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The Cathedral Connection 4 August 2019

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Thank You!

Thanks to all who attended the consultation meetings last week. The combined attendance was about 45 people, and the discussion was lively and even entertaining. We will put out a fuller summary soon. Some points seemed to attract a lot of interest. One was the desirability of making the piazza a greener space, and enhancing the potential of that area and the courtyard for meditation and relaxation. Several people spoke of the importance of opportunities for deepening our knowledge of the Bible.

Many agreed that what brings us together, apart from our common faith, is the importance of working together and caring for each other.  There were also questions about whether we do that as well as we could.  Similarly, several people thought communication could be improved. Of course, too, everyone is keen to get back into the Cathedral – there is an update inside this newsletter – and there were suggestions about a big re-opening event, including inviting the Pope.

In the next few weeks representatives of the Parish Council and Finance Committee will work on developing these insights, and the earlier surveys, into a draft parish response to Cardinal John. We expect to make that available for feedback, and in the meantime if anyone would like to offer their thoughts on the consultation questions, please get them into the parish office by 12 August. The questions can be found on the parish website in the newsletter of 21 July.

The best feature of the discussion, I thought, was that everyone spoke honestly and listened respectfully.  Perhaps, in a world where sometimes it seems that shouting and putting people down prevails, we might be a model of dialogue and encounter — in our parish community and everywhere we go.

Jim McAloon, Chair, Parish Pastoral Council

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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 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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