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The Dean’s Weekly Message – 3rd October 2021 Posted on Saturday 2 October 2021

Dates for your diary

We are delighted that representative members of the Knights of St Columba will be joining us for 11am Mass this Sunday, 3rd October. During Mass Archbishop Malcolm will install the new National Officers and present collarets. Later at 3pm we will be hosting the annual ‘Pause for Hope’ service for all who are affected by Cancer.

For those interested in church architecture there is a book launch in the Crypt Concert Room on 7th October of a new work by Professor Dominic Wilkinson on the buildings and churches designed by FX Velarde. We have three churches within our Diocese designed by Velarde. The book launch is currently being advertised via the Twentieth century societies website with a link to the free eventIf oyu are interested in attending please sign up via the link below bid=62&EventId=834

On Sunday 10th October, prior to the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, we welcome some of the members of staff and younger pupils of St Edwards College at 11am Mass. Compared to former years we have limited the number of school attendees to ensure that we have plenty of room and space for school representatives and our general congregation.

On the Anniversary of the Canonisation of St Oscar Romero, 14th October, there is an evening service at 6pm at the Cathedral. It is an Ecumenical Service of sung Evening Prayer with the reception of a relic of the saint. Archbishop Malcolm will preside at this service and he will also be here the following Sunday afternoon at 3pm for a special service of Choral Evening Prayer in preparation for the international Synod.

Our Café and Gift Shop have been closed for more than 18 months. We have just received initial proposals for options for repair or development and there will need to be lots of discussions and meetings regarding this. One thing is certain – it is going to take some considerable time before we can reopen a facility for refreshments and gift shop.

Canon Anthony
O’Brien Cathedral Dean

Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity
and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.