Cathedral diary: June 2019

By Canon Anthony O'Brien, Cathedral dean

June is always one of the busiest months of the year for annual diocesan and national services at the Cathedral and this year is no exception.

The Union of Catholic Mothers have their Annual Mass and gathering on Wednesday 5 June at 7.30pm, with Bishop Tom Williams presiding along with various chaplains from across the Archdiocese.

We then celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday 9 June with adult confirmations taking place during the 11am Mass, followed by the Joint Two Cathedrals Ecumenical Service which starts at our Cathedral at 3pm. This service has been running since the 1980s and is a chance for Christians to come together on Pentecost Day to worship and walk together as a sign of our unity in faith.

Since 2016 the service is held annually, and this year, rather than a road procession, we will walk in pilgrimage from our Cathedral to Liverpool Cathedral along the pavement with stopping points for reflection and prayer.

The Good Shepherd Mass in support of Nugent is on Wednesday 12 June at 1pm. After that it's the turn of St Mary's College, Crosby, who are having a Celebration of Vespers and an evening meal in the Crypt on Saturday 15 June as part of their centenary celebrations. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who incidentally is marking his golden jubilee of priesthood this year, will be the guest of honour.

Next up, the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre have their national investiture Mass and celebrations here on Saturday 22 June.

Throughout the month, many parishes will be putting on meetings and events as part of the listening process leading up to the Synod next year. As well as meetings, the Cathedral community are organising a street stall on the Cathedral Piazza on Tuesday 25 June to chat with visitors and passers-by and thus engage with a wider group of people.

On Friday 28 June, Archbishop Malcolm will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral at 7pm with all the priests who are enjoying jubilees in 2019.