Rite of Election 2024

On the first Saturday of Lent, as at the start of every Lent, the diocesan family gathered at the cathedral together with Bishop Declan to celebrate the Rite of Election, where those who are journeying towards becoming part of our Catholic community are presented to the Bishop.

Rhia and Summer are preparing to be baptised at the Easter Vigil, confirmed, and receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. Sam is preparing to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church through Confirmation and First Eucharist.

We ask for your prayers as they continue on their journey of faith to the Easter Sacraments.

Marys Meals

A message from Marys Meals

Double your love for Mary’s Meals this winter!

From 22 November 2023 to 22 January 2024, donations made to Mary’s Meals will be doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1 million.

This means your kindness will go even further at this critical time. In a world devastated by conflict, food insecurity and the cost of living crisis, bringing new hope to desperately hungry children with our life-changing school meals has never been more important.

It costs just £19.15 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals every day for a school year. And this winter, a donation of £19.15 will feed two children.

Thank you for helping us to reach more than 2.4 million children around the world with Mary’s Meals every school day, so that they can achieve their ambitions and look towards a brighter future.

Together, through Double The Love, we can transform the lives of many more desperately hungry children waiting for Mary’s Meals.

To Donate Follow this link.

The Season of Advent

Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our readings are taken from year B, centring on St Mark’s Gospel. Our weekday readings are from Year 2. Have a wonderful season of joy and expectancy.

March for Life

MARCH FOR LIFE UK is taking place in London on Saturday 2nd September. Many are concerned about restrictions on freedom but it’s often not until these restrictions affect us personally that we speak up. Abortion destroys the most fundamental freedom, the freedom to live and leaves so many women and men deeply hurting. Join thousands of others for this family-friendly event to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Full details can be found at marchforlife.co.uk.