Pew Notes W/C 18th June

Today is the Feast ofSt Juliana Falconieri, who, while vomiting herself to death in 1341,miraculously absorbed a consecrated wafer, which left its image indelibly on her breast.  She is Patron Saint of Nausea. I don’t make these up, honest!  But I must confess to pinching them from @RevRichardColes, who posts a “saint of the day” on his Twitter feed.  I did check with him that today’s was for real, and he assures me that she is! I expressed the view that I hope the current Devil’s Advocate is taking his post a little more seriously in considering the current candidates for sainthood.The current saintly scandal being not so much those under consideration, as those excluded; namely Archbishop Oscar Romero, who somehow never seems to even make it as far as an initial examination….nothing to do with his comments on the “dodgy”doings of the Vatican of course. Anyway, if you’d like to know more of the Church’s more obscure saints, Richard informs me that he and David are putting together a book, which he hopes will be out in time for Christmas. Well, if you can’t shamelessly plug your friends on your own blog, where else can you do it?

Huge congratulations this week go to a couple of congregational brain boxes.  First, Tobi Olabanji who obtained his PhD in Plasma Physics from the University of Liverpool.  Tobi has explained this to me in words of one syllable, but although better informed, I fear I’m none thewiser.  Next up is Christian Layleye, who at seventy years young, has graduated with an LLB from JMU….Respect to that man!  I found my first law degree difficult enough as a teenager!

Congratulations too to Judith Aveling and Dr RobertBlackwood on the announcement of their engagement.


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INSTALLATION OF OUR NEW DEAN will (for those of you newly landed from Ullan Bator) take place at 3pm Saturday, 15th September, which mean with any luck we won’t all freeze to death like we did on 8th December 2007!  Anyway, I know you will all be panting as an hart to be there, and so you shall all go to the Installation….but only if you have a ticket!!! So pay attention, I shall type this only once! You need to apply to Clare Kerrigan NO LATER THAN JUNE 30thYou can do this either by email  or by phone 0151 702 7220. Clare will need names and numbers please.  Obviously only apply for tickets if you know you hope to attend; anyone caught flogging them on eBay will be summoned before the acting Dean!  OK I made that last bit up, but demand is going to be very high,so please don’t ask for a ticket you don’t need “just in case auntie Dot wantsto come”.  I know the Cathedral is a bitbigger than Lichfield, but even we can exceed capacity on occasions.  Tickets will be available for collection fromthe Stewards from Sunday 29th July onwards.  If you’re a mid week worshipper, then if youlet me know, I’ll sort them out and you can collect them from me.

And Finally: Activities this week include:

  •   Reminder from last week’s notes of the  12:05 Holy Communion on Thursday 21st June will be sung by the Richmond Children’sChoir  (as in Richmond Virginia USA, notSurrey) ·       
  • Last weeks notes informed you that“Choral Evensong  on 22nd June will apparently be sung by the Choir of St Martin’s, Houston, Texas, USA”. I expressed some doubt as to whether this was in fact occurring.  No one seems to know! However I can with certainty assert that Choral Evensong will take place on Friday, as the Cathedral Choir were expecting to sing anyway!  So if the Yanks don’t show, the Cathedral Choir will be singing Purcell in G minor, and Rejoice in the Lord Always…so a bit of a treat for the Purcell fans out there!  If the Texans are going to sing, I shall endeavour to find out what, and advise accordingly.
  • Saturday 23rd June is the Feast Day of St Ethelreda, Abbess of Ely (i.e. a proper saintly saint). On this day we have THE BIG CHORAL EVENSONG for all ye lovers of ye Book of Common Prayer (you mean there are people out there who don’t like it?).  This is to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the 1662 edition (for all my fellow pedants out there) of  the BCP. We shall be joined by members of the Liverpool branch of the Prayer Book Society, and the preacher will be their honorary Chaplain, Revd Alan Beahan. If there’s a sermon, I suspect there may be hymns too!
  • It’s not too late to enter a tiddler for the chorister auditions on 23rd June (afterEvensong).  Full details are available at  Now of course, I’m not for one moment suggesting you go forth and re-enact the Child Catcher scenes from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but should you know a child of either gender who likes singing, then do please encourage their  big people to consider bringing them along for an audition. If they can’t manage this Saturday, it is still possible to arrange another date. Please contact the music department. 
  • Sunday 24th June is (unless translated to Monday) The Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist, who  as you may have seen, has apparently turned up in a church in Bulgaria, buried under the Altar.  This gives the choir the excuse (as if they needed it) to reprise that wonderful anthem by Orlando Gibbons, “This is the Recordof John”; otherwise the services far as I know are as per the website/musiclist. There is a visiting preacher in the morning, Revd Canon Martyn Percy. 
  • The latest brochure is out now, you can read it here:

In Our Prayers this week:

Fr Tim Watson, Kate and Daniel as Tim starts his priestly ministry among us.  Some of you have queried the title Fr. So I checked with Tim.  It was a wide ranging conversation, because obviouslythe Cathedral has a) never had an Assistant Curate before, and b) never had a Priest from a religious community before.  However, from the horses (or Priest’s) mouth…Tim’s own preference might be Br.  as that is what the RC priests in his Community call themselves, but he’s more than happy with just Tim, and even tongue in cheek, suggested “uncle”…just don’t call him too early in the morning! Our Dean Designate Revd Canon Pete Wilcox (and yes it definitely is Pete not Peter), Cathy and their sons, as they begin the process of moving from Lichfield and assessing the size of the task ahead ofthem (and that’s just the Decanal garden).   Beth Wright and Gary Taylor and their families on the occasions of their wedding this Saturday (I can’t beleive she’s old enough, I can remember her being born) .  Fr Kevin Kelly and his family as they mourn the death of his brother.  Those known to us who are ill including Neville & Beryl Wade’s Daughter as she recovers from an heart attack, Revd Canon Dr Shannon Ledbetter as she recovers from surgery, Alan Matthews as he recovers from by pass surgery,  Canon John Roberts, and Kate Walters and family.  All others known to us.

If you know of someone to be included on the prayer list please let me know.


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The boring disclaimer bit:

Tis I, NädineDaniel who writes, produces, and disseminates the Pew Notes.  I do so without any imprimatur from theActing Dean and Chapter, the Cathedral or indeed anyone else.  Just me…as I hope would have been clear, any comments made, opinions offered are also my own.  Likewise it must equally obviously follow that any sins of omission or commission are also mine, and mine alone: Mea Culpa, MeaMaxmima Reverentia Culpa.  Should you no longer wish to receive these musings, please email me and say so.

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