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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE: RETURNING IN CHANGING TIMES

thumbnail image In our Gospel this weekend we hear how the disciples who had seen Jesus on the Road to Emmaus told their story of encountering the risen Christ. As they are still talking about this, Jesus enters the room and their reaction is one of alarm and fright, thinking he is a ghost. They know that Jesus has risen, they know that he looks different from how they remember, and yet, when he appears they are frightened and he has to prove to them it really is him.

Over the past few weeks, the number of people coming to Mass at the Cathedral has steadily increased. We are very aware that there are a number of people returning to us who have not entered the Cathedral for over a year, as well as those who have continued to be with us over these difficult months. It is a great joy to see everyone again and you are all very welcome. However, it can also be a bit overwhelming coming into a place we know so well where there have been some changes which although we expect them, may be quite surprising and even daunting.

The first change is that in line with the current regulations that we have to follow, we do have a much lower capacity for each Mass than in the past. We are doing all we can to ensure that everyone can get into the Cathedral for Mass, but key to this is ensuring everyone is safe in doing so. It is important to note that the only Mass where people are regularly finding access is limited is the Sunday lunchtime (now 12noon) Mass. We do encourage you to consider coming to another of the Masses during these times, to ensure you are able to enter the Cathedral and to ease the pressure on our security guards and stewards at that Mass.

Another change is the need for us to wear face coverings at all times when in the Cathedral. None of us like wearing these, but we are all aware that by wearing them we are not only protecting ourselves, but also those around us. Unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please do wear one when in the Cathedral, until we are instructed that these are no longer necessary.

The final change is in receiving Holy Communion. Please remember that currently we make our Act of Faith by responding to the priest saying ‘The Body of Christ’ with ‘Amen’ before we come up for Holy Communion. This should mean that there is no need for any speaking close to the priest and the exposed Blessed Sacrament. Please also remember to remove your face covering before getting to the priest, and to receive Communion on the hand, consuming it reverently in front of him before going back down the side aisles to your place. This is to avoid any possible desecration of the Blessed Sacrament..

Things are different, things are perhaps not as we would like them to be, but like those disciples who journeyed through the difficult days of the Passion to the encounter of Christ at the Resurrection, let us persist in these times with faith and gratitude, and look forward in hope to better days ahead, united in our love for God and for his Church.


Fr Andrew Gallagher

THIS WEEK'S DIARY:

thumbnail image The Cathedral is open from 7.30am until after the evening Mass each day. Choral services have now resumed.
* Live streamed via the Cathedral website, and Sung/Choral.

Monday to Friday
Mass: 8 and 10.30am (Latin), 12.30 and 5.30pm *
Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 5-5.30pm

Saturday
Mass: 8, 10.30am (Latin)*, 12.30 and 6pm *
Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 5.30-6pm

Sunday
Mass: 8, 10am*, 12 noon*, 5.30* and 7pm
4pm Solemn Vespers and Benediction*
Confessions: 11.30am-12 noon, 5.30-5.30pm


Sunday 18 April THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Monday 19 April St Alphege, Bishop & Martyr

Tuesday 20 April Easter Feria

Wednesday 21 April Easter Feria

Thursday 22 April Easter Feria
5.30pm Vigil Mass

Friday 23 April ST GEORGE, Martyr, Patron of
England (No Friday abstinence)

Saturday 24 April Ss Erkenwald and Mellitus, Bishops

Sunday 25 April FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
(Good Shepherd Sunday)


COVID-19 UPDATE
As you may have seen, we are participating in the NHS Covid-19 App, to assist with track and trace. We do encourage you to make use of this app.

EASTER OFFERING ENVELOPES
Envelopes for donations to support the ministry of the Cathedral are available from the back of the church by the main doors; your support is greatly appreciated.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The toilets, Gift Shop and Café remain closed. The Chaplains can be contacted through Clergy House Reception if you wish to speak to them or are in need of assistance.

