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ARRANGEMENTS FOR MASS AND CONFESSIONS IN THE CATHEDRAL

thumbnail image Public worship takes place at the same time each day:

8.00 Mass

10.30 Mass (Latin, Monday to Saturday)

12.30 Mass

17.30 Mass

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

Confessions each day:
12-12.30
17.00-17.30

TRACK AND TRACE CONTACT CARDS
According to the latest government guidance, parishes are advised to keep a record of those attending each Mass, which can be used to contact parishioners in the event that someone in the congregation tests positive for Covid-19 as part of the Track and Trace system. In the Cathedral and on our website there will be ‘Contact Cards’ available for you to fill in which we ask you to bring on the next occasion you come to Mass, leaving them 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 in combatting this pandemic.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR MASS
If you are suffering from any symptoms of Covid-19 please do not come to the Cathedral. If you are in an at-risk category we recommend that you do not come to the Cathedral at present.
The Cathedral opens half an hour before each Mass is scheduled to begin. The capacity of the Cathedral for each Mass is now 158 individuals (76 households). Once this number is reached, the doors will be closed.
There will be no offertory procession, collection or sign of peace at Mass. Please make your usual offering through planned giving, online, or via the contactless points and collection boxes around the Cathedral.
There will be no singing at Mass until further notice. There will only be homilies on Sundays and Solemnities and these will be brief.
Communion will be in one kind only, and will only be distributed on the hand and standing. After the invitation to Holy Communion, the priest will hold up first the host and then the chalice and say: ‘The Body/Blood of Christ’, at which point all respond ‘Amen’. Please follow the directions of the stewards as you come to the centre aisle to receive. The priest will simply hold up the host and place it on your outstretched hand without saying anything. After receiving, please turn left or right and return to your place via the side aisles. The Cathedral closes after Mass for cleaning.

FACE COVERINGS
Face coverings are now mandatory in Places of Worship. All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather for Mass. At Holy Communion we ask that you carefully take off your mask before you receive the Blessed Sacrament, and consume the host in front of the priest, before replacing your mask and returning to your place.

YOUR MASS ATTENDANCE
Currently the obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday is suspended. With the restrictions in place, the capacity of the Cathedral is 15% of our usual seating, which is why, sadly, there is not room for everyone who wishes to attend. Please think carefully about whether you could come to Mass on another day during the week.

RESPECT AND CONSIDERATION
We ask you to show respect and consideration to our Security staff and volunteer stewards who are trying to enable as many people as possible in for Mass under very difficult circumstances. If you are coming on a Sunday, please attend only one Mass, to allow others the opportunity to enter.

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.

MASS INTENTIONS
To book new Mass intentions, please visit or email Clergy House Reception.

CANON CHRISTOPHER TUCKWELL - A MEMORIAL BOOKLET

thumbnail image The Friends of Westminster Cathedral have marked the sad death of Canon Christopher with a Memorial Booklet which is being sent as a memento to all members of the Friends. It is a poignant and personal collection of memories with photographs. We think it reflects Fr Christopher's dedicated life and work at Westminster Cathedral.

If you would like a copy of the booklet please think about joining the Friends and helping to support Westminster Cathedral. If you do not wish to join, then you may also receive the booklet by making a donation to the Canon Tuckwell Memorial Appeal which we have launched. We are asking for donations to be £30 or more (£30 is the annual cost of membership for the Friends). Payment may be made directly to the Friends' Virgin Money Giving Account. Please log on to Virgin Money Giving and then type in Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral. Alternatively you can also send a cheque payable to The Friends of Westminster Cathedral, to Friends’ Office, Clergy House, 42 Francis Street SW1P 1QW.

We will be participating in the online Big Give match-funding campaign later in the year and donations to our Big Give appeal will be classed as a donation in memory of Fr Christopher. If you would like to discuss making a donation to either the Memorial Appeal or the forthcoming BG campaign, please contact the Friends’ Office: friends@rcdow.org.uk or call 0207 798 9059.

CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: On holiday with God

thumbnail image Summer holidays this year are unique because they take place amid a pandemic and many people are distressed and insecure because of the quarantine rules. However, despite any stress in allowing ourselves to have a holiday, it is a good chance for us as Christians to reflect on what having a holiday break means to us. As I was planning my holiday, thinking about which resort and destination I fancied, what came to my mind were the words of Pope Benedict XVI, who said: ‘When packing for your holiday this summer, leave space in your suitcase for the gospel’.
Creating a space for God, building a relationship with him in a new way during holiday periods, can help us to see the reality of pain, sadness and alienation in ourselves and around us in a new perspective. A holiday can be an oasis of peace and serenity when used wisely. It is not the place that matters but the quality of time we spend with our loved ones, with ourselves and with God that counts. As we enjoy relaxing and resting, we might also pray for those who are unable to go anywhere because of their personal circumstances. They need our prayers, solidarity and love.
We deserve to be away from the hustle and bustle of the daily routine, to reflect and meditate on the successes and failures, joy and brokenness which we have endured in the last few months. We are generously invited to come to the source of happiness and peace which is God himself. ‘Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come! Buy corn without money, and eat, and, at no cost, wine and milk’ (Isaiah 55:1).
If life has made us weary on our journey and has blurred our vision of the future, and if frustration has prevailed in our hearts, a holiday with God is the beginning of healing. Because nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked (Rom 8:35). Jesus is the bread of life who gave himself for the nourishment of hungry and thirsty souls. This is the reason why many of us want to be present at the table of the Holy Eucharist even on our holiday.
May God bless and protect you wherever you go on this summer break and may the joy of Christ be your strength. May you come back with a new spirit of vitality to carry out your good works.


Fr Vincent Mbui SVD

THIS MONTH'S DIARY

thumbnail image Public worship takes place at the same time each day:

8.00 Mass
10.30 Mass (Latin, Monday to Saturday)
12.30 Mass
17.30 Mass

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

Confessions each day:
12-12.30
17.00-17.30

Sunday 2 August 18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
16.30 (Live stream only) Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Thursday 6 August TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

Sunday 9 August 19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
16.30 (Live stream only) Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Monday 10 August St LAWRENCE, Deacon & Martyr

Sunday 16 August THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED
VIRGIN MARY
16.30 (Live stream only) Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Sunday 23 August 21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
16.30 (Live stream only) Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Monday 24 August St BARTHOLOMEW, Apostle

Sunday 30 August 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
16.30 (Live stream only) Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Monday 31 August St Aidan, Bishop, and the Saints
of Lindisfarne – Bank Holiday
10.30am, 12.30 & 5.30pm Mass
12 – 12.30pm only Confessions

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.

YOUR PRAYERS, PLEASE

thumbnail image Please remember the children who now have received their First Holy Communion and those who will do so in September .
On Saturday 1 August those adults who had hoped to be baptised and confirmed at the Easter Vigil were able to receive those Sacraments at special Masses and receive their First Holy Communion. We welcome them into the life of the Catholic Church.
Remember also our parish Confirmation candidates and those from Westminster School, who still wait to hear when they will be able to receive this Sacrament.
Please pray for the six men who would have been ordained in June, but are now scheduled for ordination in mid-September, three of them to the Diaconate and three to the Priesthood.

JULY/AUGUST OREMUS MAGAZINE PUBLISHED IN PRINT AND ONLINE

thumbnail image The joint July/August edition of Oremus, the Cathedral magazine, with the usual mix of informative quality content is now available for collection from the stand by the main doors of the Cathedral, at the Ambrosden Avenue exit and online via the homepage of the Cathedral website. Please do enjoy reading it and recommend it to or share it with your friends.

SACRED HEART CHURCH, HORSEFERRY ROAD

thumbnail image The church is closed and will remain so until further notice.

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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