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The Cathedral Connection 3 December 2017

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As the season of Advent opens, announcing a new year on the Christian calendar, I have two announcements that impact on our Cathedral Parish.

The first is that Fiona Rammell, our Lay Pastoral Leader since June, will not be renewing her contract at the end of January.  Fiona’s family circumstances have guided her decision, one that I heard and accepted with considerable sadness.  In just a few months Fiona has endeared herself to many, and has shown her ability in leadership roles involving liturgy, pastoral action and education.  She was part of the parish representation at the Archdiocesan Synod and has greatly supported my own pastoral responsibilities.

The second concerns my own “future planning”.  Before learning of Fiona’s situation, I asked Cardinal John if I could be relieved of responsibility as Parish Priest.  I have noticed my energy levels slipping and have learned that next year I will need another hip replacement.  My eyesight continues to deteriorate and I now avoid night driving.  Not a recipe for effective pastoral leadership.

The outcome is that I will stay on in “Sacramental Ministry”, relinquishing my role in day-to-day pastoral planning and activity.  Another priest, though not in residence, will be appointed as Administrator of the Cathedral, and it is expected another Lay Pastoral Leader will replace Fiona.

However, appointing and introducing a new LPL cannot be a simple process and I expect an inevitable delay for my “movement”.  This will become clearer in the weeks ahead, but it is important to share this information now to avoid rumour and speculation.  Please remember Fiona and myself in your prayers as we each make personal adjustments in our unique vocations.  And pray also that others will respond to the need to ensure strong, faithful leadership within our faith communities.

Fr James

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The Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, England – New Zealand Tour

Christ's College Choir Landing PageThe Choir of Christs College, Cambridge, England – New Zealand Tour

One of the finest mixed voice ensembles from Cambridge University, Christ’s College Choir are coming to Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington in July during their summer tour of New Zealand.

Directed by Professor David Rowland, the choir sings sacred music from the English and European choral traditions from the 16th Century to the present in services in their college chapel, in concerts across the UK and on their international summer tours, which have recently taken them to North America, Australia and Singapore.

This tour’s repertoire includes works by William Byrd, Henry Purcell, Mozart, Brahms and Benjamin Britten.

The choir will perform at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 7pm on Thursday 9th July.

For further information please visit their website: www.cambridgechoir.co.uk

Christs College UK