On Tuesday 8 May residents, caregivers and friends gathered for Eucharist to celebrate the appointment of Fr Frank Kelly as Priest Chaplain to St John of God Halswell.
Pastoral co-ordinator Glenys Webster acknowledged that Fr Frank has made himself part of the St John of God family with his sense of humour and genuine care for our residents, and in celebrating liturgy which is inclusive and healing and Good News for whoever takes part.
She expressed appreciation for the appointment in supporting the spiritual and sacramental needs of Catholic residents. The presence of the Catholic Chaplain, alongside pastoral volunteers, Ministers of Eucharist and visits from ministers and parishioners of other denominations help create a sense of an inclusive Church for people who find access to parish life difficult.
For many years Fr John Noonan regularly celebrated Mass at SJOG, and Fr Frank and Fr Anton McLean have continued in his footsteps. We are very grateful to the priests of the diocese who have extended their ministry to include people living with a disability, and we welcome Fr Frank into this special chaplaincy.
St John of God Hauora Trust operates disability support and social and community services in New Zealand. The charitable trust recently appointed Peter Jensen to the Board of Trustees alongside Bevan Killick (Chair), Kathryn Dalziel (Deputy Chair), Marion Cowden, Tim Burns and Kevin Taylor.
The Community Action Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) Otautahi team last week speaking to their submission to Christchurch City Council relating to a targeted rate increase for bottle shops.
The CAYAD team develop evidence and community based initiatives focused on reducing the harm young people experience from alcohol and other drugs - especially vulnerable populations who are disproportionally affected.
St John of God Waipuna is the Otahtahi provider of the Ministry of Health funded initiative. Addressing harm from alcohol and other drugs in our communities is central to our work in supporting vulnerable people to achieve growth and development in their life and for their whanau and community.