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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: The first shall be last and the last first

thumbnail image This Sunday is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time when the Church rightly celebrates the weekly feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection from the dead. This coincides with 24 September, the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, and carries a special significance because preparations have now begun for the rededication of this country on 25 March 2020 as Our Lady’s Dowry. This title reintroduces a key Catholic dimension of England’s history to our contemporary Church’s life. Seen in this way, England is the personal property of Mary and therefore comes under her very special care and protection. It is hoped that this rededication will bear great spiritual fruit for the Catholic Faith and the people of these lands.
King Richard II first made this consecration of England as Mary’s Dowry in 1381, locally at the shrine of Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey. It was during the reign of King Edward in the 11th century that Our Lady appeared at Walsingham. A local lady, Richeldis de Faverches, had a dream in which she was shown the Holy House of the Annunciation in Nazareth and asked to build a copy in England. Subsequently ‘England’s Nazareth’ became the largest Marian Shrine in medieval Europe. For the next 500 years Walsingham represented the deeply-held love that the English people had for Mary and the Faith. It is thought that as early as during the reign of Edward, he himself had offered his country to Our Lady. This special relationship of England to Mary surely helped the faithful of these lands. The shrine was destroyed in 1538 and only revived from 1897, with Pope Leo XIII famously prophesying: ‘When England goes back to Walsingham, Our Lady will come back to England.’
Often people from other countries are surprised when they hear there are any English Catholics. We may consider the Catholic Church to be more identified with other European countries such as France, Spain or Italy. However, for hundreds of years England’s history was bound up with the fullness of the truth which subsists in the Catholic Church. Today our nation and our world has its share of deeply serious needs which ultimately only the grace of God can help. As Catholics in this nation we are encouraged to see that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and his message needs to be joyfully and confidently conveyed to the people of our time just as before. To ask for Mary’s help as her special Dowry can assist us tremendously in these important times. England has been perhaps perceived as the last among the nations regarding the Catholic Faith, but by Our Lady’s help we may yet become the first.
Fr Martin Plunkett

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 22 September
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
14.15 Cathedral Cardinal Vaughan School Foundation Day Mass
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 23 September St Pius of Pietrelcina
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
12.30 Cathedral Ordinariate OLW Festival Mass

Sunday 24 September TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN O.T.
12.oo Hinsley Room Nigerian Society
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Meeting
No Organ Recital this Sunday
17.30 Cathedral International Mass: Cardinal Nichols
20.00 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 25 September
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 Catechism Together

Tuesday 26 September
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 27 September St Vincent de Paul, Priest
19.30 Cathedral Grand Organ Festival Recital: Peter King

Thursday 28 September
7.00, 8.00, 10.30 Crypt Mass
12.30, 13.05, 17.30 Cathedral Hall Mass
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Lesson
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary
19.30 Cathedral Bach Choir Concert

Friday 29 September Ss MICHAEL, GABRIEL & RAPHAEL, Archangels
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 30 September St Jerome, Priest & Doctor
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
10.30 Cathedral Said Mass
13.30 St George’s Cathedral Blessed Sacrament Procession
Southwark to Westminster Cathedral

Sunday 1 October TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN O.T.
Second Collection – Redemptorist Mission Appeal
10.30 Cathedral Visiting Choir: London Oratory Schola
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.30 Cathedral Hall Deaf Service Mass
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Jonathan Allsopp
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

SVP URGENT APPEAL FOR DRIVERS

thumbnail image DRIVERS URGENTLY NEEDED
For over 20 years the SVP has been bringing elderly and disabled people to the 10.30 Mass in our minibus. In all that time we have only missed a dozen or so Sundays. We depend on having enough drivers and helpers to fill a 5 week rota: a minimum of 10 people. We are now down to 6 and will soon not be able to provide a weekly service. If you would like to help 10 times a year, and are on email, please email svp@johnmole.com. Drivers need to be over 25 with a UK driving licence OR have lived in the UK for three years with a foreign licence. You would be most welcome, especially by those who depend on us to come to Mass.

CARDINAL CORMAC MURPHY O CONNOR (1932-2017), RIP

thumbnail image Cardinal Vincent Nichols announced the death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O Connor who died peacefully on Friday 1st September. In his message to the priests and people of the diocese, the Cardinal wrote:
I am writing to let you know the sad news that Cardinal Cormac Murphy O Connor died peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by his family and friends.
Please pray for the repose of his soul. Pray, too, for his family, and those many friends and colleagues from the Diocese and far beyond who mourn his loss.

Information about the funeral rites for the Cardinal will be circulated as soon as possible.

In his last days Cardinal Cormac had sent a message to Cardinal Vincent in which he had said:

My dear Cardinal Vincent, I would be very grateful if you would convey this short message to the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese, of which I, as well as you, have been privileged to serve as their Bishop.
At this time, the words I pray every night are never far from my thoughts: Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit. Please tell them that I am at peace and have no fear of what is to come. I have received many blessings in my life, especially from my family and friends. I thank God for the many priests, religious and lay faithful who have helped and sustained me in my Episcopal life. Nor should I forget the many Anglican and Free Church colleagues whose friendship I have valued very much. Above all, as I now commend myself to the loving mercy of God, I ask them all to pray for me as I remember and pray for them. Fraternally in the Lord, +Cormac


The Diocesan obituary for Cardinal Murphy O Connor can be found here: http://rcdow.org.uk/news/cardinal-cormac-murphy-oconnor-1932-2017/

Related links: Obituary for Cardinal Murphy O Connor

PATRICK ROGERS RIP

thumbnail image PATRICK ROGERS RIP
Patrick’s Funeral is at St. James’ Church, Twickenham on Tuesday 19 September at 11am and all are welcome to attend. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday 16 October in the Cathedral at 10:30am. Again, all will be welcome.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

thumbnail image The Annual Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will be on Saturday, 7 October and will be led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols with our Auxiliary Bishops. The Cathedral is organising a coach which will leave from Ambrosden Avenue at 6.30am on the day and tickets are priced £25. Please make bookings at Clergy House reception to secure a place. Please note that no reservations can be made without payment.

