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Earthquake Strengthening Work Completed!

(Updated 13th December) The work to strengthen the Church is completed!  Because of the solution that was arrived at, the major part of the work is mostly ‘hidden’.  The most obvious things you will see in the Church are actually not related to the Strengthening but more to do with the opportunity we took to do other work, including updating the windows of the Stations of the cross.  If you enter the sacristy, you will also find a smaller room, which is almost useless as a sacristy, because we had to meet new requirements to have two extra Emergency Exits.
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Consecration of Our Bishop-elect PAUL MARTIN

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Paul Martin SM on Sat 3rd March 11.00am at Christchurch Boys’ High School Auditorium, 71 Straven Road. Ordination Date: The ordination for Bishop-elect Paul will take place on Saturday 3rd March, 11am Following the ordination there will be a reception in the school gymnasium. Ordination Venue: The venue is Christchurch Boy’s High School Auditorium The venue capacity is large and holds 1400 people Transport and Parking: There will be no parking available in the grounds of Christchurch Boys’ High School. The best options are taxi/bus/drop off.
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Fr Graeme Blackburn 2 March 1984 – 15 January 2018

Father Graeme Joseph Blackburn 2 March 1984 – 15 January 2018   A loved and respected priest of the Christchurch Diocese and Assistant Priest, at Our Lady of Victories for six months.   Passed away as a result of a tragic motor accident in Christchurch on Monday January 15, 2018. Aged 33 years   Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, Christchurch, on Saturday, January 20. A Vigil Service was held at Our Lady of Victories,  on Friday, January 19
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Breaking News: Habemus Vescovo – We have a Bishop

It was announced today that Pope Francis appointed Fr. Paul Martin SM as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Christchurch. Bishop-elect Paul Martin was born in Hastings in 1967, one of five children.  He entered the Marist Seminary in February 1985 and studied theology and art at Victoria University, Wellington.  He taught English and Religious Education in NZ, and has held the roles of Rector at St Patrick’s College, Wellington and Deputy Director in Pastoral Care at St Bede’s College, Christchurch.  He has also served as President of the Wellington Secondary Schools’ Principals Association and was part of the
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Parish Cycle Ride and Picnic – 28 March 2016

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Papal Medal awarded to Carey Haines

On Sunday November 18th 2012, during Mass, Carey Haines was awarded the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Bishop Barry, Fr Kevin, Fr Michael, ladies and gentlemen, I have only come to know Carey over the past few years, while we have both been on the Parish Council. Prior to that I had seen him at mass but had not fully realized the extent of his role and participation in the parish liturgy. Many of you may not be aware that Carey is at the Vigil and Sunday masses every week – usually an hour beforehand – often in prayer,
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