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Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle declared a place of sanctuary

sanctuary

This morning the Dean asked the 8am and 9.30am congregations at the Cathedral to indicate to him whether they would like the Cathedral to be declared a place of Sanctuary for asylum seekers facing deportation.
Overwhelmingly, today’s worshippers at the Cathedral have said a resounding YES. There were offers of beds and food if required, along with statements of solidarity with the asylum seekers.

Fr Philip Thirlwell invites people to join him in visiting the Prime Minister’s Sydney office on Tuesday 9 Feb. to raise asylum seeker issues. You can join his train at Broadmeadow Tuesday at 7.28am.

Christmas 2015

Christmas Services at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle

Thursday 24 December – Christmas EvenativityStainedGlass
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
Friday 25 December, The Birth of our Lord, Christmas Day
7.00am Eucharist
8.30am Choral Eucharist with procession
10.30am Eucharist for Families (Children – bring a favourite present to be blessed!) [No Evening Service]
Sunday 27 December, Holy Family
7.00am Eucharist
8.00am Eucharist
9.30am Sung Eucharist
6.00pm Sung Evensong

Candles lit at Cathedral for Paris

Novacastrians have today been lighting candles at the Cathedral in prayer for the people of Paris in the wake of the terrorist attack.
A special candle-lighting ceremony will be part of the 6pm evening service on Sunday 15 November. The Dean of the Cathedral, Fr Stephen Williams, says that people of all faiths and none gather at the cathedral in times of crisis, and this is no exception.
Everyone is welcome to come and light a candle, he says, or to join the service tomorrow night.

The Very Rev’d Stephen Williams
Dean of Newcastle
0412661585

Prayer for Paris

Most gracious God,
look with mercy and compassion
on the people of Paris,
especially upon those who are injured,
with their families and friends.
Bless the bereaved and receive the dead
into your loving keeping.
Help us to bring an end
to war and violence everywhere,
and turn the hearts of those
who commit terror.
Bless emergency service workers
and all upon whom we depend for safety.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Very Rev’d Stephen Williams
Dean of Newcastle
0412661585