ASSISTED SUICIDE: PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MP
On Friday 11 September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide) or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Cathedral or on the website. Even better, you could ask to see your MP and express your concerns directly.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?
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 email@example.com or Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055. Closing date: 31 August 2015.
REGULAR DONATIONS TO THE CATHEDRAL
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 call David Marles on: 020 7798 9372 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you already a Gift Aid donor, please remember always to use your numbered envelopes so that we know that the donation has come from you.
APPLICATIONS FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2016
Forms are now available from the Cathedral Office or from this website (click on the link below) for enrolment in the parish First Holy Communion preparation course for 2016.
Children in Year Three or above, attending Mass weekly at the Cathedral or who are at St Vincent de Paul Primary School are welcome to apply. Please note the strict deadline for completed applications is Friday 4 September. Classes will commence in late-September and 1st Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 21 May 2016.
Please note: if you are not Cathedral parishioners, we encourage you to enrol where you regularly worship.
The July/August (summer) 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 magazine may also be read online. To do so, please follow the link below.
ST IGNATIUS DAY AT FARM STREET PARISH
Farm Street Church will be celebrating their 50th anniversary as a parish this year. At the 6.00pm Mass on the feast of St Ignatius, Friday, 31 July, there will be a special appeal and collection for Caritas Bakhita House, which provides help for victims of human trafficking. There will be a reception, with a raffle in the Mount Street Gardens afterwards for which a modest charge will be made. All proceeds will go towards the Appeal. Everyone welcome.
QUIET DAY OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION
The next First Wednesday Quiet Day of Prayer and Reflection is on 5 August in the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace from 12 noon to 4.30pm. The theme is Put Your Lamp on a Lampstand and will be led by John Woodhouse, interfaith coordinator for Westminster. There will be short inputs at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. All welcome.
The September First Wednesday is on 2 September and the theme is Anyone who wants to be Great Must be Your Servant and will be led by Eileen McDade, spiritual director and co-founder of Silence in the City.
FESTIVAL OF THE EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES
This will take place at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Duke Street by Bond Street tube on Saturday 1 August and is being arranged by the Society of St John Chrysostom of which Cardinal Nichols is President.
It will begin at 10.30am with a Syro-Malabar Divine Liturgy (Holy Qurbana) in English. All Catholics are able to receive Holy Communion because the Roman Catholic Church and the Syro-Malabar Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Church are in full communion. All are most welcome but we are asking for a donation (£10 suggested) to cover costs and for proceeds to go to ACN.
Further details from www.orientalelumen.org.uk
THE OBLATES’ PILGRIMAGE TO ST AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH, HODDESDON
This will take place on Saturday 29 August, £20 per adult. Pilgrims meet at 9.00am on Cathedral Piazza; please be prompt and bring a packed lunch. For further information contact Nita on 07870 559449, Lolita 07424 313384 or Mellie on 020 7932 0536.
GUILD OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT PILGRIMAGETO ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL AND CASTLE
There is a one day pilgrimage to Arundel Cathedral and Castle on Saturday 5 September, led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell, departing Westminster Cathedral at 8.00am returning by 7.00pm. Coach fare £15 per person. There is an entrance fee of £14 per person for adults and £12 per person for seniors (OAPs) for those who wish to have a tour of the Castle. Please bring a packed lunch (highly recommended). To book please ring Theresa Giwa on 020 7233 9670/07553 846685 or Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055.
WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
A one day pilgrimage to Walsingham on Wednesday 12 August led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell. Coach departs from Westminster Cathedral at 7.30am prompt, returning by 7.00pm. Adult £16, child £12. Please bring a packed lunch. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. To book a place telephone Theresa Giwa on 020 7233 9670/097553 846685 or Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055. All are welcome.
Pilgrimage to Andalucia led by Canon Tuckwell from 6 to 11 July, cost £799.
Pilgrimage to Catholic Lancashire with the Guild of St John Southworth, from 5 to 8 October, cost £549.
Guild of the Blessed Sacrament 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 email@example.com or telephone Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055 for further information on these pilgrimages.
DEEPENING OUR AWARENESS OF GOD WITHIN US
This very successful course, which has been running at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre for the past 11 years, offers experiences of different ways of praying, reflecting and listening, so as to foster the connection between life and prayer.
It is an opportunity to discover and develop our understanding of the spirituality taught by St Ignatius of Loyola, that of ‘Finding God in all Things’ and it is experiential – you can only experience Ignatian Spirituality, you cannot be taught it.
The 2015-16 course runs Wednesday daytime, 23 September 2015-6 July 2016, 11.00am-1.00pm or Thursday evening, 24 September 2015-7 July 2016, 6.30-8.30pm. at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, W1K 3AH.
You can download an application form from http://www.msjc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ApplicationForm2015-16v4.doc or telephone 020 7495 1673 and we shall post you one.
SHOP AT AMAZON SMILE
The American Friends of Westminster Cathedral recently registered with the AmazonSmile Foundation.
AmazonSmile is a programme whereby Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organisations selected by its customers.
Therefore, by shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to the American Friends of Westminster Cathedral.
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