WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL SUMMER FAIR: THANK YOU!
The Summer Fair raised an amazing amount of £4,000, the best result ever. Canon Tuckwell is very grateful to everyone involved for all their hard work in achieving this amazing outcome. We owe an enormous thank you to all the donors of lovely gifts; raffle prizes; suppliers of delicious food; cake makers; raffle ticket sellers and many, many more. We also thank the volunteers who helped move all the goods from Clergy House to the Cathedral Hall on Saturday afternoon, ready for us to start the Fair promptly on Sunday morning. Thanks too to the army of volunteers who helped at the stalls and did such sterling work selling their wares so enthusiastically, helping to create a happy and joy-filled day; a good reflection of our Cathedral parish. As well as raising considerable funds for the Cathedral, everyone seemed to be having a good time. Details of individual stall takings and raffle prize winners are displayed on the Notice Board at the back of the Cathedral.
ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL: 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.
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.
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.
The September 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 is also available to download (pdf) from the website (please follow the link below.)
MONDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP
OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
On Thursday 3 September at 6.00pm, Bishop Alan Hopes, the Bishop of East Anglia, will celebrate Mass and bless the new statue of Our Lady of Walsingham at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane. The Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady, Mgr John Armitage, Robert Byrne, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, and Bishop Michael Barber, Bishop of Oakland, California will also be present. There will be an opportunity for you to join the Walsingham Association that evening – and to be a part of a branch of the Association at Corpus Christi, no matter where you live.
PARISH BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THE ADMINISTRATOR
The Parish Social Committee is planning to organise a parish party to celebrate Canon Christopher’s 70th Birthday. This will be on Thursday, 24 September in the Cathedral Hall following the 5.30pm Mass, and everyone is welcome to both the Mass and the party. Some refreshments will be provided but any offerings of food or drink would be much appreciated.
QUIET DAY OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055 for further information on these pilgrimages.
GUILD OF ST ANTHONY PILGRIMAGE TO ST ANTHONY’S CHURCH, RYE, EAST SUSSEX
A one day pilgrimage to St Anthony’s Church, Rye on Saturday 12 September, led by Fr Brian O’Mahony, will depart from Westminster Cathedral at 8.00am, returning by 6:30pm. There will be an opportunity to venerate the Relic of St Anthony and a tour of the church, as well as other places of interest (time permitting). Coach fare £15 per person. There are restaurants nearby or bring a packed lunch. To book please ring Mellie on 07889 496 740/020 7932 0536 or Georgina on 07946 654 955.
DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO AYLESFORD
This will take place on Monday 31 August with the main celebrant being Fr Joseph Roesch, MIC, Vicar General of Marian Fathers Congregation. Coach from Westminster Cathedral departs 7.30am, cost £15. Contact Emmanuel on 020 7286 3804, mobile 07852 481837 or Padre Pio Bookshop 020 7834 5363.
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.
ST PAULS BOOKSHOP
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