CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: My Peace I Bequeath To You
Daily we hear about the desperate suffering throughout the world brought about by war and its effects. So many places are not at peace, and we need little reminder of this. Jesus’ gift of peace to his Apostles in the Gospel today should lead us to reflect soberly on the peace that we enjoy, and to commit to working for its furtherance in our world. ‘Peace I bequeath to you,’ He says, ‘…my own peace I give you.’ It is His parting gift to them, and - through them, to us also.
With any bequest, the relationship of the recipient to the testator often affects the regard in which the gift is held. The comparative value placed on a small item from a beloved relative is far greater than perhaps something inherited from old Mrs Smith next-door. Recalling Jesus’ bequest of peace, we are challenged to ask how much we value His gift. Is it proportionate to the love we have for Him, and His love for us?
The gift of Christ’s peace is inestimably precious, but will always be undervalued unless we love the giver. Christ’s peace is ‘a peace that the world cannot give’, precisely because its origin is outside the world. It is the Advocate, whom Christ will send, who will guide us to know this peace in its fullness. If we love God, we needn’t be troubled or afraid. We firmly believe that Christ’s resurrection has triumphed over sin and restores life. This is the peace that the world cannot give. It is far greater than merely an absence of violence; it is a complete work of transformation, through the power of the Advocate who was promised. It is our love of Christ, the one who bequeathed the gift of peace to us, which ought to inspire our efforts to end violence and warfare in our world. Our belief in the Resurrection confers on us the grave responsibility to work for peace.
‘Peace I bequeath to you, my peace I give you.’ It is not just a gift, but a very serious commission. We will be judged for our squandering of it.
Fr Brian O’Mahony
BANK HOLIDAY: Masses and Confessions
CONCERT: The Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance
This concert will take place in Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 25 May at 7.30pm.
Tickets are on sale for £20 (£10 concessions) and can be bought online at Ticketmaster.co.uk, over the phone on 0844 844 0444 or in person at the Cathedral Gift Shop.
The concert is also marking the release of Westminster Cathedral Choir’s next CD The Lamentations by Alonso Lobo, which can be bought at the concert ahead of the official release on Friday 27 May.
See also: Music Department
Related links: Ticketmaster
SACRED HEART CHURCH, HORSEFERRY ROAD, SW1
STATEMENT: WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL AND HOMELESSNESS
Westminster Cathedral has been made aware of a photograph circulating on social media of a ledge near the Cathedral doors, entitled ‘Westminster Cathedral – now with anti-homeless spikes.’ It saddens us that selective photography and inaccurate text have been combined to give the misleading impression that the Cathedral is hostile to people in difficult circumstances.
The spikes in question appear to be an architectural feature dating back to the completion of the building work in 1903. They were not recently installed as so-called anti-homeless spikes.
Westminster Cathedral actively addresses the needs of those without permanent accommodation in a number of ways. For example, the Cathedral supports two local charities, The Passage and the Cardinal Hume Centre, that offer a comprehensive range of support to those who may find themselves homeless: this support is expressed both financially and practically by clergy and worshippers alike. The Cathedral participates in a homeless shelter: food and shelter is offered in the Cathedral Hall each week during the winter months when it is most necessary. And, of course, the Cathedral is open all day every day without charge: a warm and safe space with seating in central London available to anyone at all.
Interested in Becoming a Catholic?
Each year, the Cathedral runs a course from September to May for adults who have not been baptised and would like to be, as well as for Christians of other denominations who would like to be received into the Roman Catholic Church, and Catholics who have not been confirmed. The course is known as the RCIA (which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). More information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org or Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055. Closing date: 31 August 2016.
Related links: Email Julie Hanssen (RCIA)
Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden
The Annual May Procession takes place on Sunday 8 May, beginning at 3.30pm from the Shrine Church, 1 Nicoll Road, London NW10 9AX. Come and join us as we continue to celebrate the Year of Mercy and claim Our Lady's prayers. Willesden Junction on the Bakerloo & Overground Line. Bus routes 18,187,206,220, 226,228, 260, 266 & 487. Home of the Door of Mercy for North West London.
COMPANIONS OF OREMUS
The first list of Companions members appears in the current issue of Oremus. We are grateful for the generous financial support we have received both from them and from other Oremus readers. This helps us to cover the production costs of our much loved magazine and to keep it free for all readers. If you would like to join the Companions, please see page five of Oremus.
