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MASSES AND CONFESSIONS: WEDNESDAY 26 NOVEMBER

thumbnail image Please note that 7.00am, 8.00am and 10.30am Masses and will be held in the Crypt on Wednesday 26 November. The 12.30pm, 1.05pm, and 5.30pm Masses will be celebrated in Hall.

GIFT AID AND GROWING IN FAITH

thumbnail image Every pound makes a vital difference towards our ability to plan for our parish project, care for our priests and support those in need in our communities. Making a Gift Aid Declaration can add 25% to your Growing in Faith donation at no extra cost to you! If you have received a letter from the Growing in Faith office and your donation is eligible for Gift Aid, please remember to complete and return your form by Sunday 23 November. Thank you.

YOUNG ADULTS’ CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME

thumbnail image The young adults’ Confirmation programme is open to Cathedral parishioners in Year 9 at secondary school. Registration forms will be available from Clergy House reception from Wednesday 5 November. These must be returned by Monday 15 December. Preparation will begin in January 2015 with the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated in May 2015. Please contact Fr Andrew Connick at Clergy House if you have any questions. Telephone 020 7798 9055.

SENIORS’ COFFEE MORNING

thumbnail image The next Seniors’ coffee morning will take place on Wednesday 26 November in the Hinsley Room after the 10.30am Mass.

VOCATIONS DISCERNMENT GROUP

thumbnail image This group for adults (18-30s) meets on Friday 28 November from 7.00-9.00pm in the Hinsley Room, next to Westminster Cathedral. The talk this time will be on St Augustine for today by Fr Gianni Notarianni OSA. For further information contact Fr Richard at richardnesbitt@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email Fr Richard Nesbitt

SVP DECEMBER BOOK SALE

thumbnail image The next SVP book sale will take place in the Cathedral on Sunday 7 December from 9.30am-1.30pm. We would be pleased to accept donations of new and fairly new paperbacks, but no hardback fiction please, and CDs, DVDs, religious books and Christmas books/music will be particularly welcome. These can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale or contact John Mole, 07796 173343, to arrange for the collection of larger quantities.

PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR SENIORS

thumbnail image There will be a Christmas Tea Party for Senior Citizens of the Cathedral Parish in the Cathedral Hall on Friday 12 December from 2.00pm-4.00pm. Application forms are available at Clergy House Reception and from the Cathedral Information Desk. Forms should be completed and returned to Clergy House Reception, 42 Francis Street, no later than Friday 5 December so that we have an idea of how many would like to attend.

THE NATIVITY: SCHOOL PLAY

thumbnail image On Friday 5 December 2014 at 2.00pm there will be a presentation of the birth of Jesus in words and music by the Children of St Vincent de Paul Primary School in Westminster Cathedral. You are warmly invited to come and join us.

PARISH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

thumbnail image Our Christmas Bazaar will take place on Sunday 14 December from 10.00am-2.00pm in the Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue. Please support us by donating good quality new or nearly new gift items such as toiletries, bottles for the tombola, chocolates, biscuits, toys, books DVDs etc (but no clothing or shoes). There will be stalls selling delicious food reflecting the talents of our varied parish community, as well as home-made cakes and jams, Irish coffee and mulled wine. Please contact Mary Maxwell on 020 7798 9181 or marym@rcdow.org.uk if you wish to help by baking cakes, making jam or donating goods or by helping on the day. Goods may be left at Clergy House, 42 Francis Street SW1.

Related links: Email Mary Maxwell

CATHEDRAL CAFÉ

thumbnail image 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.

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR SCHOOL

thumbnail image Westminster Cathedral Choir School is looking for someone to sweep and tidy its car park and playground. Monday-Friday: 5.00pm-7.00pm (term times), 5.00pm-6.00pm school holidays, plus 34 days paid holiday. £12.50 per hour, immediate start. WCCS is committed to safeguarding children. Applicants will be required to undergo a full DBS check, and provide two written references. If you are interested please contact Joanna Stephens, Bursar, in the first instance. Telephone 020 7798 9394 or email jstephens@choirschool.com.

Related links: Email Joanna Stephens

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT SPUC

thumbnail image The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) wishes to recruit a full-time Despatch Officer (37.5 hours pw), whose role will be to open post and prepare all outgoing post. Duties include photocopying and collating campaign material, keeping records of all outgoing mailings and merchandise stock-keeping. The position, commencing in January 2015, will be based at SPUC’s Kennington HQ and would suit someone with good IT and organisational skills and manual lifting ability. Closing date 12 December. Salary according to age and experience. Contact Patrick Kingman, SPUC, Unit B, 3 Whitacre Mews SE11 4ab, telephone 020 7820 3121 or email patkingman@spuc.org.uk for an application pack.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND

thumbnail image The Friends of the Holy Land are asking for our support as Christmas approaches. This is for their Emergency Family Support Appeal to help individual named families both in the Bethlehem District and in the Holy Family Parish in Gaza. Every penny donated will be sent to the families. See poster at the back of the church or more information or visit their website www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk

Related links: Friends of the Holy Land website

SHOP AT AMAZON SMILE

thumbnail image 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.

Related links: Amazon Smile

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL YOUNG ADULTS

thumbnail image 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 westminsteryoungadults@googlemail.com

Related links: Email Westminster Cathedral Young Adults

CALLING ALL FACEBOOK USERS

thumbnail image When visiting Facebook please add “My Hospital Prayer and Activities Book” as a “like”, to aid its publicity. This unique and original Catholic publication aims to help children pray if they are patients in hospital. All proceeds from the book go to “Seasons for Growth England & Wales”, an education bereavement charity for children.

UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS

thumbnail image If you are interested in joining this group, which meets once per month during term time, please contact Sharon Purves, President of Parish Union, (Pimlico parish) on 07939 357154 or email solandajp@yahoo.co.uk.

HCPT SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

thumbnail image This biennial celebration of the work of HCPT, a charity which travels with disabled children and adults on pilgrimage to Lourdes, will be held at Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 10 December at 7.00pm.

Features performances by choirs from Coloma Convent (Croydon), Salesian College (Farnborough), St Benedict’s School (Ealing), St John’s Special School (Woodford Green), St Richard’s College (Bexhill on Sea) and Wimbledon College.

Admission free, retiring collection.

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS

thumbnail image World Gift catalogues now available! World Gifts are alternative Christmas gifts that make a difference to someone living in poverty. You can help a child learn to read, give the gift of a goat, cow, or camel, or even help a community build a water supply, and in return CAFOD send you a certificate to give in lieu of a present which illustrates the gift that has been given. Catalogues are available at the back of the church, and you can also buy these gifts online at www.worldgifts.cafod.org.uk

Related links: CAFOD World Gifts Website

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES!

thumbnail image A special Concert and Jubilee Reception will be held at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington W8 on Friday 21 November at 7.30pm. A magnificent musical programme including choral works by MacMillan and Schubert will be performed by the UCLU Music Society. Tickets are £10 and £5. All funds raised will be used in support of the pilgrimage fund to enable the sick to travel to Lourdes. The Box Office is open now: Gerald Daly 020 7798 9173.