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Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to the Catholic Parish of Mackenzie, located in the central South Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Our parish encompasses a diverse geographical area, stretching across several beautiful towns and villages. With churches in Fairlie, Tekapo, and Twizel, we are deeply rooted in the heart of this captivating region.


Our parish proudly serves the local communities, offering spiritual guidance, support, and a welcoming space for all who seek solace, fellowship, and a deeper connection with their faith. From the rugged splendor of the Southern Alps to the tranquil shores of Lake Tekapo, our parishioners draw inspiration from the awe-inspiring surroundings that reflect the beauty of God's creation.

The churches within our parish serve as spiritual havens, where individuals and families can come together to celebrate Mass, receive sacraments, and participate in various religious activities and events. We embrace diversity and warmly welcome people from all walks of life, inviting them to join us in worship, prayer, and service to others.

I invite you to explore our website and connect with us. Should you have any questions, require pastoral assistance, or simply wish to learn more about our parish, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am here to support and accompany you on your faith journey, fostering a sense of belonging and providing spiritual nourishment.


God bless,

Fr. Tien Cao

Parish Priest, Catholic Parish of Mackenzie

Father Tien Cao
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"The very first truth I would tell each of you is this: 'God loves you.' It makes no difference whether you have already heard it or not. I want to remind you of it. God loves you. Never doubt this, whatever may happen to you in life. At every moment, you are infinitely loved"

(Pope Francis: Christus Vivit - No. 112). 


A Group

 of Favoured People

Monsignor Tom Liddy, who grew up in Fairlie, died in Christchurch on 24 January 2002.  In his sermon at the 90th Jubilee Mass on 11 October 1992 he reflected in a moving and powerful way on what his Parish had meant to him.  

Fr Tom Liddy, 1992

Now that I am old, I have more opportunities of looking back and recognizing God’s gifts in my life, and apart from the most evident ones of faith and grace, church and sacraments, good parents and faithful friends, I think that the most sustaining gift given to me over the years is the experience of growing up in the special atmosphere and the impressive surroundings of this town and this countryside. I hold the memories in my heart of mountains - awe-inspiring and immovable like God himself.  The kinder hills and beautiful valleys, the river flats, and the willow-lined streams all combine to cry out the poetry of God’s presence here and God’s goodness.  Each varied season has its mood and light; the crisp winter snow, the new surprise of spring, the clear summer heat, and the varied colours of autumn.  They all speak of God in their own way.  And I come back to join you in your thanks to God for all these treasures that surround us. But our memories today are of persons too and it is from the people of Fairlie that I learned as a child the experience of kindness, of faithfulness, and of generosity.  I would like to pay tribute to the faith and example of the parishioners of St Patrick’s who came Sunday after Sunday, some from long distances in frost and rain in winter and howling northwestern in summer to draw spiritual strength from the Mass they loved and cherished.  Their strength of faith becomes part of our faith and again we thank God for the power of their example. And we recall today the parish priests of those ninety years – the Marists first of all and then the priests of the diocese.  Each one in his own way, contributed something to the total life of the parish and the pastors helped to make the parish what it is today.  Some were respected, some were loved, some were practical, and others were more prayerful.  Some had good business heads, others were friendly.  Some were eloquent, others learned.  It is the same with the Sisters and it is the same too with the people of the parish.  Taken altogether they provided an atmosphere of living charity that benefits and inspires all. You see that is what a parish is for, to nourish us spiritually and to form us in Christ’s image, so that we can witness to others that God is present in our lives, that God is here amongst us, and that we are His people.  That is what a parish is supposed to be – a group of favoured people united with their pastor and drawn together by the faith they love and cherish and blessed by God in that faith, in his Word and in his Eucharist and sacraments, so that they can witness by the way they live that Christ is present amongst us in his love. ​Fr Tom Liddy, 1992

"Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life" (John 3:16).

30TH - 31TH MARCH 2024




Year B

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Christ Is Risen, Alleluia!

