4th Sunday of Advent, 18 Dec 2016

From the Dean’s Desk

The Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-96) wrote in his poem ‘To a Mouse’ that “the best laid plans of mice and men can often go awry”. This is often the case with life. We can plan to the smallest detail many of our projects and ventures only to find that some unforeseen element has undone all of our plans. Our meticulous planning for a dinner party can all come to nothing when illness occurs and the event has to be either cancelled or postponed. In the end we cannot determine or control the outcome of our planning. With the celebration today of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we are presented with the events leading up to the Christmas story: ‘This is how Jesus Christ came to be born’ Matthew tells us [Matthew 1:18]. We move into the lives of Mary and Joseph as the plans that they have for each other seemingly collide with what God has in mind for them.

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3rd Sunday of Advent, 11 Dec 2016

From the Dean’s Desk

This season of Advent is one that calls us to prepare for and to await the coming of Jesus at Christmas.  It urges us to ensure that we make a place for God during this time of preparation, so that God remains with us throughout the entire year and not just at Christmas. It can be  difficult for us to give time to God in the busyness of our lives and commitments, but it is  essential that we do, otherwise our lives and our destinies are indeed at a loss.

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Carols at the Cathedral Forecourt

3 December, 7 pm

You are invited to… Carols at the Cathedral Forecourt Sat 3rd December 7pm

Let’s gather in community to celebrate... Jesus, the Reason for the Season

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1st Sunday of Advent, 27 Nov 2016

From the Dean’s Desk

We begin today a new season of the Church’s liturgical year.  Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of the Prince of Peace at Christmas.  Unfortunately, we celebrate this season  during a fairly busy period of the year, and if we are not careful, Advent can come and go  without much attention from us.  We can find ourselves planning for all types of events, from holidays, through to the Christmas lunch menu and the plethora of gifts that have to be bought for an ever increasing list of people.  This year we have four full weeks of Advent, which  presents us with a challenge to make time for preparing for the Lord’s coming at Christmas.  

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Welcome Fr George

Fr George Azhakath has been appointed as Assistant Priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral and will begin his appointment on Saturday, 19 November.

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