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thumbnail image Looking through the Cathedral diary at the start of this new calendar year one of the first things you notice is that over these days there are two anniversaries that can easily be forgotten. The first was yesterday (Saturday, 14) which was the anniversary of the death of Cardinal Manning and the second is next Sunday (22), the anniversary of the death of Cardinal Godfrey, two men who in their own way had a significant part to play in our Cathedral’s history.

Cardinal Henry Edward Manning was the second Archbishop of Westminster from 1865-1892. He had a great concern for the poor and was extremely popular with the city’s dockers and the destitute. He successfully campaigned for a living-wage for the dock-workers and it is said he was very influential in the writing of Leo XIII’s social encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum’. It was Cardinal Manning who bought the land on which Westminster Cathedral now stands, and he was also responsible for the building of many Catholic schools across London. When Cardinal Manning died he was buried in the Crypt chapel here at Westminster Cathedral.

Cardinal William Godfrey became Archbishop of Westminster in 1956. During his installation, Godfrey condemned communism and professed his mission as returning England "back to the love of Christ". He also called for English Catholics to feed their pets less during Lent. He managed to attend the first session of the Second Vatican Council before his death back home in England on 22 January 1963. It is recorded that a few hours before he died the Cardinal was anointed. Soon afterwards he turned to a priest at his bedside and said “Deo Gratias: the Church has given me everything she had to give”. “Your Eminence”, the priest replied, “and you gave everything to the Church”. Cardinal Godfrey is also buried in the Crypt of Westminster Cathedral.

Like John the Baptist, both these Cardinals, and many other individuals who have served this parish, have pointed those around them to the ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’. Let us today give thanks to God for their ministry and seek to imitate their faithfulness to the Gospel in our own way.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them,
may they rest in peace.

Fr Andrew Gallagher
Cathedral Chaplain

See also: College of Chaplains

CONFESSIONS - Tuesday 17th January

thumbnail image Tuesday 17th January - Due to shortage of priests confessions will finish at 4.30pm. The queue will close by 4pm.

See also: Confessions

OREMUS - January edition available

thumbnail image The January edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now out. Please take a FREE copy, available at the back of the Cathedral. Donations towards the production costs are, as always, most welcome.

The online version will can be found here, or at the link below: http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/January17website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: January Edition

This week’s Diary

thumbnail image Sunday 15 January SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 16 January
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
12.30 St Pauls Bookshop Daily Meditation (Monday to Friday)
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday 17 January St Anthony, Abbot
09.00 Cathedral Hall Blood Service Clinic
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 18 January
16.00 Hinsley Room Interfaith Group

Thursday 19 January
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 20 January
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
17.00 Cathedral St Paul’s sing Evensong here
18.00 Cathedral Mass (said)
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 21 January St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
Second Collection: Passage Appeal at all Masses
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
18.00 Cathedral Diocesan Adult Confirmations: Bp Sherrington

Cardinal Godfrey’s anniversary (1963)
Second Collection: Passage Appeal at all Masses
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Society
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates’ Group
16.00 Cathedral Hall Chopin Society Recital


thumbnail image Tuesday, 14 February 2017: Quiz and fish and chip supper. Westminster Cathedral Hall, 6.45pm. Tickets £15.

Tickets available from Clergy House Reception, 42 Francis street, London SW1P 1QW or 020 77989059.

See also: Friends News

Related links: Email The Friends

CATECHISM – WHAT WE BELIEVE What happens to us when we die?

thumbnail image Questions and answers taken from YouCat (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church).

In death body and soul are separated. The body decays, while the soul goes to meet God and waits to be reunited with its risen body on the Last Day. How the resurrection will take place is a mystery. An image can help us to accept it. When we look at a tulip bulb we cannot tell into what a marvellously beautiful flower it will develop in the dark earth. Similarly, we know nothing about the future appearance of our new body. Paul is nevertheless certain: “It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory” (1 Cor 15:43a).

See also: The Sacramental Life


thumbnail image Pope’s Prayer Intention:

Christian unity: That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.

Urgent Intention: Homeless people affected by the cold: That in these days of such great cold that we think of all the people living on the streets, affected by the cold and by the indifference of others. We pray for them and ask the Lord to warm the hearts of others to help them.

