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Important from Cardinal John & Fr David

Dear Cathedral Parishioners,
Please refer to the attached letter from Cardinal John Dew concerning the COVID-19 situation and the decision to suspend all public Masses until further notice.
On Friday afternoon Lay Pastoral Leader Debbie Matheson, Parish Administrator Frank Doherty and I discussed how best to respond to this challenging and rapidly changing situation.  During this difficult time we are committed to keeping in touch with parishioners and continuing to provide pastoral and spiritual care.
Cardinal John’s instructions have implications for our community and our liturgical and pastoral activities.  We therefore regrettably have to advise that in addition to all public Masses having to cease until further notice, the following activities in the Parish have had to be cancelled:
  • Stations of the Cross on 20 March & 3 April
  • Rite II Reconciliation on 22 March at St Teresa’s Church
  • Joint Cathedrals Lenten Programme
  • Laudato Si Lenten Series at St Thomas More Church
  • Autumn Picnic with Wellington Refugees on 29 March
We also wish to advise that:
  • The Cathedral Chapel will remain open daily for private prayer between 10.00am and 3.00pm
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on weekdays at midday and Saturdays at 9am
  • The Parish Office will remain open on weekdays from 10am to 3pm
  • The Pastoral Team continues to be available and contactable in the usual ways
  • The Parish website ( has helpful links and resources, which will be added to in the coming days and weeks
Another special communication will be sent early next week. In the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any matters that you wish to raise.
Please take care and be assured of our prayers and good wishes.
Fr David Dowling
Parish Priest

The Cathedral Connection 15 March 2020

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Our archdiocesan Mission Expo took place yesterday, and it was organized to showcase the wide range of mission activities and opportunities within our communities. The joint cathedrals’ Lent programme is also featuring a number of speakers reflecting on the theme of mission. In his Lenten message this year, Pope Francis reminded us that if Easter is at the centre of our lives, we must feel ‘compassion towards the wounds of the crucified Christ present in the many innocent victims of wars, in attacks on life… and various forms of violence… in environmental disasters, the unequal distribution of the earth’s goods, human trafficking in all its forms, and the unbridled thirst for profit’. The Pope reminds us, too, that compassion must lead to action, working with all people of goodwill.

So we are all called to mission, and to loving service. I have been thinking, though, that it is also important to remember another aspect of the mission of the People of God, and particularly of the great majority who are not ordained or in religious vows. The Second Vatican Council pointed out that this mission includes our ordinary lives, in our families and neighbourhoods, in our community organisations and in our occupations as well.

I think it is also important to remind ourselves of the need for balance in our lives. More than fifty years ago, the monk Thomas Merton wrote of the temptation ‘to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork… To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.’ Times of recollection, contemplation, creativity and prayer – however brief – are never an optional extra in our mission.

Jim McAloon, Chair, Parish Pastoral Council.

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The Cathedral Connection 8 March 2020

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Dear friends

Last Wednesday evening I enjoyed the first of our mission-focused Lenten Programme sessions jointly supported by our Cathedral Parish and the Anglican Cathedral Parish.

David Rowe, the Dean of the Anglican Cathedral challenged those present to wake up to God and to one another. He spoke of Lent being a time to build bridges and relationships. The question was asked: How do we relate to God and to one another?

In the fourth century men and women (known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers) went into the desert in search of a deeper relationship with God.  They had many wise sayings. One of them was: “The person who loves worldly things loves stumbling blocks. When we lose something, therefore, we should accept it with joy and thanks as we have been relieved from care.”

Living in the desert was not about living in isolation.  It was about living for God.  If we are not careful, our desire for wanting to acquire more and more worldly things can distract us from living for God. Lent is a good opportunity for us to ‘go into the desert’ to identify the stumbling blocks that hinder us from developing a deeper relationship with God and one another.

The second evening in our series of five joint Cathedral parish gatherings is this Wednesday 11 March, in Connolly Hall beginning with refreshments at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Cardinal John will speak about what we can learn from Pope Francis about all being called to mission and having hearts that are open and expanded by love. Everyone is most welcome.

Wishing you many blessings this Lent.

Fr David

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The Cathedral Connection 1 March 2020

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Imagine the cost of forty days and forty nights in a five star hotel. Pampered beyond belief and no doubt charged for the pleasure. Imagine too forty days and forty nights confined to a small room. A harsh reality for those who have been quarantined onboard cruise ships with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). For Jesus too, he was quarantined, by the Spirit, in the wilderness, and as you may have worked out – quarantine means, literally, forty days.

Forty days of confrontation with the same temptations we have today and forty days with the sound of silence. Something that in our busy worlds we hardly get much of! The forty days of Lent are a wonderful opportunity to pause, listen, and in that time and space that silence holds, find a place where we can reflect.

Lent, much like life is not an exercise to be endured. It is a mystery to be unfolded, and it begins from the inside out. So rather than giving up chocolate or alcohol and then patting ourselves on the back and feeling good, perhaps we could dare to be more vulnerable and allow the Spirit to guide us to our own wilderness where we are challenged. In turn we are offered the opportunity to grow, beginning our own journey with Christ to his death and resurrection.

Michael Fletcher
Director of Music

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