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
Saturday – 9.30am
Sunday – 9am
Wednesday – 12pm
Friday – 9.30am
Saturday – 9.30am
Sunday – 8.30am
Wednesday – 7.30pm
(First and Third Wednesday)
No regular Mass timetable.
A quick unthinking read of our Gospel this weekend might tempt us to think that Jesus is promoting family discord. No ! it is not an attempt by Jesus to set people against each other. His hope was always to draw all people into the Kingdom. That outcome, however, required, and still does require, conversion. Not all would accept Jesus’ invitation to change; some, indeed, would oppose it. In Jesus’ mind, the Kingdom imperative overrode even family ties. His insistence was in line with his own Jewish Tradition. For instance, we read in the Prophet Micah (7:6) “Those who love father or mother more than me are not worthy of me; and those who love son or daughter more than me are not worthy of me.” Jesus continued to clarify this same point: the Kingdom takes priority over family loyalties. In fact, an attitude that loves father or mother (or son or daughter) more than Jesus may not necessarily be love, but, rather, more a fear of hurting them (or of being hurt by them). Let us remember the word love does not only refer to emotional intimacy, but also to preferential choice. Real love can allow hurt to happen, for the sake of some greater good. It is the kind of love often referred to as “tough love”. In fact, there is never reason to stop truly loving others, even though, sometimes, those others may interpret the “tough” behaviour as a denial of love. Fr John