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thumbnail image As we come to the final days of the Church’s liturgical year, the readings at Mass focus particularly on the end times, when ‘the Son of Man … will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds’. With this in mind it is then particularly relevant that we spend the month of November praying for those who have died – those we have known and loved, those who have died in war and conflict, and those who have no-one else to pray for them, that God will have mercy upon them and help them to rest in peace.
But with this focus on those who have died many of us also find ourselves reflecting on our own mortality. It suddenly becomes very real to us that life as we know it does not last forever, that we will die, just as all those who have gone before us. But with faith, and with the assurances of Jesus Christ, we also believe that at our physical death life is changed and not ended – as Catholics we believe that our journey continues, and that we too will rely on the prayers of those who follow us to help us on our way to the place that God has prepared for us.
An important part of these prayers is our own funeral. This is the time dedicated to particularly pray for someone who has died and it is therefore important that we get it right. Amongst all the pain and sadness of a loved one dying, often the most stressful part of their departure is trying to work out what they would have wanted to happen at their funeral. This is why the Church encourages us to overcome our fear of the future and to think and pray about what we would like at our funeral, and to record it and keep it safely alongside our Will, so that we can help our relatives and next of kin during their time of mourning for us. Throughout the rest of November we will place forms entitled ‘Preparing for my funeral’ in the Holy Souls Chapel to help you make this decision. Further information on what readings and music are appropriate for a Catholic funeral can be found at www.rcdow.org.uk/diocese/liturgy/preparing-for-a-funeral.
In our Psalm today we pray: ‘Preserve me God, I take refuge in you’. Let us indeed entrust our lives now and forever to the Lord and let us be prepared for the future whatever it may hold.

Fr Andrew Gallagher

See also: College of Chaplains

Related links: Preparing for a Catholic Funeral


thumbnail image Friday 16 November St Edmund of Abingdon, Bishop
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
10.30 Holy Souls Chapel Mass
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Class
14.30 Cathedral Memorial Service for Dr John Ashdown-Hill
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 17 November St Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
18.00 Cathedral RCIA Rite of Acceptance at Mass

12.00 Cathedral Catenians attend Mass: Bp John Wilson
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Cathedral Hall Filipino Club Fundraising Event
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Tom Coxhead, Chester
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 19 November
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
19.00 Clergy House Rm 2 Studying the Catechism Together

Tuesday 20 November
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 21 November The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
16.00 Hinsley Room Interfaith Group

Thursday 22 November St Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother & Toddler Group
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 23 November
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
10.30 Holy Souls Chapel Mass
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 24 November St Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, Martyrs
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice & Peace Group
18.00 Cathedral Cardinal Vaughan School Schola sings at Mass

12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Catholic Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Simon Lloyd, Carmelite Church,
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group


thumbnail image The Night Shelter Project has been running for a few years now and is being managed by Fr Rajiv Michael. It involves London churches providing a night shelter once a week to homeless people, giving them an evening meal, a bed for the night and breakfast, and importantly, sitting with them. The Cathedral offers this service on Wednesday evenings. There are three main areas where help is needed: cooking/setting up, clearing up and sitting with guests/and sleep over. If you feel that you have any of these skills and could spare the time to help in any of these areas please contact Fr Rajiv on 020 7798 9069 or rajivmichael@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email for Fr Rajiv


thumbnail image New Christmas Cribs are now in stock at the Cathedral Gift Shop; please be sure to visit and check them out.


thumbnail image The Cathedral Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 9 December from 9am to 2.30pm. We urgently require all manner of donations but especially bottles of alcohol for our Tombola, toiletries, new and unwanted gifts, bric a brac, good quality books and games. Sadly no soft toys, used clothing or old paperbacks. Please bring donations to Clergy House Reception clearly marked Christmas Fair. Homemade preserves and chutneys would be most welcome!

