Advice for Parishes

Record Disposal Schedule for Parishes

This Schedule is a tool that the Diocesan Archives can provide Parishes to help determine parochial records of long term value.  Endorsed by Bishop Paul, the Parish Records Disposal Schedule outlines some of the main records that Parishes deal with, with accompanying retention decisions. These records provide evidence of Parish functions and activities, and accountability to the Diocese, in addition to their research value in the future.  This Schedule is an effort to ensure consistency across all Parishes within the Diocese and forms part of a larger Diocesan Records Disposal Schedule which is currently being drafted.

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch Parish Records Disposal Schedule (pdf)

Access to Parish Records

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Time Capsules

A time capsule is an historic collection of information, usually intended communicate with future people and to help future researchers or historians.  Time capsules are sometimes created and buried during celebrations like the laying of a foundation for a church or building.  If you are considering a time capsule at your church or school this factsheet outlines some things to consider:

Information on creating time capsules (pdf)