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.
What does the new COVID-19 Protection Framework mean for our Parish?
Our Parish will be providing Masses for all parishioners regardless of vaccination status. In order to comply with Government regulations and the recommendations of the Catholic Bishops Conference we will provide more Sunday Masses each weekend.
We will be offering two types of Masses: 1) Masses where no pass is required, which will be coded Yellow, and 2) Masses where Vaccine Pass are required, which will be coded Blue.
Our Sunday Masses this Weekend (4-5 December 2021):
To register for “Yellow Masses” please visit this website: https://bit.ly/3rrPfe9
Registration is not necessary for “Blue Masses”.
Due to the new and constantly changing nature of this new system, and this weekend being our first with the new Traffic Light restrictions, Mass times may need to be further amended over the coming weeks and months.
Please bear with us in grace as we do our best to navigate all of the complexities involved in this.
We also plan to instate regular Online Sunday Masses to accommodate those who are unwell or unable to attend Mass. The Archbishop has confirmed that the obligation for Mass remains lifted.
The SLT and Parish team will continue to review weekday Masses, other Parish gatherings, and make plans for the rest of the Advent/Christmas season. These will be clearly communicated through our newsletter, on our website and social media.
Please remember to stay home if you are feeling unwell.
Record keeping/scanning is still required at all Masses.
Please note that under Orange, face coverings are required for workers and volunteers. For everyone else masks remain highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
Sandra will be in touch regarding rosters. All attending and serving at Vaccine Pass Masses will need to be vaccinated. We will also need a few volunteers after each Mass to stay back and help wipe down surfaces.
Finally, if anyone is struggling, would like a visit or feels lonely, please let the Parish staff know and we can arrange a visit.
God bless you
Senior Leadership Team
Saturday – 6pm Vigil Mass (Yellow)
Sunday – 9am (Blue)
Sunday – 10:30am (Yellow)
Sunday – 5pm Latin Mass (Yellow)
Tuesday – 9am (Yellow)
Wednesday – 9am (Yellow)
Thursday – 9am (Yellow)
Friday – 12pm (Yellow)
Sunday – 9am (Yellow)
Sunday – 10:30am (Blue)
Wednesday – 12pm (Yellow)
Friday – 9.30am (Yellow)
Saturday – 9:30am (Yellow)
Sunday – 8:30am – Yellow
Wednesday – 7pm – Yellow
(First and Third Wednesday)
No regular Mass timetable.
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
Our readings once again this week encourage us to prepare well for the coming of the Lord. When the people of Israel were in exile, one of the tasks set them by their captors was the making of roads. From the Prophet Baruch we hear that God has decreed the filling in of the valleys and the flattening of the mountains so that a ‘highway’ might be made for the Lord. We in this day are asked to walk along that Advent pathway – to make a straight highway for the Lord to enter our lives. We also know that of all the gospel writers, Luke had the strongest concern for history. He found it important to locate firstly the story of John the Baptist, and then the story of Jesus, in in the historical realities of the day. And so our Gospel this weekend begins with Luke naming the leaders who were in place at that time in Israel. After Luke has given his audience (and possible converts) a sense of place, he goes on to tell us of the mission of St John the Baptist – the patron of our diocese of Christchurch. And so, with our eyes set now on the great festival of Christmas, lets make straight the paths for the Lord in our own lives. Fr John