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The Cathedral Connection 15 April 2018

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Opening the gift that is you!

I’m sure we can all remember receiving a gift. The feeling of excitement, or possibly apprehension about the unknowingness of the gift. Sometimes gifts come wrapped, but the wrapping is not the gift. Sometimes we need assistance in opening the gift.

Each of us is a unique gift package from God. We are a gift, first to ourselves and also to others. “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). Are you willing to be given to others, to be a gift for others? Have you ‘really’ looked inside your wrappings? Are you afraid to? Could there be something inside the wrapping other than what you think there is? Maybe you’ve just never seen the wonderful gift that you are – how could God’s gift be anything but beautiful?

Gift discernment is a reflective process which helps people identify, understand, and affirm their unique gifts, with life-giving ways to grow, develop and share them, ‘to put them at the service of others’.

A parish gift discernment workshop is being held on Saturday 5th May. This workshop offers time for reflection and discovery that will help you to begin to open your own gift package, and find your gifts for abundant living and service in God’s creative action in the world.


Debbie Matheson, Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 8 April 2018

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Pope Francis tells us the name of God is Mercy. He has made mercy a constant theme over the five years since his election. In an interview published last year, Pope Francis: Jesus says to his disciples: Even if your brother (or sister) offends you seven times a day and seven times a day returns to you and asks forgiveness, forgive. The repentant sinner who sins again and again because of his weakness, will find forgiveness if he acknowledges his need for mercy. The corrupt man is the one who sins and pretends to be Christian, and it is this double life that is scandalous.

This second Sunday of Easter presents us with Jesus at his most merciful – blessing those who abandoned and denied him, with peace! But then comes the challenge: As the Father sent me, I also send you!  We are to be missionaries of forgiveness. Today, Divine Mercy Sunday, proclaims this mission.  You and I are each empowered to be a missionary of forgiveness.

First, reflect on how much you have been loved and forgiven; you will then find mercy an easy gift to offer. To help us on our way, some more words from Pope Francis: Mercy is the divine attribute that embraces, it is God’s self-giving that welcomes, that leans down to forgive.

What a privileged task – to be a missionary of forgiveness. To embrace, to welcome, to lean down. What a difference each of us could make to a world that yearns for wholeness but too often settles for brokenness.

Fr James

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Cathedral Holy Week Timetable 2018

Holy Week & Easter Timetable 2018

Sunday 25th March – Palm Sunday
Mass: 5:30pm Saturday Vigil
10:30am Sunday
7:00pm Sunday

Monday 26th March – Holy Week
Mass: 8:00am & 12:10pm                       Reconciliation: 11:45am – 12:05pm

Tuesday 27th March
Mass: 8:00am & 7:30pm CHRISM MASS (No 12:10pm Mass)

Wednesday 28th March
Mass: 8:00am & 12:10pm                       Reconciliation: 11:45am – 12.05pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Thursday 29th March
Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:30pm
(No 8:00am or 12:10pm Masses)

Friday 30th March
Stations of the Cross: 10:00am
Reconciliation: 11.00am to 12noon
Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion: 3:00pm

Saturday 31st March                              Reconciliation: 10.00am to 11.00am
Easter Vigil & Mass of the Resurrection: 7:30pm
(No 8.30am Mass)

Sunday 1st April – Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection
10:30am & 7.00pm

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd April
Mass: 8:30am (No 12:10pm Mass)

The Cathedral Connection 18 March 2018

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Last week everyone in New Zealand participated in the 34th national census which sought to gather a “snapshot” of the country. This weekend we ask you to please participate in our own Parish Census. The information gathered will support our pastoral leadership teams, in their role of acknowledging, guiding and empowering our parish community.

Over the last two months they have been exploring how to encourage a parish life that will honour our Christian understanding of stewardship and the wisdom garnered from the 2017 Diocesan Synod.

The outcomes from the Synod theme ‘Go you are sent…’ have common threads underpinning them, the call to holiness and to be responsible stewards of our community and environment. As our leadership teams strive to model responsible stewardship, to be consultative, collaborative and accountable, they need an informed understanding of who we are as a parish and who is in our wider communities.

You are encouraged to complete our parish census, so that together as a community we are equipped to ‘Go…’ – to our own peripheries; to society’s peripheries; to develop a spirituality of service; as members of the one Body of Christ… As you fill out your census card let St Teresa of Avila’s words ring in your heart:

‘Christ has no body, no hands, no feet now but yours’.

Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

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Advisory from Regional Public Health


To the members of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Thorndon,

Re: Mumps

An individual who attended the 10:30am service at Sacred Heart Cathedral on
Sunday 6th August has since been diagnosed with mumps.

Mumps can cause a painful swelling of the face; fever and headache may also occur.
The swelling usually lasts about one week. The virus can spread between people in
close contact with each other, and can cause mumps about two weeks after contact
with an ill person. Sometimes it can take up to three and a half weeks before illness

If you become unwell with mumps you will need to stay away from work for 5 days
after the start of the facial swelling. This is because mumps is infectious and you may
pass the illness to other unprotected people.

Mumps can be prevented by MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine. If you have
previously had mumps disease, or been vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine,
you are unlikely to catch mumps. Occasionally fully vaccinated people can develop

If you have not had 2 doses of MMR (usually given in NZ at age 15 months and 4
years of age) getting an MMR vaccine now may protect you from developing mumps
in the future. If you have already caught the virus MMR will not stop you from getting

MMR vaccine is available and free through your family doctor. The vaccine is
given in two doses at least one month apart.

If you have any queries please contact the Communicable Disease Team
Public Health Nurse on (04) 570 9002.

Yours sincerely

Janine Dugdale
Public Health Nurse
Regional Public Health

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