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

• 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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Pastoral Letter

Debate over Euthanasia

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PASTORAL LETTER OF ARCHBISHOP CHRISTOPHER PROWSE BREATHE IN …. BREATHE OUT ON EVANGELISATION AND THE PLENARY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

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Parish Newsletters

Bulletin

19 Sept 2021

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Bulletin

12 Sept 2021

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Bulletin

5 Sept 2021

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Bulletin

29 August 2021

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WELCOME

to St Christopher's Cathedral Canberra

MASS & CONFESSION TIMES:

THE A.C.T. HAS EXTENDED LOCKDOWN UNTIL OCTOBER 15 2021

12:15PM MASSES WILL BE LIVESTREAMED MON-SAT, DURING THIS TIME, AS WILL 11:00AM MASS ON SUNDAY FROM SAINT CHRISTOPHER'S CATHEDRAL

THE CATHEDRAL OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE REMOTELY DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS 

All parish based gatherings and meetings have been temporarily suspended. Please consult this website and the parish bulletin for regular updates.


SUNDAY 

Saint Christopher's Cathedral

5:00pm Vigil Mass

8.00am Mass

11:00am Mass 

(live-stream on www.catholicvoice.org.au/)

5:30pm Mass

 

St Peter Chanel's, Yarralumla

6.00pm Vigil Mass

9.30am Mass

2:00-3:00pm Adoration and Confessions

MONDAY – FRIDAY 

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


SATURDAY 

Saint Christopher's Cathedral

9:00am

12:15pm

 

CONFESSION TIMES:

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


CATHEDRAL, DAILY HOLY HOUR:

Tuesday-Friday: 5:00-6:00 

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Anointing of the Sick, home visitation, & support

Please contact the Parish Office, cathedral@cg.org.au or call (02) 6239 9846


Baptisms

To organise or discuss the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, cathedral@cg.org.au or call (02) 6239 9846


Funerals

To organise a funeral contact the Parish Office cathedral@cg.org.au or call (02) 6239 9846


Weddings

To organise a wedding contact the Parish Office cathedral@cg.org.au or call (02) 6239 9846.

 

 

Upcoming Events!


Youth Ministry Update

PRIMARY SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP

 '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. 

YOUNG ADULTS BRUNCH

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

St Christopher's Cathedral Parish School of Religion - 2021 Sacramental Program

First Eucharist classes have been postponed, new dates forthcoming. Classes will still run for 4 weeks. 

This is for Year 4 students or older who live in Barton, Causeway, Deakin, Forrest, Fyshwick, Griffith, Kingston, Manuka, Parkes, Red Hill, Yarralumla or attend school in these suburbs.

Children must have received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist.  

More information and Enrolment form on www.cg.org.au/cathedral or contact the Parish Office on 6239 9846.

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 centre. While regular home visitations are not possible at this moment, phone calls, checking-in and assuring each other of thoughts and prayers are still very important. Priests of course will continue to minister pastoral care. 

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. 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, 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 (www.catholicvoice.org.au).

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 (www.catholic.org.au/coronavirus).
    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, 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.

Amen.


FIRST AND SECOND COLLECTION CONTRIBUTIONS

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.


https://www.bpoint.com.au/pay/CATHOLICDEVELOPMENTFUNDARCHDIOCESEOFCANBERRA 



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.

QKR!

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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