Pew Notes W/C 24th September

I have no excuses whatsoever for the failure of the Pew Notes to appear yesterday, so I am very, very, very sorry and will endeavour to ensure that it doesn’t happen again anytime soon.

Today is the Feast of St Finbarr, patron of Cork.  His name came about when he visited the hairdresser who tonsured him before he entered the monastery. “Ooh”, he said stepping back to admire his work, “nice hair” – fion barr – and for some reason it stuck.  He’s also the patron saint of Munster Rugby Club.  Had I got these out yesterday you could have had The Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, commemorating a trip the Blessed Virgin Mary took to the Norfolk seaside in 1061 when she appeared in a vision to Lady Richeldis and asked her to build a replica of her snug little house at Nazareth.  A replica of the replica stands there today, and the tiny railway station has been converted into an orthodox church resplendent with an onion dome.  All which might be a tad tongue in cheek, but might I remind you that when the Shrine of Our Lady arrived at the Cathedral two years ago, the Guardians were astonished to find the Cathedral full. A fantasti day was had by all, and the youth Mass (complete with Christian rock group) was attended by over 1300 young people (and me!), so there’s life in the old shrine yet. Seriously, today is also the commemoration of Lancelot Andrewes who oversaw the translation of the King James Bible (AV), so a life well lived to give thanks for.  I can now exclusively reveal that Revd Richard Coles book “Lives of the Improbable Saints” will be published on 19th October, just in time for Christmas (hint to Kevin to stock up)

And so to the last week’s caption competition:   


+Gledhill “Nice place you have here”
Dean Pete AND +James “Thank you


Tracey:” Suits you Sir”
Graeme: “Also available in other colours (White, Red, Purple, Green)”


And so to this week’s news:

Sad to report the death after a long illness of Eve Rowbottom, a long time member of the congregation. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.  Her funeral, officiated by Canon Myles, will take place at St Helens Crematorium at 11am on Friday 28th October, and Eve’s family would welcome the attendance of members of the congregation.
My only excuse for missing the Readers’ Licensing Service is that although I had downloaded a copy of the music list for this term, I couldn’t get it to open on my phone, so hadn’t actually read it. I hope the message arrived eventually.

Tonight (Tuesday 25th September) 7:30 Chemin-Neuf Prayer group, which meets in the Concert Room. 

I believe that the Pastoral Care Course will now start Tuesday 2nd October

Tomorrow, Wednesday 26th September at 7pm in the Concert Room is the first full session of this term’s Alpha Course, led by Canon Richard.  I think this means that you can still attend if you missed last week, but if you can’t make this week, it’s probably better to wait for next term’s course.  Please contact Clare Kerrigan for further details.

Also tomorrow, sees the start of the Cathedral’s School of Theology with Fr Tim in charge.  First term of ten weekly 2 hour lectures is entitled “Jesus and the Bible” in the Radcliffe Learning Centre at 7:30 See for more details or contact Fr Tim.

CHRISTMAS CHARITIES: the four Charities to be supported by the Cathedral this year will be selected by the Cathedral Company Committee at its next meeting on 30th September.  If you do have a suggestion, especially a local charity, please can you email either a committee member (such as me) or my other half ASAP as we really need them by today if possible, and certainly no later than tomorrow 

Back To Church Sunday: is this coming Sunday 30th September, all you have to do is invite someone who you think/hope might be interested to come to Church on Sunday.  It’s up to them if they come or not, but how will they know they’re wanted and welcomed if we don’t invite them?

TREASURED: still time to book your tickets for this amazing piece of theatre that incorporates the Cathedral as something more than just a backdrop.  See the website for further information and booking details.

Women’s Issues Forum: Wednesday 3rd October, 6.30pm. St James’ House, 20 St James Road, L1 7BY. Speaker: Ruth Reed, Liverpool Diocese Disability Awareness Officer and Vulnerable Adults Adviser, speaking on  ‘A safe inclusive Church’ and showing a short film on inclusion. Please RSVP by noon on Friday 28th 0151 705 2130.

Annual Archbishop Blanche Lecture: The 2012 lecture will take place on Tuesday 9th October 7.00pm-9.30pm at Hope University.  This year’s lecture will be given byAngela Tilby. Book your free place here.

Merseyside Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) 70th Anniversary: 21st October 3pm, Cathedral Evensong. The Cathedral hosts this anniversary celebration for the CCJ, the first interfaith group in the UK. The guest preacher will be Bishop Lord Richard Harries of Pentregarth, formerly Bishop of Oxford and CCJ (UK) Chairman. Contact Canon Michael Wolfe 0151 733 1541

In our prayers at this time: All those known to us who are in need of our prayer and support; thinking especially at this time of those:

  • Those who are yet to encounter  God’s love, that they might find a welcome in our midst, and be encouraged to discover the joy of God’s gift to us all through the love of His son Jesus Christ
  • The faithful departed and those they have left behind; remembering former members of the congregation and their families at this time
  • Those currently on pilgrimage in Greece with Canon John Roberts, that they might have expanded their knowledge and faith on their journey.
  • Those starting out on a new path in Christ’s Service at this time; thinking especially for Georgina Flemming as she starts her training in Youth Ministry at Walsingham next week.
  • The Crown Appointments Committee as they reach a decision on who will be the next Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow. That they may do so in God’s grace.
  • Witnessing to Christ in war zones and other areas of conflict; thinking especially at this time of Revd Deserrié, his family and all those he ministers to in Goma, Revd Canon Andrew White and his beleaguered congregation and staff at St George’s Baghdad 
  • Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom
  • searching for God, that they might know His presence in their lives, especially those starting the Alpha course this week.
  • Coping with illness or the illness of a loved one
  • For whom freedom of faith is denied

Do please email meshould you have anything you wish to be included in next week’s notes; or of course if you have an inevitable errata /addenda to this week’s


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The boring disclaimer bit:

Tis I, Nädine Daniel who writes, produces, and disseminates the Pew Notes. I do so without any imprimatur from the 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, Mea Maxmima Reverentia Culpa. Should you no longer wish to receive these musings, please email me and say so.


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