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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: A Spiritual House

thumbnail image This weekend you will see there is something different about Westminster Cathedral. On Tuesday we celebrate the feast of St John Southworth, and as part of our celebrations his relics have been brought into the centre of the Cathedral where we are able to spend some time in prayer asking for the intercession of our local saint, who lived and ministered to the people of Westminster before his execution not far away at Tyburn on 28 June 1654. However, the presence of St John Southworth at the heart of our Cathedral is relevant for another reason this week.

On Saturday, 1 July we celebrate the Dedication of the Cathedral. In June 1895 Cardinal Vaughan dedicated the building to ‘The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to his Blessed Mother, his Foster Father St Joseph and St Peter, his Vicar’. The Cathedral is built to remind us of the blood of Christ. Its dark red pillars as you enter through the West Doors lead the eye to focus on the great crucifix hanging before the Altar where we are reminded of the great sacrifice our Saviour made for our redemption.

But with the positioning of St John Southworth in the centre of the nave this week, we are reminded that the spilling of blood and the act of self-sacrifice did not stop there. The history of this Cathedral is built on the foundation stones of the English saints and martyrs. Men like St John Southworth, St Thomas More and St John Fisher, St Alban, St Bede and St Cuthbert, whose images are all to be found somewhere in our Cathedral. This should remind us of the words of St Paul to the Corinthians where he writes: “You are God’s Church”. Buildings such as the Cathedral are very important places where we can gather and worship and be inspired by the magnificent artwork, but such buildings are worthless without people worshipping in them. That is why this week we give thanks for the Cathedral as a building, but we also pray for those who built it, and those of us who use it today. Each one of us is called to be like the Cathedral - an image of true beauty which attracts others to think about God, to recognise his presence, and to be people amongst whom others know they can seek refuge and find an escape from our world of noise and prejudice.

Let us pray this week that our own generation will continue the good work of our predecessors in the faith in Westminster, so that the foundations of faith we build will continue to support and give strength to those who come after us.



Fr Andrew Gallagher

See also: College of Chaplains

OREMUS - July/August edition available

thumbnail image The summer edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, which covers the months of July and August, is now out. Please take a FREE copy, available at the back of the Cathedral. Donations towards the production costs are, as always, most welcome.

The online version will be available here:http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/July17website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus June Edition

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Sunday 25 June TWELFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
Second Collection: Peter’s Pence
09.30 Cathedral Hall SVP Book Sale
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Society
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group
16.00 Cathedral Hall Chopin Society Recital
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: David Grealy
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 26 June
Cardinal Vaughan’s anniversary (1903)
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
12.30 St Pauls Bookshop Daily Meditation (Monday to Friday)
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday 27 June ST JOHN SOUTHWORTH, PRIEST & MARTYR
Vespers around St John Southworth’s shrine
14.30 Cathedral Good Samaritan Mass: Bishop Jabalé
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 28 June St Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr
09.45 Cathedral Hall Blood Transfusion Service

Thursday 29 June SS PETER & PAUL, APOSTLES
Election Anniversary of Pope Francis (2013) observed today
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Lesson
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 30 June First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
19.00 Vaughan House Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 1 July DEDICATION OF THE CATHEDRAL
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group

Sunday 2 July THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.30 Cathedral Hall Mass for the Deaf
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Simon Russell
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

UNATTENDED BAGS

thumbnail image Due to heightened security in the Cathedral, please could you ensure that bags and other personal items are not left unattended at any point? Any item left unattended is not only at risk of being stolen, but also raises alarm in these times of concern. From now on, any item left unattended will be taken away by security and could be destroyed.

