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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Adoremus 2018: Creating a Legacy

thumbnail image A week ago thousands of Catholics from across England and Wales spent the weekend reflecting on the role of the Eucharist in our lives in the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool. For two days we heard presentations and talks about what is meant by the phrase from the Catechism that ‘the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life’, and what happens when we truly make this the case.

The Congress culminated in Mass and a Blessed Sacrament Procession of around 10,000 people around the streets of a city that is more famous for its faith in pop music and football than for its historic faith in God. At the Mass Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool said that the procession needed a spirit of prayer and penance in reference to the events that have dominated the media over the summer. In the words of one reporter: the fervour of the multi-national congregation seemed to provide the former while the rain gave the latter. And it did rain! But the determination in all that took part to bear witness to our faith in the Real Presence of the living Lord, held aloft by priests in the monstrance, was overwhelming. As we processed around the streets with water in our eyes and mass sheets wilting in our hands, we sang familiar Eucharistic hymns, with words becoming more meaningful than ever, especially those from ‘Soul of my Saviour’ – Blood of my saviour, bathe me in thy tide. Wash me with water, flowing from thy side. Suitably washed, as the procession came to its conclusion the rain stopped and the sun began to creep out from behind the clouds as we received Benediction from the top of the steps of the Cathedral. We could have not asked for a clearer sign of the blessing we were receiving!

It was a truly memorable weekend for those who were there, but what legacy does a Eucharistic Congress leave us? It is hoped that it will remind all of us of the need for Christ above all things in our lives. That we will recognise that the beating heart in our Cathedral is the tabernacle in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel where people pray from dawn to dusk. That we will give witness to this greatest of gifts at events such as our own Blessed Sacrament Procession on Saturday, 29 September. And that we will trust that if we do make the Eucharist the source and summit of our lives, we will discover and experience the peace, the joy and the happiness for which we all long.

Sweet Sacrament of peace,
dear home for every heart,
where restless yearnings cease
and sorrows all depart;
there in thine ear all trustfully
we tell our tale of misery:
sweet Sacrament of peace.

Fr Andrew Gallagher

See also: College of Chaplains


thumbnail image Friday 14 September The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning

19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 15 September Our Lady of Sorrows

Second Collection at 6pm Mass: Home Missions

10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group


Second Collection: Home Missions

09.30 Cathedral Hall SVP Book Sale

12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association

13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group

14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club

16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Thomas Dahl, St Petri, Hamburg

19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 17 September

11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group

12.30 St Pauls Bookshop Daily Meditation (Monday to Friday)

18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group

18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament

19.00 Clergy House Room 2 Studying the Catechism Together

Tuesday 18 September

7, 8 and 10.30am Masses in Lady Chapel.
12.30, 13.05 and 17.30pm (Said) Mass in Cathedral Hall. Cathedral closes at 5pm

19.30 Cathedral Monteverdi Choir Concert: Verdi’s Requiem

Wednesday 19 September

18.30 Cathedral Hall Farewell to Fr Martin Plunkett

19.30 Cathedral Grand Organ Festival Recital: Stephen Farr, London

Thursday 20 September Ss Andrew Kim Tae-gon & Companions, Martyrs

18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 21 September St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning

13.30 Hinsley Room Art Class

14.15 Cathedral Cardinal Vaughan School Foundation Mass

17.30 Cathedral Said Mass

19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 22 September

09.30-16.30 Cathedral Divine Mercy Day of Prayer

10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group

18.00 Cathedral Visiting Choir at Mass: King Edward’s School, Witley


12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Catholic Association

13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group

14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group

16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Martin Baker, Westminster Cathedral

19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group


thumbnail image The September edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now available to read on Issuu. Please see below for the link to access a digital copy. Oremus will be published once again on the Cathedral website in the near future.

