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The Cathedral Connection 29 July 2018

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Eucharist

The gospel readings over the next few Sundays from John will invite us to consider the deeper meaning of Eucharist: Christ, the Bread of Life, present to us in this sacrament that is given to us in order that we might become sacrament to one another.

The challenge of today’s gospel, and the mandate of the Eucharist, is to take up the hard work of reconciliation and compassion begun by God. To humbly bring the peace of God into our own homes. To share the gifts, we have received – our talents, our riches, and ourselves, to create communities of joyful faith. We’re called to become the Body and Blood of Jesus that we receive in the Eucharist.

It is easy to follow Jesus when we are on the receiving end of his bounty and goodness. As we grow in discipleship there will come a time (if it hasn’t already come) when we will no longer be simply on the receiving end of the relationship. We will be called to enter further into a relationship with Jesus that is more mutually reciprocal.

Today’s gospel also challenges us to realise the many things we waste in our lives that can be the difference between life and death for others: our stores, abundance of clothing, food, household goods, toys and money can become signs of God’s loving providence for all.

As a community, we are privileged to be receivers of God’s providence. Many gifts and talents within our community have been shared over the past few weeks, as we work towards a new ‘normal’ in parish life.  Thank you.

Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 22 July 2018

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

A beacon of faith, hope and love

“Ask, and it will be given to you; … knock, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7)

The closure of our Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart has come as a shock not only to parishioners, but also the wider community. Many have found the Cathedral a place of spiritual enrichment, a place of beauty, and a place to take time out from busy city life. Its fine acoustics and organ have also provided a home to musicians and community groups who have used it for concerts and recordings.

We have an exciting opportunity for the Cathedral Parish, the wider Wellington community and others to help preserve this Wellington landmark. For our community it is an undertaking that represents so much more if the Cathedral is to remain the spiritual, cultural, and community home that our predecessors built it to be. Each of us may have different reasons for calling the Cathedral our spiritual home, but what makes us one family is that we all want and need the Cathedral to be the place where we find communion with God and each other.

While the detailed planning for remediation work has not started yet, it is likely that the building will be closed for a number of years and the work will cost several millions. The Parish Funding Committee, brought together by Father James Lyons, is focused on planning and raising funds for this essential work. The synergy between the Parish and Archdiocese to formulate a successful funding campaign is very strong. As stewards of our faith and church home, we’ll be asking you to give generously in the same way as those before us did.

As we reflect on the work ahead, it’s worth remembering that our Catholic community doesn’t give to the church because it has needs; our community gives because the church meets needs.

Nigel Ingram
Chair, Funding Committee

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Sacred Heart Cathedral Immediate Closure

Sacred Heart Cathedral immediate closure

Following a verbal report from structural and civil engineers Dunning Thornton, the Parish has been working through a process of due diligence regarding the structural condition of the Cathedral.   Yesterday it received a peer review of the detailed seismic assessment (DSA) that recently advised that the Cathedral was ‘’earthquake prone’’ under the Building Act 2004.  Both reports have confirmed that the Cathedral currently presents a significant risk to occupants in an earthquake event.

Our Parish Finance Committee and Parish Pastoral Council met last night and recommended to the Parish Leadership Team of Fr. Ron Bennett (Moderator), Debbie Matheson (Lay Pastoral Leader) and Fr. James Lyons (Priest in Sacramental Ministry) to close the building immediately.  This decision was not taken lightly.  Cardinal John Dew has been advised of this recommendation and the Cathedral complex, including Connolly Hall closed today.

However, one piece of good news, Dunning Thornton have suggested an interim solution which would allow us to use Connolly Hall, Blessed Sacrament Chapel and the foyer (they are part of a separate structure built in the 1980’s and are not earthquake prone). We are engaging with the engineers and LT McGuinness to ascertain the cost and timetabling required.