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

Annual Pledge Form

Pledge form

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Church denounces malicious emails claiming to be from Catholic sources

Letter from the Bishops

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Cathedral Parish Finances

Parish income & expenditure summary for the calendar year ending 31 Dec 2019

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Prayer from the Australian Bishops

Entrusting Australia to Mary Help of Christians

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Parish Newsletters


20 Sept 2020

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13 September 2020

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6 September 2020

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30 August 2020

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to St Christopher's Cathedral Canberra


(Note: Up to 100 people can attend any one Mass. There is no need to 'pre-register' for these Masses. Parishioners however are asked to sign in on the Mass Attendance register when entering the church.  Attendees will be counted (including children) and only 100 will be allowed to enter.  Use one line per person on the register please.  Please use hand sanitiser supplied.  The Cathedral has marked out the correct distance on the pews for social distancing purposes and every second pew has been closed)


Saint Christopher's Cathedral

5:00pm Vigil Mass

8.00am Mass

11:00am Mass 

(live-stream on

5:30pm Mass


St Peter Chanel's, Yarralumla

6.00pm Vigil

9.30am Mass

2:00-3:00pm Adoration and Confessions


St Christopher's Cathedral

7.30am Mass

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: 11.30am - 12 noon

St Peter Chanel's, Yarralumla

Tuesday: 6.00pm-6.30pm

Thursday 5.15pm-5.45pm


Tuesday-Friday: 5:00-6:00 


*SCC - Saint Christopher's Cathedral; SPC – Saint Peter Chanel’s.

*Please note times are effective as of 14 August 2020.


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.


Latest Covid-19 Health Protocols

ACT Parishes

Effective Friday 19 June 2020


Masses are to be celebrated with no more than 100 people, respecting the 4sqm per person rule (including priest and those involved in liturgical ministries).

-Communion is to be carefully ministered in the hand only.

-Only Sacred Host, not the Precious Blood is to be ministered to the faithful.

-There is to be no contact during the sign of peace.

-No collection plates are to be used, but money/envelopes placed at collection points.

-The 4sqm per person rule is to be observed: Seating, Standing, During the Communion Procession, During the movement to place money/envelopes at the collection points.

-Hygiene practices are to be observed

-Sanitisation of hands before entering the church

-Wiping down of pews and common areas at conclusion of Mass (This will also be conducted at the end of the day).

-Priest and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to purify hands with sanitiser before and after offering Holy Communion.

- Use if hymn books will be limited, and sanitised between use.

-Parishioners names/contact will be Registered upon entering the church

-These records will be securely retained (respecting privacy laws) for 28 days for chief medical officer.


No more than 100 people, respecting the 4sqm per person rule (including clergy and liturgical ministers). Funeral directors to keep register of people who attend.


No more than 100 people, respecting the 4sqm per person rule (including clergy and liturgical ministers). Church to keep register of people who attend in accord with 9(g).


No more than 100 people, respecting the 4sqm per person rule (including priest and those involved in liturgical ministries).


First Rite of penance, with priest and penitent respecting the 4sqm per person rule.

Second Rite of penance to be celebrated with no more than 100 people, respecting the 4sqm per person rule (including priest and liturgical ministers).

Prayer and Social Gatherings

No more than 100 people whether inside Church or other Church facility, respecting the 4sqm per person rule.

NSW & ACT Parishes

Effective immediately

Communion to Sick and Elderly Persons

-Normal pastoral practice resumes. Communion to sick persons in hospitals, aged care homes and private homes.

Anointing of the Sick

-Normal pastoral practice resumes. Anointing of the sick in hospitals, aged care homes and private homes.

-If the person has COVID 19, please consult the Vicar General.

-Hospital rosters resume in the ACT.

First Penance, First Holy Communion & Confirmation

-Normal pastoral practice resumes, respecting liturgical and pastoral protocols.

Father Anthony Percy

Vicar General

16 June 2020

Upcoming Events!

School of Religion - Sacrament Program to Recommence

We are pleased to announce that we can now run the School of Religion program. The Confirmation program will start on 12 October for 5 weeks at St Peter Chanel's Parish Room at 6pm. The Sacrament of Confirmation Mass will be on Wednesday 18 November, 6pm at St Christopher's Cathedral.

