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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE: THE SEED AND THE KINGDOM

thumbnail image When we try to explain something, we often describe how it is like something else. Similarly, when Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God, he never said what it actually is, but spoke in parables about what it is like. Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to what happens when seed is sown by a farmer. Once the seed is sown, the farmer waits for the harvest. Even though nothing much seems to be happening, the seed is mysteriously growing and will be ripe by harvest time. Just as the harvest cannot be rushed and arrives in its own time, so the Kingdom of God and our sanctification (our becoming saints) will reach its completion in God’s appointed time, not ours. Like the farmer in the parable, we must learn to be humble and patient, and trust in God!

Using the imagery of the seed, Jesus demonstrates the gradual unfolding of God’s immense Kingdom on the Earth. The new life and the power of growth in the seed is an illustration of the new life and power given by the Holy Spirit to all those who live in God’s Kingdom. The seed is buried in the earth and assimilates properties from it. Likewise, the Kingdom takes hold of what is dead and unfruitful and imparts to it a higher mode of existence and an ever fuller life. Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church, continues to die and grow, like a seed, increasing its strength through the ages, until it reaches its full stature. Even its persecution or destruction, in any particular place or country, becomes the fertiliser for new growth, in that same place or elsewhere.

The prophet Ezekiel used the symbol of the tree, which represents God’s Kingdom, to proclaim that every kind of bird will live beneath it; every winged creature shall rest in the shade of its branches. The term ‘birds of the air’ was a Jewish expression for the Gentiles, (people who were not Jews). In that same tradition, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is open to all peoples and God’s building of His Kingdom is ongoing. The Kingdom grows where ever the Holy Spirit is at work and the Spirit goes wherever He wills, beyond the limitations that our earthly thinking might place upon Him. We will share the shady branches of Heaven with many people that some might be surprised to discover there. Let us rejoice in God’s generous and merciful love!

Fr Michael Donaghy

THIS WEEK'S DIARY:

thumbnail image The Cathedral is open from 7.30am until after the evening Mass each day.
* Live streamed via the Cathedral website, and Sung/Choral.

Monday to Friday
Mass: 8 and 10.30am (Latin), 12.30 and 5.30pm *
Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 5-5.30pm

Saturday
Mass: 8 and 10.30am (Latin), 12.30 and 6pm *
Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 5.30-6pm

Sunday
Mass: 8 and 10am*, 12 noon (Solemn, Choir)*, 5.30* and 7pm
4pm Solemn Vespers and Benediction (Choir)*
Confessions: 11.30am-12 noon, 5.15-5.45pm


Sunday 13 June 11TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
4.45pm Organ Recital: James Orford (Westminster Cathedral)

Monday 14 June Feria

Tuesday 15 June Feria

Wednesday 16 June Feria

Thursday 17 June Feria

Friday 18 June Feria, Friday abstinence

Saturday 19 June Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

Sunday 20 June 12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Day for Life
4.45pm Organ Recital: Jamie Rogers (Canterbury Cathedral)

SACRED HEART CHURCH, HORSEFERRY ROAD
The church hosts a Mass for the Croatian Chaplaincy at 4pm on Sundays.

COVID-19 UPDATE
As you may have seen, we are participating in the NHS Covid-19 App, to assist with track and trace. We do encourage you to make use of this app.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The Gift Shop and Café remain closed, although the toilets are now open. The Chaplains can be contacted through Clergy House Reception if you wish to speak to them or are in need of assistance.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL APPOINTS NEW MASTER OF MUSIC

thumbnail image Westminster Cathedral is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Johnson as Master of Music from 1st September 2021.

Simon has been the Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral since 2008, during which time he has played for all the national events that have taken place there, including the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen and the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. Previously he was Assistant Master of Music at St Albans Cathedral, establishing the reputation of the Girls’ Choir, and his first job was as Director of Music at All Saints’ Church in Northampton.

Simon is very active as a recitalist throughout the USA and Europe and also enjoys orchestral conducting; his compositions are published by OUP and Peters. In 2018 he addressed the symposium of the Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome and in the same year he worked with NASA and the International Space Station in a sell-out performance of Holst’s The Planets at St Paul’s.

Speaking of his appointment to Westminster Cathedral, Simon said: ‘I am tremendously excited to have been appointed to this prestigious post. The Choir of Westminster Cathedral occupies a truly unique position in the world of Church music and I look forward to becoming a part of such a precious liturgical and musical tradition.’

Echoing these sentiments, Fr Sławomir Witoń, Cathedral Administrator, said: ‘I am very pleased that Simon has accepted the appointment to be the new Master of Music at our Cathedral. I am very confident that Simon’s outstanding musicianship and extensive experience will sustain and develop further our provision of sacred music of the highest quality at the service of the Church, in accordance with the Charter for Sacred Music in the Mission of the Cathedral established by the Cardinal. I am very much looking forward to welcoming Simon to our Cathedral team.’

