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THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Until Wednesday the Cathedral will be open only for private, individual prayer during the following times:
Sunday: 11.30am to 3.15pm
Monday and Tuesday: 10am to 3pm
The following will be live-streamed at westminstercathedral.org.uk:
Sunday:
Mass: 10.30am* and 5.30pm
Exposition: 11.30am to 3.15pm
Solemn Vespers and Benediction: 3.30pm*
Monday and Tuesday:
Mass: 9am and 5.30pm*
Exposition: 10am to 3 pm
Services marked with * will be sung by members of Westminster Cathedral Choir.

From Wednesday 2 December the Cathedral will be open from 7.30am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 6.10pm on Saturday and 7.30am to 6.40pm on Sunday:
Monday to Saturday:
Mass: 8 and 10.30am, 12.30 and 5.30pm**
Exposition: 2pm to 5pm
Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 5-5.30pm
Sunday:
Mass: 8 and 10.30am**, 12.30, 4 and 6pm**
** These Masses will be live-streamed, as will Sunday Solemn Vespers at 3pm
Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 5.30-6pm

Sunday 29 November FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Monday 30 November ST ANDREW, Apostle
Tuesday 1 December Feria
Wednesday 2 December Feria
Thursday 3 December St Francis Xavier, Priest
Friday 4 December Feria, Friday abstinence
Saturday 5 December Feria
Sunday 6 December SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

DECEMBER OREMUS

thumbnail image The December edition of Oremus magazine is now available online at the Cathedral website. Because of the lockdown there is no print edition; however, the January Oremus will be a full-length print edition and will be available in the Cathedral in time for Christmas. Thank you for your support of the magazine.

THE BIG GIVE FOR WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

thumbnail image Tuesday, 1 December 12pm to Tuesday, 8 December 12pm. The Friends’ Big Give online giving campaign in aid of better communications and better live streaming for Westminster Cathedral. Let’s help people to keep in touch and share the beauty of Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Donations to the appeal online will be doubled whilst funds allow. We are aiming to raise £40,000. To donate, log on to Big Give and type ‘Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral’ in the charity search button. You will be taken directly to our appeal page. PLEASE be generous. Any queries, please contact the office friends@rcdow.org.uk. All donations to the appeal will be in memory of Canon Christopher Tuckwell RIP.

CATHEDRAL TO REOPEN FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP

thumbnail image National Legislation has forced the closure of the Cathedral for Public Worship until 2 December. However, it remains open for private prayer during the day between the hours of 10am and 3pm, Monday to Saturday, and between the hours of 11.30am and 3.15pm on Sunday. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the high altar as a focus of prayer as the pandemic continues.
Mass celebrated by the Chaplains is streamed twice daily at 9am and 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and at 10.30am and 5.30pm on Sunday. Solemn Vespers and Benediction are streamed at 3.30pm on Sunday.

PUBLIC WORSHIP
From Wednesday 2 December the Cathedral will open each day at 7.30am, closing after the last Mass of the day.

Mondays to Saturdays Mass is at 8am, 10.30am (Latin), 12.30pm and 5.30pm (live streamed).
Confessions are heard between 12noon and 12.30pm and again between 5 and 5.30pm
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament between 2 and 5pm, except on Saturdays.
The Cathedral may be closed on Saturday mornings and afternoons for Baptisms, Weddings and other events.
On Sundays Mass is at 8am, 10.30am (live streamed, Choir), 12.30pm, 4pm and 6pm (live streamed).
Solemn Vespers and Benediction are sung at 3pm (live streamed, Choir)
Confessions are heard between 12noon and 12.30pm and again between 5.30 and 6pm.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Please check the Mass times listings for full details.

TRACK AND TRACE
As you may have seen, we are participating in the NHS Covid-19 App, to assist with track and trace. We do encourage you to make use of this app. If you do not have the facility, then please complete one of the contact cards in the Cathedral, leaving it in the box available at the main doors. The cards will be kept in a secure location for 21 days before being destroyed. This is not a compulsory measure, but we encourage you to take part for the common good of our society.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The toilets, Gift Shop and Café remain closed.
The Chaplains aim to be available in the Cathedral during weekday opening hours and can also be contacted through Clergy House Reception if you wish to speak to them or are in need of assistance; please call or email Clergy House to make an appointment.

CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: WAIT FOR THE LORD

thumbnail image This weekend we begin the season of ‘Advent’, a name which derives from the Latin ‘adventus’ meaning ‘the coming of…’, and thus a very apt term for the weeks ahead as we await the coming of the Lord. In the Church’s tradition we look forward to the coming of Christ in two ways – firstly, we look forward to his coming in the manger in Bethlehem; the Incarnation, in which God became flesh and dwelt among us. Secondly, we look forward to his promised second coming; the day of which Jesus himself said that it about would come when we least expect it, the day when we will all face the final judgement and discover if we are found worthy to take our place with him in God’s kingdom. In the Catechism we read:
‘When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present [the] ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming.’ (CCC 524)
When we know someone is coming, we always have to have a time of waiting and preparation. Over the last few months, we have had a lot of practice at waiting for something with great expectations. We waited for the end of the first lockdown. We waited for a chance to see our families again. We waited for news on a vaccine to give us some light at the end of this very long tunnel. We have waited once again for the chance to return to public Mass. But we all know that waiting involves a yearning for something better to come, and this is usually a result of an emptiness needing to be filled. Usually in Advent we find our time filled with other things – with Carol Services and Nativity Plays, with office parties and Christmas fayres. But this year it is likely that we will have a truly authentic Advent: a time of emptiness and looking forward to what is to come.
Let us unite ourselves with the patience and faithfulness of our blessed mother Mary, whose own waiting in the months before the birth of her son would have been filled with great expectancy and joy. Let us spend the weeks ahead preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ at the manger and at the end of time, renewing our desire for union with him in the fulness of time.


Fr Andrew Gallagher

FRIENDS' EVENTS, THE BIG GIVE AND THE CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

thumbnail image From 11.15am to 12.30pm on Sundays, the Friends run a ‘free’ tea and coffee get-together on Zoom.  If you have missed the regular coffee mornings in the Hall after the 10.30am Mass, then please join in. The link for this Sunday’s event is 832 1808 8143, passcode 584666 and it can be found under the live stream portal on the website. Our coffee morning is hosted each week by a different member of the Friends’ Council so it is also an opportunity to chat about the work of the Friends and to get involved. Bring biscuits!
Wednesday, 2 December: John Francis Bentley: Zoom talk with Peter Howell. 7pm. Free of charge.
Friday, 4 December: Peter Stevens, Assistant Master of Music, gives an online concert of organ music for Advent. The event will be live at 7pm. Post-concert Zoom drinks party to follow directly after the concert. Tickets £10
Tuesday, 8 December: The Paintings of the Nativity: Art history Zoom talk with Paul Pickering. 7pm. Tickets £5.
Thursday, 10 December: Chaplains’ Christmas Quiz: Via Zoom with Quizmaster Fr Andrew Gallagher, and Administrator Fr Slawomir Witoń carrying the flag for Clergy House. Please wear Christmas jumpers and hats and join in the festivities. 7pm start. Tickets £10.

2021 EVENTS
Thursday, 21 January: Zoom talk with Dr Rory O’Donnell – from Whitehall Palace to Wigan Pier – Catholic churches 1685-1829. 7pm. Tickets £5.
Tuesday, 9 February: Joanna Bogle: The Marian Shrines of England – in person talk. Cathedral Hall 7pm. Tickets £10.
Wednesday, 3 March: Alison Weir talk on Kathryn Howard – The Tainted Queen – in person talk. Cathedral Hall 7 pm. Tickets £10.
All events for the Friends may be booked via our online Virgin Money Giving link. Go to VMG and type ‘Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral’ into the charity search box then click on the Friends’ link to donate
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1019491&stop_mobi=yes
Please note that we are only able to accept cheque payment for events if received a week before the event listed. If paying by cheque or VMG please confirm your booking via email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.
Please do join the Friends. We have a very active Facebook page and also an Instagram account to keep in touch with people through lockdown. We need new members to help support the work of Westminster Cathedral. For information on how to join call 020 7798 9059 or log on to the Cathedral website where you will find a downloadable membership form.

