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THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Until Thursday 3 December 2020, Westminster Cathedral will be open only for private, individual prayer during the following times:

Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 11.30am to 3.15pm

LIVE STREAM TIMES

The following will be live-streamed at westminstercathedral.org.uk until Thursday 3 December:

Monday to Saturday:
Mass: 9.00am and 5.30pm*
Exposition 10.00am to 3.00 pm

Sunday:
Mass: 10.30am* and 5.30pm
Exposition: 11.30am to 3.15pm
Solemn Vespers and Benediction: 3.30pm*
Services marked with an * will be sung by members of Westminster Cathedral Choir.

Sunday 22 November OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
King of the Universe
Monday 23 November Feria
Tuesday 24 November St Andrew Dũng-Lac, Priest,
and Companions, Martyrs
Wednesday 25 November Feria
Thursday 26 November Feria
Friday 27 November Feria, Friday abstinence
Saturday 28 November Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
Sunday 29 November FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

THE NOVEMBER DEAD LIST

thumbnail image If you would like us to remember your family and friends who have died, please fill in a form available by the Holy Souls Chapel, and return it in an envelope with any donation you wish to give in the box provided. You can also email names to Clergy House Reception and make your donation via the website, marking it as ‘Holy Souls’. Mass will be offered daily for those names submitted throughout the month of November.

THE BIG GIVE FOR WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

thumbnail image Tuesday, 1 December 12pm to Tuesday, 8 December 12pm. The Friends’ Big Give online giving campaign in aid of better communications and better live streaming for Westminster Cathedral. Let’s help people to keep in touch and share the beauty of Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Donations to the appeal online will be doubled whilst funds allow. We are aiming to raise £40,000. To donate, log on to Big Give and type ‘Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral’ in the charity search button. You will be taken directly to our appeal page. PLEASE be generous. Any queries, please contact the office friends@rcdow.org.uk. All donations to the appeal will be in memory of Canon Christopher Tuckwell RIP.

CATHEDRAL TO REOPEN FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP

thumbnail image National Legislation has forced the closure of the Cathedral for Public Worship until 2 December. However, it remains open for private prayer during the day between the hours of 10am and 3pm, Monday to Saturday, and between the hours of 11.30am and 3.15pm on Sunday. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the high altar as a focus of prayer as the pandemic continues.
Mass celebrated by the Chaplains is streamed twice daily at 9am and 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and at 10.30am and 5.30pm on Sunday. Solemn Vespers and Benediction are streamed at 3.30pm on Sunday.

PUBLIC WORSHIP
From Wednesday 2 December the Cathedral will open each day at 7.30am, closing after the last Mass of the day.

Mondays to Saturdays Mass is at 8am, 10.30am (Latin), 12.30pm and 5.30pm (live streamed).
Confessions are heard between 12noon and 12.30pm and again between 5 and 5.30pm
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament between 2 and 5pm, except on Saturdays.
The Cathedral may be closed on Saturday mornings and afternoons for Baptisms, Weddings and other events.
On Sundays Mass is at 8am, 10.30am (live streamed, Choir), 12.30pm, 4pm and 6pm (live streamed).
Solemn Vespers and Benediction are sung at 3pm (live streamed, Choir)
Confessions are at the same time as Monday to Saturday.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Please check the Mass times listings for full details.

TRACK AND TRACE
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. If you do not have the facility, then please complete one of the contact cards in the Cathedral, leaving it in the box available at the main doors. The cards will be kept in a secure location for 21 days before being destroyed. This is not a compulsory measure, but we encourage you to take part for the common good of our society.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The toilets, Gift Shop and Café remain closed.
The Chaplains aim to be available in the Cathedral during weekday opening hours and can also be contacted through Clergy House Reception if you wish to speak to them or are in need of assistance; please call or email Clergy House to make an appointment.

CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: CHRIST IS THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE

thumbnail image In the Lord’s Prayer we ask for the coming of the Kingdom of God. We say ‘thy kingdom come’. This is a prayer of deep longing for peace, justice and joy in the Holy Spirit. The political realities of life, as well as economic and social spheres of influence, have contributed to inequality, poverty and insecurity. Warfare, conflict, racism, and violence have been in the headlines for so many years and months that they have created a sense of frustration and hopelessness for many people.
The longing for the coming of Jesus and his kingdom to transcend the political affairs of our times will be more evident on the Sundays of Advent which follow. The celebration of the solemnity of Christ the King itself marks the completion of year A in the liturgical calendar and helps us to make ourselves ready for our journey with the gospel of St Mark in the coming months.
The solemnity of Christ the King is at the heart of Catholic liturgy and is a reminder that the Church of Christ should become a sure sign of the Kingdom of God on earth. This kingdom should be spiritual and concerned with spiritual matters. It should mean that the Church is an oasis of peace, justice and joy for those who are labouring and laden with heavy burdens in life.
It is said in Quas Primas, the Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on the feast of Christ the King, that the gospels present this kingdom as one which we prepare to enter by penance. We cannot actually enter except by faith and by baptism, which, though an external rite, signifies and produces an interior regeneration. This kingdom is opposed to none other than that of Satan and the powers of darkness. It demands of its subjects a spirit of detachment from riches and earthly things, and a spirit of gentleness. They must hunger and thirst after justice, and more than this, they must deny themselves and carry the cross. (QP.15)
The nobility of the Kingdom of God is that the King himself rules over his people by becoming a shepherd who rescues his sheep from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. He will look for the lost one and bandage the wounded (Ezekiel 34:16). Jesus, the true king, has identified himself with the poor, the sick, and the lonely by saying that if you neglect to act charitably to these, his little brothers and sisters, you do it to him. Encountering Jesus carries with it the moral implication of taking on the responsibility for helping to create peace and justice.



