News from Deacon Hugh in New Zealand

As many of you will be aware, Deacon Hugh is on holiday in New Zealand.  He has been visiting our sister parish St Joseph’s Papanui which unfortunately  suffered irreparable damage in the 2011 earthquake.  Here is a brief report and some photos from Hugh:

Deacon Hugh and Margaret have visited St Joseph’s Church in Christchurch New Zealand during their holiday. St Joseph’s Papanui is currently using the neighbouring parish church of St Gregory’s Bishopdale, a neighbouring parish. This arrangement has been in place since the 2011 earthquake when St Joseph’s building was rendered unusable and subsequently demolished. Plans are afoot for a replacement building.

Like their UK sister parishes, the two parishes share clergy and the first weekend we were there, Fr Benito was supplying for Greymouth parish, a mere 3 hour drive each way!! The pictures show Fr Benito receiving a picture from St Joseph’s and Holy Redeemer and the congregation responding.

They were all most hospitable and grateful for the contact and prayers….it is hoped that the relationship may grow.

​Financial Secretary – St Joseph’s Parish Christchurch

A vacancy has arisen for a part-time Financial Secretary to serve St Joseph’s Parish Christchurch. The successful applicant will be located at the St Joseph’s Parish Office.

Hours of work: 6-8 hours per week.
Commencement Date: To be confirmed
Remuneration: Diocesan pay structure
Key Responsibilities:

  • Pay invoices/wages/utilities etc
  • Create invoices
  • Ensure everything recorded on FINSYS
  • Reconcile bank statements
  • Prepare end of year accounts
  • Keep records in accordance with HMRC
  • Liaise with the diocese on financial issues
  • Report to finance committee and priest
  • Manage petty cash and other monies as and when needed

Closing Date for Applications: 12:00 Noon 24th May 2019

Application Form – To request an application form please email

Further details at