Can you assist with setting up on Saturday 8 December, as we do need able-bodied people to help move boxes around, or can you help at the Fair itself on the Sunday? We are looking for helpers to man stalls and help serve refreshments. The Fair starts at 9am, but if you can spare some time, please do let us know and we can put you on the schedule. The stall holders need time for a break and to peruse the other stalls, so all help will be very much appreciated. If you can help, please give your details in to reception at Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, tel: 020 7798 9059.


thumbnail image The application process for the next Youth Confirmation Course is now open. Please leave your contact details at Clergy House Reception 42 Francis Street, 020 7798 9055 and Fr Julio will contact you for a brief interview with the parent/guardian and the candidate.


thumbnail image Please note that October meeting has been cancelled as the speaker is unavailable. The next meeting will be on 21 November when Bishop John Sherrington will talk about Pope Francis’ document Amoris laetitia The Joy of Love.


thumbnail image 10am-midday, every Thursday during term-time.
Our group comes together every Thursday morning during term time for coffee, chat and catechism. Fr Rajiv Michael offers a topical reflection leading to group discussion. The sessions offer a chance to get to know other mothers within our parish, to support each other on the journey of Catholic family life. Everyone welcome with babies and toddlers. Please contact Alexandra Watson for further information, or just turn up at the Hinsley Room at 10am on Thursday. Email aphilpotts@cantab.net

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson


thumbnail image Tickets for events are available from the Friends’ Office, 42 Francis Street, SW1, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.

**The Friends will be in the Cathedral selling raffle tickets after all Masses this weekend and in the Hall after the 10.30 and 12noon Masses selling Christmas puddings. Tickets and puddings are also on sale through Clergy House.**

20 November: Winchester Cathedral and Christmas Fair. Coach departs from Clergy House at 8.15am. We will be arriving at Winchester for 10.30am for a tour of the Cathedral followed by Mass to be celebrated by Canon Christopher Tuckwell. In the afternoon there is free time to take in the delights of the Winchester Christmas Fair, one of the finest in the South East. The coach will depart for the return journey to London at 4.15pm. Tickets £39.

Tuesday 27 November to Tuesday 4 December: The Friends are again participating in the BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge to raise online donations for the Cathedral Hall Appeal. Just log on to the website: thebiggive.org.uk and in the charity box type in The Friends of Westminster Cathedral – then click on the link under Cathedral Community Space – don’t forget to have your debit or credit card ready. The appeal will go live at 12pm on Tuesday 27 November and ends at 12pm on Tuesday 4 December. All monies raised will go towards the refurbishment of the Cathedral Hall

10 January 2019: Westminster Abbey - private tour with the Dean followed by a visit to the new Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries and a drinks reception to follow. Tickets £50. The event will end at 8.30pm. Guests are asked to meet outside the Abbey at 4.30pm for Evensong at 5pm.

Related links: Email for Friends Office


thumbnail image This will take place in Cathedral Hall on Sunday 2nd December from 9.30 – 1.30pm. We would be pleased to accept new and fairly new paperbacks – but no hardback fiction please – CDs and DVDs. Religious books, Christmas-themed material and classical CDs will be particularly welcome. These can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale.


thumbnail image Friday 3 May to Thursday 9 May 2019

The Order of Malta takes a group of pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted. The pilgrimage includes a full programme of religious events, with lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing also available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. Anything over £300 would be gratefully received to help other pilgrims. For further information, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14 January: k6oconnor@aol.com

Related links: Email for OMV Head Nurse


thumbnail image The Passage is looking for good quality second hand men’s clothing particularly men’s jumpers, tracksuit bottoms, jeans, Tee shirts and sweatshirts. Waist sizes up to size 34 are particularly needed. Donations may be brought to the street level entrance of St Vincent’s Centre Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm or the lower ground floor entrance to The Passage Resource Centre between 9.15 and 11.45am on Saturday or Sunday.


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

Related links: Click here for email


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