CHRISTMAS CATHEDRAL OPENING TIMES, MASSES AND CONFESSIONS
Please note that on Wednesday 24 December, Masses will be celebrated at 7.00am, 8.00am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 1.05pm. There will be a Vigil Mass of Christmas at 6.00pm (not 5.30pm), after which the Cathedral will close and then reopen at 10.00pm. Vigil and Midnight Mass from 11.00pm (with Mass starting at 11.30pm). This Mass will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4.
There will be no evening Masses on Christmas Day and the Cathedral will close after Solemn Vespers and Benediction. No Confession on this day.
The Cathedral will be open from 9.00am-6.00pm only on Friday 26 December.
On Saturday 27 December, Confessions will be heard from 11.00am-1.00pm and 4.30pm-6.00pm.
From Friday 26 December until Friday 2 January, Masses will be celebrated at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 5.00pm only (with the exception of Saturday 27 December and Sunday 28 December). Confessions during this period will normally be heard from 11.00am-1.00pm. The normal Cathedral schedule resumes on Friday 2 January.
On New Year’s Eve, Wednesday 31 December, a Mass for the New Year will be celebrated at 11.15pm.
(Please see our Mass Times page for more details.)
CATHEDRAL TOWER CLOSED
PARISH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
The Christmas Bazaar last weekend made a total of £3,248. A list of the individual stall takings and the Grand Raffle prize winners are in the display case at the back of the Cathedral.
The Administrator and Chaplains are very grateful to all those who participated in whatever way and enabled us to raise this amount.
MASS FOR NEW YEAR
FIRST WEDNESDAY QUIET DAY
Come to the First Wednesday Day of Prayer and Quiet Reflection of 2015 which is on 7 January in the Hinsley Room from 12.00pm to 4.30pm. The theme is: This is My Son the Beloved, My favour Rests on Him and will be led by Eileen McDade, spiritual director and co-founder of Silence in the City. There will short inputs at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. All welcome. There is no charge and refreshments will be provided.
THE FRIENDS OF WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
The Friends have a small supply of medals struck to mark the visit of Pope John Paul II, now St John Paul II, to the Cathedral in 1982. The large medals are £20.00 and the smaller medallions are £10.00. These are on sale in Clergy House Reception.
Lavender Bags. We have a small number of lavender bags available. These are £2.00 each, again on sale from Reception in Clergy House.
Friends Society St Patrick’s Night, 14 March. Westminster Cathedral Hall 7.00pm. A quarter of the tickets for this event have already been pre-booked. Tickets £25.00 available from Clergy House Reception and the Friends’ Office. Live band, dancing, drinks and supper with other entertainments. Last year’s event was a complete sell-out and we had to turn people away on the night so please book early to avoid disappointment.
FRIENDS’ STALL AT CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Did you purchase a red lacquer box from the Friends’ Stall at the Christmas Bazaar on 14 December? We have found the black lacquer pin which closes the box and which must have become detached. Please collect from Clergy House.
The Filipino Club at Westminster Cathedral warmly invites you to the Filipino traditional celebration of Simbang Gabi (Night Mass) on Saturday 20 December at the 6.00pm Mass in the Cathedral. After the Mass, all are welcome in the Cathedral Hall for light refreshments and a short Christmas programme.
APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Following the recent appeal for volunteers in the Cathedral please return your completed form to either the Information Desk or to Clergy House Reception. If you are interested in volunteering and haven’t completed a form yet please download the application form from www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/volunteering.php, or contact Mary Maxwell, Volunteer Coordinator, on 020 7798 9181 or email email@example.com, or Anne Marie Micallef, the Co-ordinator of the Guild of St John Southworth, on 020 7931 6067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our friendly and inviting Cathedral Café where you can enjoy a delicious range of hot and cold food. Situated down the spiral stairs beside the Baptistry. Open Monday - Saturday: 10.00am-4.00pm; Sunday: 10.00am-3.00pm. All welcome.
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY LECTURE
The 12th Annual Theology of the Body lecture, entitled ‘Facing Difficulties in Christian Family Life: Insights from Theology of the Body’ will be given by Dr Peter Kahn, Director of Studies of the Liverpool University Higher Education Programme. It will take place on the 20 March at 6:45pm, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN. Please register your interest at email@example.com. Tickets, to be sold on the door, will be £10 or £5 concessions (OAP, students/unemployed).
CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 23 May 2015 at 3.00pm.
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2015. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).
How to Save your Marriage before Meeting your Spouse: Talk by Robert Colquhoun at 8.00pm on Wednesday 7 January in Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue SW1P. Open to all, entry £10 on the door to include refreshments, hosted by the Young Friends.
THE CALIX SOCIETY
Calix in London is an association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through affiliation with and participation in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. It promotes the spiritual development of its members by offering weekly meetings, with celebrations of Mass, conversation, prayer and reflection. New members are always welcome. For more information please go to www.calixsociety.org.uk or telephone 07762 570361.
Visitors welcome from all 12 step programmes, especially Alcoholics Anonymous & AlAnon.
SHOP AT AMAZON SMILE
The American Friends of Westminster Cathedral recently registered with the AmazonSmile Foundation.
AmazonSmile is a programme whereby Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organisations selected by its customers.
Therefore, by shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to the American Friends of Westminster Cathedral.
WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL YOUNG ADULTS
The Westminster Cathedral Young Adults group meets every Sunday following the 7.00pm Mass. We gather outside the main doors of the Cathedral after Mass (at the bottom of the steps, on the Piazza) and generally go to The Windsor Castle for a little socialising. We attempt to create a sense of community amongst young Catholic adults who come to London from all parts of the globe. All are welcome. For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org
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