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CONFESSIONS Tuesday 25th April

thumbnail image Tuesday 25th April: Confessions will finish at 16.30pm.The queue will close by 16.00pm.

CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb

thumbnail image One of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences for me last year was to join Bishop John Sherrington and a group of Westminster priests as we walked a part of the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim route which runs from Canterbury to Rome. I had been invited to join them to give the daily spiritual talks; whether the others found these helpful or not, I’m not sure, but they were very kind in their comments. Walking together with a common destination is a sort of model for our life’s journey, and that’s a particularly appropriate thought as we come to the end of another Lent. Just a few weeks ago, when we received the ashes on our foreheads, we signed up for the forty-day Lenten journey, full of firm resolve to grow in faith and to draw closer to Christ. How successful we have been only we can tell, but I suspect that most of us feel that we could have tried harder and that we didn’t pursue our Lenten intentions with as much enthusiasm as we should. But, thankfully, it doesn’t all depend on us and even our feeblest efforts will have been welcomed and enriched by our loving Father.

And the journey goes on. Through the mystery of the Passion and the Cross, we step into the dazzling light of the Resurrection, when we, like Peter and John, go to the tomb on Easter morning. And here we begin a new journey - the fifty-day journey through Eastertide. Strengthened by our Lenten devotions, and carrying with us some of the things we discovered in Lent and want to keep on doing, we now embark on a journey of a very different character. St Augustine of Hippo said, “We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song” and, though this has become rather over-used, it’s still perfectly true. Now we walk with the Lord in the light of his Resurrection and it is the Resurrection which casts everything in a totally new light. But beware, for the same Devil who tried to sabotage our Lent, will be at hand to undermine our keeping of Easter. Dropping our Lenten disciplines and penances too easily may lead to licence and self-indulgence if we don’t take care.

The Easter journey culminates in Pentecost when once again we renew our trust in the Holy Spirit and experience afresh the gentle breeze of his presence guiding and leading us through the year, but as we celebrate this Sunday the Risen Lord welcoming and embracing us, may I wish you all a very blessed Easter and a joyful journey ahead.

Canon Christopher Tuckwell
Cathedral Chaplain

See also: College of Chaplains

OREMUS - April edition available

thumbnail image The April 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 online version is available here:http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/April17website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus April Edition

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image This week’s Diary
Sunday 16 April EASTER SUNDAY
10.00 Cathedral Morning Prayer and Solemn Mass: Cardinal Nichols
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
15.30 Cathedral Vespers and Benediction: Cardinal Nichols
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Peter Stevens
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group
Monday 17 April BANK HOLIDAY
Tuesday 18 April
Wednesday 19 April St Alphege, Bishop & Martyr
16.00 Hinsley Room Interfaith Group
Thursday 20 April
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Lesson
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary
Friday 21 April St Anselm, Bishop & Doctor
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group
Saturday 22 April
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
Sunday 23 April SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy)
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Society
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group
16.00 Cathedral Hall Chopin Society Recital
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group
Monday 24 April ST GEORGE, MARTYR, PATRON OF ENGLAND
7,8, 10.30am Masses in St George’s Chapel
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
12.30 St Pauls Bookshop Daily Meditation (Monday to Friday)
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday 25 April St Mark, Evangelist
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony
Wednesday 26 April
19.30 Cathedral Organ Recital: James Lancelot
Thursday 27 April
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary
Friday 28 April
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group
Saturday 29 April St Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor of the Church
10.00 Cathedral Hall Day with Mary
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice & Peace Group
Sunday 30 April THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

SVP SPRING BOOK SALE

thumbnail image The next SVP book sale will take place in Cathedral Hall on Sunday, 7 May from 9.30am-1.30pm. We have just been given a large consignment of books and will be pricing these keenly, so come early to get the bargains. As always, we would be pleased to accept donations of new and fairly new paperbacks – but no hardback fiction please – and of CDs and DVDs. Religious books will be particularly welcome. These can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale, or contact John Mole on 07796 173343 or Sharon Joseph on 07814 510991 to arrange for the collection of larger quantities.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

thumbnail image If you wish to contact the St Vincent de Paul Society please leave a message at Clergy House Reception or email svpcathedral@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email: Cathedral St Vincent De Paul

LATEST FRIENDS’ EVENTS

thumbnail image 9 May: Launch of the George Malcolm Exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the birth and 20th anniversary of the death of this celebrated musician and former Master of Music. A private view of the exhibition in the Cathedral at 6.30pm will be followed by a talk from curator Giles Dawson and the Master of Music in Clergy House - drinks reception to follow. Tickets £25.

11 May: The Friends’ 40th Anniversary Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in Westminster Cathedral at 5.30pm. The Mass will see the premiere of an anthem specially commissioned to mark the anniversary. Afterwards there will be a ‘Ruby Red’ drinks and canapés reception in the Cathedral Hall with singing from the lay clerks’ ensemble. Tickets for the reception: £25.

16 May: Quiz and fish and chip supper Westminster Cathedral Hall 6.30pm. Tickets £15.

22 May: Day trip to Canterbury Cathedral to include Catholic Mass celebrated by Canon Christopher and a tour of the Cathedral. We will also be including St Dunstan’s where the Head of St Thomas More is buried in the Roper family vault and the Catholic church of St Thomas. There will be free time in Canterbury for lunch. Tea included Tickets £40.

