Blessing of St John Paul II statue

St Patrick’s Cathedral, 5 September

A series of statues for St Patrick’s Cathedral Precinct was commissioned to celebrate the life of St John Paul II and provide a joyful place of pilgrimage for young people.

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 30 August 2015

From the Dean’s desk…

With this week’s liturgy we take up the continual reading of Mark’s Gospel after a number of weeks with John’s sixth chapter.  We last heard from Mark on the 16th Sunday (July 19th), where he invited his disciples to come to a quiet place and reflect on the significance of their mission.  As we again take up Mark’s Gospel we see him confronting and challenging the Pharisees and Scribes over the purification rites set out by the Law.  This Gospel we hear today [Mark 7:1-8.14-15.21-23] forms part of the unit that consists of Mark 7:1-8:21, parts of which will be part of our Gospel in the weeks to come.

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 16 August 2015

From the Dean’s desk…

The search for the attainment of immortality has been part of humankind’s story for quite a while.  The ever-present reality, fear and uncertainty that comes with death, has allowed the human consciousness to explore the issue of immortality – the quest for life eternal.  It is an issue that has been prominent in fiction and cinema.  One has only to look at the Harry Potter stories to sense the quest for immortality within its pages.  Or even the lives of many of the super heroes who cannot be defeated or easily killed.  The quest for immortality has even been part of the themes of many songs throughout the ages. Humanity is caught up with the question of death, eternal life and immortality.

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

15 August 2015

A Solemn Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm on Friday 14th August, the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Music for the Mass will be led by the cathedral choir, and will include Mass by Flor Peeter,  motets and chants to Our Lady.

 
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 9 August 2015

From the Dean’s desk

Quite often in our relationships and dealings with people we can allow their external appearance to become a barrier to the way in which we view or deal with them.  For example, if we encounter a person in the street or in a shop who was badly or shabbily dressed we may think of them as being somewhat inferior – to the point where we may wish to avoid them all together.  Their appearance becomes the basis on which we judge them.  

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