For more information on each of these programs, download the Letter to Parents found under 'PARISH NEWS'.  Download the Sacramental Program Enrolment form found in the main menu under 'APPLICATION FORMS'.  To register, please complete the enrolment form and send back to the Parish Office with the program fee as soon as possible. 


   This whole Church is called to pray for an increase in vocations, and to support and encourage those discerning their vocation. We pray for young people in our community and our families, that the Lord enlighten and give them the grace and courage to respond to His call. And responding does take great courage! Perhaps you know of someone? Have you ever asked them what they think God is calling them to?
  The word vocation comes from the Latin vocare, meaning to call. God’s call is not about becoming someone we are not, but about becoming more fully the one He created us to be. How is Christ calling you to make Him present, known and glorified in the world? God is calling us personally to discover and live our vocation more deeply.
  Pope Francis recently encouraged all Catholics to contemplate their vocation, but in particular way he called on young men to be courageous and generous in embarking, just as the first disciples did, on a vocation to the priesthood. The Pope acknowledged that answering the Lord's call demands the courage to take a risk, but at its heart, it is an unsurpassable invitation to become part of an important mission. Christ’s mission. It is a call to fall in love with the One who created you, out of love and for love, in a way of utter service
and sacrifice. “I invite everyone” he said, “to ask the Lord for the gift of good labourers for His Kingdom, with hearts and hands open to His love.” 
Do not be afraid, to answer His call.

“The Teacher is here… and He is asking for you.” (Jn 11:28)

As a young man, do you feel called to the priesthood? “Come and See” (Jn 1:39) Contact:

Fr Nulley, Archdiocesan Vocations Director: or Fr Trenton, Assistant Director:

"Covid-19 - Closeness, Care and Sacrifice"   Archbishop Christopher July 2020

Pope Francis is encouraging during this Covid-19 time the sharing of testimonies of hope. He says they teach us “how much we need closeness, care, sacrifice to nourish fraternity and civil coexistence. In this way we will emerge from this crisis stronger.” Here is a beautiful sharing from Patrizia, a mother of two children in Northern Italy who is a nurse in a hospital caring for Covid-19 patients. Patrizia writes of her colleagues as follows: “Our work seems to have taking place on a battlefield where one is covered from head to toe. We become indistinguishable from each other, like Martians. With our uniforms, we are like a white, green and blue army…. I can testify that my view of my colleagues at this time has changed and has become more profound. The compassion I feel for all those faces marked by the masks and dripping with sweat is indescribable.” She then writes of her Covid-19 patients as follows: “The sadness and sense of loneliness that I feel when I walk into patients’ rooms is impossible to fill. They who with a look full of hope extend their hand towards you to look for a caress, a hug, a little comfort, a smile, who ring the bell ten times with any excuse only to see a face, which, even if hidden behind a mask, is familiar to them….. Lingering by the side of the dying, who are denied the presence of their loved ones, I felt it was my duty to be there.” Patrizia demonstrates great faith in the face of great fear. Her own faith really gives her the motivation to continue on. It even helps her to be enriched in her own humanity by affirming the human dignity of the sick. Although we are not in the epicentre of this global crisis, we too can offer little testimonies of how the Lord has used us to share his “closeness, care and sacrifice” to those who are fearful at this time. Perhaps there are elderly members of our families and friends. Perhaps there are our neighbours. Do you have any testimonies of hope to offer? Although not as dramatic as Patrizia’s testimony, I wonder if you would be prepared to share with Catholic Voice how you have offered or received from others the “caress of God” in these times. Please pass them onto us. We might publish them. It might help others to show deeper concern. May I offer you two little prayerful testimonies on faith and fear? The first is from St John of Avila, a sixteenth century Spanish priest and Doctor of the Church. He says, “NOTHING CAN TERRIFY US AS MUCH AS JESUS CAN REASSURE US.” The second is a popular English proverb. It was sometimes quoted by Martin Luther King Jr in some of his famous talks. It says: “FEAR KNOCKED AT THE DOOR. FAITH ANSWERED. NO ONE WAS THERE.”


