SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY
There will be a Christmas Tea Party for Seniors of the Cathedral Parish in Cathedral Hall on Friday 11 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 4 December so that we have an idea of how many would like to attend.
YOUNG ADULTS’ CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME
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 Monday 2 November. These must be returned by Monday 14 December.Preparation will begin in January 2016 with the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated in May 2016. Please contact Fr Martin Plunkett at Clergy House if you have any questions. Telephone 020 7798 9055.
SILENCE IN THE CITY
The next talk will be held on Thursday 26 November from 7.00pm-9.00pm in Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, SW1. The subject will be ‘Contemplation: Theory and Practice of Participating in the Unknown’ and the speaker is Anthony Blake. Refreshments provided from 6.30pm. Suggested donation £10. All welcome. For further information see www.silenceinthecity.org.uk.
SVP CHRISTMAS BOOK SALE
The next SVP book sale will take place in Cathedral Hall on Sunday 6 December from 9.30am–1.30pm. We would be pleased to accept donations of new and fairly new paperbacks, but no hardback fiction please. 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 or Robert Crane 07947 103847 to arrange for the collection of larger quantities.
GRAND ORGAN RECITAL
The next organ recital will be given by Martin Baker, the Cathedral’s Master of Music, on Wednesday 25 November at 7.30pm in Westminster Cathedral. The programme will include Widor ‘Symphonie Romane Op.73’ and Liszt ‘Fantasia & Fugue’ on ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undam’. Tickets £10 or £8 concessions available on the door or in advance from 020 7798 9057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST JOHN’S, SMITH SQUARE - DISCOUNT OFFER
St John’s, Smith Square, is holding a series of concerts between 11 and 23 December. When booking quote Oremus and you will be given a 10% discount on all tickets, valid until 10 December. For further information and to book tickets telephone 020 7222 1061 (box office) or see www.sjss.org.uk. A list of the concerts can be found on the inside back cover of the latest (free) edition of Oremus.
THE FRIENDS’ CHRISTMAS FAIR
The Friends are collecting for the Cathedral Christmas Fair on Sunday 13 December in Westminster Cathedral Hall. Please bring out your bric-a-brac, books, CDs, unwanted gifts and toiletries. We are also looking for fabulous jam and chutney makers and cakes for the cake sale. A fantastic list of raffle prizes has been collated and tickets will be on sale shortly. Please come and support us on the day and meet Father Christmas. Doors open at 9.30am.
November 28: A very special 70th Birthday Celebration. Special guests HRH Princess Michael of Kent, HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Canon Christopher Tuckwell. The Friary, 47 Francis Street, London SW1. Doors at 7.00pm. Carriages at 10.00pm. Tickets £50.
Tickets available from Clergy House Reception or from the Friends office on 020 7798 9059.
This year’s Christmas Celebration will take place on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December in Westminster Cathedral at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £50, £40, £30, £20 and £10 are now available from the Cathedral Gift Shop and from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or 0844 844 0444.
CAFOD POPE PAUL VI MEMORIAL LECTURE
Join CAFOD to hear Cardinal Turkson speak about the Church’s response to climate change. The theme of his lecture will be “Care for Creation: how to protect and sustain our common home” and will take place at St Marys’ Church, Wyndham Place, York Street, London, W1H 1PQ from 7.00pm-9.00pm on Friday 4 December. To book your free ticket see www.cafod.org.uk/Events/Pope-Paul-VI-lecture or call 0303 303 3030.
TRIP TO LANCASHIRE – BIRTHPLACE OF ST JOHN SOUTHWORTH
We have planned a two day, one night trip on Tuesday 8 March to Wednesday 9 March 2016 to see the places associated with St John Southworth. The cost will be £185 (sharing) or £225 (single). (Please note there are a limited number of single rooms available)
Leave Euston at approximately 9.30am on Tuesday and return at approximately 9.00pm on Wednesday. Includes dinner, bed and breakfast, entrance fees to Lancaster Castle, Samlesbury Hall, Townley Hall and a coach on day two for travelling within Lancashire. Mass available each day.
If you would like to go, please send a deposit of £50 per person to Anne Marie Micallef in Clergy House. If you wish to share a room please indicate whom you wish to share with. Cheques payable to Anthony R Coles, Travel and Conference and to be sent to Anne Marie on or before 8 December 2015.
For further details please contact Anne Marie on 020 7931 6067 or at email@example.com.
ADULT FORMATION EVENTS
A variety of events on listening skills, conflict management, faith formation, scripture from scratch, taking place from 5 November 2015 to 11 June 2016 in The Niland Centre, Bushey and in Vaughan House. For further information and to book a place see firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 020 7931 6078 and leave your name and telephone number. All talks are audio recorded and uploaded on the rcdow.org.uk website at a later date.
MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE
Wednesdays, 11-25 November: What was Jesus doing on Earth? 7.00-8.30pm.
Saturday, 21 November: Spirituality and chronic illness. 11.00am-4.00pm
Saturday, 28 November: Exploring Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. 11.00am-4.00pm.
Saturday, 5 December: A God who cares for us. A reflective journey through the Old Testament: Abraham-Our Father in Faith. 11.00am-4.00pm.
First Thursday of the month, 11.30am-1.00pm, Bereavement and Loss Group.
Second Saturday of each month, 11.00am-4.00pm, Ignatian Retreat Day.
All events take place at Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London W1. For further information see www.mountstreet.info or telephone 020 7495 1673.
SHOP AT AMAZON SMILE
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.
ST PAULS BOOKSHOP
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