God be Praised

Easter Sunday is the day when Christ rose again from the dead. We give praise and thanks to God for the victory of Christ over sin and death. We commend those who have died before us to God’s tender mercy and compassion. We seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal mystery of Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, our communities are joined together in faith as one body in Christ to reaffirm, in signs and symbols, words, and gestures, that each believer, through baptism, shares in the death and resurrection of Christ. We are invited to look forward to the day when all of us will be raised up and united in the kingdom of light and peace. The Opening Prayer of the Easter Mass reminds us that ‘the Only Begotten Son of God has conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity.’ In Christ, the hope of blessed resurrection has dawned, so that those saddened by the certainty of dying might be consoled by the promise of immortality to come. For the faithful of the Lord, life is changed not ended. When earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for us in heaven. The Scripture tells us that on Easter Sunday, the tomb of Christ was empty; Jesus was not there. He had risen. The empty tomb of Christ reminded the early disciples that Christ had, in fact, already revealed beforehand that “I am the resurrection and the life. They who believe in me will live, even though they die. And everyone who lives and believes in me will never die” (Jn 11:25-26). As we celebrate Easter, ‘let our thoughts be on heavenly things, and not on the things that are on the earth, because through baptism our little faith reassures us that the life we have is hidden with Christ in God’ (Colossians 3:3). The invisible Risen Lord is hidden in us and among us in a special way so that by his Holy Spirit, he spurs us to generosity, service, kindness, self-control, true peace, and openness. As the beloved disciples of the Risen Lord, we are commissioned to go out into the whole world and spread this great message of joy to those who don’t have this hope. Finally, when Christ is revealed, we too will be revealed in all our glory with him (Colossians 3:4). Christ is alive! Alleluia! Happy Easter to you and your family! By the blessings of the risen Christ, may this joyous occasion fill your hearts with hope & renewal.

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Acts 10:34,37-43.

We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead.


Ps 117.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.

Col 3:1-4.

Look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is.

Jn 20:1-9

The teaching of the Scripture is that he must rise from the dead.



 Divine Mercy Sunday - Year B – 7th April 2024


Acts 4:32-35. Ps. 117. 1 Jn 5:1-6. Jn 20:19-31.




Tue - Fri

Adoration: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Mass: 9.15 am

Reconciliation every day during adoration

Stations of the Cross in Lent: Every Friday at 5:00 pm


Saturday Vigil 5:00 pm

Stations of the Cross in Lent: Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm

Reconciliation by appointment

TEKAPO - Good Shepherd Church

Easter Sunday Mass 31st Mar 2024 at 6:00 pm

Reconciliation by appointment

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1. Holy Week & Easter Mass Times in the Mackenzie Catholic Parish 2024

  • 28th March - Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper - 7.30pm Mass in Fairlie

  • 29th March - Good Friday

    • ​10.00 am Stations of the Cross in Fairlie - Followed by Reconciliation

    • 3.00 pm Commemoration of the Lord's Passion in Twizel – Followed by Reconciliation 

  • 30th March – Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass in Twizel at 8.00pm​

  • 31st March - Easter Sunday

    • ​9.30am Easter Sunday Mass in Fairlie

    • 6.00 pm Easter Sunday Mass in Tekapo

2. Congratulations to Micah Purton: Micah received the Sacraments of Initiation at the Palm Sunday Vigil in Twizel. Please keep him in your prayers. Let us continue to live in the Tradition of the Church, seeking God's blessings, just as the early Christians devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.… As they spent much time together in the temple and shared meals with glad and generous hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people, the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47).

3. Thank You: Many thanks to those parishioners who take care of all the varied liturgical celebrations over these days.

4. Divine Mercy Sunday - April 7th, 2024: Join us for Adoration & Reconciliation one hour before Mass at Twizel from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and at Fairlie from 8:30 to 9:30 am. All are welcome to attend. Psalm 27:4 states, "One thing I asked of the Lord that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple." Let us remember that our greatest time spent on earth is in the presence of the Lord.

5. Good Friday Collection: Please remember to give generously to the Holy Places collection on Good Friday. Your donation will directly help in the care, protection and preservation of the sites associated with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in the Holy Land. “This is an initiative of the Pope “to maintain a strong bond between the faithful around the world and the Holy Places.”

6. Praying for Our Seminarians: Tung Tran, our fourth-year seminarian will return to our parish for the Holy Week. Please welcome him into your homes for a cuppa. We also ask you to pray for the other seminarians: Linh Cao – 5th year, Tuong Duong & Matthew Clark – 1st year, and two English students: Pho Vo and Thang Pham.

7. Golden Catholics in Timaru - Towards Priesthood: Join us to hear from Bishop Michael Gielen as he shares his journey towards priesthood and his life as a Bishop. The event will commence with Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael, followed by his personal narrative of his journey to priesthood, concluding with fellowship and food.

Date: Friday, 19 April 2024

Time: 11:00 am Mass. Talk and Fellowship to follow

Location: Holy Family Parish, Sacred Heart Basilica, 7 Craigie Ave, Timaru

Transportation: We will be traveling together in a van from Fairlie. For further details and transportation arrangements, please contact: Terri O’Connell (Mobile: 027 277 8344) or Fr. Tien Cao. We look forward to your presence and participation.

8. Day Light Saving finishes next Sunday 7th April. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night before you go to bed.

9. The Reception of The Three Oils - After the Sacred Chrism Mass at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral last Monday 25th, our parish has received the Sacred Chrism, Oil of the Sick, and Oil of Catechumens – symbolize and signify the Holy Spirit's presence, healing during illness, and readiness for initiation into the Church. These oils are essential components of Sacraments like Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders.



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