Religious role ends for St Joseph's

THE END: Participating in the deconsecration service at St Joseph’s Church on Sunday were, from left, Fathers Chinnappa Thumma, Pat Breeze and Brian Fennessy, Bishop Barry Jones, and Fathers  Peter Costello and Steve Lowe.
THE END: Participating in the deconsecration service at St Joseph’s Church on Sunday were, from left, Fathers Chinnappa Thumma, Pat Breeze and Brian Fennessy, Bishop Barry Jones, and Fathers Peter Costello and Steve Lowe.

St Joseph's Church in Douglas St was deconsecrated during a service on Sunday.

The church has not been used for regular mass for the past five years and its deconsecration gave about 200 past parishioners a chance to say goodbye.

Deconsecration removes the religious blessing placed on the building, in preparation for future secular use.

After the service, presided over by Christchurch bishop Barry Jones, and attended by five other past priests, afternoon tea was held at St Thomas's.

The church and a hall behind it has been on the market since October but there had been no progress.

Holy Family Parish priest Father Brian Fennessy said there had been some inquiries about the property before it was listed but no interest since.

The property on a 1690-square metre residential section is on the market for $395,000 plus GST.

The Timaru Herald