After all the festivities last weekend it was inevitable that this week has been a slow week getting back to normal and sadly having to adjust back to what seems like an empty building now it is no longer festooned with flowers. Last week’s events and services attracted many visitors to the Cathedral, and I hope that they all went away having had a positive experience of the Cathedral, and uplifted by the Thanksgiving Services, and Floral Displays. We received many expressions of thanks over the last few days with lots of people remarking on the welcome and help they received as well as the splendour of the Cathedral and the various events. So I would want to thank all who helped in any way over the last week to make the whole weekend such a success – it was the hard work of so many staff and volunteers that made it all possible. Not only this, but I now have an Executive Assistant, Claire, who has friends in high places in the specialised world of flower arranging.
This coming week there is a Mass for teachers involved in Middle Leadership in our Catholic Schools at 2pm on Tuesday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel with Archbishop Malcolm presiding.
On Wednesday evening at 7.30pm the Union of Catholic Mothers have their Annual Mass at the Cathedral at which Archbishop Malcolm will also preside.
The Annual Good Shepherd Mass for our Diocesan schoolchildren, which is on Thursday at 1pm, will have a special Jubilee Celebratory atmosphere this year with almost a thousand children forming a massed choir for the occasion. Will this be a record breaker – the biggest choir to sing in our Cathedral?
On the theme of choirs if you were not able to come to the Philharmonic Concert conducted by Sir James MacMillan involving all our choirs, this will be broadcast next Monday, 19th June, on Radio 3 – well worth a listen.
The Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, Dr Pete Wilcox, will be celebrating the Morning Eucharist for the final time this Sunday before being ordained a Bishop at York Minister later in the month and taking up his new role as Bishop of Sheffield. We wish him well and pray that the Lord will bless his ministry at the other end of the M62. It was also announced last week that Nadine who has been the co- ordinator of the Hope+ Foodbank from its inception is due to leave to take up a new national role for the Church of England. We thank her for her dedication and hard work which has seen the scheme grow and provide relief to so many in need within our city centre area.
In case any of you have been watching the series ‘Broken’ on TV scripted by Jimmy McGovern and with the lead being a priest played by Sean Bean. If you look closely you may notice that some of the sacristy and presbytery shots were filmed at St Vincent’s with Saint Francis Xaviers used as the location for the church scenes. I watched the last episode and found it very moving but also rather bleak.