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thumbnail image Last week’s collection raised the sum of £4,453. Thank you to all our parishioners for their generosity.


thumbnail image The next Seniors’ Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday 29 October at 11.00am in the Hinsley Room after the 10.30am Mass.


thumbnail image The Filipino Club at Westminster Cathedral is sponsoring a Silver Sunday Celebration on 26 October from 2.00pm to 7.00pm in Cathedral Hall to recognise and celebrate the value and knowledge of the older members of our community.

Enjoy line dancing, sing your favourite songs led by two community choirs and be entertained with folk dances from participating ethnic communities. Learn about the holistic approach to a healthy and active life. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


thumbnail image The Friends’ next quiz will take place on Tuesday 18 November at 6.45pm in the Cathedral Hall. Tickets, which include fish and chip supper, are £15 each and are available from The Friends’ Office, Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, SW1.

Telephone 020 7798 9059 or email friends@rcdow.org.uk.

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thumbnail image The annual help Musicians UK Festival of St Cecilia celebration of music and musicians will this year be held at Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 19 November at 11.00am.

Dating back to 1946, the festival brings together the choirs of Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. The theme for 2014 is It’ll All be over by Christmas to mark the start of World War I. Each year the choirs also premiere a specially composed anthem, the commission of which is generously supported by the RVW Trust. This year the anthem is a setting of Psalm 6 by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Tickets for the service are complimentary but there are a limited number available. As they are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book tickets, please follow the link below.

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thumbnail image On Thursday 9 October the Royal Festival Hall hosted The Passage’s Annual fundraising Concert ’A Night Under The Stars’;, Latin Spirit. Thank you to all who attended and made this event such a success. There is still time to buy tickets for the raffle, with the chance to win one of the fabulous prizes.

For details please visit http://www.anightunderthestars.co.uk/raffle

The raffle will be drawn on Monday 27 October. To buy tickets call 020 7592 1856 or email raffle@passage.org.uk

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thumbnail image The 2014 Towards Advent Festival is on Saturday, 22 November at Westminster Cathedral Hall Ambrosden Avenue SW1. Stalls and displays from a range of Catholic groups and organisations selling DVDs, books, Christmas cards, gift etc. Musical opening at 10.30am with the choir of the John Fisher School, Purley. Talks and workshops during the day: ‘Teaching the Faith’, ‘Latin chant: learn how to sing it’. Refreshments available. All are welcome.


thumbnail image The Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) is back for the 2014/2015 academic year. We run every Sunday except Family Mass, first Sunday of every month and holidays. All children aged five plus are welcome. Parents of younger children are also welcome to attend with their children to supervise.


thumbnail image “Come and See” day at Allen Hall seminary for men (18+) discerning a calling to the priesthood on Saturday 25 October. For more information and to book a place, contact Fr Richard at richardnesbitt@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email Fr Richard Nesbitt


thumbnail image 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.

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thumbnail image Cardinal Vincent invites us to join him on the 4th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 17-25 November 2014.

We will renew our encounter with the Lord, as we follow Jesus’ footsteps from Galilee to Jerusalem and on to Bethlehem, led by our scripture guide, Fr John Farrell OP, Provincial of the Dominicans. We will also meet the local Christian communities of the Holy Land, praying with them, visiting outreach projects and showing our support for them.

Price: £1,495 per person sharing a room; £275 single room supplement.

For further details and a booking form contact Gerald Daly at the Diocesan Pilgrimage Office, telephone 020 7798 9173, email: geralddaly@rcdow.org.uk or Gill Didino at Tangney Tours, telephone 01732 886666.

Related links: Email Gerald Daly


thumbnail image The Westminster Cathedral Young Adults group meets every Sunday following the 7.00pm Mass. We gather outside the main doors of the Cathedral after Mass (at the bottom of the steps, on the Piazza) and generally go to The Windsor Castle for a little socialising. We attempt to create a sense of community amongst young Catholic adults who come to London from all parts of the globe. All are welcome. For further details email westminsteryoungadults@googlemail.com

Related links: Email Westminster Cathedral Young Adults


thumbnail image Tuesday 18 November - 7:00-8:30pm, Farm Street Church Hall, 114 Mount St, London W1K 3AH.