See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine
Related links: Email The Companions of Oremus
COME AND SEE: PERMANENT DIACONATE
Men wanting to know more about the permanent diaconate are invited to come to a two hour meeting from 10.00am to 12 noon at St Augustine’s, Hoddesdon. No booking needed. Wives welcome. Contact details: Deacon Adrian Cullen on 07961 594725 or Deacon Anthony Clark on 07545 373548.
CATECHISM – WHAT WE BELIEVE? What is Heaven?
Heaven is God’s home, the dwelling place of the angels and saints, and the goal of creation. Heaven is not a place in the universe. It is a condition in the next life. Heaven is where God’s will is done without any resistance. Heaven happens when life is present in its greatest intensity and blessedness, a place not found on earth. In heaven waiting for us will be “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”.
The next Day of Prayer and Reflection is on Wednesday 4 May from 12.00pm to 4.30pm in the Hinsley Room. The theme is Happy are those who are humble and will be led by Mary Lean, Spiritual Director and author. There will be short inputs at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. All welcome.
The SVP St John Bosco Children’s Summer Camp
This is held at Aldham, Essex and is an activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows:
Week One: 23-30 July for boys
Week Two: 30 July-6 August for boys and
Week Three: 6-13 August for girls.
It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week.
Transport available from various parts of London. Should you require an application form or more information then please contact (between 6.00pm and 9.00pm) the boys’ camp on 01992 914117 or the girls’ camp on 01634 311350. More information can be found on the website http://svpboscocamp.org.uk.
Related links: SVP Bosco Camp website
Talk on St Nicholas Owen
Nicholas Owen was a Jesuit lay brother and principal builder of priest holes during penal times. Tony Reynolds, author of St Nicholas Owen: Priest-Hole maker is giving a talk about him in the Hinsley Room on Saturday 14 May at 3.00pm.
Admission is £5 and advance booking is strongly recommended. Reserve a place by sending a cheque (payable to English Catholic History Association) to Mrs Sheila Mawhood, 21 The Retreat, Princes Risborough, Bucks HP27 0JG. For more details telephone 01844 343669.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
This takes places from 24 to 30 July. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper.
Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes.
The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification.
If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai in Lourdes, please email chief helpers Nick Leonard or Laura Simmonds at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vocations Discernment Group
This is a group for young adults (18-30s).
Friday 27 May: The Missionaries of Charity on the Corporal Works of Mercy. From 7.00pm-9.00pm in the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace next to Westminster Cathedral. For more information please contact Fr Richard at email@example.com.
Related links: Email Fr Richard
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WESTMINSTER: Meet the Neighbours (Update)
The next event will be on Wednesday 1 June at 11.00am and the hosts will be The Royal Military Chapel, (The Guards Chapel), Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ.
The visit will include weekday Holy Communion service (Anglican) followed by a talk about the Guards Chapel Silver. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE.
Related links: Churches Together in Westminster
SVP Book Sale
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 £400 towards our work. Our next book sale will take place on 5 June. Please put the date in your diaries
WAY OF MERCY: FREE DOWNLOADS
Following the opening of the Way of Mercy in Westminster Cathedral, we are happy to announce that the leaflets entitled Invitation, Simple Guide, Guide to Confession, and Salve Regina are all now available as free pdf downloads (below) in preparation for visits and pilgrimages.
These materials may be used free of charge by individuals, groups, parishes and schools.
DONATIONS TO THE CATHEDRAL
Regular donations to the Cathedral can be made by standing order or by using a set of numbered offertory 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 call David Marles on 020 7798 9372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you are already a Gift Aid donor, please always use your numbered envelopes so that we know that the donation has come from you. Spare envelopes are available at the back of the Cathedral.
Course of the Sermon on the Mount
St Matthew Chapters 5-7 deal with the Great Charter of Christianity, the yardstick of our spiritual life. Theologian Jean Khoury will be giving a refreshing, practical and in-depth view on the Sermon on Saturdays 14, 21 and 28 May, from 10.00am-4.30pm at St Mary of the Angels Parish Room, Moorhouse Road, London W2 5DJ. For inquiries and booking, please contact email@example.com or call Francesca Crocker on 07527 907642 or see www.amorvincit.com.