News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool

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We have our final Cathedral Synod Listening meeting at the beginning of the month.  Along with most of our parishes we have tried to reach out to engage with people in a variety of ways.  This has meant us setting up a Synod ‘Pop up Shop’ on the Piazza as a listening station, having our own special Synod Sunday listening Day and then further afternoon and evening meetings.  At the time of writing I am not sure what response we will get but we are hoping the extra incentive of a free set of rosary beads may get the crowds involved.


On Sunday 7 July at 3.00 pm Archbishop Malcolm will ordain four men to serve as deacons in parishes within the archdiocese.  They are Gergely Juhasz, Peter Mawtus, Michael Moffat and Paul Rooney.


The following weekend our Cathedral choirs will be teaming up with the Crosby Symphony Orchestra for an end of term celebratory concert in the Cathedral at 7.30 pm on Saturday13 July which is open to the public.  Prior to the start of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes the Departure Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 5.00 pm on Sunday 14 July.


We end the month with a week-long celebration of Hope University Graduations.  The Cathedral always enjoys hosting their Graduation Ceremonies as they are always joyful and respectful celebrations and we have visitors from across the world attending the various ceremonies who really appreciate the fact that they are taking place in the Cathedral and have a religious dimension to them.  Life at the Cathedral goes on throughout the summer holiday period, but I wish you all an enjoyable time whether you are holidaying at home or abroad.


A busy year - by Dr Christopher McElroy

Director of Music, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral


July sees the choir draw to the end of what has been an exceptionally busy year.  The choir year started back in September with the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress, with the choir singing at liturgies here at the Cathedral and down at the Convention Centre in the city centre.  This was followed by a choir tour to Cologne in Germany (which is twinned with Liverpool) where we had the privilege of singing at High Mass together with Cologne Cathedral Choir in Cologne Cathedral.


In November we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first service sung by our girl choristers before the usual busy round of liturgies, carol services and concerts in December marking the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  The first few months of 2019 were mercifully quiet, but since Easter the choirs have been involved with three major concerts (all to excellent audiences) in addition to the usual round of choral services and rehearsals which has required an immense amount of time and effort from all of our choir members and staff.


However, the choir year is not quite complete yet.  On Saturday 13th July we shall be presenting a special concert in the Cathedral entitled ‘Choral Classics’ in conjunction with the Crosby Symphony Orchestra.  The choir will sing ‘Classic FM’ favourites such as ‘Zadok the Priest’ (Handel), ‘I was Glad’ (Parry) and the whole of Antonio Vivaldi’s evergreen ‘Gloria.’  We are delighted to

welcome back former lay clerk Stuart O’Hara who will sing Ralph Vaughan


Williams’ ‘Five Mystical Songs’.  To round the evening off the Orchestra will play Edward Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance March Number One’ (perhaps better known as ‘Land of Hope and Glory’) and ‘Nimrod’ from his Enigma variations.


It promises to be a wonderful concert, showcasing the talents of all our choir members, young and old, who spend many hours during the year giving their services to the Church to enhance the choral worship of the Cathedral to the Glory of God.  Tickets for the concert (£12) can be purchased on-line at www.ticketsource.co.uk/metcathedral or by calling the Cathedral gift shop on 0151 707 3525.


One new initiative we shall be undertaking over the next few years is that we have set ourselves the ambitious challenge of having the Cathedral Choir visit every pastoral area in our Archdiocese over the next five years.  We began in June by visiting Wigan, and we will continue in the Autumn term with visits to three other pastoral areas.  If you would like to get in touch about us coming to your pastoral area, please get in touch.  Email: music@metcathedral.org.uk


May I take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing summer, and we look forward to being back again in September for another year of music making.

Cathedral Record

This has meant us setting up a Synod ‘Pop up Shop’ on the Piazza

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