6th Sunday of Ordinary Time | Year C

February 17 2019

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Message from Bishop Gregory O'Kelly SJ

My Sisters and Brothers,

We should all be extremely concerned about the proposed Abortion Law Reform Bill introduced late last year by Greens MP Tammy Franks which is due for debate in the Legislative Council in coming weeks.

This bill drastically reduces safeguards for the unborn. Abortions may be conducted even well into the ninth month of pregnancy. The unborn deserve love and  protection, not destruction.
(More in PDF below)

  • Click here to read and download Bishop Greg's full message and letter from Dr Elvis SĖŒeman

Also in this issue

  • Statue of Mary in the Cathedral
  • Sacred Concert Irish Singer David Parkes
  • World Day of Prayer
  • Financially supporting the parish
  • Lent is approaching
  • Catholic panel on asylum seekers
  • plus more - please download PDF below

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time | Year C

February 10 2019

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Listening Gathering for the National Plenary Council

  • Queen of Angels, South Rd., Thebarton, February 16 and 17 – Parishioners at Thebarton and beyond will gather on February 16 after the Vigil Mass and on February 17 after the 9.30am Mass to make their contributions to the Plenary Council being held in 2020.
  • St Mary’s Church, Stanley St., North Adelaide Monday 18th February 7pm for 7.30pm start.
    –  Parishioners at St Mary’s and beyond are invited to a Listening Forum, gathering the comments,  insights, hopes and concern of Catholics in  preparation for the first session of the Australian Plenary Council in 2020. This Council will shape the Catholic Church in Australia for many decades.

More events:

  • Discover & Rediscover Evening with Fr Peter Zwaans: Heaven "What no eye has seen – February 15.
  • A journey of discovery, married, religious and priestly life – February 16.
  • Advocacy and Service for people seeking asylum – February 18.
  • Sacred Concert Irish singer David Parkes – February 24

To read more of the above events and for more parish news please download pdf below.

 6 - 5th week in Ordinary Time - Yr C.pdf


4th Sunday of Ordinary Time | Year C

February 3 2019

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World Day of Prayer for the Sick – Monday February 11, 10am, St Francis Xavier's Cathedral – During this Mass the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated. In the renewal of the liturgy following the Second Vatican Council this Sacrament was ‘rediscovered’ by Catholics. It used to be called Extreme Unction (last anointing) and people had the idea that it was to be received only just before death. The Council took us back to the original name and spirit of Anointing of the Sick. Being a Sacrament of healing, the Anointing is received during sickness of some seriousness, before surgery, during chronic illness, in depression and anxiety.

Feast of St Josephine Bakhiti – Sunday February 10, 2.30pm, St Francis Xavier's Cathedral. All welcome.

Plenary Council meeting – Monday February 18, 7pm, St Mary's Church. All welcome.

Please download pdf below for more parish news.

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time | Year C

January 27 2019

  • Children's preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion 2019 – applications are now open for children in Year 4 and above to prepare for the reception of these Sacraments to be received later in 2019.
    More info: P: 8232 8688 or E: acp@adelaide.catholic.org.au
  • Sacramental Coordinator position - 15 hours per week –  more details in newsletter
  • Shared lunch at the Cathedral on February 10 - please bring a plate to share. More details in newsletter.
  • Please download newsletter below for more info.

 4 - 3rd week in Ordinary Time - Yr C.pdf


2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time | Year C

January 20 2019

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What's happening in the Cathedral parish?

  • Sunday Jan 27, 11am – Installation to the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte – Jorge Contreras Garcis
  • Saturday Jan 26, 9am – Australia Day Mass.
  • Two assistant priests: Fr My Tran and Fr Roy John will join the Cathedral parish.
  • Applications called for a part-time position – Sacramental Coordinator

Download pdf below for details and to read more parish news.


