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.
In our Gospel this weekend the disciples are meeting soon after the crucifixion of Jesus, when, all of a sudden he appears in their midst. The fact that he comes suddenly, although the doors were locked, indicates that his presence is now of a different kind. He wishes them peace. It is the ordinary Jewish greeting of ‘Shalom’ but one which has special meaning in this Easter context. Before his Passion Jesus had told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world do I give it to you…” (John 14:27). In spite of what they had heard, they are terrified and think they are seeing a ghost. “What are you afraid of?” Jesus asks them. He shows them his pierced hands and feet. The Greeks mocked at the idea of bodily resurrection but Luke emphasises the physical reality of Christ’s risen body, that is, the wholeness of the person of the risen Jesus. He invites them to come and touch him. Ghosts do not have flesh and bones. As he shows them the wounds in his hands and feet their fear turns to a mixture of joy and utter astonishment. They can’t believe their eyes. Jesus has to ask them to give him something to eat. Ghosts don’t eat and Jesus is no ghost, he is no disembodied soul. There is also an emphasis that death is not an escape from the body but that the whole person goes into the next life. Jesus then goes on to explain, as he did with the Emmaus disciples, how all that had happened to him was fully in harmony with and the fulfilment of the Law, the prophets and psalms. Mentioning the three constituent parts of the Old Testament Jesus indicates that the Messiah was foretold through the whole of the Hebrew scriptures. We too meet as disciples of Jesus at every mass – the Jesus who comes among us in Word and Sacrament. Lets pray this weekend that we, like those first disciples, might be transformed by the risen Christ. Fr John