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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Repent and believe in the Gospel

thumbnail image We have all had the experience of waking from sleep and being aware that we were involved in a busy dream full of images and events. When waking up however we find that the intensity of the dream subsides rapidly and often we are left with only a dim perception in our memory. Soon we probably forget all about our dream and get on with our day. As we approach Ash Wednesday this week, we can learn from this experience to see that the presence of God in our lives can sometimes become like that fading dream. The intensity of living closely to God and being aware of his presence can be dimmed in our perception and crowded out by our life’s events.

The call at the start of Lent is to ‘Repent’! This means to turn around, to return, to recall and to come back to the foundational presence of God in our lives. To repent also means to draw closer to our conscience and to patiently examine where our sins have dimmed the beautiful dream that God has for our lives. To explore where we have allowed the clutter of our mistakes and failures to darken the brightness of our souls. Like remembering a dream, we are called to turn back towards God and to recall with vivid clarity the deep longing in our hearts which can only be satisfied by experiencing a daily growth in our loving relationship with Him.

In the words that we hear on Ash Wednesday we are also invited to not simply repent but also to ‘believe in the Gospel’. It can be painful to let go of our past if we fear reprisals or expect emptiness or void in return. But the Gospel calls us to just the opposite; to mercy instead of condemnation and to the new life of the Resurrection instead of the death of forsaking God’s love. This is the journey we will undertake in our Lenten observance - to be drawn once more to the heart of the awesome mysteries of life at the heart of our Faith. The Gospel is the Good News that in Jesus Christ God has reconciled the world to himself (2 Cor 5:19). When we come to receive the ashes this Wednesday we show our desire to recall the dream that God has for our life and to give him the ashes of our past in exchange for the new life of the Gospel. As Isaiah tells us in his writing, this is why the Messiah will come:

To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Is 61:3)

Fr Martin Plunkett
Cathedral Chaplain

See also: College of Chaplains

OREMUS - March edition available

thumbnail image The March edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, 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 is available here: www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/March17website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus - March Edition

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Sunday 26 February EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
Second Collection and Appeal: St Vincent de Paul Society
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: Edward Dean
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 27 February
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 28 February
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 1 March ASH WEDNESDAY
12.00 Hinsley Room Quiet Day
17.30 Cathedral Mass celebrated by Cardinal Nichols


Thursday 2 March
09.00 Cathedral Hall Blood Service Clinic
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 3 March
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
14.30 Lady Chapel Women’s World Day of Prayer
16.00 Cathedral Deaf Service Stations of the Cross
18.30 Cathedral Stations of the Cross
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 4 March
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
15.00 Cathedral Rite of Election: Cardinal Nichols

Sunday 5 March FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
15.00 Cathedral Rite of Election: Cardinal Nichols
16.30 Cathedral Hall Mass for the Deaf
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

LATEST FRIENDS’ EVENTS

thumbnail image Friday, 24 February: Divine Worship – a tour of the British Museum with Paul Pickering followed by afternoon tea at Tea and Tattle. Meet in the main lobby of the Museum by the gift shop at 1.45pm for the tour to start at 2pm. Tickets £20.

11 May: Friends of Westminster Cathedral 40th Anniversary Mass. Westminster Cathedral 5.30pm.
Tickets available from Clergy House Reception, 42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW or 020 7798 9059.

Tickets available from Clergy House Reception, 42 Francis street, London SW1P 1QW or 02077989059.

See also: Friends News

Related links: Email The Friends

MASS FOR BEREAVED PARENTS

thumbnail image The Mass for bereaved parents will take place at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 11 March at 2.30pm. It’s a time to remember, to pray, to give thanks, and to entrust deceased children to the Lord. All are welcome to attend.

LONDON EVENINGS OF FAITH FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2017

thumbnail image All are welcome to a series of talks on 'Reasons for believing’ which will take place at 7:30pm on alternate Tuesdays from 7 February. Subsequent talks are on 21 February, 7 March and 21 March.

Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). Full dates and details are available at www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.

Related links: Full details here

SVP – FEBRUARY BOOK SALE

thumbnail image The SVP would like to thank everyone who supported last Sunday's book sale by donating and/or buying books, CDs and DVDs. We raised over £300 towards our work. Our next sale will take place on 7 May - put the date in your diaries.

THE HOLY FATHER’S INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY

thumbnail image Pope’s Prayer Intention:

Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

Urgent Intention: Sacredness of Life: We pray for the children who are in danger of the interruption of pregnancy, as well as for persons who are at the end of life - every life is sacred! - so that no one is left alone and that love may defend the meaning of life.

