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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Look Up!

thumbnail image Each one of us at some point in our life has someone to look up to, for what they do or for who they are and for what they mean to us. Some people have attempted not only to imitate, but even to emulate them. They follow their trade and their way of life. In the Second Book of Kings we are told of a similar relationship between the prophet Elijah and his disciple Elisha.
Elijah, the great prophet, who among many things he did, raised to life the son of the widow; on Mount Carmel revealed the true God and annihilated 400 false prophets of Baal; and journeyed to Horeb, where he had a deep encounter with God, through the whisper of the wind. After these events, he called Elisha to follow him and made him a witness of his miracles and works on behalf of God. Before Elijah was taken up to heaven, he asked Elisha: What can I do for you before I am snatched away from you? Elisha answered, Let me inherit a double share of your Spirit. Your request is difficult, said Elijah. If you see me while I am snatched away from you it will be as you ask; if not, it will not be so. Elisha did see Elijah going up, and received the double portion of the Spirit.
In the Old Testament, the elder son inherited the double the father’s share. This doubling of the spirit granted to Elisha was a recognition that he was the principal spiritual heir of Elijah. Indeed, Elisha did work numerous miracles in Israel, even to the benefit of foreigners, to mention just one of them: Naaman the leper.
In the Gospel of St John, Jesus promises that: Whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, and will perform even greater works because I am going to the Father. Jesus continues: Whatever you ask in my name I will do... It is no wonder then, why, in the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples kept staring up to the sky while Jesus was taken up from them into heaven, since they really wanted to receive the promise of the Spirit, the Paraclete, which was indeed granted to them. What about you?
On Thursday of this week we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, which is a day of obligation, and with it we have an opportunity to turns our hearts to heaven and to begin the Novena of the Holy Spirit, for whose coming and gifts we pray.

Fr Julio Albornoz

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 24 May
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 25 May St Bede the Venerable, Priest & Doctor of
the Church
09.00-17.00 Cathedral Hall NHS Blood Transfusion Service
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
10.00-12.00 Horseferry Road Prayer and Life Workshop
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice and Peace Group
14.00 Cathedral Deanery Confirmation II: Bp John Wilson

Sunday 26 May SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Catholic Association
13.00 Cathedral Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Matthew Blaiden, Leeds
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 27 May ST AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY, Bishop
Bank Holiday timetable
10.30, 12.30
& 17.00 Cathedral Mass
11.00-12.30 Cathedral Confessions

Tuesday 28 May
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 29 May Pope St Paul VI
17.30 Cathedral Vigil Mass (fulfils obligation)

Thursday 30 May THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Holy Day of Obligation-Masses at the usual times
09.00 Cathedral Hall NHS Blood Transfusion Service
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother & Toddler Group
18.30 Clergy House Room 2 Legion of Mary
17.00-21.00 Horseferry Road Prayer and Life Workshops

Friday 31 May The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 1 June St Justin, Martyr
Second Collection at 6pm Mass: Catholic Communications Network
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
10.00-12.00 Horseferry Road Prayer and Life Workshop
14.00 Cathedral Deanery Confirmation III: Bp McAleenan
18.00 Cathedral Mass for New Catholics: Cardinal Nichols

Sunday 2 June SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Second Collection: Catholic Communications Network
13.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
13.00 Cathedral Divine Mercy Prayer Group
16.30 Cathedral Hall Mass for the Deaf Service
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Jonathan Stamp, Norwich
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD - THURSDAY 30TH MAY

thumbnail image This is the second year of our having reverted in England and Wales to keeping the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, 40 days after Easter itself, as the scriptures record.
This has always been a Holy Day of Obligation, but that was rather disguised when it was kept on a Sunday. Now that the celebration has returned to its proper day, it continues to be a Holy Day of Obligation; please plan your day so that you can come to Mass. Attendance at the Vigil Mass on Wednesday evening at 5:30pm also fulfils the obligation.

WELCOME TO FR GERARD SILVA

thumbnail image We welcome to the Cathedral Fr Gerard Silva from the Archdiocese of Colombo, who will be here until September.

