St Francis De Sales Church Tour

Haven’t visited St Francis de Sales Church for a while? Or just curious about church history, theology, liturgy, as it is expressed through the structure of our church. Joe Green, lay pastoral leader, Fr Dennis and Fr David will be leading a 40 minute tour of St Francis de Sales Church, Island Bay on Tuesday 7 August at 5:30pm – Just turn up if you’re interested! 

St Francis de Sales Church confirmed as not earthquake prone

St Francis de Sales Church confirmed as not earthquake prone following a review As part of its ongoing strategic review of parish properties the Parish Finance Committee commissioned a review of the extent to which our buildings met, or did not meet the New Building Standard (NBS).

Following an extensive review, including ground testing and a peer review, the Wellington City Council now confirms that the St Francis de Sales church is no longer considered earthquake prone. The ‘yellow stickers’ may now be removed, and the building open to full public use, including by the St Francis de Sales school.

This is indeed good news, and we are grateful to the Finance Committee, the Parish Council, the St Francis de Sales school and the wider parish for their patience in what we know has been a trying time.

The parish is appreciative of the work put in by consultants John McNaughton of Spencer Holmes and Peter Johnstone of New Zealand Consulting Engineers.

A special School Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday 25th July to welcome St Francis de Sales School children and staff back into the Church, starting with a Powhiri (welcome ceremony) outside at 9:15am.
All parishioners are most welcome.
Pastoral Leadership Team.

Sunday 8th July – Sea Sunday



“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”

Today the Catholic Church with all other Churches in New Zealand and around the world remembers and prays for all seafarers. Seafarers are far from family, they endure unsafe working conditions and are paid low wages because of isolation from authorities. Lonely, unloved and badly treated, they are for us the suffering Christ.

Apostleship of the Sea is one of the great works of the Church. We take seriously the call of Christ himself to welcome strangers and support those in need. We do this by welcoming and supporting seafarers, port workers and fishers to Aotearoa New Zealand when they come ashore for rest and recuperation. As over 80% of them are Catholic, most are keen to go to Mass.

Will you help us welcome the seafarer stranger in New Zealand? Would you agree to please pray for the seafarers, their families who struggle without Dad at home, and the Apostleship team who seek to be that warm friendly face on land? And would you consider making a donation to help fund our work?

Pick up a donation brochure from the church foyer, or contact:
Fr Jeff Drane on 027 492 0250   or  email:

Suzanne Aubert’s Commemorative Birthday Mass 2018

Cardinal John Dew led the celebration of Suzanne Aubert’s birthday Mass at St Anne’s Church, on Tuesday 19 June.  The Sisters of Compassion’s Album of photos taken can be viewed on their Facebook page by clicking on the photo below.

Ngā mihi nui all those who were part of preparing for and leading this joyous Eucharistic celebration.







Sunday 10th June, at the 10:30am Mass at St Francis de Sales,
54 young people from our parish will be confirmed by
Cardinal John Dew.
Please keep our parish children in your prayers, that they may always be open to the action of the Holy Spirit in their lives.


The recommendations from the recent Archdiocesan Synod and the consequent Parish Stewardship Day have helped us set priorities in our pastoral ministry.
Our energy is drawn into formulating plans and actions in the parish enlightened by these recommendations.

While it is good to give our whole attention to this, we also need to be reminded as to who we are. The Stewardship Day recommendation has highlighted the difference between a do-gooder and a disciple eloquently.
“A do-gooder is driven; a disciple is drawn”. We need to have the spiritual eyes to see our role in building the kingdom of God in this world.

That is why we enlist the ICPE Mission to accompany us in our spiritual renewal this year. During the third week of June, there will be a “Parish Mission Week” with the theme: “AWAKEN”. The ICPE mission team will organise three evening sessions drawing on our Christian identity and our role in the mission of Christ in the world. With the same focus, the ICPE missionaries will also visit our three Parish Schools and selected rest homes within our parish.

During this week the ICPE Mission will also help us to reach out to those in our parish who are on the ‘peripheries”, that they too may have a spiritual renewal in Christ. This will also give us an opportunity to understand who are the disadvantaged in our communities, where they are, how and why they find themselves there. This will eventually help us create an “infrastructure of pastoral care” for them.

How can you take part?

  • Come and attend the three evening seminars lead by the ICPE team on 20, 21, 22 June. These will be held at St Anne’s Hall, Newtown.
  • Please let the Parish Office know of anyone in your community who might appreciate a house visit.
  • Help us to accompany the ICPE team on the house visitations and/or help with transport.
  • Help provide lunch and dinner for the ICPE team during the Parish Mission week.
  • If you can help, please contact the Parish office.
  • Watch this space for more information

Summary of feedback on Parish Plan

Catholic Parish of Wellington South

Response to parish plan survey 2018

Parishioners were surveyed as part of the parish planning process. 73 parishioners responded to the survey monkey, 4 sent in e mails, 1 put in a handwritten submission. 90% thought the plan was either ‘somewhat realistic’ or ‘very realistic’. In summary – there was overwhelming support for the plan to progress.

The responses and comments were grouped into ‘themes’. This note summarises those themes (and includes those who thought the plan was not realistic). These in turn have been included within the redraft of the plan which is now with the Parish Council.

Major themes

The major themes to emerge can be grouped under the heading ‘connecting school and parish’, ‘cultural and ethnic diversity’, ‘biculturalism/Maori’ and ‘Catholic Social Teaching’.

Secondary themes

The next major themes were ‘Mass times’, ‘property’ and ‘collaborative ministry – lay/ordained’.

Other themes

The following broadly outlines the other themes to emerge:

‘Who is responsible for what?’; St Bernard’s rosters – too few people’; ‘developing prayer and contemplative life’; ‘aging parishioner demographic – energy to do anything?’; ‘building community – might be building a stronger community or belonging to a community’; ‘move the plan beyond one year’; ‘change “peripheries” to responding to need’; ‘change faith formation to faith and spiritual formation’; ‘youth, young people and families’.


The effort parishioners went to make a response is very much appreciated by the Parish Council and the Parish Finance Committee. Please be assured that ‘nothing has been lost’.