October at the Cathedral

By Canon Anthony O'Brien

• The Annual Inclusive Mass arranged by Nugent Care as a special celebratory occasion for those who have disabilities took place at 3pm on 1 October.

• Last month I itemised the schedule for the visit of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and relics of two of the children saints: Jacinta and Francisco. The events on 6/7 October provided us with an opportunity to pray for the Archdiocese and to seek Our Lady's intercession, following the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter of the previous weekend outlining the way ahead for the next few years leading up to a Diocesan Synod in 2020. There was an evening Mass on Friday 6th at 7pm and then a Departure Mass on Saturday 7th at 12 noon.
 
Aid to the Church in Need arranged a talk on the evening of 10 October given by Father Martin Banni of the Diocese of Erbil in Iraq. He described plans to try and rebuild and encourage the resettlement of Christians in the region.
 
• On Saturday 14 October there was a 4pm Mass in the Crypt Chapel for the Brazilian community on Merseyside. The Mass was celebrated in Portuguese.

• Following the memorial of St Edward the Confessor on Friday 13 October, St Edward's College joined us for the Solemn Mass that Sunday. Later in the afternoon at 3pm there was the annual Pause for Hope Service for all who have been affected by cancer.