GRANDPARENTS' PILGRIMAGE TO SALISBURY CATHEDRAL

thumbnail image This Pilgrimage will be on Saturday 29 July, departing from the Cathedral Piazza at 7am. Tickets, to include a one-hour general tour of the Cathedral and Chapter House, are £35 per person, with an optional £5 cost for going up the tower (reasonable fitness for climbing required for this). Further details and tickets are available from Chris Ragonton (07869 131218) or Lolita Botanes (07424 313384)

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?

thumbnail image Each year, the Cathedral runs a course from September to May for adults who have not been baptised and would like to be, as well as for Christians of other denominations who would like to be received into the Roman Catholic Church, and Catholics who have not been confirmed. The course is known as the RCIA (which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). More information is available from juliehanssen@rcdow.org.uk or Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055. Closing date: 31 August 2017.

Related links: Email: Julie Hanssen

CALLED TO SERVE THE SICK ROADSHOWS

thumbnail image Three evening meetings have been arranged to allow clergy and laity an opportunity to discover and question……..
What hospital chaplains do: St Dominic’s Priory Haverstock Hill, NW5 4LB, Wednesday, 7 June, 7pm for 7.30pm.
How Catholics can realise their unique vocation of being of service to the sick: Our Lady and St Michael’s, Garston, Watford, WD25 0NE, Monday, 19 June, 7pm for 7.30pm
How to think theologically about health: St Benedict’s Abbey, Ealing, W5 2DY, Tuesday, 27 June, 7pm for 7.30pm
For registration please email Fr Peter Scott: peterscott@rcdow.org.uk.

BRUSH UP YOUR PAINTING SKILLS

thumbnail image The next lesson will be on Thursday, 29 June. The Clauzel-B Art School, London will hold classes in watercolour, pastel and drawing from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the Hinsley Room. The fee will be £10 per person. Please bring your own materials. Contact: email francinegbaker@gmail.com or mobile 07580 179801.

Related links: Email Francine

CATHEDRAL KITCHEN

thumbnail image Annette and Charlie Betty have been running the Cathedral Kitchen for the past 20 years, virtually without a break, and it is high time now for them to take a little holiday so the Cathedral Kitchen will be closed from the end of June until 1 September to give them some time for rest and recuperation. Once the Kitchen has reopened, it will not be open on Sundays or Mondays. Any inconvenience caused by this closure is much regretted but I am sure that all the regular customers will agree that Annette and Charlie are due a little time away.

DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL

thumbnail image As many of you will know, Fr Brian O’Mahony will be leaving the Cathedral at the end of July to continue with further studies in Rome. Fr Brian has been a very active and popular chaplain during his time with us and will be much missed. We will be arranging a farewell party for him before he leaves.

However, the good news is that two new chaplains will be joining us in the autumn following their ordinations to the priesthood this weekend: Fr Julio Albornoz, who comes from Venezuela, will be joining us in September and Fr Andrew Bowden, who is still at the English College in Rome, will be joining us in October. Needless to say, we are very grateful to the Archbishop for reinforcing the College of Chaplains and we look forward to welcoming these two new priests.

THE GUILD OF ST JOHN SOUTHWORTH

thumbnail image The Guild of Saint John Southworth is delighted that Jan Graffius, Curator from Stonyhurst College, will be coming to talk to members on 7 July at 2.30pm in the Hinsley Room. Jan will be bringing some relics and recusant objects with her. Members of the parish are most welcome to attend. There will be no charge for this talk but donations will be gratefully received to cover costs.

THE NIGERIAN CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY

thumbnail image The Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy invites you to this year’s Aylesford Pilgrimage on Saturday, 1 July, departing at 7am prompt from Westminster Cathedral and return 7pm. The cost is £12 for adults and £8 for children. For further information and to make a booking, please telephone George Egesi on 07794 600486.

PILGRIMAGES

thumbnail image Guild of the Blessed Sacrament Pilgrimage to The Holy Land
Led by Canon Tuckwell from 18 to 25 November 2017, cost £1,338.

Please contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or email info@paxtravel.co.uk for further information on this pilgrimage.

