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The Cathedral Connection 9 December 2018

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Farewell From Our Parish School

On Tuesday the students and staff of Sacred Heart Cathedral School will gather to celebrate Eucharist and mark the end of their school year. They will also acknowledge and farewell Fr James who has spent many hours in the past 11 years walking alongside, ministering to, and supporting its students, families and teaching staff.  Below are just a few sentiments written by some Year 8 students who are also beginning a new chapter in their life journey.

“Whenever I go to Mass on a Sunday I always feel that the message Father James is giving is directed at me and helping me become a better person. Thank you Father James for helping me to think deeply and reflect about myself.”  – Annabelle Stirling

“Even though Father James is incredibly busy, visiting our school and people in the Parish he always has time to stop and listen to the students. Thank you Father James for the care and compassion you show towards us.”  – Sam Wells

“Father James spends a lot of time at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. He visits classes each week. He shares readings and prayers with us and helps us to understand the meaning so we can all become better people. Thank you Father James for always sharing your stories and jokes with us.” –  Elizabeth Whitaker.

“Father James shares personal stories to get his message across. Thank you Father James for encouraging us all to have faith during difficult times.” – Luc Boeschenstein

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The Cathedral Connection 25 November 2018

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FOLLOWING INITIATION

 Who shot the barman is a race horse, named from an expression of the owner’s mother who wondered why she had to wait so long for another drink! Who shot the barman? she asked.

Our parish’s First Communion children are today fully initiated into the Church, with their Eucharist celebrated at St Teresa’s, Karori. Like so many before them, they have journeyed from Baptism through Confirmation to the moment of Communion. We congratulate them. It is truly a cause for humble pride and a sense of fulfilment. But – what happens after initiation?

I wonder how long these children will have to wait for their second Communion? Experience suggests that many will not return to Mass before Christmas, and perhaps not even then. This is an issue for parents and, in the lead-up to First Communion, emphasis is placed on the crucial role of the family in setting priorities for the health and growth of the whole person – spiritual, emotional, physical.

This is quite a challenge for parents who try to balance sporting interests, home life, work and school commitments. In this mix, personal spiritual development is easily forgotten or left out. It is hard to foster a love for the Eucharist, or any personal relationship with Jesus, if the family culture excludes or by-passes the spiritual component of living.

Today is also the festival of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the Church’s year, leading us to Advent and on to Christmas. Please pray for one another during this transition time. We enter a great season of joyful hope! Pray for our First Communion children, but also for those responsible for their care and upbringing. Give thanks to God for the gift of faith; may each of us value it above all else and nourish it with frequent Communion and loving service.

Fr James

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The Cathedral Connection 18 November 2018

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Are you ready?

 Mark’s account of this week’s Gospel is often called ‘The little Apocalypse’.  It is a discourse by Jesus about the end of time. Our life on earth is part of the paschal mystery, the dying and rising of Christ.

Our time here is grace.  It is a free gift.  Nothing we did or will do earned our existence, and nothing we do can guarantee our number of days here. Our time on this earth is limited.  Our life will come to an end; of that we can be sure.  ‘But of the day or hour, no one knows’.  In this Gospel Christ wants to remind us of the need to remain prepared, not in worry and fear, but in the love of God and in charity and compassion towards the needy.

Christ calls us to embrace not the things of the world but the things of God: the eternal treasures of love and mercy, the joy that comes from selfless giving, the satisfaction that comes from lifting up the hopes and dreams of others.

The Collect prayer today identifies for us where the source of “constant gladness” and “full and lasting happiness” is to be found: it is to be found in serving “with constancy the author of all that is good”.  This Collect asks that we make sure we are using all our gifts and resources to serve God well.

We love God whom we cannot see through loving our neighbour whom we can see, and we praise the Creator whom we cannot see through valuing the creation we can see.  How is God being served through your gifts and resources.

Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 11 November 2018

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ARMISTICE

An ending, but the pain lives on.
Warring warriors weapons-fed
return to homes not seen for years
to hope-filled dreams not seen for tears
living, but with lives on lease
only warring warriors dead
can rest in peace.

Comfort us who mourn the loss
of lives in battles won or lost
war brings to life a dreadful cost
then nails it fast upon a cross.

The talks agree the fighting’s done
armistice has now become
the way ahead for all who come
to live as one without the gun.

Within the soul does love exist
And buoyed by hope cannot resist
To strengthen faith through cloud and mist
To await with joy our armistice.

– Fr James

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The Cathedral Connection 4 November 2018

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Saying Yes

Last weekend I attended the Archdiocesan Stewardship Retreat. The theme was based around the Sunday’s gospel reading – the healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus. We were invited to reflect on a number of themes, including Jesus’ question to Bartimaeus, ‘what would you like me to do for you?’ We were also invited to imagine putting this question to Jesus – what would he like us to do for him?

Turning the question around in this way emphasized that we are all called – as Pope Francis has recently reminded us – to be holy, and for most of us holiness lies in the ordinary things of life rather than in heroic achievements.

I remembered reading somewhere years ago that we can be apprehensive about saying ‘yes’, because we don’t know where it will lead, what other ‘yes’ will be asked of us as a consequence.

We offer our time, our talent, and our treasure in our parish and other communities, and this willing giving is what makes our parish the community it is. We give in this way – we say ‘yes’ – because we see a need, or because we are asked to, not for prestige or status. For all of us in this parish community, we are encouraged to say ‘yes’, because we know that we are supported by each another.  So it was when I was asked, several weeks ago, to become parish pastoral council chair – and I want to thank Nicholas Burley for his capable, kind and thoughtful leadership of the council over the last two years.

As we negotiate our building issues, many of us have been, and will be, asked to say ‘yes’ to things we did not expect.  We thank you for being open to requests and your offers of help. We take heart this week in knowing that the Chapel and Connolly Hall will be re-opened later this month.

Jim McAloon, Chair, Parish Pastoral Council

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