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

Youth Ministry Wrap up 2020

Youth Ministry summary for 2020

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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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Parish Newsletters


17 Jan 2021

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10 Jan 2021

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Epiphany 2021

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to St Christopher's Cathedral Canberra


(Note: Up to 260 people can attend any one Mass. There is no need to 'pre-register' for 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 260 will be allowed to enter. Overflow will be located in the parish Hall, behind the Cathedral. Use one line per person on the register and please use the 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

(PLEASE NOTE: No adoration this Sunday 10th Jan 2021 at SPC - Apologies for any inconvenience

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: 11.00am - 12 noon

St Peter Chanel's, Yarralumla

Tuesday: 6.00pm-6.30pm

Thursday 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.


Latest Covid-19 Protocols

PRESENT PROTOCOLS - Please be familiar with current guidelines

· In accordance with government restrictions, only 260 people are permitted in the Cathedral at any one time. Entry to Mass will be through one door.

· ALL PARISHIONERS & VISITORS MUST sign in upon entry. Records are securely stored and destroyed after 28 days.

· All attendees (including children) must complete the Mass Register prior to entry.

· Communion is received in the hand only & not under the species of the Precious Blood.

· Physical distancing rules still apply—respecting the 2sqm p/p rule.

· Please sit where there is a ‘Please sit here’ marker. Every 2nd pew is closed. NB: Families can sit together.

· Please use hand sanitiser upon entry and clean your pew/space with the wipes provided.

· There will be no physical contact at the sign of peace.

· No collection plates are in use, but money/envelopes can be deposited at collection points.

· Please DO NOT return your bulletin to the basket, but keep or dispose of appropriately. Please maintain social distancing 1.5m, at all times, including in the single line formed to receive Holy Communion. Blue squares and yellow markers on the tiles indicate these distances. Thank you for your commitment in keeping everyone safe.

Upcoming Events!

Youth Ministry Update

Youth Ministry Wrap up for 2020

See document link under Parish News for the summary of all that happened in the Youth Ministries for 2020.


 '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.

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, 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.



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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