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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Believing the full message of the prophets

thumbnail image The post-resurrection story of the two disciples on their seven mile journey to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-25), is as insightful as it is encouraging. As disciples, Cleopas and his friend would have followed Jesus, listened to his teaching on many things (including his death and resurrection) and seen him work some miracles. Yet, somehow, they had failed to grasp the necessary link between the recent unprecedented happenings in Jerusalem and the prophecies of old. Because of this, they themselves were thrown into confusion about their faith and, therefore, they couldn’t offer this “only stranger in Jerusalem” a coherent and complete account of the events.

In fact, they were headed in the wrong direction. First, because they had left the locus of this extraordinary drama for a journey of mere speculation and near despair: secondly, why would they, knowing that Jesus was handed over to Roman soldiers to be crucified, head to a Roman garrison town, where their safety as disciples of a crucified master would logically be less assured? No wonder the risen Lord called them “foolish” and “slow to believe”.

But there is a heart-warming side to the story. Jesus did not abandon these two disciples in their folly and despair. He journeyed with them and patiently explained the scriptures to them until after the breaking of bread with them, they were sufficiently enlightened to return to Jerusalem with the full narrative about the Christ: Resurrexit!

The Christian message is incomplete without the firm belief in our Lord’s resurrection. Indeed, without Jesus’ rising from the dead, Christianity would be a pathetic lie (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:12-19). We are who we are and our message is what it is because Christ was faithful to his promise of rising from death on the third day (John 2:19-21). Since no Christian virtue would have any real value or meaning without reference to Jesus’ resurrection, no Christian may claim to be fully mature without faith in this truth about our Lord.

In the presence of this unparalleled phenomenon in history, two types of extreme reactions are possible (per Geza Vermes): faith or disbelief. This faith ought to be sound and solidly grounded in the full message of the prophets and in the credibility of the person and words of Jesus Christ, who died and arose.

Prayer (Mark 9:24): Lord Jesus, I believe in you and in your resurrection. Please help my unbelief. Amen
Fr Michael Quaicoe
Cathedral Chaplain

See also: College of Chaplains

OREMUS - May edition available

thumbnail image The May 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:http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/May17website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus May Edition


thumbnail image Sunday 30 April THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
16.00 Cathedral Hall Chopin Society Recital
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

St Joseph the Worker
Masses at 10.30am (Solemn), 12.30pm, and 5pm (said)

Tuesday 2 May St Athanasius, Bishop & Doctor of the Church
14.30 St George’s Chapel Our Lady of Walsingham Prayer Group
17.30 Cathedral Chapter Mass: Canon Tuckwell
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 3 May Ss Philip & James, Apostles
12.00 Hinsley Room Quiet Day

Thursday 4 May The English Martyrs
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Lesson
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 5 May
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 6 May
Second Collection at 6pm Mass: Priests’ Training Fund
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
11.00 Cathedral Hall Silence in the City

Second Collection: Priests’ Training Fund
09.30 Cathedral Hall SVP Book Sale
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.30 Cathedral Hall Mass for the Deaf
17.30 Cathedral Diocesan Adult Confirmations: Bp Wilson
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group


thumbnail image Regular donations to the Cathedral can be made by standing order or by using a set of numbered envelopes and, if you pay sufficient Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax, you can sign a Gift Aid declaration enabling us to reclaim the tax paid on the amount of your donations at no extra cost to yourself. If you are interested, please email: Anne Marie Micallef annemariem@rcdow.org.uk. or call her on 020 7931 6067.

There are also a large number of planned giving envelopes which have not yet been collected. These can be collected from Clergy House Reception during the first two weeks of May.

Related links: Email: Anne Marie


thumbnail image The next SVP book sale will take place in Cathedral Hall on Sunday, 7 May from 9.30am-1.30pm. We have just been given a large consignment of books and will be pricing these keenly, so come early to get the bargains. As always, we would be pleased to accept donations of new and fairly new paperbacks – but no hardback fiction please – and of CDs and DVDs. Religious books will be particularly welcome. These can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale, or contact John Mole on 07796 173343 or Sharon Joseph on 07814 510991 to arrange for the collection of larger quantities.


thumbnail image If you wish to contact the St Vincent de Paul Society please leave a message at Clergy House Reception or email svpcathedral@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email: Cathedral St Vincent De Paul


thumbnail image 9 May: Launch of the George Malcolm Exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the birth and 20th anniversary of the death of this celebrated musician and former Master of Music. A private view of the exhibition in the Cathedral at 6.30pm will be followed by a talk from curator Giles Dawson and the Master of Music in Clergy House - drinks reception to follow. Tickets £25.

11 May: The Friends’ 40th Anniversary Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in Westminster Cathedral at 5.30pm. The Mass will see the premiere of an anthem specially commissioned to mark the anniversary. Afterwards there will be a ‘Ruby Red’ drinks and canapés reception in the Cathedral Hall with singing from the lay clerks’ ensemble. Tickets for the reception: £25.

