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FR NORMAN BROWN RIP - FUNERAL MASS ON FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image The Funeral Mass of Fr Norman Brown, formerly a Cathedral Chaplain, will take place on Friday 27 October at 2.30pm, with Cardinal Nichols presiding.

CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: The Mission of the Church

thumbnail image This weekend is World Mission Day, as we remember those who carry the Gospel around the world and pray for their work; it will be good to remind ourselves of something which is the very nature of the Church here on earth, namely, she is missionary.
The missionary essence of the Church flows from the love of God the Father, who according to his plan, has its origin in the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit. The whole purpose of the mission of the Church is to invite everyone, both those within as well as those outside her, to share in the divine love of our Triune God. At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, our Risen Lord gives command to his apostles, and through them to the whole Church: ‘Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you’.
Notice that in this passage there are four imperative verbs: go, make, baptise, teach. Throughout her history, the Church has carried out these four aspects related to her missionary endeavour, at times putting more emphasis on some of them. In recent history, the Church continues to bring the Gospel to those who have not yet received it; she also continues her teaching role - examples of this are our schools and universities. However, it seems that the most important part of this great commission, namely that of making disciples and forming true followers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is the one we wrestle with the most.
The word disciple comes from the Latin word discipulus which means a learner. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be engaged in a lifelong process of learning from and about Jesus the master, Jesus the teacher. Where do we learn from and about Jesus? In the Church, but above all by listening to his Gospel with total openness, trust and allowing it to penetrates our hearts and challenge our lives. Because the joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Today, in this Mass you have an opportunity to have an personal encounter with Jesus; do not let him pass you by!

Fr Julio Albornoz

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 20 October
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
12noon Cathedral Funeral Mass of Mgr Augustine Hoey
12.30 and 1.05 pm Masses cancelled
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 21 October Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.30 Cathedral National Altar Servers’ Mass – Cardinal Vincent

Sunday 22 October TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN O.T.
9.30 Cathedral Hall SVP Book Sale
12noon 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: Chris Totney (Devizes)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 23 October
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
19.00 Clergy House (Rm 2) Studying Catechism Together

Tuesday 24 October
8.30-17.30 Cathedral Hall NHS Blood Transfusion Service
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 25 October
14.00 Hinsley Room Guild of St John Southworth
19.30 Hinsley Room Communion & Liberation Meeting
19.30 Cathedral Grand Organ Festival: Adriano Falcioni (Perugia)

Thursday 26 October
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 27 October
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
14.30 Cathedral Funeral Mass of Fr Norman Brown (Cardinal Nichols)
17.30 Cathedral Requiem Mass on 50th Anniversary of 1967 Abortion Act
followed by Holy Hour (Bishop Sherrington)
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 28 October Ss SIMON & JUDE, Apostles
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
13.00 Cathedral Closure for Eastern Catholic Liturgy at 14.00
(ticketed admission only)
18.00 Cathedral Visiting Choir: Piccolo Lasso

Sunday 29 October TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN O.T.
CLOCKS GO BACK! Second Collection for Friends of the Holy Land
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Oliver Hancock
(Portsmouth C of E Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

CATHEDRAL CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME 2018

thumbnail image Application forms for the 2018 Confirmation Programme 2018 are available at the information desk at the back of the Cathedral and at Clergy House Reception. Candidates should be in Year 9. Please return forms by Friday 22 November.

NORTHERN SAINTS PILGRIMAGE TO YORK AND DURHAM JULY 2018 - INFORMATION MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image NORTHERN SAINTS PILGRIMAGE
The Guild of St John Southworth and The Friends of the Venerabile are planning a visit to York and Durham from Monday 9 to Friday 13 July 2018. Cost: £450 (sharing), £595 (single occupancy), plus rail fare.If you would like to know more, Anne Marie Micallef will be talking about some of the Northern Saints in the Hinsley Room at 2pm on Wednesday 25 October when there will be more information available; or email annemariem@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email for Anne-Marie Micallef

CATHEDRAL CLOSURE AND CONFESSIONS - SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image On Saturday 28 October an Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the Cathedral. This is a ticketed event and the Cathedral will therefore be closed from 1-4.30pm. Confessions will still be heard whilst the Cathedral is closed at Clergy House.

MASS AND PRAYER VIGIL MARKING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABORTION ACT - FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image There will be a Mass and Holy Hour Prayer Vigil marking the Anniversary of the Abortion Act on Friday 27th October in Westminster Cathedral at 5:30pm, celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington. This marks the 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act 1967 passing through Parliament. Please note the date and join in the Church’s prayer for the unborn and for those who have undergone abortions during these years.

