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The Cathedral Connection – 23 July 2017

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Weeds and Wheat Together

During the week I found myself over reacting to something one of my children had failed to do. His brother said to me, “Mum it wasn’t just what he did that upset you. There’s more to this than what he did.” Instead of going into denial mode and telling my son how wrong he was, I took some time to reflect on the situation. It didn’t take too long before I knew what he said had a lot of truth in it. I had been struggling with how I felt about myself and I saw my son’s failure to help me as confirmation of those feelings.

Most of my life I have always strived for perfection. In today’s Gospel Jesus is telling us that our only true perfection is our honest acceptance of our imperfections. We are all a mixture of weeds and wheat and we always will be. It’s in the messiness of everyday life that we come face to face with both the good and the bad in ourselves and others. As Martin Luther says, we are “simul justus et peccator“. We are simultaneously saint and sinner. We are weeds and wheat together. Understanding this helps us to neither think too highly of ourselves nor dismiss ourselves as terrible.

The learning for us is in accepting our own weeds, rather than getting entangled with the weeds of others. Then we are in a good place to love ourselves and others despite our faults or theirs.

With every blessing

Fiona Rammell
Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 16 July 2017

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The Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated into ending one’s life in New Zealand has yet to make its report, but New Zealanders have made it abundantly clear that they are not in favour of legalising euthanasia. An unprecedented number of submissions rejected the idea by 4 to 1.

Nevertheless, an “End of Life Choice Bill” has been drawn from the Ballot and will be debated in Parliament later this month. It is important that the voice of the people be heard, and a law that will not be able to avoid unintended consequences be roundly defeated.

Opening the door to a death-on-demand policy, however tightly restricted the option might be, increases the possibility of manipulation, whereby the elderly or terminally ill could be made to feel obligated to seek a medically assisted death.  Just as no one wants to see their loved one suffering, or awaiting death through a protracted illness, nobody wants to be a burden on others. A request for a medically assisted death from a patient may present as a rational and conscious decision while, in reality, because of pressure or a sense of duty is not a completely free choice. No legislation should enable such an unjust situation to arise.

Nor can our lawmakers expect the medical profession to abandon the commitment to heal and preserve life by making them collaborators in the termination of life.

Our Bishops ask us to become well-informed on this issue, and invite us to send postcards to our MPs urging them to vote “No” to this Bill. Please do so.

I was reminded recently of words of St Augustine: what’s right is right, even if no one is doing it; and what’s wrong is wrong, even if everyone’s doing it.

Fr James

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The Cathedral Connection 9 July 2017

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Dear Parishioners

The other day I found myself in Cuba Street alongside the water buckets. As a child my mother would take us here and we would spend time watching how one bucket would fill up and then flow into the next one and so on. We were fascinated by these buckets. But this time what fascinated me was a sudden realisation that these buckets represented the constant outpouring of God’s great love for us. It never ends. The buckets just kept flowing. Each bucket didn’t fill up and then stop. It kept giving what it was receiving and pouring all it had out to the next bucket.

As this week’s Psalm reminds us: “The Lord is good to all.” But why is it then that it doesn’t always feel like this? We turn on the news. We hear about someone’s suffering or heartbreak. Life slaps us in the face. Where we ask is this goodness, this mercy, this love?

For me I believe it’s in the hearts of each and every one of us. It’s all in us poured into us from the minute we were born. It’s in the little things like when we smile at someone, help someone, take the time to just sit and be with someone. It’s there when we hold a door open for someone, give someone a compliment, ask them how their day is going, or cook them a meal. The list is endless. It’s in the bigger things when we are passionate about a cause and we set up something to help others. We all know of groups like this.

But one we may not know too much about is called The Apostleship of the Sea. Sea Sunday, as this Sunday is called, is an opportunity for us to become aware of a cause that may strike a cord in us to be that bucket of goodness and love that someone may need. It is always an outpouring of ourselves to one another. And the wonder of it all is that because we are in the flow we also become recipients of goodness and love.

With every blessing

Fiona Rammell, Lay Pastoral Leader

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Parish App Released



Over the past few months a small team have been working on setting up a smartphone application. This will provide another avenue of communication and connection for our faith community and beyond. The app is available for the following: Android (Google Play) or iOS (App Store) and will allow you to access the:

  • Latest Parish News
  • Parish Calendar of Events
  • Homilies
  • Newsletters
  • Mass Times
  • Alerts for important information
  • Prayer Request Page
  • Parish Website and Social Media Pages
  • And more…

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