Related links: Link for Oremus September Edition


thumbnail image It is always very uplifting to see the number of votive candles burning in the Cathedral but, unfortunately, it has to be said that the amount of money left in the containers bears little relation to the number of candles being used. This means, therefore, that some people are lighting candles and not paying for them which means that the Cathedral is being put in debt. Clearly, this is unacceptable and could be described as stealing. Please make sure that if you or anyone with you lights a votive candle you put the appropriate amount in the container.


thumbnail image The choristers of Westminster Cathedral Choir will join The Bach Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra and Staats- und Domchor Berlin to perform Benjamin Brittens spine-tingling War Requiem in Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 3 October at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £12 - £50, are available on the Bach Choir Website or Ticketmaster or in person from Westminster Cathedrals Gift Shop. Ticketmasters telephone number is 0844 844 0444.

Related links: Link to Bach Choir Website Link to Ticketmaster


thumbnail image 10am-midday, every Thursday during term-time.
Our group comes together every Thursday morning during term time for coffee, chat and catechism. Fr Rajiv Michael offers a topical reflection leading to group discussion. 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 at 10am on Thursday. Email aphilpotts@cantab.net

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson


thumbnail image Tickets for events are available from the Friends’ Office, 42 Francis Street, SW1, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.

The Friends Quiz and Curry Night will be held on Tuesday, 9 October in Cathedral Hall. Maximum table sizes of eight people to ensure a fair contest. Doors open at 6.30pm and the quiz will commence at 7pm. Please indicate when booking whether you would like lamb korma, vegetable biryani or chicken madras. Poppadoms and dips on the tables with a pay bar serving cold beer, wine and soft drinks. Tickets £18 available from Clergy House Reception or call 020 7798 9059.

The Friends tour of the House of Commons in October is now sold out. Thank you for your interest

We still have tickets available for the Friends visit to The Speakers House on Tuesday, 23 October. Tickets cost £80 or £150 for a joint ticket. Please note that this is a Friends-only event. The evening will commence at 6pm with a tour of the House with the Speaker, a short speech and wine and canapé reception. A very special evening. For details please call the office on 020 7798 9059.

The Friends audited accounts showed a profit for the Christmas Fair 2017 of £7234. Thank you to all those who turned out in the snow to support the Cathedral on a very difficult day. We are grateful to everyone who helped. If you would like to help at the Christmas Fair 2018 now is the time to hand in your details to Clergy House Reception. We really do need able-bodied people to help lug boxes of goods around and to help set up on the Saturday. The Fair will take place on Sunday, 9 December. It is hard work but it is in aid of the Cathedral. More hands make light work! Donations are now required - but please no second-hand clothes or videos. We urgently need good quality bric a brac, jewellery, bottles of wine, beer and spirits for the bottle tombola and much, much more. All donations should be delivered to Clergy House Reception clearly marked CHRISTMAS FAIR

Related links: Email for Friends Office


thumbnail image A Day of Prayer, Penance and Reparation for the sins committed within the Church and the nation will be led by Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland, in the Cathedral on Saturday, 22 September, 9.30am to 4.30pm, with Mass and Confession times as usual. Please come to intercede for the Mercy of God upon his Church through repentance. Full programme details are available from antonia4161@gmail.com.

Related links: Email for Information


thumbnail image The Guild of the Blessed Sacrament is organising a pilgrimage on Saturday, 27 October, led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell, to St Edmund’s, Bury St Edmunds. There will also be a chance to visit the Anglican cathedral. The coach departs at 8am prompt from Ambrosden Avenue, fare £17 per person. Please book through Theresa Giwa on 07553 846685.


thumbnail image Bari, Otranto and Lecce, Italy

Led by Canon Tuckwell from 14 to 20 October 2018, cost £939. Please contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or email info@paxtravel.co.uk for further information on this pilgrimage.


thumbnail image This will take place on Saturday, 22 September and will be led by Cardinal Vincent and the Auxiliary Bishops. The coach will depart at 6.30am prompt from Ambrosden Avenue. Tickets are £10 for under 16s and £20 for adults. To book please leave an envelope with your name(s), telephone number and the correct amount in Clergy House Reception.


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.