WEEKLY MESSAGE: Will he find any faith on earth?
Moses, in today’s first reading, needs to keep his arms raised up to give God’s people Israel the advantage. This reminds me of my university Catholic chaplain from Leeds, who while he was studying for the priesthood helped an elderly priest living nearby. Every morning each student took turns to help him say Mass in his room, principally by holding him and his arms up, so that he could stand. This physical assistance demonstrated their care for those who are sick and their love and devotion for the Mass. It was a blessing for those students to be so close to the ultimate source of our faith, the Eucharist, described by Vatican II as “the source and summit of the Christian Life”. There is nothing better we can do in our daily life than to attend Mass and some might say we really have nothing better to do than to meet the God who loves us unconditionally, who sacrificed himself for us completely and wishes so much to be with us in Heaven at the end of time.
That’s why Jesus’ words at the end of today’s gospel are so pertinent. He addresses us his followers and he asks you personally and directly whether at the end of your life you will confidently be able to say “I believe”. So, how can we demonstrate our faith? The five precepts of the Church require us to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, go to Confession once a year, receive the Eucharist at least during the Easter season, observe the days of fasting and abstinence, and help provide for the needs of the Church.
However, beyond these requirements are many recommendations for going beyond the minimum because ultimately, if you are a follower of someone then you will want to get to know them, hear their words and live the life they lived. So, it’s the same with Our Lord. I suggest two things, firstly, you can practise the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy in your daily life, these are depicted in St Andrew’s Chapel. Secondly prayer, because just as a husband and wife, mother and child, brother and sister talk frequently, so we should talk to the person to whom we love dearly. There needs to be definite times of complete silence every day for us to hear the still, small voice of calm reminding us of how much we are loved. Even if it is only when we close the bathroom door that we can find those moments of prayer, begin by praising God “hallowed be thy name”, ask forgiveness for your sins, thank God for all that he has given you; finally, ask for help in all your struggles and for those who are in most need. Maybe Jesus will indeed find faith on earth?
Francis Thomas (Intern)
See also: Cathedral Lay Staff
Quiz and Fish & Chips
Our next quiz will be held on Tuesday 15 November at 6.30pm in Cathedral Hall. Tickets at £15 each, include fish and chip supper, and are available from The Friends Office, Clergy House, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email email@example.com.
Related links: Email The Friends
OREMUS - Online Edition Available
The October 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 can be found at the link below
See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine
Related links: Oremus October Edition
CATECHISM – WHAT WE BELIEVE Are there proofs for the Resurrection of Jesus?
Questions and answers taken from YouCat (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church).
There are no proofs for the Resurrection of Jesus in the scientific sense. There are, however, very strong individual and collective testimonies by a large number of contemporaries of those events in Jerusalem. The oldest written testimony to the Resurrection is a letter that St Paul wrote to the Corinthians around twenty years after Christ’s death: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep” (1 Cor 15:3-6). Paul is recording here a living tradition that was present in the original Christian community two or three years after Jesus’ death and Resurrection, when he himself became a Christian – on the basis of his own staggering encounter with the risen Lord. The disciples took the fact of the empty tomb (Lk 24:2-3) as the first indication of the reality of the Resurrection. Women, of all people, discovered it – according to the law of that time they were not able to testify. Although we read about the apostle John that he “saw and believed” (Jn 20:8b) already at the empty tomb, full assurance that Jesus was alive came about only after a series of appearances. The many encounters with the risen Lord ended with Christ’s Ascension into heaven. Nevertheless, there were afterward and there are even today encounters with the living Lord: Jesus Christ lives.
See also: The Sacramental Life
EVENINGS OF FAITH- AUTUMN 2016
All are welcome to a series of talks on 'The Church & Society' which will take place at 7:30pm on alternate Tuesdays from 4th October 2016 (subsequent talks are 18 October, 1 November, 15 November, 29 November & 13 December). Talks are held in the Back Room, St Mary's, Moorhouse Rd, Bayswater, W2 5DJ (Tube: Notting Hill). Full dates and details are available at
Related links: Full details can be found here
BLESSED SACRAMENT PROCESSION
The Blessed Sacrament Procession from Westminster Cathedral to St George’s Cathedral, Southwark will take place on Saturday, 22 October departing from Westminster Cathedral at 1.30 p.m. All are welcome.
Photo: Diocese of Westminster
See also: Blessed Sacrament Chapel
LATEST FRIENDS’ EVENTS
Tuesday, 15 November: Quiz and fish and chip supper. Westminster Cathedral Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm, quiz at 6.45pm. Tickets £15.
Wednesday, 30 November: Westminster Cathedral Friends and The Passage Ceilidh. Westminster Cathedral Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets £25.
Tickets available from the Friends’ office on 020 7798 9059 or Clergy House Reception.
See also: Friends News
Related links: Email The Friends
Regular donations to the Cathedral can be made by standing order or by using a set of weekly offertory envelopes and, if you pay sufficient Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax, you can sign a Gift Aid declaration enabling us to reclaim the tax paid on the total amount at no extra cost to yourself.
Note: Please always use your numbered envelopes so that we know that the donation has come from you. If required spare envelopes are available at the back of the Cathedral – you just need to add your name and envelope number (if known).
If you give frequently, for example when you come to Mass, but do not wish to have a set of weekly envelopes, we can still claim Gift Aid. We will simply ask you to sign a declaration and give you a Donor Number to be noted with each donation – see above re spare envelopes.
If you are interested in any of the above, please call David Marles on 020.7798.9372 or email:
Related links: Email: David Marles
ARE YOU STARTING OR RETURNING TO UNIVERSITY THIS MONTH?
If you have recently begun the university year, you might like to connect with other Catholic students in London. Most colleges and universities have an active Catholic Chaplaincy. Please feel free to contact Fr Brian (one of the Cathedral Chaplains) for information about what is going on for Catholic students around London.
Related links: Email: Fr Brian
ACN – Area Secretary for Westminster and Southwark
Aid to the Church in Need (UK) – the Catholic charity which supports Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need – is seeking two areas secretaries.
The role of an Area Secretary is to present the work of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in the area to which he or she is appointed. For more details see the links below.
Closing date: Sunday 20th November 2016.
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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