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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE: A HOME FOR EVERY HEART

thumbnail image A number of times these past few weeks, whilst exploring the routines and life of our parish, I ended up in the nave of the Cathedral as Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was taking place, and every time I entered some door or another I was greeted by a palpable and prayerful stillness and silence as parishioners trickled into the Cathedral and knelt or sat peacefully in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: One could feel the beating heart of Jesus himself in the Eucharist very much present in our church. For as the Letter to the Hebrews begins, ‘the word of God is alive and active.’
But, we are also very much aware of what the Bishops Conference said in preparation for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress Adoremus, in Liverpool, three years ago, that: ‘as in any relationship of love, His offering of Himself has to be met by faith if a life-giving encounter and deep personal communion is to take place.’ This weekend marks Prisoners Sunday, the National Day of Prayer and Action for prisoners and their families. As part of my own formation for the priesthood, I worked with prisoners in a Young Offenders Institute, and I remember one day there was a short period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as we prepared for Mass. Everyone gathered sat still, realising they were in the presence of someone special. Afterwards one prisoner said to me: ‘for the first time in ages, I felt loved and at peace just then!’ And a few months later the way he expressed his experience of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament had developed into a feeling of nourishment in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and furthermore into a sense of a personal connection with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
St John Chrysostom once identified how people often say: ‘I wish I could see his shape, his appearance, his clothes, his sandals,’ to which he replied, ‘Only look! You see him! You touch him! You eat him!’ Yes this, dear brothers and sisters, is the living reality found in the gift to and life of the Church, effected for all of us in the Blessed Sacrament. As St Theresa of Calcutta once said: ‘When we look at the crucifix, we understand how much Jesus loved us then. But, when we look at the Blessed Sacrament, we understand how much Jesus loves us now.’ This weekend as we pray for prisoners, their families, the prison staff who care for them, and all those affected by crime, let us bring them to the Eucharistic Lord, to the Blessed Sacrament, a home for every heart.


Fr Mike Maguire

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 10 October 28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
4.45pm Organ Recital (Edward Dean, London)

Monday 11 October Feria

Tuesday 12 October Feria

Wednesday 13 October ST EDWARD THE CONFESSOR, Patron of the
Diocese and of the City of Westminster

Thursday 14 October Feria

Friday 15 October St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor
(Friday abstinence)
5pm Joint Evensong at Westminster Abbey
5.30pm Said Mass

Saturday 16 October Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
9.30-4.30pm A Day with Mary
6pm Mass to open Synodal Pathway: Cardinal Nichols

Sunday 17 October 29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
4.45pm Organ Recital: Paul Provost (Southwell Minster)

COLLECTING FOR THE PASSAGE

thumbnail image The Passage, the Cathedral’s charity working with homeless people, has its annual opportunity to take up a public collection on the streets of the City of Westminster on Tuesday 19 October (from 7am. to 6.30pm). In order to make the most of this opportunity to raise funds to support homeless people, more volunteers are needed on the day. Can anyone interested please contact Andrew Hollingsworth at andrew.h@passage.org.uk or telephone 020 7592 1886 / 07928 703131

LITTLE AMAL

thumbnail image Little Amal, a 3.5m puppet of a refugee girl, is walking from the border of Turkey/Syria to Manchester, 8000 km in all, in search of her mother. On her journey she will visit Westminster Cathedral on Monday 25 October at 2pm, where she will be welcomed by Cardinal Vincent. You are invited to join in this Welcome Liturgy and to learn more about migrants and refugees. It is during half term week, an opportunity for families to come together. Further information about Little Amal’s journey is available at https://www.walkwithamal.org/. Please be seated by 1.45pm.

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.

OREMUS MAGAZINE

thumbnail image The October edition of Oremus, the Cathedral magazine, is full of quality content and available now for collection from the stand by the main doors of the Cathedral. It can also be read online at the Cathedral website.
Please be sure to collect your copy, read it and perhaps pass it to a neighbour or friend.
Your donation toward the production costs is much appreciated.

VICTORIA CHILDREN'S CHOIR

thumbnail image This is the Cathedral’s choir for children from the local community, and it is recruiting young singers in Years 3-6. The choir meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4.15-5.30 in the Hinsley Room on Morpeth Terrace, and sings for the 6pm Saturday Mass once per month. No experience is required, only enthusiasm and a love of singing. For more information please visit www.victoriachildrenschoir.com or email westminstervictoriachoir@gmail.com.

FIRST COMMUNION COURSE

thumbnail image Children of parish families in Year 3 are invited to apply for the First Holy Communion Course. Enrolment will be available until Saturday 30 October. The Course itself will commence on Saturday 6 November. Please contact Fr Vincent at vincentmbui@rcdow.org.uk for further details.

REMEMBERING THE CATHEDRAL

thumbnail image If the time is ever 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.