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The Dean’s Weekly Message – 5th September 2021 Posted on Saturday 4 September 2021

Welcome Peter Ross

Following the Episcopal Ordination Service last Friday within our Cathedral we welcome our new Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Neylon and pray for him as he begins his new role of service and leadership within the Diocese. He will preside at Mass here at 11am on Sunday 19th September which will be an opportunity for many of our Cathedral community to meet him.

This weekend we also welcome a Seminary Student, Peter Ross, who will be based here at the Cathedral for a 3 month parish placement. Peter has now begun his fourth year of seminary training at Oscott College and a significant part of that years training is to have first-hand experience of living and working alongside clergy in a parish setting. Peters’ family are parishioners of St Margaret Mary’s, Knotty Ash.

We return to our more regular schedule of Masses from this weekend with the various Sunday and weekday Masses celebrated in our different Cathedral Chapels. Please note the schedule of Masses that are printed on the other side of the newsletter so that you are aware of the wider choices of times available. We will be re-introducing the offertory collection within Mass once again from this weekend. There will be two funeral Masses this week on Wednesday and Thursday at 12.15pm. On Wednesday for Vera Day and on Thursday for Tommy Graham.

It may seem strange to suggest that we begin a new Cathedral Year in the middle of September but with restrictions eased, schools and universities restarting and the Cathedral returning to its regular hours of opening and regular schedule of services perhaps this year it is a most appropriate time for us to celebrate new beginnings. Next Sunday we celebrate our Cathedral Community Mass at 11am, within this all of us connected with the Cathedral in any way will have the opportunity to renew our commitment to the practise of our faith and service of the Cathedral and our community.

Canon Anthony O’Brien
Cathedral Dean

All powerful God,
you are present in the universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with your peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognise that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle,
for justice, love and peace.