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50th Jubilee Celebrations

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

A special Mass was concelebrated on Sunday 17 April marking 50 years since the opening of the ‘new’ St Francis de Sales church in Island Bay and to thank God for the life of our faith community during the past 50 years.  Cardinal John Dew led the celebrations along with Parish Priest David Dowling. Also present were Fr Paul Shannahan SM, whose first appointment was to St Francis de Sales in 1965.  Fr Denis O’Hagan SM, the first priest to be ordained in the new St francis de Sales.  Fr Owen Sinclair, the first diocesan priest appointed to the parish and Fr Kevin Mears SM.



The prestigious Papal Honour, the Benemerenti Medal, was presented to Tony and Eileen Muollo during the Jubilee Mass. The award acknowledges the example of God’s love that Eileen and Tony have demonstrated in their commitment and support to each other, family, Parish and the wider community over many years of service.


Following Mass parishioners gathered for a morning tea at the Island Bay Bowling Club.




Memorial Mass

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Fr Paul Shannahan SM, whose first appointment was to St Francis de Sales in 1965, joined us from Akaroa to preside at a Memorial Mass to pray for deceased parishioners, benefactors, relative and friends. Parishioners gathered for morning tea in the hall after Mass.


Sunday, September 27th, 2015

At each Mass in the Wellington South Pastoral Area, the feedback and reflections from the discernment process of the past nine weeks were presented.

At St Francis de Sales the documents were taken as part of our offertory procession to be at the altar during Mass.











At the end of Mass, members of the discernment team presented the communities discernment to Fr. David as a representative of the Transition Team.






Fr. David thanked the Team for their work over the previous nine weeks and assured them and the community, that he would pass on all the careful considerations presented.











Fr. David gave Discernment Team members a special Blessing.

Parishioners are encouraged to continue to pray for those charged with the task of making the decisions and putting forward the plans for our New Parish



2015 Sacramental Programme begins

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

On Sunday 19 July we welcomed 32 children from our parish and St Bernard’s Brooklyn who will be starting their Sacramental Programme.  Please keep these children in your prayers as they prepare to complete their sacraments of initiation.


The participants were introduced to the parish community as they begin their journey. 


A special Blessing for the children at the end of Mass from Fr. Jeff










Children’s Mass and Parish Seminar

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Sunday 14 June 2015

On another beautiful Wellington morning, I came away from our Sunday Mass reminded of Sr. Mary’s quote in her June reflection – “An attitude of gratitude”.

Children of our parish, with the parent support team, lead the music, proclaimed The Word in the readings and shared the Prayers of the Faithful.

At the end of Mass we heard from representatives of the Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship and the men of our parish were invited to find out more about the organisation and join them at their monthly meetings.

The Presider at Mass was Fr. Francis D’Souza from ICPE Mission.
As part of their Outreach members from the School of Mission joined us at Mass and after Communion shared a reflection in sign language and movement to music.
After a cup of tea following Mass, the children joined one team from ICPE in the hall. In the church another team shared insights they had gained and how their lives had been touched and changed by the love of Jesus.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015


Congratulations to Gerard Hoskins and Diana Witkowski who recently received a Papal Blessing in recognition of their ongoing service to the Parish Community.


Sunday, May 17th, 2015

We joyfully welcome Jed, Cody, Finn, Claudia, Eva, Max, Leo, Phoenix, Reef, Oceane, Luka, Quinn,
Maziko, Dani, Pablo, Joshua, Daniel, Isla and Ryan into our faith community this weekend
as they receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

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May Children’s Mass

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Our regular monthly Children’s Mass had an extra special dimension on Sunday as it was Mother’s Day.
The Children’s Choir sang ‘Ka Waiata Ki a Maria’, a hymn venerating Mary, the mother of Jesus, for accepting her role as mother of future generations.


We also welcomed visitors from St. Bernard’s Parish, Brooklyn
who joined us for Mass and a cup of tea afterwards.


Welcome & Farewell

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Today we welcomed a new member into our Parish family with a baptism as part of our Sunday Mass.


We also said a sad farewell to Minh.

Minh farewell

Following prayerful reflection, guidance and discernment, Minh has made the decision to return to Vietnam.

Little Company of Mary

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

In the previous post, “Spirituality Reflection for March”, Mary Scanlon, LCM, focused on the significance of the coming together again of the three Southern Hemisphere communities of The Little Company of Mary.

The Little Company of Mary – Aotearoa New Zealand & Tonga

The Little Company of Mary – Australia

Sunday 1 March 2015 sees the formation of the Province of the Southern Cross.

LCM Southern Cross Sisters

At our 10am Mass representatives of The Little Company of Mary from Tonga, New Zealand and Australia were welcomed to our Parish and presented with a booklet of the ceremony that the sisters were to follow to pray and live the future.

One province: LCM Australia and New Zealand