LENTEN ALMS APPEAL – CARITAS WESTMINSTER
The Cathedral’s 2016 Lenten Alms appeal will be in support of Caritas Westminster, the official social outreach arm of the Diocese of Westminster. Launched in 2012, Caritas has been created by the Diocese to help parishes set up and run projects designed to tackle, for example, homelessness, debt, social isolation, and hunger, particularly among the very young and the very old.
Caritas does this in three key ways: initiating new projects, providing seed funding to get projects started, and building and sharing expertise within parishes. Caritas is also at the forefront of an initiative to support the victims of human trafficking. You will find a leaflet about Caritas at the back of the Cathedral.
During Lent there will be a second collection in support of Caritas Westminster. You can also get more information about Caritas Westminster (and make a donation online) at www.rcdow.org.uk/caritas.
SVP – FEBRUARY BOOK SALE
The first SVP book sale of 2016 will take place in the Cathedral Hall on Sunday 14 February from 9.30am-1.30pm. We have some interesting new stock including a collection of classic detective novels, so come early to get yourself a bargain. As always, we would be pleased to accept donations of new and fairly new paperbacks, but no hardback fiction please. CDs, DVDs, Religious books will be particularly welcome. These can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale or contact John Mole (07796-173343) or Robert Crane (07947-103847) to arrange for the collection of larger quantities.
THE WAY OF MERCY: AN ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE
A talk by Rachel Alem (Rachel Sim) and Mike Quirke two of the artists of the Westminster Cathedral’s Way of Mercy, on Wednesday 17 February at 2.30pm and 6.30pm, Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1V 1QP. This is a free event -- donations can be made to the Cathedral’s Way of Mercy charities.
GIDEON’S 300 PRAYER GROUP
Gideon’s 300 is a lay Catholic street prayer group. The next meeting takes place on Sunday 21 February and commences at 2.00pm at Tyburn Convent with shared Eucharistic Devotion then moves onto Hyde Park. For further information please contact Sandra Gill on firstname.lastname@example.org
ST PATRICK’S CELEBRATION
The Friends will be holding a party to celebrate the feast of St Patrick on Saturday 12 March at 7.00pm. There will be a hot supper and great music from the Black Velvet Band. Tickets £15 each, must be purchased in advance, and are available from The Friends office, telephone 020 7798 9059 or Christina@rcdow.org.uk.
MEET THE NEIGHBOURS
The next Churches Together in Westminster Meet the Neighbours event will be hosted by the Salvation Army, Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ (opposite BHS) from 6.30pm on Tuesday 1 March. The evening will include an act of worship together, a short talk about the history of Regent Hall and the Salvation Army, music (opportunity to hear the Regent Hall Band), and refreshments. All are welcome.
RETREAT TO WORTH ABBEY
The Oblates of Westminster Cathedral are going on a day retreat to Worth Abbey, Crawley, West Sussex on Saturday 12 March. It will be led by Fr Michael Quaicoe and the coach departs from the Cathedral Piazza, Ambrosden Avenue, at 9.30am prompt. Cost £20.00. Please bring a packed lunch. Please contact Lolita on 07424 313384 or Caridad on 07917 454478 to reserve a place
DONATIONS TO THE CATHEDRAL
Regular donations to the Cathedral can be made by standing order or by using a set of numbered 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 amount of your donations at no extra cost to yourself. If you are interested, please call David Marles on 020 7798 9372 or email email@example.com.
Note: If you are already a Gift Aid donor, please always use your numbered envelopes so that we know that the donation has come from you. Spare envelopes are available at the back of the Cathedral.
The Volunteer Day is a chance for Catholics in the Diocese of Westminster to find inspiration, motivation, and opportunities to volunteer in their community. The day will include a panel of volunteers who will talk about their experiences, a workshop on the importance of social action to the Catholic faith, and stalls from community organisations from across the Diocese. This will take place on Saturday 5 March from 10.00am-2.00pm (lunch included) in Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, SW1. All are welcome.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29 February, and let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
The Cardinal Archbishop will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2016. The Mass will be held in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 14 May at 3.00pm. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email) by 7 March.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION?
Into a Silent Place: In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, a time to ponder the mercy and compassion of God, Tuesday 23 February and Thursday 25 February from 9.30am-3.30pm.
Rediscovering the Sabbath in our Lives: A residential retreat from Tuesday 16 February 4.00pm to Thursday 18 February 1.00pm.
Both at Clare Priory, Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk. For more information and to reserve a place telephone Kathy on 01787 277326.
REFUGEE BEFRIENDING SERVICE
Caritas Westminster is looking for volunteers to befriend migrants and refugees in central London and the surrounding area, as well as people to donate boxes and items. If you would like to get involved please get in touch with Nana Eggay at email@example.com.
A GALA CONCERT IN AID OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI COVENT GARDEN RESTORATION APPEAL
Friday 19 February
49 Queen’s Gate Terrace
London SW7 5PN
By kind permission of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis, a concert to be introduced by John Gilhooly OBE, director of Wigmore Hall, London, and given by Ailish Tynan, Benjamin Appl, and James Baillieu. The programme will include songs and duets by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Brahms, Rubinstein and Britten. Drinks reception 7.00pm. Concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £95 including wine and canapés.
Ticket requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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