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The Cathedral Connection 19 February 2017

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There is a time for…

This weekend the Parish is promoting its own book. As already publicised, There is a time for… is a book of prayers written and illustrated by New Zealanders, flowing out of the 2015 Synod on Family Life and the writings of Pope Francis. A parishioner will be speaking about the book at each Mass. Proceeds from sales will benefit the organ refurbishment, cathedral maintenance and our commitment to Downtown Community Ministry.

Over 40 people contributed original prayers and photographs for the publication.  Printed here are two that were not included but are very worthy of being published.  They come from two Year 8 students, Bella and Khushi.

Dear Lord
Thank you for giving me the life I have
For my friends and family,
Thank you for the shining sun and the faint blue sky,
For the twinkling stars and big bright moon,
Thank you for making a good living environment
For my education
I`m lucky to be me!
And I pray for those that are less fortunate than me
Once again I say thanks for all the little things in life!


Dear God
I pray that one day we live in a world
Where people,
Forgive and forget,
Move forward,
Enjoy the future,
Forget the past,
And love one another.


There is a time for… is for everyone.  I hope you will enjoy praying with it as much as I have enjoyed piecing it together.

Fr James Lyons

(Further information and purchasing options for “There is a time for…” are availabe here.)

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The Cathedral Connection – 12 February 2017

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Valentine’s Day might be a ploy to sell roses, but it is also an opportunity to spotlight the institute of marriage. The long-standing definition of marriage, as a partnership between male and female, has been altered by Parliament, but the Christian ideal of this union sealing a freely given life-long commitment has not changed. Far from trivializing marriage, the focus on definition invites us to honour and celebrate the great gift of marriage and its potential to bring harmony to human society.

Our Catholic tradition holds marriage to be a Sacrament – a sacred sign of God’s presence in the love between husband and wife, and a symbol of the union between Christ and the People of God, the Church. Valentine’s Day enables us to give public recognition to faithfulness in marriage and thanksgiving for the witness of so many couples to the power of love to give, sustain and fulfil life.

At the same time this Day is an occasion to support those for whom marriage has brought heartache and betrayal, and to appreciate the demands of love which can threaten and even overwhelm the strongest union.

Jesus recognised that love is not an easy game to play. His strong words about divorce need to be heard in context with his condemnation of anything harmful to life which “the Law and Prophets” championed above all else. Jesus showed great compassion and understanding towards those unable to meet the ideal. We must do no less.

This week thank God for the joy you see in family life. Pray for couples preparing for marriage, for those struggling to keep their love alive and for those distressed, often unjustly, by separation. If married, renew your vows. If divorced, know you are never separated from God’s love. Let each of us celebrate our oneness in Christ.

Fr James Lyons

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25TH World Day of Prayer for the Sick – 11 February 2017

25TH World Day of Prayer for the Sick

11 February 2017


In his message to the Church commemorating this special Day, Pope Francis writes:

“The gaze of Mary, Comfort of the Afflicted, brightens the face of the Church in her daily commitment to the suffering and those in need…

This great wealth of humanity and faith must not be dissipated. Instead, it should inspire us to speak openly of our human weaknesses and to address the challenges of present-day healthcare and technology. On this World Day of the Sick, may we find new incentive to work for the growth of a culture of respect for life, health and the environment. May this Day also inspire renewed efforts to defend the integrity and dignity of persons, not least through a correct approach to bioethical issues, the protection of the vulnerable and the protection of the environment.”

Mary, our Mother,
in Christ you welcome each of us as a son or daughter.
Sustain the trusting expectation of our hearts,
succour us in our infirmities and sufferings,
and guide us to Christ, your Son and our brother.
Help us to entrust ourselves to the Father who accomplishes great things.



Next Saturday (11th), the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is the Church’s day of prayer for the sick.  The Sacrament of Anointing will be offered after the 8.30am Mass and the 5.30pm Vigil Mass.  This for the aged, infirm, those facing surgery and for those in a care giving role.

The Cathedral Connection – 5 February 2017

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Tomorrow’s commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi is honoured by a special Mass in the cathedral at 9.00am. Cardinal John leads the Mass, with St Mary of the Angels coordinating the liturgy in association with members of the parish personal to Maori, Te Ngakau Tapu.

Whether or not you can be part of this Mass, the following prayer can link us together for the occasion:

God, ever faithful, we thank you for the land we live in, the land we call home.  Bless this land, Aotearoa-New Zealand, and all who live here.  Today, as never before, your work is in our hands.  In our diversity, our frailty and our mystery, we trust in your power to save, to draw us closer together and, in our relationships, to reflect the harmony, wonder and beauty of your creation.  You are our life and our peace, revealed through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 As this is a public holiday, there will be no 8am or 12.10pm Masses in the Cathedral.

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The Cathedral Connection 2016 Christmas – New Year 2017

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“Can we have a real Christmas this year?”  The request came from a seven year-old.  Telling the tale, the mother explained that last year the family had moved to a new address and there wasn’t time to settle and unpack everything.  Christmas came and went with no decorations or the family’s traditional “Crib” scene.  That’s what the child missed most of all.

In our increasingly secular country, the loss of what Christmas really means is very palpable.  Street parades welcome “Santa” with no mention of the “Christ-child”; trees are decorated with everything from bottle tops to miniature reindeer and “Spidermen”, with scarcely an angel in view.  “Snoopy’s Christmas” and “What a Wonderful World” get a remarkable amount of airtime, and “Happy Holidays” tries to overtake “Happy Christmas”!

Welcome to Sacred Heart Cathedral in this Christmas Season, and thank you for coming.  Your presence signals your recognition that there is indeed more to this season than what appears in shopping brochures and civic promotions.

There is a reality that cannot be measured in the tug that draws us to one another, that engenders warmth and good will and that, if even for a little while, lifts the burdens of concern and fear.  The Christian belief that God is with us in Jesus, ever encouraging and ever merciful, is a powerful strength in our uncertain and struggling world.

May your visit here sharpen your focus on what makes the Christmas Season real and vital for us all.  Give thanks for the faith that lets you see the love of God in every aspect of life: the tininess of the newly born, the forces of nature, the lined weariness of aging…  All belong in the “Crib” of Christmas.

Have a real, holy and lasting Christmas.

James Lyons, Parish Priest

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