SVP Annual Christmas Hamper Door Collection

Yes . . . it’s that time of year again! The annual door collection for the S.V.P. hamper appeal will be held on the weekend of the 4th/5th December. We would also ask you, of your mercy, please do also pray for John Moran and Frank Alderman, who are both stalwarts of the Society, and who are currently struggling with ill health. They are in need of your prayers. May the Lord lay his healing hand upon them. Thank you and God bless you. Anne Nagle.

Closure of the 'Year of St Joseph'

8th Dec 2020 - 8th Dec 2021

The Year of St Joseph will conclude with Mass in the cathedral at 12:00 noon on Tuesday 8th December. Archbishop George Stack will preside at the Mass. Full details to follow.

If you have not already done so, please visit our Year of St Joseph webpage to access the resource material for the year. It is not too late to take advantage of it the opportunity to gain the Plenary Indulgence that may be granted during this special year. We ask St Joseph to intercede for us and to obtain God’s blessing upon us during this year.

Christmas Flowers

We understand that flowers could be in short supply in the run-up to Christmas. Bearing that in mind, we need to inform he wholesaler of our requirements asap in order that he can place his order with his supplier. As the market forces of supply & demand come into play, we are anticipating flower prices will be higher than last Christmas. We are therefore, appealing for donations to cover the cost of Christmas flowers. All donations gratefully received. Please place them in the basket at the back of the church or see Sr Nora. Thank you.

Baptism Programme

The new session has already begun. Latecomers: Registration forms are available in the Porch. If you wish to enrol on this programme, please see Sr. Nora after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.

NOTE TO ALL EXPECTANT PARENTS: I encourage you to participate in the programme now, before the birth, rather than after the baby arrives. Thank you. Sr. Nora Mary.

RCIA Programme

Registration is now taking place. Registration forms are available in the porch. Please take one, complete it, and return it to the parish office.

NB: This very informative Programme is also open to anyone wanting to learn more about their faith.

First Holy Communion

The new programme has already started. Classes are 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and take place in the Holy Family Hall. They will be held just once a fortnight until Christmas. Children must be in Yr 3 or above.

Latecomers: please complete a Registration Form and see Canon Benedict/Maria Davies. You will need to bring a copy of the Baptismal Certificate with you.


The Confirmation Programme is also now underway. Meetings take place in the Holy Family Hall at 6.00 pm on Wednesdays. Meetings are every other week for approximately 1 hour. Candidates must be in Year 7 and above.

Covid-19 Restrictions - A reminder

A Covid infections continue to be reported in the media, I would remind you that we must still continue to sign-in; keep to the one-way system; and maintain social distancing (including no congregating in the aisles and porch areas). Congregational singing is now allowed, but face coverings must remain in place.

NB: The wearing of masks indoors in public spaces is a legal requirement and not optional - unless you are exempt for medical reasons.

Mass Intentions

Just to remind you that there are always a lot of requests for weekend Mass Intention so, out of fairness, these are processed on a “first come, first served” basis. However, where an Intention is unable to be scheduled on the date requested, it will be scheduled for the nearest available date even though that might not necessarily be on a weekend.

Just a reminder...

(i) The Sacrifice of Mass is not bound by time and/or space:

(ii) Whilst it is a good idea to be present at the Mass you have requested for a family member/friend, if you are unable to be present, neither the efficacy of the Sacrifice nor the salutary effects of the Mass are diminished in any way.

Bishop Tom’s Golden Jubilee Mass

We will be hosting Bishop Tom’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary Mass here in the cathedral on 16th December at 11:30 a.m. Apart from the Cathedral Stewards and Volunteers, if there is anyone else who would like to attend, please kindly inform Canon Benedict. We have tickets for eight parishioners