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The Cathedral Connection 19 May 2019

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Leaving a Legacy

 I have just been reading a book, “With the End in Mind,”  by Kathryn Mannix. It’s about the hospice movement and is subtitled ‘Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial.’  Only when I finished it did I realize that yesterday was the Mary Potter Street Day Appeal. How appropriate.

It’s a powerful book on many levels.  We know of course that death is never an end, but is an important stage on the journey of life.  The book (and the hospice movement), shows us how to approach death, not with trepidation but with opening, clarity and understanding.

One of the themes of the book was about leaving a legacy.  What would I like to be remembered by? If I had the opportunity, what would my final words of advice be to those I leave behind?  What gift could I leave that others would appreciate?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus, in his darkest hour, talks of legacy, gift, what he is leaving for others to have.  It is like his last will and testament. His final, parting words. Do this and you will live!

I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

We are called to be great lovers. But we cannot do this unless we are touched by God’s love. We can only radiate what we have received.

The journey of life is really about becoming the person God wants us to be. We can become more and more selfish or more and more selfless. Each moment, each day we make decisions that move us in one direction or the other.

Fr Ron

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The Cathedral Connection 12 May 2019

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Our Shepherds

This Sunday is known liturgically as Good Shepherd Sunday, when prayers are offered for vocations to the Church’s ordained priesthood. This year we also celebrate Mother’s Day. Today Jesus, Pastoral Leaders and mothers are all people who shepherd us in various guises.

In last week’s gospel Jesus instructed Peter to ‘’feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep’’. We are Jesus’ sheep, who hear his voice and respond by following him.

Over the past week you have received letters from the shepherds in our community, the Finance Committee and Pastoral Council. They have written to you as a first step in seeking to begin the process of consultation, responding to Cardinal John’s directive.

United like a flock of sheep, shepherded by Jesus, led by Pope Francis, and Cardinal John, supported by the pastoral leadership team and our parish leadership teams, you have been asked to embrace the call to community.

As you reflect on our community letters and hear and respond to the Word of God on this Shepherding Sunday you may like to begin with these three questions:

  • How do I listen for the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd in my daily life?
  • How is He calling me to follow him at this moment in my life and specifically in this community?
  • How is He calling me to respond to Cardinal John’s directive?

Happy and blessed Mother’s Day to all those mothering and shepherding people in our community and in our lives.

Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader.

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The Cathedral Connection 5 May 2019

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CALLED TO SERVE?

Every parish in this archdiocese has a parish pastoral council. The council is described in the archdiocesan guidelines as ‘the primary consultative body that assists the pastoral leadership team… especially in the area of pastoral planning’.

The council is responsible for developing and updating a pastoral plan, and working with the whole parish to make it happen. The plan will address the ‘spiritual, liturgical, pastoral and social needs’ of the parish, and the parish’s mission in church and city. The pastoral council does not do everything – as we know, we are blessed with many people in the parish who generously give their time, and we have liturgy and finance committees as well.  Its role is more about oversight and advice.

In this parish, the pastoral council members have usually been invited by the parish priest to serve. As a group, we think it would now be helpful for the pastoral council to be affirmed by the parish annual general meeting. This might make the pastoral council more visible, and it might make it more clear that the council serves the parish as a whole. It might also make the beginning and end of individuals’ terms clearer.

Normally our council has had around ten members. With departures, we need between four and six new members. It is important that the council members together represent the parish as a whole – in terms of ages, cultural communities, which masses they attend, a balance of men and women, and so on.

If you would be interested in serving, or would like to suggest someone who might be willing – usually for terms of two years at a time  – please contact me at jmcaloon@xtra.co.nz, or contact Debbie Matheson.

Jim McAloon, Chair Parish Pastoral Council.

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The Cathedral Connection 28 April 2019

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“Peace be with you…

As the father has sent me, so I send you”

“Today is the Octave of Easter – historically seen as completing the ‘’great day of resurrection’’.  We gather to hear the Word of God and to share the Eucharist.  We are celebrating and witnessing unity in the Risen Christ as a community.  We are given the Spirit to enable us to witness to the forgiveness of sin.

 We can all probably relate to feelings of being scared and confused, and wanting to hide away from reality, even for a while, just as we hear the apostles were doing in today’s Gospel.  But, when the Risen Christ came amongst them, He offered them peace and he breathed upon them and said “receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained”.  As He did to the apostles, Jesus offers us peace.  Our peace comes from believing, and it is in believing that we are blessed, for as Jesus said to Thomas, ‘’do not be unbelieving, but believe… Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed’’.

 Each week we are sent forth – sent to build the kingdom of God here and now.  Sent forth to engage our wills, our skills and our heart.  As we wait in hope, we are asked to love those around us by confronting the selfishness that creates suffering in the world.

Go forth in peace and belief, with a loving and forgiving heart.  Build community as you live and share the Good News of the Risen Lord on this, Divine Mercy Sunday.

 Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 21 April 2019

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Easter Sunday

It took time for those who first experienced the presence of the Risen Jesus among them to find the words to describe it – and even the faith to recognise him. They felt fear and incredulity before recognition fully dawned, the light became stronger and the sunrise of recognition broke over them. It is the same for us.

There are many things in life’s mystery of which this can be said. But nothing of which it is as true as the Resurrection. The Risen Lord enters our life without making a noise. He walks beside us without taking up space. He gives us all of his time without asking anything in return. He is at the centre of everything without forcing our attention. He is invisibly visible.

He is a new way of being, a new way of living. He gives our lives hope and meaning, a purpose in life.  He makes the impossible possible. We are never alone and never will be. He is always with us. We just need the faith to see.

He surprises us.
He makes death transparent and life radiant.
Lent has launched us.
Easter is everywhere.
We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song.  
(adapted from words of Laurence Freeman, OSB).

Fr Ron

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