St Brigid's Catholic Parish
Welcome to Tararua Parish website.

Tararua Parish combines Aotearoa New Zealand North Island churches of St Brigid's and St Joseph's to form this parish grouping. St Brigid's Parish includes the  communities of Pahiatua (St Brigid's), Woodville (St Columbkille's), and Eketahuna (Sacred Heart).  St Joseph's Parish includes the communities of Dannevirke ( St Joseph's) and Pongaroa (Our Lady of the Rosary).   Browse through our website to discover something of the history, activities and people which make up the life of our vibrant Parish.

For a list of Mass Times (daily, Vigil, and Sunday) around the parish, please click on the newsletter link (below) for more information.

Download our latest newsletter to catch up on all our news and activities, what’s on and where.  A new format for the newsletter has been adopted to make it more useful by grouping information together and allow more space for necessary communication.  For your copy of the current newsletter,  click on the link below:

Newsletter link:images/newsletters/st josephs parish newsletter 1 october 2023.pdf

Newsletter link:images/newsletters/st brigids church newsletter 1 october 2023.pdf

Fr Marcus' blog:

A warm welcome awaits you too when you visit us in person. Come back again and keep in touch.


St Brigid's Parish (Pahiatua, Eketahuna, Woodville):

  • Parish Secretary: ¬†Christine Wolland
  • Office Phone:¬† 06 376 7591
  • email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

St Joseph's Parish (Dannevirke, Pongoroa)

  • Parish Secretary: ¬†Ella Nicholas
  • Office Phone: ¬†06 374 6141
  • email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



News Briefs from Around the Tararua Parishes

Tararua Parishes' Timetable

  • Sunday and Daily Mass Schedule
  • Reconciliation Schedule
  • Special Liturgies -
The Sunday and daily Mass schedule is shown in the newsletter (click on link above).
St Brigid's, Pahiatua
  • Sundays: ¬†No change to Mass schedule.
  • Daily Mass:¬† See newsletter
  • 1st Saturday of the month 9.30am
  • Benediction & Reconciliation
  • 1st Friday of the month at 7.00 pm or contacting Fr Marcus
  • Adoration every Sunday 1.30pm - 3.00pm
St Columbkille's, Woodville
  • No changes to daily or Sunday (Saturday Vigil) schedule at this time.
  • Reconciliation: ¬†Saturday from 4.45 pm - 5.15 pm
Sacred Heart, Eketahuna
  • No changes to daily or Sunday schedule at this time.¬† See note below.
St Joseph's, Dannevirke
  • Sundays: ¬†No change to Mass schedule.
  • Daily Mass:¬† See newsletter
  • Reconciliation & Benediction - First Wednesday of Month 5.30 pm or contacting Fr Marcus
  • Miha Mass Fourth Sunday of month
Our Lady of the Rosary, Pongaroa
Sunday Mass Schedule - Eketahuna

All Mass and Service of the Word liturgies will be offered on Sunday at 9.00 am during the month.  The Holy Mass will continue to be offered on the 4th Sunday of the month; all other Sundays offer Service of the Word with Holy Communion.

St Brigid's Church Refurbishment

The initial phases of refurbishing the interior of St Brigid's Pahiatua have begun.  Watch this space for updates.

  • Updated information will be provided as necessary.

St Joseph's Church Dannevirke

We are celebrating 125 years of St Joseph's Parish throughout 2023. We are also holding a special Jubilee Mass & luncheon on Saturday 14th October, followed by a special Mass on Sunday 15th October. We warmly welcome all past and present parishioners and their families, and supporters to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

Please register your interest by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your details.

Benediction & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Tararua Parishes

Everyone is welcome to spend some time with the Lord!

St Brigid's Pahiatua will offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the following schedule:

  • Sunday: ¬†1.30pm - 3.00pm (if persons available to cover each hour)*
  • Friday: ¬†After 9.30 am Mass (approximately 10.00 noon) to 10.30 pm

* If you are able to commit to a one hour block on Sunday, please sign up in the foyer of the church.  Thank you for your commitment to the Lord.

St Joseph's Dannevirke will offer Benediction & Reconciliation: -

  • 1st Wednesday of each month: ¬†7.00 pm to 8.00 pm


  • Pahiatua - ¬†The Rosary will continue to be prayed weekly according to the schedule listed in the Newsletter (see link above). ¬†All are welcome to join us.
  • Dannevirke - The Rosary will be said all through May before Mass/Liturgy of the Word - Monday to Friday 9am and Sunday 8.30am

Men's Group -

The Men's Group meets on Wednesday at 7.00 pm.  Men aged 16 and up are welcome to join us for faith, fellowship, and friendship.

1st Wednesday -Benediction 7.00 pm

2nd and fourth Wednesday - Formation Night

3rd and 5th Wednesday -Men's Group Only -


Parish Meeting Schedule -

Pahiatua - all meetings held in the church

  • Liturgy Committee Meeting: ¬†Thursday, 7.00 pm
  • Finance Committee Meeting:¬† Thursday


  • Parish Pastoral Council: ¬†1st Tuesday of the month 5.15p.m.
  • Liturgy Committee Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of the month 5.30pm


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Phone: 06 376 7591



Pahiatua:  St Brigid's

27 Wakeman St
11.00am Sunday Mass

Dannevirke: St Joseph's

33 Gordon St                        9.00am Sunday Mass

Woodville:  St Columbkille's

134 Vogel St
5.30pm Mass (Saturday Vigil)

Eketahuna- Sacred Heart

4 Haswell St,                        9.00am Service of the Word.

4th Week: Sunday 9.00am Mass

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