The Parish has a number of printed resources that are available to parishioners.

The Parish strives to keep its members informed on issues of their faith, understanding of the ministries undertaken in the parish and developments in the Archdiocese and Parish.

Parish Directory

This booklet strives to provide up to date information on the organisations and ministries that make up the life of our parish here in Nelson. It is intended to help people both obtain the help they require from the Parish and those who wish to provide help in providing the resources listed here.

The Directory is provided to all new parishioners and also to others on request. It is available by contacting the Parish Office.

Any comments, additions or alterations should be directed to the Parish Office.

Grace in the Valley

On the weekend of the 30th June – 1st July 2001 Our Lady of Grace Parish, Heretaunga celebrated its golden jubilee. As part of those celebrations the Parish embarked on producing a record of the history of the parish as it had existed for the past 50 years. Mary Fouhy, a long time parishioner, was engaged to collect and write the work.

This book gives insights into the development of the Catholic community in the Heretaunga area, along with historical information and personal memories and stories of Catholic families of the past and present.

Copies of the publication are still available for sale from the Parish Office.

Information Handbook

This publication provides a set of general information about our Parish and also about some general practices of the Roman Catholic Church. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Parish Priest with your enquiry.

St Francis Xavier Parish 50th Celebrations

St Francis Xavier Parish in Stokes Valley celebrated its golden jubilee on Sunday 11th November 2012.

This booklet too, showed the progress of the Catholic faith from its earliest beginnings to a vibrant community in 2012. It celebrated the lives of the community that gathered and the priests who served in the area.

This publication is also available from the Parish Office.

Parish Plan

This publication sets out the strategic direction of the Parish over the next five years. It t is reviewed to by the Parish Council to see how its goals have been achieved and which should be looked at over the upcoming year.

12.7 – Re-imagining the Archdiocese

2013 Amalgamation Promulgation Document

2017 Archdiocesan Synod

In September 2017 Cardinal John Dew called a Synod for the Archdiocese to look for future directions for the Archdiocese for the coming years.  At the conclusion of the Synod approximately 100 recommendations were made by the Synod delegates to Cardinal John for his consideration.  Cardinal John considered these recommendations and promulgated them to the Archdiocese. These 13 topics and 86 directions provide guidelines and suggestions for the future for the Archdiocese, for parishes and also for individuals within the diocese.

2017 September Synod Outcomes Booklet