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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Time for a rest!

thumbnail image In our Gospel this weekend we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan. One of the key features of this story is that when the Priest and then the Levite see the man lying at the side of the road, they rushed past him, whilst the Samaritan traveller, moved with compassion, cared for him and took him to the nearest inn, where he could recover. Many of us today might be like the Priest and Levite, not because we are nasty people, but because we are busy and feel we can’t spare the time to stop for too long. London is a busy place; outside the Cathedral we easily get swept up in the crowds hurrying to and from Victoria Station. Everyone is in a rush somewhere for something, with their heads down and a schedule to keep. But in this season of summer and holidays, perhaps this is an important weekend to focus on an important, but far too frequently forgotten teaching of the Church: the importance of rest.

In the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, there is a section dedicated to ‘The dignity of work’ and under this a sub-heading ‘Rest from work’. This begins:

‘Rest from work is a right. As God “rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had done” (Gen 2:2), so too men and women, created in his image, are to enjoy sufficient rest and free time that will allow them to tend to their family, cultural, social and religious life.’ (284)

Primarily this points to the sanctity of the Sabbath as a day for resting from work, but it has wider implications. We live in a society where work is seen as a central part of our lives - much of our focus each day is on our work - and becomes something we must do above everything else. But here we need to look at the origins of the word ‘work’ itself. In the ancient world work was a form of ‘non-leisure’. In Greek, the word for leisure is schole, and the word for business ascholia, which is the negative of schole. The same is true in Latin. The word for rest or leisure is otium. Its negative, negotium, means business or work.
In this summer season as things generally get quieter, let us see rest and leisure as a positive thing in our relationship with God and with each other. Let us remember the need to follow the example of God himself, and stop, spending time looking around us, so that like the Good Samaritan we can truly see what is important.

Fr Andrew Gallagher

See also: College of Chaplains


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

Saturday 13 July Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
16.00 Lady Chapel Extraordinary Form Mass
Special Collection at the Vigil Mass: Apostleship of the Sea

Special Collection at all Masses: Apostleship of the Sea
09.30-13.30 Cathedral Hall SVP Book Sale
13.00 Cathedral Divine Mercy Prayer Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Michael Butterfield (London)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 15 July St Bonaventure, Bishop & Doctor
10.00 Hinsley Room Mothers and Toddlers Group
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
13.30 Clergy House Room 2 Legion of Mary Group 2
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
19.00 Clergy House Room 2 Studying the Catechism Together

Tuesday 16 July Our Lady of Mount Carmel
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 17 July
10.30am Mass cancelled. Confessions 12.15-1.45pm and 5-6pm only.

Thursday 18 July
10.30am Mass cancelled. confession 12.15-1.45pm and 5-6pm only.
18.30 Clergy House Room 2 Legion of Mary

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

Saturday 20 July
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.30 Cathedral LMS High Mass: Bp Campbell

12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 Cathedral Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Joseph Wicks, Truro Cathedral
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group


thumbnail image Cardinal Hume Centre is seeking new volunteers for their Homework Club and After School Clubs for the Autumn Term in September. Clubs are for local, disadvantaged primary school children and involves helping with maths and English and/or playing and supporting children in arts and crafts, cooking and games. Great opportunity for 16 and 17 year olds but all welcome. Email Ioanna at volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk.

Related links: Email for Cardinal Hume Centre


thumbnail image Please support the excellent work which The Passage does for homeless people in Central London, by attending the annual Garden Party in the beautiful and historic College Garden at Westminster Abbey on Friday 19 July, from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets, at £45 each, include wine, soft drinks, buffet supper and live music. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite:


or from The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL. Tel: 020 7592 1856.

Email: tickets@passage.org.uk. It will not be possible to purchase tickets at the Abbey. All proceeds are in aid of The Passage.

Related links: Link for Tickets Email for Tickets


thumbnail image The July and August edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now available for collection from the stand at the back of the Cathedral, with the usual interesting mix of articles, information and images. Oremus is free, but your donations in appreciation of it are much appreciated and assist with the costs of publication. It is also available to read on Issuu. Please see below for the link to access a digital copy.

Related links: Link for Oremus July and August Edition


thumbnail image For parents with children at the end of Year 2 or older, and who would like to make their first communion next year, please collect a form from Clergy House Reception. Details on the course, the expectations of the Cathedral and instructions on returning the forms will be provided with the form.


thumbnail image Our annual Summer Fair will be held on Saturday, 3 August from 11am to 3pm in Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue. Please save the date and come along and support us. There will be the usual range of stalls selling gifts, jewellery, toys, books and much more. We will also have delicious food provided by our Filipino and Nigerian community among others, so no need to eat before you come! There will be a Pimms stall too and music and dancing displays by members of our popular Filipino Club.
However, in order to help make the event a success and try to raise funds for the Cathedral, we need all of you to help too. You can do this by donating good quality items for us to sell on the stalls such as unwanted or unused Christmas and birthday presents. Homemade jams and preserves, cakes and handicrafts are always popular and sell well. Plus, please do not forget bottles for the tombola stall. Offers of help on the day would be welcome. Donations may be left at Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, for Mary Maxwell. Raffle tickets are now available!


thumbnail image Croissants and Christianity: coffee morning with faith and fellowship for those with bumps, babies and toddlers. Join us on Monday morning from 10am to 11.30am in the Hinsley Room off Morpeth Terrace. We have a cup of tea and chat while children play, enjoying an opportunity to pray the rosary together, share common concerns and lend each other spiritual support in an informal and friendly context, often benefiting from input from one of the Cathedral priests. It is free and runs during term time and occasionally during school holidays. The Hinsley Room is on the left as you walk down Morpeth Terrace to Francis St, accessed via an iron gate and up a path alongside the little garden.


thumbnail image The Filipino Club will be holding their Summer Charity Tea Dance on Sunday, 18 August from 2pm to 5pm in Cathedral Hall. There will be dancing all afternoon with light refreshments and a grand raffle draw at the end of the day. Tickets are available at the door. Entrance fee is £5 and Raffle Tickets £1 each. The Club never sells tickets on line so please only buy at the door or from a Club Member. All are welcome.


thumbnail image Once again we will be taking part in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham. This takes place on Saturday, 21 September. We will be leaving the Cathedral at 6.30am and returning at approximately 7pm. The cost will be £21.00 per adult and £11 per child. To book, please leave the required money, in an envelope clearly marked with your name and contact details, at Clergy House Reception.


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.