Any Cathedral is ultimately important not as a building but as a place where the people of God in the diocese gather around their Bishop in celebration and worship. This was very true the first Sunday of Lent in Arundel Cathedral when over 50 Catechumens for baptism at Easter and over 200 Candidates for reception at Easter, the largest number on record, gathered with their sponsors and Bishop Kieran, and they were recognized by our Bishop as soon to be full members of the Church. It was a happy and joyful day as Arundel Cathedral (pictured above) was filled to bursting point.
We will also shortly gather around our Bishop again at the Chrism Mass, in our diocese on Wednesday of Holy Week, when the priests, deacons and laypeople of Arundel & Brighton gather to hear the priests renew their vows of ordination, the oils to be used for catechumens, baptisms, confirmations and the sick are blessed and distributed to the diocese and of course the Eucharist is celebrated with the Bishop presiding. This is when a Cathedral becomes truly alive and it matters not whether it is in the neo-Gothic splendour of Arundel Cathedral or the modernist drama of Liverpool Cathedral but rather that as the local Church in wherever we gather around our chief pastor, the Bishop, joined in unity with the Bishop of Rome as the body of Christ.