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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: We Will Remember Them

thumbnail image Some people heartily dislike the month of November, citing the increased hours of darkness, the rain and fog and the trees shedding their leaves, all of which speaks to them of decay and an ending. Personally, I enjoy November, largely because it is the final liturgical month of the Church’s year and leads us into the beautiful season of Advent. It is also a very privileged time in which we have the duty and grace to remember all those who have walked the road before us. November and Remembrance run together and we are given so many opportunities for the offering of our prayers, our fasts, our abstinence and our acts of generosity for the repose of the Holy Souls. Our November prayers for the dead can bring our departed loved ones into our daily lives in a very special way, so much so that we sometimes say: ‘I feel closer to them now than when they were alive’.
November also sees that special time when we pray and give thanks for the sacrifice of all those who died in war, and this year has a particular significance in that Remembrance Sunday falls on November 11th, Armistice Day, marking the centenary of the end of conflict in 1918. In recent years, the public awareness of Remembrance of the War Dead seems to have increased, as we are made more aware of just what others endured for us. As the number of veterans of the Second World War is dwindling, we turn, perhaps, to recall the memory of those who have died in post-war conflicts, in Korea, in Malaya, in Suez, in Cyprus, in Aden, in the Falklands, in Ireland and more recently in Afghanistan and Iraq; and as we pray for them, we pray too for their widows and children.
As once again we remember the fallen, let us pray for those parts of the world where there is ongoing war and violence, thinking especially of Syria and other parts of the Middle East, and let us pray for all who are working and struggling to bring about a just and lasting peace. Remember also at this time the men and women of our Armed Forces who are on active service and who, in our name, serve to effect that peace.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them.

Canon Christopher Tuckwell

See also: College of Chaplains


thumbnail image Friday 9 November Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 10 November St Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor of the Church
Collection at 6pm Mass: Sick & Retired Priests
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
12.30 Cathedral steps 500 Crosses for Life
14.30 Cathedral Polish Independence Mass
15.00 Cathedral Hall Mass in the Extraordinary Form N.B venue change
18.00 Cathedral Victoria Choir sings at Mass

Second Collection: Sick & Retired Priests
9.00 Cathedral Family Mass
10.30 Cathedral Armistice Day Requiem Mass: Cardinal Nichols
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: D’Arcy Trinkwon, University
of Sussex
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 12 November St Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Baptism Preparation Class

Tuesday 13 November
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 14 November
17.30 Cathedral Cathedral Organists’ Association attends Mass

Thursday 15 November
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother & Toddler Group
16.45 Cathedral Chapter Vespers
17.30 Cathedral Deceased Clergy Requiem Mass:Cardinal Nichols
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 16 November St Edmund of Abingdon, Bishop
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
10.30 Holy Souls Chapel Mass
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Class
14.30 Cathedral Memorial Service for Dr John Ashdown-Hill
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 17 November St Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
18.00 Cathedral RCIA Rite of Acceptance at Mass

12.00 Cathedral Catenians attend Mass: Bp John Wilson
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Cathedral Hall Filipino Club Fundraising Event
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Tom Coxhead, Chester
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group


thumbnail image The Night Shelter Project has been running for a few years now and is being managed by Fr Rajiv Michael. It involves London churches providing a night shelter once a week to homeless people, giving them an evening meal, a bed for the night and breakfast, and importantly, sitting with them. The Cathedral offers this service on Wednesday evenings. There are three main areas where help is needed: cooking/setting up, clearing up and sitting with guests/and sleep over. If you feel that you have any of these skills and could spare the time to help in any of these areas please contact Fr Rajiv on 020 7798 9069 or rajivmichael@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email for Fr Rajiv


thumbnail image Paul Tobin, one of the Cathedrals Assistant Masters of Ceremonies, successfully completed the Cardinal Hume Centres Sleep Out Challenge last Tuesday, 6th November outside in the grounds of The Royal Academy of Arts and wishes to thank those people who sponsored him. If you wish to support the vital work of the Centre you can donate through Pauls Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Tobin7

Related links: Link to Donation Page


thumbnail image The application process for the next Youth Confirmation Course is now open. Please leave your contact details at Clergy House Reception 42 Francis Street, 020 7798 9055 and Fr Julio will contact you for a brief interview with the parent/guardian and the candidate.


thumbnail image The Cardinal Hume Centre is seeking a Westminster resident, who owns a car, and is able to collect pre-prepared bags of food from Westminster Chapel (Buckingham Gate SW1E 6BS) and drive 1.6 miles/10 minutes to deliver them to St Gabriel’s Church Halls, Glasgow Terrace (off Lupus Street, Pimlico). You may also be asked to take donations of food from the Church Halls back to the main foodbank location. This role would be needed once a fortnight and expenses paid. Please contact 020 7222 1602 or volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk for more information.

