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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: I Know My Sheep

thumbnail image This Sunday is known as Good Shepherd Sunday because we read that part of the Gospel according to St John in which Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd. If Jesus is the Shepherd, then we are sheep. I suspect many of us don’t really find the comparison with sheep very flattering. Sheep are foolish, nervous and docile aren’t they? But this wasn’t quite what Our Lord was getting at. Anyone who has ever watched a sheep farmer at work will know that he develops a real understanding of his sheep. He can read their behaviour and respond to their needs. And consequently the sheep trust the shepherd. There is a mutual knowledge. This is what Our Lord is talking about when he says: “I know my sheep and they know me.” And it is this which is actually at the heart of the image of the Good Shepherd. Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves and responds to us with more love than we can imagine and we for our part must trust him like the sheep trust their shepherd.

This loving knowledge that Jesus has of us touches a very deep need in all of us. We all want to be known and understood by someone, but to be known is to be vulnerable. So we need someone who we can really trust. If we are lucky, we may find this to a degree in a good friend or a husband or wife, but we know that we are all capable of betraying this trust and so we never completely trust others, we are a little nervous, even silly as a result - like sheep.

In Jesus the Good Shepherd we have found the one who knows us more intimately than we know ourselves and who loves us with such tenderness that we have nothing to fear. We know we can trust him absolutely since, unlike any earthly shepherd, he laid down his life for us sheep. And Jesus invites us into this relationship of trust with him, this friendship, in order to draw us into his divine life. He tells us that this mutual knowledge and love between the Good Shepherd and sheep will reflect the knowledge and love between him and his Father. The Son is the Son because the Father brings him forth by loving knowledge which the Son returns to the Father. If we can learn to trust Jesus the Good Shepherd then he will do more than help us to relax and feel good, he will bring us forth as a new creation, generated by divine loving knowledge. “I know my sheep and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.”

Fr Andrew Bowden

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 20 April
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 21 April St Anselm, Bishop & Doctor
Second Collection at 6pm Mass: Priests’ Training Fund
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Cathedral Fatima Prayer Service

Sunday 22 April FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Second Collection: Priests’ Training Fund
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Catholic Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Michael Butterfield
(Westminster Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 23 April ST GEORGE, MARTYR,
PATRON OF ENGLAND
7, 8, 10.30am Masses in St George’s Chapel
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday 24 April Ss Erkenwald & Mellitus, Bishops
08.00 Cathedral Hall Blood Transfusion Service – all day
10.30 Cathedral Funeral Mass: Ernest Richards RIP
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL ST MARK, EVANGELIST
19.30 Cathedral Grand Organ Festival: Peter Stevens
(Westminster Cathedral)

Thursday 26 April
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother and Toddler Group
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 27 April
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 28 April
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice & Peace Group
18.00 Cathedral Adult Confirmations: Bp Jabalé
18.00 Cathedral Visiting Choir: Mayfield Girls School

Sunday 29 April FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Francis Murton (Kent)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

JOHN POLAND RIP

thumbnail image We are sorry to report the death of John Poland KCSG who was, formerly, Chairman of the Friends of Westminster Cathedral for many years and a very familiar face around the Cathedral. John died at home in West Wittering earlier in late March. Canon Christopher concelebrated his funeral in Chichester on 18 April. There will be a Memorial Mass for John later in the year. May he rest in peace.

FRIENDS’ UNCLAIMED RAFFLE PRIZES

thumbnail image We still have unclaimed prizes from the Christmas Fair. Please come to Clergy House and collect your vouchers. All unclaimed prizes will be put towards another event if not claimed by 1 May 2018.
1st Prize - Night at the Goring: Ticket no: 14011 Gancz
2nd prize - Pax Travel Voucher: Ticket no: 13517 Tickell.
8th Prize - Tea for two at St Ermins Hotel: Ticket no: 11928 Bosacoma.
12th Prize - Tea for two at the Rubens Hotel: Ticket no: 13160 Wimbush.