Archbishop Christopher Prowse

Archbishop of Canberra & Goulburn

Entrusting Australia to Our Mother, Mary Help of Christians

The Australian Bishops have announced that they will entrust Australia and all her people to the protection of Mary Help of Christians, as so many continue to suffer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mary Help of Christians has been the patroness of Australia since 1844. This feast day is celebrated on the 24th of May, which this year coincides with the Feast of the Ascension, the 7th Sunday of Easter. The entrustment prayer, lead by Archbishop Christopher can now be viewed on the Archdiocesan youtube page and CatholicVoicewebsite. More information, as well as the prayer of entrustment can be found at, and can be downloaded on the left of this page under 'Parish News'. Please pray this prayer as a family and in your own time as we unite under the protective mantle of our Blessed Mother.

Youth Ministry Update


 'Adventurers!' Youth Group, fortnightly at 8:45am, Sunday's before 9:30am Mass at St Peter Channel’s.  Come for games, meeting new people and learning more about our faith.



Join us every last Sunday of the month for 11am Mass at the Cathedral followed by brunch together!  Please email me at so a table can be booked for lunch.   Join ‘Canberra Cathedral Young Adults’ on Facebook to keep updated on all these events.

Young adults and professionals

  • Bible study is continuing every Thursday night 6:30-7:30 at Haydon Hall, St Christopher's Pastoral Centre, Franklin Street, Forrest.  Join ‘Canberra Cathedral Young Adults’ on Facebook to keep updated on all these events.


UPDATE: Covid19 Protocols and directives - 30 May 2020

Pastoral Visits:

Our utmost concern and priority at this time 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 center. Those who do regular home visitations are encouraged to now begin visitations once more. Phone calls, checking-in and assuring each other of thoughts and prayers is also still very important. The priests of course will continue to do home visitations.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion can resume their ministry, where appropriate and safe. All ministers must have had a flu shot and need to provide proof of this before they recommence ministry. EMHC must contact Fr Norvin if engaging in this ministry. 

The Mass:

One of the greatest changes we face as Catholics in these months is that of how we participate in the Mass. This can be the most confronting and challenging. At the same time however, this moment can become a place of deepening understanding and growth. The Mass is the heart, the ‘source and summit’ of the Christian life. It is our identity. Indeed without the Eucharist the Church does not exist, God remains distant. And so how are we to understand our present situation? When the Mass is offered the priest (in the person of Christ the Head) offers the Sacrifice with and for the Whole Body of Christ (the totus Christus), whether all the baptised are physically present or not. This means that all the baptised by virtue of their baptism and being a member of the Body, participate in that one Sacrifice, with the priest acting as its head. As a parish this situation gives us an opportunity to broaden our understanding of our Catholic faith, its heart in the Mass, and the Truth it makes present to us, to deepen our understanding of who we are as members of Christ’s Body.

This is what it is to be a member of Christ’s Body the Church. This is a great teaching point for us all, but especially our children. Some ways you might do this are by:

  • Sharing and praying with the Sunday readings.
  • Making an act of Spiritual Communion (See below).
  • Viewing the daily and Sunday Mass on the Catholic Voice website (

Here are some other resources available to support our faith life in these days. 

  • The daily Gospel, daily commentary (Living Word) and prayers of intercessions are available for personal and family prayers.
  • Liturgical and Scriptural resources (
    This is not the first time in history that Catholics have been unable/prevented from receiving the Eucharist in the context of the Mass. In fact it was in these moments that understanding of the Church’s nature grew, and as the Church began to learn more of who She was, Her understanding of Spiritual Communion emerged. Such an understanding giving a window into the life and nature of the Eucharist and the Church.

    Prayer and Obligations now...
    As you know all Catholics of Canberra and Goulburn have been dispensed from their Sunday obligation. But we have not been dispensed from prayer. We are encouraged to pray with the daily readings, perhaps a daily rosary and to make a daily act of Spiritual Communion
    There are countless storms the Church has weathered throughout history. Plagues, famines, wars and persecutions. In times of trial the Church has always had to exist in a different way, and in fact it is in them that She has flourished – devotion increased and understanding deepened.

    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 when this as the case. The Church encourages us to make such an act where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. 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.




  • Sung Vespers - First Sunday of the Month (suspended until further notice).


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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