The church has been closed due to a very poor earthquake assessment. Further investigation is being undertaken and also what options are available for the future. In the interim Masses have been transferred to St John the Baptist Anglican Church Jocelyn St Te Puke. Mass times remain the same Saturday 5 pm and Thursday 9 am. (The Tuesday liturgy is suspended at present).
We thank the Anglican Community in Te Puke for there very warm welcome to our community to worship in their church. We will continue to utilise St John the Baptist Church until we are able to return to St Patrick's or other arrangements have been made.
On the 28th of October a very fun filled and enjoyable night saw over 130 parishioners gathered for an night of Bingo with a twist. 2 rounds involved music bingo. Much fun and frivolitywas held by all, and along the way approximately $3500 was raised for the parish. I very special thanks to Clare Wilson for organising the night.
Look at photo gallery for some more photos
Father Prakash arrived in the parish on the 29th of August to take up the position of Assistant Priest. Father Prakash is a Claretian Priest. Information about the charism of the order is listed below: Father Prakash is settling into the parish and New Zealand life over the next few weeks, he is also going to take an active role in our youth ministries.
Parishioners have been recently advised of the state of the parish finances which is operating in deficit. The details below summarise the situation and how you can assist.
•22% of households provide financial support through regulargiving
•Giving average is $222per year, $4.27 per week.
•Income 2017 - $256,000plus grants of $43,000
•Last year - deficit of $46,000 was meet from reserves
•Major cost Wages, Diocesan Levy and R & M on Buildings
•Our income is down 10%
•Our building are in varying conditions. St Patricks –earthquake risk, St Thomas More over 30 years old, St Peter’s –historic church. - All need to be maintained.
•Support of clergy increased to 30%, mainly due to needs of retired clergy.
•Projects have been subsidised by community grants when available.
•We need to rebuild a “rainy day fund.
•Thank you to those that have continued to support in a financial way
•To those that are not giving – please consider contributing in some way
•Consider signing up to a regular giving plan
•If every household increased weekly giving to $5.00 a week the increase across the parish is $48,000. Your support by increasing your giving if possible will assist this parish to continue to develop and meet the needs of the large growin and vibrant community of the Papamoa Coast area.
This month BIshop Steve has released module 3 of "With Hearts Burning" this is an invitation to join with the BIshop as he reflects on the disciples journey with Christ on the road to Emmaus.
Copies are available in the foyer of the churches. More information is available on the diocesan website. http://whb.cdh.nz
This is an app that you install on your android or iphone, this is available from your phones app store just search for allsaintsbythesea (check it displays the parish logo), this is a FREE app. Features include links to parish rosters, newletters, latest news and contact information; plus alerts for upcoming events as a reminder.
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