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Paradiso Lenten Film Festival 2015

darkhorseposterCommencing Thursday 19 February 2015 7pm to 9:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral presents Paradiso at the Cathedral 2015, a film festival hosted throughout Lent by Bishop Greg Thompson.

The first instalment kicks off  with a screening of The Dark Horse (2014), a New Zealand film by James Napier Robertson based on the true story of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand hero and chess champion – Genesis Potini. The film follows his journey as he searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities, finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community.

During the traditional forty days of Lent, Novocastrians will have the opportunity to attend a film festival with a difference. Christ Church Cathedral will be the dramatic backdrop for the screening of a series of international films, providing a space to explore the universal themes of love, redemption and hope. More information…

Ash Wednesday Choral Eucharist

Choral Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes:  Wednesday, 18th February 2015 at 6pm

Music highlights:

  • Introit:  Drop, drop slow tears (Gibbons)
  • Setting: Communion Service in the Phyrigan Mode (Wood)
  • Anthem Miserere (Allegri)
  • Psalm 51 : 1-17 (Chant: Cantrell)
  • Postlude: Fugue in E minor (JS Bach)
  • Hymns: 211(i), 559, 515(ii), 684

Dietrich Bonhoeffer remembrance service

Dietrich BonhoefferA service of remembrance to mark the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer 70 years ago will be held at 6pm on 9 April 2015 at the cathedral.
The service will take the form of a vigil and will feature:

  • An opening anthem and postlude by the cathedral organist, Peter Guy
  • A formal welcome by the Dean
  • The two hymns composed by Bonhoeffer
  • A lament, two canticles and an anthem sung by Counterpoint, a diocesan ecclesiastical choir
  • Reading of poems by Bonhoeffer and W.H. Auden dedicated to Bonhoeffer
  • Extracts from Bonhoeffer’s ‘Letters and Papers from Prison’
  • Bonhoeffer’s commentary on Ps 42
  • A Scripture reading relevant to the occasion
  • Responsorial prayers and a litany of commemoration

Fr Erich von Dietz, a former chaplain at UoN and a relative of one of those who plotted with Bonhoeffer in the failed 1944 assassination plot against Hitler, is preaching on Romans 5: 5, and the bishop, the Rt Rev’d Greg Thompson, will deliver the blessing.

The focal point of the service will  be the extinguishing of a single candle on the high altar to symbolise Bonhoeffer’s death.

Further details: Fr Stephen Moore  0411406522

Quiet Mornings of Reflection 2015

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