 3 - 2nd week in Ordinary Time - Yr C.pdf


Baptism of the Lord

January 13 2019

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Christmas time concludes

The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus brings to a close the Time of Christmas in the Church, and is the cross over day into what we call Ordinary Time. During 2019 the Sunday Gospel readings will be taken from that according to Matthew. Matthew, a Jewish Christian wrote for his own people, presenting Jesus as the new Moses – the one who brings the law of love of God and love of neighbour in a new and dynamic way. There is an emphasis in his Gospel on Jesus the Teacher – seen in the chapters he devotes to the Sermon of the Mount which begin with the Beatitudes, as well as the number of parables of Jesus which he records. Matthew invites us to listen to the word of Jesus, to reflect upon it and to put it into action.

Please download newsletter below to read about World Youth Day event and Mass and also catch up with more parish news.


 2 - Baptism of the Lord C.pdf

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World Youth Day Adelaide 2019 – Sunday January 27
Sacred Heart College, 195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park

Click here for further information about the festival or ticket sales.

Picture - above right - #FUN: Street teams will volunteer their time to run the different activities throughout the WYD festival. Pictured (L-R): Mary Aquilina, Shahani Wynter, Shireen de Souza, Maisie Henderson and Grace Frick. Front: Hannah Stavrou and Mary-Anne Maio.

Click here to read Southern Cross December 2018 story



Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

January 6 2019


Every blessing for this New Year of 2019.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.
(The Book of Numbers 6:23-26 – first reading, New Years Day, Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God)




Picture: Icon in the Church over Jacob's Well Samaria, the Holy Land.

 1-Epiphany C.pdf


4th Sunday of Advent | Year C

December 23 2018


O Come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. – Pope Francis

May the peaceful presence of the Christ Child bring to all parishioners and visitors an inner joy which enriches hope in the times of blessing and sustains hope in the times of trial and stress.

Picture: In Shepherd's Field Church, Bethlehem

 23rd Dec 2018.pdf


3rd Sunday of Advent | Year C

December 16 2018

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Family Christmas Eve Masses in the parish –  December 24
6pm – St Francis Xavier Cathedral, St Peter Claver Church Dulwich, Queen of Angels Church Thebarton, St Mary’s Church Lower North Adelaide
6.30pm Holy Name Church, St Peter’s.

Inviting children to come dressed as Shepherds, Angels, Kings, and Emperors. Also asking for children to do the Readings and Prayers of the Faithful.

Practice at St Peter Claver Church, Dulwich – 12noon Sunday December 16
Practice at the Cathedral – 6.15pm Friday December 21.

All children and grandchildren are welcome.


Please download newsletter below for parish news.

 16th Dec 2018.pdf


2nd Sunday of Advent | Year C

December 9 2018

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 9th Dec 2018.pdf


1st Sunday of Advent | December 2, 2018 | Year C

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Solemnity of Jesus Christ, Universal King | November 25 | 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 25th November 2018.pdf


Newsletter Nov. 18 | 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

 18th November 2018.pdf


Newsletter Nov. 11 | 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

 11th November 2018.pdf


Newsletter Nov. 4 | 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

 4th November 2018.pdf


Newsletter Oct 28 | 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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Kids off Nauru Prayer Vigil – Friday November 2, 6.30pm  |  MacKillop Plaza, Victoria Square – next to Cathedral

A growing number of politicians from all parties is urging the Prime Minister and Government to bring children and their families who are still in detention on Nauru to Australia. The physical and mental health of these children and parents is deteriorating. Some 6,000 Australian doctors have urged the same action.

A National Prayer Vigil is planned for November 2 at 6.30pm in Mary MacKillop Plaza. It will be in full view of everyone and will be an important witness to the solidarity of the Churches in the cause of these children and families. Parishioners are urged to gather for this Prayer Vigil.

The government and parliament apologised for the sexual abuse of children in institutions last Monday and yet this form of detention abuse continues with the full support of the government and many parliamentarians. Come to the Vigil and show that you do not support this double standard.
Click here to read statement by Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ.

