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 Alexander Osborne - Assistant Priest
(02) 6239 9846
8.30am-12.15pm, 12.45pm-4.30pm Mon-Thurs. Office Closed Fri-Sun

Parish News

Created & Loved

ACBC guide for Catholic schools on identity and gender

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ACBC Social Justice Statement 2022-23

Australian Catholic Bishop's Statement

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SYNOD 2021-2023

Australian Synthesis

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Archbishop's Letter Launching THE YEAR OF WALKING TOGETHER

8th August 2022 - 8 August 2023


Parish Newsletters


25 September 2022

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18 September 2022

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11 September 2022

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4 September 2022

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to St. Christopher's Cathedral Parish Canberra




Saint Christopher's Cathedral

5:00pm Vigil Mass

8.00am Mass

11:00am Mass 

(live-stream on

5:00pm Mass


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.


A Message of Condolence from Pope Francis for HM Queen Elizabeth 11

“I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth, her example of devotion to duty, her steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ and her firm hope in his promises.”


Family Mass at St Peter Chanel -

All families are invited to 9.30am mass on the last Sunday of the Month for our Children’s Mass. Morning tea follows! The Children’s Mass is every last Sunday of the month during school terms. The students and staff at St Bede’s lead our masses, and it is great for our parish community to come and support our beautiful school. If you and your family would like to get involved or to find out more, please contact


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.


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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