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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

2017-08 WellingtonSacredHeartCathedralletter

Wellington Central Pastoral Area Newsletter – 30 July 2017

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The Seed that bears Fruit

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.

Father Barry Scannell s.m.

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