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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

The Cathedral Connection 13 August 2017

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The parish committees responsible for pastoral care and development, liturgy and finance, reported to our annual meeting last Sunday. I also gave an account of my ministry with you over the past year.  The meeting had been promoted as an opportunity for you, the parishioners, to hear what’s been going on and what lies ahead in the life of the parish. It was also an occasion for meeting participants from across the range of Masses celebrated at the cathedral each week. About 40 participated.

What stood out for me from the various reports, was the fact that we have a great number of people involved in the life of the parish.  Apart from the three committees (totalling 25 members), we have a senior and boys’ choirs, musicians, a music group, servers, ministers of the Word and Communion, sacristans, welcomers and guardians, collectors, hospitality teams, Food Bank coordinators, Prayer and Scripture groups, Rosary and Divine Mercy devotions. All this in addition to a Secretary, a Lay Pastoral Leader, a Director of Music and a Parish Priest!

A few weeks ago I wrote that a parish is nothing without people. Well, we have close to 250 people involved in a variety of services and activities and this speaks well for the health of the parish. Priests come and go. They might stimulate growth and encourage participation, but it is you, the people, who are the beating heart of the community. Thank you for “beating” so well.

I concluded my report, in this my 10th year among you, “with deep gratitude for the faith that richly endowers this parish, for you, the people, who bring the parish to life, for the rock solid commitment that keeps us assembling in worship, and for your love that anchors me here. Thank you, everyone.”

Fr James

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The Cathedral Connection – 6 August 2017

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We all have those moments. We look around us and are in awe of what we are seeing. Something that springs to mind is when we see a wonderful sunset. There is something about it that captivates us.

When a group of friends headed to the mountains with Jesus, they too were captivated by what they were seeing.

Often words are not enough to describe these moments. There is a deeper sense of knowing that something big is happening but we can’t quite explain it. And to try and explain it to someone who has not experienced it almost becomes nonsensical. In these moments we are transfigured.

The dictionary describes transfiguration as a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.”

It’s in moments like these that the junk in our lives suddenly looks different. We catch a glimpse of something impossible to put into words.

Jesus wanted to draw his friends into this experience sharing with them a reality that they would later come to understand and would enable them to get them through the tough times he knew were ahead.

Our story is the same as the Apostles. It is about getting through the tough times rather than being rescued from them. The disciples came to see Jesus as someone who could take away their fear. From expecting Jesus to be a revolutionary leader in the political sense their understanding was transfigured to see the “Kingdom” as a spiritual reality. Jesus travels with us, inviting us in the words of the liturgy to offer everything “through him, with him and in him.”

This gives us the hope and faith to continue being disciples of Jesus. Without that it would be too easy to give up.

With every blessing
Fiona Rammell
Lay Pastoral Leader

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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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