Thursday, 21 May 2009
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 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
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.