The Cathedral Connection 18 June 2017

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Dear Parishioners

My adult children returned recently from walking the Camino through Spain. When I asked them the highlight of the pilgrimage they all agreed: meeting the people! It was the relationships established with the people they met that gave their walk meaning.

But as special as relationships can be, they can also bring us face to face with angst, discord and disharmony.

With all relationships there is an ebb and flow. They are never static. They are alive and so they grow and change.  Relationships are the means by which each of us grows. When I am on my own I can get along with everyone! But when I venture into relationship then I leave myself open not just for great joy but also great pain.

Relationships are never perfect. But they are the heartbeat of our lives.  Without them we are just beings that keep busy doing stuff rather than being. The hint is in the name: we are human beings, not human doings.

And so I come to “be” with you, to walk alongside you as we journey together. I look forward to all I can learn from you and to get to know your stories, your hopes and your desires.

As the Maori proverb says in reply to “what is the most important thing in the world?”…Te Tangata, Te tangata, Te tangata…it is the people, the people, the people.

My sincere thanks to you, the parishioners of Sacred Heart Cathedral, for being open to this opportunity for me to walk amongst you and alongside you. I look forward to getting to know you all.

With every blessing

Fiona Rammell – Lay Pastoral Leader

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