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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Credo in Unum Deum

thumbnail image In his encyclical Divinum Illud Munus of 9 May 1897, Pope Leo XIII states that the dogma of the Holy Trinity:

… is called by the doctors of the Church the substance of the New Testament that is to say, the greatest of all mysteries, since it is the fountain and origin of them all. In order to know and contemplate this mystery, the angels were created in heaven and men upon earth. In order to teach more fully this mystery, which was but foreshadowed in the Old Testament, God Himself came down from the angels unto men: No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him (John 1, 18). Whosoever then writes or speaks of the Trinity must keep before His eyes the prudent warning of the Angelic Doctor: When we speak of the Trinity, we must do so with caution and modesty, for, as St Augustine saith, nowhere else are more dangerous errors made, or is research more difficult, or discovery more fruitful. (Summ. Th. la., q. xxxi. De Trin. 1 L, c. 3). The danger that arises is lest the Divine Persons be confounded one with the other in faith or worship, or lest the one Nature in them be separated for: This is the Catholic Faith, that we should adore one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity.

On the one hand, the pontiff reiterates unequivocally God’s self-revelation and nature and on the other cautions against error of faith and worship. Since the point of divine revelation is for belief and worship, any error in understanding His nature as the Triune God would be inimical to authentic faith and worship. Therefore, clarity of teaching is key and imperative.

But, as Cardinal Ratzinger rightly noted, the ‘credo in Unum Deum is a subversive statement’. Belief in the One God is tantamount to rejecting whatever stands in opposition to Him and his will. It means denouncing all the false gods of this world and of our fallen selves. These false gods have names which need to be both identified and thrown out. They include terrorist violence apparently made in the name of God, but really in the name of false divinities that must be unmasked, drugs (the power that, like a voracious beast, extends its claws to all parts of the world and destroys it), the culture of death where life is no longer considered sacred from the moment of conception to its natural end and the way of living proclaimed by public opinion: today we must do things like this, marriage no longer counts, chastity is no longer a virtue, and so on.

Each Sunday we profess our faith by the Creed and especially on this Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, we do well not to merely proclaim our faith in God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) but also to desire, in every moment and circumstance, to live only and all for Him.

Fr Michael Quaicoe

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Saturday 26 May St Philip Neri, Priest
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Cathedral Deanery Youth Confirmations: Cardinal Nichols
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice and Peace Group
20.00 Cathedral Sistine Chapel Choir Concert

Sunday 27 May THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
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: Stephen Power (Brecon Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 28 May Bank Holiday
Cathedral open from 8am to 6pm. Mass at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 5pm only
10.30 Cathedral Sung Mass

Tuesday 29 May
08.00 Cathedral Hall Blood Transfusion Service: all day
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 30 May
19.30 Cathedral Grand Organ Festival Recital: Henry Fairs
(Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

Thursday 31 May The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
14.00 St Joseph’s Chapel Padre Pio Prayer Group
17.30 Cathedral Opening Mass of Quarant’Ore: Cardinal Nichols
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary
Quarant’Ore continues all night and the following day

Friday 1 June St Justin, Martyr
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group
Quarant’Ore continues all night and the following day until the closing Mass at 12.30pm

Saturday 2 June
Second Collection at 6pm Mass: Aid to the Church in Need
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
12.30 Cathedral Quarant’Ore Closing Mass and Procession:
Bishop Sherrington
18.00 Cathedral Mass: Recommissioning of Extraordinary
Ministers

Sunday 3 June CORPUS CHRISTI
Second Collection: Aid to the Church in Need
12.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
16.30 Cathedral Hall Mass for the Deaf Service
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital:
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

GRAND ORGAN FESTIVAL 2018: HENRY FAIRS

thumbnail image This year’s Grand Organ Festival continues on Wednesday, 30 May at 7.30pm in Westminster Cathedral with a performance by Henry Fairs of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He will be playing pieces by Bach, Alain, Franck, Bairstow, Schumann and Mozart. Tickets £12, concession £10, and a Season Ticket giving admittance to all seven concerts is £70, concession £60. Tickets are available on the door (cash only). For further information contact musicadmin@rcdow.org.uk.

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

AN INVITATION TO YOUNG ADULTS FROM THE CARDINAL

thumbnail image The Cardinal invites young adults, aged 18 to 30, to join him at Archbishops House for two meetings (29 May and 19 June, both at 6.30pm) to explore the theme of vocation, with an opportunity for prayer, input, discussion and question and answer. All are welcome to attend whichever meeting they are able. More details can be found on the youth section of the diocesan website (www.dowym.com). If you would like to come along, please let us know by sending a quick email to youth@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Youth Section of Diocesan Website Email for Registration

MOTHERS AND TODDLERS GROUP

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

**Please note that there will be no meeting of this group on 31 May. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, 7 June.**

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

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - 6TH JUNE 2018

thumbnail image This will take place on Wednesday, 6 June and will be led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell. The coach departs at 7.15am prompt from Ambrosden Avenue. Tickets are £18 and to book please ring Theresa Giwa on 07553 846685 or Clergy House Reception with the exact amount in the envelope with your name and telephone number.

WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2018 - HELPING OUR SICK PILGRIMS AS A ST FRAI HOSPITALITE HELPER

thumbnail image If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well equipped for their care and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers.
The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. This includes helping the pilgrims get up and ready in the morning; making large amounts of tea; taking the pilgrims to various pilgrimage events; shopping and socialising with them and other helpers; and putting them to bed at night. The timetable is shared across two shifts so there is enough time to rest, make your own pilgrimage, spend time with your groups and make new friends.
Helping in the St Frai is an extremely moving and rewarding experience. Working there offers an opportunity to give our care and company to our pilgrims and make a huge difference in their lives.
If you are interested in helping in the St Frai in Lourdes, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Related links: Email for Nick Leonard

CATHEDRAL SUMMER FAIR - SATURDAY 28TH JULY

thumbnail image Fair will be held on Saturday, 28 July in Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, from 11am to 4pm. Delicious food will be available from our Nigerian and Filipino communities as well as home-made cakes, jams and a Pimms stall. There will be stalls selling gift items, jewellery, toys, bric a brac, CDs books, videos etc., with music and dancing displays by members of our Filipino Club.
Please help by contributing unwanted gift items, bottles for the tombola and the Pimms stall, and by coming along and spending money on the day. Raffle tickets are now available at £1 each or £5 for a book with great prizes including meals in local restaurants. Donations may be left at Clergy House. If you wish to be involved by helping on the day or by donating, please contact Mary Maxwell on 020 7798 9181 or marym@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email for Mary Maxwell

NEXT QUIZ NIGHT HOSTED BY THE FRIENDS: TUESDAY 26TH JUNE

thumbnail image The next quiz with fish and chip supper will be held on Tuesday, 26 June starting at 6.30pm in Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue. Tickets £15 each available from the Friends’ Office, 42 Francis Street, SW1, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email for Tickets

LONDON EVENINGS OF FAITH

thumbnail image A series of talks to make sense of the Catholic faith in our modern scientific world.

Tuesday, 5 June: Deus Caritas Est, Fr Philip Andrews.

Tuesday, 19 June: Truth and tolerance: a reply to relativism, Fr Ross Campbell.

All will be held at 7pm in the Challoner Room, Basement, 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (back of Warwick Street Church). Nearest tube: Piccadilly Refreshments: wine and cheese served.

NINTH NATIONAL DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM

thumbnail image This takes place on Saturday, 2 June departing from Westminster Cathedral at 7am. The cost of a return ticket is £17, available from Emmanuel on 020 7286 3804/07721 362000 or Caroline 07960 466377.

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 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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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