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.
I was bewildered by Jesus’ attitude when I read for the first time today’s Gospel. I knew that Jesus was the image of the invisible God and that He was expressing to humanity the attitudes of God such as goodness, kindness, compassion, mercy, understanding, etc. He was always ready to help those who were in need. How comes then that He had such a hard attitude towards the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel? She exposed Him her problem. His first attitude was just silence. He did not give any answer. Why? Why is God so silent to our prayers? His disciples begged Him to give her what she was asking for. Here He gave a rather surprising answer, “I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”! The woman did not give up. She knelt and entreated, “Lord, help me”. What a humility! This time, as though He wanted to discourage her, He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”. This courageous woman reacted, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table”. The final result is that Jesus could not resist such a great faith! “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you desire”. To some extent, the experience of the woman in today’s Gospel is similar to ours. At times we have the impression that God is so silent and does not answer our prayers. We experience this especially in difficult moments. Some other times, He seems to answer, but not the way we were expecting. And some times we receive what we had asked for in prayer. God can test our faith to see how far we believe in Him. Shall we continue to believe in Him even when He seems silent? Some people have lost their faith in difficult situations. When we face the silence of God, when we have the impression that He does not answer according to our expectations, let us not give up. Let us persevere like the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Then we can experience that even in His silence, God loves us and He knows why we are experiencing what we are going through. Let us trust Him whatever happens in our life. How I wish that Jesus would tell each one of us, “your faith is great, let it be done for you as you desire”. Fr Arsène KAPYA.