FRIENDS OF WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL - NEXT QUIZ TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER

thumbnail image The next quiz organised by the Friends of Westminster Cathedral will take place on Tuesday 3 October at 6.30pm in the Cathedral Hall. Tickets cost £15 each and include a fish and chip supper. These are available from The Friends’ office at Clergy House 42 Francis Street Tel 020 7798 9059 or friends@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email for Tickets

SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL HAMMERSMITH - OPEN EVENING WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image The School extends a warm invitation to girls in Year 11 who are currently considering their Sixth Form options, to attend our open evening on Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 5pm-7:30pm. The Headteacher will address candidates and their parents and invite them to take a tour of the school. The school prospectus, including an application pack, will be available for collection. The closing date for receipt of application forms is Friday 10 November.

THE SECOND ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION YOUTH CONFERENCE

thumbnail image THE SECOND ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION YOUTH CONFERENCE
Following on from the success of last year’s CMA “Beginning of Life” conference, we are pleased to announce this year’s conference for young Catholics in healthcare, entitled: Catholics in Healthcare: Extraordinary Lives, Extraordinary Saints. This is a one-day event with speakers and stalls covering pro-life issues, conscience, medical missionary work, and the vocation of the healthcare worker. St Aloysius’ Catholic Church, Euston, London. Saturday 4 November midday – 6pm. Entry by donation. To reserve a place and for more information, email: events@catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk facebook.com/CMAEnglandandWales

Related links: Email for Booking

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

thumbnail image WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

The Cathedral runs a six weeks marriage preparation course for engaged couples. The next Cathedral Marriage Preparation Course begins on Thursday 28 September 2017 at 7pm. For further information, please contact Julie Hanssen - email: juliehanssen@rcdow.org.uk

SILVER SUNDAY TEA DANCE SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image SILVER SUNDAY TEA DANCE

The Filipino Club is hosting this on Sunday 8 October from 2-6pm in Cathedral Hall. Designed for older members of the Community, all nationalities and religions are welcome. Refreshments will be provided, but donations will be most welcome.

FUNERAL RITES FOR HE CARDINAL CORMAC MURPHY O CONNOR

thumbnail image Please find the information here for the funeral rites of HE Cardinal Cormac Murphy O Connor

OREMUS - September edition available

thumbnail image The September edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now out. Please take a FREE copy, available at the back of the Cathedral. Donations towards the production costs are, as always, most welcome.

The online version will be available here:http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/September17Website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus September Edition

WALSINGHAM DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

thumbnail image The Walsingham Trust wishes to appoint a Development Officer who will be based within the newly established Development Office. This exciting new role offers an exceptional opportunity to help shape and develop an important area of the work of the Trust. Please request the full Job Description by emailing “hr@walsingham.org.uk”. Applications need to be sent by 5pm on Friday 6 October. Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place, Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6EG. Telephone: (01328) 820217 or visit www.walsingham.org.uk

Related links: Link to Walsingham Shrine Website

THE CRAIGMYLE LECTURE 2017 THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image Baroness Patricia Scotland QC, the Commonwealth Secretary-General will speak on “Faith in the Commonwealth” on Thursday 5 October at 6.30pm Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG (near Trafalgar Square),
followed by a Drinks Reception.
Admission free but registration is required. Please register on Eventbrite or by phoning the office on 020 8749 1321 (Monday-Friday mornings only) or e-mailing info@catholicunion.org.uk.

Related links: Email for Registration

LAVENDER BAGS

thumbnail image LAVENDER BAGS

The Friends are looking for a volunteer to make lavender bags for the Cathedral Christmas Fair. We will provide the lavender, the material and the ribbon – we just need your skills at the sewing machine. If you can help. Please contact the Friends’ Office on 020 7798 9059.

CATHEDRAL CAFÉ REOPENING

thumbnail image CATHEDRAL CAFÉ REOPENING
The Cathedral Café will reopen on Friday 1st September. Annette and Charlie are looking forward to welcoming back customers to the newly refurbished café. However, the café will not be opening on Sundays or Mondays. Please see posters for opening times.

UNATTENDED BAGS

thumbnail image Due to heightened security in the Cathedral, please could you ensure that bags and other personal items are not left unattended at any point? Any item left unattended is not only at risk of being stolen, but also raises alarm in these times of concern. From now on, any item left unattended will be taken away by security and could be destroyed.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL YOUNG ADULTS

thumbnail image The Westminster Cathedral Young Adults group meets every Sunday following the 7.00pm Mass. We gather outside the main doors of the Cathedral after Mass (at the bottom of the steps, on the Piazza) and generally go to The Windsor Castle for a little socialising. We attempt to create a sense of community amongst young Catholic adults who come to London from all parts of the globe. All are welcome. For further details email westminsteryoungadults@gmail.com

Related links: Email Westminster Cathedral Young Adults

AMERICAN FRIENDS

thumbnail image American taxpayers can receive a US income tax deduction for their contributions to support the work of the Cathedral by directing their contributions to American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc., a non-profit 50 (c)(3) organization (EIN# 13-2983174). They will also enjoy special events and receive newsletters about Cathedral activities. Donations may also be made through bequests and charitable trusts. Contact Ms Una Chang, President, American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc, P O Box 92, New York NY 10185-0092, email uchang1@aol.com.