Panellists: Jonathan Bartley of Ekklesia, Francis Campbell of St Mary’s University, Professor Sandra McNally LSE, and Andrew Copson, of the British Humanist Association.

All welcome to an evening of lively panel debate on this important matter of faith and life today. Recommended donation: £7 on the door. Booking is essential via www.mountstreet.info

Related links: Website for Booking


thumbnail image World Gift catalogues now available! World Gifts are alternative Christmas gifts that make a difference to someone living in poverty. You can help a child learn to read, give the gift of a goat, cow, or camel, or even help a community build a water supply, and in return CAFOD send you a certificate to give in lieu of a present which illustrates the gift that has been given. Catalogues are available at the back of the church, and you can also buy these gifts online at www.worldgifts.cafod.org.uk

Related links: CAFOD World Gifts Website


thumbnail image Saturday 25 October: Love and Loss through the Great War Poets’ Eyes: Anthony Carey and Odile Rimbert, 11.00am-4.00pm.

Saturday 1 November: A Day with the Gospel of Matthew: Brian Purfield, 11.00am-4.00pm.

Tuesdays 4-15 November: Reflections on the Beginning of the Gospels: Brian Purfield, 11.00am–1.00pm.

For further information on these events please see www.mountstreet.info or telephone 020 7495 1673.

Related links: Mount Street Website


thumbnail image Thursday 6 November: The Privilege of Proclaiming the Word: Sr Ann Cunningham. Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey Heath WD23 4EE, 7.30-9.00pm. Suggested donation £3, tea/coffee provided.

Thursday 6 November: Study Evening on Conscience and Moral Formation: Mgr Malachy Keegan, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1,7.00-8.30pm. Suggested donation £3, tea/coffee provided.

Saturday 8 November: Effective Communication and Listening Skills: Mgr Malachy Kegan and Ausra Cane. Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1, 10.00am-2.00pm. Suggested donation £11, tea/coffee provided.

Booking required for all events. Please register for these and other events at rcdow.org.uk/events or livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or call 020 7931 6078.

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thumbnail image A special Concert and Jubilee Reception will be held at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington W8 on Friday 21 November at 7.30pm. A magnificent musical programme including choral works by MacMillan and Schubert will be performed by the UCLU Music Society. Tickets are £10 and £5. All funds raised will be used in support of the pilgrimage fund to enable the sick to travel to Lourdes. The Box Office is open now: Gerald Daly 020 7798 9173.


thumbnail image The Calix Society is for recovering alcoholics who want to draw on their Catholic faith as a sure path to serenity without alcohol. It offers a Catholic ministry to addicts in recovery, and their families: deepening faith, sharing the healing mercy of God. Meetings are held each Thursday at the Calix Centre at the Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Road, NW8 8LA. Meetings begin with a celebration of Mass in the parish church at 7.00pm, though there is an opportunity to meet from 6pm in the parish’s lower hall. The meetings after Mass have a different focus each week of the month - ranging from a fresh introduction to the basics of Catholic faith; spiritual exercises and meditation, reflection on Matthew’s Gospel; and celebration of reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick. Visitors welcome from all 12 step programmes, especially Alcoholics Anonymous & AlAnon. For further information email calixinlondon@btinternet.com or telephone 07762 570361.

More details in the November issue of Oremus.


thumbnail image The Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Centenary Conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 November in King’s College London. Speakers will include Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamon and Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury), who will reflect on ‘The Glory of God is a Man Fully Alive’ (St Irenaeus of Lyons).

Booking essential. To book, please telephone: 01869 347457 or 07415 983900, or email: masf.foundation@gmail.com

More details on the Orthodox website: www.exarchate.org.uk

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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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