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On Wednesday April 12th clergy and laity from across the Diocese of Newcastle came together at Christ Church Cathedral to renew their commitment to Christian ministry.

The service, led by Bishop Peter Stuart, reflected on the year that has been.
He said, “One of the people I have got to know well through the Royal Commission work has expressed to me the hope that the Church will not be wilfully blind to what it needs to see. They were inviting us to embrace the reflections from those who were not part of the Diocese but who have grown to understand us and want us to see, learn, change and mature.”

Speaking after the service, Bishop Stuart said, “We will not turn back on our commitment and obligation to ensure that all people participating in our churches are safe, especially children. We are redressing the wrongs of the past and we will continue to do so.”

Father Stephen Williams, Dean of the Cathedral, felt that it was a significant turning point for the diocese to come together at the Cathedral.

“For many reasons the Cathedral has been focal point for people during the hearings of the Royal Commission and so it was good for the Diocesan community to gather as we come to terms with all that we have heard,” Dean Williams said.

During the service a blue candle was lit and placed on the high altar where it will be lit each day until the end of the liturgical year.

“The candle will be a simple reminder to all who see it that we are committed to joining with survivors in praying and working for justice,” Dean Williams said.

“We chose the colour blue because many clergy and laity have been involved in training by the Blueknot Foundation into the traumatic effects of domestic violence and sexual abuse.”

The Blueknot Foundation says, “Blue is the colour of the sky and a clear blue sky provides the space for new possibilities.”

“I hope that when people see the candle burning week in and week out that they will know that the Cathedral leadership and congregation along with the whole Diocesan community is committed to learning, changing and healing,” Dean Williams concluded.



Major services for HOLY WEEK, EASTER and ANZAC Commemoration 2017

SUNDAY 9 April – Passion Sunday of the Palms
7.00am Eucharist

8.00am Eucharist with Liturgy of the Palms

10.00am Choral Eucharist with Liturgy of the Palms

6.00pm Choral Evening Prayer

WEDNESDAY 12 April – Wednesday in Holy Week
11.45am Chrism Eucharist
7.00pm Tenebrae Liturgy

THURSDAY 13 April – Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper
and watch of the Passion until 11pm

FRIDAY 14 April – Good Friday
8.00am  Morning Prayer and Litany
10.00am Children’s Service
12noon Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
6.00pm Taizé Service – Prayers around the Cross

SATURDAY 15 April – Holy Saturday
7.00pm Easter Vigil Liturgy

SUNDAY 16 April – Easter Sunday
7.00am Eucharist
8.00am Sung Eucharist with Baptism & Confirmation
10.00am Orchestral Eucharist
6.00pm Festal Evensong

SUNDAY 23 April
7.00am Eucharist
8.00am Eucharist
9.30am Eucharist
6.00pm Sung Evensong – ANZAC Commemoration

Lenten Movies at the Cathedral

Wednesdays commencing at 7.30pm

with Archdeacon Sonia Roulston and Canon Katherine Bowyer

[Donation Entry – light refreshments after]

8 March

BABETTE’S FEAST (G) 1987, 102mins (Comedy, Drama, Music)

When Babette, a beautiful and mysterious French refugee, arrives in a remote Danish town the tight-knit, puritanical community begrudgingly let her in, providing her with shelter and work. But after the town patriarch passes away and Babette insists on preparing a feast in his honour, a magical world of sensory revelations is thrown open to the villagers, changing their lives forever…

Starring – Stephane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel, Bodil Kjer


15 March

THE KING’S SPEECH (PG) 2010, 119mins (Biographical drama)

England’s Prince Albert must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence.

Starring – Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter,  Jennifer Ehle

29 March

JESUS OF MONTREAL (R) 1989, 120mins (comedy-drama)

The Passion play has been a success for more than 40 years in the famous Montreal basilica, but the passage of time has made it seem old-fashioned, and modern audiences are growing restless. It’s time for an overhaul.

Starring – Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening,
Johanne-Marie Tremblay