St Mary's School and Parish whānau joined for the joint School - Parish celebration of the Eucharist recently. During the Mass the 25 new children and their families who joined the school were given a special welcome from the Parish.

The parish of St Mary's of the Immaculate Conception in Avondale, New Zealand, is a community living and breathing the Kingdom of God

To be part of any parish means to be part of a true faith family. Central to our parish life is our celebration of the Eucharist. A mark of the vibrancy of any parish is how we, as members of the body of Christ, feel nourished and sent. Nourished by the gift of the Eucharist and strengthened by Christ to go out into the world to build up the Kingdom of God!.

How well we do this is determined by our formation in our faith, our involvement in ministry and community, and how we share our faith with others.

Let's look at our Parish in Action and in Faith!

Our dedicated and hardworking Parish Pastoral Council members sharing a meal after a productive meeting

Ministers of the Word and of the Eucharist had training before they were installed to serve the Parish. Some had their commitment renewed while others had just started their journey.

Fr James Adayadiel SDB (65 Years) & Sr Cherubina MC (25 years) brought joy to the parish once again as they celebrated their jubilee anniversaries. Congratulations!.

Altar Servers gearing up for our Parish Mass is a joyful and sure sign of a vibrant community

Members of our Parish attended a seminar on Safeguarding, a policy on commitment to keeping our children, youth and vulnerable adults safe.

Bishop Denis Browne was the Principal Celebrant at the Confirmation and First Holy Communion Celebrations on the Pentecost Sunday. It was a joyful celebration for the children, their families and for the parish.