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thumbnail image Parishioners and visitors to the Cathedral are kindly asked to please note that owing to the graduation ceremonies of St Marys Catholic University taking place in the Cathedral on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th July, the following changes are taking place:

The Cathedral will close after the 8am Mass and reopen at 12:15pm in time for the lunchtime Masses. It will be closed again after the 1:05pm Mass until 4:45pm.

The 10:30am Mass will be cancelled on both days.

Confessions on those days will be heard from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and from 5pm to 6pm. Penitents are asked not to join the queue after 1:15pm and 5:45pm respectively.

CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Herald of Hopes!

thumbnail image Last Tuesday we were relieved to hear that all of the twelve young football players have been finally rescued, together with their coach. They spent in total seventeen days trapped in a dark, muddy, damp and cold place at 2.5 miles from the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system in the Province of Chiang Rai, in Thailand. The news brought joy, certainly, not only to their family but also to everyone around the world.

However, the rescue operation wouldn't have been possible without the immediate courage and determination of the first two divers, who found that they were still alive. It was thanks to the expertise, experience and generosity of these two British divers, who brought hope to both sides of the cave, that they survived. In total, there were hundreds of years of training between the 90 divers who volunteered in the rescue operation. Nonetheless, this was definitely a risky operation, as the death of one of the volunteer divers showed.

The dynamic of the gospel today can be related to the events that happened in Thailand. Jesus sent his twelve apostles in pairs to announce the Good News with precise instructions: take nothing for the journey except a staff; wear a sandal, but do not take a spare tunic; if anyone does not listen to you shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them. However, just as the divers spent years of training before the rescue operation, so did the apostles spend time learning from Jesus. It was from Him that they got the power to preach repentance, cast out devils and anoint the sick! It was Jesus, the one who took the initiative to call them towards Him.

But why were the apostles sent in pairs? St Gregory the Great answers that because there are two precepts of charity, namely, the love of God, and of our neighbour; and charity cannot be between less than two; this means that he who has not charity towards his neighbour, ought in no way to take upon himself the office of preaching.

Last Wednesday, we celebrated the feast of St Benedict, Patron of Europe and the founder of Western monasticism. With his simple rule: Ora et Labora (pray and work), he shaped the way the people of the first millennia lived the gospel in these lands. Through his rule St Benedict followed the two precepts of charity.

Fr Julio Albornoz

See also: College of Chaplains


thumbnail image Friday 13 July
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
17.30 Cathedral Mass celebrated by Bp Mark Jabalé to mark
60th anniversary of his ordination
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 14 July
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.30 Cathedral L’Arche 40th Anniversary Pilgrimage Service
(Bp Nicholas Hudson)
16.00 Lady Chapel Mass in the Extraordinary Form

12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Michael Butterfield
(Westminster Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 16 July
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
12.30 St Pauls Bookshop Daily Meditation (Monday to Friday)
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 17 July
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 18 July
10.30am Mass cancelled. Confessions 12.15-1.30pm and 5-6pm only

Thursday 19 July
10.30am Mass cancelled. Confessions 12.15-1.30pm and 5-6pm only
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother & Toddler Group
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 20 July
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 21 July
Second Collection at 6pm Mass: Diocesan Appeal: Daughters of Divine Love

10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
18.00 Cathedral Visiting choir: Nottingham Cathedral

Second Collection: Diocesan Appeal: Daughters of Divine Love
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Catholic Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Cathedral Hall Filipino Charity Tea Dance
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Jonathan Vaughn, Christ Church
(Greenwich, Connecticut)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group


thumbnail image The July/August edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now available to read on Issuu. Please see below for the link to access a digital copy. Oremus will be published once again on the Cathedral website in the near future.

Related links: Link for Oremus July/August Edition


thumbnail image The Administrator, Canon Tuckwell, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new priests to the Cathedral: Fr Daniel Humphreys, who will take over as Sub-Administrator, and Rev Rajiv Michael who is to be ordained on 30 June. Fr Martin Plunkett will be leaving us to take over as Parish Priest at St Thomas More, Eastcote. There will be an opportunity to say goodbye to Fr Martin before he takes up his new duties in September. We wish them all well in their new postings.


thumbnail image This year’s Grand Organ Festival continues on Wednesday 25 July at 7.30pm with a performance by Isabelle Demers from Texas, USA. She will be playing pieces by Mulet, Leo Sowerby, Messiaen, Duruflé and Jean-Baptiste Robin. Tickets (£12, concession £10) are available on the door (cash only). For further information please contact musicadmin@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Grand Organ Festival 2018 Brochure Email for Music Department


thumbnail image Could you give your time to help the central fundraising team for the Diocese of Westminster? You might be a retired computer programmer, a part time librarian, a busy mum who used to work in admin or a student with a few spare hours a week. As a Fundraising Administration Volunteer, possible roles include filing, scanning, data entry, gift processing, proof reading, mail merge, envelope stuffing, database administration or assisting at events. The roles are based at Vaughan House, behind Westminster Cathedral, and are flexible based on your availability. If you are interested in joining our busy, friendly team, contact Eszter, our Supporter Care Manager, on 020 7798 9025 or supportercare@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email for Diocesan Supporter Care Manager


thumbnail image We are only three weeks away from the date for the Summer Fair, Saturday, 28 July, and we have received very few items to sell on the various stalls. This is not like our parish community! Please rally round, become involved, bring us your unwanted gifts, toiletries and other good quality items that we can offer for sale and so help the Cathedral, (but please, no clothing or shoes) . We also need bottles for the tombola. Raffle tickets at £1 each are now on sale and the prizes include vouchers for meals in local restaurants. We also need help on the day, so do please do sign up and help make this a fun day for all our parish community. During the afternoon we will also be auctioning one of Dorothy Damon’s famous fruit cakes, iced extravagantly as is her custom. Anyone who has been to our parish parties will have first-hand experience of these delicious cakes which she makes for the priests who are leaving. Any items for the stalls should be left at Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, for Mary Maxwell.

Related links: Email for Mary Maxwell


thumbnail image 10am-midday, every Thursday during term-time.

Our group comes together every Thursday morning for coffee, chat and catechism. Fr Martin Plunkett offers a topical reflection leading to group discussion. He also brings his guitar and the toddlers enjoy singing and dancing together! 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 or 07789 656433.

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson


thumbnail image The SVP would like to thank everyone who supported last Sunday’s book sale by donating and/or buying books, CDs and DVDs. We raised over £440 towards our work. Our next sale will take place on Sunday, 16 September – please put the date in your diaries.


thumbnail image The Filipino Club are holding a Charity Tea Dance on Sunday, 21 July in Cathedral Hall from 2-6pm. There will be an afternoon of dancing, with tea, sandwiches, cake and a Grand Raffle of fabulous prizes. Raffle tickets £1 each. Entrance fee is £15 and tickets are available at the door.


thumbnail image This will take place on Saturday, 22 September and will be led by Cardinal Vincent and the Auxiliary Bishops. The coach will depart at 6.30am prompt from Ambrosden Avenue. Tickets are £10 for under 16s and £20 for adults. To book please leave an envelope with your name(s), telephone number and the correct amount in Clergy House Reception.


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.