Christchurch Earthquakes

Most churches are operating as usual after the earthquakes on Monday 13 June. Some have sustained further damage including the Cathedral, Lyttleton and Sumner. Updated information on Churches and schools will be added to the Christchurch Diocese website as it is available.

Message from Bishop Barry Jones, 15 June 2011

Brothers and sisters in Christ, peace be with you.

This is the Lord's own greeting, and we are in need of the gift of his peace as we come to terms with two more major earthquakes and the stress and uncertainty they have brought into our lives. More

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

WED 15 JUNE - The Cathedral has sustained substantial damage from the earthquakes on Monday 13 June. Engineers are presently carrying out a full inspection of the Cathedral and information from sensors placed in different parts of the basilica will help to assess how much the building moved during the earthquakes. The dome of the Cathedral was due to be lifted off in a couple of weeks. This work is now on hold. More

Christchurch Parishes

Updated information on Catholic parishes and Mass times in Christchurch

Christchurch Schools

Updated information on Christchurch Catholic schools

Earthquake Messages

Message from Pope Benedict XVI
Message from Catholic Bishop of Christchurch
Message from President of New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference
Message from President of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference Lent Appeal letter


How you can help

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
New Zealand Catholic Education Office Earthquake Appeal

For information on earthquake initiatives in your area contact your diocese.