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Passing from Chronos to Kairos!

thumbnail image Today we continue with Ordinary Time. Unlike the Lenten Season that is marked with a penitential character, or the Easter Season that celebrates the joy of the Resurrection of Christ, or the Advent Season that serves as preparation for His Nativity and His Final coming, or the Christmas Season that commemorates His Incarnation, Ordinary Time does not celebrate a specific aspect of the mystery of Christ; rather, especially on Sundays, they are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects.

This time is the longest of the liturgical year. It lasts 33 or 34 weeks. It begins after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and continues until Tuesday before Ash Wednesday inclusive. It begins again on Monday after Pentecost and ends before First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent.

This time grants us its graces. One of these is that it helps us to live the daily events of our life as moments of salvation.

There are two Greek terms that may help us to understand this more clearly: Chronos and Kairos. The word Chronos has first the general sense of time or the course of time or the passage of time. Most specially it means a section of time which is measurable and limited. This is the time of our life which is always passing by, whereas Kairos, in its basic sense, refers to a decisive point in place, situation, or time; in others words the favourable time for our decisions. Decision for whom? For Christ, for his Gospel, for his values. Where do we find this opportunity? Certainly every time we approach the Sacraments, particularly the Holy Mass.

When preaching of Christ to the Corinthians, St Paul speaks of the favourable time for conversion, for change. Ordinary Time then offers us the different aspects of the Gospel, and Salvation History, where we can find the graces for changes, where we can experience in a special way the immense love that God has granted us in Jesus Christ: by experiencing his forgiveness. Then, we can make the Chronos of our daily life into a Kairos! For forgiving our spouses or saying sorry to them; correcting our children in love and helping them in discerning the will of God for them; the time for serving our brothers and sisters for the sake of love!

Fr Julio Albornoz

See also: College of Chaplains

PRAYER AND LIFE WORKSHOPS

thumbnail image Learn to Pray, Learn to Live, following Fr Ignacio Larrañaga’s method, at Sacred Heart Church, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2EF. All sessions run weekly and take place either on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm.

MOTHERS AND TODDLERS GROUP

thumbnail image Croissants and Christianity: coffee morning with faith and fellowship for those with bumps, babies and toddlers. Join us on Monday morning from 10am to 11.30am in the Hinsley Room off Morpeth Terrace. We have a cup of tea and chat while children play, enjoying an opportunity to pray the rosary together, share common concerns and lend each other spiritual support in an informal and friendly context, often benefiting from input from one of the Cathedral priests. It is free and runs during term time and occasionally during school holidays. The Hinsley Room is on the left as you walk down Morpeth Terrace to Francis St, accessed via an iron gate and up a path alongside the little garden.

CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK

thumbnail image This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. To mark this week the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral will sing Evensong in Westminster Cathedral at 5pm on Tuesday, 21 January. The choir of Westminster Cathedral will sing Vespers at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, 24 January also at 5pm. All are welcome.

VINNIE PACKS FOR THE HOMELESS

thumbnail image The SVP is distributing 11,500 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Would you be willing to help? To d0nate (£3.50 per pack is suggested), please send cheques payable to SVP to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ, or to donate by bank transfer to Natwest sort code 60-60-04, account number 4608 8237.

CAFOD INFORMATION MORNING

thumbnail image CAFOD will be hosting a supporter’s information morning with a guest speaker, who has first- hand experience of our work in Zimbabwe. Come and hear how CAFOD is helping communities, thanks to your support. The meeting will take place on Saturday, 25 January from to 12.30pm at CAFOD’s Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB. Bookings required and taken on 020 8449 6970 or email westminster@cafod.org.uk.

ART EXHIBITION

thumbnail image Art exhibition at Farm St Church Hall, 114 Mount Street, London W1, open every day. A Charity Auction of the art will take place on 30 January for Aid to the Church in Need, Westminster, Lourdes Pilgrimage and Safe Passage. Details at www.journeysinhope.com or contact johnart85@outlook.com.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)

thumbnail image On the weekend on 1/2 February we keep the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), commemorating the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem on the 40th day after his birth, when Simeon spoke of him as the light to lighten the nations. Candles will be lit and blessed at all Masses, BUT the Cathedral lacks the resources to provide candles free to the 4,000 people who come to Sunday Mass. If you wish to have a candle blessed, YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN.

THE PATRICIAN SOCIETY

thumbnail image The Society, under the auspices of the Legion of Mary, seeks to teach people to explain their faith and to encourage them to Apostleship. The next meeting on The Catholic Church - Mother of the Bible will be held on Friday, 31 January at 6.30pm in the Hinsley Room. New members are welcome.

THE PASSAGE ‘VOTE CONTEST’

thumbnail image The Passage is one of twelve charities taking part in a ‘vote contest’ run by the site, Hotels That Help. The charity which secures the most online votes by 31 January will be awarded £1,000.

How do I vote?

Simply visit https://hotelsthathelp.co.uk/vote, find ‘The Passage’ in the list of charities, and enter your email address in the space provided before clicking on the green vote button. You will be sent a confirmation email containing a link which you should click on to confirm your vote. And that’s it! You will not be sent any marketing emails and there is no need to book a hotel, unless you want to of course!

You can find out more by visiting their website or facebook page. You do not have to ‘like’ their facebook page for your vote to eligible.

Related links: Website link Facebook link

CAFOD

thumbnail image Use your free time to inspire young people to build a fairer world. CAFOD is looking for volunteers who have a passion for, and experience of, working with young people. We need people who have a commitment to CAFOD’s aims and values and an interest in sharing our work in primary and secondary schools through delivering assemblies or workshops. CAFOD will provide training and support, and expenses will be paid.
Volunteering assignments will be in local Catholic schools and you can either work on your own or as part of a team. None of our work is possible without you, so join us and put your faith into action.
If you are interested please email Chris Driscoll at wschools@cafod.org.uk or call 07776 493162.

ART EXHIBITION

thumbnail image The opening of an art exhibition at Farm St Church Hall, 114 Mount Street, London W1, will take place on 6 January 2020. A Charity Auction of the art will take place on 30 January for Aid to the Church in Need, Westminster, Lourdes Pilgrimage and Safe Passage. Details can be obtained from johnwoodhousecat@gmail.com

CATHEDRAL CAFÉ

thumbnail image The Cathedral Café will re-open on 14 September from 10am-4pm for drinks, lunches and snacks. Please do pay a visit the next time you are in the Cathedral. Normal opening days Tuesday-Saturday.

ST PAULS BOOKSHOP

thumbnail image Meditations take place in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in St Pauls Bookshop each weekday from 12.30 to 1pm. All are welcome.

PILGRIMAGES

thumbnail image The Holy Land
The Guild of the Blessed Sacrament’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by Fr Andrew Gallagher, will be from 18-25 November 2019, cost £1,445. For further details, contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or info@paxtravel.co.uk.


Passion Play of Oberammergau, Munich and Salzburg
A pilgrimage to see the world famous passion play that takes place every 10 years, combined with discovering the rich cultural history of its surrounding area, led by Fr Andrew Gallagher and Fr Kevin Moule, 14-20 September 2020. More details available from Clergy House Reception or Pax Travel at info@palxtravel.co.uk, or 020 7485 3003.

Related links: Email: Pax Travel

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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EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

thumbnail image This takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel every Monday to Friday following the 1.05pm Mass until 4.45pm.