Thursday, 24 December 2009

Preparations for Christmas

Here are a few photographs of the preparation behind the scenes for the celebration of Christmas at The Cathedral.

All the silverware needs a good polish. These are the four new matching chalices bought for The Cathedral by The Friends of Shrewsbury Cathedral. THey will be blessed and used for the first time this evening at the Children's Celebration at the Crib. We are most grateful to the Friends - thank you.

Vestments washed and awaiting an iron! If you look carefully, you might even see Father Chris with the iron!!!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Coadjutor Bishop announced

It was announced today at 11am (British Time) that the Holy Father has appointed Monsignor Mark Davies as Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury.

Monsignor Davies, untill now the Vicar General of Salford Diocese, will be ordained on the 22nd February 2010. Initially he will work along side Bishop Brian until such time as Bishop Brian retires, at which point Bishop Elect will become the Ordinary, the Diocesan Bishop.

We offer Bishop Elect Mark our warmest congratulations and prayers. We also look forward to welcoming him to The Cathedral in the very near future.

Sunday, 29 November 2009


Wishing you all a very happy new liturgical year and every blessing for Advent. In the words of Birhsop Brian, 'An Advent seriously observed, will be the best possible preparation for a Christmas truly celebrated.'

Monday, 9 November 2009

Chapter House Reopening

Here are a few more photographs from yesterdays reopening of The Chapter House

Sunday, 8 November 2009

The Chapter House reopens!

This morning Bishop Brian presided at Mass and then officially reopened and blessed the newly refurbished parish rooms in The Chapter House.

Here Bishop Brian cuts the ribbon, assisted by Deacon Fred, Father Chris (Master of Ceremonies) and a few of The Cathedral Altar Servers.

More photographs will follow later in the week.

Work isn't completely finished, but very nearly!!

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Work begins!

The plans are ready ...

The rooms are shut ...

And the builders are on site ...

Work is underway and hopefully will be finished by the end of October!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Chapter House Refurbishment begins!

Today The Chapter House closes for refurbishment.

The Chapter House is a mid Georgian terrace, next door to Cathedral House.

The top floor is part of Cathedral House, the middle floor is rented out for office space to a firm of solicitors and the basement is uninhabitable!!!

The Ground floor provides the only social space the Cathedral parish has.

The parish rooms have been in desperate need of refurbishment for a ver very long time.

Work begins tomorrow to turn this unpleasant space into a welcoming and usable area for the parish, a space we can be proud of.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Solemnity of the Dedication of The Cathedral

In every parish across the Diocese today is kept as the Feast of the Dedication of The Cathedral, but here in The Cathedral the day ranks as a solemnity. On this day in 1856 The Cathedral Church of Our Lady Help of Christians and Saint Peter of Alcantara was dedicated. Like every church building that is consecrated, The Cathedral has crosses on the wall to mark the places where the Bishop rubbed Sacred Chrism into the walls, setting the building aside as a place of prayer and dedicating it to the glory of God. Those candles burnt for all to see today as Canon Stephen presided over the solemnity celebrations. The sun even shone in Shrewsbury!

Sadly Bishop Brian couldn't be with us today, but we will excuse him, as he was in Westmnister Cathedral to be with Archbishop Vincent Nichols as he was enthroned as the new Archbishop of Westminster.

At our Mass of celebration, we prayed for Bishop Brian, the priests, people, religious and deacons of our diocese, and offered a prayer or two for the new Archbishop.

Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

May, the month of Mary

May is one of the traditional months dedicated to Our blessed Lady. To mark the month, and because our Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christains, today the children's liturgy group presented flowers to our statue of Our Lady at the end of Mass.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Saint Joseph the Worker

Today is the Feast of Saint Joseph, and tonight we are celebrating his feast and all the great work that goes on in our three parishes by singing Vespers in The Cathedral and then sharing a meal together. SO many people do so much to keep the parishes going - cleaners, counters, secretaries, flower arrangers, stewards, Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, readers, catechists, altar servers, gardeners, SVP, CAFOD, friends, CWL, musicians, organists, cantors, the choir, we could go on and on and on! So tonight is about celebrating that work and giving thanks to God for it also.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

He is Risen!

Bishop Brian turns 73!

Last night not only did we celebrate the Easter Vigil, the baptism of two new Christians and the reception of eight new members of the Catholic Church, we also marked Bishop Brian's 73rd birthday! Happy Birthday Bishop Brian. Here we see Bishop Brian cutting his cake, and (thanks to Lancaster Cathedral Blog) a picture of a much younger Bishop Brian, when he was a pupil at the Cathedral School in Lancaster.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Newly Blessed Oils

Last night at The Chrism Mass, held this year at Our Lady and the Apostles Church in Stockport, Bishop Brian blessed the three oils that will be used through out the diocese in the coming year. The Oils were then brought back to The Cathedral, where they will be displayed in their new cabinets. The Oils were placed in the cabinets for the first time today ready for this evenings Mass of the Lord's Supper.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

CAFOD Campaign Launch

Last night The Cathedral played host for the regional launch of the new CAFOD Climate Justice Campaign. During the day many of our primary schools dropped in for an afetrnoon of fun and learning based around this new campaign. Then in the evening people traveled from across the Diocese to join with Bishop Brian, the national Director of CAFOD, and many others to launch this new and important campaign. It was great to see The Cathedral so full!

Friday, 13 March 2009

Bishop blesses the new school extension

Yesterday Bishop Brian visited Saint Mary's Catholci Primary School, the primary school of the Cathedral. He celebrated Mass with all the pupils, staff and governors and then blessed the new extension. It was a real day of celebration, with plenty of food (especially cakes) to mark the occassion!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

In Memory of ...

Thanks to a kind benefactor The Cathedral now has a new sacristy bell. The bell was donated in memory of Father Michael McCormack, who had served here at The Cathedral, and sadly went to his eternal reward in October 2007. The bell is rung to mark the beginning of liturgical celebrations in The Cathedral and to announce times of prayer, like the Angelus. Many parishioners will remember Father Mike's infectious laugh, so it is probably highly apropriate that he is remembered by somethign that makes a lot of noise!!

Saturday, 17 January 2009


Last Thursday I finally graduated at Durham Cathedral and was awarded my Master of Arts degree in Theology and Ministry. It was a great day of celebration. Although the weather was a little drab, the multitude of colours in the various robes brighted the day!