WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR WEBSITE
A new website for the Westminster Cathedral Choir and Music Department has been launched. From now on all the latest news and events, concerts and music lists for the Choir, will be displayed on the new website. To visit this website, please click on the Music tab on this website or visit the link below.
CATHEDRAL TOWER CLOSED
From Thursday 18 December, the Cathedral’s Tower and Viewing Gallery will be closed to the public until further notice, so that extensive planned engineering works may be undertaken. The Cathedral itself remains open every day and service times are unchanged.
This weekend we have a second collection for Catholic education. Bishop Sherrington writes:
“The Catholic school is called to witness with joy and simplicity to the goodness of each and every person, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged. The school is called to be a beacon and witness to God’s gracious gift of mercy shown us by the actions and words of Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Christ is at the centre of the Catholic school. Together with the Cardinal, I thank you all for your dedication and service to the call of Catholic education. We pray that God will answer our prayers and provide for our needs.”
Copies of the whole of Bishop Sherrington’s letter are available to take away with you today (Sunday).
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.
Oremus is also available to download for free on this website. Follow the link below.
OPEN DAY FOR PROSPECTIVE CHORISTERS
Westminster Cathedral Choir School is holding an open day on Sunday 8 February from 10.30am to 2.30pm for boys aged six or seven interested in finding out more about being a chorister, and their families. Choristers receive the double benefit of joining the world’s leading Catholic choir, and an education at one of London’s top academic preparatory schools. All choristers receive a scholarship, and further financial assistance is available for those who need it. Please contact Lucy Auger (firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7798 9081) to book your place.
BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR
J S Bach’s Mass in B Minor will be performed by the Westminster Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra with the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School in Westminster Cathedral on Thursday 26 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now from the ticket office in the Gift shop and also on www.ticketmaster.co.uk or telephone 0870 154 4040.
MASS FOR RELIGIOUS, 11.00am MONDAY 2 FEBRUARY - 10.30am MASS CANCELLED
FIRST WEDNESDAY DAY OF PRAYER AND QUIET REFLECTION
This will take place on 4 February from 12.00pm to 4.30pm. The venue is the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, SW1. The theme is Into the Wilderness and will be led by Fr Robin Burgess, from Ealing Abbey parish, spiritual director and retreat giver. There will be short inputs at 12.30pm and 2.00pm and time for your own quiet reflection. All welcome. This is a free event
“COME AND SEE” WEEKEND: PRIESTHOOD
A “Come and See” weekend with a difference for men (aged 18+) who are discerning a calling to the priesthood will take place at Allen Hall seminary in Chelsea for 24 hours from the evening of Friday 20 February. To reserve one of only 12 places, please contact Fr Richard asap at email@example.com
Fr Michael Quaicoe is leading the Oblates of Westminster Cathedral on a retreat to St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham on Saturday 21 March. The coach will depart from the Cathedral piazza at 6.30am prompt, cost £38. Please bring a packed lunch. For tickets please contact Lolita on 07424 313384 or Caridad on 07551 565977. Everybody welcome.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is back at the 9.00am Mass. The team look forward to sharing the Gospel with young members of our Parish. Please note that we do not meet on Family Mass Sunday (second Sunday) and those falling on half terms and holidays.
Pilgrimage to Andalucia led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell from 6 to 11 July, cost £799.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell from 14 to 21 November, cost £1,208.
Please contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055 for further information on this pilgrimage.
CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS’ ASSOCIATION
The Friends’ next quiz will be held on Tuesday 17 February at 6.30pm in the Cathedral Hall. Tickets at £15 each include fish and chip supper and are available from Christina White, Friends Office, 42 Francis Street. Telephone 020 7798 9059 or email@example.com.
FAITH MATTERS TALKS: LENT 2015
This is a joint project of the Agency for Evangelisation and the Dominican Priory.
24 February: Fr Richard Ounsworth OP on Jesus.
3 March: Fr John Farrell OP on The Church and the Christian Life.
10 March: Fr Aidan Nichols OP on How to write theology.
17 March: Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP on Tolerant and Free despite being Catholic?
All events held in Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN from 7.00-9.00pm. Booking is required as places are limited.
Register at rcdow.org.uk/events/ or firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 020 7931 6078 to leave your details. Suggested donation is £3 per talk.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR
MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL
A play by T S Eliot performed in association with and featuring members of Inner and Middle Temple, in Temple Church, on Friday/Saturday 30/31 January at 7.00pm and Sunday 1 February at 4.00pm. For tickets priced £30, £20, £10, please contact the box office at www.templemusic.org or 020 7427 5641.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Events are taking place as follows:
5 February: This is My Body. Vaughan House, 7.00-8.30pm, donation £3.
12 February: The Privilege of Proclaiming the Word. Vaughan House, 7.00-8.30pm.
Scripture from Scratch. Various topics on 17 February, 4 March, 20 April, 11 May, 8 June.
Registration is essential for all events. Further details from email@example.com or call 020 7931 6078.
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY LECTURE
The 12th Annual Theology of the Body lecture, entitled ‘Facing Difficulties in Christian Family Life: Insights from Theology of the Body’ will be given by Dr Peter Kahn, Director of Studies of the Liverpool University Higher Education Programme. It will take place on the 20 March at 6:45pm, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN. Please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets, to be sold on the door, will be £10 or £5 concessions (OAP, students/unemployed).
CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 23 May 2015 at 3.00pm.
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2015. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).