A growing and thriving community of Christian faith, hope and love where everyone is welcome.
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.
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 + 7pm*
Friday – 12pm
*Additional Mass during Lent
Sunday – 9am
Wednesday – 7am* + 12pm
Friday – 9.30am
Saturday – 9.30am
*Additional Mass during Lent
Sunday – 8.30am
Wednesday – 7pm
(First and Third Wednesday)
No regular Mass timetable.
The miraculous feeding we hear of in our Gospel this weekend has always been seen by the Church Fathers as an image of the Eucharist. Using a formula which was familiar to the Jewish people, there is the breaking of the bread, and the giving of thanks. The Greek work for “thanksgiving” is eucharisteo, where we get our word “Eucharist.” We might note then, that in this great miracle of the feeding of the 5000, as in the Last Supper, and, in fact, in every Jewish prayer of blessing over food, thanksgiving precedes the meal. Many of us have learnt this as children. How often did our parents say to us “say thank you …” ? But let’s be honest, this thankfulness can wear out, we can begin to take our good fortune for granted, and, after a while, even the misfortune of others fails to remind us how thankful we ought to be. In the economy of the Kingdom of God however, thanksgiving is the platform upon which we base our actions. We begin with thanks, knowing that having acknowledged God, and accepted our dependence on God’s providence – we then stand at the door way of the supernatural, the place of the miraculous. St. Paul told the Thessalonians, to Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thess. 5:16-18) Especially when we are facing our challenges, this is the time to offer thanksgiving, recognizing that the Lord is our source for what we are about to encounter. We can’t operate on conditional thanksgiving. Our Gospel this weekend might remind us that we are still in the age of miracles – at each celebration of Holy Mass we too are fed by the bread which comes down from heaven. Let’s be thankful, always, for this great gift. Fr John