General News

Memorial Service for Corporal Reg Hillier

Corporal Reg Hillier died in Vietnam on 29 November 1965. He was buried in Malaysia, in accordance with the policy that applied at that time. From 1966 all Australians who died on active service were repatriated. Some 50 years later, after a campaign by the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Australian soldiers who died in Vietnam and were buried overseas are being brought home. Reg Hillier was the only Territorian to die on active service in the Vietnam War. His memorial service is to be held at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin at 10 am on Saturday 11 June 2016. The reinterment service will be at 10 am on Sunday 12 June at Adelaide River War Cemetery. All those attending on Saturday at the Cathedral or Sunday at Adelaide River are asked to be present and seated by 9.30 am at the latest - large congregations are expected on both days and seating will be limited. Invitations are the responsibility of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (NT); please contact Mr Bob Shewring or Ms Sue McCallum at bringthemhome@vvaant.org.au. Reg Hillier Collage

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ONE NIGHT ONLY! Young Voices of Melbourne

Friday 1st April at 7.30 pm, the Young Voices of Melbourne supported by the Darwin Youth Choir and Pure Note Choir. Please join us for this memorable evening. Gold coin donation for admission. IMG_4034

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Holy Week

Sunday 20 March 2016 - Palm Sunday

At 7.30 am & 9.00 am we will observe Palm Sunday, and in the afternoon gather at 5.00 pm at Nightcliff with our brothers and sisters from other churches.

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Final ABM Lenten Study 5.30-6.30 pm, followed by Tenebrae ("Darkness") at 7.00 pm

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Clergy Vows at 7.30 am Stations of the Cross at 5.30 pm, followed by final Lenten Spirituality from 6.30 pm

Maundy Thursday 24 March 2016

Holy Eucharist with Institution of Communion and Washing of Feet at 7.00 pm

Good Friday 25 March 2016

Good Friday Liturgy at 9.00 am The Seven Words (a meditation on the words uttered by Christ on the Cross) at 12 noon

Holy Saturday 26 March 2016

Evening Prayer at 5.30 pm

Easter Sunday 27 March 2016

Solemn Eucharist with lighting of the flame and blessing of Paschal Candle at 6.00 am, Bishop Greg presiding and preaching Family Service with Holy Communion at 9.00 am, the Dean presiding

General News

Christ Church Cathedral – A Place of Sanctuary

Sunday 7th February 2016 Last week Christ Church Cathedral was included in a list of Anglican Cathedrals prepared to offer sanctuary to asylum seekers. This ancient custom was invoked to protect those fleeing injustice or oppression. In this case it particularly was invoked to protect young children and their families at risk of being returned to off-shore processing centres. A meeting of parishioners chaired by the Dean of Darwin, the Very Reverend Dr Keith Joseph was held this morning. The Bishop of the Northern Territory, the Right Reverend Dr Greg Anderson, also participated. The meeting confirmed this offer of sanctuary to asylum seekers. This decision was not taken lightly. Some of our parishioners are concerned that we should not enter into politics, and others are worried that asylum seekers living in the community in Darwin might be subject to retributive measures such as detention. However, it was agreed by all that the detention of children, especially at off-shore centres, was unconscionable and wrong. Detention of innocent children is in itself harmful; even more so where children are subject to abuse, uncertainty and fear. It was noted that both the Commonwealth Government and the Opposition argue that such detention is necessary to ensure a greater good, being that of “stopping the boats”. This is simply a utilitarian argument justifying evil as a means of doing good. But there is no secular moral system or religious ethic that can possibly justify harming children to achieve some nebulous greater good. There was also some discussion as to the wisdom or otherwise of current policies – clearly attempting to stop boats will in the end be unsuccessful if the factors causing people to risk leaving home are not addressed. Conflict and climate change in particular are likely to cause increasing numbers of refugees in our region, and they may have no home to return to. Obviously government policy designed at stopping boats should be primarily focused on dealing with those factors likely to cause people to flee in the first place. Causing harm to asylum seekers as some form of deterrence (at considerable cost to the tax payer) doesn’t appear to make much sense as in the longer term it will likely fail. However, our concern is not with the wisdom or otherwise of government policy. Our concern is to protect the innocent and to protest against an unconscionable wrong. Thus we offer sanctuary. The Very Reverend Dr Keith Joseph, Dean

Church News

Christmas at the Cathedral 2015

Sunday 20th December 6.30 pm - Nine Lessons and Carols Thursday 24th December 5.00 pm - Children's service and blessing of the Crib 11.30 pm - Midnight Mass Friday 25th December 7.30 am - Traditional Said Eucharist 9.00 am - Family Service with Holy Communion