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The Cathedral Connection 14 July 2019

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Loving both our God and our neighbour is a challenge put to us in today’s gospel. What does being neighbourly ask of me, and am I willing to be a neighbour to others?

While our view of who our neighbours are might be limited to our relatives; our parish family; the people who live next door; today’s parable highlights that as Christians our neighbour encompasses all of humanity.

How often do you find yourself with your head down merely passing people by on the street and ignoring even a simple hello or a smile? Our Christian faith demands of us that we be Christ to each other. Jesus calls for us to act with mercy and compassion in all that we do; to act justly; to treat others as we wish to be treated, portraying the innate dignity that everyone is born with.

Jesus has shown us many examples of loving our neighbour throughout his life and today’s parable is a call to action. As you take time to reflect and pray with today’s gospel, consider what concrete action you are being called to do. Consider who your neighbour is. Is it the suffering and disseminated members of our parish community or those we see, even pass by or hear about in the media each day?

Remember we are all beloved children of God, and therefore we are all neighbours to one another. May we bear witness to this in everyday life, sharing the love for God and our neighbour and truly being a disciple of Christ.

Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

The Cathedral Connection 7 July 2019

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It was good to see so many parishioners at the AGM three weeks ago, and good that we had an open discussion about the progress of the Cathedral strengthening project. Hopefully, the article on page 3 of this newsletter will address some of the questions that we have.

It is not an easy time for us as a parish. The first reading at today’s Mass is a short piece from the last chapter of the writings of the Hebrew prophet Isaiah.  Much of the book of Isaiah is about returning and restoration after exile and impoverishment – written in the context of the exile of the Jewish people in Babylon. I have sometimes thought that in these months our parish can relate to this theme; although we can still come together in worship and in community, it’s ‘not the same’, and we are anxious for the restoration to come.

Much of the prophetic writing, too, exhorts the people to do justice and to live in peace with each other. And today’s gospel, where disciples are sent out, reminds us that the church must step outside, must be a missionary church. In today’s Wel-Com, Cardinal John draws our attention to Pope Francis’ request that October be an extraordinary ‘month of mission’.  We are invited to reflect, simply, on what we are here for as a faith community.

This is what we are also asked to do as we reflect, during this year, on our parish buildings. All are invited to two parish meetings at the end of this month, to develop our response to Cardinal John’s pastoral letter of last February. Again, we might begin by reflecting on what are we here for. What is our role as a cathedral parish? As a parish in the city? The surveys conducted in May have helped us think about what we do well, and where we might develop.

The discussion will continue, and it may be that we use this awkward time to refresh ourselves as a faith community, as a mission community.

Peace be with us all.
Jim McAloon, Chair, Parish Pastoral Council.


The Cathedral Connection 30 June 2019

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In this new section of Luke’s Gospel Jesus journeys to Jerusalem. Luke portrays Jesus as one who knows his ultimate destiny and is willing to do everything in achieving his Father’s will.

Luke is not exactly interested in telling us the route Jesus followed as in telling us about the incidents he faced on the way.

In the first passage we see the hostility Jesus encountered from the inhabitants of a Samaritan village because they were heading for Jerusalem.

This is followed in the second passage by three different stories of would-be followers who had excuses in not committing themselves fully in being a true disciple of his. It is not an easy road to take in completely surrendering, as Jesus did, to the will of God.

Jesus did not hide this fact from his followers but told them as he tells us that total commitment is needed in witnessing to the Gospels.

‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

With every blessing and grace.

Fr Doug

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The Cathedral Connection 23 June 2019

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First Communion Day

I am sure we all remember our First Communion Day. I remember it in a way different to most. I woke up, rushed into mum and dad’s bedroom, only to find dad alone in the bed. ‘Where’s mum?’ I asked. Unknown to me, it had been a busy night in the Bennett household. My mother had gone to the hospital during the night and, wow, I had a baby sister, Kathryn, born just a few hours earlier! My father, not a Catholic at that stage, took over the mothership, got me dressed in new clothes, and took my brother and myself to Mass, and my First Communion.

The rest is a bit of a blur. But I do remember receiving the host on my tongue at the altar rail. Of course, I did not realize the full significance of that central moment, around which all else was periphery.

There was another memory of that day. During the Communion breakfast, an auntie bent over me and encouraged me to eat up. Many years later, I found out that she was a rather poor person, and used to have fish and chips for lunch, and save some for her evening meal. Yet here she was encouraging me to ‘eat up!’

Memories, memories. Our faith is full of memories. Today we celebrate many of our younger parishioners making their First Communion. Like me, they will not completely understand this moment. But we do hope they remember it. We pray that they will come to understand it more and more.  That the Eucharist will always be ‘food for the journey’ and
a meal that they cannot stay away from.

Fr Ron
Moderator, Cathedral Parish.

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The Cathedral Connection 16 June 2019

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Who do you need to grow?

From the very beginning of our life we need others. Our parents, grand parents, caregivers, friends, family and strangers all touch our lives. With love as their guide these communities or relationships provide not only a warm embrace of love, safety and value, but they also encourage separateness, and it is in this separateness that we are enabled to learn, to take risks, to both grow and develop. Indeed, many of the tasks of human and spiritual maturity involve others acting as a mirror reflecting us back to ourselves as we truly are, not just as we would like to see ourselves.

Today we celebrate the inter-dependence of the Trinity of persons defined as love; revealed as One God, home to three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. United but distinct. While we realise that this is a paradox of unity amidst diversity, we realise this mystery is at the heart of our faith and the centre point of all love. It is not something we can understand with our minds, but like most things relating to faith and love we can only understand and experience with our hearts.

So, let us go out and actively experience this love, growing relationships and community that are truly life giving and in so doing may we be drawn deeper into that unity and diversity which is at the very heart of the mystery of the Holy and undivided Trinity.

Michael Fletcher
Cathedral Director of Music

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