GRAND ORGAN FESTIVAL 2018: PETER STEVENS

thumbnail image Peter Stevens will begin this year’s Grand Organ Festival on Wednesday 25th April at 19:30 in the Cathedral. He will be playing a programme of French music, including Widors Symphonie Romane, based on Gregorian chant for Easter, and Messiaens Ascension.
Tickets priced at £12 or £10 for concessions and a Season Ticket giving admittance to all seven concerts is £70, concession £60. Tickets are available on the door (cash only). For further information contact musicadmin@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Grand Organ Festival 2018 Brochure Email for Music Department

ROSARY ON THE COAST FOR FAITH, LIFE AND PEACE IN THE BRITISH ISLES - SUNDAY 29TH APRIL

thumbnail image A nationwide initiative to seek the intercession of Mary, Mother of God for the cultivation of a culture of life in these lands will involve the praying of the Rosary around the coast land of the United Kingdom. This event, supported by the Bishops, will pray especially for the conversion of minds and hearts to protect the sanctity of life, especially of the unborn. There will be a coach leaving from Westminster Cathedral at 12 noon on the day. The cost will be £25. Bring a packed lunch. This is the last coach, others are full, so best to hurry and book a seat. Priests are most welcome to come. Telephone Brenda on 07572 642290 or email brendamarywalsh@hotmail.com

Also on Sunday, 29 April, in solidarity with the Rosary on the Coast being said around the country on this day, the Rosary will be prayed here at the Cathedral at 2.45pm in the Lady Chapel. All are welcome to attend.

Related links: Rosary on the Coast Website Facebook Page Youtube Video Email for Brenda Walsh

WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2018 - HELPING OUR SICK PILGRIMS AS A ST FRAI HOSPITALITE HELPER

thumbnail image If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well equipped for their care and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers.
The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. This includes helping the pilgrims get up and ready in the morning; making large amounts of tea; taking the pilgrims to various pilgrimage events; shopping and socialising with them and other helpers; and putting them to bed at night. The timetable is shared across two shifts so there is enough time to rest, make your own pilgrimage, spend time with your groups and make new friends.
Helping in the St Frai is an extremely moving and rewarding experience. Working there offers an opportunity to give our care and company to our pilgrims and make a huge difference in their lives.
If you are interested in helping in the St Frai in Lourdes, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Related links: Email for Nick Leonard

SVP SPRING BOOK SALE - THANK YOU

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 £350 towards our work. Our next sale will take place on Sunday, 24 June. Please put the date in your diaries.

FORTHCOMING FRIENDS' EVENTS

thumbnail image Thursday, 10 May: The Queen’s House at Greenwich and the Fan Museum. A day-trip to Greenwich in the company of Paul Pickering: the group will meet at The Queen’s House at 10am for a tour of the newly restored palace. We will then walk across Greenwich Park to the church of Our Lady Star of the Sea for Mass. There will be free time in Greenwich for lunch before the group meets at the Fan Museum at 2.30pm for a guided tour followed by afternoon tea which is included in the ticket price. Numbers for this event are limited to 25 maximum so you are advised to book early. Ticket price: £26.

Tuesday, 15 May: Evensong at Southwark Cathedral followed by a private tour with the Dean and a drinks reception. Meet at Southwark at 5/5.15pm for Evensong at 5.30pm. Ticket price: £30.00

Wednesday, 23 May: Chartwell. A day trip to Chartwell - the country house of Winston Churchill. On arrival at Chartwell there will be free time to walk in the gardens and visit Churchill’s studio which opens at 12pm. Free time for lunch and then we have two slots for visiting the house at 1.30pm and 1.40pm. We will travel on to Westerham for a tour of Quebec House - the childhood home of Colonel Wolfe - at 3.30pm followed by tea in the village. Coach will depart from Clergy House at 9.00am. Ticket price £48.

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

Related links: Email for Christina White

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL YOUNG ADULTS

thumbnail image 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 socialising. 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 details email westminsteryoungadults@gmail.com

Related links: Email Westminster Cathedral Young Adults

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

Related links: Click here for email

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

thumbnail image This takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel every Monday to Friday following the 1.05pm Mass until 4.45pm.