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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Ascension and the Advocate

thumbnail image In the moments immediately prior to his passion and redemptive death, our Lord Jesus related to his disciples a series of what has come to be referred as the farewell discourses (John 13:31-17:26). The reality of Jesus’ predicted physical absence from the earth greatly upset his followers, who had hoped for a different cut of a saviour from the image Jesus was painting for them but the Lord insisted that he had to go in order that the Advocate could come to them (John 16:5-15). In this sense, his spectacular bodily departure from our existence (Acts 1:6-11) was the beginning of Jesus’ fulfilment of the pledge he made concerning the descent of the Holy Spirit. The Advocate would, in teaching the disciples the complete truth, enable them to be Jesus’ witnesses throughout the world.

Jesus’ faithfulness to his promises was to become the mark of the disciples’ credibility. A true disciple of Jesus would be one who is faithful to the will and promises of his master. The task of the Holy Spirit, in effect, is to teach and to guide the disciple to be faithful, faithful to Jesus’ desire to renew the whole of creation. This presupposes docility of heart on the part of the believer, an attitude which is requisite for both a fruitful relationship with the Advocate and the realization of God’s plan of redeeming fallen creation.

For the disciple, then, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is of significance. It is the concrete sign that all Jesus said and did was credible. It is the visible call to an expectant hope; a hope of receiving the Holy Spirit who has the power to transform them into faithful bearers of the Good News, channels of God’s salvific plan.

What we celebrate today goes beyond just marking a biblical truth, as it is an unequivocal affirmation of Jesus’ fidelity. We do so with the unshaken hope of receiving afresh the transforming gift of the Holy Spirit. Ascension must therefore, lift our gaze to heaven, from whence alone descends the Advocate.

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Fr Michael Quaicoe
Cathedral Chaplain

See also: College of Chaplains

OREMUS - June edition available

thumbnail image The June 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:http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/June17website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus June Edition


thumbnail image Sunday 28 May ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Second Collection: Catholic Communications
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Society
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 29 May BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday 30 May
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 31 May The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday 1 June St Justin, Martyr
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 2 June
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
19.00 Vaughan House Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 3 June St Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyrs
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
15.00 Cathedral Mass for Matrimony: Cardinal Nichols

Sunday 4 June PENTECOST
12.15 Cathedral Cathedral Parish Confirmations: Bp Wilson
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.30 Cathedral Hall Mass for the Deaf
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group


thumbnail image Questions and answers taken from YouCat (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church).

Heaven is the endless moment of love. Nothing more separates us from God, whom our soul loves and has sought our whole life long. Together with all the angels and saints we will be able to rejoice forever in and with God. If you have ever observed a couple looking at each other lovingly or seen a baby nursing who looks for his mother’s eyes as though it wanted to store up every smile forever, then you have some inkling of heaven. To be able to see God face to face - that is like one, single, never-ending moment of love.

See also: The Sacramental Life


thumbnail image 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 juliehanssen@rcdow.org.uk or Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055. Closing date: 31 August 2017.

Related links: Email: Julie Hanssen


thumbnail image Regular donations to the Cathedral can be made by standing order or by using a set of numbered 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 email: Anne Marie Micallef annemariem@rcdow.org.uk. or call her on 020 7931 6067.

There are also a large number of planned giving envelopes which have not yet been collected. These can be collected from Clergy House Reception during the first two weeks of May.

Related links: Email: Anne Marie


thumbnail image If you wish to contact the St Vincent de Paul Society please leave a message at Clergy House Reception or email svpcathedral@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email: Cathedral St Vincent De Paul


thumbnail image 8 June: Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen. Talk by journalist and author Giles Tremlett: Westminster Cathedral Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm. There will be a glass of wine and book signing after the event. Tickets £10.

Tickets are available from Clergy House Reception and the Friends’ office on 020 7798 9059.

See also: Friends News

Related links: Email The Friends


thumbnail image The weekend for young women (20s and 30s) is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). There will be input from the FCJ sisters on different aspects of vowed life, and time for prayer, reflection and discussion with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life. The theme is Discerning God’s Call in my life and will take place from 26-28 May in Broadstairs, Kent. It's an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some sisters! For more information contact Sr Lynne FCJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org.

