New church nearly ready
The new Catholic Church at Waiharara will be in use for Christmas. The parish priest, Rev. Fr. J.P. Maguire, said he hoped the first Mass would be said on the first Sunday next month.
The official opening will be held on January 8, and will be conducted by Bishop R.J. Delargey of Auckland.
The new church will be called the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the patron saints of Dalmatia.
Work is now almost completed. Seats to hold 110 people are expected to arrive next week, and work on the grounds has still to be done.
— November 15, 1968