CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
Stuart Chase’s profound words: “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who do not believe, no proof is possible” come in handy for the preacher on this solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, even though it may seem a lazy excuse for swapping personal efforts at explaining the Triune God for just a faithful transmission of Church teaching. Yet the truth in Stuart’s wise saying is at the very core of the spiritual life and faith experience: God and faith in Him are not theories to prove or explain away. God is the Supreme Being to encounter, know, love and adore. It must also be stated, that the human capacities of mind and language are inadequate to fully grasp God’s essence and the relationship that exists within the Divine Community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Christian belief in the Trinity is occasioned by God’s own self-revelation from creation, through the redemption to the sanctification of the created order. It is God’s gift to manifest Himself to us and this gift must evoke, within us, both a sense of awe and gratitude. This, as we notice throughout Scripture, is the right response to God: Abraham bows to the ground at the Oak of Mamre (Genesis 18:1-2), Jacob is awe-struck and worships at Luz, which he renames Bethel after that encounter with God (Genesis 28:10-19), Elizabeth gives a loud cry at her encounter with Jesus in Mary’s womb (Luke 1:39-41), and Simon Peter, at the Lake of Gennesaret, falls to his knees at Jesus’ self-revelation to him (Luke 5:1-11).
In so many ways and at several moments, especially in prayer, the scriptures and the liturgy God manifests Himself to us. On today’s Solemnity, we are afforded the opportunity to examine our responses to God as Church and individual believers. Are we aware of the Divine presence around us? Does this awakening to God’s presence call us to true worship and the resolve to reject sin?
It is necessary to believe that God is Trinity but it would be an impoverished venture without the honour and adoration to God that must accompany such belief. So, let us say “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and, to the Holy Spirit” and mean it. Let it evoke a genuine sense of awe within us all.
Fr Michael Quaicoe
MASSES: Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May
Please note that Masses and the Divine Office on Wednesday 25 May will be celebrated either in the Crypt or the Hall. Also the 10.30am Mass on Thursday 26 May is cancelled and will be replaced by a Funeral Mass at 11.00am.
See also: Mass Times
TALKS: Amoris Laetitia
A series of talks based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Lætitia’, the Joy of Love will be given by Cathedral Chaplain, Fr Michael Quaicoe. They will take place in Vaughn House at 7.00pm on 6th, 13th and 20th June. All are welcome.
Sacred Heart Church, Horseferry Road, SW1
The lunchtime Mass will continue every Thursday from 7 April. All are welcome especially those who may be working close by. The church will be open from 12.00pm - 1.30pm. There is also a Mass on Sundays at 11.00am.
STATEMENT: Westminster Cathedral and Homelessness
Westminster Cathedral has been made aware of a photograph circulating on social media of a ledge near the Cathedral doors, entitled ‘Westminster Cathedral – now with anti-homeless spikes.’ It saddens us that selective photography and inaccurate text have been combined to give the misleading impression that the Cathedral is hostile to people in difficult circumstances.
The spikes in question appear to be an architectural feature dating back to the completion of the building work in 1903. They were not recently installed as so-called anti-homeless spikes.
Westminster Cathedral actively addresses the needs of those without permanent accommodation in a number of ways. For example, the Cathedral supports two local charities, The Passage and the Cardinal Hume Centre, that offer a comprehensive range of support to those who may find themselves homeless: this support is expressed both financially and practically by clergy and worshippers alike. The Cathedral participates in a homeless shelter: food and shelter is offered in the Cathedral Hall each week during the winter months when it is most necessary. And, of course, the Cathedral is open all day every day without charge: a warm and safe space with seating in central London available to anyone at all.
Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Faith Matters: Question Time
Farm Street Parish will be holding their next question time on Tuesday 7 June at 7.30pm in the church hall. The subject will be ‘Europe- In or Out? A Christian Perspective’ and the speakers will be Jimmy Burns, author and journalist; Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Dr Frank Turner SJ from Campion Hall Oxford. All welcome; recommended donation of £7. Booking essential via www.mountstreet.info.
Interested in Becoming a Catholic?
Each year, the Cathedral runs a course from September to May for adults who have not been baptised and would like to be, as well as for Christians of other denominations who would like to be received into the Roman Catholic Church, and Catholics who have not been confirmed. The course is known as the RCIA (which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). More information is available from email@example.com or Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055. Closing date: 31 August 2016.
