Letter from the Vicar 1 March 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we continue our pilgrimage in Lent. Today our reading from the Gospel recalls the Transfiguration of Jesus. One way of understanding the Transfiguration is that on this occasion Jesus’ divinity shone through his humanity. When we come to Mass we begin spiritually to climb a mountain, as Jesus … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 22 February 2015

Dear Friends, Today we gather for the first Sunday of Lent and I welcome you to S. Michael’s. This date has a particular poignancy for Christchurch, being the fourth anniversary of the earthquakes which devastated our city. In these years much has been accomplished, yet for many people the trauma of that day, and the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 15 February 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today on this last Sunday before Lent begins. Inevitably our thoughts today will be tending towards preparation for Lent. The purpose of Lenten disciplines is to increase our capacity for liturgy as we approach Holy Week and Easter. In those liturgies, which mark the climax of our calendar, we … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 8 February 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. Friday was Waitangi Day and in our Mass today we remember and give thanks for the Treaty, and we pray that our nation will continue to grow towards the aspirations of those who signed. There is often a level of tension around Waitangi Day as some Maori air … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 1 February 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today for the celebration of Candlemas. We particularly remember the presentation of Jesus in the temple by his parents, and the offering made in fulfilment of the law of the Lord. As Jesus made his way over the threshold of the temple his presence also meant that Simeon could … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar Christmas Day 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Welcome to Christmas at S. Michael and All Angels. This morning we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. The weeks of Advent have prepared us to welcome the Christ Child, indeed our Saviour, on this holy day. As you prepare for this Mass spend some time taking in the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 21 December 2014

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we come to the fourth Sunday of Advent. Today we light the final Advent candle for love. It is appropriate on this day for our attention to be directed to the Blessed Virgin Mary and her love and faithfulness to God and to her son Jesus. Love is … [Read more…]

Christmas Raffle

The Christmas raffle will be drawn on Sunday 21st December, 2014 at 11.30am- still time to buy a ticket beforehand!

Parish Notices 21 December 2014

Parish Notices Donations for Christmas flowers: please give to Marla Hughes today or drop off at the parish office by Wednesday. CWS envelopes: please take one today; return it with your donation at Christmas. Working bees on Wednesday: flower arranging and brass cleaning from 9:00 am. Sales Table & Raffle: in the hall today after … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 14 December 2014

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on this third Sunday of Advent, which is also known as Gaudete Sunday. This word comes from the first word in the Latin antiphon and means ‘Rejoice’. So today we light the rose candle on the Advent Wreath for joy. Over the weeks of Advent we prepare for the … [Read more…]