Friday, 13 February 2009

Celebrating our Patronal Feast

On Wednesday evening Bishop Campbell was at the Cathedral for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. He led the recitation of the Rosary and then presided at Vespers, which ended with a torchlight procession. There was a good turnout of people and a number of priests sat in choir. Fr John Watson of St Mary's, Barrow, gave an inspiring sermon, drawing out some parallels between Lourdes and Old Testament manifestations of God and then speaking of some of the people whose lives have been changed by what happened at Lourdes. We hope that each year we can build what has already been achieved: it would be wonderful if we could one day get to a point where the Cathedral was full each year with people praying for the Diocese and honouring Our Lady of Lourdes.