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The Cathedral Connection 5 August 2018

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I am the Bread of Life

 “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never thirst” (John 6:35)

 This year we have been following Mark’s Gospel. Because it is a short Gospel, we now leave it for 5 weeks, reading instead from John’s Gospel Chapter 6 – the feeding of the 5000 and the Eucharistic words that follow it. John does not have an account of the institution of the Eucharist (he presumes it), but the whole of Chapter 6 is Eucharistic.

Last week’s Gospel set the scene, with the feeding of the 5000 with 5 loves and 2 fish. As Andrew says, referring to the 5 loaves and 2 fish that a boy has, ‘…but what is that amongst so many.’ It’s nothing. BUT 5 loaves and 2 fish AND JESUS is everything.

As we come to terms with our Cathedral being closed for quite a time, we may have a lot of negative and soul destroying emotions. We can relate to Philip’s response to the task of feeding the 5000 – ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough for each of them to get a little.” It isn’t going to work. Then we see Andrew, ‘There is a small boy here with 5 loaves and 2 fish.’ They are very little BUT with Jesus they are more than enough.

The last 3 Sundays I have come to morning tea after the 10.30am Mass, in the College Staffroom. Conversations there were very much about hope and possibilities, coming together, supporting each other, getting to know each other in a new way. What I heard over and over was the importance of keeping the community together.

The spirit of the parish was brought home to me last Sunday in seeing a woman collecting money for food that she had made. She had begun her fundraising for the Cathedral already, even before the start flag had fallen! Her ‘5 loaves and 2 fish’, coupled with all the other loaves and fishes that we hope to bring, with Jesus, will be more than enough!

– Fr Ron Bennett, Moderator.

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The Cathedral Connection 29 July 2018

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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 15 July 2018

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This is the theme running through the first and gospel readings this weekend.  Amos was sent to prophesise; and the disciples were sent to anoint and heal the sick.

In the dismissal at the end of each Eucharistic celebration we, the community of believers here at the Sacred Heart Cathedral are sent too, sent to bring good news to the poor, to make disciples of all nations, to love one another and to accompany each other.   This theme is particularly relevant to us today.

We have now received both the full report from Dunning Thornton and a peer review report from Batchelar McDougall Consulting on the building’s structural integrity.  The Finance Committee and the Parish Pastoral Council both met on Thursday evening to discuss the implications of the reports in relation to the Health and Safety Act and Archdiocesan guidelines on Earthquake Prone buildings.  Their discernment produced a recommendation to the Pastoral Leadership Team of immediate closure of the Cathedral.  More information on how we got to this point is available on a separate fact sheet enclosed in this newsletter.

We are extremely grateful to the proprietors and staff at St. Mary’s College who have made available the college hall to the parish to celebrate the Vigil and Sunday Masses for as long as necessary.  We are grateful too to Sacred Heart School for the use of their buildings for weekday Eucharist this week.

There will be an opportunity for more information at a meeting to be held on Tuesday 17th July, 7.00pm at St Mary’s College Hall.

As sad and troubling this news may be, it is also a marvellous opportunity to celebrate our togetherness as a community. Seeds have been planted over many years and now we can sense the ripening and the harvest, with our schools embracing the parish and our committees rallying in support of the need before us.  Last year’s Synod proclaimed, GO – YOU ARE SENT, and now we are on the move, witnessing that we, and not any building, are CHURCH. This faith and confidence will more than see us through.

Debbie Matheson                Fr. Ron Bennett
Lay Pastoral Leader            Moderator

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