More information and resources can be found at: www.apostleshipofprayer.org

Related links: Apostleship of Prayer

MARTYRS OLD AND NEW

thumbnail image Pilgrimage to Lancashire 2017, led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell, Tuesday, 4 April to Thursday, 6 April 2017

Visiting Ashton-in-Makerfield, the Church of St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, which houses the Shrine of the Holy Hand of St Edmund Arrowsmith. St Edmund Arrowsmith was imprisoned in Lancaster Castle with St John Southworth and martyred in 1628, Salmesbury church of St Mary & St John Southworth, Samlesbury Hall home of the Southworth family, Lancaster Castle where fifteen Catholics were executed for their faith and Stonyhurst College for a special tour of the older parts of the College and archive. Mass each day. Cost, including two nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner, travel within Lancashire, entrance fees etc £265 sharing, £295(single. Travel to and from Lancashire extra. Deposit of £50 required by 24 January 2017. Cheques made payable to Anthony Coles Travel and Conference. Further information can be obtained from Anne Marie Micallef annemariem@rcdow.org.uk

See also: Saint John Southworth

Related links: Email Anne Marie

FIRST WEDNESDAY QUIET DAY

thumbnail image The next Day of Prayer and Reflection is on Wednesday, 1 March from 12pm to 4.30pm in the Hinsley Room. The theme is The Sower and will be led by Michael Moran, Lay Salesian and peace worker. There will be short inputs at 12pm and 2pm. All welcome.

See also: Hire the Hinsley Room

THE CARDINAL’S LENTEN ALMS APPEAL

thumbnail image This year the Cardinal requests that the annual Lenten Alms Appeal be linked with the ongoing work supported by the Cardinal’s Appeal which includes:
1. Evangelization and formation among young people
2. Our promotion and strengthening of marriage and family life
3. Our service within society, especially for those on the margins, through poverty, imprisonment and exclusion.
Information leaflet giving further details about the projects to be supported through our Lenten Appeal will be made available as will donation envelopes for those who wish to use them.

AGED 20-40 AND LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER THIS LENT?

thumbnail image Westminster has a Young Adult group of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP). Members are involved in a range of charities and volunteer works. For more information contact Philip Worley on philip.worley@gmail.com or 07866 628191.

Related links: Email: Philip Worley

DO OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS HAVE MISSION INTEGRITY?

thumbnail image A lecture by Professor Gerald Grace (St Mary's University, Twickenham) on Thursday, 2 March at 6.30pm, Trafalgar Hall, Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. All welcome. Free admission but please register with the Catholic Union by telephone, 020 8749 1321 or e-mail info@catholicunion.org.uk. The lecture will be followed by a short reception.

Related links: Email: Catholic Union

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

thumbnail image The Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, 3 March at 2.30pm in Westminster Cathedral. It is being hosted by the Philippines. The Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Ambassador of the Philippines are expected to attend. All are welcome.

FARM STREET LECTURE: Welcoming the Wounded

thumbnail image The Inaugural Landings Lecture will take place at Farm Street Church Hall on Tuesday, 7 March at 7pm, given by Fr Christopher Jamison OSB. It will be on the theme of the Good Samaritan and how a Catholic parish can welcome the spiritually wounded so as to make it a place of healing. Please contact Scott McCoombe on 020 7529 4829 or farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk to book a place. Suggested donation £7.

Related links: Email: Scott McCoombe

PILGRIMAGES

thumbnail image Orkney in the footsteps of St Magnus
Led by Canon Tuckwell from 10 to 15 July 2017, cost £1,188 (from Glasgow).

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 these pilgrimages.

Related links: Email: Pax Travel

THANKSGIVING FOR THE HOLY YEAR OF MERCY

thumbnail image The last of six talks organised by St Patrick’s, Soho in thanksgiving for the Holy Year and also to mark the proposed stained glass windows for the Church. Dr Gabriele Finaldi, who is a Director of the National Gallery, is giving the talk on “The Crucifixion, icon of love and mercy” on Monday, 6 March at 7pm. All are welcome.

IT COACHES NEEDED!

thumbnail image Can you spend an hour a week (for 4 months) with one of our adult clients? All of life’s activities, including job seeking, accessing and managing benefits and housing, take place online, and clients without IT skills, are hugely disadvantaged. Your help can make a big difference to them. We are close to the Cathedral. Please contact Flora or Emily on 020 7222 1602 or at volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk

Related links: Email: Cardinal Hume Centre

VISIONS OF HEAVEN AND HELL

thumbnail image In this centenary year of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Mgr Keith Barltrop explores apparitions and revelations of recent times and discusses on what basis the Church approves or rejects them, and how we should react to them. Three talks will be given at 7pm on 7, 14 and 21 March in the Back Room of St Mary of the Angels Parish House, Moorhouse Road, London W2 5DJ. A light supper will be provided. No need to register: all welcome. For more information contact keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk or on 07879 953953.

Related links: Email: For more information

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

thumbnail image A six week course on Christian Meditation given by Laurence Freeman OSB begins on Ash Wednesday, 1 March at 6.30pm and thereafter on Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April at The Meditatio Centre, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX. For further information and to make a booking ring 020 7278 2070.