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?

thumbnail image For those who are interested in becoming a Catholic or wish to explore the Catholic faith the RCIA course will commence in September. For further information please contact Fr Vincent Mbui at vincentmbui@rcdow.org.uk.

REQUIEM MASS FOR CANON CHRISTOPHER TUCKWELL RIP

thumbnail image The Cardinal will celebrate a Year’s Mind Mass for Canon Christopher Tuckwell in the Cathedral at 5.30pm on Friday 25 June and all are welcome to attend. Sadly, it will not be possible, as planned, to hold a reception after the Mass and this will be deferred to a later date when the pandemic is truly behind us. The Friends of Westminster Cathedral continue to collect donations in Canon Christopher’s memory and these may be sent to Clergy House, payable to ‘The Friends of Westminster Cathedral’.

ALTAR SERVERS

thumbnail image As the various health restrictions are being eased we are preparing to allow our altar servers to return in the coming weeks. However, we could do with some more adult servers both on Sundays and during the week.  If you are over 18 years of age and this would be of interest to you, please email the Cathedral Master of Ceremonies on wcservers@rcdow.org.uk for further information.

MASS INTENTIONS AVAILABLE

thumbnail image If you would like to have Mass offered for a particular intention please visit, call or email Clergy House Reception. There are a number of Masses available for your intentions in the coming weeks. Intentions are published on the parish noticeboard by the main doors of the Cathedral.

MASS TIMES FROM 10TH APRIL

thumbnail image For the Transitional Timetable, from Saturday 10 April, please click on the link below:

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ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN A PARLIAMENTARY MOTION TO STOP 'DIY' ABORTION

thumbnail image Carla Lockhart MP has launched a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to end ‘DIY’ home abortion. It is therefore vital that as many MPs as possible sign Carla Lockhart’s motion to send a clear message to the Government that they must end dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortion services as soon as possible. Right To Life UK has launched an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple for you to send an email to your MP asking them to sign the motion. Please follow the link below to contact your MP now. It only takes 30 seconds!
www.righttolife.org.uk/DIYmotion.

WELCOMING REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS

thumbnail image Tuesday 22 June, 2:00pm-3:30pm - An opportunity for people from parishes and schools who seek to welcome and empower migrants and refugees, to meet together, share best practice and ideas, receive training and agree main advocacy issues. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) will present their new Report: Being Human in the Asylum System. This has been written, using the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, in response to the government’s recent (very short) consultation on their New Plan for Immigration, and in anticipation of new legislation. Register on Eventbrite here: Diocese of Westminster Quarterly Meeting of Refugee and Migrant projects Tickets, Tue 22 Jun 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

VACANCY FOR A BISHOP'S P.A.

thumbnail image Bishop Nicholas Hudson is looking to appoint a Personal Assistant to provide him with administrative and secretarial support. The hours of work are 17.5 hours per week (4-5 weekdays, negotiable upon appointment); salary £19.11 per hour. Closing date: 1 July. The job description may be found at https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk/pa-to-auxiliary-bishop-archbishops-house/

PASTORAL LETTER ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS

thumbnail image In their Pastoral Letter, the Bishops ask, “Are we really demonstrating love, care and respect for our common home?” This is basically the question we have been considering in our local Laudato Si’ Circle at recent Zoom meetings. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, 18 June at 6pm when we shall be asking ourselves, in line with the Pastoral Letter, in what ways we have “ignored the systematic exploitation of our planet and the unsustainable consumption of its resources” and how best we can “each reaffirm our personal vocation to be stewards of creation”. The meeting is open to all, and the Zoom link is
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85806484816?pwd=NUZkQ2VHazlUL2pteFlSZW94b21qdz09. Meeting ID: 858 0648 4816, Passcode: 476913.

SPONSORING SANCTUARY LAMPS

thumbnail image As you may be aware, there are various candles and lamps which burn perpetually around the Cathedral; particularly before the Blessed Sacrament, in the Lady Chapel, in the Sacred Heart Shrine, at the relics of St John Southworth, St Thomas Becket and St Edmund of Abingdon, and in the Holy Souls Chapel.
Would you like one of these to burn in memory of a loved one, or for a particular intention? If so, we ask for a donation of £10 per week, which will go towards defraying the costs of running the sacristy: candles, hosts, wine and other necessities for the celebration of Mass. Please hand in at Clergy House Reception or in one of the Cathedral’s donation boxes an envelope marked ‘Sanctuary Lamp Donation’, together with a note stating your particular intention, and the light you would like to burn for that intention.