Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Chrism Mass 2012

The Chrism Mass was celebrated in The Cathedral today, at 12 noon, just over half the priests of the diocese were present along with a good number of people gathered from across the Diocese. Bishop Mark invited all the priests  present to renew their dedication of priestly ministry, before blessing the sacred oils to be used through out the Diocese during the coming year.

Thanks goes to © Mazur/ for the photographs.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Rite of Election!

This afternoon The Cathedral was full! People had traveled from across the diocese to be here for the Rite of Election. Over fifty of those to be received into the Church this Easter had made the journey, along with their sponsors or Godparents, family, friends and parish priests. To see so many people making the choice to enter into full communion with the Church is a great sign of hope and commitment to the future. It was a great joy to be a part of their journey.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Lent begins ....

Where have the last couple of weeks gone? Already we are on the cusp of a new liturgical season, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the great season of Lent. It is traditional to try and give something up for Lent, to use the time of self denial to bring us closer to the God who loves us. What are you planning to give up this Lent?

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas ...

Christmas is very nearly upon us here at The Cathedral. Here we see the crib built up during the Children's Vigil Mass, just awaiting the Christ Child. The crib will be completed at the beginning of Midnight Mass tonight, when Bishop Mark will place the figure of the child Jesus upon the straw laid out ready for him.

On behalf of all the team at The Cathedral, we wish you all the joy and blessings of this most holy season.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Cathedral parish Announcment

The following statement was read out today at all the Masses in the three parishes of Shrewsbury town currently served from The Cathedral:

Under embargo until 6.30pm Saturday 26th November 2011

Statement to be read at the end of all Masses on the 26th/27th November.

Parish Amalgamation:

For the last four years the three parishes of The Cathedral, Our Lady of Pity and Saint Winefride have been linked as a Local Pastoral Area and have shared clergy. Bishop Mark has made the decision that the time is now right to take the next step and to amalgamate the three parishes into one parish - one parish with three church buildings.

In practice very little will change: the three churches will remain open, Sunday Masses will be at the same times, pastoral care will continue, as it always has. The amalgamation is really an administrative streamlining, consolidating our resources: people, finances, structures and so on.

The finer details of how we will run this new parish are still being considered. It goes without saying that parishioners from all the former parishes will be involved. Please be as patient, generous and supportive as you can be, as we take this new and exciting step together. May the new parish be a real force for good in the town!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Marian Year draws to a close

Today Bishop Mark was with us to formally close the Year of Prayer with Mary. The Cathedral was packed with clergy and people from across the diocese. At the end of Mass, gathered before the statue of Our Lady Help of Christians, Bishop Mark rededicated the Diocese to the intercession of Our Lady Help of Christians using the following prayer:


Prayed at Shrewsbury Cathedral

at the closing of the Diocesan Year of Prayer with Mary

21st November 2011

“Blessed are you who believed” (Luke 1:45) that “nothing is impossible to God” (Luke 1:37) and have led all generations to say “the Almighty has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49). To you the Help of Christians we turn in this hour following the example of the first generation of this Diocese knowing that you see our need (John 2: 4). In each generation, you invite us to do whatever Christ the Lord tells us (John 2:6) with unconquerable faith.

So once more we look to you Holy Mother of God as “the great sign” of hope (Rev. 12:1) in the midst of the Church’s struggle and the promise of her victory. We ask you, Mother of the Church, to pray with us constantly as you prayed together with the infant Church for the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14), for the courage of a new evangelisation, for renewed faithfulness in all our vocations and for those new vocations on which the future of our Diocese depends. To you who were given from the Cross as mother to all the disciples of your Son (John 19:27) we once more entrust ourselves and this Diocese. To your Immaculate Heart (Luke 2:19) we entrust this moment so full of hope and fraught with dangers, that we each increase in faith and in faithfulness so we may say with you, “let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). For, from the founding of this Diocese to this hour, it is a thing unheard of that anyone ever implored your help or sought your intercession and was left unaided.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,

that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.