Fatima Visit

A big thank you to all the hospitality shown to all those who came to the Cathedral over the past few days. Many thanks to those who created the beautiful flower display, worked in the repository, ushers, helpers, hospitality shown in the hall, altar servers and the Knights of St. Columba. It has been a special time over the past few days and I’m sure many graces received.
Mgr Gerard

Assumption Pilgrimage

Diocese of Middlesbrough

Osmotherley Assumption Pilgrimage

Led by Bishop Terry

Sunday 13th August 2017 3pm (Rosary from 2.30pm)

 

This year’s assumption pilgrimage will take place as usual at the Lady Chapel at Osmotherley. It will be led by Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey. Although the mass doesn’t count for our obligation on 15th August, this is a great opportunity for us to come together as a diocese to honour God in the life of Our Lady. Following the mass, there will be refreshments in the beautiful grounds around the Lady Chapel.

Happy Summer Holidays

Congratulations to all our staff and pupils at St Augustine’s, St Gerard’s and Trinity Catholic College who have completed their school year this week and begin summer holidays. From all of us at St Mary’s Cathedral, we hope it’s a fun, safe and restful summer.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday 23rd April is Divine Mercy Sunday when the Church all over the world celebrates and implores God’s merciful love for all people.

A special celebration of Divine Mercy will be held at the Lady Chapel, Osmotherley on Sunday 23rd April. There will be confessions available from 1.30pm with adoration of the blessed sacrament and the divine mercy chaplet. Mass will be celebrated at 3pm.

It began with a Polish nun called Faustina Kowalska, who received visions of Jesus and messages from him about the power of his mercy, which she recorded in her diary. The key image was of Jesus blessing with his right hand and pointing to his heart with his left. From the heart came rays of blue and red which symbolised the blood and water which poured forth from Jesus’ heart when it was pierced on the cross. The rays are a sure sign of Jesus’ constant and overwhelming love for each person. As part of his message, Jesus asked that this image be venerated on the second Sunday of Easter. This act would crown a novena to his mercy and include making the effort to go to confession and receive holy communion.

Although at first this devotion was relatively unknown, it received great prominence from Pope St John Paul II, himself a Pole who was familiar with the writings of St Faustina from his upbringing. In 2000, he declared that the whole Church would celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday and today, the devotion enjoys great prominence throughout the whole Church.