First Sunday of Lent - Year B

Stations of the Cross

It is a good and pious tradition to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent. This year we will have Stations every Tuesday evening at 7pm and every Friday immediately following the 12.45pm Mass. The Stations are a beautiful devotion – please think about making the commitment to come every week and especially those of you with children why not think about introducing your children to this lovely form of prayer this Lent? 

SCIAF Wee Box Appeal

If you haven’t already done so, please pick up a SCIAF “Wee Box” from the back of the Church on your way out today to help with Lenten almsgiving. The UK Government has pledged to match all donations received through the Wee Box Appeal this year, so please do take one home and fill it up during Lent.

Young Adults’ Group – Quiz Night This Wednesday

There will be no talk at the Young Adults’ Group this week. Instead there will be a Quiz Night! Proceedings begin, as normal, at 7pm in the Cathedral Hall. All under 35 welcome!!

Love Lent – Evenings for Young Adults with Archbishop Leo

The Archbishop is inviting all young adults (aged between 16-35) to join him in the Cathedral Hall at 7pm on the Fridays of Lent. The first meeting is next Friday 23rd February here at the Cathedral. If you are a young adult please think about coming and bringing your friends.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Ash Wednesday

Just to remind you that this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of Fasting and Abstinence – which means that all Catholics are obliged to abstain from meat and those aged between 18 and 65 are obliged to fast. Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses and the Mass times are as above.

Stations of the Cross

It is a good and pious tradition to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent. This year we will have Stations every Tuesday evening at 7pm and every Friday immediately following the 12.45pm Mass. The Stations are a beautiful devotion – please think about making the commitment to come every week and especially those of you with children why not think about introducing your children to this lovely form of prayer this Lent? 

Young Adults’ Group – This Wednesday

The Young Adults’ Group got off to a great start this week with around 40 of our young people gathering to grow in their faith and their friendships. This Wednesday Fr Michael John Galbraith will talk on the “Priesthood in the Life of the Church”. Ash Wednesday mass is at 7pm, and the talk will follow in the hall immediately afterwards.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Catholic Education Sunday

Today at 9am Mass we welcome the children of St Mary’s Primary School who will be leading the music at Mass as well as reading and helping out in the hall afterwards. Today is a great opportunity to celebrate Catholic education, especially as we celebrate the centenary of Catholic schools becoming part of the state education system. There is also beautiful artwork in the porch depicting the theme of Catholic Education Week, ‘Serving the Common Good,’ so do stop by for a look.

Adult Confirmation Class

If you are an adult who wishes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil, the preparation course starts on 26 February and lasts 5 weeks. If you would like to sign up for the course, email Fr Nick at frnick@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

Young Adults’ Group

The Young Adults’ Group makes its return this Wednesday at 7pm in the hall. Our very own Fr Patrick will give the first talk of the series entitled, ‘The Living Church of Jesus Christ.’ The talks are a great way of getting to understand the faith much better and are also a great way of making Catholic friends. All under-35s welcome.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Adult Confirmation Class

If you are an adult who wishes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil, the preparation course starts on 26 February and lasts 5 weeks. If you would like to sign up for the course, email Fr Nick at frnick@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

Young Adults’ Group

The first talk of the Young Adults’ Group will take place on Wednesday 7th February at 7pm in the Hall. The winter/spring series will explore the nature of the Church and all the many different things which make the Church to be the living body of Christ. As a little warm-up to the series, there will be a cheese and wine social evening in the Hall this Monday 29th Jan from 7pm. All under-35s welcome.

Fabric Works in the Cathedral

As you know, we will be beginning work on the flat roofs of the Cathedral soon. This work will cost £20,000. In addition, it will be necessary in the near future to renew many of the gutters and downpipes on the Cathedral which are currently broken and which are causing damage to the building.

Rat Infestation at 63 York Place!

Unfortunately during the week we also discovered an infestation of rats in the cellar of 63 York Place. Obviously we have had to deal with this – also at considerable cost…

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Adult Confirmation Class

If you are an adult who wishes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil, the preparation course starts on 26 February and lasts 5 weeks. If you would like to sign up for the course, email Fr Nick at frnick@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

Young Adults’ Group

The first talk of the Young Adults’ Group will take place on Wednesday 7th February at 7pm in the Hall. The winter/spring series will explore the nature of the Church and all the many different things which make the Church to be the living body of Christ. As a little warm-up to the series, there will be a cheese and wine social evening in the Hall on Monday 29th Jan from 7pm. All under-35s welcome.

