The Parish of . .
St Peter Chanel
St Peter Chanel

In transparish with St Matthew's, Hillcrest

Welcome to the Parish of St Peter Chanel, in the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, New Zealand.

St Peter Chanel Parish is in the Hamilton suburb of Te Rapa. We enjoy a transparish affiliation with St Matthew's, Hillcrest.

Our Parish Priest is Fr Eamon Kennedy. Fr Eamon is assisted by Deacon Leonard Williams and Fr Graeme Alexander is Chaplain to Assisi.

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time — Vigil Mass

Saturday, 19 July 2014 — Year A

First Reading: Wis 12:13, 16-19 Second Reading: Rom 8:26-27 Gospel: Mt 13:24-43

May God Bless each and every one of you.

Dear parishioners and visitors

The following article is taken from the Living Liturgy 2014.
"What is the good news here for our daily living? True, some of us have a tendency to live in fear of God's judgement and to shrink from God's mastery, we might think of ourselves only as weeds to be burned. We know that, to be sure, in our daily lives there will be times when we fall short of the demands of the Gospel. But the rhythm of the paschal mystery- dying always includes rising- invites us to look beyond the immediate moment, see the possibilities for discernment and new Life, trust in God's leniency and mercy, and be open to God's loving kindness. The weeds will grow. But God is patient. There is always time and need for new growth! That is why it is such good news that we hear this Sunday: God is kind and merciful and patient beyond expectation."
2014 Living Liturgy for Sundays and Solemnities 2013 pg 76

Kind regards and God bless
Fr Eamon Kennedy

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St Peter Chanel Prayer

St Peter Chanel
St Peter Chanel

Heavenly Father, from the First Companions of the Society of Mary, you sent St Peter Chanel to bring the light of faith to the people of our islands.

In hardship and afflictions he gave understanding testimony to Christ by his words, his life and the shedding of his blood.

May our celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection make us also faithful witnesses to the new life he offers us.

Honoured in New Zealand

In New Zealand there are six parishes, four primary schools, one college, a National Shrine and a Diocesan centre dedicated in honour of St Peter Chanel, the Bi-Centenary of whose birth was on 12th July 2003. How is it that a saint of French origin is so honoured in this land?

Father Peter Chanel was one of the early group of Catholic missionaries to the South West Pacific which set out from France in December 1836. The group was destined to found the Catholic Church in Western Oceania and New Zealand. Father Chanel and a Marist catechist Brother Marie-Nizier were placed on the island of Futuna, north of the Fijian Islands, in November 1837 and laboured there for three and a bit years. It was a difficult mission: learning the language, coping with isolation, different foods and customs, eventually beginning to bear some fruit.

On 28th April 1841 Peter Chanel was killed by a group of warriors incited by the leading chief of Futuna, in hatred of the Faith which threatened his control over the people.

Eventually the earthly remains of Peter Chanel were brought to New Zealand and remained at Russell for eight years before being sent to France. Peter Chanel was acknowledged as a martyr and declared Blessed in 1889.

He was canonized in the Marian Year 1954 by Pope Pius XII. St Peter Chanel is recognized as the first martyr of Oceania and the Patron Saint of this region. As a foundation member of the Society of Mary he is acknowledged by the wider Marist family - Marist Brothers of the Schools, Marist Sisters (Peter Chanel had a sister in this congregation), Marist Missionary sisters - all of these religious groups contributing to the development of the Catholic Church in New Zealand.

As a Marist, a missionary, a martyr and a Saint, Peter Chanel is of significance to New Zealand. We celebrate the anniversary of his death as a Church Feast day and the Bi-Centenary of his birth will give further opportunity for Russell, Manukau, Te Rapa, Whakatane, Hamilton Diocese, Hastings, Masterton, Otaki, Motueka, and Green Island (and indeed - all parishes and schools) to celebrate, remember and gain strength by Peter Chanel's intercession as the lives of Peter's spiritual descendants continue.

The Parish of St Peter Chanel, Te Rapa, in the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, New Zealand