Fr Vincent Mbui SVD

FRIENDS' EVENTS AND CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

thumbnail image From 11.15am to 12.30pm on Sundays, the Friends run a ‘free’ tea and coffee get-together on Zoom.  If you have missed the regular coffee mornings in the Hall after the 10.30am Mass, then please join in. The link for this Sunday’s event is 832 1808 8143, passcode 584666 and it can be found under the live stream portal on the website. Our coffee morning is hosted each week by a different member of the Friends’ Council so it is also an opportunity to chat about the work of the Friends and to get involved. Bring biscuits!
Thursday, 26 November: Titian and Philip II of Spain: The masterpiece paintings. Art history Zoom talk by Paul Pickering. 7pm. Tickets £5.
Wednesday, 2 December: John Francis Bentley: Zoom talk with Peter Howell. 7pm. Free of charge.
Friday, 4 December: Peter Stevens, Assistant Master of Music, gives an online concert of organ music for Advent. The event will be live at 7pm. Post-concert Zoom drinks party to follow directly after the concert. Tickets £10
Tuesday, 8 December: The Paintings of the Nativity: Art history Zoom talk with Paul Pickering. 7pm. Tickets £5.
Thursday, 10 December: Chaplains’ Christmas Quiz: Via Zoom with Quizmaster Fr Andrew Gallagher, and Administrator Fr Slawomir Witoń carrying the flag for Clergy House. Please wear Christmas jumpers and hats and join in the festivities. 7pm start. Tickets £10.

2021 EVENTS
Thursday, 21 January: Zoom talk with Dr Rory O’Donnell – from Whitehall Palace to Wigan Pier – Catholic churches 1685-1829. 7pm. Tickets £5.
Tuesday, 9 February: Joanna Bogle: The Marian Shrines of England – in person talk. Cathedral Hall 7pm. Tickets £10.
Wednesday, 3 March: Alison Weir talk on Kathryn Howard – The Tainted Queen – in person talk. Cathedral Hall 7 pm. Tickets £10.
All events for the Friends may be booked via our online Virgin Money Giving link. Go to VMG and type ‘Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral’ into the charity search box then click on the Friends’ link to donate
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1019491&stop_mobi=yes
Please note that we are only able to accept cheque payment for events if received a week before the event listed. If paying by cheque or VMG please confirm your booking via email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.
Please do join the Friends. We have a very active Facebook page and also an Instagram account to keep in touch with people through lockdown. We need new members to help support the work of Westminster Cathedral. For information on how to join call 020 7798 9059 or log on to the Cathedral website where you will find a downloadable membership form.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
The Friends’ Westminster Cathedral Christmas Raffle tickets are now on sale via Cathedral Clergy House reception or we will post tickets from the Friends’ Office. The tickets are £5 per book and the top prizes include £500 cash; a three-night luxury break for two in an historic Norfolk house; a Fortnum and Mason Hamper plus lots of other prizes.

NEWS FROM THE PASSAGE - LAVENDER LADIES AND A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS

thumbnail image The Passage has a crop of lavender from its roof garden. As a lockdown activity some recently homeless ladies would like to make lavender bags.  Does anyone have some suitable material for bags that could be donated?  Contact Andrew Hollingsworth at andrew.h@passage.org.uk or on 020 7592 1886.

The Passage presents ‘A Night under The Stars’ on Thursday, 3 December filmed at the London Coliseum, with classical pianist, Stephen Hough CBE; British baritone Huw Montague Rendall; violinist Shlomy Dobrinsky; The Orion Orchestra, conductor, Toby Purser, and song pianist, Gary Matthewman. Your host is Rory Bremner, with festive readings from Ann Murray and Michael Morpurgo. The London Philharmonic Choir and London Youth Choir will present a special virtual performance of Bogoroditse Devo from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. Tickets at  https://tinyurl.com/PassageConcert
Please also support our work by purchasing A Taste of Home: 120 Delicious Recipes from leading chefs and celebrities from -  https://tinyurl.com/PassageCookbook.

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, and at the relics of St John Southworth.
Would you like one of these to burn in memory of a loved one, or for a particular intention? If so, we are asking 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.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL COFFEE MORNING - ALL WELCOME!

thumbnail image Do join us for an online coffee morning over Zoom. All are welcome. The full details are:

Time: Every Sunday 11:15 AM London


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AMERICAN FRIENDS

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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