This year we have a Lent-free February, with the consequence that Easter and the subsequent feasts will all be quite late in the spring and early summer of 2019.
We begin the month with the Feast of Candlemas on the first Saturday, which will mean that Candlemas gets rather neglected in favour of the weekend celebrations of the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is a shame that the Feast hasn't been transferred to the Sunday celebrations for this year.
On the afternoon of Sunday 3 February there is a Service of the Word as the formal opening ceremony for the Diocesan Synod; thus it will mark the start of the journey of preparation and discussion leading up to the final assembly in October 2020. The members of the Synod will be commissioned at this ceremony, to which you are all invited.
Archbishop Malcolm will preside at the Annual Mass to celebrate Marriage and Family Life on Sunday 17 February at 11am. As part of this Mass, any couples who are celebrating significant anniversaries this year are invited forward for a special blessing by the Archbishop at the end of Mass.
The rest of the month of February is taken up with exams and social events in the Cathedral Crypt – well, apart from the various services and choral or singing events in the Cathedral itself. Looking slightly further ahead, the Annual Civic Mass takes place at 11am on Sunday 3 March, followed by Ash Wednesday on 6 March.