Tuesday, 30 September 2008
We recently moved the Cathedral Office out of the basement at Cathedral House up to the ground floor, and also provided a new office for our Director of Music. Now that the Cathedral clergy are responsible for the three parishes in Shrewsbury, the office is somewhat busier, the new location will hopefully make work easier for all concerned (and keep our staff happier too!)
Monday, 29 September 2008
Today the builders arrived and removed our sanctuary lamp! I was asked if we were putting it in the bin!!!! The sanctuary lamp is rather expensive and is actually going away to be cleaned, repaired and re guilded hopefully restoring it to its former glory so that it can be rehung. Once it is rehung we are hoping the mechanism that rasies and lowers it so the candle can be lit will work again! promises promises!!!
Friday, 26 September 2008
All this week BRJ, our local Catholic High School, have been using The Chapter House for day retreats. Each day a different form group of year 7's arrive and spend their day on a mini retreat expereince led by some of the school staff. The day finishes with Mass in the Cathedral, which either Canon Stephen or myself have been presiding at - yet another Mass!!!! The week has gone really well for us and for them as well they tell me! It's always great to welcome a group of young people to the Cathedral.
Monday, 22 September 2008
Today work began on te removal of the great west window. It is going away to be repaired and restored before it is brought back and reinstalled hopefully back to its original glory. Sadly whilst the window is out and the scaffolding is up our Cathedral organ is unplayable - I hope we can manage without. I'm sure Judith our director of music along with Tody, Clifford and John our organists we will get by!
We still need to keep fundraising to cover the cost of the window restoration. £40,000 in total is needed and currently we have £6,450 raised! A long way still to go!
During his visitation to The Cathedral parish yesterday, Bishop Brian launched our new Shrewsbury Cathedral Friends. The aim is to raise the profile of the Cathedral across the diocese and to help raise some very necessary funds! Leaflets are already available in the Cathedral and very soon they will go out to all the parishes in the diocese. Watch this space for details of Friends events!