The Cathedral Connection 15 July 2018

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This is the theme running through the first and gospel readings this weekend.  Amos was sent to prophesise; and the disciples were sent to anoint and heal the sick.

In the dismissal at the end of each Eucharistic celebration we, the community of believers here at the Sacred Heart Cathedral are sent too, sent to bring good news to the poor, to make disciples of all nations, to love one another and to accompany each other.   This theme is particularly relevant to us today.

We have now received both the full report from Dunning Thornton and a peer review report from Batchelar McDougall Consulting on the building’s structural integrity.  The Finance Committee and the Parish Pastoral Council both met on Thursday evening to discuss the implications of the reports in relation to the Health and Safety Act and Archdiocesan guidelines on Earthquake Prone buildings.  Their discernment produced a recommendation to the Pastoral Leadership Team of immediate closure of the Cathedral.  More information on how we got to this point is available on a separate fact sheet enclosed in this newsletter.

We are extremely grateful to the proprietors and staff at St. Mary’s College who have made available the college hall to the parish to celebrate the Vigil and Sunday Masses for as long as necessary.  We are grateful too to Sacred Heart School for the use of their buildings for weekday Eucharist this week.

There will be an opportunity for more information at a meeting to be held on Tuesday 17th July, 7.00pm at St Mary’s College Hall.

As sad and troubling this news may be, it is also a marvellous opportunity to celebrate our togetherness as a community. Seeds have been planted over many years and now we can sense the ripening and the harvest, with our schools embracing the parish and our committees rallying in support of the need before us.  Last year’s Synod proclaimed, GO – YOU ARE SENT, and now we are on the move, witnessing that we, and not any building, are CHURCH. This faith and confidence will more than see us through.

Debbie Matheson                Fr. Ron Bennett
Lay Pastoral Leader            Moderator

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