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


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.

As there is no Newsletter this week here is a brief update

  • There will be a continuation of the conversation about the closure of the Church at St Bernard’s in Brooklyn with Fr Doug after the 10.30am Mass on Sunday 31 January
  • The next Newsletter will be 31 January 2021
  • Please note that the Sunday 10.30 Mass at St Francis de Sales is temporarily cancelled due to renovations.
  • If you are unable to attend one of the other Masses in our Parish go to online Mass at
  • The Parish Office reopens on Tuesday the 26th of January after Wellington Anniversary weekend

An important announcement to all Parishioners

St Francis de Sales Church is temporarily closed due to construction.
The interior is being fitted 
with new heating and lighting and the exterior is being re roofed

The Church has become a Construction Zone. There will be machinery and other hazards inside the Church so in line with health and safety policies, no parishioners may have access during this time.

The downstairs Hall will be set up as a chapel and weekday Mass on Mondays and Fridays is still available.

Details are included in a letter from the Parish Leadership Team.


There will be NO MASSES from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 December

Weekday Mass Times during January

Monday 9 am St Francis de Sales
Tuesday  9 am St Joseph’s
Wednesday    No Mass
Thursday  10 am St Anne’s
Friday 9 am St Francis de Sales
Saturday 10 am St Anne’s

Parish Christmas Party 2020

Words of Thanks!

On Behalf of the Leadership Team, we would like to thank the whole whanau for supporting the Parish Christmas party. We enjoyed, we sang, and we shared the Christmas Spirit. What a joy to witness a community living the spirit of oneness in God. We would also like to thank the whole community for supporting the Fundraising for Typhoon victims in the Philippines. We were able to raise a total of $5,150. This money will be sent to the Parish of Bato to help the parishioners to stand again.
Thank you so much!