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Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
21 - 26 July 2013





Possessions, pleasure and power show themselves sooner or later to be incapable of fulfilling the deepest yearnings of the human heart. In building our lives we need solid foundations which will endure when human certainties fail. (Verbum Domini, the Word of God)

Does your home have a bible? Is the Word of God present in your life?

We began the Year of Faith by blessing crosses, symbols of Christ’s sacrificial love for each one of us. This was very popular and helped focus our attention of Christ’s love for us made real to us through His Cross. Now we are going to invite every household to make sure that they have a bible, the inspired Word of God which through the Holy Spirit’s power continues to give us inspiration, consolation and the fullness of life. The word of God does not stifle our authentic desires, but rather illuminates them, purifies them and brings them to fulfilment. Sad to say, in our days, and in the West, there is a widespread notion that God is extraneous to people’s lives and problems…We need to make every effort to share the word of God as an openness to our problems, a response to our questions, a broadening of our values and the fulfilment of our aspirations. (Verbum Domini, the Word of God).

If you don’t already have one in your home, beautiful bibles will be on sale after Mass for just £10.

On Sunday, 14th July we invite you to bring your bibles to be blessed during all the Masses that day.

Why not begin reading the bible with one of the Gospels?

Why not pick up a free copy of Father Adrian Graffy’s The Word of the Lord guide to our Sunday readings?

Why not have a look at The Word Among Us website or consider subscribing to Bible Alive magazine which can be found by doing a web search for Alive Publishing (telephone: 01782 745600)


The Cathedral Hall is Now Paid For!


See Hall Celebration Party


See the Children of the Parish with the Five-Pence Logo




Cathedral Lunch-Time Organ Recital

Wednesday 17 July 1:00 - 1:20 pm

All Welcome - Details Here



Tom & Phil Carr

After more years than anybody can remember Tom and Phil Carr have finally relinquished their
leading role in charge of the ushers at the Cathedral.
Seen in the photo above (front row left) Phil and Tom (already a holder of a Papal Benemerenti Medal) were thrilled to be sincerely thanked and praised by Fr Martin for their true devotion to the good running of the Cathedral, and to be presented with a splendid bowl of flowers for Phil with a dozen bottles of Guinness for Tom.
The photo also shows the other Ushers and particularly Pat and Paul Redfern (either side of Fr Martin) who are taking over from Phil and Tom.



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The Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Helen lies in the town of Brentwood in the county of Essex. The first church to be built on the site was erected in 1837 on land donated by the Petre family. As the Catholic community in Brentwood increased, this building became too small and so, in 1861, a larger church dedicated to St Helen was built in the Gothic style, on an adjacent site.

In 1917 the new Diocese of Brentwood was created, with the church of St Helen’s as its Cathedral Seat. In 1989 work began on the current Cathedral designed by the leading Classical architect Quinlan Terry. While the Gothic heart of the old St Helen’s was retained, a magnificent new classical-styled structure was added and in 1991 the new Cathedral of St Mary and St Helen was formally dedicated by the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Basil Hume. (Click here for Cathedral History)

Since 1998 the Cathedral has been linked with the parish of Holy Cross & All Saints, Warley with priests from the Cathedral serving both parishes. In addition to being the Mother Church of the Diocese the Cathedral also has a thriving parish community and is open every day for prayer and worship