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Cathedral of St Mary and St Helen Brentwood


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Cathedral Lenten Lecture


Second Brentwood Cathedral Lenten Lecture 2012
Cathedral Parish Hall
14th March at 7.30 p.m.
The Rev. Peter Judd, Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral will speak on:
Huts or Temples: The Church as a Sacred Space

Please make a special effort to come to this lecture and invite
anyone who might be interested to come along too - refreshments afterwards


Click for for the full text of the first lecture given by
Fr Christopher Jamison


Lent 2012
Lent is certainly a period marked by Chart British Pound to US Dollar seriousness; but it is also a time of joy.
Lent is serious because it causes us – both as individuals and as a Church – to
confront the image of Christ, which we have tarnished by individual and
collective sin. But we gain this awareness by contemplating the glory of the
Blessed Trinity, rather than by remaining fixated on ourselves. The call to
conversion, which we hear throughout Lent, is an invitation to stand up once
more, and not a pronouncement that overwhelms or depresses us. Our Lenten
penances and activities are not self-imposed punishments, but are to be
accepted "with the joy of the Holy Spirit", the same Holy Spirit that prepares us
for the joy of Easter


First Lenten Lecture 2012
7th March at 7.30 p.m. in the Cathedral .. Fr Christopher Jamison OSB
The Real Big Brother: Monks, Religion and the Media
No entry charge. Everybody very welcome.

Forty Hours
Forty Hours of exposition, adoration British Pound to US Dollar and meditation will take place from
5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 15th March and conclude at 9.00 a.m. on Saturday, 17th March
We will need as many people as possible to commit to one hour of prayer during this time

Lenten Prayer Groups
Lenten Prayer Groups will take place at 7.45 p.m. every Sunday. Meet at Clergy House. This will be an opportunity to experience the Church's rich tradition of contemplative prayer, finding that
deep silence within us where the Holy Spirit can dwell.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
8.00 a.m. every weekday ending with Morning Prayer at 8.45 a.m.

Evening Prayer
every weekday at 5.30 p.m

Choral Vespers
celebrated at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesdays

Stations of Cross
Fridays of Lent at 6.00 p.m

The Rosary
after the 9.15 am Mass every Saturday

The Cafod Lenten Fast Day
Friday, 2nd March. Cafod works with church networks across the world.
That means Cafod can reach the poorest people, bringing hope,
respecting dignity, and supporting them as they change their lives.
Under their UK Aid Match Scheme the government will match, pound for pound,
every donation generously given to Cafod. So do give using a Fast day envelope

Walk with Me Lenten Booklets
are a simple and helpful way to focus our attention on the Lord
every day during the season of Lent. Available in the Narthex and at Holy Cross (price £„1)

Service of Reconciliation
Monday, 2nd April at 7.30 p.m.
There will be a number of priests coming to hear confessions and there is no
better way to prepare for Easter.
Confessions every Saturday from 11.00 a.m. to 12 noon in the Cathedral


Parish Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

11-18 February


The pilgrims are now safely returned from the

Parish Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Follow their journey


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


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