The Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis 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 adminstered by Fr. Francis Kolencherry, and the work of the parish is supported by Assistant Priest, 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 MISSIONAs a parish, we are gathered together in Christ. Our mission is to evanglize - 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 VISIONThe 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.
POPE FRANCIS ON ADVENT: Today, on the First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year; that is, a new journey of the People of God with Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, who guides us through history toward the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, this day has a special charm, it makes us experience deeply the meaning of history. We rediscover the beauty of all being on a journey: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and all humanity, peoples, civilizations, cultures, all on a journey across the paths of time. But where are we journeying? Is there a common goal? And what is this goal? The Lord responds to us through the prophet Isaiah, saying: “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths’”(2:2-3). This is what Isaiah says regarding the goal toward which we are travelling. It is a universal pilgrimage toward a common goal, which in the Old Testament is Jerusalem, where the Temple of the Lord rises. For from there, from Jerusalem came the revelation of the Face of God and of his Law. Revelation found its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, and he, the Word made flesh, became the “Temple of the Lord”: he is both guide and goal of our pilgrimage, of the pilgrimage of the entire People of God; and in his light the other peoples may also walk toward the Kingdom of justice, toward the Kingdom of peace. The Prophet continues: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (2:4). Allow me to repeat what the Prophet says; listen carefully: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more”. But when will this occur? What a beautiful day it shall be, when weapons are dismantled in order to be transformed into tools for work! What a beautiful day that shall be! And this is possible! Let us bet on hope, on the hope for peace, and it will be possible!
Parish Office55 Franklin Street Forrest, Tel: 62959555 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Mon-Frid: 9.00 - 12-15pm 1.15 - 5.00 pm. Parish Secretary: Jacinta SmallhornBaptisms: by appointment on second and fourth Sundays at St. Christopher’s and on third Sundays at St. Peter Chanel’s. Weddings: by appointmentParish Team: Director of Music: Jaki Kane Accounts : Linda Casella Maintenance Manager: Pieter van Gent School of Religion: Aaron McDonnell PPC Chair: Keith Baker Mass TimesWeekend Mass Times [in Ordinary Time] St Christopher's Cathedral Sunday: 8.00am, 11.00 am and 5.30pm St Peter Chanel's Church Cnr Weston & Loch Sts Yarralumla ACT 2600 Saturday: 6.00pm Vigil Sunday: 9.30am (Children's Liturgy) Weekday Mass Times St Christopher's Cathedral Monday: 12:15pm Tuesday to Friday: 6.45am & 12.15pm Saturday: 12.15pm St Peter Chanel's Tuesday: 5.30pm Thursday: 10.00am, following 9.30am Adoration Benediction and NovenaSt. Christopher's: Wednesday 6.00pm Reconciliation: St Christopher's Cathedral Thursday: 6.00 - 6.30pm Saturday: 11.00am - 12noon St Peter Chanel's Tuesday 6.00pm - 6.30pm Saturday: 5.15pm - 5.45pm Anointing Mass: First Thursday of the month, at St Peter Chanel's 10:00am Mass for the anointing of the sick. Check the More Parish info site for important notices on the Synod of the Family, Readers Rosters etc.
Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Letter Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) is out!If you never read another papal document again, read this. Here, in a profound simplicity, Pope Francis lays out an agenda for a church, a world and a people who are called to live at the Heart of Love. If you want to be challenged READ IT! Read it! Find out the simple depths of love and the meaning of the good news that we are called to carry to the world. READ IT HERE