First Holy Communion Forms
Application forms for the parish First Holy Communion programme will be available from the back of the Cathedral this weekend and from Monday, Clergy House Reception. Children entering year 3 in September who are regular Cathedral parishioners are welcome to enrol. The deadline for forms is Monday 19th September.
Cathedral parish Summer Fair
Our Summer Fair will take place on Saturday 6 August starting at 12 noon and finishing at 5.00pm. This will be a fun day for all the family. We will have stalls with delicious foods and there will be wonderful bargains to be had such as gift items, bric-a-brac, cakes, jams, books and much, much more. There will be a tombola and a Grand Raffle with over 20 great prizes. Tickets £1 each. We need good quality items for the stalls please and bottles, gift items for the tombola. Donations should be left at Clergy House marked for Summer Fair.
Sacred Heart Church, Horseferry Road, SW1
The lunchtime Mass will continue every Thursday from 7 April. All are welcome especially those who may be working close by. The church will be open from 12.00pm - 1.30pm. There is also a Mass on Sundays at 11.00am.
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.
A New Book!
Oremus has just published a book written by one of our parishioners, Sharon Jennings. It is entitled ‘Good Things of Good Men’ and tells the stories of the saints depicted in the cathedral’s Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine. As the Cardinal writes in the book’s preface: ‘I am delighted that reading this book – both during the Year of Mercy and beyond – we have been given the opportunity to remind ourselves of the mercy and the calling we have inherited.’ Sharon will be selling copies of the book (£9.50) in the Cathedral Hall after the 10.30am Mass for the next few Sundays, and it will go on sale in the gift shop at a later date. It is also possible to order copies from the Oremus office – email: email@example.com
Related links: Email Oremus
Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate
The Guild of the Blessed Sacrament is organising a pilgrimage to the above Shrine on Saturday 3 September. Coach departs Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue at 7.45am, return by 7pm. Fare £18 per person. To book a place please ring Theresa on 07553 846685 or call at Clergy House Reception with your name, telephone number and the exact amount in an envelope. Please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome.
Forthcoming Friends’ Events
Tuesday, 19 July: Quiz and Fish and Chip Supper. Westminster Cathedral Hall, 6.30pm. Tickets £15.
Tuesday, 18 October: Prize-winning author and historian Alison Weir comes to Westminster Cathedral Hall to give a talk on Queen Katherine of Aragon. Doors at 6.30pm. Talk at 7.00pm with drinks and book signing to follow. Tickets £10.
Please note that the Friends’ Office will be closed from 15 July to 1 August for the holidays so please purchase tickets through Reception, Clergy House.
Cathedral Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham
The Cathedral parish pilgrimage to Walsingham is on Wednesday 3 August led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell. The coach departs from Ambrosden Avenue prompt, to return by 7.30pm. Adult fare £18, £8 per child (to be accompanied by an adult). To book please ring Theresa Giwa on 07553 846685 or Mellie on 07889 496740.
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)
CATECHISM – WHAT WE BELIEVE? What is conscience?
Conscience is the inner voice in mankind that moves him to do good under any circumstances and to avoid evil by all means. At the same time it is the ability to distinguish the one from the other. In the conscience God speaks to mankind. Conscience is compared with an inner voice in which God manifests himself in a mankind. God is the one who becomes apparent in the conscience. When we say, “I cannot reconcile that with my conscience”, this means for a Christian, “I cannot do that in the sight of my Creator!” Many people have gone to jail or been executed because they were true to their conscience.
ACN – Press and Digital Media Officer
Aid to the Church in Need (UK) – the Catholic charity which supports Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need – is seeking a new Press & Digital Media Officer. Based in Sutton, the post’s primary role involves producing high-quality written work for both print and online. Salary £23,000 per annum. For a full job description and to apply please visit our website http://www.acnuk.org/jobs-and-volunteering.
Closing date: Sunday 14th August 2016. Interviews: Friday 19th August 2016.
Related links: More details and application
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
ALLEN HALL: Summer Accommodation in London
Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea offer comfortable rooms in central London in July and August. Beautiful gardens and chapel. Rooms from £50 per night (including breakfast).
Telephone 020 7349 5600 (option 0).
The Byzantine Heritage in Sicily Led by Canon Tuckwell from 18 to 24 October 2016, cost £988. Please contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on either of these pilgrimages.
Related links: Email Pax Travel
Centenary of the Archdiocese of Cardiff -- Trip to St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff
The Oblates of Westminster Cathedral are going on a day pilgrimage to St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff on Saturday 27 August. The coach departs from the Cathedral Piazza, Ambrosden Avenue, promptly at 6.30am. Cost £40. Please bring a packed lunch. To book a place please contact Lolita on 07424 313384 or Laura Ford on 07479 568368.
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
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