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– St Mary’s Church is open to visitors every day during daylight hours.

– Groups of visitors may arrange to be met and guided at the church (See ‘Visit’ and ‘Contact Us’ pages).

– Every Saturday Mass is celebrated at 5pm. All welcome.

– Four times a year the coffin is raised from beneath the altar (Use the ‘Contact Us’ form to enquire the time).

– April 20     Date of the reinterment in 2002

– August 15  Feast of the Assumption. Bishop Pompallier dedicated the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand under this title.

– December 8  Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop Pompallier dedicated the whole mission to Western Oceania under this title.

– December 21 Date of the death of Bishop Pompallier.

Totara Point

Totara PointTōtara Point is the site where the first official Mass in New Zealand, was celebrated on 13 January 1838. This site is marked by a monument erected for the centenary in 1938.

Each year, on the second Sunday of January,  a gathering of people from Northland and Auckland takes place, and a memorial Mass is celebrated. Access is by a 1km road from the main highway 10km north of Kohukohu.

The dates for 2018-2019 will be:

January 14 2018 – 11am

January 13 2019 – 11am