CAFOD LENT FAST DAY
This Friday, 14 March, is CAFOD Lent Fast Day. CAFOD is working with poor communities around the world on our behalf, helping them to tackle poverty and injustice. Fast Days are our opportunity to support this vital work. Please collect a Fast Day envelope and prayer card after Mass, and consider fasting and praying in solidarity on this day. Please return the Fast Day envelope with your donation for next weekend’s CAFOD collection. Thank you.
WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR SING JS BACH’S ST MATTHEW PASSION
Wednesday 2 April
Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra present one of Bach’s most famous and sublime works, the St Matthew Passion. With renowned soloists James Gilchrist (Evangelist) and David Soar (Christus), and a double orchestra and choir conducted by Martin Baker, this concert is a must for the Lenten season.
Tickets are available now, priced £10 - £50, from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or in person from the Cathedral Gift Shop.
Please note the earlier start time of this concert, which will end at around 10.00pm.
The performance will be in German.
JUSTICE AND PEACE GROUP
Come and discover the prayer of the heart this Lent. Silent prayer is a way of just being rather than doing. There is a Christian meditation group that meets every Monday from 6.30pm to 7.15pm approximately, in the Hinsley Room. The early desert fathers and mothers discovered this way of praying without ceasing. All welcome. Further information telephone 020 7231 6278.
ST PATRICK’S NIGHT
On Saturday, 15 March the Friends of Westminster Cathedral will host a St Patrick’s Night event in the Cathedral Hall. The band, Black Velvet, will play an array of foot tapping, tub thumping hits to get the crowd on its feet. A supper to include Irish stew and other traditional fare will be served, free glass of Black Velvet on arrival, with Guinness, wines and soft drinks available. There will be a recitation of some of Ireland’s finest poems, Irish dancing and ‘Broom Dancing’ with award-winning dancers from Lord of the Dance. The evening will be opened by the Administrator of the Cathedral, Canon Christopher Tuckwell.
Westminster Cathedral Hall 7.00pm to 11.00pm. Tickets £15 available from the Friends Office. Tables of up to 10 people may be pre-booked in advance.
A VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Exploring a vocation to the priesthood?
Find out more about what it means to be a priest from recently ordained priests on Thursday 23 January at 7.00pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George, 45 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS then at SS Michael & Martin, Hounslow on 13 February and the Centre for Youth Ministry in Somers Town on 20 March (same time).
For further details please contact Fr Graham Stokes on email@example.com or telephone 020 8747 5909 or see www.rcdow.org.uk/vocations.
RETREAT TO ST DAVID’S CATHEDRAL, CARDIFF
Fr Paulo Bagini is leading the Oblates of Westminster Cathedral to St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff on Retreat on Saturday 5 April.
Coach will depart from Westminster Cathedral Piazza at 6.30am prompt at the cost of £38 only.
Please bring a packed lunch and be prompt.
For tickets please contact Lolita on 07424 313384 or Caridad on 07551 565977.
ARCHBISHOP’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
This will take place in Westminster Cathedral on 7 June 2014 at 3.00pm.
The Archbishop 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 2014. If you qualify, 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).
DIOCESAN HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2014
Cardinal Vincent invites us to join him on the 4th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 17-25 November 2014.
We will renew our encounter with the Lord, as we follow Jesus’ footsteps from Galilee to Jerusalem and on to Bethlehem, led by our scripture guide, Fr John Farrell OP, Provincial of the Dominicans. We will also meet the local Christian communities of the Holy Land, praying with them, visiting outreach projects and showing our support for them.
Price: £1,495 per person sharing a room; £275 single room supplement.
For further details and a booking form contact Gerald Daly at the Diocesan Pilgrimage Office, telephone 020 7798 9173, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Gill Didino at Tangney Tours, telephone 01732 886666.
VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS NEEDED
We are short of volunteers for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) at the Sunday 9.00am Mass. There is a term time rota so it will not be necessary to commit to every Sunday. If you are interested and can spare the time please contact Chi Usanga on 07739 195044 or email@example.com. DBS checks will be required.
OPEN LEARNING FOR PASTORAL MINISTRY STUDY DAYS
Heythrop College, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN.
Saturdas:10.15am-4.00pm (preceded by Morning Prayer 9.00am, Mass 9.30am)
1 February: Canon Law for Lay Ecclesial Ministers
8 February: Issues in Parish Administration for Lay Ecclesial Ministers
22 March: Working and Praying with Icons in a Pastoral Context
6 May: 5.00pm–9.00pm: Hearing and Preaching the Word: The Power of the Homily as a Dialogue
17 May: 10.15am–4pm Adult Faith Formation in the Parish. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of each session.
The fee for each session is £50. To register for any of sessions please contact the Conference Office on 020 7795 4163 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilgrimage to Bavaria
Pilgrimage to Bavaria, the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI, led by Canon Tuckwell, 7-13 July 2014, cost £968.
Please contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or email email@example.com or telephone Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055 for further information.
Interested in finding out more about serving the Church and the world as a permanent deacon?
Men between 35 and 60 are invited to a Come and See meeting, two hours on a Saturday morning starting 10am. Wives very welcome. In the parish hall on 15 March at St Edward the Confessor, Golders Green, 26 April at Ealing Abbey or 24 May at Sacred Heart, Ware. Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
PILGRIMAGE TO ROME, ASSISI AND LANCIANO
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