Related links: Email Julie Hanssen (RCIA)
Companions of Oremus
The first list of Companions members appears in the current issue of Oremus. We are grateful for the generous financial support we have received both from them and from other Oremus readers. This helps us to cover the production costs of our much loved magazine and to keep it free for all readers. If you would like to join the Companions, please see page five of Oremus.
See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine
Related links: Email The Companions of Oremus
CATECHISM – WHAT WE BELIEVE? How does the sacrament of Matrimony come about?
Matrimony comes through a promise made by a man and a woman before God and the Church, which is accepted and confirmed by God and consummated by the bodily union of the couple. Because God himself forms the bond of sacramental marriage, it is binding until the death of one of the partners. The man and the woman mutually administer the sacrament. The priest calls down God’s blessing on the couple and witnesses that the marriage comes about under the right circumstances and that the promise is comprehensive and is made publicly. A marriage can only come about if there is consent; the man and woman enter marriage of their own free will, without fear or coercion and if they are not prevented from marrying, i.e. an existing marriage, or vow of celibacy.
Caritas Volunteer Evening
Caritas Westminster will be holding a volunteer evening on Tuesday 7 June from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the Centre for Youth Ministry, 20 Phoenix Road, Euston, NW1 1TA (nearest station Euston).
As well as featuring a programme of speakers on training, leadership and spiritual enrichment, they will be launching their new Volunteer Service in partnership with the Jewish Volunteer Network. The aim of this service is to make it as easy as possible for the Catholic community to find and share volunteering opportunities. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by Tuesday 31 May to firstname.lastname@example.org
Related links: RSVP
CONCERT: In Aid of Caritas Bakhita House
There will be a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers by Ealing Abbey Choir and Baroque Players on Saturday 11 June at 7.30pm in the Abbey church in aid of the valuable work of Caritas Bakhita House, which provides emergency shelter and support for rescued female victims of human trafficking in London.
Tickets £20-£5 may be purchased online at www.seetickets.com or on 0871 230 0010. Tickets include interval refreshments and pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.
The SVP St John Bosco Children’s Summer Camp
This is held at Aldham, Essex and is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows:
Week One: 23-30 July for boys
Week Two: 30 July-6 August for boys and
Week Three: 6-13 August for girls.
It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week.
Transport available from various parts of London. Should you require an application form or more information then please contact (between 6.00pm and 9.00pm) the boys’ camp on 01992 914117 or the girls’ camp on 01634 311350. More information can be found on the website http://svpboscocamp.org.uk.
Related links: SVP Bosco Camp website
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
This takes places from 24 to 30 July. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper.
Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes.
The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification.
If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai in Lourdes, please email chief helpers Nick Leonard or Laura Simmonds at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vocations Discernment Group
This is a group for young adults (18-30s).
Friday 27 May: The Missionaries of Charity on the Corporal Works of Mercy. From 7.00pm-9.00pm in the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace next to Westminster Cathedral. For more information please contact Fr Richard at email@example.com.
Related links: Email Fr Richard
Way of Mercy: Free downloads
Following the opening of the Way of Mercy in Westminster Cathedral, we are happy to announce that the leaflets entitled Invitation, Simple Guide, Guide to Confession, and Salve Regina are all now available as free pdf downloads (below) in preparation for visits and pilgrimages.
These materials may be used free of charge by individuals, groups, parishes and schools.
DONATIONS TO THE CATHEDRAL
Regular donations to the Cathedral can be made by standing order or by using a set of numbered offertory envelopes and, if you pay sufficient Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax, you can sign a Gift Aid declaration enabling us to reclaim the tax paid on the amount of your donations at no extra cost to yourself. If you are interested, please call David Marles on 020 7798 9372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you are already a Gift Aid donor, please always use your numbered envelopes so that we know that the donation has come from you. Spare envelopes are available at the back of the Cathedral.
Course of the Sermon on the Mount
St Matthew Chapters 5-7 deal with the Great Charter of Christianity, the yardstick of our spiritual life. Theologian Jean Khoury will be giving a refreshing, practical and in-depth view on the Sermon on Saturdays 14, 21 and 28 May, from 10.00am-4.30pm at St Mary of the Angels Parish Room, Moorhouse Road, London W2 5DJ. For inquiries and booking, please contact email@example.com or call Francesca Crocker on 07527 907642 or see www.amorvincit.com.
ALLEN HALL: Summer Accommodation in London
Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea offer comfortable rooms in central London in July and August. Beautiful gardens and chapel. Rooms from £50 per night (including breakfast).
Telephone 020 7349 5600 (option 0).