SINGING AT MASS

thumbnail image We are delighted that our musicians are slowly returning over the coming weeks. Please be aware that currently congregational singing is not permitted in places of worship so please do not join in with any hymns that you may know. We pray that it will be possible for us to sing together again soon.

EASTER OFFERING ENVELOPES

thumbnail image Thank you to all who have generously supported the Cathedral and its ministry through the Easter Offering envelopes. If you have been away and are now able to return to Mass here, envelopes for donations continue to be available from the back of the Cathedral at the Information Desk.

TESTING FOR COVID-19

thumbnail image The Cathedral has been allocated a number of boxes of free home-testing kits by Westminster City Council for anyone who would like to do a symptom-free test at home for Covid-19. These are available for any parishioner to collect from Clergy House Reception.

PRIEST TRAINING FUND

thumbnail image Next Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, the dayon which we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood. The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will take place next weekend. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 42 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 18 of whom are for our own Diocese, and two men are studying in Rome, also for Westminster. Last year two men who studied at Allen Hall and one who studied in Rome were ordained to the priesthood to serve us. This Fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Your generous donation helps to ensure that we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets are available in the back of the Cathedral. Please take one home, read the information, and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for vocations and for our priests. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations.

MASS TIMES FROM 10TH APRIL

thumbnail image For the Transitional Timetable, from Saturday 10 April, please click on the link below:

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MASS INTENTIONS AVAILABLE

thumbnail image If you would like to have Mass offered for someone who has died or is sick at this time please visit, call or email Clergy House Reception. Currently there are a number of Masses available for your intentions in the coming weeks.

OREMUS MAGAZINE FOR APRIL

thumbnail image Oremus magazine for March, the perfect antidote to Lockdown Blues, is published and available for collection by the main doors of the Cathedral and the Ambrosden Avenue exit and will be available via the homepage of the Cathedral website. The print run is reduced, so be sure to get your copy, full of the usual high quality content, now.

THE FRIENDS' SPRING/SUMMER EVENTS 2021

thumbnail image Tuesday, 20 April: The post-Easter Quiz via Zoom with Fr Andrew Gallagher in the chair as quizmaster. 7pm £10 payable via VMG link.
Wednesday, 5 May: Professor Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Oxford, Online talk on Zoom: ‘The Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine: Saints of the Mission to the English’. 7pm £5 payable via VMG link.
Wednesday, 12 May: ‘A Garden for Our Lady. Felicity Sturridge on the history of the Mary Garden and how to create your own. The talk will include illustrations from her book: ‘A Garden for Our Lady – Reviving the Ancient Tradition of Mary Gardens.’ 7pm £5 payable via VMG link.
Tuesday, 8 June: ‘The Friaries of Medieval London’ Talk by Dr Nick Holder of Exeter University. 7pm £5 payable via VMG link.
Friday, 25 June: A Year’s Mind Mass in memory of Canon Christopher Tuckwell RIP. 5.30pm in the Cathedral. We hope to have a social event after the Mass, subject to prevailing Covid restrictions. To help us plan, please indicate whether you intend to attend and we can keep you updated.
Friday, 24 September: ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ Praying with Scripture with Fr Ambrose Henley OSB. Online talk on Zoom 7pm £5 payable via VMG link.
The Friends run an online Zoom coffee morning after the 10.30am Mass every Sunday. Please join in the discussion! Meeting ID: 893 8290 2036 Passcode: 085090.

HOW TO PAY FOR EVENTS
Log on to uk.virginmoneygiving.com and in the ‘Support a friend or charity’ box type ‘Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral’ (the wording needs to be exact). You will now be at the Friends VMG Homepage. Click on the red ‘make a donation’ button which takes you to the Donate Page. There are two options for donations; make sure that you click the ‘one off’ button otherwise the payment you make will be made monthly. In the message box, please tell us which events you are booking for and make sure that you put your name and address so that we know who has booked. If you have any queries, please call the office on 020 7798 9059. Please check the booking deadlines on page 21 of the newsletter before making payment.