Quiet in and around the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is reserved for quiet prayer and contemplation.  Parishioners and visitors are requested not to congregate outside the chapel after Mass but to respect those who wish to spend quiet time there before the Blessed Sacrament.  This is particularly important when the Traidcraft Stall is open or other activities are taking place in the Narthex.

The New Newsletter

Thank you to those who have complimented the 'team' on the new layout of the Cathedral Newsletter.  The Cathedral Pastoral Council (CPC) is aware that the change of format has not met with everyone's approval, but that is to be expected, given the large number of people who attend Mass each week.

Five comments were posted into the CPC box, asking either for the watermark to be removed or the print made larger, or both.

The watermark was removed from the paper copy on 11 May and has now been removed from the copy on this website (under 'news').  The size of print for news items is slightly larger than that used for the old style newsletter, and when accessing the newsletter from a computer it is possible to 'zoom in' to make the print appear larger on the screen.

The size of the newsletter has been increased from A3 to B4 to allow more items to be included each week and the colour of the paper has been chosen to identify the newsletter from other 'handouts' produced for distribution (the appearance of a white newsletter on 25 May is not indicative of a change).

Occasionally items submitted for inclusion in the newsletter cannot be accommodated, in which case the person submitting is informed.

All comments regarding the newsletter have been considered by the CPC and constructive criticism is welcomed.

Parishioners at Pastoral Council Meetings

A parishioner asked, "Are parishioners invited to Parish Council meetings in the same way that citizens are invited to City Council meetings, even to speak?"

The Council is a "Pastoral Council" not a "Parish Council".  Pastoral Councils are consultative bodies, set up in parishes, to advise and support the Parish Priest with pastoral issues.

Adminsitrative issues within the parish are dealt with by Committees, such as the Fabric Committee and the Finance Committee, which are separate to the Pastoral Council.

In answer to the question, parishioners are occasionally invited to, or may request to attend, Council meetings to address specific pastoral issues.  Every year the Council holds an Open Forum where parishioners are informed of the work of the Council and are invited to submit ideas for the next year's agenda.  This year the Open Forum will be held in June.


A comment was received, which reads: "The Church must work totally to eliminate all Foodbanks.  There should be no need for these in a country of at least plenty.  We must eliminate the source for this need.  Foodbanks are necessary now but we must not let this go on.  Foodbanks are a result of others' greed within our life / world today.  Thank you."

The Council acknowledges that Foodbanks are an emergency measure to address situations of need.  The Council too hopes that there will not be a need for Foodbanks to provide essential items of food to those in greatest need in future.  It is hoped to publish a report of the parish's contribution to this worthwhile charity.

Where's the defibrillator?

Money was raised through sponsorship and the purchase of a portable defibrillator is underway.  However, a decision has to be made about where to site the 'defib' and who should be trained to use it.  It is likely to be available only when Mass and other public liturgies are being celebrated.

When should children stop going to CLOW?

The usual practice is for children to stop attrending the Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) after they have made their First Communion.

Twenties 'n' Thirties Group

A request was recieved from the TnT group for a Councillor to join them when they meet after the 6pm Sunday Mass.  This was agreed and a reciprocal invitation will be extended to the TnT group for one of them to join or be co-opted onto the Pastoral Council.

Acoustics in the cathedral

Occasionally people comment on the difficulty in hearing the Celebrant and/or Readers at Mass, especially when the heating system is operating.  Clergy and Readers are asked if they could speak slowly and clearly.  The Pastoral Councillors will look into further training and updates for Readers.

Is Midnight Mass too long?

Traditionally at the cathedral Midnight Mass is preceded by a short (half hour) carol service, which makes the liturgy last about two hours.  It is not uncommon for a sung Mass to last this long.  Given the large number of people attending Midnight Mass it is inevitable that Mass will last about 90 minutes.

"Thank you" for Christmas

A number of parishioners approached Pastoral Councillors after Mass on January 4/5 to say "thank you" to the cathedral clergy, the choir, the music group, ministers and anyone else involved in making the Christmas celebrations a "wonderful experience".  Your feedback is always welcomed, so "thank you".