OREMUS - October edition available

thumbnail image The October 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 will be available here:http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/October17Website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus October Edition

SVP URGENT APPEAL FOR DRIVERS

thumbnail image DRIVERS URGENTLY NEEDED
For over 20 years the SVP has been bringing elderly and disabled people to the 10.30 Mass in our minibus. In all that time we have only missed a dozen or so Sundays. We depend on having enough drivers and helpers to fill a 5 week rota: a minimum of 10 people. We are now down to 6 and will soon not be able to provide a weekly service. If you would like to help 10 times a year, and are on email, please email svp@johnmole.com. Drivers need to be over 25 with a UK driving licence OR have lived in the UK for three years with a foreign licence. You would be most welcome, especially by those who depend on us to come to Mass.

BRITISH SUMMER TIME ENDS - CLOCKS GO BACK ON SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image We would like to remind all parishioners and visitors that on Sunday 29th October, at 2am, British Summer Time ends and clocks go back by one hour.

VACANCY IN THE SACRISTY

thumbnail image We are looking to fill a part-time vacancy to provide support to the running of the Sacristy department for the Cathedral. Sacristans are responsible for the preparation of the schedule of Masses and other liturgical events and maintaining all equipment associated with the Sacristy. More information can be found on www.rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/

Related links: Diocesan Vacancies Page

INAUGURAL CHORAL COLLABORATION - WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

thumbnail image The Choir, together for the first time with Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, sings Mozart’s Requiem at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 November in the Cathedral. Soloists are Mary Bevan, Catherine Hopper, Gwilym Bowen and Marcus Farnsworth, whilst Martin Baker conducts. Tickets (£10-40) from the Gift Shop or at www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Related links: Link to Ticketmaster

VICTORIA CHILDREN'S CHOIR - RECRUITING

thumbnail image Recruiting is still open for members of the choir between school years 3-6. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays in term time from 4.45-6pm and the choir will sing at the Vigil Mass on each 2nd Saturday. Further details are at http://www.victoriachildrenschoir.com or from Eileen McDade emcdade@choirschool.com, 020 7798 9035

Related links: Victoria Choir Website Email Contact

REMINDER OF CATHEDRAL KITCHEN OPENING HOURS

thumbnail image The Cathedral Kitchen’s opening hours are from 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Saturday and it is accessed by the spiral stairs adjacent to the Baptistry. Breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea and snacks are all available.

VOLUNTEERING AT CARDINAL HUME CENTRE

thumbnail image The Centre has an urgent need of volunteers to help in the children’s Homework Club in the afternoon Monday to Friday for 2 hours each day. It also requires volunteers to help in the Charity Shop on Horseferry Road. For more information, please contact Flora and Emily in their Volunteering Team at volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk or 020 7222 1602.

Related links: Email for Cardinal Hume Centre Volunteering

VOLUNTEERING AT THE PASSAGE

thumbnail image The Passage, a charity working with homeless people locally, is looking for a volunteer prepared to assist with collecting donated sandwiches from local shops some Saturday evenings. For further details please contact Andrew Hollingsworth andrew.h@passage.org.uk .

Related links: Email for Andrew Hollingsworth

FRIENDS’ EVENTS - BLACK TIE DINNER TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

thumbnail image A black-tie dinner will be held on 14 November to mark the Friends 40th anniversary year. Our guest speaker is Jacob Rees-Mogg MP. Please do keep the date. There will be further details in the autumn newsletter. If you wish to register your interest in the event please email: christinawhite@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email for Christina White

THE SECOND ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION YOUTH CONFERENCE - SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

thumbnail image THE SECOND ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION YOUTH CONFERENCE
Following on from the success of last year’s CMA “Beginning of Life” conference, we are pleased to announce this year’s conference for young Catholics in healthcare, entitled: Catholics in Healthcare: Extraordinary Lives, Extraordinary Saints. This is a one-day event with speakers and stalls covering pro-life issues, conscience, medical missionary work, and the vocation of the healthcare worker. St Aloysius’ Catholic Church, Euston, London. Saturday 4 November midday – 6pm. Entry by donation. To reserve a place and for more information, email: events@catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk facebook.com/CMAEnglandandWales

Related links: Email for Booking

ST RICHARD REYNOLDS CATHOLIC COLLEGE - VACANCIES

thumbnail image The College has vacancies for the following posts: Receptionist, Learning Support Assistant (High School) and Food Technician. For further details, please contact Claudine Richardson on 020 8325 4630 or visit: http://www.strichardreynolds.org.uk/recruitment

Related links: Link to College Website

LAVENDER BAGS

thumbnail image LAVENDER BAGS

The Friends are looking for a volunteer to make lavender bags for the Cathedral Christmas Fair. We will provide the lavender, the material and the ribbon – we just need your skills at the sewing machine. If you can help. Please contact the Friends’ Office on 020 7798 9059.