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NOVEMBER PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD

thumbnail image If you would like us to remember your family and friends who have died, please fill in a form available by the Holy Souls Chapel, and return it in an envelope with any donation you wish to give in the box provided or to Clergy House Reception. Mass will be offered daily for those names submitted throughout the month of November.

REGISTRATION FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021

thumbnail image Parents who have children in in Year 3 and who would like them to receive their First Holy Communion here in 2021, please contact Fr Vincent M’bui. The course commences on Saturday, 21 November at 10am and the deadline for applications is Saturday, 31 October. Email Fr Vincent at vincentmbui@rcdow.org.uk.

CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: ALL CHANGE!

thumbnail image Those of us who have been alert this weekend will have realised that British Summer Time has ended and the clocks have gone back one hour. This year, more than ever, the question ‘Where has the time gone?’ is even more poignant, as so much of what we had planned seems to have disappeared from the diary and suddenly we find ourselves at the end of October. The same can be said for three of our Chaplains who leave the Cathedral this week for pastures new. The Acting Administrator, Fr Daniel Humphreys, and Fr Rajiv Michael have been with us for just over two years, and Fr Julio Albornoz for three years. All three have made a great impact in many different ways in their ministry here and I am sure they will remember their years at the Cathedral with great affection. But just as regular change occurs with the clocks as the seasons pass, so with the life of a diocesan priest. Perhaps here it is good to reflect on the words of St John Henry Newman: ‘To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often’. We wish our three Chaplains well and keep them in our prayers as they continue their journey to perfection and holiness!

With the sadness of their departure, though, comes the joy of the arrival our new Administrator, Fr Sławomir Witoń. Many of us will remember Fr Witoń from his time here as Sub-Administrator. In many ways life at the Cathedral will be familiar to him, but in others, things have certainly changed, particularly in these times of seemingly endless lockdowns and restrictions. We also keep him in our prayers as he returns to Westminster Cathedral and leads our community over the coming years.

When change is frequent and as dramatic as it feels at the moment, things can be very uncertain and it is easy to lose confidence in our mission. This week we are reminded in our Psalm that for those of us with faith, no matter what change occurs, one thing remains.

‘I love you, Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my saviour. My God is my rock where I take refuge, my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold’.

As we undergo great change in our Cathedral, and in the wider aspects of our lives, let us remember to always seek refuge and strength in the Lord, so that we can move forward with confidence and hope in the mighty victory that lies ahead.


Fr Andrew Gallagher

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass and closes for cleaning after each Mass.

Service times, Monday to Saturday:
8.00 Mass, 10.30 Mass (Latin, Monday to Saturday), 12.30 Mass, 17.30 Mass (streamed), Confessions: 12.00-12.30, 17.00-17.30
The Cathedral is open for prayer 8.00-9.00 Monday to Saturday and 14.00-16.30 Monday to Friday

Service times on Sundays:
Sat 17.30 Vigil Mass (Organ, streamed), 8.00 Mass, 10.30 Solemn Mass (Choir, streamed), 12.30 Mass (Organ), 15.00 Solemn Vespers & Benediction (Choir, streamed only), 16.00 Mass, 18.00 Mass (Organ, streamed), Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 17.30-18.00


Sunday 25 October 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Monday 26 October Feria

Tuesday 27 October Feria

Wednesday 28 October Ss SIMON and JUDE, Apostles

Thursday 29 October Blessed Martyrs of Douai College

Friday 30 October Feria, Friday abstinence

Saturday 31 October Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
14.30 Cathedral Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate:
Bishop Paul McAleenan

Sunday 1 November ALL SAINTS

ARRANGEMENTS FOR MASS AND CONFESSIONS IN THE CATHEDRAL

thumbnail image ARRANGEMENTS FOR MASS
The Cathedral opens half an hour before each Mass is scheduled to begin. The capacity of the Cathedral for each Mass is 239 individuals (120 households). There is no need to queue for long periods of time before the Cathedral opens.
Please make your usual donation through planned giving, online, or via contactless points or collection boxes around the Cathedral.
There will be no congregational singing at Mass and face coverings should be worn.
CONFESSIONS
Due to the current restrictions, the hours for confessions are limited. They will be heard in the Baptistry or the Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine.
The priest and penitent will be standing, face to face and at appropriate social distance. Your confession needs to be brief, so please arrive prepared.
TRACK AND TRACE
As you may have seen, we are participating in the NHS Covid-19 App, to assist with track and trace. We do encourage you to make use of this app. If you do not have the facility, then please complete one of the contact cards in the Cathedral, leaving it in the box available at the main doors. The cards will be kept in a secure location for 21 days before being destroyed. This is not a compulsory measure, but we encourage you to take part for the common good of our society.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The toilets, Gift Shop and Café remain closed.
Priests are available by appointment only; please call or email Clergy House to make an appointment.

WRAP UP WARMLY!

thumbnail image Since churches reopened, the advice received is that there must be good ventilation when the public are in the building. Inevitably this will mean that over the coming months the Cathedral will feel colder than usual, so please do wrap up warmly when coming to Mass.

FRIENDS' EVENTS AND CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

thumbnail image The Friends of Westminster Cathedral have another online event on Wednesday, 4 November at 7pm with the writer and Cambridge academician, Dr John Harvey, who will be talking about his novel ‘Pax’ based on the artist Peter Paul Rubens. To book, please send £5 payment to the Friends Virgin Money Giving account. Type in ‘Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral’ and you will be taken to the donate page. Please remember that events are not eligible for Gift Aid. The talk will be recorded, so if you cannot attend ‘in person’ we can still send you the link to peruse at leisure.
Starting this Sunday from 11.15am the Friends will be running a ‘free’ tea and coffee get-together on Zoom. If you have missed the regular coffee mornings in the Hall after the 10.30am Mass, then please join in. The link is 878 5625 4279. Our coffee get-together will be hosted each week by a different member of the Friends Council so it is also an opportunity to chat about the work of the Friends and to get involved.
The 5.30pm Mass on Thursday, 12 November will be for all Deceased Friends of the Cathedral.
Please do join the Friends. We have a very active Facebook page and also an Instagram account. We need new members to help support the work of Westminster Cathedral. For information on how to join call 020 7798 9059 or log on to the Cathedral website where you will find a downloadable membership form.


CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
The Friends’ Westminster Cathedral Christmas Raffle tickets are now on sale via Cathedral Clergy House reception or we will post tickets from the Friends’ Office. The tickets are £5 per book and the top prizes include £500 cash; a three-night luxury break for two in an historic Norfolk house; a Fortnum and Mason Hamper plus lots of other prizes.

SPONSORING SANCTUARY LAMPS

thumbnail image As you may be aware, there are various candles and lamps which burn perpetually around the Cathedral; particularly before the Blessed Sacrament, in the Lady Chapel, and at the relics of St John Southworth.
Would you like one of these to burn in memory of a loved one, or for a particular intention? If so, we are asking for a donation of £10 per week, which will go towards defraying the costs of running the sacristy: candles, hosts, wine and other necessities for the celebration of Mass. Please hand in at Clergy House Reception or in one of the Cathedral’s donation boxes an envelope marked ‘Sanctuary Lamp Donation’, together with a note stating your particular intention, and the light you would like to burn for that intention.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL COFFEE MORNING - ALL WELCOME!

thumbnail image Do join us for an online coffee morning over Zoom. All are welcome. The full details are:

Time: Oct 25, 2020 11:15 AM London

Meeting ID: 878 5625 4279

Passcode: 282903


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AMERICAN FRIENDS

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

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