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The Cathedral Connection 16 December 2018

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Rejoice

The third Sunday of Advent is upon us.  Gaudete Sunday! Named from the first word of the Introit at Mass: Gaudete in Domino semper (Rejoice in the Lord always).  The readings today again speak of preparation; remind us that ‘The Lord is near’; and that joyfully we await His coming.

Experience tells us that whenever a special guest is expected to visit, we can get over excited, tense and often restless (parents can too, as they await the birth of their child). We can become anxious in preparing the best for our guest.  Our preparation can be exhausting and sometimes we can lose focus.

Today, on Gaudete Sunday, I encourage you to take a moment from your preparations and busyness in expectation of the Christmas feast.  Slow down, pause.  Give thanks for, and rejoice in, the beauty that surrounds us in nature; the people that surround you; the memories that you carry.  Rejoice knowing that you are ‘infinitely loved and infinitely lovable’.

Joy is a blend of laughter and tears.
It is looking for the happiness that comes in small packages, knowing that big packages are few and far between.
It is making the most of the present,
enjoying what is at hand right now.
Joy is love bubbling over into life.
Joy is the flag we fly when Christ, the Prince of Peace,
resides in our heart.
(author unknown)

As we continue our preparation, our aim is not only to do good but to do good with joy and love. With peace in our heart we are will be able, to walk humbly, justly and mercifully bearing witness to all we meet. Rejoice!

Debbie Matheson (Lay Pastoral Leader)

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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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