– St Mary’s Church is closed to visitors until the “Green Traffic Light” is reached.
– When the “Green Traffic Light” is reached, Groups of visitors may arrange to be met and guided at the church (See ‘Visit’ and ‘Contact Us’ pages).
– Saturday evening Mass will resume when the “Green Traffic Light” is reached.
– Four times a year the coffin is raised from beneath the altar (Use the ‘Contact Us’ form to enquire the time). This practice has been suspended until the “Green Traffic Light” is reached.
December 21 2021: the 150th anniversary of the death of Pīhopa Pomapārie, Bishop Pompallier.
Tōtara 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.
Pompallier Hokianga Trust regrets to inform everyone, that due to Covid 19, the annual Tōtara Point Mass scheduled for January 9th 2022 has been cancelled.
Wherever we are on this special day, may we remember with thanksgiving the sacrifices made by Bishop Pompallier and the early Marists, as they journeyed far from their homeland, to proclaim the Good News. Kia kaha tātou