Related links: Email for Cardinal Hume Centre


thumbnail image 10am-midday, every Thursday during term-time.
Our group comes together every Thursday morning during term time for coffee, chat and catechism. Fr Rajiv Michael offers a topical reflection leading to group discussion. The sessions offer a chance to get to know other mothers within our parish, to support each other on the journey of Catholic family life. Everyone welcome with babies and toddlers. Please contact Alexandra Watson for further information, or just turn up at the Hinsley Room at 10am on Thursday. Email aphilpotts@cantab.net

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson


thumbnail image Tickets for events are available from the Friends’ Office, 42 Francis Street, SW1, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.

20 November: Winchester Cathedral and Christmas Fair. Coach departs from Clergy House at 8.15am. We will be arriving at Winchester for 10.30am for a tour of the Cathedral followed by Mass to be celebrated by Canon Christopher Tuckwell. In the afternoon there is free time to take in the delights of the Winchester Christmas Fair, one of the finest in the South East. The coach will depart for the return journey to London at 4.15pm. Tickets £39.

Tuesday 27 November to Tuesday 4 December: The Friends are again participating in the BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge to raise online donations for the Cathedral Hall Appeal. Just log on to the website: thebiggive.org.uk and in the charity box type in The Friends of Westminster Cathedral – then click on the link under Cathedral Community Space – don’t forget to have your debit or credit card ready. The appeal will go live at 12pm on Tuesday 27 November and ends at 12pm on Tuesday 4 December. All monies raised will go towards the refurbishment of the Cathedral Hall

10 January 2019: Westminster Abbey - private tour with the Dean followed by a visit to the new Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries and a drinks reception to follow. Tickets £50. The event will end at 8.30pm. Guests are asked to meet outside the Abbey at 4.30pm for Evensong at 5pm.

Related links: Email for Friends Office


thumbnail image The Cathedral Christmas Fair, run by the Friends, takes place on Sunday 9 December from 9.30am to 2.30pm. We urgently require all manner of donations but especially bottles of alcohol, olive oil, bubble bath etc. for our every ticket wins Tombola and toiletries, new and unwanted gifts, bric a brac, good quality books and games. Sadly no soft toys, used clothing or old paperbacks. Please bring donations to Clergy House Reception clearly marked Christmas Fair. Homemade preserves and chutneys would be most welcome! We will be selling Friends Christmas Puddings through Clergy House from 12 November. Please pick up an order form from the Cathedral and hand in to reception at Clergy House. Raffle tickets for the Fair will be on sale after all weekend Masses from 17 November - also available through Clergy House.
If you can assist with setting up on Saturday 8 December, please hand in your details to Clergy House Reception. We do need able-bodied people to help move boxes around. It is hard work but in aid of the Cathedral. Helpers are needed on the day, too.


thumbnail image The Passage is looking for good quality second hand men’s clothing particularly men’s jumpers, tracksuit bottoms, jeans, Tee shirts and sweatshirts. Waist sizes up to size 34 are particularly needed. Donations may be brought to the street level entrance of St Vincent’s Centre Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm or the lower ground floor entrance to The Passage Resource Centre between 9.15 and 11.45am on Saturday or Sunday.


thumbnail image The SVP would like to thank everyone who supported last Sunday’s book sale – we raised just over £500. Our Christmas book sale will take place on Sunday 2nd December and we look forward to seeing you there.


thumbnail image Please note that October meeting has been cancelled as the speaker is unavailable. The next meeting will be on 21 November when Bishop John Sherrington will talk about Pope Francis’ document Amoris laetitia The Joy of Love.


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.