THE BIG GIVE FOR WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
Tuesday, 1 December 12pm to Tuesday, 8 December 12pm. The Friends’ Big Give online giving campaign in aid of better communications and better live streaming for Westminster Cathedral. Let’s help people to keep in touch and share the beauty of Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Donations to the appeal online will be doubled whilst funds allow. We are aiming to raise £40,000. To donate, log on to Big Give and type ‘Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral’ in the charity search button. You will be taken directly to our appeal page. PLEASE be generous. Any queries, please contact the office friends@rcdow.org.uk. All donations to the appeal will be in memory of Canon Christopher Tuckwell RIP

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
The Friends’ Westminster Cathedral Christmas Raffle tickets are now on sale via Cathedral Clergy House reception or we will post tickets from the Friends’ Office. The tickets are £5 per book and the top prizes include £500 cash; a three-night luxury break for two in an historic Norfolk house; a Fortnum and Mason Hamper plus lots of other prizes.

NEWS FROM THE PASSAGE - LAVENDER LADIES AND A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS

thumbnail image The Passage has a crop of lavender from its roof garden. As a lockdown activity some recently homeless ladies would like to make lavender bags.  Does anyone have some suitable material for bags that could be donated?  Contact Andrew Hollingsworth at andrew.h@passage.org.uk or on 020 7592 1886.

The Passage presents ‘A Night under The Stars’ on Thursday, 3 December filmed at the London Coliseum, with classical pianist, Stephen Hough CBE; British baritone Huw Montague Rendall; violinist Shlomy Dobrinsky; The Orion Orchestra, conductor, Toby Purser, and song pianist, Gary Matthewman. Your host is Rory Bremner, with festive readings from Ann Murray and Michael Morpurgo. The London Philharmonic Choir and London Youth Choir will present a special virtual performance of Bogoroditse Devo from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. Tickets at  https://tinyurl.com/PassageConcert
Please also support our work by purchasing A Taste of Home: 120 Delicious Recipes from leading chefs and celebrities from -  https://tinyurl.com/PassageCookbook.

Please support the work of The Passage with homeless people this winter through The Big Give, a matched funding scheme.  For those making a donation who are taxpayers, Gift Aid applies too so that a donation of £100 is worth £225 = £100 (original donation) + £25 (gift aid) + £100 (matching). Please generously give online at https://tinyurl.com/PassageBigGive between 12 noon on Tuesday, 1 December and 12 noon on Tuesday, 8 December.

SPONSORING SANCTUARY LAMPS

thumbnail image As you may be aware, there are various candles and lamps which burn perpetually around the Cathedral; particularly before the Blessed Sacrament, in the Lady Chapel, and at the relics of St John Southworth.
Would you like one of these to burn in memory of a loved one, or for a particular intention? If so, we are asking for a donation of £10 per week, which will go towards defraying the costs of running the sacristy: candles, hosts, wine and other necessities for the celebration of Mass. Please hand in at Clergy House Reception or in one of the Cathedral’s donation boxes an envelope marked ‘Sanctuary Lamp Donation’, together with a note stating your particular intention, and the light you would like to burn for that intention.

CHARITY GIFTS FROM MARY'S MEALS

thumbnail image If you are thinking of a charity gift for a loved one this Christmas, until 31 January 2021, donations made to Mary’s Meals’ ‘Double The Love’ appeal will be matched by the UK Government. This will enable Mary’s Meals to reach more than 43,000 hungry children in Bong County, Liberia, with a life-changing meal at school where 71% of people live in poverty and 25% are classified as extremely poor. Donations to Mary’s Meals can be made via www.marysmeals.org.uk/donate or by sending a cheque payable to ‘Mary’s Meals’ to Mary’s Meals, Craig Lodge, Dalmally, Argyll PA33 1AR.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL COFFEE MORNING - ALL WELCOME!

thumbnail image Do join us for an online coffee morning over Zoom. All are welcome. The full details are:

Time: Every Sunday 11:15 AM London


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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

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