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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Being fruitful with our talents

thumbnail image Our Gospel this week contains a very clear message: Are we using the things that God has given us - our gifts and talents – for the purposes he intended? In our society we are used to the idea of growing in our talents: we study hard at school, we practise sports or musical instruments as often as possible, so that we can make the most of the gifts we are given. But often we do this only with our own benefit and satisfaction in mind. But, as we are reminded by St Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians, our gifts have been given to us for a greater purpose, as parts of the Body of Christ. He writes:
‘There is a variety of gifts, but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose.’ (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
Whether our gifts are very evident as a good teacher or public speaker, or we have hidden skills to share, such as expertise in IT or being a patient administrator – these may have been given to us for a much greater purpose than those for which we may be using them. Some gifts are very evident and we may be aware of them, whilst others may take some time to discover and develop fruit.
In our Cathedral community the use of God-given gifts and talents is very evident. We rely on the assistance of hundreds of volunteers to be able to welcome those who walk through the doors of our Cathedral and to assist in our liturgies to ensure that this is a house of prayer. We give thanks to God that they have offered their talents and their time to help Westminster Cathedral be the place it is.
Perhaps you have a gift or a talent you could offer our community to enrich our welcome and our prayer? New volunteers are always welcome and there are forms available at the Information Desk for anyone wishing to make it known they wish to join our Volunteer Team.
We pray that whatever the talents, whatever the gifts that God has given us, we will use them and ensure that they develop to bear the fruit he intended, so that he will recognise us as good and faithful servants, joining in his eternal happiness.

Fr Andrew Gallagher

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Monday 20 November
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
19.00 Clergy House (Rm 2) Studying the Catechism Together

Tuesday 21 November Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 22 November St Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr
8.30 Cathedral Closes after Mass; 10.30 Mass cancelled
11.00 Cathedral St Cecilia’s Day Service (ticketed)
12.10 Cathedral Re-opens
18.30 Piazza Red Wednesday – Aid to the Church In Need Event
19.30 Hinsley Room Communion & Liberation Meeting

Thursday 23 November
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 24 November Ss Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest & Companions, Martyrs
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
10.30 Cathedral Mass in the Holy Souls Chapel
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 25 November Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice and Peace Group
18.00 Cathedral Cardinal Vaughan School Schola sings at Mass

Sunday 26 November OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Society
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Jonathan Allsopp (Westminster Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

CATHEDRAL CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME 2018

thumbnail image Application forms for the 2018 Confirmation Programme 2018 are available at the information desk at the back of the Cathedral and at Clergy House Reception. Candidates should be in Year 9 or above. Please return forms by Friday 15 December.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 2018

thumbnail image Due to a lack of resources our 9am Children's Liturgy is not running this term. However, we are seeking new volunteers for this important ministry in our parish so that we can restart in January 2018. If you are interested in either leading or helping supervise children at the 9am Mass every few weeks, then please contact Fr Julio or Fr Andrew G for more details.

THANK YOU MESSAGE FROM THE SVP

thumbnail image The SVP would like to express its gratitude to the generous benefactor who left a large sum of money for us at Clergy House but wished to remain anonymous. We are deeply appreciative of your great kindness and will make sure that the money is put to good use.

FRIENDS OF THE CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS RAFFLE - TICKETS ON SALE AFTER SUNDAY MASSES + STALL IN THE CATHEDRAL HALL ON SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

thumbnail image The Friends will be selling raffle tickets for the Christmas Fair after all Sunday Masses this Sunday and from now on until 10 December. Tickets are just £5 for a book and the top prize is a night for two at the Goring Hotel, second prize a £350 voucher for a Pax Travel holiday, with many more enticing prizes! This Sunday, 19 November, the Friends also have a stall in Cathedral Hall selling the famous Friends’ Christmas Puddings: the traditional fruit pudding, triple chocolate, luscious lemon, ginger and sticky toffee. There are also small Christmas puds available which make lovely stocking fillers.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE FUNDRAISING CONCERT

thumbnail image The Lourdes Christmas Concert in aid of the Westminster pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place on Thursday 7 December at 7pm at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, High Street, Kensington W8, followed by an after-concert reception. Tickets are £15 each for the concert and £25 each for the reception, and must be purchased in advance by emailing lourdescarol@mail.com

Related links: Email for Tickets

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING 'TOWARDS ADVENT' ADVERT IN OREMUS

thumbnail image Oremus magazine lists ‘Towards Advent: A Festival of Catholic Culture’ as taking place in Cathedral Hall on Saturday 25 November. Unfortunately the event is not taking place this year, but expects to return in 2018.

CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION - TUESDAY 19TH AND WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2017

thumbnail image The ever-popular Cathedral Christmas Celebration returns at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 December, featuring Readings for Christmas and Music by the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Martin Baker. Tickets are now available from the Cathedral Gift Shop or from Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444, www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Related links: Link to Ticketmaster

SVP CHRISTMAS BOOK SALE

thumbnail image The Sale is on Sunday 3 December from 9.30-1.30pm in Cathedral Hall. We would greatly appreciate Christmas items and all the CDs that you can spare as well as DVDs, religious books and new and fairly new paperbacks – but no hardback fiction please. Donations can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale or contact Sharon Joseph (07814-510991) or John Mole (07796-173343) to arrange for the collection of larger quantities.

VICTORIA CHILDREN'S CHOIR - RECRUITING

thumbnail image Recruiting is still open for members of the choir between school years 3-6. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays in term time from 4.45-6pm and the choir will sing at the Vigil Mass on each 2nd Saturday. Further details are at http://www.victoriachildrenschoir.com or from Eileen McDade emcdade@choirschool.com, 020 7798 9035

Related links: Victoria Choir Website Email Contact

VOLUNTEERING AT CARDINAL HUME CENTRE

thumbnail image The Centre has an urgent need of volunteers to help in the children’s Homework Club in the afternoon Monday to Friday for 2 hours each day. It also requires volunteers to help in the Charity Shop on Horseferry Road. For more information, please contact Flora and Emily in their Volunteering Team at volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk or 020 7222 1602.

Related links: Email for Cardinal Hume Centre Volunteering

VOLUNTEERING AT THE PASSAGE

thumbnail image The Passage, a charity working with homeless people locally, is looking for a volunteer prepared to assist with collecting donated sandwiches from local shops some Saturday evenings. For further details please contact Andrew Hollingsworth andrew.h@passage.org.uk .

Related links: Email for Andrew Hollingsworth

CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS FAIR - DONATIONS AND HELPERS NEEDED

thumbnail image The Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 10 December and we are already accumulating items for sale. If you are having a clear out, please think of the Cathedral and donate all those unwanted presents, bric-a-brac and CDs. Donations should be brought to Clergy House Reception, clearly marked Christmas Fair. Please no clothes, video tapes or cassette tapes. We are looking for helpers, too. If you want to be involved,
please get in touch with the Friends on 020 7798 9059.

LAVENDER BAGS

thumbnail image LAVENDER BAGS

The Friends are looking for a volunteer to make lavender bags for the Cathedral Christmas Fair. We will provide the lavender, the material and the ribbon – we just need your skills at the sewing machine. If you can help. Please contact the Friends’ Office on 020 7798 9059.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL YOUNG ADULTS

thumbnail image The Westminster Cathedral Young Adults group meets every Sunday following the 7.00pm Mass. We gather outside the main doors of the Cathedral after Mass (at the bottom of the steps, on the Piazza) and generally go to The Windsor Castle for a little socialising. We attempt to create a sense of community amongst young Catholic adults who come to London from all parts of the globe. All are welcome. For further details email westminsteryoungadults@gmail.com

Related links: Email Westminster Cathedral Young Adults

AMERICAN FRIENDS

thumbnail image American taxpayers can receive a US income tax deduction for their contributions to support the work and heritage of the Cathedral by directing their contributions to American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc., a non profit 501(c)(3) Organization (EIN # 13-2983174).

They will also enjoy special events and receive newsletters about Cathedral activities. Donations may be made through bequests and charitable trusts.

Contact Ms. Una Chang, President, American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc., P.O. Box 92, New York, New York 10185-0092, e-mail UChang1@aol.com

Related links: Click here for email

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

thumbnail image This takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel every Monday to Friday following the 1.05pm Mass until 4.45pm.