Catholic church opens in Moerewa
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.