“Uplifting”, “joyful” and “why can’t we do this more often?” were just a few of the comments circulating round the cloisters of the Cathedral after the celebration of the International Mass with Bishop John Arnold on Saturday 25th May. Many parish priests and over two hundred people representing over fifty languages from all over the world celebrated Mass together as an African choir mixed their brand of music with more familiar sounds that the Cathedral is renowned for as we all celebrated diversity together.
In his homily, Bishop John focused on the vitality that diversity has brought to the Church and how newcomers bring gifts that sustain and renew us all. We all have our individuality and purpose in fulfilling His mission. Amidst this diversity to always be celebrated he also reflected upon the unity amongst us strengthened by a common Faith and ended by reminding us that as people of faith we each have a mission but we are never alone.
At the end of Mass, Mark Wiggin, Director of Caritas the charity of the Diocese of Salford, was invited to share the work that is taking place throughout the Diocese with refugees and asylum seekers who are seeking sanctuary and receiving such a warm welcome though the openness to their needs by so many of our parishes, services and projects.
“On Saturday 26th May , I was privileged to be the representative of the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester at the International Mass at St. John’s Cathedral Salford.
What a joyous occasion it was! Celebrating God’s love for us with music and dance from so many countries and cultures.
It was a great pleasure to renew old friendships and to start some new ones.
Many thanks to all concerned especially, the choir and the children who signed the music so beautifully.”
Kathleen Robinson, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester