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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Wisdom

thumbnail image ‘Drowning in information while starving for wisdom’ has become a familiar saying in our technology driven, information-saturated era. Our smart phones which provide any information that we desire instantly do not necessarily leave us any smarter for it. In fact, the information has started becoming a threat to our societies, our political processes and even our own sanity, with the advent of ‘fake news’ as a real, recognized phenomenon. Fake news is, of course, just the logical extension of how ‘news’ has already been understood for years. It is precisely the same reason we have our favourite news sources, our commentators, who present the ‘news’ broadly in agreement with our general view of the world. The antidote to fake news is most often than not, seen as the availability of ‘facts’ and a (highly) critical attitude. The former arises because facts are ‘neutral’. It ignores the fact, that it is this very neutrality which makes them susceptible to manipulation, as an instrument of power, to fit someone’s agenda. Global cyber-warfare and the intense competition between technology giants for control of users’ data, highlight the value of ‘neutral’ data as a means of power. The latter requirement, to be suspicious of all things, leads to one being unable to trust anyone or anything and closed to the world around them - unable to love, which is the problem with fake news in the first place.

In our first reading, Solomon prays for wisdom and says he sought her more than light, wealth or health and all was given him. Wisdom, being a gift, is first and foremost a fruit of prayer as the reading makes clear. The book continues to detail the many disciplines the ‘holy Spirit of Wisdom’ puts one to, before residing with them, being a kindly spirit, who will not enter a deceitful soul.

Wisdom gives one the capacity to understand the order in the universe, what causes all things to be as they are: the ability to discern the essence, the truth - the logos of something. Unlike facts, the logos is never neutral: it is always good and beautiful, being a manifestation of the mystery of God in Christ. It requires a heart which is patient in waiting before what mystifies, until Mystery deems the enquirer worthy to reveal itself. And discovering this logos, vulnerable to be changed, being trusting rather than manipulative. The gifts, the Catechism reminds us, are perfections of the virtues. Wisdom is a perfection of the capacity of reason itself. It is, in other words, what accompanies a heart which is trained in the way of love. Such a one that is vulnerable in a world which is suspicious, listening, in the midst of increasingly shrill soundings of power, will end up being crucified. But for those who dare to follow this crucified Wisdom, there are many gifts that accompany, as the Word today clearly affirms.


Fr Rajiv Michael

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 12 October
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 13 October ST EDWARD THE CONFESSOR
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Piazza Rosary Crusade Procession
16.30 Cathedral Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Lady Chapel
18.00 Cathedral Adult Confirmations: Bp John Wilson
18.00 Cathedral Visiting Choir at Mass: Victoria Choir

Sunday 14 October TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
09.00 Cathedral Family Mass
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.o0 Hinsley Room Filipino Club – Silver Sunday Tea Dance
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Richard Gowers, Old Royal Naval
College, Greenwich
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 15 October St Teresa of Jesus (Avila), Virgin & Doctor of
the Church
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
19.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Studying the Catechism Together

Tuesday 16 October
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 17 October St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr
20.00 Cathedral Libera Concert

Thursday 18 October St Luke, Evangelist
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother & Toddler Group
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Lesson
14.30 Cathedral Memorial Mass: Mrs Verna Fenner-Fownes
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 19 October
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 20 October
Second Collection at 18.00 Mass: Missio
9.30-16.30 Cathedral & Hall Day with Mary
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group

Sunday 21 October TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
Second Collection: Missio
09.30-13.30 Cathedral Hall SVP Book Sale
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
17.30 Cathedral Ethnic Chaplaincies International Mass:
Bishop Paul McAleenan
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

VOLUNTEERING FOR THE CARDINAL HUME CENTRE

thumbnail image The Cardinal Hume Centre is seeking a Westminster resident, who owns a car, and is able to collect pre-prepared bags of food from Westminster Chapel (Buckingham Gate SW1E 6BS) and drive 1.6 miles/10 minutes to deliver them to St Gabriel’s Church Halls, Glasgow Terrace (off Lupus Street, Pimlico). You may also be asked to take donations of food from the Church Halls back to the main foodbank location. This role would be needed once a fortnight and expenses paid. Please contact 020 7222 1602 or volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk for more information.

Related links: Email for Cardinal Hume Centre

THE CATHOLIC UNION ANNUAL CRAIGMYLE LECTURE - THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image Baroness Nuala O’Loan will speak on “Keeping the Faith in the Public Square on Thursday, 18 October starting at 6.30pm (doors 6pm), followed by a drinks reception. Attendance free. All welcome. Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG (near Trafalgar Square). Please register on 020 8749 1321 or info@catholicunion.org.uk or on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-catholic-union-craigmyle-lecture-keeping-faith-in-the-public-square-tickets-50354912900 .

