 9.30am
Saturday – 9.30am
Sunday – 8.30am
Wednesday – 7.00pm
(First and Third Wednesday)
No regular Mass timetable.
Why did the chicken cross the play ground ? To get to the other side… There is a question attached to our gospel today – what were Jesus and the disciples doing out on that boat ? We may ask, why did Jesus and the disciples cross the sea? The answer is given in the verses that follow our Gospel today (14:34-36). They tell us that they wanted to get to the other side to minister to the people there. Remember that the semitic people had a fear of large bodies of water. This made the boat a symbol of safety – of refuge. At the end of this incident in which Peter fails in his attempt to walk on water, Jesus himself joins the disciples in the boat. A ship or a boat was one of the earliest symbols for Christianity, and this story indicates why it was attractive: when surrounded by adversity, safety and salvation are experienced in the Church with Jesus in its midst. Perhaps this is a reminder that trying to ‘go it alone’ on our lives of faith is fraught with danger. But remember that a boat is not a static symbol. It is a vehicle used to get somewhere. Let’s accept that to be in the boat with Jesus is to be on a missionary journey to spread the good and liberating news of the Gospel. Fr John