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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

thumbnail image We began October by celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. During this month, the Church asks us to renew our devotion to the Rosary and so whether you have fallen out of the practice of saying it, or have never really got into the habit, now is a good time to begin.
The exact origins of the Rosary are hard to identify. There is evidence of Christians using strings of beads to aid the recitation of prayers from the earliest times but the Rosary, as we know it today, was popularized by St Dominic and his followers in the 12th and 13th centuries. St Dominic had a vision of Our Blessed Mother in which she gave him a set of Rosary beads and asked him to promote their use. St Dominic did as Our Blessed Mother told him and found that the Rosary was especially useful in combatting the Albigensian heresy in the South of France. The Albigensians were dualists who thought that everything about the body and the physical world was essentially evil and therefore they refused to believe that God had really become man in Jesus Christ. The mysteries of the Rosary lead us to reflect on the events connected with the Incarnation by which the Son of God took on human flesh and lived as one of us, the life and ministry of Jesus, his suffering, death and resurrection. This is why the Rosary was effective in answering the Albigensians.
As we reflect on the Sorrowful, Joyful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary we repeatedly seek Our Lady’s intercession on our Christian journey and the repetitive structure of an Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be for each mystery allows the mind to wander as if in a garden where the mysteries of God’s love for us bloom instead of flowers.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen said: ‘The Rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the Rosary is beyond description’.


Fr Andrew Bowden

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 13 October ST EDWARD THE CONFESSOR
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 14 October Our Lady on Saturday
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
10.30 Cathedral Aid to the Church in Need attends Mass
13.30 Piazza Rosary Crusade Procession
14.30 Lady Chapel Deaf Service Mass (Bishop McAleenan)
16.00 Lady Chapel Extraordinary Form Low Mass
18.00 Cathedral Victoria Choir sings at Mass

Sunday 15 October TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN O.T.
12 noon Hinsley Room Grandparents’ Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.00 Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Martin Baker (Westminster Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 16 October
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
19.00 Clergy House (Rm 2) Studying Catechism Together

Tuesday 17 October ST IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH, Bishop and Martyr
17.30 Cathedral Rochester Cathedral Choristers sing at Mass
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony
18.30 Cathedral Hall Parish Meeting

Wednesday 18 October ST LUKE, Evangelist
16.00 Hinsley Room Interfaith Group
17.30 Cathedral Society of St Augustine of Canterbury attends Mass
19.30 Hinsley Room Communion & Liberation Meeting

Thursday 19 October
13.30 Hinsley Room Art Lesson
18.30 Clergy House (Rm 2) Legion of Mary

Friday 20 October
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness Training and Coffee Morning
12noon Cathedral Funeral Mass of Mgr Augustine Hoey
12.30 and 1.05 pm Masses cancelled
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 21 October Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.30 Cathedral National Altar Servers’ Mass – Cardinal Vincent

Sunday 22 October TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN O.T.
9.30 Cathedral Hall SVP Book Sale
12noon Hinsley Room Nigerian Society
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Chris Totney (Devizes)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

MGR AUGUSTINE HOEY RIP - DETAILS OF FUNERAL RITES

thumbnail image Mgr Hoey’s body will be taken to St Peter’s Residence, Vauxhall for a Requiem Mass at 6pm on Thursday 19 October, the Administrator presiding. The Funeral Mass will be in the Cathedral on Friday 20 October at 12 noon, Cardinal Vincent presiding and the Administrator preaching.

Please note that the 12.30 and 1.05pm Masses will be cancelled that day because of the Funeral Mass.

OREMUS - October edition available

thumbnail image The October 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.

The online version will be available here:http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/October17Website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus October Edition

PARISH MEETING TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image There will be a Parish Meeting in the Cathedral Hall on Tuesday 17 October at 7pm. All are welcome.

VICTORIA CHILDREN'S CHOIR - RECRUITING

thumbnail image This weekend our new children’s Victoria Choir is singing at its first Saturday Vigil Mass. Recruiting is still open for members of the choir between school years 3-6. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays in term time from 4.45-6pm and the choir will sing at the Vigil Mass on each 2nd Saturday. Further details are at http://www.victoriachildrenschoir.com or from Eileen McDade emcdade@choirschool.com, 020 7798 9035

Related links: Victoria Choir Website Email Contact

VOLUNTEERING AT CARDINAL HUME CENTRE

thumbnail image The Centre has an urgent need of volunteers to help in the children’s Homework Club in the afternoon Monday to Friday for 2 hours each day. It also requires volunteers to help in the Charity Shop on Horseferry Road. For more information, please contact Flora and Emily in their Volunteering Team at volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk or 020 7222 1602.

