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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE: WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

thumbnail image World Mission Sunday is a day set aside for the Catholic Church throughout the world to publically renew its commitment to the missionary movement. It is celebrated on the penultimate Sunday of October every year, including 24 October 2021. At all Masses this weekend, we welcome Fr Gerald Hastie, Mill Hill Missionary, who will make an appeal on behalf of Missio. Missio is the Catholic Church’s official support agency for overseas missions all around the world, helping local missionaries to work alongside global communities that are poor or in need. The help may be for specific needs, such as providing a motorbike for a priest to celebrate Mass in a remote village, building a simple community hall so that people can gather together under a shelter and perhaps even celebrate Mass together within it if required; also providing vaccinations for vulnerable children and providing for other medical needs. On World Mission Sunday in 1992, Pope John Paul II said, “We cannot remain indifferent when we think of the millions of men and women who, like us, have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, yet still do not have sufficient knowledge of God’s love. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can withdraw from the supreme duty of proclaiming Christ to all peoples. Today, two-thirds of humanity do not know Christ; they need him and his message of salvation.”

In the Peanuts cartoon by Schulz, a little girl named Lucy, frustrated by the inability of Charlie Browne to follow her advice, tells him, “What is really wrong with you is that, well, you don’t want to know what is wrong with you!” In the Gospel today, Bartimaeus the blind beggar was not like that; he knew quite well what was wrong with him and was determined to ask Jesus to cure his blindness. We all have blind spots; some minor, others greater. Usually it takes some event to trigger the recognition that we are not seeing the reality of a situation or the truth about our own shortcomings. The same can be true on the level of faith. This weekend we are asked to reflect about our response to others in need around the world, especially the poor and the displaced. Like Bartimaeus we pray, “Lord, let me see again!” Where there is need, may I respond wholeheartedly to your call and be your presence, Lord!

Fr Michael Donaghy

THIS WEEK'S DIARY:

thumbnail image The Cathedral is open from 7.30am until after the evening Mass each day.
* Live streamed via the Cathedral website.

Monday to Friday
Morning Prayer: 7.35am, Sung Vespers (Choir, except Tuesday) 5pm
Mass: 8 and 10.30am (Latin), 12.30 * and 5.30pm (Choir)
Confessions: 11.30am-12.30pm, 4.30-5.30pm

Saturday
Morning Prayer: 7.35am, Sung Vespers (English) 5.30pm *
Mass: 8 and 10.30am (Latin), 12.30 and Vigil 6pm *
Confessions: 11.30am-12.30pm, 5-6pm

Sunday
Sung Morning Prayer (English) 9.30am *, Solemn Vespers and Benediction (Choir) * 4pm
Mass: 8 and 10am*, 12 noon (Solemn, Choir)*, 5.30* and 7pm
Confessions: 11am-12 noon, 5-5.30pm

Sunday 24 October 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
World Mission Sunday
4.45pm Organ Recital: Chris Stokes (Manchester Cathedral)

Monday 25 October Feria
1.45pm Visit of Amal, the puppet refugee
Cardinal Nichols and Bp McAleenan

Tuesday 26 October Feria
5.30pm St Barnabas Society 125th Anniversary Mass:
Cardinal Nichols

Wednesday 27 October Feria

Thursday 28 October SS SIMON and JUDE, Apostles
5.30pm Catholic Union attends Mass

Friday 29 October Blessed Martyrs of Douai College
Friday abstinence

Saturday 30 October Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

Sunday 31 October ALL SAINTS
4.45pm Organ Recital: Jonathan Allsopp
(Southwell Minster)

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION ENROLMENT DEADLINE

thumbnail image The deadline for the First Holy Communion application for children of parish families in Year 3 is on Saturday 30 October. The course itself will commence on Saturday 6 November. Please contact Fr Vincent at vincentmbui@rcdow.org.uk for further details.

LITTLE AMAL

thumbnail image On Monday this week at 2pm Cardinal Vincent will welcome ‘Little Amal’ to Westminster Cathedral. Little Amal is a 3½ metre high puppet of a 9-year-old Syrian refugee girl. Amal, whose name means ‘hope’, is completing a 5000 mile walk across Europe to signify the plight of child refugees. Remember that Christ himself was once a refugee with his parents in Egypt. Many child refugees today are not only displaced but alone. Little Amal began her journey in Gaziantep, close to the Turkish border with Syria. She has been welcomed in many countries including Greece, Italy (where she was welcomed in Rome by Pope Francis), Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium. Her journey will end in Manchester on 3 November. You are invited to join the Welcome Liturgy at Westminster Cathedral and to learn more about the plight of migrants and refugees, and how we as Christians can help them. Please be seated by 1.45pm. Further information can be found at https:www.walkwithamal.org/.

FRIENDS' EVENT

thumbnail image Soprano Alinka Kozari will be giving a recital in Westminster Cathedral Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 27 October. Tickets are £10 and a pay bar will be available. Alinka will be performing a selection of works and is known especially for her Handel and Verdi performances. Payment via the Friends’ VMG site or send a cheque payable to The Friends of Westminster Cathedral. There will also be tickets on the door.

WEEKDAY VESPERS

thumbnail image Weekday Latin Vespers, sung each evening (except Tuesdays) by the Lay Clerks at 5pm, have returned and will for this month be sung from the main sanctuary. Please note that Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will therefore finish at 4.30pm.

CATHEDRAL CAFE

thumbnail image The Cathedral Café is now open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 4pm and we look forward to welcoming you there. It can be found via the stairs next to the Baptistry.

REMEMBERING THE CATHEDRAL

thumbnail image When the time is right for you to remember a charity in your will, please remember the Cathedral. Every gift makes a difference. Simply add ‘Westminster Cathedral - registered charity number 233699’. For more information call Marie-Louise on 07596 855460 or email mlvanspyk@rcdow.org.uk.