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.
The Cathedral Parish is unique. This is so because it is the Archbishop’s Parish. The word ‘cathedral’ comes from ‘cathedra’ or seat where the Archbishop presides over the liturgy. The Cathedral is the ‘mother church’ of the Archdiocese. At the same time, the Cathedral Parish is like any other parish. Parishioners are those living within the boundaries of the parish and those many others who identify by coming to the Cathedral regularly. Then there are the numerous visitors to Canberra who worship at the Cathedral. Again, the Cathedral Parish has two worshipping communities, St Christopher’s and St Peter Chanel’s, yet only the one parish school, St Bede’s, Red Hill which is geographically removed from either church. This configuration is the result of past responses to demographic imperatives. All these factors and more create their own challenges and opportunities. So too do the ‘signs of the times’ in the wider community and the fundamental call of our shared baptismal dignity to be disciples or followers of Jesus, “one in Christ Jesus”. It is to acknowledge who we are and the possibilities before us under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we are having a Parish Assembly. This gathering will be founded in prayer and it will seek to discern priorities for our parish. I invite you to come along.
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is the chief consultative body in a parish and mandatory in all parishes of this Archdiocese since the 1989 Synod, “Coming Home in Christ”. The PPC furthers the pastoral good of the parish. We will be seeking to form a new PPC by way of discernment. Discernment means to seek and to act in accordance with the movement of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides the Church. The Holy Spirit moves in the hearts and minds of all of us. Where is God calling us? Pope Francis has spoken of our need to respond to and to live ‘the joy of the Gospel’. This means that those who gather for the PPC discernment will prayerfully consider whether they are being called to serve the pastoral good of the parish through membership of the PPC. The PPC meets monthly. Perhaps you are being called to serve on the PPC for the next two years?
CLAIM THE DATES!
Parish Assembly, 2-5pm , Saturday, 23 May, Conference Room, the Rheinberger Centre, cnr of Loch and Weston Sts., Yarralumla (enter off Loch St). The Parish Assembly will be open to all. It will ‘take the pulse’ of the parish and in so doing identify areas for ongoing focus. Come along and share your experience and wisdom.
Parish Pastoral Council Discernment, 2-5pm, Sunday 28 June, Seminar Room, the Rheinberger Centre also. Those who come along will be invited to consider prayerfully whether they are being called to membership of the Parish Pastoral Council, the peak consultative body of the parish.
Commitment Sunday: At all Masses at St Christopher’s and St Peter Chanel’s over the weekends of 13-14 and 20-21 June.
There will be the opportunity to complete a Parish Commitment Sheet. You will be invited to consider committing two years to a rostered liturgical ministry (for which training will be provided) and, or other parish groups. Please consider whether you might step up for the good of your faith journey and for the good of our faith community.
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.