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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE: THE FRUITFUL VINE

thumbnail image Throughout Eastertide, the Gospel of John reflects upon what Christ has done for us by his life, death and resurrection. In today’s Gospel, as the Last Supper is drawing to a close, Jesus proclaims ‘I am the true vine’. Through our union and communion with him, Christians are infused with the very life, qualities and energy of God himself. The image of the vine describes our unity, closeness and interdependence with Christ and with one another as Christians. Christ is the vine and we are the branches; God the Father is the vinedresser who prunes and cultivates those branches.
When the springtime arrives, the branches of a vine come to life, form leaves and burst into blossom. Then in the autumn they are laden with grapes. It is the vine that gives the branches their life and provides the nutrition for them to bear much fruit. Likewise, the vine needs the branches, for it is the branches that bear the fruit. Similarly, Christ who gives us life asks us to bear good fruit in our lives. Each of us has been given some gift by God. By developing, using and sharing our gifts with others, we become fruitful.
Note that Christ asks each of us to be fruitful, not successful. There is nothing wrong with being successful but success comes from strength and control. Success brings us a reward in this earthly life; respect, wealth and sometimes fame. In contrast, fruitfulness often comes from weakness, vulnerability, struggle and usually goes unrewarded. When the winter season at last arrives, many branches are pruned by the vinedresser. Pruning is a painful process for a fruit tree. However, pruning removes the barren shoots that use up a lot of energy but produce no fruit. It helps the tree to produce more and better fruit in the future. Likewise, there is much that is useless or even harmful in our lives, sapping our energy and diminishing our spiritual fruitfulness. Then things can go wrong, but pruned by suffering, a person produces fruits of empathy, understanding and compassion. If Christ prunes us through trials in this life, it is only to make us more fruitful and abundant in fruit that is good.

Fr Michael Donaghy

THIS WEEK'S DIARY:

thumbnail image The Cathedral is open from 7.30am until after the evening Mass each day. Choral services have now resumed.
* Live streamed via the Cathedral website, and Sung/Choral.

Monday to Friday
Mass: 8 and 10.30am (Latin), 12.30 and 5.30pm *
Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 5-5.30pm

Saturday
Mass: 8, 10.30am (Latin)*, 12.30 and 6pm *
Confessions: 12-12.30pm, 5.30-6pm

Sunday
Mass: 8, 10am*, 12 noon*, 5.30* and 7pm
4pm Solemn Vespers and Benediction*
Confessions: 11.30am-12 noon, 5.30-5.30pm

Sunday 2 May FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Monday 3 May Ss PHILIP and JAMES, Apostles
Bank Holiday
No 8am Mass or 5pm Confessions; Cathedral opens at 9am.

Tuesday 4 May THE ENGLISH MARTYRS
5.30pm Chapter Mass: Canon Paschal Ryan

Wednesday 5 May Easter Feria

Thursday 6 May Easter Feria

Friday 7 May Easter Feria, Friday abstinence
10.30am Funeral: Louise Andrews RIP
(Cathedral closed to the public in line with the current restrictions).

Saturday 8 May Easter Feria
2.30pm Confirmation Mass: Bishop Hudson

Sunday 9 May SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER


SACRED HEART CHURCH, HORSEFERRY ROAD
The church hosts a Mass for the Croatian Chaplaincy at 4pm on Sundays.

COVID-19 UPDATE
As you may have seen, we are participating in the NHS Covid-19 App, to assist with track and trace. We do encourage you to make use of this app.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The toilets, Gift Shop and Café remain closed. The Chaplains can be contacted through Clergy House Reception if you wish to speak to them or are in need of assistance.

WORKS TO THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM AND TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF LIVE STREAMING

thumbnail image The works to the Cathedral sound system, scheduled for last week, have met problems leading to an overrun. A number of the loudspeakers are not functioning at present and we apologise for any consequent inaudibility in areas of the Cathedral.
Unfortunately this overrun impacts upon the live streaming of the liturgy, which has had to be suspended for the weekend and will be restored as soon as possible. Any updates will be published here when available.
We thank you for your patience as we seek to restore normal service.

OREMUS MAGAZINE

thumbnail image Oremus magazine for May is published and available for collection by the main doors of the Cathedral and the Ambrosden Avenue exit. The print run is reduced, so be sure to get your copy, full of the usual high quality content, now.

PRIEST TRAINING FUND

thumbnail image Thank you for your generosity to the Priest Training Fund collection last weekend. It is not too late to make a donation if you wish. Envelopes are available in the back of the church, or by contacting CH Reception. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.rcdow.org.uk/donations.

LECTIO DIVINA AND BIBLE SHARING GROUP

thumbnail image Lectio Divina is an art of meditative prayer which will help us to appreciate the love of God in the events of our own lives. In this spiritual exercise we are making sense of, and reading our experiences in life, through the narrations and stories of the Bible. If you would like to take part in this prayer group please contact Fr Vincent at vincentmbui@rcdow.org.uk. It takes place every Friday at 7 pm from Friday, 14 May (for the time being via Zoom).

CHILDREN'S CHOIR

thumbnail image The Victoria Childrens Choir is resuming from Tuesday, 11 May after school. The choir is open to children aged 7-13 and sings for the Saturday evening Mass once per month, with rehearsals every Tuesday during school terms. No previous singing experience is required, only enthusiasm. For more information please email the director, Jonathan Schranz, at westminstervictoriachoir@gmail.com or visit victoriachildrenschoir.com .

THE ROSARY IN MAY

thumbnail image Your attention is drawn to the May Rosary Mission 2021, where you are invited to pray the Rosary every evening at 8pm. This will lead to three important National Days of Prayer:
Monday, 24 May: Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. Pray for our young people and families
Sunday, 30 May: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. A national Rosary Relay Rally will take place throughout the Dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland.
Monday, 31 May: Feast of the Visitation: Bp John Keenan will host a Crowning Rosary online at 8pm. For further information email antonia@walsingham.org.uk or visit www.walsingham.org.uk

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?

thumbnail image For those who are interested in becoming a Catholic or wish to explore the Catholic faith the RCIA course will commence in September. For further information please contact Fr Vincent Mbui at vincentmbui@rcdow.org.uk.

MASS TIMES FROM 10TH APRIL

thumbnail image For the Transitional Timetable, from Saturday 10 April, please click on the link below:

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