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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: United in Prayer

thumbnail image In London we live in a multi-cultural city where people from all over the world try to live in harmony with one another. One aspect of this combination of cultures is that there are also people of many faiths and none, with different outlooks and beliefs living alongside each other, which can lead to tension and division. Each year in the week leading up to the celebration of the Conversion of St Paul on 25 January we remember a particular division that we know causes our Lord great pain: that among Christians ourselves. For many people visiting the Cathedral from abroad this may seem a strange reflection. The very term ‘Roman Catholic’ is new to many because around the world to be ‘Catholic’ is to be ‘Christian’. But because of historical and theological disagreements in this country there are many different branches of Christianity that centre their lives around Jesus Christ, but are not in union with the Church of Rome. Despite sharing our faith in Jesus Christ and being children of God through the grace of baptism, not all Christians follow the teachings of the Church led by the Pope.

In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we unite with these other Christian communities remembering the words of Jesus himself praying for his disciples that they may be one so that the world may believe (John 17:21). Congregations and parishes gather together to pray for this unity and to recognise the traditions and values that we already share. The theme for the week of prayer in 2019 is ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue’ inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20. This theme of justice in the light of a society where there is so much prejudice, inequality and discrimination is indeed something that we share with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Here in the Cathedral we mark this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by holding two services in union with St Paul’s Cathedral. On Friday, 18 January we will travel to St Paul’s and our Cathedral Clergy and Choir will lead Vespers at 5pm, the traditional evening prayer of the Church. On Tuesday, 22 January the Clergy and Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral will then make the return journey here to Westminster Cathedral, leading us at 5pm in their traditional Evensong. This is a wonderful opportunity to join with our neighbours, in the beauty of music and prayer, joining with the Lord’s intention in praying that we may all be one. Please do join us for these events and do pray for the unity of all Christians in our world over the coming weeks.

Fr Andrew Gallagher

See also: College of Chaplains


thumbnail image Friday 11 January
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 12 January
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
16.00 Lady Chapel Extraordinary Form Mass
18.00 Cathedral Diocesan Adult Confirmations:
Bishop Paul McAleenan

White Flower Appeal on the Piazza
09.00 Cathedral Family Mass
10.30 Hinsley Room Community Poetry/Creative Writing Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Jonathan Hope
(Gloucester Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 14 January
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
18.30 Clergy House Room 2 Baptism Preparation Class

Tuesday 15 January
08.00 all day Cathedral Hall NHS Blood Transfusion Service
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 16 January
10.30 Cathedral Funeral Mass: Mr Nestor Masangkay
16.00 Hinsley Room Interfaith Group

Thursday 17 January St Anthony, Abbot
10.00 Hinsley Room Mothers and Toddlers Group
18.30 Clergy House Room 2 Legion of Mary
18.30 Cathedral Hall Fr Michael Quaicoe’s Farewell

Friday 18 January
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
17.00 Cathedral Vespers followed by Said Mass
17.00 St Paul’s Cathedral Vespers
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 19 January
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
18.00 Cathedral Victoria Choir sings at Mass

12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Richard Cook
(Worcester Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group


thumbnail image On Thursday 17 January, after the 5.30pm Mass, there will be a party in Cathedral Hall to say goodbye to Fr Michael Quaicoe, who leaves for Rome the following week to complete the studies he has been undertaking. All are, of course, most welcome and contributions towards the evenings refreshments will be greatly appreciated.
When Fr Michael has left, there will be a collection towards his expenses in Rome; however, if you wish to make a contribution now, please hand this in at Clergy House Reception.


thumbnail image Our group comes together every Thursday morning during term time from 10am to midday for coffee, chat and catechism. 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. Contact aphilpotts@cantab.net

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson


thumbnail image The Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group will next meet on Wednesday, 16 January from 4 to 5pm in the Hinsley Room. Sheikh Ramzy from the Oxford Islamic Study Centre will speak on Mary (Miriam) in the Qu’ran. All are welcome.


thumbnail image Please note the Cathedral Café will be closed from Friday, 1 February to Monday, 11 February inclusive, re-opening on Tuesday, 12 February 10am-4pm for drinks, lunches and snacks. Please do pay a visit the next time you are in the Cathedral.


thumbnail image The Friends’ next quiz with fish and chip supper will be held on Tuesday, 12 February at 6.30pm in Cathedral Hall. Tickets still cost only £15 and are available from The Friends Office, Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, SW1P 1QW telephone 020 7798 9059 or friends@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email for the Friends Office


thumbnail image Friday 3 May to Thursday 9 May 2019

The Order of Malta takes a group of pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted. The pilgrimage includes a full programme of religious events, with lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing also available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. Anything over £300 would be gratefully received to help other pilgrims. For further information, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14 January: k6oconnor@aol.com

Related links: Email for OMV Head Nurse


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


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