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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: To Love as God Loves

thumbnail image In St Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 13, Jesus explains how his disciples should conduct themselves when they are faced with hurt or hatred. Referring to the Jewish Laws, Jesus says, “You have learnt how it was said … an eye for an eye … but I say to you … love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” An eye for an eye might seem to be a savage law but it had been established to fix a legal boundary for acts of vengeance so preventing them escalating into a family feuds or full scale war between tribes.

However, Jesus expands the Commandment given to Moses ‘to love one’s neighbour’ to even include one’s enemies. No-one is to be excluded from Christian love, not even those who, hate, persecute or kill us. What should make a disciple of Jesus Christ different from all others is our willingness to love as God loves.

When Jesus says, “Offer the wicked man no resistance,” while most Christians assume that to practice self-defence is okay, Jesus is certainly telling us not to retaliate in a vengeful way. We are not allowed to foster hatred in our hearts for anyone. The Commandments taught, “Thou shalt not kill,” but Jesus adds that we must get rid of thoughts of bitterness, hatred, resentment, malice and enmity; one must not kill a person in one’s mind or by one’s attitude. We do this for our own sakes too as hate poisons the soul, while love purifies the soul. If one has deep and bitter feelings towards another person, one is in danger of eternal contention with God. Jesus said that to harbour such ill will against another person cuts one off from God so much, that such a person coming to God’s altar to make an offering would be rejected, until he or she has made peace with them. As Christians we must try to imitate the generosity of God in our readiness to forgive and not to seek revenge or bear a grudge.

It is said that when Abraham Lincoln was running for president of the USA, there was a man called Stanton who never lost an opportunity to vilify him. Yet when Lincoln won the election, he gave Stanton a post in his cabinet, because he considered him the best man for the job! Lincoln was proved right because Stanton gave him loyal service. Asked why he did not destroy his enemies, Lincoln replied, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

Fr Michael Donaghy
Cathedral Chaplain

See also: College of Chaplains

OREMUS - February edition available

thumbnail image The February 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 is available here: www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/February17website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus - February Edition


thumbnail image Friday, 24 February: Divine Worship – a tour of the British Museum with Paul Pickering followed by afternoon tea at Tea and Tattle. Meet in the main lobby of the Museum by the gift shop at 1.45pm for the tour to start at 2pm. Tickets £20.

11 May: Friends of Westminster Cathedral 40th Anniversary Mass. Westminster Cathedral 5.30pm.
Tickets available from Clergy House Reception, 42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW or 020 7798 9059.

Tickets available from Clergy House Reception, 42 Francis street, London SW1P 1QW or 02077989059.

See also: Friends News

Related links: Email The Friends


thumbnail image Sunday 19 February SEVENTH 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
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Edward Hewes
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 20 February
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 21 February
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 22 February The Chair of St Peter
5.30pm Mass in Hall
19.30 Cathedral Concert: Notre Dame de Paris Children’s Choir in
Joint Concert with Cathedral choristers

Thursday 23 February St Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Lesson
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 24 February
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
18.30 Hinsley Room Vocations Group
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 25 February
Second Collection and Appeal at 6 pm Mass: St Vincent de Paul Society
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
12.30 Cathedral Mass with Jumbulance blessing: Cardinal Nichols
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice & Peace Group

Second Collection and Appeal: St Vincent de Paul Society
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
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Edward Dean


thumbnail image The Mass for bereaved parents will take place at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 11 March at 2.30pm. It’s a time to remember, to pray, to give thanks, and to entrust deceased children to the Lord. All are welcome to attend.


thumbnail image If you have your palms from last year please bring them to the Information Desk or Clergy House Reception by Friday, 24 February so that they can be burnt to make ash for Ash Wednesday.


thumbnail image All are welcome to a series of talks on 'Reasons for believing’ which will take place at 7:30pm on alternate Tuesdays from 7 February. Subsequent talks are on 21 February, 7 March and 21 March.

Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). Full dates and details are available at www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.

