‘Stella Maris’ is the name by which many seafarers also know the Apostleship of the Sea. This is because ‘Stella Maris, Star of the Sea’, is an ancient title for Mary, the Mother of God, traditionally used by seafarers and others associated with the sea. Just as seafarers have traditionally depended on the stars for navigation, so they trust in the protection and guidance of Our Lady.
Apostleship of the Sea commemorates the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea with special Masses for seafarers in the month of September and October. Bishop Stephen Robson, the Bishop of Dunkeld and patron of the Apostleship of the Sea, will celebrate this feast in the Cathedral at 7pm on Monday 24th of September. Mass will be followed by a reception in the Cathedral Cafe.
Please join us to officially say thank you and farewell to Fr. Nick for his time here at the Cathedral. We will be having a reception on Friday, September 21 at 7 PM in the Cathedral Hall. All are welcome to come.
Tickets for the event will be sold after every weekend Mass until September 16. The price is £10/single or £20/family and will include some small nibbles and two drinks.
The Assumption is, as you know, our Patronal Feast here at the Cathedral. We will celebrate the feast as usual with a Pontifical Mass (i.e. with the Archbishop) at 12.45pm, but this year we will also celebrate with a short organ Recital by our new Organist Simon Leach after the 7pm evening Mass. The Recital will be entitled “In Praise of Mary” and will feature music dedicated to Our Lady over the centuries. It will be followed by a Champagne Reception (sic!) in the Café.
After the great success of our Welcoming Initiative during the Festival last year, we need new “welcomers” and we will collect names before and after Sunday Masses in July. If you think you could possibly help, please give your name, or speak to one of the priests, or contact the parish office. In addition, there will be a short meeting for all those involved on Saturday 28th July at 12noon. This was a great undertaking last year – please do help again this year if you can.
Today the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. The Apostleship of the Sea is the Church's maritime welfare agency which supports seafarers both practically and spiritually through its international network of chaplains and volunteers. Without your help it cannot continue its work, today, one of our parishioners will speak after Mass on the Apostolate of the Sea's mission, involving companionship, spiritual help and sometimes looking out for human trafficking on ships that dock on our shores.
Twenty-five parishioners will travel to Rome this week to attend the ordination to the Diaconate of our parishioner Patrick Harrigan on Wednesday.
Please keep Patrick in your prayers as he prepares to make this important step in his life and say a prayer for us that we will travel then and back safely. We will remember the parish in our prayers at the Holy places in Rome.
The lovely Annual May Procession, organised by the Missionaries of Charity, will take place next Saturday, 26th May. It will begin at the Convent at 18 Hopetoun Crescent at 2:30pm and will process to the Cathedral. This is a beautiful and traditional devotion. Why not join in next Saturday?
We gather in darkness as we celebrate the Light of the Lord's Resurrection entering into our lives. We remember how God has continually saved His people through countless generations culminating in the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
After the Mass of the Lord's Supper the Blessed Sacrament will be taken to our special altar of repose before whom the faithful may spend time in quiet prayer.
The SVDP will be holding their very popular annual Music Afternoon next Saturday in the Parish Hall. If you know anyone who would like to attend, please speak to the SVDP volunteers at the back of the Church.
Also, if you would like to become involved in the work of the SVDP please think about it – because we are in need of a few more members in order to continue the excellent work that it does in the parish.
The final talk in the Archbishop’s Lenten series takes place this Friday at 7pm in the hall.
The Archbishop invites all young people (16-35) from across the Archdiocese to explore the Passion according to St Mark. Night prayer and pizza afterwards.
The Archbishop has invited all young adults (aged between 16-35) from across the Archdiocese to join him on Friday 9 March (and Friday 23 March) to help get the most out of Lent.
Around 100 young people from our Archdiocese came along to the last meeting, to explore the three pillars of Lent. This week, the Archbishops wants to ‘delve into Holy Week’ so that we might enter into it more deeply this year.
As if that’s not enough, there’s free pizza and the chance to meet other young Catholics from across the Archdiocese. Friday, 7pm, in the Cathedral Hall.