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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

thumbnail image At the heart of Our Lady’s life was the unconditional surrender of herself to the will of God. She humbly accepted God’s request that she should become the mother of the Messiah with all that this experience would involve. The motivation for her sacrificial self-surrender was her love for God. Indeed, her whole life was the gift of herself to God. Just as her Son willingly offered Himself completely to God his Father, so Mary also joined with him in this act of self-surrender, and by the deepest empathy, bore his wounds in her heart. God in turn accepted this gift of Mary’s immaculate life in a special way and took her to himself when her life on Earth was at its end. Corruption is a symbol of inner sinfulness and there was no sin in Mary, no opposition to God’s will. So God took Mary to himself without any defilement of her body. His action was a return of love for love. The Assumption is the outcome of the Immaculate Conception; one presupposes the other.

The dogma of the Assumption was proclaimed on 1 November 1950 by Pope Pius XII, affirming the long-held popular belief that arose out of Christian tradition, about the end of Mary’s life on Earth. The definition does not decide whether Mary experienced death before being taken to Heaven; it simply states that Mary enjoys eternal life with her Son, a goal which we all hope to attain eventually through God’s grace and mercy.

At the Last Supper, Our Blessed Lord, thinking of His forthcoming crucifixion, death and resurrection, said to his disciples, “After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with me, so that you will be where I am.” The Solemnity of the Assumption on 15 August reminds us of the mystery of these words and their fulfilment in Mary. St Paul said, “All men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in proper order: Christ as the first fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him.” The Church states that Mary, who belongs to Christ in a special way, already enjoys the fullness of new life with Christ in Heaven. She participates in the glory of her risen Son, reigns with him as the Queen of Heaven, presides at his side as the Mother of the Church and intercedes for us to him, just as he, in His turn, intercedes for us to his Heavenly Father.

Fr Michael Donaghy

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 10 August St Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 11 August St Clare, Virgin
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.30 Cathedral Extraordinary Form High Mass

Sunday 12 August NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 13 August
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
12.30 St Pauls Bookshop Daily Meditation (Monday to Friday)
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group

Tuesday 14 August St Maximilian Kolbe, Priest & Martyr

Wednesday 15 August THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Holy Day of Obligation. Obligation also fulfilled at Vigil Mass on Tuesday evening.
17.30 Cathedral Sung Mass

Thursday 16 August
14.00 St Joseph’s Chapel Padre Pio Prayer Group
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 17 August
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 18 August
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group

Sunday 19 August TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

JULY/AUGUST EDITION OF OREMUS NOW AVAILABLE

thumbnail image The July/August edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now available to read on Issuu. Please see below for the link to access a digital copy. Oremus will be published once again on the Cathedral website in the near future.

Related links: Link for Oremus July/August Edition

JOINERS AND LEAVERS

thumbnail image The Administrator, Canon Tuckwell, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new priests to the Cathedral: Fr Daniel Humphreys, who will take over as Sub-Administrator, and Rev Rajiv Michael who is to be ordained on 30 June. Fr Martin Plunkett will be leaving us to take over as Parish Priest at St Thomas More, Eastcote. There will be an opportunity to say goodbye to Fr Martin before he takes up his new duties in September. We wish them all well in their new postings.

CATHEDRAL SUMMER FAIR - THANK YOU AND WINNERS

thumbnail image The Summer Fair, which was held last Saturday made a profit of £4,705, a wonderful outcome. We are very grateful to all of you who helped us achieve this amazing result, those who cooked the delicious foods, the cake makers, the stall helpers, raffle ticket sellers, the suppliers of goods for the stalls and raffle prizes and, of course, our wonderful Filipino dancers who brought a sense of fun to the event. Details of individual stall takings and raffle prize winners are on the Notice Board at the back of the Cathedral.

Related links: Email for Mary Maxwell

JOB LISTING: KITCHEN PORTER REQUIRED

thumbnail image Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) is looking for a lunchtime kitchen porter to start on 4 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. WCCS is a leading independent prep school and provides lunch for 230 boys and around 25 staff each weekday. The kitchen porter will help with washing up and clearing in the kitchen before and after lunchtime. The role may also involve setting up the dining hall for lunch and serving the food. The salary is £10.20 per hour, hours 11.30am-2.30pm, and the role is term time only.
Safeguarding: WCCS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, referees and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Candidates should send their CV and letter of application to:
Mrs Joanna Stephens, Bursar, Westminster Cathedral Choir School, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QH, or email JStephens@choirschool.com.

Related links: Email for Applicants

SVP SUMMER BOOK SALE - THANK YOU

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. We raised over £440 towards our work. Our next sale will take place on Sunday, 16 September – please put the date in your diaries.

WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

thumbnail image This will take place on Saturday, 22 September and will be led by Cardinal Vincent and the Auxiliary Bishops. The coach will depart at 6.30am prompt from Ambrosden Avenue. Tickets are £10 for under 16s and £20 for adults. To book please leave an envelope with your name(s), telephone number and the correct amount in Clergy House Reception.

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.