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CANON CHRISTOPHER TUCKWELL RIP

thumbnail image The funeral of Canon Christopher took place on Tuesday, 7 July.  It can be viewed via the recordings of Mass available on the Cathedral website. In due course his mortal remains will be interred in the grave of his parents, in North Norfolk.
Our thanks go to all those who have expressed condolences at this sad time.
When it becomes possible to gather without restriction, a Memorial Mass will be organized in which all will be able to take part.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR MASS AND CONFESSIONS IN THE CATHEDRAL

thumbnail image Public worship takes place at the same time each day:

8.00 Mass

10.30 Mass (Latin, Monday to Saturday)

12.30 Mass

17.30 Mass

The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass and closes for cleaning after each Mass.

Confessions each day:
12-12.30
17.00-17.30

COMING TO THE CATHEDRAL
Mass:
If you are suffering from any symptoms of Covid-19 please do not come to the Cathedral. If you are in an at-risk category from Covid-19 we recommend that you do not come to the Cathedral at this time.
The Cathedral opens half an hour before each Mass is scheduled to begin. The capacity of the Cathedral for each Mass is 134 individuals (67 households). Once this number is reached the doors will be closed.
Face masks are not compulsory, so we ask that you keep 2 metres apart. The Sunday obligation is still suspended, so if you are able to come to a Mass on a weekday instead, please do so.
There will be no offertory procession, collection or sign of peace at Mass. Please give donations through planned giving, online, or via contactless points or collection boxes around the Cathedral.
There will be no singing at Mass until further notice. There will only be homilies on Sundays and Solemnities and these will be kept brief.
Communion will be in one kind only, and will only be distributed on the hand and standing. After the invitation to Holy Communion, the priest will hold up first the host and then the chalice and say: ‘The Body/Blood of Christ’, at which point all respond ‘Amen’. Please follow the directions of the stewards as you come to the centre aisle to receive. The priest will simply hold up the host and place it on your outstretched hand without saying anything. After receiving, please turn left or right and return to your place via the side aisles. The Cathedral closes immediately after Mass for cleaning.
Confessions:
Due to the current restrictions, the hours for confessions are limited. They will take place in the Baptistry or the Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine.
The priest and penitent will be standing, face to face and at appropriate social distance. Your confession needs to be brief, so please arrive prepared.
Other important information:
The toilets remain closed at this time.
The shop and café will also remain closed.
Priests are available by appointment only. Please call or email Clergy House to make an appointment.

CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: To See and not Perceive

thumbnail image A friend of mine always went to watch some of the most mind-twisting and complex, even disconcerting plots that came up in cinema. He used to say that cinema, like theatre, was meant to be a semi-sacred experience, make you think about life, draw you into the drama, so that you are changed in some way. That was certainly how the Greeks understood it. Theatre for them was a cathartic, therapeutic experience. I should admit, most times, I went to the cinema for two hours of escape, rather than some deep, religious experience. The lesser the complexity, then, the better. We know what’s the good, the bad and the ugly, and everyone’s happy.
The parables of Jesus pose a similar dilemma for us. Why did Jesus speak in parables? Was it to simply convey a complex message in everyday, easy to understand language? Undoubtedly, there is a ‘ready-to-grasp’-ness about the parables. But our gospel today hints that there was something deeper, even a disconcerting purpose behind the use of parables. They were in reality more like Greek theatre. Their real meaning and purpose lie hidden. Rather than letting you see and understand clearly, they are there to draw you into the drama without giving easy answers, any answers. Instead, they pose a question: Do you think you can see? They stand in judgement before you and demand to know which way you will turn, whether for or against Jesus. During his days on earth, the number of Jesus’ disciples kept shrinking, especially as he neared the Cross. Some decided he was just mad (Mk 3: 21), others that he was asking too much (Matt 19: 22) but still others followed him more closely, confessing their ignorance (Jn 6: 68). Today, the Church, which is the Body of Christ, poses the same dilemma before us. When we don’t understand something that the Church proclaims, we can walk closer, or walk away - and the birds come and swallow up the seed that’s fallen in that path.
When the Word comes, it can unsettle us, challenging some of our core beliefs, our worldviews. There is a blindness we all have, and in front of the Word, it is easy to take offence. And at the beginning of the parables, Jesus gives us another parable to ask us how we listen. If we will repent, if we can admit that our eyes don’t see and ears don’t hear, and ask for healing, we can be healed. The Word, which comes like the rain and snow from heaven, will accomplish its work. The ancient practice of Lectio Divina (Holy Reading), helps precisely in this, to learn to listen and place our lives before the authority of God’s Word in our everyday lives. A simple search for ‘Lectio Divina’ on the internet should help explain this profoundly simple yet powerful form of praying with the Scriptures for those unfamiliar with it. Open your bibles. Place yourself before the Word today. And let it heal your heart.

Fr Rajiv Michael

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Public worship takes place at the same time each day:

8.00 Mass

10.30 Mass (Latin, Monday to Saturday)

12.30 Mass

17.30 Mass

The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass and closes for cleaning after each Mass

Confessions each day:
12-12.30
17.00-17.30

Sunday 12 July 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
(Sea Sunday)
16.30 Live stream only Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Monday 13 July Feria

Tuesday 14 July Feria

Wednesday 15 July St Bonaventure, Bishop & Doctor

Thursday 16 July Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Friday 17 July Feria (Friday abstinence)

Saturday 18 July Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

Sunday 19 July 16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
16.30 Live stream only Solemn Vespers and Benediction

YOUR PRAYERS, PLEASE

thumbnail image Please remember the children who will be receiving their First Holy Communion at special Masses in the next few weeks.
Remember also our parish Confirmation candidates and those from Westminster School, who still wait to hear when they will be able to receive this Sacrament.
Please pray for the six men who would have been ordained in June, but are now scheduled for ordination in mid-September, three of them to the Diaconate and three to the Priesthood.

JULY/AUGUST OREMUS MAGAZINE PUBLISHED IN PRINT AND ONLINE

thumbnail image The joint July/August edition of Oremus, the Cathedral magazine, with the usual mix of informative quality content is now available for collection from the stand by the main doors of the Cathedral, at the Ambrosden Avenue exit and online via the homepage of the Cathedral website. Please do enjoy reading it and recommend it to or share it with your friends.

SACRED HEART CHURCH, HORSEFERRY ROAD

thumbnail image The church is closed and will remain so until further notice.

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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