As we all now know the Year for the Priesthood starts this Friday, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. This weekend our bishop has sent a pastoral letter to alert the diocese to this special year and there will be a Mass at the cathedral on July 7th at 7pm to mark its opening. Unfortunately I can`t make that Mass as I have a prior commitment.
That day, at 12.05pm, also sees the bishop at my old parish of St Joseph`s Gateshead to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church. I`m glad to say I will be able to make it on that occasion.