MASSES AND CONFESSIONS: TUESDAY 31 MARCH
Please note that the 10.30am, 12.30pm, and 1.05pm Masses are cancelled for Tuesday 31 March. Confessions on the same day will be heard from 2.30pm-6.00pm only. This is due to the fact that the Chrism Mass will be celebrated by the Cardinal at 12.00pm that day.
The Cathedral will be decorated with lilies and other flowers at Easter. If you would like to buy a lily in memory of a departed friend or family member, please place the name, together with suggested offering of £5 per lily, in an Easter Lily envelope available from the back of the Cathedral. These may be handed in to Clergy House Reception or placed in one of the collection boxes around the Cathedral.
SADE AKISANYA RIP
The funeral Mass for Sade Akisanya will take place on Wednesday 1 April at 10.30am followed by burial at St Mary’s Cemetery at 12.30pm. Sade has been an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist since 2008 and a much loved and valued member of the Cathedral family. All are very welcome to her funeral Mass.
CLERGY HOUSE RECEPTION: EASTER WEEKEND
LEGION OF MARY
A team of eight Legionaries of Mary from Dublin are here at Westminster Cathedral for one week for the purpose of evangelization. They will be calling on homes within the parish and doing crowd contact work to share the good news of the Gospel. Please welcome then when they knock on your door. Friday 10 April is their last night in the parish. They are therefore inviting you to join them at the 5.30pm Mass at the Cathedral and following this Mass to a party in the Hinsley Room at 7.00pm. We look forward to seeing you!
The First Wednesday Quiet Day of Prayer and Reflection is on 1 April in the Hinsley Room from 12.00pm to 4.30pm. The theme is Forgive them, they know not what they do. The day will be led by Michael Moran, lay Salesian and worker for peace and reconciliation. There will be short inputs at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. All welcome.
I would like to express my thanks to everyone who sent cards and Mass cards, who expressed sympathy, gave hugs and offered prayers, following the death of my mother. These were a source of comfort and support, as were the number of people who attended the funeral Mass. The Cathedral community spirit was clearly visible and strongly felt! Thank you one and all. Michael Dorey.
PARISH MISSION COMMITTEE
Many thanks to all those who attended, or who indicated their interest in the mission support meeting, which met on Monday 23 March. At the meeting those present pledged themselves in the name of Westminster Cathedral to support a seminarian in India through the Society of St Peter the Apostle. Further details about this project and other missionary activities will be given from time to time.
COME AND SEE DAYS FOR THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
Three ‘Come and See’ days will take place in the coming months for men who are interested in the Permanent Diaconate.
These will be held on 7 March at St Edward the Confessor, Golders Green, 18 April at Ealing Abbey, Ealing, and 16 May at Sacred Heart and St Joseph, Ware.
All the days will begin at 10.00am in the respective parish hall, ending at noon. No registration is needed and wives are welcome to attend.
For further information contact Deacon Anthony Clark 020 8455 9822, Deacon Adrian Cullen 01920 462140 or Deacon Gordon Nunn 020 8862 2162.
Please note that the new sets of pink envelopes will again be available for collection at the back of the Cathedral after Mass on 11 or 12 April. Could you please let the volunteers know if you have changed your address or no longer wish to participate in the scheme. New donors can also register and Gift Aid declarations will be available for those who wish to avail themselves of this facility.
Pilgrimage to Andalucia led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell from 6 to 11 July, cost £799.
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 this pilgrimage.
SPIRITUALITY SERIES 2015
Join us on Tuesday 21 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm at Austin Forum, 55 Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8AU for a lecture on Spirituality and the mystics of light in medieval and contemporary art by Professor Johannes Hoff. of Heythrop College. Contact 020 8748 3788 or see www.austin-forum.org for further information.
COME AND SEE WEEKEND - EXPLORING RELIGIOUS LIFE
Anyone interested in exploring religious life is invited to join the Augustinian Friars for a meal or to come and stay from 16-17 May. Please contact Fr Gianni Notarianni OSA, Vocations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next quiz will be held on Tuesday 28 April at 6.30pm in Cathedral Hall. Tickets at £15 each include a fish a chip supper and are available from The Friends’ office at Clergy House, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email@example.com.
DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE
Pilgrimage to Aylesford on Saturday 11 April. Coach from Westminster Cathedral, contact Emmanuel on 020 7286 3804 or 07852 481837 or Padre Pio Bookshop on 020 7834 5363. Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8998 0925.
INTERNATIONAL MILITARY PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
This annual peace pilgrimage involves over 30 countries and in excess of 20,000 personnel, including a contingent from the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom. Members of the HCP – The Pilgrimage Trust will also be attending this event.
Vacancies for veterans and helpers are still available, cost £695, fully inclusive, and it is possible some financial assistance may be available.
The Group will be travelling out on Thursday 14 May, returning on Friday 22 May.
Further information from David Loftus on email@example.com or 020 8898 5509.
SPEC is part of Westminster Youth Ministry. Each year a number of young adults (aged 18-25) join the resident community for a year as volunteer missionaries helping the community in its primary mission of retreat ministry for children and young people in the parishes and schools of the Diocese of Westminster.
Perhaps this is the ideal opportunity for you, or someone you know, to combine a year of service with a year of formation in faith in a supportive Catholic community. More details are available at www.dowym.com/spec/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 020 3757 2500, Twitter @SPEC_Community.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
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