Reflections on Waitangi

Isaiah 42 vs 1-9; Ephesians 2 vs 13-18; Luke 2 vs9-14 Waitangi day is near and today’s readings reflect this. Isaiah speaks of a covenant of the people; and in Ephesians we hear of the time when both are made one and a wall of partition is broken down because: “…in his flesh he has abolished our enmity”. It’s as if the Colonial Secretary Lord Normanby [in London] and then Governor Hobson, his secretary James Freeman and the Resident James Busby,... read more

Looking forward to 2018

As the year turns we look forward to what we hope will become some of the highlights of 2018: Dean Peter is offering a six week series during Lent for any adults who would like to consider being confirmed in their faith. Confirmation is performed by the Bishop, as he lays his hands on your head and confirm in you the faith that is deepening and growing in you. Bishop Philip will be with us on Easter Sunday and this is... read more

Third Sunday of Advent

In their time, John and Jesus stand out because they’re not easily understood by the establishment; and this worries the ones in power. Modern day social commentator [Banksy] wryly reassures anyone who stands out: “You are an acceptable level of threat. If you were not, you would know about it.” In the gospel reading today, when asked by the puzzled authorities if he is Elijah or perhaps even the Messiah, John the Baptist replies firmly that he is not. Versions of... read more

Crepe cooking grows café and raises funds

Thousands of crepes, truckloads of bread, marmalade by the mountain and innumerable volunteer hours have created a flourishing breakfast community. The Community Café at Taranaki Cathedral notched up its third year in November 2017, having raised $61,377 for charity. It’s a Tuesday morning event, opening at 7.30am and closing 10am. Dozens of volunteers wait on and clear tables, others set up, pack down, cook and wash dishes. The money is distributed to a variety of causes; the current one being the... read more

Four decades of celebrating women in ordained ministry

Revd. Tricia Carter reflects on the 40th anniversary of the Ordination of Women On the first Sunday in Advent we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and the Pacific. On 3 December 1977 the Bishop of Auckland ordained Jean Brooks, Wendy Cranston and Heather Brunton to the priesthood and in doing so we joined only three other provinces within the Anglican communion to ordain women. As we... read more

Looking back, looking forward to new start

A reflection from The Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, the Bishop of Waikato The season of Advent is my favourite time of the Church’s year: a time of new beginnings as we anticipate Christmas, a time of watching and waiting. Of course it is also the time of year when the weather is getting warmer (we hope) and the pop and sizzle of sausages on the BBQ once again becomes a sign that the outdoors is where you’ll find most people... read more

Clerical concern for morality of the times

Retired journalist Mark Birch has been trawling through the St Mary’s archives and published booklets. These are one view of history, often written for a particular time and context. Through the Cathedral Project we hope to tell more of our church and regional stories. These profiles are a start. Red Cross queen carnivals encouraged gambling and placed girls in moral danger, according to the fourth Vicar of St Mary's, the Revd. A. H. Colvile (1912-17). He said the gambling associated... read more

Busy Advent season at Cathedral.

Advent and Christmas at Taranaki Cathedral Advent will shortly be upon us, a new Church year, the time when we, the Church enter that time of anticipation and waiting as we begin the annual re-telling of the story of our salvation in Jesus Christ. here are our special events this Advent season. Wednesday 29th Nov, 7.30pm Ecumenical Service - Blessing of the Advent Wreaths Each year we join with our Roman Catholic friends and other Anglican parishes to share an... read more

Remembrance Sunday 2017

Year by year we Kiwis and Aussies gather on Anzac Day to recall the horrors of war and commit ourselves to working for peace. For us it has become a national day of mourning of soul searching and commitment. Gallipoli is at the core of our remembrance and the focus for that day. Of course we lament the deaths of all in war whenever that has been. Today we commemorate the signing of the armistice which ended the first world war.... read more

Workshops to unearth and re-tell stories

Grappling with Taranaki’s history – the delightful and the devastating – is motivating a series of historical gatherings called Our Shared Story. Rob Green, Rob Baigent-Ritchie and Ailsa Claridge will lead the monthly workshops at the cathedral, open to the public, with the first one having got underway. From left: Rob Baigent-Ritchie, Revd. Ailsa Claridge, and Rob Green. As well as introducing people to different parts of our history, it’s also hoped the project will unearth family stories and documents. Rob... read more

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