Intercessions for Epiphany

Let us gather together in prayer firm in the knowledge and with faith that wherever we are gathered in Christ’s name God will hear and respond to our prayers. Thankful for the diversity and magnificence of what we see, hear and touch each day within our world we pray for peace particularly in the Middle East where conflict is ongoing and difficult to resolve. We pray for Christians living and working in these areas often away from their families as they... read more

Making an Unknown Journey

Epiphany Sunday Gospel reading : Matthew 2:1-12 When my daughters were young teenagers and petrol prices were more reasonable, we used to play a game with another family where there were also two daughters. We would all bundle into their car which had bench seats so that there was room for six. And armed with all we needed for a picnic and with a map, we would set out on the road. It was all smooth sailing until we came... read more

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass : Taranaki Cathedral 2015 Doesn't the cathedral look stunning this evening. The way the flowers have been so beautifully arranged to draw you towards the crib scene. Such a sense of celebration in the red, green and gold. I was laying out a crib scene with a child, recently, and we were marveling over the beautifully random selection of animals, including delightfully a pig, a goat, and a rooster. No lie­ins for the Holy Family..... We have no way... read more

Carols by Candlelight

I was helping a young family set out their nativity set, and amongst the creatures, I was delighted to find a rooster and couple of chooks (that'd be nice, first thing on Boxing Day morning), and some birds to perch on the stable roof. I was glad to see the varied collection of animals, because I am convinced that, when we take the time to appreciate the animal kingdom fully – including those gathered in the crib scene – we see... read more

Two unlikely women

4th Sunday in Advent. Luke 1:39-55 If you were to choose women who would give birth to babies, whose life and ministry would change the lives of individuals, of the world forever, what would you be looking for? An older woman, well past the age of being able to have children? A very young girl, still a child by our standards and unmarried ? We probably wouldn’t. Yet God did. Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah was the mother of John the Baptist.... read more

Cathedral on the move in 2016

We're moving - at least, for a temporary period. The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary will be worshipping in an interim worship space in the New Year. That's because our beloved historic building needs to be earthquake strengthened. Detailed assessments have determined that the stone church requires key structural work. The last service will be held there on 31 January 2016. While we establish what that work will involve and the likely cost, we will be relocating to another building.... read more

Cathedral calendar on sale

Taranaki Cathedral, its people and events are now on show 12 months of the year. A 2016 calendar has been produced with the photographs taken by renowned local photographer Rob Tucker. Money raised from the calendar’s sales will be directed back to church ministry. The calendars are on sale for $12 each or two for $20. A range of milestone events and scenes feature among the photos: Dawn baptisms at Ngamotu beach, the annual pet service, a baptism, the service of... read more

Fresh New Website

Nau mai; haere mai - welcome to our fresh new website, re-launched to celebrate Christmas. Our Christmas services this year include : 23rd December 7.30pm - Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 11.30pm - Midnight Mass Christmas Morning - 8am Christmas Communion 10am Family Communion - bring a pressie you've just opened Our fantastic Youth Drama Production, "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" takes place on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December at 5pm. Tickets are free! Pick yours... read more

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Patricia puts heart into volunteering

Whether up to her elbows in soap suds in the cathedral kitchen, grubbing in the gardens or delivering this magazine, Patricia Gall is happily continuing the voluntary church work that has been a big part of her life. Patricia was born in Stratford, but her parents were farmers at nearby Cardiff. She helped on the farm from an early age, and started milking when she was 13. She had to bike five miles to the high school, “and when I left,... read more

Reflections on my journey to ordination

The Cathedral Embroidery Group has spent many hours over recent weeks stitching away on a special project. Betty, Eunice, Kathi, Margaret, Mary and Pam who each have a passion for and expertise in embroidery, have applied fabric and thread to create a beautiful red stole Stoles are worn by clergy and reflect the colour for the liturgical season. A red stole is the liturgical colour used at ordination. I was one of six people ordained by our Bishops from within the... read more

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