Parish Council

The renewed parish council for the Catholic Parish of Wellington South will meet for the first time on 27 July 2021.
Together with the Pastoral Leadership Team the parish council includes: Melania Lui, Anne Natoli, Luigi Cacace, Napoleon Rudolfo, Janine Ford, Christine Ammunson and Francis Fanning (remaining in the interim). This makes 10 people, a sizeable group.
We appreciate that having been nominated with the support of members of our community these people have responded so positively. Our members are representative of the parish across many criteria, and bring a range of personal and professional competencies that expand and enrich the knowledge and wisdom base of our Parish Council.

From the Parish Newsletter of 11 July 2021.

CHANGE IN ALERT LEVEL

As we are now in Alert Level Two: There will be no Vigil or Sunday Masses this weekend, and no other liturgical or parish gatherings.
Funerals are restricted to 100 people, and social distancing and contact tracing are essential. Please follow the directions of the Funeral Director.
For the next three days, due to the number of places the infected person visited and the likelihood of multiple contacts there will be no weekday Mass either.
Once again, the change in Alert Levels means that good parish communication is more important than ever. Please make contact with as many parishioners as possible through emails, parish apps, emailed newsletters etc to ensure that parishioners can be reached quickly.

With thanks and with all good wishes and blessings
John A Cardinal Dew

Full Memorandum available here

New Decrees

The Cardinal has now issued a Decree to change the territorial boundary of the former St Josephs Parish in Mount Victoria to be incorporated into St Mary of the Angels Parish in Wellington Central. The transfer date as negotiated by the respective Parish priests will be the 1st of August 2021.

He has also issued a Decree to deconsecrate St Bernard’s Church.

The full Decrees are available at the links below and on Church noticeboards.

DECREE OF DECONSECRATION OF ST BERNARD’S CHURCH, BROOKLYN

DECREE TO CHANGE THE TERRITORIAL BOUNDARY OF THE FORMER ST JOSEPH’S PARISH

NOMINATIONS WANTED FOR THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

With changes to our Parish boundaries imminent and the recent news that two of our members are stepping down, we are seeking nominations for the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).
If you are willing to share your gifts with the parish community and can contribute approximately 4 hours per month to attending and following up on monthly PPC meetings, we would love to hear from you.
If you want to find out what’s involved in being a PPC member, contact Fr Doug at doug.shepherd@wellingtonsouthcatholic.org
or Joe Green on hohepa56@gmail.com

Upcoming changes in the Parish of Wellington South

From the Parish Newsletter, 16 May 2021.

Archbishop John Dew has reached agreement with the Society of Mary that the area of the former St Joseph’s Parish in Mt Victoria will be removed from the Catholic Parish of Wellington South and incorporated into St Mary of the Angels (Wellington Central) Parish.
After the financial details have been agreed, Archbishop John will issue a decree changing the boundaries of the two parishes to bring this into effect .
The formal decree to close St Bernard’s has been requested. Archbishop John will present this to the Council of Priests at their next meeting before he issues the decree.
These are major changes for our Parishioners to absorb and I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding in this trying time. While many of us are adjusting to moving to a new church community, I would like to ask everyone to continue to be kind to each other.
With every blessing Fr Doug

Separation of St Joseph’s from Catholic Parish of Wellington South

Archbishop John Dew has reached agreement with the Society of Mary that the area of the former St Joseph’s Parish Mt Victoria will be removed from the Catholic Parish of Wellington South and incorporated into St Mary of the Angels (Wellington Central) Parish.
In accord with Canon 121 St Mary of the Angels Parish will acquire the properties which were patrimonial goods of the former St Joseph’s Parish, Mt Victoria.
The Catholic Parish of Wellington South Finance Committee will look into what portion of any cash should go to St Mary of the Angels Parish and what should be retained by the Catholic Parish of Wellington South. As the Parish Priest and the appointer of the members of the Finance Committee, I will make sure that the composition of the Finance Committee is balanced for this discussion, and that the process is fair. The options range from all of it being retained by Wellington South through to all of it going to St Mary of the Angels. It is not an option for the Catholic Parish of Wellington South to transfer to St Mary of the Angels more cash than was brought into the Parish by St Joseph’s at the time of amalgamation.
Once a decision has been reached about the cash patrimony, Archbishop John will issue a decree changing the boundaries of the two parishes to bring into effect the transfer of the area of the former St Joseph’s Parish to St Mary of the Angels Parish.

Fr Doug Shepherd

St Bernard’s Church Community

 


Thank you from the St Bernard’s Church Community

The St Bernard’s Church community thanks everyone who helped out at the Final Mass on Sunday 18 April, especially those from our other Parish Churches who supported the closing of our church through prayer and with practical support. Your kindness is appreciated.

 

The Closing Mass for St Bernard’s Church

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.