St Christopher's Cathedral Parish
(incorporating St Peter Chanel's Church, Weston Street, Yarralumla)
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Parish Office, Ground floor, 55 Franklin Street Forrest ACT 2603, Australia
Most Rev. Christopher Prowse DD. STD.; Fr Trenton van Reesch - Administrator; Fr Norvin Dias - Assistant Priest
(02) 6239 9846
8.30am-12.15pm, 12.45pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri.

Parish News

COVID Protocols for Catechetical Ministries

20 Jan 2022

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Latest Archdiocesan Covid Protocols

January 13th 2022

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• Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2021 “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor”.

Statement for 2021

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Archbishop's opinion letter to Canberra Times

Opinion on Euthanasia

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Parish Newsletters


23 Jan 2022

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16 Jan 2022

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9 Jan 2022

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2 Jan 2022

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to St. Christopher's Cathedral Parish Canberra

MASKS ARE MANDATORY INDOORS, in the Cathedral and Saint Peter Chanel's AT ALL TIMES, removed only for the reception of Holy Communion.

Australia Day Public Holiday - 26th January - Mass: 9am, 1215pm


*Please note that Office Opening Hours will vary during January. We apologise if we can not answer calls immediately. Please leave a phone message or email the office and we will respond as soon as is possible.




Saint Christopher's Cathedral

5:00pm Vigil Mass

8.00am Mass

11:00am Mass 

(live-stream on

5:00pm* Mass

*(Note the change from 5:30 to 5:00pm Sundays)


Public Holidays 9:00am & 12:15pm

St Peter Chanel's, Yarralumla

6.00pm Vigil Mass

9.30am Mass

2:00-3:00pm Adoration and Confessions


St Christopher's Cathedral

7.30am Mass (9am, Public Holidays)

12:15pm Mass

5.00pm-6.00pm   Holy Hour (Tuesday-Friday)

St Peter Chanel's, Yarralumla

Tuesday 5.30pm Mass

Thursday 10.00am Mass


Saint Christopher's Cathedral




St Christopher’s Cathedral

Wednesday: 11.30am—12:00 noon

Thursday: 6.00 - 6.30pm

Saturday: 11.00am - 12 noon

St Peter Chanel's, Yarralumla

Tuesday: 6.00pm-6.30pm

Saturday: 5.15pm-5.45pm


Tuesday-Friday: 5:00-6:00 

Anointing of the Sick, home visitation, & support

Please contact the Parish Office, or call (02) 6239 9846



To organise or discuss the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or call (02) 6239 9846


To organise a funeral contact the Parish Office or call (02) 6239 9846


To organise a wedding contact the Parish Office or call (02) 6239 9846.



For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”.

The 2 year Synodal Path has begun. The Universal Church now embarks on a similar journey we’ve experienced in our Plenary Council. We are inviting the People of God to make submissions via an online portal that is now open. Why not get a group together to discuss the 10 questions posed by the Synod? Or, give an individual response to any one or number of the questions.

Make your own 250 word submission by 17 December 2021, visit

Once received the Australian Bishops develop a national report to support the global process leading to an international gathering in Rome, 2023.

Pastoral Visits:

Our priority is the pastoral and spiritual care of our parish family. In these days where isolation has become the new norm, the pastoral arm of the Church must be more than ever front and centre. Home visitations are always encouraged, phone calls, checking-in and assuring each other of our support and prayers. Please contact the parish office.

What is a “Spiritual Communion?”

For various reasons throughout the Church’s history the faithful have been prevented from receiving the Eucharist in the Mass. Many of the great Saints made an act of spiritual communion in these moments. The Church encourages us to make such an act when we are unable to receive Communion in person, uniting ourselves to God through prayer and desire. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion.

An Act of Spiritual Communion Prayer:

My Jesus,

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at

least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly

to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.



As our churches are not open for Masses due to Corona Virus, our weekend collections are not being taken up.  If you would like to contribute to the First Collection, you can make a direct transfer from your bank account. 

The First Collection is for the support of clergy in the parish and beyond.  Each priest in a parish draws a personal stipend from the first collection for living expenses, food and housekeeping.  Funds are also directed to:

·         Priests in parishes where the first collection is insufficient to meet their stipend

·         The support of the Archbishop, Vicar General and Chancellor

·         Priests in remote dioceses across Australia

·         Clergy Retirement Foundation (in support of sick and retired clergy)


Account Name:        CATHEDRAL

BSB:                           062-786

Bank Account:          000029248

Reference:                FORREST & SURNAME

The below web address can also be used to make a online payment directly to the First Collection via the Commonwealth Bank Bpoint payments.  This is a secure link for payments. 

The Second Collection, which includes the planned giving program, is the main source of our parish income. The second collection funds are used for the day to day running of our parish.  That is to pay for the repairs, wages, insurance, utilities and the many other expenses incurred to keep our parish functioning.  If you would like to give towards the Parish expenses and are not currently registered for Planned Giving, please deposit into the following bank account:

Account Name:  St Christopher's Cathedral

BSB: 062786

Bank Account: 000015080

Reference: - Planned Giving Number and Surname (only for current Planned Givers);  or

- Donation (for donations by parishioner's not registered Planned Givers).

Qkr App

An alternative way of making contributions to the parish is via the Qkr app.


At Saint Christopher’s Cathedral Parish

Is carrying cash no longer your style?

Join us in our trialing of Qkr! Similar to swiping your phone at an EFTPOS Machine you can now use our purpose-built secure parish app to contribute to our parish community. Payments for 1st (Clergy) & 2nd Collection (Parish) are listed. Please ensure you include your Planned Giving number for 2nd Collection contributions. Contact the Parish Office if you have forgotten your Planned Giving number on 62399846.

Caritas Project Compassion is also currently listed under “Special Appeals”. Details of the Appeal are listed within the App payment description.  

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn Catholic Development Fund, with the assistance of the Commonwealth Bank and Mastercard, Sydney.


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