JUNE EDITION OF OREMUS NOW AVAILABLE

thumbnail image The June edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now available to read on Issuu. Please see below for the link to access a digital copy.

Related links: Link for Oremus June Edition

CATHEDRAL BRICKWORK RESTORATION

thumbnail image The scaffolding on the front of the Cathedral marks the start of restoration work to the Cathedral’s brickwork. The upper parts of the Cathedral’s walls are all suffering from various degrees of decay, the worst areas being on the side that faces the prevailing weather.
The work requires the cutting out of the facing bricks and their replacement. The work has started with the tops of the two turrets on the south west corner (liturgically speaking). There will be a need to dismantle these to allow for the rebuilding of the brick piers that supports the stone banding and no doubt other works will become apparent now that close up detailed inspection is possible. This work is due to complete by early June and has been funded by a grant from the Albert Gubay foundation.

N.D. Fairbairn, Westminster Cathedral Estate Works Manager

PRAYER AND LIFE WORKSHOPS ON THURSDAYS

thumbnail image Learn to Pray, Learn to Live, following Fr. Ignacio Larrañagas Method at Sacred Heart Church, Horseferry Road, SW1P 2EF. All sessions take place on Thursdays from 5-7pm or 7-9pm or on Saturdays from 10am-12 noon and will run until the end of May, with the exception of Holy Week.

MOTHERS AND TODDLERS GROUP

thumbnail image Our group comes together every Thursday morning during term time from 10am to midday for coffee, chat and catechism. The sessions offer a chance to get to know other mothers within our parish, to support each other on the journey of Catholic family life. Everyone welcome with babies and toddlers. Please contact Alexandra Watson for further information, or just turn up at the Hinsley Room. Contact aphilpotts@cantab.net

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson

THANK YOU FROM THE SVP

thumbnail image The SVP would like to thank everyone who supported last Sunday’s book sale by donating and/or buying books, CDs and DVDs. The total raised was just over £600. The next book sale will take place on 14 July.

QUARANT’ORE 2019 - TUESDAY 18TH - THURSDAY 20TH JUNE

thumbnail image From the 5.30pm Mass on Tuesday, 18 June we will have continuous adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until a closing Mass and Procession on Thursday, 20 June at 5.30pm. The Cathedral will remain open throughout the night and we encourage all parishioners to take the opportunity to come and spend time in prayer before the Lord during this time.

SPIRIT IN THE CITY FESTIVAL - 31ST MAY AND 1ST JUNE 2019

thumbnail image Theme: Life to the Full
A Catholic Faith Festival celebrating and witnessing faith in London Leicester Square taking place on 31 May and 1 June. It starts on Friday evening from 7pm in Notre Dame de France Church and continues on Saturday all day in the Square gardens. Includes live stage music, street evangelisation, prayer teams, all day Adoration, Confessions, feet washing, activities for children, talks, etc. Come and be refreshed and renewed in your faith. For more information, contact Allegra, info@spiritinthecity.org or why not join the Mission Team and help others encounter Christ through one of these areas? To register as a helper, visit spiritinthecity.org.

Related links: Link for Registration Email for Contact

VOLUNTEER YEAR AT SPEC, THE DIOCESAN YOUTH RETREAT CENTRE

thumbnail image SPEC, the diocesan youth retreat centre, offers the possibility of a volunteer year for young adults. The volunteer missionary would live on site in Pinner in the residential community, receive formation and accompaniment in their faith and serve as a retreat facilitator, working with the employed retreat leaders. In particular, any sixth formers who may like to find out more are welcome to attend a day retreat to see what goes on and meet the community. For more information please see https://dowym.com/spec/volunteer/ or contact spec@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Link to Website Email for Contact

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 20-26 JULY 2019

thumbnail image The Westminster Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, will take place from 20-26 July. For further information please contact Tangney Tours on 01732 886666 or see www.tangney-tours/westminster.

Related links: Link to Tangney Tours

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

Related links: Click here for email

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

thumbnail image This takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel every Monday to Friday following the 1.05pm Mass until 4.45pm.