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)

           Parish Office

52-54 Franklin St., Forrest, ACT 2603
telephone: 02-62345546
Mailing Address: PO Box 3012 Manuka ACT 2603.

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

Parish Secretary: Felice Kasita

     Parish Team:

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

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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 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.

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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MARCH 20152nd Sunday of Easter-4

Early in Archbishop Christopher’s keynote address, now available as a Pastoral Letter ( 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.’

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Easter Time

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.2nd Sunday of Easter-1

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.



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