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The God Who Speaks

thumbnail image We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life. 1 John 1:1

The year 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini. It is also the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death, whose Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible would go on to serve the Western Church up until the last century. For this reason, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have commemorated the anniversaries of Verbum Domini and St Jerome by dedicating the year 2020 to the Bible, under the title “The God Who Speaks”.

The liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church is not something which repeats itself year after year, it is something living and working in order to direct our hearts and minds towards that to which we have been called, eternal life in God. The season of Advent gives us an opportunity to begin anew, to prepare ourselves for the coming of the infant King, our Saviour Jesus Christ. And what better way could there be, than to nourish ourselves with the Word of God, the word of God which is living and true, the word of God that is Jesus Christ Himself? Through the word of God, everything came into being, and everything continues to exist.

This earthly life is a gift for us, a time in which we can come to know and love God. This relationship between ourselves and God is something that He designed from the beginning, and throughout the Bible we see the various covenants He made with His people to enable this relationship to grow. As we enter into the season of Advent, let us encounter God in the sacraments and also listen clearly to the Word of God that we may be fully transformed and open to His will.

We pray for all those who are in search of fullness, meaning and purpose to their lives, that they may encounter God and be drawn to His heart, the Heart of Love where Love and Mercy flow with abundance.

James Coeur-de-Lion, Sub Administrator’s Assistant

See also: College of Chaplains


thumbnail image There will be a Christmas Tea Party for Seniors of the Cathedral Parish in Cathedral Hall on Thursday, 12 December from 2pm to 4pm. Application forms are available at Clergy House Reception and from the Cathedral Information Desk. Forms should be completed and returned to Clergy House Reception, 42 Francis Street, no later than Friday, 6 December so that we have an idea of how many would like to attend.
We are very grateful for the most generous support of the Cathedral Parish St Vincent de Paul Society for this year’s party.


thumbnail image The December edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now out. Please take a FREE copy, available at the back of the Cathedral. Donations towards the production costs are, as always, most welcome.

Christmas Celebration at Westminster Cathedral

thumbnail image Tickets for the Christmas Celebration on Wednesday, 18 and Thursday, 19 December are now on sale in the Gift Shop and on Ticketmaster.

Related links: Click to book tickets via Ticketmaster


thumbnail image Learn to Pray, Learn to Live, following Fr Ignacio Larrañaga’s method, at Sacred Heart Church, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2EF. All sessions run weekly and take place either on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm.


thumbnail image The Passage is also raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tuesday, 3 December to 12 noon Tuesday, 10 December to support its work helping homeless people this winter. Double your Donation, Double your impact. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (it can be a company, an individual or a trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 7592 1856 or email below.

Related links: E-mail Donation Link


thumbnail image The last SVP book sale of the year will take place in Cathedral Hall on Sunday, 8 December from 9.30am to 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 and Christmas-themed material will be particularly welcome, as will classical music CDs. These can be left at Clergy House in the week before the sale or contact Sharon Joseph on 07814 510991 to arrange for the collection of larger quantities.

THE BIG GIVE: 3 December - 10 December

thumbnail image The Friends of Westminster Cathedral are raising funds through the Big Give to complete the Tower Viewing Gallery. Online donations may be made through the Big Give from 12 noon Tuesday, 3 December to 12 noon Tuesday, 10 December. Double your Donation; Double your impact! This is a matched giving scheme for online donations only and this year we have secured champion funding, so it is really important that we reach our online target of £12,000. For more information about the campaign, please ring the Friends’ Office on 020 7798 9059. To donate, log on to the Big Give site www.thebiggive.org.uk and type Westminster Cathedral Tower Appeal into the campaigns search box. Thank you for your support.

Related links: Big Give site


thumbnail image The Passage is the Cathedral’s charity working with homeless people. As part of its service most of the people visiting the centre take a shower. The Passage needs to provide a bath/shower towel. The stock of towels is low. Could anyone with old towels no longer in use but still in good condition donate those towels to The Passage. They may be taken to St Vincent’s Centre in Carlisle Place on weekdays 8.30am to 4.30pm or 9am to 12.00 noon at the weekend.

The Passage raises funds through collecting in Underground Stations. If anyone would like to help with this, particularly first thing in the morning, we would be really grateful. Please contact collections@passage.org.uk if you would like to help


thumbnail image Croissants and Christianity: coffee morning with faith and fellowship for those with bumps, babies and toddlers. Join us on Monday morning from 10am to 11.30am in the Hinsley Room off Morpeth Terrace. We have a cup of tea and chat while children play, enjoying an opportunity to pray the rosary together, share common concerns and lend each other spiritual support in an informal and friendly context, often benefiting from input from one of the Cathedral priests. It is free and runs during term time and occasionally during school holidays. The Hinsley Room is on the left as you walk down Morpeth Terrace to Francis St, accessed via an iron gate and up a path alongside the little garden.


thumbnail image The Filipino Club will be holding its traditional Simbang Gabi (Night Mass) celebration after the 5.30pm Mass on Sunday, 15 December. There will be light refreshments and singing of Christmas Carols in the Cathedral Hall. All parishioners and friends are welcome.

Christmas Celebration

thumbnail image Tickets for the Christmas Celebration for Wednesday, 18th and Thursday 19th December are now on sale in the shop and on Ticketmaster. www.ticketmaster.co.uk.


thumbnail image “JOIN THE NEIGHBOURS”

- A Memorial Service for those who have died Homeless in London in the past year organised by The Connection at St Martin’s, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Housing Justice 11am Thursday, 14 November.

- “World Day of the Poor: Homeless in London” an Ecumenical Service at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, W1K 3AH 3pm Sunday, 17 November.

The CTiW 2019 Advent Service will be held at 6pm on Sunday, 1 December 2019 at St James’ Church, Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. All are very welcome!

‘St Barnabas Church Pimlico Road, will be hosting the Westminster Area Metropolitan Police Service Carol Service on Tuesday 10th December at 6pm. It is great opportunity to support all those who serve our area. Police Horses are usually in attendance. The Met Police Choir and St Barnabas School Choir will be singing. Fr Pat Brown will be giving the Homily. And afterwards there is always a very jolly reception. Please feel free to to circulate this information. For more information please contact the parish administrator, Daren Pearson-Hicks on darenadmnin@icloud.com

Related links: Churches Together in Westminster Recitals


thumbnail image The Cathedral Café will re-open on 14 September from 10am-4pm for drinks, lunches and snacks. Please do pay a visit the next time you are in the Cathedral. Normal opening days Tuesday-Saturday.


thumbnail image Meditations take place in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in St Pauls Bookshop each weekday from 12.30 to 1pm. All are welcome.


thumbnail image The Holy Land
The Guild of the Blessed Sacrament’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by Fr Andrew Gallagher, will be from 18-25 November 2019, cost £1,445. For further details, contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or info@paxtravel.co.uk.

Passion Play of Oberammergau, Munich and Salzburg
A pilgrimage to see the world famous passion play that takes place every 10 years, combined with discovering the rich cultural history of its surrounding area, led by Fr Andrew Gallagher and Fr Kevin Moule, 14-20 September 2020. More details available from Clergy House Reception or Pax Travel at info@palxtravel.co.uk, or 020 7485 3003.

Related links: Email: Pax Travel


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


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