With the UK general election due on Thursday, 4 July, politicians will be looking for our votes.  As Christians we are invited to use Gospel values as a point of reference for the way we look at the world. These values can also offer a different way of looking at politics, a way that puts the common good before self-interest.  Throughout this election season we will be seeking answers which will help the poor, the marginalised, and the vulnerable.  We seek a society in which all families can flourish and where we care for our common home, where we offer a welcoming hand to strangers in need, where we look out for those struggling to get on.  Families are the heart of our communities and society.  We seek, therefore, political leaders who can reflect and share these values. But this is not just about leaders, it is about us.  We are not merely the passive recipients of politics but active citizens. An election is the best time for us as Christians to speak out, to get involved, and to lead. We hope that these resources will help in that endeavour.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) offers a guide to issues for the election www.cbcew.org.uk/election24/ as do CAFOD together with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) cafod.org.uk/encounter.  These sites provide information on a range of topics from a Catholic Christian perspective to help us ask key questions of local candidates and parties who need our votes. 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is inviting us all as Catholics and as voters to be active rather than passive and engage with politicians on the key issues. “You want to know what your candidate will think and say on your behalf when that candidate gets into Parliament,” says the Cardinal. “I would like to put forward a theme for us all to think about. How do we seek to construct a society in which families can flourish? That’s the bedrock”.  Please watch the Cardinal’s message here.

Please ensure you are registered to vote by 18June and have suitable photo ID, which you will need this year for the first time.

We are delighted to share with everyone that during the month of June our Cathedral will celebrate five Ordination Masses:  

  • On Saturday, 15 June at 10.30am there will be the Ordination of four Deacons, two of them will be ordained for our Diocese: James Boyle, Sean Power (Please note that there will be no 12.30pm Mass that day).
  • On Tuesday 18 June at 12 noon there will be the Ordination of Bishop-Elect James Curry as a new Auxiliary Bishop for our diocese (Please note that there will be no 10.30am Mass and no lunchtime confessions that day.  As this is a majority ticketed event, access will be limited).
  • On Saturday 22 June at 11am there will be the Episcopal Ordination of the Bishop-Elect David Waller as the new Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (please note that there will be no 10.30am and 12.30pm Mass that day, and no lunchtime confessions).
  • On Saturday 29 June at 10.30am there will be the Ordination of three new Priests for our Diocese: Rev Thomas Blackburn, Rev Robert Smialek and our Cathedral deacon Rev Domagoj Matokovic (please note that there will be no 12.30pm Mass that day, and no lunchtime confessions).
  • On Saturday 6 July at 10.30am there will be the Ordination of three Permanent Deacons: Paul Hewitt (Kensington 1), James Sin (Harrow North) and Eze Ugoala (Holloway). Please note that there will be no 12.30pm Mass that day.  

To find more information about discerning your vocation, the different types of vocation and news of vocations in our diocese, please go to https://rcdow.org.uk/vocations/

Let us continue praying for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, remembering especially those preparing to be ordained soon for and in our diocese.  

Prayer For Vocations 

God our Father,
You give us the Sacraments as signs and instruments of your love and mercy.
Draw from amongst your disciples men who are willing to serve your Church generously as priests in the Diocese of Westminster,
to minister to your people and to proclaim the Gospel to all.
Send your Spirit to guide and strengthen them,
to be their companion on the journey,
as they discern your will for their lives.
This prayer we make through Christ our Lord.

Our Blessed Lady Immaculate
Pray for us

St John Southworth
Pray for us