Related links: Email for Cardinal Hume Centre Volunteering

VOLUNTEERING AT THE PASSAGE

thumbnail image The Passage, a charity working with homeless people locally, is looking for a volunteer prepared to assist with collecting donated sandwiches from local shops some Saturday evenings. For further details please contact Andrew Hollingsworth andrew.h@passage.org.uk .

Related links: Email for Andrew Hollingsworth

CATHOLIC WOMEN OF THE YEAR 2017

thumbnail image Congratulations to Kathy Kelly and Antonia Moffat, both associated with the life of the Cathedral, who have been announced as Catholic Women of the Year for 2017. Antonia now works for Our Lady’s Shrine in Walsingham and was instrumental in setting up the monthly Walsingham Prayer Group here, whilst Kathy ran the Padre Pio Bookshop for a quarter of a century and supports Prayer Groups which continue at Sacred Heart Church and Holy Apostles, Pimlico

FRIENDS’ EVENTS - BLACK TIE DINNER TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

thumbnail image A black-tie dinner will be held on 14 November to mark the Friends 40th anniversary year. Our guest speaker is Jacob Rees-Mogg MP. Please do keep the date. There will be further details in the autumn newsletter. If you wish to register your interest in the event please email: christinawhite@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email for Christina White

MASS AND PRAYER VIGIL MARKING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABORTION ACT - FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image There will be a Mass and Holy Hour Prayer Vigil marking the Anniversary of the Abortion Act on Friday 27th October in Westminster Cathedral at 5:30pm, celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington.

SVP BOOK SALE SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER

thumbnail image Our next sale will take place on 22 October - put the date in your diaries!

THE SECOND ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION YOUTH CONFERENCE - SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

thumbnail image THE SECOND ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION YOUTH CONFERENCE
Following on from the success of last year’s CMA “Beginning of Life” conference, we are pleased to announce this year’s conference for young Catholics in healthcare, entitled: Catholics in Healthcare: Extraordinary Lives, Extraordinary Saints. This is a one-day event with speakers and stalls covering pro-life issues, conscience, medical missionary work, and the vocation of the healthcare worker. St Aloysius’ Catholic Church, Euston, London. Saturday 4 November midday – 6pm. Entry by donation. To reserve a place and for more information, email: events@catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk facebook.com/CMAEnglandandWales

Related links: Email for Booking

INTERFAITH GROUP - NEXT TALK WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image Qaisra Khan will speak on mental health and spirituality/faith under the title ‘How our faith can contribute to our wellbeing’ on Wednesday 18 October at 4pm in the Hinsley Room. All are welcome.

CATHEDRAL CLOSURE - SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER

thumbnail image On Saturday 28 October an Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the Cathedral. This is a ticketed event and the Cathedral will therefore be closed from 1-4.30pm.

LAVENDER BAGS

thumbnail image LAVENDER BAGS

The Friends are looking for a volunteer to make lavender bags for the Cathedral Christmas Fair. We will provide the lavender, the material and the ribbon – we just need your skills at the sewing machine. If you can help. Please contact the Friends’ Office on 020 7798 9059.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL YOUNG ADULTS

thumbnail image The Westminster Cathedral Young Adults group meets every Sunday following the 7.00pm Mass. We gather outside the main doors of the Cathedral after Mass (at the bottom of the steps, on the Piazza) and generally go to The Windsor Castle for a little socialising. We attempt to create a sense of community amongst young Catholic adults who come to London from all parts of the globe. All are welcome. For further details email westminsteryoungadults@gmail.com

Related links: Email Westminster Cathedral Young Adults

CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS FAIR

thumbnail image The Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 10 December and we are already accumulating items for sale. If you are having a clear out over the summer, please think of the Cathedral and donate all those unwanted presents, bric-a-brac and CDs. Donations should be brought to Clergy House Reception, clearly marked Christmas Fair. Please no clothes, video tapes or cassette tapes. We are looking for helpers, too. If you want to be involved, please get in touch with the Friends on 020 7798 9059.

AMERICAN FRIENDS

thumbnail image American taxpayers can receive a US income tax deduction for their contributions to support the work of the Cathedral by directing their contributions to American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc., a non-profit 50 (c)(3) organization (EIN# 13-2983174). They will also enjoy special events and receive newsletters about Cathedral activities. Donations may also be made through bequests and charitable trusts. Contact Ms Una Chang, President, American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc, P O Box 92, New York NY 10185-0092, email uchang1@aol.com.

YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULT WEEKEND AT DOUAI ABBEY

thumbnail image Are you 18-40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like-minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire with Lawrence Lew O.P., and Canon Poucin ICKSP from 20-22 October 2017. You will be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian chant, say the Rosary, socialize and have fun. Prices start from £18.50. Book soon as places are limited! For more details, see http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm

Related links: More details on Website