Praying for Vocations at Westminster Cathedral
posted on 29 October 2010
Dates of November's Vocations Mass in Westminster Cathedral and Vocations Discernment Group for Young Adults are now available.
1. Monthly Vocations Mass: Saturday 6th November. 12.30pm (Westminster Cathedral)
2. Vocations Discernment Group for Young Adults every 4th Friday of the month. Next meeting: Friday 26 November: Mgr Keith Barltrop on vocation and mission. (7 -9pm in the Hinsley Room in Morpeth Terrace next to Westminster Cathedral.)
Read Fr Richard's article below explaining these two new initiatives:
“God has created me to give him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me
which he has not committed to another.”
These inspired words of Cardinal John Henry Newman speak to the deepest longings of our hearts. We all have that burning desire to make a difference, to live a life of meaning and purpose, to discover what is that “definite service” which God has created us for.
Pope Benedict's days here will inspire prayer and dialogue
Pope Benedict, during his time amongst us this month, will also speak to the deepest longings of our hearts. He has already shown that this is his desire by choosing as his theme for his visit to our land the words chosen by Cardinal Newman for his coat of arms: Cor ad Cor Loquitor – Heart Speaks Unto Heart.
Pope Benedict’s days amongst us will be days of prayer and dialogue, in which he will simply speak from his heart to ours and through prayer lead us into God’s own heart.
It is a great honour for us that during the Papal Visit Westminster Cathedral will have a central role to play in this “conversation of the heart”. And quite rightly so, for the Cathedral is at the heart of the life of the Catholic Church in our country – a place where people come every day to be close to God.
My love for Westminster Cathedral inspired my own vocation
It is an intimate meeting place with God to which people of all ages and cultures are drawn so as to enter deeper into His heart in prayer, through the Scriptures, in the Mass, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in silence.
Westminster Cathedral has played a hugely significant role in my own journey. It was because of my love for the Cathedral that I applied to train as a priest for Westminster diocese.
It was here that I was privileged to serve as a deacon and it was here that I was ordained priest on 16 June 2007.
These new vocation initiatives can inspire 'a conversion of the heart'
It has been a place where for the last twenty years I have found that space and peace where I could really listen to God in prayer, where I could open up my heart to His, where I could bring my heart to be healed through Confession.
Since becoming the Vocations Director for Westminster Diocese last year, I have talked to many others for whom the Cathedral also has a unique place in their lives, a place where they too can engage in that “conversation of the heart” with God as they seek to know His will.
In recognition of the importance of the Cathedral for the discernment of vocations, this month we are beginning two new initiatives.
On Saturday 4 September at the 12.30pm Mass, we began a new tradition – a monthly 'Mass for Vocations', which will take place at this same time on the first Saturday of every month.
Secondly, on the evening of the fourth Friday of every month there will be a discernment group for young adults (18-30’s) to help those who seek to know what is that “definite service” which God intends for their lives.
The group is open to both men and women and the first meeting will be in the Hinsley Room on Friday 24 September from 7-9pm.
That day is the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham and so I will be hosting the evening alongside Sr Camilla Oberding from the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham. Our theme will be: “How can we echo Mary’s “Yes” to new life in our own lives?”
For further information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to joining you on this “journey of the heart” here at the Cathedral, where Christ speaks to us every day from his own heart.'