‘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.
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.
On 13th November, the Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima Group will join the regular Rosary Group at 12 noon to pray before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, completing the centenary celebrations of Our Lady’s appearance to the three children.
It will be the last chance to obtain a Plenary Indulgence as granted by Pope Francis.
The Fatima Group will join the Rosary Group on the 13th of each month at 12 noon in the Lady Aisle, until November, to pray to Rosary before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima as recommended by Pope Francis.
This act, during the centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, can gain for participants a plenary indulgence, with the usual conditions of receiving Communion, making a confession and praying for the Pope’s intentions.
Carfin "Fatima pilgrimage”
On Sunday 13th August a bus will leave from the Cathedral steps at 6pm for Carfin. Contact us for more information