Sunday, 29 June 2008

Sunday ... a day of rest ... you're joking!!

Today has been one of those days were you wonder how you managed to fit everything in! Today started with my "appearance" on BBC Radio Shropshire, being interviewed about this blog amongst other things!! Sadly and once again i forgot my camera, so there is no phot of me or the presenter Mike in the studio!
From the BBC I headed straight over to Saint Winefride's for Mass, then back to The Cathedral for baptisms. Four new Christians were baptised this afternoon, and it was great to see The Cathedral full to welcome Harriet, William, Sean and Sophie into the Catholic family.
Another Mass this evening rounded the day off ...

Saturday, 28 June 2008

First Holy Communion

This morning 37 of our young people made their first holy communion here at The Cathedral. It was a magnificent occassion with The Cathedral packed to bursting point! Everyone played their part to make it a wonderful occasion, those who arranged the flowers, prepared the liturgy, the musicans and singers (including some from our primary school), readers, all did a fabulous job and even Canon Stephen's homily wasn't bad!!!! The celebration of Mass was followed by a "bit of a do" in the Convent School Hall, which seemed to go with something of a swing! Sadly I forgot to take my camera with me :o( but hopefully there are some pics on the way very soon!

Friday, 27 June 2008

Shropshire County Scout Council AGM!

Last night I had the great priviledge of leading the prayers at the beginning of this years Annual General Meeting of Shropshire County Scout Council. The meeting is held in Shrewsbury Abbey and looks back over the year that has been, this time looking especially at the evnts held locally and nationally in 2007 to mark the 100th anniversary of Scouting! Last night there wasa huge number of awards to be presented too, awards to every section - beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers and to many leaders too. It was a great evening of celebrating Scouting and looking forward to the next year with great enthusiasm too. It was my first real public event since I was appointed as County Catholic Chaplain!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

An indoor garden party!

This evening Cathedral House opened their doors to the staff of our primary school, Saint Mary's, for a summer thank you garden party. Sadly due to the weather (and the three abandoned Christmas trees) we didn't venture out into the garden. A great evening was had by all! Thanks to Anne (our housekeeper) and Bev (school secretary) for making all the food. Hopefully this will become an annual event!

Monday, 23 June 2008

Feeding the Five Thousand????

Tonight, we played host to the DIocesan Liturgical Commission! The Commission, who work on behalf of the Bishop in the area of Liturgical Formation, travel around the diocese for their regular meetings, this month it was the turn of Cathedral House to host and feed the Commission! Canon Stephen had bribed them to travel down to Shropshire with the promise of strawberries and cream ...

Cathedral doors open!

For the last week, thanks to a small band of volunteer stewards, The Cathedral has been open each afternoon to visitors, tourists, parishioners and those seeking space to pray or just to see the inside of our beautiful church. Last week saw the first of our school groups pass through the doors for a tour and educational visit, more are due over the coming weeks.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Is it a garden or a jungle????

I thought you might like a look at the garden at Cathedral House, taken from the sitting room. Having had the great opportunity to visit a few gardens last Sunday on the CAFOD garden trail and seeing how gorgeous they were, we looked again at our own jungle! We really need to get a team of volunteers together to weed and mow the lawn, Oh and get rid of the three dead Christmas trees!!!

Where are they all going to sit??!

At the Saturday night Mass at Our Lady of Pity, last night, just as we reached the second verse of the entrance hymn a coach load of young people arrived! 70 young people from Alsager and Bury (they were staying at a local activity centre for a weekend of fun and games) arrived for Mass. It was a bit of a squeeze, but when everyone moved up everyone found a seat ... eventually, we even had some of the young people sat on the floor at the front!

We tried to make them feel every welcome, and from their comments after Mass, I think we did! Some even commented that it was the best Mass they had ever been to!

It's really good for us to know that we can welcome huge groups of young people and make them feel at home. Well done Our Lady's - definately a welcoming parish community.

Extra-Ordinary Ministers

Yesterday (Saturday) The Cathedral played host to a training day for all the Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from across the LPA. It was a great day with input from Canon Stephen, Father Chris and all those ministers who threw in their thoughts, ideas and questions. Hopefully we are going to put a booklet together as a follow up to the day, and to ensure that those ministers who couldn't be at the training day know what we did and talked about. The day also gave us a chance to standardise practise across the three parishes and create a little bit of continuity! We've had loads of really p0sitive feed back, which is great!

Friday, 13 June 2008

Mass for Saint Mary's School

This afternoon, the juniors from our parish primary school walked to The Cathedral to celebrate Mass in our beautiful parish church. It was a great celebration with some parents and governors joining us too. It's quite a long time since the school came to The Cathedral for Mass, but hopefully it is something that will become a more regular event.

He must have a sore head!

This is just a sign of the damage done during the recent break in to The Cathedral. Sadly poor Saint John Vianney was sat on the window ledge when they broke through the window of the confessional and so was knocked to the floor. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney ( or the Cure of Ars as he is known) was a French parish priest who became famous internationally for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish due to the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. He is the patron saint of Parish Priests and of confessors.

Through the west window!

This morning two of the people who will working on the restoration of the stained glass windows in the Cathedral arrived to do a condition report prior to work starting on the great west window. Complete with their dog (??) they arrived and set up ladders in the organ loft to reach the window and write their report, it was a bit concerning though when they had to ask the Canon if they could borrow a ruler!!!

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

June, the month of the Sacred Heart

Just as May is the month of Mary, June is traditionally the month of the Sacred Heart. to mark this month we thought you might like to see a picture of the Sacred Heart chapel in the Cathedral!