Pew Notes for Quinquagesima Sunday and Ash Wednesday


I make no apologies for a second week of belated and truncated Pew Notes, however you do deserve an explanation, which is that I’ve been very busy with the Cathedral’s Food Bank project (see below).  I hope you can agree that helping those in real need must take priority?  Actually many of you will probably be mightily relieved that there’s less waffle and faff.

Hardly worth going into green script for what must be the shortest period of ordinary time possible between Epiphany and Lent (someone is bound to point out how wrong that assertion is).  However, tomorrow is Quinquagesima Sunday (fifty days before Easter) and therefore here is this week’s news:

Robin Finnegan: our wonderful friend and Cathedral legend’s funeral will take place at THORNTON CREMATORIUM, 10am on Thursday 14th February. Robin’s Family would very much welcome his Friends from the Cathedral, if you are able to attend . The Funeral will be followed by a THANKSGIVING SERVICE, which will take place in The Lady Chapel at 13-30 on Thursday 14th.  Jenny Moran is starting a collection towards a brick in the People’s Path. Anyone wishing to contribute should do so via Jenny.

Breakfast with the Bible will be in the large education room at 9:15 Sunday 10th February; this week’s topic with be St Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  Please bring a Bible if you can.  Supper with the Scriptures returns to it’s usual Monday night slot on 11th February.

Tomorrow  Sunday 10th February is also Chinese New Year, s0 恭喜发财 (gung hei faat choi). For those of you new to Liverpool, you should know that this is a wonderfully noisy and exciting celebration in China Town, complete with Dragon dancers and fire crackers, which is well worth a visit. However it is also very well attended, and whilst this is a welcome boost to the car park takings, it does mean that those of you attending the Cathedral should allow a bit of extra time, and expect available parking to be limited. DO NOT let this minor issue put you off your visit however!

Rt Revd Susan Goff, Bishop suffragan of our partner Diocese of Virginia will be presiding and preaching at Holy Communion, and her husband Revd Tom Holliday will be preaching at Evensong…yes folks I have got that the right way round…pray that it won’t be too long before we follow our Colonial cousins’ lead. By the way Evensong will be something of a Purcell fest for those of us who get over excited by such things!

Book Club will be meeting in the Staff Room on MONDAY (please note change of day) 11th February (so as to avoid clashing with the Friends of Liverpool Cathedral Pancake extravaganza) at 7pm Book is Ultimate Prizes by Susan Howatch, the third in the Starbridge series, and which features the writings of Liverpool Cathedral’s first Canon Chancellor and Regius Professor of Divinity Cantab; Revd Dr Charles Raven

Chemin-Neuf ‘s next meeting is , Tuesday 12th February at 7:30 in the Concert room I think.

ASH WEDNESDAY I anticipate that as usual all three services with be Holy Communion with ashing.  There will be a fully choral  (Byrd mass  for three voices) Holy Communion at the High Altar at 5:30, all welcome.

FOOD BANK will be up and running on St Valentine’s day, which seems appropriate since we are called by Christ to love him in the homeless and destitute. If you can’t decide what to give up for Lent this year, can I suggest that instead of chucking the chocolate, moving away from meat, or abstaining from alcohol, you might like to give up some groceries to our FOOD BANK, and/or give up some time to help with the various tasks involved such as sorting and stacking the food in our new Bank in the South West Tower, bagging it up into “hampers” ready for distribution at St Bride’s, or joining our growing volunteer scheme on a more permanent basis.  This is a very important and much needed project for us to be involved in, and I would urge you to support us however you are able.  Robin Finnegan handed me a bag of groceries the Sunday before his death, asking me to “Keep it under your hat, I wouldn’t want people to think I was going soft in my old age”…so if Robin can do it, so can you!  STOP PRESS At a Fuel Poverty event at the Metropolitan Cathedral yesterday the Dean Fr Tony O’Brian, quoting +David and ++Derek “it’s better together”,  announced that they will be joining the Food Bank project, which is absolutely wonderful news. I’ve attached our flyer which includes the shopping list.  I’ve checked this recently, and it is possible to purchase everything on the list for £10 using the value/basics ranges in the supermarkets, Do please download it and forward it to your friends and family.  If you would like more information, or to volunteer please contact Canon Cynthia or myself ASAP or  email us

School of Theology and Alpha will also run on ASH WEDNESDAY, Alpha at 7pm in the Concert Room, and SOT  “The Holy Spirit and the Church”7:30 in the RLC see the website for details

Dr Cathy Wilcox AKA Catherine Fox  has now blogged Chapter five of her latest novel ACTS AND OMISSIONS which you can find here:  Things are certainly  hotting up In Lindchester, where young Freddie is still in hot water…and Jane the academic with SOMETHING ON HER MIND seems curiously familiar…the black, badger stripped frizzy hair, always dressed in black and somewhat on the hefty side *gazes despairingly in mirror*

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:

  • ++Justin, Caroline and family as Justin starts his ministry as Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Those seeking a better understanding of their faith through SOT/BWB/SWS
  • +James, Sarah and family as they prepare to leave the Diocese and move to Yorkshire, and for all our clergy and people as they look towards the arrival of a new bishop, that he  (unless the House of Bishops do something very quickly) may follow in the faithful footsteps of Bishop David Sheppard and Bishop James Jones.
  • The Archdiocese of Liverpool it’s clergy and people as they look towards the arrival of a new Archbishop, that he may follow in the faithful footsteps of Archbishop Derek Warlock and Archbishop Patrick Kelly. 
  • Those 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,  with reports yesterday of a massive increase in the conflict there.  Revd Canon Andrew White and his beleaguered congregation and staff at St George’s Baghdad. 
  • For the new Food Bank and One Stop project, for all those involved in getting it started, and all those in need of it’s work.
  • All Asylum seekers and those who work with them
  • The homeless and vulnerable, especially those in fuel poverty as the winter weather continue to bite.
  • 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
  • All those within the criminal justice system, both those who work with offenders, and the offenders themselves. 
  • The faithful departed and those they have left behind, thinking especially of the family and friends of Derek Sadler and Robin Finnegan at this time.
  • The families of servicemen and women currently serving overseas.
  • Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom
  • Those searching for God, that they might know His presence in their lives,
  • Coping with illness or the illness of a loved one
  • For whom freedom of faith is denied

Do please email me should 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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