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Catholic Social Services


Catholic Social Services, reflecting the Gospel and the social teachings of the Catholic Church,

will promote human dignity, equality, participation and respect for human life, through the provision of services that support families and individuals on their life journeys.

- Our Mission Statement -

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch delivering social services in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. Underpinned by Catholic Social teaching, we work to assist the Catholic Bishop and broader Catholic community across the Diocese, to fulfil the gospel imperatives to stand with and serve the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised, and to work for a just, equitable and compassionate society.


We offer high quality programmes at absolutely no charge, to anyone in need. Our practitioners are members of their respective professional bodies to which they are accountable. The Agency works within the guidelines of the Privacy Act (2020). All our clients can expect a caring, safe environment, respectful and non-judgmental treatment, cultural sensitivity and complete confidentiality.


Meet the CSS Team

Our team of practitioners and administrators are highly experienced, passionate and committed about providing social services to our community. Our team consists of professional counsellors, psychologists and administrators and you can be assured of a safe and caring environment with complete confidentiality.

Our practitioners are members of the professional bodies to which they are accountable.

“We are so very grateful for this service. Thank you!!!

She helped me restore my kete. I was lucky to get a counsellor that I clicked with straight away”.

- Counselling Services Testimonial -

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