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thumbnail image Public worship takes place at the same time each day:

8.00 Mass

10.30 Mass (Latin, Monday to Saturday)

12.30 Mass

17.30 Mass

The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass and closes for cleaning after each Mass.

Confessions each day:

If you are suffering from any symptoms of Covid-19 please do not come to the Cathedral. If you are in an at-risk category from Covid-19 we recommend you do not come to the Cathedral at this time.
The Cathedral will open half an hour before each Mass is scheduled to begin. The capacity of the Cathedral for each Mass will be 134 individuals (67 households). Once this number is reached the doors will be closed.
Face Masks are not compulsory so we do ask that you keep 2 metres apart. The Sunday obligation is still suspended, so if you are able to come to a Mass in the week instead, please do so.
There will be no offertory procession, collection or sign of peace at Mass. Please give donations through planned giving, online, or via contactless points or collection boxes around the Cathedral.
There will be no singing at Mass until further notice. There will only be homilies on Sundays and Solemnities and these will be kept brief.
Communion will be in one kind only, and will only be distributed on the hand and standing. Further information will be announced before Mass begins.
The Cathedral will close immediately after Mass for cleaning.

Due to the current restrictions, the hours for confessions are limited. They will take place in the Baptistry or St Gregory and St Augustine Chapel.
The priest and penitent will be standing, face to face and at appropriate social distance. Your confession needs to be brief, so please arrive prepared.

Other important information:
The toilets remain closed at this time.
The shop and café will also remain closed.
Priests are available by appointment only. Please call or email Clergy House to make an appointment.


thumbnail image I write with the sad news of the death during the evening of 26 June of Canon Christopher Howard Joseph Tuckwell.  He died peacefully at the Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham, where he received end of life care in recent days. The visit the previous day of Cardinal Vincent surely gave Christopher much consolation as he prepared for God’s embrace.
Canon Christopher was born in Kingston upon Thames on 25 September 1945 and ordained as a Catholic priest on 4 December 1995 by Cardinal Basil Hume in the Cathedral, where he served as Administrator from 2008 until he stepped down on 13 June.
Sympathy is extended to Canon Christopher’s family and friends, and to the clergy and parishioners of the Cathedral parish and his former parishes in the Diocese, and to those among whom he ministered as an Anglican priest and those with whom he served while an officer in the army. The Funeral Mass will take place in accordance with the protocols necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic and an obituary will be circulated in due course.
We pray for the repose of Canon Christopher’s soul:

Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, you willingly gave yourself up to death
so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life.
Listen to our prayers, look with love on your people who mourn
and pray for your servant Christopher.
Lord Jesus, holy and compassionate, forgive his sins.
By dying you opened the gates of life for those who believe in you.
Do not let our brother be parted from you, but by your glorious power give him light, joy and peace in heaven where you live for ever and ever.
May the soul of this faithful priest rest in peace.  Amen.
Mgr Martin Hayes | Vicar General | Diocese of Westminster

The Funeral Requiem Mass for Canon Christopher will take place on Tuesday 7 July at 10.30am, celebrated by Cardinal Vincent. The present COVID-19 restrictions mean that only 30 people can be present. Those invited represent different aspects of Canon Christopher’s life and ministry. However, the Mass will be live-streamed and everyone is invited to follow it and to join in prayer for the repose of his soul.
When it becomes possible to gather without restriction, a Memorial Mass will be organized in which all will be able to take part.

CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: The Return of the King - Back to Normal?

thumbnail image Over the last few months many people have been asking themselves: ‘When will things go back to normal?’ The challenging truth is that things may never be quite the same as they were before the pandemic began. But in some ways that may turn out to be a good thing. We don’t necessarily want everything to go back to the way it was. This chastening experience might refocus some of our collective priorities, making us more caring for one another and more careful of our environment, for example.
It has also been a sobering reminder that life in the body is brief and always fragile. Of course, our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones during this difficult time and we rightly honour those who have worked so hard to care for the sick, even at the cost of their own lives. Yet all this tragedy and this heroism should also serve to refocus our individual and social priorities.
This world is not the end of our journey and material comforts are not the ultimate fulfilment of our existence. St Paul admonishes us not to ‘live according to the flesh’, but to mortify our earthly desires by the power of the Holy Spirit and seek those things that will give truly meaningful and lasting life to our souls—and in the end to our bodies, too. For ‘if the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you, he will quicken your mortal bodies because of the Spirit that dwells in you’.
The greatest sadness of the recent lockdown weeks has been the shutting of our churches, which meant that the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Jesus and his other sacramental gifts have not been physically available to most people. Now as public services are possible again, although still with a certain caution, we eagerly grasp being able to say with the prophet Zechariah: ‘Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! See, your King comes to you …’.
Though many people have done their noble best to foster their faith by spiritual communions, watching online celebrations and through private prayer, these are no substitute for the real thing, human presence. God became Man in order to gather us into his own divine life though our shared human nature, body and soul. He offered his own sacred Body and Blood in sacrifice for our broken world on the Cross. It is in being present to and at this mystery that we find our ultimate healing and eternal salvation. And it is in Christ alone—in his teaching and through the power of his grace given to us through the Church—that we can recover the true dignity of human life and find the answer to the world’s ills.

Fr Hugh MacKenzie


thumbnail image Public worship takes place at the same time each day:

8.00 Mass

10.30 Mass (Latin, Monday to Saturday)

12.30 Mass

17.30 Mass

The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass and closes for cleaning after each Mass

Confessions each day:

16.30 (Live stream only) Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Monday 6 July St Maria Goretti, Virgin & Martyr

Tuesday 7 July Feria

Wednesday 8 July Feria

Thursday 9 July Feria

Friday 10 July Feria (Friday abstinence)

Saturday 11 July St BENEDICT, Abbot, Patron of Europe

(Sea Sunday)
16.30 (Live stream only) Solemn Vespers and Benediction


thumbnail image On Wednesday 1 June we celebrated the Dedication of the Cathedral Church and the Choristers came together to sing the Office Hymn of the Dedication virtually at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW4gwuz5D_0&feature=youtu.be


thumbnail image The full-length July/August edition of Oremus, the Cathedral magazine, with the usual mix of informative quality content, is now available for collection at the stand by the main doors of the Cathedral and online at the website. Please do enjoy reading it and recommend it to your friends.


thumbnail image The church is closed and will remain so until further notice.


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

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