Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thorndon closed its doors on July 13,2018, in the interest of safety for parishioners and the public, following a structural engineer’s report confirming it presents a significant risk to occupants in the event of an earthquake.Following a verbal report from structural and civil engineers, Dunning and Thornton, the Parish Committee has been working through a process of due diligence regarding the structural condition of the Cathedral.
It received a peer review of the detailed seismic assessment (DSA) that recently advised that the Cathedral was ‘earthquake prone’ under the Building Act 2004 on Thursday (July 12). Both reports have confirmed that the Cathedral currently presents a significant risk to occupants in the event of an earthquake.
The cathedral’s website said all weekend Masses will be held at St Mary’s College Hall, Guildford Terrace at their original times. Parking is still available at the Catholic Centre carpark, and Sacred Heart Cathedral school playground as usual. There will be morning tea available after 10.30am Mass.
Weekday Eucharist will he held this coming week (July 16-20) at the usual times at Sacred Heart School, Guildford Terrace. There will be ushers available to direct attendees. A permanent venue for weekday Eucharist is still being sought.