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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Lumiere Westminster

thumbnail image Over this weekend, you will have noticed that the front of the Cathedral has been unusually dominated by a work of art. Mick Stephenson’s ‘The Rose’ has been lit since Thursday as part of the Lumiere London exhibition. It is made up of recycled bottles that have been transformed into a beautiful window, and with the help of pedal power, lights up to make a very eye-catching piece. The artist’s idea is that The Rose should remind us how light is a luxury that we take for granted, exploring issues relating to poverty, sustainability and climate change, but at the heart of this message is that with light communities can be transformed.

That description can easily be used for the Church and the light that should emanate from it. In our Gospel this weekend we are told of the calling of Simon and his brother Andrew, and then of Zebedee and John, as they cast their nets into the sea. It is easy to forget how shocking this calling was. The Messiah was not meant to call fishermen to help him save Israel, he was meant to call soldiers and the well educated who could help him conquer their oppressors; but instead Jesus picks the most unlikely characters to be his disciples. With hindsight, we can see that out of these seemingly broken and unlikely characters Jesus made something beautiful. With his creative eye and his light shining through them came the Church. And just like those recycled bottles that have been in our piazza this weekend, individually there were still blemishes, and by themselves they could not have spread the Gospel as they did. But combined with the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit, God created something that he knew could shine beauty in our world, that could transform our community.

So perhaps this weekend as we walk past this Rose window we could remind ourselves of our own role in this great work of art of the Church today. Of how we are called by God to play our part in shining his light in our community through being members of his Church. Through our contribution to this Cathedral parish, through working together to help those suffering from poverty, loneliness or ill-health, through praying for each other – this is how we can make sure that the beauty of Westminster Cathedral shines out beyond our Piazza and into the darkest corners of our city.

Fr Andrew Gallagher

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 19 January
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
17.00 Cathedral Evensong with St Paul’s Cathedral
18.00 Cathedral Said Mass
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 20 January
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
18.00 Cathedral Adult Confirmations at Mass: Bp Hudson

Sunday 21 January THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
SPUC White Flower Appeal on Cathedral Steps
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.00 Cathedral Hall Chopin Society Recital
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 22 January
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday 23 January
17.00 St Paul’s Cathedral Vespers at St Paul’s Cathedral
18.00 Cathedral Said Mass
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 24 January St Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor
10.30 Cathedral Funeral Mass: Catherine Hanifan

Thursday 25 January The Conversion of St Paul, Apostle
7, 8, 10.30am Masses in St Paul’s Chapel
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother and Toddler Group

Friday 26 January Ss Timothy & Titus, Bishops
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 27 January
Second Collection at 6pm Mass: Racial Justice
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice & Peace Group
18.00 Cathedral Victoria Choir sings at Mass

Sunday 28 January FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
Second Collection: Racial Justice
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: Marko Sever
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

CATHEDRAL YOUTH CONFIRMATION - STARTS MONDAY 29TH JANUARY

thumbnail image The Cathedral’s Youth Confirmation programme begins on Monday, 29 January in Vaughan House. Please arrive by 6.50pm. This is an introductory evening which candidates, parents/guardians and sponsors/godparents are required to attend.

THE PASSAGE - THANK YOU

thumbnail image Last week’s collection raised the wonderful sum of £5,602. Thank you to our parishioners for their tremendous generosity.

THE FUTURE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS - VOICE YOUR SUPPORT

thumbnail image Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it; now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. The cap was introduced in 2010 and states that some new Catholic schools may only contain up to 50% Catholic pupils if they are oversubscribed. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Related links: Link to Website

LUMIERE LONDON - THURSDAY 18TH - SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY IN THE CATHEDRAL PIAZZA

thumbnail image Lumiere London is a world-class festival that has taken place over four evenings, from Thursday, 18 to Sunday, 21 January. It showcases the capital’s spectacular and iconic architecture and streets, with more than 50 works created through the vision of leading UK and international artists. This year the organisers have increased the amount of venues to include Victoria. In Westminster Cathedral Piazza the exhibition is called ‘The Rose’. This is a rose window with a difference, with the work made from thousands of recycled plastic bottles transformed into beautiful illuminated art. The Rose is powered by bicycles pedalled by members of the public. For further information, visit https://www.visitlondon.com/lumiere/about#7OBcb6uCLjIb4pFg.97

Related links: Link to Lumiere Website

LONDON EVENINGS OF FAITH

thumbnail image This spring there will be a series of talks on Tuesday evenings on the Catholic faith in our modern scientific world. These will take place at 7pm in the Challoner Room, Basement, 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (back of Warwick Street Church), including wine and cheese. The theme of the talks is The spirit of Vatican II.
30 January: Dei verbum: Revelation in a scientific world - Dr Gregory Farrelly
13 February The Eucharist: Source and summit of our lives - Fr Matthew O Gorman
27 February Humanae Vitae: The purpose of marriage and sex - Mr Ryan Day
13 March: Lumen Gentium: The nature of the Church today - Fr Timothy Finigan.
See website for further details http://www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.

Related links: Link to Website

MOTHERS AND BABIES GROUP - STARTS THURSDAY 1ST MARCH

thumbnail image On Thursday, 1 March we will be launching a weekly Mothers and Babies Group for the Westminster Cathedral community. We will come together every Thursday morning from 10am to midday, for coffee, chat and catechism, with a topical reflection from Fr Martin Plunkett leading to group discussion. The sessions will be a chance to get to know other mothers within our parish, and to support each other on the journey of Catholic family life. Everyone welcome with babies and toddlers. Please contact Alexandra Watson ahead of the first session, so we have an idea of numbers: aphilpotts@cantab.net or telephone 07789 656433.

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson

WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2018 - HELPING OUR SICK PILGRIMS AS A ST FRAI HOSPITALITE HELPER

thumbnail image If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well equipped for their care and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers.
The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. This includes helping the pilgrims get up and ready in the morning; making large amounts of tea; taking the pilgrims to various pilgrimage events; shopping and socialising with them and other helpers; and putting them to bed at night. The timetable is shared across two shifts so there is enough time to rest, make your own pilgrimage, spend time with your groups and make new friends.
Helping in the St Frai is an extremely moving and rewarding experience. Working there offers an opportunity to give our care and company to our pilgrims and make a huge difference in their lives.
If you are interested in helping in the St Frai in Lourdes, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Related links: Email for Nick Leonard

FILIPINO CLUB CHARITY TEA DANCE - SUNDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

thumbnail image The Filipino Club at Westminster Cathedral will be holding a Charity Tea Dance on Sunday 18 February in Cathedral Hall between 2 and 6pm. Entrance fee is £5 per person and tickets can be purchased on the door.

JANUARY EDITION OF OREMUS NOW AVAILABLE

thumbnail image The January 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.

FRIENDS CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT - TUESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY

thumbnail image The next Friends event will be the Curry and Quiz Night on the 6 February. Tickets are £18 with a maximum table size of eight people. Tickets available from Clergy House Reception or friends@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email for Tickets

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 2018

thumbnail image Due to a lack of resources our 9am Childrens 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.

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.