Fabric Works in the Cathedral

Just to draw your attention to the fact that we have a number of significant leaks in the roof of the Cathedral which are in urgent need of repair. These are almost entirely in the flat roof section on either side of the building which needs to be replaced. Having taken quotes and with the permission of the Diocese we have, therefore, given the go-ahead to the builders to replace the flat roofs. This will cost in the region of £20,000. This is money that we do not really have – however the works need to be done and we have been advised that it will be detrimental to the fabric to delay. The work will begin in the next couple of weeks.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Farewell to Simon Nieminski

After 10 years of wonderful music-making, today we say farewell to our fantastic organist, Simon Nieminski. Simon has beautified our liturgies and helped us raise our hearts and minds to God over the past decade and we are so thankful to him for this. We will miss him around the Cathedral and wish him all the very best for his future at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney!

Rite of Illumination

Next week we welcome in a particular way the children of Primary 3 who are preparing for first confession and who will take part in the Rite of Illumination. Please keep our children in your prayers as they prepare to meet Jesus in this beautiful sacrament.

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

Today at 3pm, the Divine Mercy Group will hold their monthly prayer service in the Cathedral. It is a beautiful time to spend before the Blessed Sacrament, with music and readings from Scripture and the writings of St Faustina to guide our meditation. Confessions are also available during this time. Why not make another new year’s resolution to make this monthly time of prayer part of deepening your relationship with the Lord in 2018?

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora.

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Solemnity of the Epiphany

Happy New Year

From all of us at Cathedral House, we want to wish you a happy new year. If, perhaps, you might be looking to make a new year’s resolution, you might think about volunteering in the parish. There are many opportunities available; passkeeper, reader, children’s liturgy, music, cleaning, teas and coffees. If you would like to be more involved and give a little extra back to the parish, see Deacon Peter after Mass or email him at deacon@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

Next Sunday at 3pm, the Divine Mercy Group will hold their monthly prayer service in the Cathedral. It is a beautiful time to spend before the Blessed Sacrament, with music and readings from Scripture and the writings of St Faustina to guide our meditation. Confessions are also available during this time. Why not make another new year’s resolution to make this monthly time of prayer part of deepening your relationship with the Lord in 2018?

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Feast of the Holy Family - Year B

Welcome to Patrick Harrigan

This Weekend we are delighted to welcome Patrick Harrigan who is home on Christmas leave from the Beda College in Rome. Patrick, as you all know, will be ordained to the Diaconate this summer and a group of us are going out to celebrate with him. I know that you will make him very welcome and keep him in your prayers.

Archdiocesan Directory 2018

The new Archdiocesan Directory, full of fascinating information and interesting facts (sic–ed.), is available at the back for the Church for only £2.50 (cheap – ed!). Why not treat yourself…

Faith Winter Conference

Many thanks for your prayers over the last days for our young people who attended this excellent event. It was a great conference attended by hundreds of young people, priests and Bishops from all over the country. Thank God we made it back through the snow and everyone arrived back safely.

With prayers and good wishes for a happy and peaceful 2018, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Fourth Sunday of Advent - Year B

Feast of the Holy Innocents – Mass at Gillis with Archbishop Cushley

Thursday 28 December is a special feast and time to pray for unborn children and their mothers. The Archbishop will celebrate a special Mass at 12 noon, at the Gillis Centre and all priests and people are warmly invited to attend.  The Mass will be followed by Tea and Coffee.

First Saturday Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima

This devotion takes place in the Cathedral on Saturday 6th January at 9:30am followed by the Rosary and Mass at 10.00am. We welcome new members, particularly from those parishioners who already attend 10am Mass on a regular basis or any parishioners from other Parishes in the Archdiocese.

Faith Winter Conference

A group of young adults from the Cathedral will be attending this excellent event (along with 300 or so other young people from all over the country, a number of Bishops and a large number of priests including both Fr. Nick and myself) which occurs at Stoneyhurst College in Lancashire. Please keep them in your prayers that they will come to a deeper knowledge and love of the Lord through their participation.

Wishing you and your families a blessed Christmas, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Third Sunday of Advent - Gaudete - Year B

Final Rorate Candlelit Mass – this Monday at 7pm

The last opportunity to come to one of our lovely Rorate masses will be at 7pm this Monday. If you haven’t made it along yet, please make the effort to come this Monday

Advent Confessions

And the last opportunity to make a good confession before Christmas will be next Saturday. There will be confessions all day next Saturday from 10.30am – 6pm.

Feast of the Holy Innocents – Mass at Gillis with Archbishop Cushley

Thursday 28 December is a special feast and time to pray for unborn children and their mothers. The Archbishop will celebrate a special Mass at 12 noon, at the Gillis Centre and all priests and people warmly invited to attend.  The Mass will be followed by Tea and Coffee.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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