Also in this issue:

  • Altar in a Catholic Church
  • Flowers at the Cathedral Shrine of Mary
  • Cathedral trading table
  • Film evening - Journey's End
  • plus more, please download newsletter below.

The Mary MacKillop Awards for excellence for senior students were presented to 54 students from 27 Catholic schools at a Mass in the Cathedral on October 20. Full story in November issue of The Southern Cross (available in paishes November 3/4.)
Photo: Mary MacKillop students in the offertory procession.

 28th October 2018.pdf


Newsletter Oct 21 | 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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Closing of the Synod of Bishops: young people, faith and vocational discernment

Pope Francis, speaking before the Synod addressed these words to the young adults of the Church. A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it  resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls.

Also in this issue:

  • interested in reading at Mass or be a special minister of holy communion?
  • Mission Sunday - special collection
  • Changes to weekday Mass program due to priests' assembly
  • Cathedral Youth Ministry – The Witnesses meet Sunday 7.15pm in the Cathedral Hall. All welcome.
  • Download pdf below for more info


Photo: Offertory procession at the St Daniel Comboni Mass Sunday October 14.

 21st October 2018.pdf


Newsletter Oct 14 | 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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World Mission Sunday – October 14

Pope Francis gives us the theme Together with young  people, let us bring the Gospel to all for this year’s Mission Sunday which is taking place during the Bishops Synod on Youth, Faith and  Vocational Discernment.

In his statement Pope  Francis says, I dare say that, for a young man or woman who wants to follow Christ, what is most essential is to seek, to discover and to persevere in his or her vocation. Pope Francis speaks of our baptism as the starting point in sharing the Mission of the Church, to witness to Jesus Christ in the world.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis said to young adults: 'never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me'.

Next Sunday, World Mission Sunday, our prayer will focus on that essential task of witnessing, which  belongs to all of us. There will also be a Leaving  Collection to support missionaries and new emerging Catholic communities in developing nations. Envelopes are available for those who wish to receive a receipt for taxation purposes.

Also in this issue:

  • First Collection renewal
  • Readers of the Word and Special Ministers  – want to volunteer?
  • Social justice in the parish
  • Collection for Adelaide Day Centre
  • Please download newsletter for more info.

Photo: Bishop Charles after his Thanksgiving Mass in the Cathedral on October 7.

 14th October 2018.pdf


Newsletter Oct 7 | 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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Synod of Bishops: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment

The 15th Ordinary Synod of Bishops began at the Vatican last Tuesday. Its theme is Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment. It is being attended by more than 300 bishops, most appointed by their peers in their own countries, as well as a representative group of young adults from around the world.

There has been an extensive preparation for this Synod during which youth and young adults have been able to share their hopes for the Church, their disappointments with the Church and their struggles in the world today.

The energy of youth has always been essential for the life of the Church. They have given us so many inspirational Saints. So many works of the Church were begun by the youth of the Church – Mary MacKillop in her early 20s founding the Sisters of St Joseph; Frederick Ozanam beginning the St Vincent de Paul Society when he was a University student. Youthful martyrs of the Church inCharles Lwanga and companions in Uganda, and among those in Vietnam, Korea, Philippines, with Peter To Rot in New Guinea.

Francis of Assisi set out to ‘renew Christ’s Church’ as a young man, and Catherine of Siena was challenging the Pope, then living in France, to return to Rome for the good of the Church.

This Synod, under the leadership of Pope Francis, and working with youth, will help discern the lives, faith and vocational discernment of youth and young adults in the world of today. The Church needs their energy, enthusiasm, faith, prayerfulness, sense of justice, care of the earth, compassion for those deprived of rights for the conversion of us all in these difficult times.

Picture: Gospel choir to headline local World Youth Day concert on January 27, 2019 at
Sacred Heart College, Somerton Park.
Click here to find out more.

Please download pdf for more notices and information for the Cathedral parish.

 7th October 2018.pdf