Shar­ing the load

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Patsy Buttle has be­come the lay leader of Scared Heart parish in Kaik­oura after Catholic Arch­bishop John Dew an­nounced big changes for the parish at the be­gin­ning of the month.

Fa­ther Eric Ur­lich will re­main liv­ing in the pres­bytery and will cel­e­brate the sacra­ments and Buttle will run the parish.

To be­come a lay pas­toral leader, Buttle had to com­plete and grad­u­ate with a Diploma in Lay Pas­toral Min­istry at Wellington Catholic In­sti­tute and an NZQA qual­i­fi­ca­tion diploma, at the same time as com­plet­ing a four-year for­ma­tion in a pro­gramme called Launch Out.

Launch Out was set up with the ex­press pur­pose of en­abling a fully qual­i­fied lay per­son to run a parish where there is an age­ing or no res­i­dent priest, work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the re­gional area priests.

‘‘Our re­gional area is Blen­heim and Pic­ton. Here in Kaik­oura we have Fa­ther Eric here to ad­vise and guide and he is also in the role of mod­er­a­tor,’’ Buttle said.

‘‘Be­cause many of our parish priests are get­ting older the idea is for some­one else to take over the day to day run­ning of the parish.’’

While she has been in Kaik­oura since 2008, she has spent the past 18 months study­ing in Christchurch where she and her hus­band were also pre­par­ing their house for sale.

She is now per­ma­nently back in Kaik­oura and look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the parish in her new min­istry.

Lay leader: Patsy Buttle has taken on new du­ties at the Sa­cred Heart

parish.

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