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Blessing of the Backpacks

school-backpack-clipart-backpackKnowledge is a good thing, and education and the gaining of wisdom something all in the Church should encourage. Therefore on Sunday 29th January we will mark the start of the new school year with a blessing of the backpacks. This is not just for school kids, but for everyone involved in education: teachers, parents, university lecturers and students. So come for this special service at 9 am, and remember to bring your backpacks!

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Christmas at the Cathedral

christmas-2014Join us for Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral! Our celebrations start on Sunday 18 December at 6 pm with the traditional service of Nine Lessons. The on Christmas Eve we will hold our Children's Service where our younger parishioners set up the Nativity followed by Blessing of the Crib. This is then followed at 11.30 pm with Midnight Mass. This year at the start of this service we will also mark the 42nd Anniversary of Cyclone Tracy. The Celebrant and Preacher at Midnight Mass will be Bishop Greg. On Christmas morning, Sunday 25 December, there will be Communion Services at 7.30 and 9.00 am. The full schedule: Saturday 18 December at 6 pm - Nine Lessons and Carols Saturday 24 December at 5 pm - Children's Service and Blessing of the Crib Saturday 24 December at 11.30 pm - Midnight Mass Sunday 25 December at 7.30 am - Holy Communion Sunday 25 December at 9.00 am - Holy Communion

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Symposium on Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

  The Cathedral is hosting a Symposium called "The Seasons are Gone", on indigenous perspectives on climate change. Almost all discussion on climate change concentrates on scientific and political issues, and the perspectives of those who are most vulnerable to climate change often do not rate in the discussion. from-2009-report-ontong-java-erosion   This symposium brings together speakers from the South Pacific, the Torres Strait Islands and the Top End to tell their stories. Our speakers include: Rronang Garrawurra, Yolgnu man and Uniting Church Minister Rose Elu, Torres Strait Islander Nigel Kelaepa, from the Polynesian atoll of Ontong Java in the Solomon Islands Aram Oroi, from the Melanesian Island of Makira in the Solomon Islands All are leaders in their field, and respected elders of their people. You are also invited to join the conversation: to listen, to speak and to act. The Symposium starts at 4pm on Friday 16th September, and goes through to 4 pm on Sunday 18th September. There is no charge for attending, and tea & coffee will be provided. You are welcome to attend as little or as much as time permits. The basic program is: Friday 16th September 4pm to 6 pm - meet the speakers Saturday 17th September 9 am - Welcome to Country, followed by presentations and discussions on the South Pacific, Yolgnu country, and the Torres Strait Islands (9 am to 3 pm with a lunch break). To finish the day, a Q&A panel, from 3.30 pm to 5 pm - You are welcome to join us for worship at the Cathedral, with our visitors from the Solomon Islands preaching. This will be followed at 11.30 am with a session on the current state of play in Australia, and then from 2pm to 4pm a discussion as to where to from here. For further information, to receive a flyer or programme, or to register interest in attending, please contact the Dean of the Cathedral, Dr Keith Joseph, at or on 0409 783 452



Sadly, yet another mass killing. And it seems that we are becoming anaesthetised to the stream of hatred and killings that weekly fill our news media. The epistle reading this Sunday 19 June tells us that "there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3.28). Acts of hatred like this go clearly against the message of the epistle, and the broader message of the Gospel: for we are all one. In particular, we reject homophobia in particular, and all acts of violence based on hatred in general. So, all are welcome at our service this Sunday 19 June 2016 at 9.00 am, where we will pray for the victims of Orlando, and the victims of hate crime in general. We commend the souls of the dead to Christ, and we pray for those who mourn. We also pray for those trapped in hatred and those who commit such crimes: we pray that they will open themselves to God, who is love and whose love knows no bounds.

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Service for Corporal Reg Hillier

CCCD 11 June 16   On Saturday 11 June 2016 a memorial service for the late Corporal Reg Hillier was held at Christ Church Cathedral. It was followed on Sunday 12 June 2016 by the reinterment at Adelaide River War Cemetery. Corporal Reg Hillier was the only Territorian who was killed in action in the Vietnam War. Sadly it took over fifty years for him to come home. However the journey is now over and he is at peace in the land he loved.