Related links: Email for Registration Link to Eventbrite

SVP AUTUMN BOOK SALE -SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER

thumbnail image The next SVP book sale will take place in Cathedral Hall on Sunday, 21 October from 9.30am-1.30pm. We have recently received some large donations of books so, to reduce stocks, most books will be offered at bargain prices. Because of the stock situation, on this occasion we are not looking for more books, although we are running low on classical music CDs and would be most grateful for donations of these. They can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale or bring them along with you.

MOTHERS AND TODDLERS GROUP

thumbnail image 10am-midday, every Thursday during term-time.
Our group comes together every Thursday morning during term time for coffee, chat and catechism. Fr Rajiv Michael offers a topical reflection leading to group discussion. The sessions offer a chance to get to know other mothers within our parish, to support each other on the journey of Catholic family life. Everyone welcome with babies and toddlers. Please contact Alexandra Watson for further information, or just turn up at the Hinsley Room at 10am on Thursday. Email aphilpotts@cantab.net

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson

ENGLISH CATHOLIC HISTORY ASSOCIATION - EVENT ON SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image A talk by John Whitbourn on Bishop Challoner – An Unsung English Catholic Hero takes place on Saturday, 20 October at 2.30pm in the Hinsley Room. Tickets £5 on the door.

PARISH MEETING - TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image The next Parish meeting will take place on Tuesday, 30 October at 6.30pm in the Cathedral Hall. All are welcome.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL INTERFAITH GROUP

thumbnail image Please note that October meeting has been cancelled as the speaker is unavailable. The next meeting will be on 21 November when Bishop John Sherrington will talk about Pope Francis’ document Amoris laetitia The Joy of Love.

LEGACY OF ADOREMUS

thumbnail image There is much information about the Eucharistic Congress to be shared.

Most talks can be viewed or heard at: http://www.shalomworldtv.org/adoremus#latest-episodes

Hard copies of most can be downloaded at: www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage

There are beautiful images of the three days at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/albums/72157673157676628/page1

Related links: Link to Adoremus Videos Photos of Adoremus

FORTHCOMING FRIENDS' EVENTS

thumbnail image Tickets for events are available from the Friends’ Office, 42 Francis Street, SW1, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.

We still have tickets available for the Friends visit to The Speakers House on Tuesday, 23 October. Tickets cost £80 or £150 for a joint ticket. Please note that this is a Friends-only event. The evening will commence at 6pm with a tour of the House with the Speaker, a short speech and wine and canapé reception. A very special evening. For details please call the office on 020 7798 9059.

The Friends audited accounts showed a profit for the Christmas Fair 2017 of £7234. Thank you to all those who turned out in the snow to support the Cathedral on a very difficult day. We are grateful to everyone who helped. If you would like to help at the Christmas Fair 2018 now is the time to hand in your details to Clergy House Reception. We really do need able-bodied people to help lug boxes of goods around and to help set up on the Saturday. The Fair will take place on Sunday, 9 December. It is hard work but it is in aid of the Cathedral. More hands make light work! Donations are now required - but please no second-hand clothes or videos. We urgently need good quality bric a brac, jewellery, bottles of wine, beer and spirits for the bottle tombola and much, much more. All donations should be delivered to Clergy House Reception clearly marked CHRISTMAS FAIR.

Related links: Email for Friends Office

THE PASSAGE

thumbnail image Please support the excellent work of The Passage by considering attending its annual concert Night Under The Stars at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday, 6 November at 7.30pm. This year’s concert is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. For details and booking visit https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118993-night-under-stars-northern-lights-2018 or telephone 020 3879 9555.

Related links: Link for Tickets

GUILD OF SAINT JOHN SOUTHWORTH PILGRIMAGE - SAINTS AND MARTYRS OF WALES - INTRODUCTORY MEETING ON THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image The pilgrimage with be launched with an information-sharing afternoon on Thursday, 25 October at 2pm in the Hinsley Room where we will be giving some information on the trip and an introduction to the Saints of Wales. All are welcome even if you feel unable to come on the trip. For more information contact: annemariemicallef@rcdow.org.uk.

With Canon Christopher Tuckwell from Monday, 8 July 2019 to Friday, 12 July 2019. The cost is £495 (sharing accommodation) and £645 (single occupancy) per person inclusive of:
• one night’s accommodation at Premier Inn, Cardiff City Centre
• three night’s accommodation at Premier Inn, Tenby Town Centre
• four breakfasts
• four dinners
• coach transportation on Tuesday and Wednesday
• entry, boat and guide charges
• Mass offerings and coach driver tips
The following are not included:
• outgoing travel to Cardiff from home destination
• return travel from Tenby to home destination
• refreshments and drinks outside of the meal deal.

Related links: Email for Anne Marie Micallef

GUILD OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

thumbnail image The Guild of the Blessed Sacrament is organising a pilgrimage on Saturday, 27 October, led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell, to St Edmund’s, Bury St Edmunds. There will also be a chance to visit the Anglican cathedral. The coach departs at 8am prompt from Ambrosden Avenue, fare £17 per person. Please book through Theresa Giwa on 07553 846685.

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.