Christmas Crib Appeal
Following on from the very generous response to the appeal the Cathedral has purchased figures of the Holy Family, two shepherds with sheep, and an ox and as ass. These figures are attractive and artistic and will, I hope, become a focus for our devotion during the Christmas season. They will be put in place in St Joseph’s Chapel and blessed at the Cathedral carol service on Sunday 22 December. Once again, may I thank everyone who has contributed to this appeal for their generosity. I hope that these figures will prove to be a much loved part of Christmas at Westminster Cathedral for many years to come.
Canon Christopher Tuckwell
PHILIPPINES TYPHOON APPEAL
So far the Cathedral has collected £18,851 in response to CAFOD’s Philippines Typhoon appeal. Many thanks for your generosity. Donations can still be made using the CAFOD envelopes at the back of the Cathedral.
OREMUS is now FREE
The Cathedral magazine, Oremus, is now FREE and you are most welcome to take a copy from the back of the Cathedral. The magazine is full of Cathedral news, photos, and information on future events. Donations are very welcome and can be made at the Oremus stand.
CHRISTMAS BRING AND BUY
The Filipino Club will mark the Simbang Gabi, a nine-day novena in anticipation of Christmas, at the 7.00pm Mass on Sunday 15 December. After the Mass all are welcome in the Cathedral Hall for refreshments
Please support the work of The Passage working with homeless people.
Donate through The Big Give website just after 10.00am on 5, 6 and 7 December and every £1 can be worth up to £2. There is an element of competition for full matching from The Big Give so if possible please give just after 10.00am on 5, 6 or 7 December.
The link is http://new.thebiggive.org.uk/project/Passage.
CARDINAL HUME CENTRE
The Cardinal Hume Centre has its annual Victoria Station Carol Singing and Collection on Friday 13 December between 11.00am and 7.00pm and is asking for volunteers to spare an hour or so during the day to help with the collection.
They have three school choirs and the Channel 4 choir supporting them during the day, so come along in your thermals and Christmas hats for a day of carol-singing and collecting.
For more information contact Sandra Deeble, on 020 7222 1602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolment forms for the parish youth confirmation programme are available at Clergy House Reception. Any parishioner between the age of 13 and 15 is welcome to enrol on the programme.
Please return completed forms to Fr Paulo Bagini by Monday 23 December.
HOW DO WE LISTEN TO GOD?
The Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group will visit Nightingale House, a Jewish nursing home for the elderly in Balham on Tuesday 10 December at 11.00am.
Rail to Wandsworth Common and walk to Nightingale Lane, SW12 4LB or underground to Clapham South and then G1 bus.
Contact John Woodhouse by text to 07908 888586 if you would like to attend or email email@example.com.
Please do not take any food to the Home as they are Orthodox and we will be meeting some of the residents.
CAFOD WORLD GIFTS CATALOGUE
This Christmas, why not give the gift of helping someone to work their way out of poverty with a CAFOD World Gift.
These alternative Christmas gifts make unique presents for family or friends while making a real difference for many in the developing world.
CAFOD World Gift Catalogues are available for you to take home after Mass, and the full selection is also available online at cafod.org.uk/worldgifts.
Pilgrimage to Bavaria
Pilgrimage to Bavaria, the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI, led by Canon Tuckwell, 7-14 July 2014, cost £968.
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.
Westminster Cathedral Young Adults
The Westminster Cathedral Young Adults group meets every Sunday following the 7.00pm Mass.
We gather outside the main doors of the Cathedral after Mass (at the bottom of the steps, on the Piazza) and generally go to The Windsor Castle for a little socializing. We attempt to create a sense of community amongst young Catholic adults who come to London from all parts of the globe. All are welcome.
For further information contact email@example.com
A Christmas Celebration
Wednesday 18 December and Thursday 19 December at 7.30pm.
Come and hear Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra under the baton of Martin Baker, Master of Music, in our annual celebration of Christmas music, readings and liturgy. With ancient and modern carols sung by the choir, celebrity readers and a candlelit Cathedral, come and sing along with traditional carols and add your voice to the full congregation!
Tickets, priced from £10 - £45, are available from Ticketmaster or the Cathedral Gift Shop.
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Effective Communication and Body Language
A study day on learning the ‘invisible’ and non-verbal language of communication for all catechists, parish adult faith formation leaders, parish pastoral council members, readers, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, volunteers and anyone who would like to learn how to communicate their own faith better.
Facilitator: Ausra Karaliute STL
Saturday 7 December: 10.00am to 1.00pm Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN.
Suggested donation £5.
Tea/coffee will be provided. Please register at http://rcdow.org.uk/events or firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7931 6078.
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