Friday 18 September is cancelled
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the 12 noon Mass,
Friday 18 September is cancelled
Bible studies will commence on Wednesday 9th September, 6pm-7:30pm at St Mary's Chapel.
If you would like to attend please make a booking with the Parish Office on 6626 0200 as spaces are limited.
Following the NSW Government’s easing of restrictions to allow 100 people in places of worship, Bishop Gregory Homeming has issued a statement which now allows for the resumption of Sunday Masses.
Cathedral Mass Times
Thursday : 8am
Friday: 12 Noon
Saturday: 5:30pm *
Sunday: 9am *
Sunday: 11am *
There will be no Sunday evening Mass.
Saturday: 4:45 - 5:15pm
Sunday: 10:15 - 10:45am
*While there will be no need to continue to book to attend weekday Masses in the Cathedral, it will be necessary to book for the weekend Mass times.
Bookings for Saturday and Sunday Masses must be made through the parish office on 6626 0200. Contact details will need to be recorded and on arrival at the church you will need to sanitise your hands, be checked in and observe social distancing.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we approach the joyful season of Christmas this year, we have heavy hearts. The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse has concluded. The Church with so many other Australian institutions carries the responsibility for so much harm done, and for the failure to have adequately responded to previous crimes. Like you, I am ashamed and distressed. I don’t think that I will ever be able to say all that should be said, nevertheless, I will, over the coming months, speak to you as your bishop.
On behalf of the Church in the Diocese of Lismore I apologise to every person who was abused as a child within any of the Church’s parishes, schools, and other bodies. This should never have happened, we failed in what happened to you and in the trust which you were entitled to have. We should have cared for you. I will do whatever I can do to support you.
I would like to assure you; the Church in Australia has put in place a stringent safeguarding protocol which, we hope, will ensure that child abuse will never happen again in the Church. I know that no protocol will ever provide the perfect safety net, and so we will continue to scrutinize and improve our safeguarding procedures.
The Church will do its best to comply with the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
As a new bishop, I have, over the last 9 months, visited every parish in the diocese. I have been impressed by the goodness and commitment of each priest.
As I look at our country and indeed the world, I have an intense desire to return to the Monastery from which I came. Why continue to be part of this? However as I stand at the altar and look at you, my brothers and sisters, who I am growing to love, I know that I must stay here with you; praying, supporting and caring. In the present darkness, we must walk together carrying the Church into a new future.
In the past, when I have had to do challenging and difficult things, I would always ask God to help me; I did a deal with Jesus – “I will do my best so long as you bring me through as a better person”.
Let’s all pray this prayer! Let’s focus on what the Church is about: living and preaching the Gospel, and caring for those in need. If we do this, together we will make the Church of the future a better Church.
With my prayers and best wishes for a blessed Christmas,
Bishop Greg Homeming OCD
Bishop Greg's Lenten Talks 2019
TALKS WILL BE HELD IN ST CARTHAGE'S CATHEDRAL
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Tuesday 19th March 2019
Tuesday 26th March 2019
Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Tuesday 9th April 2019
Everyone is welcome to attend.
A Wonderful Night of Prayer The Diocese of Lismore and the Cathedral Parish joined in prayer to welcome Bishop Gregory Homeming as the sixth Bishop of Lismore on Wednesday night. People, Clergy, Religious, students and families have expressed their joy in being part of the Prayers.
We really welcome Bishop Gregory into our Parish family as our Bishop, whose leadership, governance and preaching will assist us greatly on our journey with Jesus.
We pray with and for Bishop Gregory at every Mass. We also look forward to Bishop Gregory in his pastoral work as a successor to The Apostles in our Cathedral.
A Quote from Bishop Gregory: Following the ordination Bishop Homeming told the congregation, ‘I am your bishop; with the emphasis on “your”. I belong to you. The people, religious and priests of Lismore will show me my job. I will listen to you, and together we will discern God’s will for our diocese. Our weaknesses and failings will not be an obstacle because, I believe, they will guide us. As Our Lord said to St Paul, “I am strong in your weakness”. My role is that of a shepherd who leads his people, with a simple focus, to stand in the presence of God. I pray that I will not be an obstacle. I pray that you will come to know the love of Christ and be filled with the utter fullness of God,’ he added.
The Bishop-elect Fr Greg Homeming will receive Episcopal Ordination on 22 February 2017 at 7pm in St Carthage’s Cathedral at which our new bishop will also take canonical possession of the See in assuming the Cathedra as Sixth Bishop of Lismore.
Everyone is invited to attend this wonderful celebration for the Diocese of Lismore.
Seating Allocation for the Ordination There will be some 230 seats available for parishioners to be seated in the Cathedral and an additional 330 seats in a marquee set up outside in front of Doyle House. A number of video screens will be place in the those areas not in sight of the altar, including the marquee. The Cathedral will not be opened to unreserved seating until 5.30pm from that time it will be first come First served, and the available seats must be occupied immediately with no reservations.
Live Streaming Link information
Please find some information for the link to the live streaming for the Episcopal Ordination which will take place on Wednesday evening at 7pm.
Go to the Diocesan website lismorediocese.org and click on the LIVESTREAM (yellow box) on the homepage far right; or
Generally, subject to the number of people acessing the website, advice we have received suggests that the LINK will provide better clarity.
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