Archbishop: Most Rev. Christopher Prowse DD. STD.
Vicar General : Fr. Tony Percy
Administrator: Msgr. John Woods
Assistant Priest: Fr. Varghese Vavolil
St. Peter Chanel’s contact: Fr. Peter L’Estrange SJ
(tel. (02) 6273 2199)
52-54 Franklin St., Forrest, ACT 2603
Mailing Address: PO Box 3012 Manuka ACT 2603.
Mon-Frid: 9.00 - 12-15pm 1.15 - 5.00 pm.
Parish Secretary: Felice Kasita
Director of Music: Jaki Kane
Accounts : Linda Casella, Karina Widjaja
School of Religion Coordinator: Muriel Joseph
Parish Pastoral Council Chair: Keith Baker
Young Adults Leaders: Jonathan Lee, Genevieve Nicoll
Pastoral Care Practitioner: Liz Porra
Lectors and Extraordinary Minister Coordinators: Edwina and Mark Hyman
Maintenance Manager: Pieter van Gent
St Peter Chanel's Church
Cnr Weston & Loch Sts
Yarralumla ACT 2600
St Christopher’s Cathedral
55 Franklin St
Forrest ACT 2603
Who Are We as a Parish Community ?
The Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, directly challenges us as a parish to live as a community of love, not for ourselves, but for the world. So, who are we? We are the parish community formed around the Cathedral - the seat of the Archbishop Christopher, and the centre of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn - and the local church of St. Peter Chanel’s in Yarralumla. The Cathedral and Parish Community are administered by Monsignor John Woods and the work of the parish is supported by Assistant Priests Fr. Varghese Vavolil and Fr. Peter L’Estrange S.J. Father Peter cares for the liturgical life of St. Peter Chanel’s. The Parish is further supported by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Team.
As a parish, we are gathered together in Christ. Our mission is to evangelise - to give witness to the Good News of the Gospel by word and deed. Four of the basic elements of this mission may be described as: proclaiming the good news of God’s love throughout the world inviting more and more people into the community of disciples sanctifying by encouraging the whole community of faith to grow in holiness, especially as a worshipping community through intimate connectedness with the source and summit of the Christian Life, the Eucharist. transforming the world until justice, love and peace prevail. In our Parish, we participate in the mission of God and the church in a variety of ways This mission is overseen on behalf of the parish by the Parish Pastoral Council, who support and sustain the work of the clergy by their willingness to provide their skills, advice and ability to extend the apostolic life of the community they serve.
The vision of the whole parish of St. Christopher’s rests in the names of the names of its mass centres. Traditionally, St. Christopher was one who carried Christ, as did St. Peter Chanel, the Marist missionary and first martyr of Oceania, who was murdered on the island of Futuna in 1841. The dedication of both churches focuses us on the missionary task we have as a community of faith, and bind us to our call of making visible the healing and hope of the Gospel in our lives and in all that we do.
ARCHDIOCESAN ASSEMBLY ON THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE TODAY
Early in Archbishop Christopher’s keynote address, now available as a Pastoral Letter (http://embrace2015.org.au) and which he encourages all of us to read, he noted:
“We know that there are universal patterns and objective parameters around which the Earth and its ecological systems revolve and which humanity must respect. There are also reasoned universal principles and objective human values that all must likewise respect if we hope for a common life of happiness, joy and hope.”
On a personal level, parish representatives Rod and Susan Page, Yarralumla noted the very real value in gathering. They were particularly taken by ‘the stories and personal sharing from the 8 people near the end of the afternoon… Generous people expressed their hard life journeys or periods of chaos, but almost without stating it they also told of their faith… It was about their particular experience in living THEIR family life… Archbishop Christopher had asked earlier in the morning, “Where is Jesus in family life today?” These people who talked of their rocky journeys gave us the answer to Archbishop’s question… Jesus was very much part of the guts of their life.’
From The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, we read:
22. The fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated in joy and exultation as one feast day, indeed as one ’great Sunday’. These are the days above all others in which the Alleluia is sung.
23. The Sundays of this time of year are considered to be Sundays of Easter and are called, after Easter Sunday itself, the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Sundays of Easter. This sacred period of fifty days concludes with Pentecost Sunday.
24. The first eight days of Easter Time constitute the Octave of Easter and are celebrated as Solemnities of the Lord.
Proximate preparation for Easter began with Ash Wednesday which commences the Season of Lent. As we see, Easter leads to the Ascension and then Pentecost, the birth of the Church. In Christ we are risen, in the Body of Christ we continue the mission of Jesus.