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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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The Cathedral Connection 14 April 2019

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IN MEMORY OF ME

On Sunday we will recall the joyous entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with shouts of ‘Hosanna.’ Some of those who were there at his entry would later be shouting out ‘Crucify him’ in the courtyard of Pontius Pilate.

We will again hear the passion of Christ and the terrible suffering Jesus had to endure.

As Christians we are a committed to be a people that remembers the passion of Jesus: Whenever you do this, do this in memory of me.

We remember the victory of love over the powers of hatred and destruction. The triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and of life over death.

His terrible suffering that saved the world, yet it wasn’t his suffering that redeemed us, it was his love.

Surely suffering is something you and I would give almost anything to avoid. Yet we would gladly suffer for someone whom we love.

As Christians we must not only accept suffering but make it holy. Love makes it holy.  And keeping the memory of Christ’s passion makes us sensitive and attentive to the suffering of others.

The cross demands our attention as we recall the suffering of Jesus and the suffering of all who are victims of hate and violence.

With every blessing

Fr Doug

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