Being quiet and reflective is part of a Christian’s vocation, duty and joy. We are to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), indeed we might never know that God is God until we are still, quiet, attentive and listening in a way we have done for a while. This is hard to do because we are not only busy, but have got used to our busyness and often wear it as an emblem of how busy we are about God’s business.
The Cathedral has provided a number of days each year where we can be quiet and at ease in God’s presence. They were begun by Dean James Rigney in 2009 and will continue this year under the direction of Fr. Glen Hughes and Fr. Roger Sharr. Glen is the Supervising Priest of Merriwa and Murrurundi and Area Dean of the Upper Hunter and Roger is the former parish priest of St. James’ Morpeth and has recently retired. He is doing a Ph.D. at the University of Sydney. Download brochure Continue reading
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Sunday 30 November
7.00pm Advent Carols
‘A time of reflection in reading, prayer and music in preparation for the coming of our Lord’
Sunday 7 December
2.00pm Combined Choir Concert
‘Join Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Youth Chorale and Newcastle University Choir as we celebrate Christmas in Song! Music will include a selection from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and audience singing led by massed choir’
Wednesday 24 December – Christmas Eve
5.00pm Service for Children and Families with Carols
7.30pm ‘Nine lessons and carols’ a service with traditional and contemporary carols for choir and congregation
11.45pm Midnight Mass with procession and blessing of the crib
Thursday 25 December The Birth of our Lord, Christmas Day
8.30am Choral Eucharist with procession
10.30am Eucharist for Families (Children – bring a favourite present to be blessed!)
No Evening Service
Sunday 28 December
3.00pm 25th Anniversary Service – Newcastle Earthquake
We will celebrate the Eucharist on Thursday, 7 August, at 12noon to coincide with the National Day of Mourning for the victims of flight MH17. Bp Peter Stuart will preach at this service in which we will remember before God all those who lost their lives, and we will pray for their grieving families. All are very welcome. Please let others know about the service and invite them to join us.
Click the link to download the Christ Church Cathedral December 2013 newsletter.
Newsletter December 2013 (1.2 MiB)