Farewell For Cath McVey Last weekend we announced the departure of our wonderful Children & Pioneer Ministry Leader, Cath McVey. There will be an opportunity to show Cath our appreciation when we farewell her on Sunday 15 August at a morning tea after the 10 am service. If you would like to contribute a donation towards a farewell gift, please leave your donation with Jen in the Parish Office. 

Elizabethan Feast Cancelled We have had to make the hard decision to cancel next weekend’s Elizabethan Feast. It was primarily a fundraising event and unfortunately slow ticket sales mean we can’t continue with it. Rest assured there will be opportunities to gather together to celebrate our 175th anniversary in September.

Hospital Chaplaincy Plant Fundraiser Select your seed trays, pot up some plants and trees and bring them along to support Taranaki Chaplaincy. Contact Louisa at the Chaplaincy Team on 7536139 ext. 7968. Circle the morning of September 25 (at St Andrew’s) on your calendar.

Taranaki Women United in Worship Friday 27 August 2021, 7:30 pm, Westcity Church. Open Haven 2021 invite you to, “Seize the moment and join us as the women of Taranaki come together to raise a sound of praise and worship.”

Recycling Going Well A huge thank you to those who have been using the recycling service at the Cathedral. Just to clarify… the only lids we can recycle are milk bottle lids. Please dispose of other lids in your general waste (and give the milk bottle lids a wash so they don’t start to smell).

Paraninihi Archdeaconry Gathering Everyone is invited to our Archdeaconry’s next get together which will incorporate worship, a BYO dinner and a forum for sharing. St James Oakura (cnr Donnelly St & South Rd/SH45), Thursday 29 July, 5-7pm. Please note this is a different date to the one previously promoted.

 Waitara Men’s Breakfast The next Men’s Breakfast is on July 24th at 7.30am at St John's Hall in Domett St. Paul Gundesen will be speaking. Please RSVP to Mike at hansmail@xtra.co.nz or Ph 755 1092.

Upcoming Organ recital Wednesday 28 July @ 11.30am — St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Stratford.

Drop Us A Note Our parish post box is in position at the rear of Peace Hall along with paper and pens. If you would like to get in touch with anyone from the Cathedral, make a suggestion, send an invitation, or report a concern, you can drop your, named, note in the box. Please note this is not a forum for anonymous complaints and only named notes will be read.

Vaccination Phone Number When booking your Covid-19 vaccination please call the national 0800 number (0800 55 11 30)  NOT the alternative phone number we published last week. Sorry for the confusion — we didn’t realise the local number wasn’t intended for the general public.

 A Quiet Morning in Oakura Be part of a sacred, quiet morning at St James Oakura on Saturday 24th July, 9am-midday. There will be silent prayer, music, scripture reading, and reflection with a focus on listening to God as we journey through winter – a time when we and God’s creation refreshes.  Check out the flyer in this week’s E-ffervescence. To register or for more information please contact Heather Lofthouse 021617894 or heather1349@gmail.com.

Communion Wine We will continue to offer communion wine to those worshipers who feel comfortable taking it. We will review this if New Plymouth moves up Alert Levels as per direction from the diocese. Please continue to respect everyone’s individual choice, recognising that we all have different circumstances and levels of comfort where Covid-19 is concerned. If you do decide to take the wine, as you sip, remember those who are unable to at present.

Te Ao Māori Group Join this growing group and increase your understanding of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view), learn tikanga and improve your Te Reo pronunciation in a relaxed, organic environment. Every Tuesday, Upper Hatherly Chapel 10am – 11.30am. Koha appreciated.

Congrats Reverend Dan We are thrilled to share some great news. Dan has been awarded a scholarship from St John’s College. It will allow him to devote 2 days a week to theological study as he works towards Honours (and maybe even a Phd). He will continue to lead services, develop and nurture ALT_Mary and be involved with Parish and Cathedral pastoral care.

Foodbank Our friends at New Plymouth Food Bank are always grateful for any donations of non-perishable food, grocery items or money. This month they have particular need for long-life milk (UHT or milk powder), sugar and sandwich spreads.

St Mary’s Recycling Depot
There are many common objects which can’t be recycled via your Council bins (bread bag tags, milk bottle lids, soft plastic etc) so Jen has set up a recycling programme for parishioners so we can help divert waste from landfill. You are welcome to bring these “tricky recyclables” in and we’ll look after the rest. CLICK HERE or see last week’s E-ffervesence for details about what can be recycled and where to drop them.

Share Your Gifts Cath is planning a great new initiative, a series of Faith Crew sessions (for their 10am gathering on Sundays) where parishioners and people within our community share their skills with our younger disciples. If you have skills or talents you’d like to pass on to our youth (think handicrafts, calligraphy, woodwork, baking etc) then have a chat with Cath. Our Pioneer Ministry team will supply materials, supervision and eager learners — you just bring your gifts.

Prayer Wave for our Parish & Cathedral
In recognition of the value of united, focused prayer, we now have a “prayer wave” to pray for our Parish, Cathedral and community. Each week a particular prayer focus is passed from one link (person) to the next, forming a chain or wave. To join, contact Jen Pearce 758 3303 or 027 3486624 (or pray in your own way as God leads you every Wednesday between 7am and 9am).



Archdeaconry Events 2021 There will be a new format for meeting together this year. Read about the rationale behind the changes and see what we have planned HERE.