Archbishop: Most Rev. Christopher Prowse DD. STD.

Parish Acting Administrator: Fr. Varghese Vavolil

St. Peter Chanel’s contact: Fr. Peter L’Estrange SJ
(tel. (02) 6273 2199)


           Parish Office

55 Franklin St., Forrest, ACT 2603
telephone: 02-62959555
Email: st.chris@cg.catholic.org.au

Office Hours:
Mon-Frid:  9.00 - 12-15pm  1.15 - 5.00 pm.

Parish Secretary: Jacinta Smallhorn

     Parish Team:

Director of Music:  Jaki Kane

Accounts : Linda Casella, Karina Widjaja

School of Religion Coordinator: Aaron McDonnell

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
 

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Welcome to St. Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra, Australia

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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 Fr. Varghese Vavolil, as acting Administrator, and the work of the parish is supported by Assistant  Priest 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.

Fr. Francis Kolencherry

In January 2014, His Holiness Pope Francis established a new Eparchy (Diocese) for the Syro-Malabar faithful in Australia-New Zealand: St. Thomas the Apostle, headquartered in Melbourne, with Fr. Francis appointed its first Vicar General and Finance Officer. Fr. Varghese Vavolil has been appointed acting Administrator of the St. Christopher’s Cathedral parish taking over from Fr. Francis.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

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