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Wellington Central Pastoral Area Newsletter 25 June 2017

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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.”

St Mary of the Angels Parish
Otari Parish




Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish




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.










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The Cathedral Connection 7 May 2017

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Yesterday’s ordination to priesthood of Cirilo Barliss was a rare privilege for our archdiocese. Considering priesthood as a way of life has not been a popular option for several decades, particularly in more affluent countries such as our own. So the celebration for Cirilo was particularly important. The Parish congratulates him and wishes him every blessing as he formally begins his pastoral journey.

Let’s take a moment to ask why there has been such a fall-off in “Vocations” to priesthood and religious life? The question invites much speculation. Is it because the Catholic priesthood is a male-only priesthood? Is it the rule of celibacy and/or the fact that our priesthood expects a life-long commitment? Is it that there are now fewer children per family? Is the Holy Spirit trying to guide us to a new form of ministry?

There will be many more questions, and answers will not be easily or quickly found.  Personally, I endorse the significance of on-going prayer to see more clearly the way ahead and for each of us to be open to whatever service God might call us to offer.

The Stewardship principle we explored last week with Cardinal John is very timely for parish life. As we each take ownership of the gift of faith and give the best of ourselves to the body of Christ, some will recognise the joy in sacramental ministry and gift themselves to claim it. Use the quote from the Letter of Peter as your “Vocation Prayer” and follow the call, wherever it leads.

Each one of you has received a special grace,

so, like good stewards responsible for all

these varied graces of God, put it at

the service of others. [1Peter 4:10] 

Fr James

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500th Anniversary Year of the Reformation

Dear friends

2017 is the 500th Anniversary Year of the Reformation, and to commemorate we are re-examining the message of Reformation and the music of the Reformation.

You are invited to the third of our presentations, and you are encouraged to share this invitation with your church:

Sunday 14 May, 2.00-4.00pm in St Paul’s Church, 12 King St, Mount Cook is:

Topic          Luther and Rome: Pastor, Pamphleteer, Prophet

Speaker    Father James Lyons, Priest, Metropolitan Cathedral of Sacred Heart

Organist    Bishop Mark Whitfield

Hymn         Awake my heart (Paul Gerhardt)

Organ        Partita on Auf, auf, mein Herz (Stamm / Burkhardt)

Dietrich Buxtehude: Praeludium and Fugue in G minor (Bux WV 148)

Poster display: by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Discussion and afternoon tea to follow
Entry by koha

I also take this opportunity to pass on an invitation to another Reformation commemoration event:

Professor Dr Wolfgang Huber, theologian and  former bishop in the Evangelical Church of Germany.

  • Public Lecture: Thursday 11 May, 6pm for 6.30 at St John’s Centre, Willis/Dixon St.
    The Spirit of the Reformation and the Future of the Market Economy
  • Panel Discussion: Wednesday 10 May, 5.00-6.00pm Ramsey House, 8 Kelburn Parade.

And thirdly, you are invited to join in From Conflict to Communion: Ecumenical Worship Commemorating the Reformation.

Sunday 4 June, 3.00pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Hill St, Thorndon.
The service will led by Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Mark Whitfield.
Fellowship and afternoon tea to follow the service.

This service marks a renewed relationship between the Catholic and Lutheran Churches in NZ, and members and clergy from all churches are invited to participate. If you are leader of a Wellington church, please pass this invitation to your people.

Blessings in Christ

Jim Pietsch
St Paul’s Lutheran Church