To the members of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Thorndon,
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.
Public Health Nurse
Regional Public Health
We have been reading over the past couple of weeks the parables of the seed and the sower. In these parables Jesus talks about the ground into which the seed is sown. When the soil is rich the seed bears a great harvest. Sometimes that harvest takes time but like the Word of God it never returns empty handed.
This Sunday our Parish is hosting the community of St John’s Presbyterian Church to thank them for their generosity and hospitality to us during the time the Church was closed for seismic strengthening. On the day St Mary of the Angels closed following the Seddon earthquakes in July 2013 the Rev Allister Lane from St John’s rang me to ask if there was anything they could do to help us. Each Sunday for the next 4 years we celebrated our Choral Mass there at mid-day. During this time we were also generously hosted by the Cathedral Parish and St Joseph’s in Mount Victoria for other Sunday Masses.
The story of the connection between St Mary of the Angels and St John’s goes back to the time of the first priest in Wellington, Father Jeremiah O’Reily OFM. In 1843 when he arrived in Wellington Father O’Reily helped the Presbyterian community with services and funerals as they awaited the arrival of their own minister from Scotland. St John’s have never forgotten that generosity.
Since that time St Mary of the Angels have enjoyed a very closed relationship with St John’s. Over the years they have hosted us many times while our Church has been closed for renovating or painting etc. At some stage in the future we will be able to repay that hospitality when St John’s own beautiful wooden Church needs upgrading and strengthened to the current seismic code.
The seed that Jesus talks about in these parables has certainly flourished because of the generosity of Father O’Reily nearly 175 years ago. May it continue to grow as we endeavour to nourish the ecumenical relationships with our Christian brothers and sisters in the inner city.
THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF…
THE CATHEDRAL PARISH APP
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:
Our three parishes combined for the celebration of Confirmation at Sacred Heart Cathedral last Sunday. Cardinal John presided as 47 children took a step closer to their full initiation into the Catholic Church. Their First Communion in November will complete the journey. Under the guidance of parents and sponsors, these children prepared for the Sacrament that brings the gift of the Holy Spirit to inspire and encourage their developing faith. Cardinal John urged them to make kindness their constant companion. “Kindness, always kindness.”
Congratulations to all the children and a very big thank you for all the hard work and preparations undertaken by Pat, Angela, Bede and their teams.