16 May: Quiz and fish and chip supper Westminster Cathedral Hall 6.30pm. Tickets £15.

22 May: Day trip to Canterbury Cathedral to include Catholic Mass celebrated by Canon Christopher and a tour of the Cathedral. We will also be including St Dunstan’s where the Head of St Thomas More is buried in the Roper family vault and the Catholic church of St Thomas. There will be free time in Canterbury for lunch. Tea included Tickets £40.

8 June: Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen. Talk by journalist and author Giles Tremlett: Westminster Cathedral Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm. There will be a glass of wine and book signing after the event. Tickets £10. (Postponed from 30 March).

Tickets are available from Clergy House Reception and the Friends’ office on 020 7798 9059.

See also: Friends News

Related links: Email The Friends


thumbnail image The weekend for young women (20s and 30s) is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). There will be input from the FCJ sisters on different aspects of vowed life, and time for prayer, reflection and discussion with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life. The theme is Discerning God’s Call in my life and will take place from 26-28 May in Broadstairs, Kent. It's an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some sisters! For more information contact Sr Lynne FCJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org.

Related links: Email Sr Lynne FCJ FCJ Website


thumbnail image This will take place on Wednesday, 14 June, leaving from the Cathedral at 7.15am. Tickets: adult £16, child £10. Contact Theresa on 07553 846685 or Mellie on 07889 496740 to book a place. All are welcome.


thumbnail image The next lesson will be on Thursday, 4 May. The Clauzel-B Art School, London will hold classes in watercolour, pastel and drawing from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the Hinsley Room. The fee will be £10 per person. Please bring your own materials. Contact: email francinegbaker@gmail.com or mobile 07580 179801.

Related links: Email Francine


thumbnail image The next Day of Prayer and Reflection is on Wednesday, 3 May from 12pm to 4.30pm in the Hinsley Room. The theme is The Greatest Commandment and will be led by Mary Lean, writer and spiritual director. There will be short inputs at 12pm and 2pm. All welcome.

See also: Hire the Hinsley Room


thumbnail image The Filipino Club at Westminster Cathedral invites you to their celebration of Flores de Mayo on Saturday, 27 May from 3pm until 10pm in Cathedral Hall Tickets £15 to include food, entertainment, raffle, disco, ballroom, line dancing. All are welcome. For tickets and further information, please contact Shirley Reyes on 07776 046049 or Cora Emflorgo on 07951 168976.


thumbnail image Men wanting to know more about the permanent diaconate are invited to come to a two hour meeting at Ealing Abbey Parish Centre, Charlbury Grove, W5 2DY on Saturday, 29 April from 10am to noon. No booking needed. Wives welcome. Contact details Deacon Adrian Cullen 07961 594725 or Deacon Anthony Clark 07545 373548.


thumbnail image The Hurtado Jesuit Centre in partnership with Farm Street Jesuit Church, and St Patrick’s Art Studios will present the largest exhibition of contemporary Christian art in the Capital for over a decade with over thirty artists exhibiting and more than seventy pieces on display.
22/23 April at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler Street, E1W 2QT
29/30 April at Farm Street Church, Mayfair.
Opening times: 10.30-17.30 in both venues
For more information please see www.hurtadocentre.org.uk/resurrectionexhibition/

Related links: More information here


thumbnail image Talk by Laurence Freeman OSB on Saturday, 6 May in Westminster Cathedral Hall from 11am to 4pm. The title is: The Need for Contemplation in a Post-truth World. Refreshments from 10.30am, Bring a packed lunch. Suggested donation £20, tickets available at the door or via the website www.silenceinthecity.org.uk. For more information call 020 7231 6278 or 07870 631986.

Related links: More information here


thumbnail image This year's Grand Organ Festival will bring another season of stellar performances to the Cathedral, with British and International players performing a wide range of repertoire.

Details of this year's performers and dates can be found on our website: http://westminstercathedralchoir.com/grand-organ-festival.php

The Festival launches with a concert by James Lancelot of Durham Cathedral, who will play:

JS Bach - Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
JS Bach - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein (BWV 734)
Mendelssohn - Sonata No 4 in B flat major (Op. 65)
Alain - Suite pour orgue
Franck - Grande pièce symphonique

Tickets are £12 (£10) and are available on the door. We will also be selling our season tickets, priced at £70 (£60) for all eight concerts. Please note that we accept cash only. The concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 6.

All concerts begin at 7.30pm, and last approx 75 minutes without interval.

Related links: More details here


thumbnail image We are looking for volunteers who would like to take the CAFOD message into Catholic primary and secondary schools in this area. You will help to inspire children and young people through CAFOD’s range of assemblies and workshops as to how they can act to make the world a fairer place To find out more please call 020 8449-6970, or email wschools@cafod.org.uk. Volunteers will be accepted on successful completion of interview, training days and a DBS (Disclosure and barring service) check.

Related links: Email: CAFOD


thumbnail image A group from the Cathedral parish will be going on the annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes staying at the Padue Hotel. Booking forms are available at Clergy House Reception or from Tangney Tours, 07132 886666. If you are going and wish to be included in the Cathedral group please would you inform my PA, Elizabeth Arnot, on 020 7798 9062 or email elizabetharnot@rcdow.org.uk.


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


thumbnail image 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 this pilgrimage.

Related links: Email Pax Travel Pax Website