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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Easter Reflections

thumbnail image We all begin Holy Week on Palm Sunday knowing how it will end. We know there will be Alleluias aplenty and champagne corks popping, and a renewed sense of joy thanks to the yearly remembrance of the Paschal Mystery. Yet, at the same time, we all know that each Holy Week brings with it a movement and events which can be challenging and transformative in many ways. We never reach Easter Sunday as the same people that we were on Palm Sunday – not if we have truly participated. We are like the Apostles in this sense.

The tragic fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday evening was shocking and deeply saddening for us all. To witness that magnificent house of prayer so consumed by fire reminds us of the fragility of this life and all that we hold dear. We marvel at the courage of the fire fighters and those who have already pledged that the cathedral will rise from the ashes. We offer our prayers and loving support to our brothers and sisters in Paris and we will remember them especially at the masses on Easter Sunday here in the Cathedral.

Alongside this, as the Cathedral family, we are well aware that Canon Christopher Tuckwell, the Administrator, is not able to be with us on this joyful day, and we will miss him. He is progressing well after surgery and will be keeping a slightly quieter Easter. We can be sure that we are as much in his prayers as he is in ours. He is very grateful indeed for all the messages of concern and assurances of prayer. He will be back with us soon, and what a happy day that will be.

For myself, in my first Cathedral Holy Week, I have been most aware of the level of commitment and sheer hard work which goes into making things happen so smoothly and with the appropriate level of finesse. This work is mostly behind the scenes, but it involves long hours, cheerful collaboration, much practising, patience, and a strong belief that all is done to the glory of God, and to honour Jesus Christ, our Risen and Glorified Lord. Thanks are due to all who have made this week such a worthy celebration of the Mystery of Faith.

Do enjoy this season and all the blessings of the Resurrection. The Chaplains join me in wishing you a very blessed and peaceful Easter, and we thank you for your prayers, gifts and good wishes.

Finally, let us remember before God all our departed loved ones in this season of the Resurrection, believing that in Christ all are alive.

‘Let us thank God, for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Fr Daniel Humphreys

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 19 April GOOD FRIDAY
Confessions 10.30am-1.30pm Second Collection: Holy Places
10.00 Cathedral Office of Readings: Bishop Hudson
15.00 Cathedral Solemn Liturgy of the Passion: Cardinal Nichols
18.30 Cathedral Stations of the Cross

Saturday 20 April HOLY SATURDAY
Confessions 10.30am-4.30pm
10.00 Cathedral Office of Readings: Cardinal Nichols
12.00 Hinsley Room Community Poetry/Creative Writing Group
20.30 Cathedral Easter Vigil: Cardinal Nichols

Sunday 21 April EASTER SUNDAY
No Confessions
10.00 Cathedral Solemn Morning Prayer: Cardinal Nichols
10.30 Cathedral Solemn Mass: Cardinal Nichols
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
13.00 Cathedral Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
15.30 Cathedral Solemn Vespers: Cardinal Nichols
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Peter Stevens,
Westminster Cathedral
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

22 April – 26 April Mass 10.30am, 12.30 and 5pm. Confessions 11am-12.30pm.

Monday 22 April IN OCTAVE

Tuesday 23 April IN OCTAVE
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 24 April IN OCTAVE

Thursday 25 April IN OCTAVE
13.15 Hinsley Room Art Class
17.00-21.00 Cathedral Hall Prayer and Life Workshops
18.30 Clergy House Room 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 26 April IN OCTAVE
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 27 April
10.00 Horseferry Road Prayer and Life Workshop
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice and Peace Group

Sunday 28 April SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (DIVINE SUNDAY)
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Catholic Association
13.00 Cathedral Divine Mercy Prayer Group
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 29 April St Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor of the Church
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday 30 April ST GEORGE, MARTYR, PATRON OF ENGLAND
7 ,8am Masses in St George’s Chapel
10.30 Cathedral Funeral Mass: Terence Hanifan
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 1 May St Joseph the Worker
7,8,10.30am Masses in St Joseph’s Chapel
12.00 Hinsley Room Quiet Day

Thursday 2 May St Athanasius, Bishop & Doctor of the Church
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother & Toddler Group
18.30 Clergy House Room 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 3 May SS PHILIP & JAMES, APOSTLES
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 4 May THE ENGLISH MARTYRS
Second Collection at 6pm Mass: Aid to the Church in Need
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
10.00 Cathedral and Hall Day with Mary
18.00 Cathedral Visiting Choir: St Thomas on the Bourne

Sunday 5 May THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Second Collection: Aid to the Church in Need
13.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
13.00 Cathedral Divine Mercy Prayer Group
16.30 Cathedral Hall Mass for the Deaf Service
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Callum Alger, Birmingham Conservatoire
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

PRAYER FOR NOTRE DAME

thumbnail image A candle stand has been placed beneath the mosaic of St Joan of Arc, where you are invited to pray for the archdiocese of Paris and for the clergy and people of the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

SVP SPRING BOOK SALE - SUNDAY 12TH MAY

thumbnail image The next SVP book sale will take place in the Cathedral Hall on Sunday, 12 May from 9.30am-1.30pm. As always, we would be pleased to accept donations of new and fairly new paperbacks – but no hardback fiction please – and of CDs and DVDS. Religious books will be particularly welcome as will classical music CDs. These can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale.

CATHEDRAL BRICKWORK RESTORATION

thumbnail image The scaffolding on the front of the Cathedral marks the start of restoration work to the Cathedral’s brickwork. The upper parts of the Cathedral’s walls are all suffering from various degrees of decay, the worst areas being on the side that faces the prevailing weather.
The work requires the cutting out of the facing bricks and their replacement. The work has started with the tops of the two turrets on the south west corner (liturgically speaking). There will be a need to dismantle these to allow for the rebuilding of the brick piers that supports the stone banding and no doubt other works will become apparent now that close up detailed inspection is possible. This work is due to complete by early June and has been funded by a grant from the Albert Gubay foundation.

N.D. Fairbairn, Westminster Cathedral Estate Works Manager

PRAYER AND LIFE WORKSHOPS ON THURSDAYS

thumbnail image Learn to Pray, Learn to Live, following Fr. Ignacio Larrañagas Method at Sacred Heart Church, Horseferry Road, SW1P 2EF. All sessions take place on Thursdays from 5-7pm or 7-9pm or on Saturdays from 10am-12 noon and will run until the end of May, with the exception of Holy Week.

MOTHERS AND TODDLERS GROUP

thumbnail image Our group comes together every Thursday morning during term time from 10am to midday for coffee, chat and catechism. 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. Contact aphilpotts@cantab.net

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson

THANK YOU FROM THE SVP

thumbnail image The SVP would like to thank everyone who supported the recent book sale by donating and/or buying books, CDs and DVDs. The total raised, over £750, made this the most successful one ever. The next sale will take place on Sunday, 12 May. Please put this date in your diaries.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 20-26 JULY 2019

thumbnail image The Westminster Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, will take place from 20-26 July. For further information please contact Tangney Tours on 01732 886666 or see www.tangney-tours/westminster.

Related links: Link to Tangney Tours

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.