17th Sunday in Ordinary time, 24 July 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Within the Christian tradition, prayer is considered to be an important aspect of the spiritual life.  The Catechism of the   Catholic Church describes prayer as the ‘raising of one’s mind and heart to God’, stating that ‘humility is the foundation of prayer’ [CCC #2559].   Our Gospel [Luke 11:1-13] today presents us with the pattern, method and disposition needed for Christian prayer.  The Lord’s Prayer, presented in today’s gospel as the way of prayer is described by the Catechism as the ‘the summary of the whole gospel[CCC # 2761].   Does this prayer which is presented to us by Jesus become a prayer or is it simply a pattern to be used for prayer?  The Lord’s Prayer has become such an important part of our Christian spirituality that it can be considered as both pattern and prayer.  

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16th Sunday in Ordinary time, 17 July 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Last Sunday in the parable of the Good Samaritan [Luke 10:25-37] we learnt that our intention to fulfil the Law – of loving God completely and loving our neighbour – has to be seen in appropriate and loving concern and action towards our neighbour, those who are in need of our time, friendship, companionship and love.   Today’s Gospel [Luke 10:38-42] expresses a similar theme of pastoral engagement and service.

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Cathedral Office team updates

10 July 2016

Dear Parishioners,

It has been a busy week at the Cathedral this week but we are grateful for the opportunity to share in the various celebrations and events organised for and by our parish community.

At the 6pm last Sunday we were grateful to be part of the Diocesan commissioning Mass for the Youth of the Diocese who will be making the pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Krakow. Fr Bob will be sending off our parish pilgrims this Sunday at the 9.30am Mass.

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15th Sunday in Ordinary time, 10 July 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

Over the past two Sundays [Luke 9:51-62 & 10:1-12.17-20] Luke has instructed us on the conditions of discipleship – what we need to do in order to follow in the ways of Jesus.  Jesus states that our reaching out to others begins in a non-violent manner; that we need to keep in mind the One who calls, sends and empowers us in our mission and that we need to be prepared for the unexpected.   Jesus also stated that our approach to our mission needs to be simple and single minded – so that we do not lose sight of the central message: the nearness of the Kingdom of God.

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 3 July 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

Last Sunday’s Gospel [Luke 9:51-62] concerned the conditions of discipleship – what is required of the person who wishes to follow in the ways of Jesus. In today’s Gospel Jesus sternly states that those who wish to be considered as his followers need to make the following of his ways a priority, to ensure that this commitment remains deep and alive.  As experience shows us most of us wax and wane with regard to our commitment to following Christ.  At times our commitment is one  hundred percent.  At other times it maybe a little less intense and noticeable.  What Jesus requires of us is a resolute commitment to never let go of the importance of following in his footsteps.  

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