More information and resources can be found at: www.apostleshipofprayer.org

Related links: Apostleship of Prayer

Quiz and Fish & Chips

thumbnail image Our next quiz will be held on Tuesday 14 February at 6.30pm in Cathedral Hall. Tickets at £15 each, include fish and chip supper, and are available from The Friends Office, Clergy House, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email friends@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email The Friends


thumbnail image Pilgrimage to Lancashire 2017, led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell, Tuesday, 4 April to Thursday, 6 April 2017

Visiting Ashton-in-Makerfield, the Church of St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, which houses the Shrine of the Holy Hand of St Edmund Arrowsmith. St Edmund Arrowsmith was imprisoned in Lancaster Castle with St John Southworth and martyred in 1628, Salmesbury church of St Mary & St John Southworth, Samlesbury Hall home of the Southworth family, Lancaster Castle where fifteen Catholics were executed for their faith and Stonyhurst College for a special tour of the older parts of the College and archive. Mass each day. Cost, including two nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner, travel within Lancashire, entrance fees etc £265 sharing, £295(single. Travel to and from Lancashire extra. Deposit of £50 required by 24 January 2017. Cheques made payable to Anthony Coles Travel and Conference. Further information can be obtained from Anne Marie Micallef annemariem@rcdow.org.uk

See also: Saint John Southworth

Related links: Email Anne Marie


thumbnail image There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17 to 19 March at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322-838415, Sandra 01293-783965 or John 01992-642443 email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk

Related links: Email: John


thumbnail image The Oblates of Westminster Cathedral are going on a day retreat to the Benedictine Nuns of Minster Abbey, Church Street, Minster, Nr Ramsgate on Saturday, 1 April. It will be led by Fr Michael Quaicoe and the coach will depart from the Cathedral Piazza, Ambrosden Avenue at 8.30am prompt, cost £25. Please bring a packed lunch. Please contact Lolita on 07424 313384 or Cris Ragonton, via text on 07869 131218 to reserve a place.


thumbnail image The Cardinal 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 on Saturday, 3 June at 3pm. If you are celebrating an anniversary, 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).


thumbnail image Regular donations to the Cathedral can be made by standing order or by using a set of numbered 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 email: Anne Marie Micallef annemariem@rcdow.org.uk or call her on 020 7931 6067.

Note: If you already a Gift Aid donor, please remember always to use your numbered envelopes so that we know that the donation has come from you.

See also: How do we Support Ourselves?

Related links: Email: Anne Marie Micallef


thumbnail image Make 2017 the year you meet new friends, inspire others to act for social justice, and use your skills to help our sisters and brothers working to overcome poverty around the globe. Are you a people-person who would relish involving and encouraging others in your local area? Or maybe you are a good communicator who would enjoy speaking in churches or presenting assemblies and workshops in schools?
Please get in touch with us on westminster@cafod.org.uk or 020 8449-6970 to find out more and book a place on one of our Understanding CAFOD information sessions on Saturday, 28 January in Stratford E15 and Saturday, 4 February in Waterloo SE1. The Stratford session has limited places so please contact us early if this is your preferred session.

Related links: Email Westminster CAFOD


thumbnail image The AGM will take place on Monday, 16 January, 6.30pm for 7pm at Crown Court Church of Scotland, Russell Street, London WC2B 5EZ. Following the CTiW AGM, which is expected to be fairly brief, there will be a talk entitled “Homelessness & Encounter” on the subject of homelessness generally in the City of Westminster, and especially amongst young people. The speaker will be Colin Glover from The Connection St Martin-in-the-Field. Refreshments will follow with the opportunity to browse displays by a number of leading organisations helping the homeless, including West London Mission and Westminster Churches Night Shelter (Methodist), Depaul Trust, The Passage and “Home for Good” (resettlement support) Scheme (RC), Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church (Baptist), and Borderline (supporting homeless Scots in London). Displays will also be open prior to the AGM, and there will be the opportunity to speak with representatives from the organisations. All are welcome. Entrance free.


thumbnail image A new marriage preparation course takes place at Westminster Cathedral from 12 January to 18 February, with six evening sessions and a Saturday afternoon at Vaughan House. The price per couple is £80 and includes course materials and refreshments. The course is open to non-parishioners and seeks to respond to the guidelines recently produced by the Bishops’ Conference in response to Amoris Laetitia. For more information please contact Charlotte McNerlin at family@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email: Charlotte McNerlin


thumbnail image Clergy House Reception is open daily:
Monday – Wednesday 8am-7pm
Thursday – Friday 8am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm

See also: Contact Us


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


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