Related links: Email Sr Lynne FCJ FCJ Website


thumbnail image This will take place on Wednesday, 14 June, leaving from the Cathedral at 7.15am. Tickets: adult £16, child £10. Contact Theresa on 07553 846685 or Mellie on 07889 496740 to book a place. All are welcome.


thumbnail image The Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy invites you to this year’s Aylesford Pilgrimage on Saturday, 1 July, departing at 7am prompt from Westminster Cathedral and return 7pm. The cost is £12 for adults and £8 for children. For further information and to make a booking, please telephone George Egesi on 07794 600486.


thumbnail image An evening of entertainment, music, cultural dances and great food will be held on Saturday, 17 June from 6.30pm-10.30pm in Cathedral Hall in aid of Westminster Cathedral. Tickets costing £50 inclusive of buffet dinner and wine are available from Theresa on 07553 846685 or Nneke on 07435 958078.


thumbnail image Our Cathedral Summer Fair will take place on Saturday, 22 July from 12 to 5pm in the Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue. We will have the usual delicious food from our Nigerian and Filipino communities as well as home-made cakes, jams and a Pimms stall. There will be the usual stalls selling gift items, jewellery, toys, bric-a-brac, CDs books, DVDs etc. Finally, we will be entertained again with dancing displays by members of our Filipino Club.

Please do help us to make the Fair a success and raise money for the Cathedral. You can do this by contributing unwanted gift items, bottles for the tombola and for the Pimms stall, and of course coming along and supporting us by spending money on the day. Raffle tickets are now available at £1 each or £5 for a book with our usual range of great prizes including meals in local restaurants etc.

Donations may be left at Clergy House, 42 Francis Street. If you wish to be involved by helping on the day or by donating, then please contact Mary Maxwell on 020 7798 9181 or marym@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email: Mary Maxwell


thumbnail image MAY TO JULY 2017
A series of talks on ‘Developing the thought of St John Paul II’ take place at 7pm on 23 May, 6 June, 20 June and 4 July. Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). Full details are available at www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.


thumbnail image This exhibition, sponsored by The Friends of Westminster Cathedral, is now open in the Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine until 30 July. Entry is free.


thumbnail image Pope's Prayer Intention: Christians in Africa. That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Urgent Intention: Priestly Vocations. Led by the Spirit for Mission - May he give us priests enamoured of the Gospel, close to all their brothers and sisters, living signs of God’s merciful love.

CATHOLIC UNION LECTURE: Martyrs and Exiles: Christian and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East

thumbnail image Martyrs and Exiles: Christian and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East.
The speakers will be Gerard Russell, former British and UN Diplomat, and John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need UK. The lecture will take place on Thursday, 1 June, 6.30pm at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street (off Trafalgar Square), London SW1Y 4HG. Free admission, all welcome. Please register on Eventbrite or on 020 8749 1321 or at info@catholicunion.org.uk.

Related links: Register here Eventbrite registration here


thumbnail image This is an annual event for Catholic young adults (ages 16-30) taking place 23-26 June in the beautiful grounds of Alton Castle in Staffordshire. Come and join us for a weekend of live music from artists including One Hope Project and Guvna B, to journey together in faith through liturgy and worship, and to hear about the possibilities of living life: UNLIMITED. To find out more information or book tickets and a coach space, visit our website: brightlights.org.uk, call 0300 075 0115 or find us on social media: T/FB/IG: BLFestival.


thumbnail image This will take place on Saturday, 3 June to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, and is being organised by the Divine Mercy Apostolate - Marian Fathers. Coach departs from Westminster Cathedral at 7.15am, cost £17. Contact Emmanuel on 020 7286 3804/07721 362000 or Caroline on 07960 466377.


thumbnail image This year's Grand Organ Festival will bring another season of stellar performances to the Cathedral, with British and International players performing a wide range of repertoire.

Details of this year's performers and dates can be found on our website: http://westminstercathedralchoir.com/grand-organ-festival.php

The Festival launches with a concert by James Lancelot of Durham Cathedral, who will play:

JS Bach - Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
JS Bach - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein (BWV 734)
Mendelssohn - Sonata No 4 in B flat major (Op. 65)
Alain - Suite pour orgue
Franck - Grande pièce symphonique

Tickets are £12 (£10) and are available on the door. We will also be selling our season tickets, priced at £70 (£60) for all eight concerts. Please note that we accept cash only. The concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 6.

All concerts begin at 7.30pm, and last approx 75 minutes without interval.

Related links: More details here