Tēnā koutou katoa ~
                                We Welcome You.

...Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to the website of The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary. We are a warm, friendly and loving church community.  A people and a place of prayer, peace and reconciliation.  We are here to support you in prayer and in action. Call in and talk to us - or ring and ask for a home visit if we can work together on making things better - maybe with some good home-cooked food; counselling or pastoral support; assistance through hard times; someone who will listen and pray with you.


 


 

 Please click here for some prayers for your personal use.

 Click here to read Jamie's sermon from 26th November - The Light of Advent

All blessings to YOU,

Dean Jamie


 


Community Cafe

Check our facebook page to find out our weekly specials : www.facebook.com/cathedralcommunitycafe

Every Tuesday 7.30-10am
Crepes with delicious fillings;
fresh filter coffee, tea or milo;
hot toast & famous marmalade
Just 50c each! Best price in town, eh!
Students - bring a friend, they eat for free.
All money raised to Doctors without Borders, against Ebola..
Why not give it ago, next Tuesday?

 

 


Special Services for your diary :

Sunday 1 February - Candlemas
Sunday 1 March - Cathedral Anniversary Service

 




Our Regular Services :

All Weekdays - 8.30am, Midday and 3.45pm - A short service of daily prayer - call in and bring whatever is on your heart before God

Tuesdays - 7am Bishop’s Eucharist

Wednesdays - 10am Book of Common Prayer Communion (Traditional Language)

 

Sundays

8am Quiet Communion

10am Sung Eucharist with Faith Crew group for Children

First Sunday of the month: 6pm Informal Service

Second Sunday of the month: 5pm Evensong

Third Sunday of the Month: 5pm Choral Evensong

Fourth Sunday (if there are five): 5pm special service (e.g. Taizé or Sacred Space)

Last Sunday of the Month: 5pm Compline (Night Prayer)

  

 

 

Coming to Taranaki Cathedral
 
We are open every day by 8.30am to early evening. There is normally a welcomer to greet you and to deal with enquiries, weekdays from 9am to 4pm. We have brief daily prayer services at 8.30am, midday and 3.45pm - you are always welcome to attend one of these -- sometimes people find it a good opportunity to share a burden or seek some peace.
Let Us Know You're Coming
Part of the delight of being Taranaki's only cathedral is that we are a place where visitors come. We love hosting people who are here just for the day -- or maybe on holiday - or perhaps have recently moved to Taranaki. We welcome new-comers, and appreciate your visit. If you are planning to come -- why not drop us a quick email so we can look out for you. Use the "Enquiries" button on the website, and we will be in touch. If you're visiting us, please do share that news with the minister on the door as you arrive or as you leave. We'd love to give you a copy of our magazine and perhaps other mementos to take home with you. For newcomers just settling in to New Plymouth, we have a Welcome Pack which includes all sorts of useful information and guide books.
  
What to Wear
Simply come as you are. There are no expectations about any particular dress code. Often people dress formally for weddings and funerals.
 
Parking
On Sundays, there is good parking on Vivian Street, in the cathedral driveway, and also across the road in the Peace Hall Car Park - the physical address of which is 40 Vivian Street, New Plymouth, 4310. For meetings, funerals and weddings, if these options are all full, there is an excellent car park between Vivian Street and Powderham Street, after Robe Street and before Dawson Street. There is also a multi-storey car park between Brougham and Currie Street.
 
Choosing a Sunday Service... Every Sunday we have four services. Each worship service offers fellowship, music and the opening up of the Scripture. 
 
Our 8am service of Holy Communion is quiet and concise with two hymns; some people like to slip in to this service at the last minute; have their time of intimate worship, and then quietly leave at the end. On the first Sunday of the month, there is tea, coffee and toast after this service - an opportunity to catch up with people or meet those on a similar journey.
 
At our 10am service (which is also a Holy Communion Service), there is a wide cross-generational mix; from tiny babies through to great-grandparents. Toys, drawing and games for littlies; groups for children and teenagers (note that we have two weekday youth meetings - Agape Youth Group on Tuesdays, and CDG - Drama Group on Thursdays). The cathedral choir offers beautiful song to lead the worship, which is accompanied by our stunning pipe organ to make a very joyful sound. The third Sunday of most months features the Music of Taranaki - when a visiting choir or orchestra from around the mountain leads the service with the gifts of their music.
The service is often geared to the immediate story of the community or the season - for example, with the Pet Blessing service in October; Remembrance services; and special occasions such as "Music Sunday" or a special Sunday to give thanks for Scripture, or to be aware of particular times of celebration or lament in Taranaki. Each 10am service is followed by prayer support in the chapel for those who would like the chance to share; and an excellent morning tea with home baking provided!
 
At 5pm, our service is about reflection and quietness  Evening services include : Sacred Space (Contemplative Worship), Healing & Wholeness, Choral Evensong (beautifully lead by the cathedral choir), the Taizé style of Worship, and Informal Praise & Worship in the adjoining hall.
 
 

 

 

 

You might also like to visit our Facebook Page.

Our Garden of Remembrance is now open; please get in touch if you would like to know more.


Thought For The Month 

  Something to think about.

Sometimes I wonder how much of our spiritual journey is about gaining understandings, being right and maintaining our sense of privilege and status. Generally speaking we spend most of our time thinking about ourselves and our needs to be valued, accepted and right. When others frustrate us it is because they are not living up to our expectations of how we think they and the world should be. We end up focussing
on ourselves instead of focussing on God.

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Events

  • 01Mar

    Cross of Nails service Cross of Nails service
    Join us as Taranaki Cathedral becomes the first entity in New Zealand to join the worldwide community of the Cross of Nails, which stands for peace and reconciliation.The Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry in the United Kingdom, will bring...
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  • 03Mar

    Reflections on the meditations of Fr. Richard Rohr Reflections on the meditations of Fr. Richard Rohr
    Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and...
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  • 06Mar

    Chancel Concert Chancel Concert
    The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary is pleased to launch the 2015 Chancel Concert Series with the first of five concerts taking place on Friday 6 March beginning at 11.00am. Director of Music to Taranaki Community & Cathedral, Christopher J. Luke, is looking...
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Diary

  • 27Feb

    8:30am Morning Prayer
    9:30am OA meeting
    10:30am Visit of Dean of Coventry to Parihaka
    12pm Midday prayer
    12:30pm God & Lunch
    2pm Wedding Blessing : Harris and Camila
    3:45pm Evening Prayer

  • 28Feb

    8:30am Quiet Morning
    8:30am Morning Prayer
    10am Taranaki Choral Federation Meeting

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  • 20Apr

    Chrism Mass 2014
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