Parish Office Hours

Please note that our parish office will only be open for short periods on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next couple of weeks. We are currently going through the process of interviewing and hiring a new Office Support Staff member to replace Lucienne,

Please call before visiting us to make sure someone is here. Phone messages and emails will be attended to as soon as possible,  We thank you for understanding.

Farewell Morning Tea for Lucienne

Following the 9am Mass at St Anne’s on Sunday 26th July there will be a farewell morning tea for Lucienne in the St Anne’s Hall. This invite is extended to the whole parish.
Parishioners are asked to bring a plate to share for morning tea.

UPDATE

The new cases of covid are a timely reminder to continue to follow good hygiene practices and to act with caution for anyone who is showing new onset or worsening symptoms of one or more of the following:
* Cough
* Fever
* Sore throat
* Runny nose
* Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
* Temporary loss of smell
Anyone with these symptoms should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP.
They will advise on testing for COVID19.
People who are unwell should not come to Mass, availing themselves of the exemption from the Sunday obligation provided in the catechism of the Catholic ChurchChurch. This is a consideration to fellow parishioners, some of whom may be vulnerable.

Last week, Cardinal John wrote a letter to parishes with guidelines for Level 1.
These guidelines are:
– Holy Communion is to be received on the hand and not from the chalice;
– The Sign of Peace can be by spoken word or a gesture;
– Holy Water Fonts are to remain without Holy Water
These guidelines will be re-evaluated as further health advice is given.

A REMINDER: Keep a diary of your movements. Our churches now have individual QR codes from the Ministry of Health to help with this. It is recommended that all those with smartphones download the Covid19 app for this purpose

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

There will be NO MASSES in our Parish this weekend.
Although from 12pm on Friday 29 May new increased limits on gatherings apply, full information from the Ministry of Health about measures needed will not be available until later this week. In the meantime, a Parish plan is being formulated in consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council and Liturgy teams for a suitable Mass schedule across our four churches.
We expect that Masses in our Parish will resume in the first week of June.
For our churches to re-open, we need to have systems in place to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the celebration of the Eucharist.  We also have a responsibility to make sure that our church buildings are safe and clean places where we can gather to worship without fears for our health and well-being.  We are also required to meet the legal requirements for contact tracing.
As we work towards this new way of operating, we appreciate your patience and your prayers.
We will continue to update you with any new information as it becomes available.

Weekend blessings from The Office Support Team

As we head into another weekend, Sr Elizabeth has prepared another set of prayers for our parish for the 6th Sunday of Easter.  Please find them here.  I’m also attaching a Liturgy of the Word here, for those who wish to use this for their Sunday worship.  Mass from Cardinal John’s chapel will be on at 9am as usual, and Shine TV continues with its 2pm broadcast on Sunday afternoons.

Children’s resources for liturgy
There are some great children’s resources for liturgy, such as a live children’s liturgy on Sunday mornings at 9:30am from St Francis of Assisi parish, Mairehau.  Visit their Facebook page here.  A family friendly Liturgy of the Word from Auckland Diocese is available here.  Animated Catholic Kids Homilies for the 6th Sunday of Easter on YouTube is available here. We need your help!

In Alert Level 2 we will print and deliver newsletters to parishioners who we know have no online access.  These are typically our elderly or sick parishioners, and we would like to ensure that they feel as connected and supported as possible as this challenging season continues. If you are available to help deliver newsletters in your neighborhood, please let us know.  Thank you! 

Our Parish Offices remain closed for the time being, together with our churches and halls.  A reminder that the Parish Leadership is available for a chat any time.  Their contact details are on the front page of the newsletter.  

God bless you
Lucienne Hensel
Office Support Team
Catholic Parish of Wellington South

Update from New Zealand Catholic Bishops

Dear Parishioners, 
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have written a letter to parishioners and issued a media release in response to government’s move to Alert Level 2.  Both these documents are available here .
Though the Bishops in their media release indicate churches may be open, people should note that the Bishops point out that this is subject to all safety, hygiene and legally required controls being in place. The parish priest, as indicated in his letter on Sunday morning, will advise when these controls are in place and when the buildings will be available. At this stage, church and church facilities in our parish are closed while the implications are considered.
Parish Leadership Team