Re opening of St Francis de Sales Church for Palm Sunday

The work on the roof and bell tower has been completed and all the new lighting and heating has been installed. Fr Doug and members of the committee were given an overview of the new systems during the week and were very happy with the results.
A huge thank you to everyone involved with this project, all the workers and all those who donated their time and money. This Parish is truly blessed.

ALERT LEVEL 1 FROM 7 MARCH 2021

Cardinal John Dew has sent the following message to parishes in the Archdiocese of Wellington about the change for Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1:
As the Prime Minister has announced we are returning to Alert Level 1 at 6am on Sunday morning Masses and other parish gatherings can resume on Sunday without restriction on numbersThere will be no Vigil Masses on Saturday evening (6 March).
The same requirements we were following in Alert Level 1 previously apply until further notice:

  • Communion on the hand only.
  • No distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Non-contact Sign of Peace
  • No holy water in stoops.

Please encourage people to be careful when they gather, for their own safety and that of others.
With all good wishes and every blessing
Yours sincerely in the Lord
John A Cardinal Dew
Archbishop of Wellington

28 FEBRUARY – ALERT LEVEL 2

28 February 2021
Cardinal John Dew has told parishes in the Archdiocese of Wellington that with Alert Level 2 having come into force at 6am on Sunday 28 February for seven days, there will be no public Masses during this time.
There should also be no in-person parish gatherings or liturgical events. He encourages people to take time to reflect on the Sunday readings, and especially the Gospel which is the account of the Transfiguration. The readings can be found here.
Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent (28 Feb) which was livestreamed from Our Lady of Kapiti Parish can be accessed here.

CHANGE IN ALERT LEVEL

SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY 9:30PM 
RECEIVED FROM THE CATHOLIC PARISH OF WELLINGTON SOUTH OFFICE

The Government has just announced that we are going back to Alert Level 2 from 6am Sunday morning

  • There are to be no Masses or other liturgical events or parish gatherings in the Archdiocese for the next 7 days 

BUILDING UPDATE at St Francis de Sales

All the scaffolding will come down within the next 2 weeks, then the lower level painting work can be completed.
There has been a considerable amount of work fixing the timber windows.
The main and entrance roofs are complete.
The back roof to be completed by the end of February.
New Skylights should arrive by 11th March.
Painting due for completion by 26th March.
The Church has also had a new heating and fresh lighting system installed, and is expected to re-open in time for Holy Week.

 

Return to COVID-19 Alert Level 1

17 February 2021

Dear Fathers and Lay Pastoral Leaders

As we are returning to Alert Level 1 Masses and other parish gatherings can resume without restriction on numbers.
The same requirements we were following in Alert Level 1 previously apply until further notice:

  • Communion on the hand only.
  • No distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Non-contact Sign of Peace
  • No holy water in stoops.

Please encourage people to be careful when they gather, for their own safety and that of others.With all good wishes and every blessing

Yours sincerely in the Lord
John A Cardinal Dew
Archbishop of Wellington

ALERT LEVEL 2 – Message from Cardinal Dew

 

From John A Cardinal Dew
Archbishop of Wellington

ALERT LEVEL 2 GATHERINGS


As the Alert Level change is, at this stage, only for three days, until further notice we will follow the same procedure as we did when we were last in Level 2:

  • There are to be no Masses or other liturgical events or parish gatherings in the Archdiocese. This includes weekday Masses. The Ministry Formation Day planned for Tuesday 16 February will not go ahead.
  • There are to be no Ash Wednesday Masses or liturgies in our churches. If your parish planned to participate in an ecumenical service in one of your parish’s churches, it is not to take place in that venue. If the other denominations participating wish to go ahead with an ecumenical service in their church, Catholics are free to make their own decision about joining them.
  • If the Alert Level changes back to Level 1 on Wednesday night, we will look at having the blessing and distribution of the ashes at Masses next Sunday.

The full text of Cardinal John’s letter can be read here.

News on the closure of St Bernard’s Church

From the Parish Newsletter 7 February 2021
After another useful consultation meeting last Sunday at St Bernard’s, it has been agreed that the date for the final Mass will be Sunday 18 April.
A committee has been formed to make all the arrangements necessary for the closure of the Church.
We move on to work with new partners to build up the life of our Parish and of the whole church of Jesus Christ.