Related links: Email: Pax Travel

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL SUMMER FAIR

thumbnail image Our Cathedral Summer Fair will take place on Saturday, 22 July from 12 to 5pm in the Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue. We will have the usual delicious food from our Nigerian and Filipino communities as well as home-made cakes, jams and a Pimms stall and stalls selling gift items, jewellery, toys, bric-a-brac, CDs books, DVDs etc. Finally, we will be entertained again with dancing displays by members of our Filipino Club. You can help us to make the Fair a success and raise money for the Cathedral by contributing unwanted gift items, bottles for the tombola and for the Pimms stall, and of course coming along and supporting us by spending money on the day. Raffle tickets are now available at £1 each or £5 for a book with great prizes including meals in local restaurants etc.
Donations may be left at Clergy House, 42 Francis Street. If you wish to be involved by helping on the day or by donating, then please contact Mary Maxwell on 020 7798 9181 or marym@rcdow.org.uk.

PILGRIMAGE TO VENETO, ITALY - AUTUMN 2017

thumbnail image A five-day pilgrimage to Veneto, Italy is being organised by Pax Travel from 30 September to 5 October this year. This will be based in the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Love in Schio which began in 1985 following reported apparitions of Our Lady there, and will also be visiting the convent and shrine of St Josephine Bakhita, the Sudanese saint rescued from slavery who died in 1947. The trip will also include a day trip to Padua to the Basilica of St Anthony. The price is £599 which includes most meals. Contact Pax Travel www.paxtravel.co.uk, telephone 020 7485 3003, or Fr Martin for more details.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL SUMMER FAIR

thumbnail image Our Cathedral Summer Fair will take place on Saturday, 22 July from 12 to 5pm in the Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue. We will have the usual delicious food from our Nigerian and Filipino communities as well as home-made cakes, jams and a Pimms stall. There will be the usual stalls selling gift items, jewellery, toys, bric-a-brac, CDs books, DVDs etc. Finally, we will be entertained again with dancing displays by members of our Filipino Club.

Please do help us to make the Fair a success and raise money for the Cathedral. You can do this by contributing unwanted gift items, bottles for the tombola and for the Pimms stall, and of course coming along and supporting us by spending money on the day. Raffle tickets are now available at £1 each or £5 for a book with our usual range of great prizes including meals in local restaurants etc.

Donations may be left at Clergy House, 42 Francis Street. If you wish to be involved by helping on the day or by donating, then please contact Mary Maxwell on 020 7798 9181 or marym@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email: Mary Maxwell

LONDON EVENINGS OF FAITH

thumbnail image MAY TO JULY 2017
A series of talks on ‘Developing the thought of St John Paul II’ take place at 7pm on 23 May, 6 June, 20 June and 4 July. Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). Full details are available at www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.

GEORGE MALCOLM EXHIBITION

thumbnail image This exhibition, sponsored by The Friends of Westminster Cathedral, is now open in the Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine until 30 July. Entry is free.

GRAND ORGAN FESTIVAL

thumbnail image This year's Grand Organ Festival will bring another season of stellar performances to the Cathedral, with British and International players performing a wide range of repertoire.

Details of this year's performers and dates can be found on our website: http://westminstercathedralchoir.com/grand-organ-festival.php

The Festival launches with a concert by James Lancelot of Durham Cathedral, who will play:

JS Bach - Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
JS Bach - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein (BWV 734)
Mendelssohn - Sonata No 4 in B flat major (Op. 65)
Alain - Suite pour orgue
Franck - Grande pièce symphonique

Tickets are £12 (£10) and are available on the door. We will also be selling our season tickets, priced at £70 (£60) for all eight concerts. Please note that we accept cash only. The concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 6.

All concerts begin at 7.30pm, and last approx 75 minutes without interval.

Related links: More details here

DIOCESAN PILGRIAMGE TO LOURDES 23-29 July

thumbnail image A group from the Cathedral parish will be going on the annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes staying at the Padue Hotel. Booking forms are available at Clergy House Reception or from Tangney Tours, 07132 886666. If you are going and wish to be included in the Cathedral group please would you inform my PA, Elizabeth Arnot, on 020 7798 9062 or email elizabetharnot@rcdow.org.uk.