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thumbnail image Many children and young people will never see their parents receive the sacraments. Every Catholic who goes to Mass knows someone who is currently distant from the family of the faith - the parish community.

On 21 September the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales ask that Home Mission Sunday is celebrated in every parish to invite prayer and support for the work of evangelisation. Please pray for and help the Bishops to develop new ways to reach out to non-churchgoing (lapsed) Catholics by supporting today’s second collection.

For more information, free resources, testimonies and to donate online visit www.catholicnews.org.uk/hms14.

Thank you for your support and do pick up a free prayer and information card about Home Mission Sunday as you leave church. 

Related links: Website


thumbnail image The next coffee morning will take place on Wednesday 24 September in the Hinsley Room after the 10.30am Mass. All are welcome.


thumbnail image Bishop Nicholas Hudson wishes to celebrate a Welcome Mass for the priests, religious and laity of Westminster Deanery at 6.00pm on Tuesday 7 October in the Church of St Anselm and St Cecilia, Kingsway. This is an opportunity for us to meet the new Auxiliary Bishop and to welcome him to our Deanery. All are welcome to attend.


thumbnail image Vocation Discernment Group for adults (18-30s) meets on Friday 26 September from 7.00-9.00pm in the Hinsley Room next to Westminster Cathedral.

Fr Richard Nesbitt on “The Year of Consecrated Life - an invitation to deeper discipleship for us all.”

For more information contact Fr Richard at richardnesbitt@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email Fr Richard Nesbitt


thumbnail image Free talk in Westminster Cathedral Hall on Thursday 2 October. Doors open at 6.30pm. Talk at 7.00pm by Anne Marie Micallef, Co-ordinator of the St John Southworth Guild. Refreshments will be served.


thumbnail image The Passage, helping homeless people, will be holding ‘A Night Under the Stars’ concert, its largest fundraising event of the year, at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 9 October at 7.30pm.

This year the theme of the concert is ‘Latin Spirit’. Jo Brand and Petroc Trelawny present this popular collection of musical works with conductor Edward Gardner, soloists Milos Karadaglic, Charlie Siem, Patricia Bardon, Duncan Rock and Ksenija Sidorova. Ticket prices for the concert range from £12 to £60.

For more information see the poster or take a flyer from the back of Church, call the fundraising team at The Passage on 020 7592 1856 or visit www.anightunderthestars.co.uk. If anyone is prepared to help promote this concert locally The Passage would be pleased to hear from them.   

Related links: A Night Under The Stars website


thumbnail image This will take place on Saturday 18 October, leaving at 1.30pm from Westminster Cathedral and walking via Lambeth Bridge to St George’s Cathedral for Benediction at approximately 3.00pm.


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.

Related links: Email The Friends


thumbnail image A special Day of Prayer for the Middle East will take place in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 4 October from 9.30am-3.45pm. The day will be led by Fr Shafiq Abouzayd, Mgr Keith Barltrop, and others, and will be in the presence of Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus, who will speak to us about the current tragic situation.

Please come and join the Archbishop and though him all the suffering peoples of Syria and Iraq and all the Middle East to show your love and solidarity.


thumbnail image On 21 September in the Cathedral Hall, the Friends of Westminster Cathedral and the SVP are joining forces to create a special event that is not to be missed: a book fair at which delicious homemade cupcakes, gateaux and pastries will also be on sale. Entry to the Hall is free and there will be a special section just for children. The Cupcake Sunday and Book Fair will be open from 9.30am - 1.30pm with speciality coffees also on sale.

The SVP would be pleased to accept donations of new and fairly new paperbacks - but no hardback fiction please. CDs, DVDs and religious books will be particularly welcome. These can be left at Clergy House or contact Robert Crane 07947 103847 to arrange for the collection of larger quantities.

Christina in the Friends’ Office would be pleased to receive donations of cupcakes on the morning of the event. Christina will be in Cathedral Hall from 7.30am on the Sunday.

Please come along and meet the Friends and SVP and get involved. All welcome.


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 ’Heartbeats - A celebration of Life’ will be showcasing a wide array of music and arts from 7.00pm to 10.00pm on the Saturday 20 September in the Hall attached to Farm Street Church, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH, to raise funds for the Life charity’s care services.

Life provide vital support to anyone facing a crisis pregnancy, suffering from pregnancy loss or coping with the effects of abortion. The evening will feature art from cartoonist and author Simone Lia, performance poetry from Sarah de Nordwall and music from singer-songwriter Charley Pinfold and members of the Soul Sanctuary gospel choir. Tickets can booked via the Skiddle.com events website.


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thumbnail image Beginning Experience helps separated, divorced or widowed Catholics to make a fresh start in life, with hope and trust in God. Next programme 3-5 October, contact Freda 01322 401243 or Sandra 01293 783965 to explore whether this programme is for you.

Smart Loving is for couples who want to take their marriage to new heights and deepen their love for each other with God’s grace and insights from St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Next seminar 18 and 19 October, contact Catherine 020 7931 6064 or family@rcdow.org.uk for more information.

Related links: Email Catherine Retrouvaille Website


thumbnail image The SVP at Westminster Cathedral provides free holidays to individuals and families within the area that cannot normally afford one. Holidays are at their caravan located at St Leonards on Sea, near Hastings. If you or someone you know would like to be considered for a holiday this year, or if you would like further information please contact Andy at andyblinston@hotmail.com 0207 828 1396.

Related links: Email Andy


thumbnail image Walsingham Annual Pilgrimage for the Sanctity of Life, Sunday 21 September, led by Bishop Mark Davies. Coach leaves Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue, at 7.30am prompt. Tickets £18 from Padre Pio Bookshop, 264 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1 or telephone 020 7834 5363. All are warmly invited to unite in this day of prayer. For further information visit www.prolifepilgrimage.org

Related links: Website


thumbnail image Our next “Meet the Neighbours” event will be generously hosted by the Anglican Parish Church of The Annunciation, Marble Arch which is located in Bryanston Street, to the north of Oxford Street, only a few minutes walk from Marble Arch Underground Station, and just behind the Sisoda Cumberland Hotel. The event will include a talk by Fr Gerald Beauchamp (Priest-in-charge) about the church’s history and architecture, and there will be an opportunity to look around the church. Refreshments will follow. Tuesday 30 September at 7pm. All are welcome


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.

Related links: Amazon Smile


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 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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