8 June: Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen. Talk by journalist and author Giles Tremlett: Westminster Cathedral Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm. There will be a glass of wine and book signing after the event. Tickets £10. (Postponed from 30 March).

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

See also: Friends News

Related links: Email The Friends

COME AND SEE: BECOMING A PERMANENT DEACON

thumbnail image Men wanting to know more about the permanent diaconate are invited to come to a two hour meeting at Ealing Abbey Parish Centre, Charlbury Grove, W5 2DY on Saturday, 29 April from 10am to noon. No booking needed. Wives welcome. Contact details Deacon Adrian Cullen 07961 594725 or Deacon Anthony Clark 07545 373548.

THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL

thumbnail image Pope's Prayer Intention: Young People: That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

Urgent Intention: Landslide Victims/Peace: Victims of the landslide in Colombia and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela, and Paraguay.

RESURRECTION: AN EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ART.

thumbnail image The Hurtado Jesuit Centre in partnership with Farm Street Jesuit Church, and St Patrick’s Art Studios will present the largest exhibition of contemporary Christian art in the Capital for over a decade with over thirty artists exhibiting and more than seventy pieces on display.
22/23 April at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler Street, E1W 2QT
29/30 April at Farm Street Church, Mayfair.
Opening times: 10.30-17.30 in both venues
For more information please see www.hurtadocentre.org.uk/resurrectionexhibition/

Related links: More information here

SILENCE IN THE CITY

thumbnail image Talk by Laurence Freeman OSB on Saturday, 6 May in Westminster Cathedral Hall from 11am to 4pm. The title is: The Need for Contemplation in a Post-truth World. Refreshments from 10.30am, Bring a packed lunch. Suggested donation £20, tickets available at the door or via the website www.silenceinthecity.org.uk. For more information call 020 7231 6278 or 07870 631986.

Related links: More information here

GRAND ORGAN FESTIVAL

thumbnail image This year's Grand Organ Festival will bring another season of stellar performances to the Cathedral, with British and International players performing a wide range of repertoire.

Details of this year's performers and dates can be found on our website: http://westminstercathedralchoir.com/grand-organ-festival.php

The Festival launches with a concert by James Lancelot of Durham Cathedral, who will play:

JS Bach - Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
JS Bach - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein (BWV 734)
Mendelssohn - Sonata No 4 in B flat major (Op. 65)
Alain - Suite pour orgue
Franck - Grande pièce symphonique

Tickets are £12 (£10) and are available on the door. We will also be selling our season tickets, priced at £70 (£60) for all eight concerts. Please note that we accept cash only. The concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 6.

All concerts begin at 7.30pm, and last approx 75 minutes without interval.

Related links: More details here

JOIN CAFOD’S TEAM OF SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

thumbnail image We are looking for volunteers who would like to take the CAFOD message into Catholic primary and secondary schools in this area. You will help to inspire children and young people through CAFOD’s range of assemblies and workshops as to how they can act to make the world a fairer place To find out more please call 020 8449-6970, or email wschools@cafod.org.uk. Volunteers will be accepted on successful completion of interview, training days and a DBS (Disclosure and barring service) check.

Related links: Email: CAFOD

DIOCESAN PILGRIAMGE TO LOURDES 23-29 July

thumbnail image A group from the Cathedral parish will be going on the annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes staying at the Padue Hotel. Booking forms are available at Clergy House Reception or from Tangney Tours, 07132 886666. If you are going and wish to be included in the Cathedral group please would you inform my PA, Elizabeth Arnot, on 020 7798 9062 or email elizabetharnot@rcdow.org.uk.

DOES YOUR CHILD LIKE SINGING?

thumbnail image New Victoria Children's Choir for girls and boys aged from 7 to 11 years is holding auditions in March and April. The choir will sing monthly at the Saturdays 6pm Mass and at other venues through the year. For more information contact Eileen McDade at emcdade@choirschool.com or on 020 7798 9035 voicemail.

Related links: Email Eileen McDade

PILGRIMAGES

thumbnail image Orkney in the footsteps of St Magnus
Led by Canon Tuckwell from 10 to 15 July 2017, cost £1,188 (from Glasgow).

Guild of the Blessed Sacrament Pilgrimage to The Holy Land
Led by Canon Tuckwell from 18 to 25 November 2017, cost £1,338.

Please contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or email info@paxtravel.co.uk for further information on these pilgrimages.

Related links: Email: Pax Travel

PILGRIMAGE The Holy Land

thumbnail image Led by Canon Tuckwell from 18 to 25 November 2017, cost £1,338.

Please contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or email info@paxtravel.co.uk for further information on this pilgrimage.

Related links: Email Pax Travel Pax Website

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

thumbnail image Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday, 24 July to Saturday, 30 July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. 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. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Related links: Email: Nick Leonard Email: Katrina Lavery

AMENDED CLERGY HOUSE RECEPTION OPEN HOURS

thumbnail image Clergy House Reception is open daily:
Monday – Wednesday 8am-7pm
Thursday – Friday 8am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm

See also: Contact Us

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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