Building of new church on target

Wet weather couldn’t stop a lone construction worker continuing progress on the new St Lukes Catholic Church on Chapel Rd, Flat Bush. The church will also be the spiritual home for nearby Sancta Maria College and Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School. Times photo Wayne MartinFr Craig Dunford, parish priest of St Luke’s Church, Chapel Road, is excited about the progress on the building of the new church, despite the lockdown.

“The roof was finally put on and we are well on target. As planned, the church will be fully built by April next year,” says Fr Dunford.

Wet weather couldn’t stop a lone construction worker continuing progress on the new St Lukes Catholic Church on Chapel Rd, Flat Bush. The church, which will also be the spiritual home for nearby Sancta Maria College and Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School, is opposite the historic St Paul’s Anglican Church. Built in 1886 and having a level 2 listing with the NZ Historic Places Trust, St Paul’s is certainly in contrast to the new St Lukes. Times photos Wayne Martin

“And while the fundraising has been a challenge with Alert Level 4 in the past and the more recent Level 3 and 2.5, we are watching with anticipation as this resource for the community takes shape.”

He explains that the new church will engage not only the parishioners but the wider community too.

“A lot of different groups have shown interest in using the facility and that is very promising,” he says.

“Right now we can’t wait for things to change and for our community of 1500-1600 to get back to daily mass.”