Catholic church opens in Mo­erewa

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAY­LEY MOOR

A new church for the Catholic par­ish in Mo­erewa has been opened, nearly 50 years af­ter fundrais­ing be­gan.

The Catholic Church of St Therese of Lisieux was of­fi­cially con­se­crated by the Bishop of Auck­land Pa­trick Dunn.

Around 400 peo­ple at­tended the spe­cial cel­e­bra­tions in Jan­uary. Par­ish com­mit­tee mem­ber Mary Hape says fundrais­ing be­gan to build a new church in the area in 1967.

She says the orig­i­nal church was very nar­row. She re­called see­ing a bride and groom walk down the aisle one be­hind the other. It was also not ideal for fu­neral ser­vices, had no in­su­la­tion and was very cold in the win­ter, she says.

Through do­na­tions, on­go­ing fundrais­ing and be­quests, $500,000 was raised to build the new church and neigh­bour­ing com­mu­nity house debt-free. Par­ish priest Kerry Pren­dev­ille says the glass work within the church is a ma­jor fea­ture.

The pat­terns on the glass windows in­clude eels (with Mo­erewa known as the tuna town) above the al­tar. Th­ese were cre­ated by Michael Per­van who was asked to de­sign them with the spir­i­tu­al­i­ties of Chris­tian­ity and Maori com­bined.

Other spe­cial fea­tures in­clude an al­tar that had a pre­vi­ous life as a din­ing ta­ble be­fore be­ing con­se­crated and carved.

Mo­erewa church mem­bers.

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