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Welcome Rob Haynes Acting Dean

Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus from the Acting Dean. My name is Rob Haynes.  Leanna and I arrived early October from retirement in Goolwa, our lovely retirement Cittaslow town close by to where the River Murray meets the Great Southern Ocean. The weather contrast is stark, though we knew what we were coming to as we have lived in the Territory up to our retirement for around 25 years. My ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood took place in Sydney in 1976.  After parish ministries in Sydney Leanna and I came north with the Church Missionary Society in 1988 to live at Nungalinya College, where I had a succession of roles in relation to the training of Indigenous men and women in Bible, Theology and Pastoral Ministries. Leanna was accepted into Charles Sturt Uni and began her Social Work training. We moved out to Groote Eylandt in 1998 to support the development of church leadership in the Aboriginal towns as their three local ordained clergy had died within just a few years.  Four deacons were ordained in those years and Leanna graduated and began work with Anglicare NT. We moved back to Darwin in 2008 and retired in 2013. So many of our friends are still around and we are thrilled to meet many of them as well as many new folk in the Cathedral.  We thank Bishop Greg for asking us to join the ministry team and to lend our support to the vital work of the Cathedral parish for these few months. Please continue to pray for the calling of a new Dean for the Cathedral. To God be the glory In Christ’s love  Rob  

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Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church. It is a popular tradition for the priest and congregation to wear red at Pentecost. Celebrations at Christ Church Cathedral included an ecumenical service in the Darwin Mall, and two services. The children's ministry team provided meaningful activities for the children and the beautiful music by the Arafura Wind Ensemble added to this special service.

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Churches Unite to Pray for Sri Lanka

Darwin church and political leaders attended a service at St Mary's Cathedral to pray for those involved in the recent tragic events in Sri Lanka and other tragedies in our world. Prayers for those affected in Sri Lanka were shared in Tamil, Sinhalese and English. Bishop Charles in his address highlighted the choice that we have as Christians to live the lives of love that we see in Jesus even in the times when the natural response is one of anger and revenge. Communion was offered and shared with all present. Christ Church Cathedral was represented by Reverend Ian McDonald and members of the congregation.

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Easter Reflection

From The Reverend Pat Williams We journeyed together through Holy Week from experiencing a special sense of Christ's community as we joined with the people of St Mary's Cathedral and the Darwin Uniting Memorial Church on Palm Sunday.
On Good Friday there were glimpses of transcendence in the silence of shared liturgy, and tears as the injustice and horror of the crucifixion were truly realised when we sang "Why what has my Lord done? What makes this rage and spite? He made the lame to run, he gave the blind their sight."
Such moments help us to grow in our faith and as channels of God's love. And now this Easter Day we celebrate that the light of love has overcome the darkness of hatred and evil. Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia!