An ethereal celebration.

A stained glass window at St. George’s Cathedral in London.

Last week-end at Mass Fr. Jonathan highlighted the fact that we are not only family members of our own parishes, but that we belong to the extended diocesan family too. We were all duly encouraged to head up-town to St George’s  Cathedral in London to celebrate the inaugural Mass of the Year of Faith with parishioners from across the Southwark diocese. And what a wonderful celebration it was!

It was the first time I experienced such unbelievably beautiful and uplifting music at Mass. The music certainly left no-one with any doubt that we were praising and worshipping God Himself. The choir was second to none, accompanied by an organist, a pianist as well as someone who played the trumpet. The first time ever I have heard a trumpet being played at Mass! What a joy. It added a quality and glow to the celebration that  I thought I would only expect to hear in Heaven one day.

We celebrated with forty-nine priests and  four bishops, and perhaps a thousand or more fellow Catholics. It was a wonderful occasion marked by many not just in London, but all over the world.  Only good things to come from this auspicious year marked by the Church and blessed by the Holy Spirit.

I snuck a quick photo of the stained-glass window on located to the left of the benches we were sitting while the sun shone through. This just added to the already wonderful experience.

Spread the word!

This is advertised over at auntiejoanna’s and I thought I’d support her in spreading the word.

London’s
PROCESSION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Saturday October 20th 2012
Starts: 2.45pm, WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
Finishes: St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, with Benediction.
The procession will be led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols.
COME AND WITNESS TO THE FAITH!
The Procession will go down Ambrosden Avenue, and cross the river at Lambeth Bridge.  Bring a group from your parish, or just come on your own or with family and friends.

Just arrived back…..

home from an evening spent at our parish pastoral centre. I watched the second of ten episodes of Fr. Robert Barron‘s ‘Catholicism‘ series. The DVD presentation lasted for one hour and then there was (sadly) only a half an hour for discussion. Just not enough time.

I missed the first episode, but will move heaven and earth to see the rest of the series. I strongly encourage everyone to do the same!  Look out for when the screening of this series will happen at your parish, or at a parish near you. I received answers to questions I’ ve been asking for years:- Jesus’ radical message for a change of heart moved me deeply. His Good News of everlasting love transcending all the earthly promises of happiness through the likes of  power, pleasure, honour and wealth, has taken on a new meaning of  self-fulfilling shallowness  to me. I get it, I finally get it. I cannot explain why in this post, but let it suffice for me to say that it has changed my understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Absolutely!

In this episode, Fr. Robert focusses on the Teachings of Jesus. The content  was organic in its content, using the platform of the new media to the fullest,jam-packed with the unsurpassed golden nuggets of  the Beatitudes. These as I have never heard them explained before. I heard my Lord’s teachings with ‘new’ ears. I feel uplifted and eager to know more.

This series is not at present being accessed widely in the Southwark Diocese, so if you too want to be invigorated read the parish bulletin  here to keep up to speed. If your parish is looking for something valuable to share in the coming Year of Faith, this is the programme to use: tell your parish priest about Fr. Robert Barron’s ‘Catholicism‘ series and sow the seeds of Christ’s love and work  in your own parish.

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