Related links: Full details here


thumbnail image 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 £300 towards our work. Our next sale will take place on 7 May - put the date in your diaries.


thumbnail image Pope’s Prayer Intention:

Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

Urgent Intention: Sacredness of Life: We pray for the children who are in danger of the interruption of pregnancy, as well as for persons who are at the end of life - every life is sacred! - so that no one is left alone and that love may defend the meaning of life.

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

Related links: Apostleship of Prayer


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 A lecture by Professor Gerald Grace (St Mary's University, Twickenham) on Thursday, 2 March at 6.30pm, Trafalgar Hall, Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. All welcome. Free admission but please register with the Catholic Union by telephone, 020 8749 1321 or e-mail info@catholicunion.org.uk. The lecture will be followed by a short reception.

Related links: Email: Catholic Union


The next lesson will be on Thursday, 23 February. The Clauzel-B Art School, London will hold classes in watercolour, pastel and drawing from 1.30pm to 1.30pm in the Hinsley Room. The fee will be £10 per person. Please bring your own materials. Contact: email francinegbaker@gmail.com or mobile 07580 179801.

Related links: Email Francine


thumbnail image The Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, 3 March at 2.30pm in Westminster Cathedral. It is being hosted by the Philippines. The Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Ambassador of the Philippines are expected to attend. All are welcome.

FARM STREET LECTURE: Welcoming the Wounded

thumbnail image The Inaugural Landings Lecture will take place at Farm Street Church Hall on Tuesday, 7 March at 7pm, given by Fr Christopher Jamison OSB. It will be on the theme of the Good Samaritan and how a Catholic parish can welcome the spiritually wounded so as to make it a place of healing. Please contact Scott McCoombe on 020 7529 4829 or farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk to book a place. Suggested donation £7.

Related links: Email: Scott McCoombe


thumbnail image Orkney in the footsteps of St Magnus
Led by Canon Tuckwell from 10 to 15 July 2017, cost £1,188 (from Glasgow).

Guild of the Blessed Sacrament Pilgrimage to The Holy Land
Led by Canon Tuckwell from 18 to 25 November 2017, cost £1,338.

Please contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or email info@paxtravel.co.uk for further information on these pilgrimages.

Related links: Email: Pax Travel


thumbnail image On Wednesday, 22 February, we welcome the Children's Choir from Notre-Dame de Paris to sing a Joint Concert with our Choristers. They will sing French and English choral music, including Britten, Fauré, Poulenc and Holst. The concert will be repeated the following week in Paris, before the boys return home to sing for our Ash Wednesday services. Further information about the collaboration can be found in this month's Oremus magazine. Tickets can be purchased from the Cathedral Gift Shop and cost £15 (unreserved seating).

See also: Cathedral Music


thumbnail image The last of six talks organised by St Patrick’s, Soho in thanksgiving for the Holy Year and also to mark the proposed stained glass windows for the Church. Dr Gabriele Finaldi, who is a Director of the National Gallery, is giving the talk on “The Crucifixion, icon of love and mercy” on Monday, 6 March at 7pm. All are welcome.


thumbnail image Can you spend an hour a week (for 4 months) with one of our adult clients? All of life’s activities, including job seeking, accessing and managing benefits and housing, take place online, and clients without IT skills, are hugely disadvantaged. Your help can make a big difference to them. We are close to the Cathedral. Please contact Flora or Emily on 020 7222 1602 or at volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk

Related links: Email: Cardinal Hume Centre


thumbnail image In this centenary year of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Mgr Keith Barltrop explores apparitions and revelations of recent times and discusses on what basis the Church approves or rejects them, and how we should react to them. Three talks will be given at 7pm on 7, 14 and 21 March in the Back Room of St Mary of the Angels Parish House, Moorhouse Road, London W2 5DJ. A light supper will be provided. No need to register: all welcome. For more information contact keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk or on 07879 953953.

Related links: Email: For more information


thumbnail image A six week course on Christian Meditation given by Laurence Freeman OSB begins on Ash Wednesday, 1 March at 6.30pm and thereafter on Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April at The Meditatio Centre, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX. For further information and to make a booking ring 020 7278 2070.