Dear Parishioners,
As of 11.59pm on Sunday 23 January New Zealand has moved to the red light setting under the COVID-19 protection framework. For the Church to operate under these restrictions we have had to return to the Mass registration system for our weekend Masses therefore limiting the number of parishioners at each mass to allow for 1 metre distancing. St Anne’s has a maximum capacity of 80 people and St Francis de Sales can hold 100 people. There will be no need to register for the weekday Masses.
The link to register for Sunday Masses is available here. 
Registrations are open from 1pm today, Wednesday, until Friday 12pm.
If you are having trouble with the Archdiocese registration system, you can email the parish office on

Cardinal John encouraged us to remind people that the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass is still in place.
We ask that people please abide by the rules put in place to keep ourselves safe, such as:
• Please do not come to Mass if you have any cold, flu-like or other symptoms;
• Please obey the rules around isolating – you are dispensed from the obligation – if you are waiting for a test result or are a contact of an infected person;
• If you are coming to Mass you must wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, practice hand hygiene and be very aware of social distancing;
• If you are coming to a Mass where vaccine passes are required, please bring this with you every week as we will have different people checking from Mass to Mass.

We understand these changes may be frustrating and confusing. We appreciate your understanding and your patience as we ask that you please help us to keep our parish safe by following the protocols set out by the government so we can continue to stay open.

Happy New Year to you all. News from Fr Doug

Dear Parishioners,
There are a couple of events happening in the Parish in January that you might be interested in.

1.  Garage Sale at St Anne’s Saturday 22 January
We are appealing for donations to help the super Typhoon Odette victims to rebuild their badly damaged homes. The funds raised will go to families in the island of Bohol in the Central Visayas’s region of the Philippines. Bohol was one of the hardest hit islands in the archipelago and its inhabitants desperately need help. The typhoon hit just before Christmas Eve 2021 and to date there is no electricity and drinking water is rationed.
Any donations will be gratefully received and can be made two ways. Donations through a  Givealittle page  or by attending a Garage Sale at St. Anne’s Hall, 22 Emmett Street, Newtown from 8.30am to 2pm on Saturday 22 January 2022.

2.  Joe Green is moving on
There will be a Presentation for Joe at the 9am Mass on 30 January at St Anne’s.

3. Newsletters
The first Newsletter of the year will be on 30 January. The Office will reopen next week on Tuesday 25 January.

Every blessing.
Fr Doug

Update from Fr Doug

Dear Parishioners,
With the New Year approaching and the holiday season well under way, I take this opportunity to let you know that Fr Cirilo has returned to the Philippines for a well-deserved break to recharge his batteries and reconnect with the family and friends he has not seen in 6 years.
He will be away through January and February of 2022. I look forward to his return to our Parish in due course next year, and wish him a safe journey and a productive retreat
Every blessing.
Fr Doug


Representatives from St Mary’s College joined the Parish at St Francis de Sales Mass on Sunday Morning.
They presented a rose to acknowledge the special gift they have received from St Bernard’s Parishioners.

‘With all our gratitude for the donation of the St Bernard’s Parish sacred items.
They will be established in our new ‘Atawhai’ chapel ready for the start of 2022.’

The school is looking forward the opening of their new sacred space and preparations are well underway including the addition of inspirational artwork produced by students.

Photo Credit: Maria Fouhy, St Mary’s Director of Religious Education

Worshipping with Covid-19 in our midst.

The new traffic light system will allow people to gather in churches under certain conditions after 2 December;
Wellington South will be on ORANGE.
This means there will be no restriction on numbers in the Church and no need for registration.
♦ All parishioners must show a My Vaccine Pass at the door, which will be verified. (You can download this onto your phone, or produce a paper copy with the QR code on it)

To get a My Vaccine Pass call 0800 222 478. Please have your NHI number ready — you can find this on a hospital letter, a prescription or prescription receipt. OR go to to sign up for a My Health Account. (Also check with your local pharmacy as some are able to print your vaccine pass for you.)

♦ A separate Mass at 6pm on Saturdays at St Anne’s will be open to vaccinated and unvaccinated alike (no proof of vaccine required). A maximum of 50 people allowed and you can register online at or contact the office.

We will also continue with measures designed to minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19.
• Please bring your own mask
• Scan in at the door
• Communion only in the hand
• No holy water for blessing
• No shared hymn or other books.

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve

6pm:          Family Mass at St Francis de Sales
7.30pm:     Family Mass at St Anne’s
9pm:          Mass St Francis de Sales

Christmas Day

9am at St Anne’s
10.30am at St Francis de Sales

All Christmas Masses in our Parish will require a Vaccine Pass

St Mary of the Angels will be holding Open Masses
Christmas Eve—5.15pm
Christmas Day—7am
No vaccine pass required but you need to register. To register email

Mass Registrations

Masses not requiring My Vaccine Pass are listed in this registration system on the Archdiocese website
They are limited to 50 people. You must register for these Masses.

If you wish to attend: please fill out the form on this link.
Registrations are open from 9:00 am Wednesday to 12:00 noon Friday.

Guidelines for worshipping with Covid-19 in our midst. From the NZ Catholic Bishops

The new ‘traffic light’ system will allow people to gather in churches under certain conditions from early December;
Parishes will provide Masses for vaccinated people with a My Vaccine Pass.
A separate numbers-restricted Mass will be open to vaccinated and unvaccinated alike (no proof of vaccine required).
All those who are ushers, readers, ministers of the Eucharist, collectors, those leading liturgies of the Word, Communion to the sick, etc will need to be fully vaccinated at vaccination-only Masses.
Priests who are not fully vaccinated will be unable to exercise pastoral care in aged-care residential settings or hospitals as well as schools.
Fully vaccinated priests presiding at a service open to both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, need to give due consideration to any health conditions that make them more susceptible to being infected by Covid-19.
Pending any changes accompanying the ‘traffic light’ system, Parishes should continue with measures designed to minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19, such as encouraging the use of masks, social distancing, communion only in the hand, no holy water for blessing, and no shared hymn or other books.

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference have commentary on their website:

The full Bishops letter is available from: