Christmas is expected to be a busy time at churches around the Diocese of Westminster, with numbers expected to increase as congregations welcome family and visitors returning to join in the celebrations in London and Hertfordshire.
Cardinal Nichols will be the principal celebrant at Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Masses will also be celebrated at over 200 parishes throughout the
diocese, and will be offered in different languages, reflecting the cultural and ethnic diversity of Catholics in London and Hertfordshire.
Christmas remains a popular time for many Catholics to visit Westminster Cathedral. Full details of all Cathedral Masses during Christmastide can be found at: www.westminstercathedral.org.uk.
Mass times, addresses, full contact details and links to parish websites for all parishes around the diocese can be found at: http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/.
On Christmas Day, Cardinal Nichols will be a guest on Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding on BBC Radio 2.
In a full schedule at Christmas this year, the four Auxiliary Bishops of Westminster will celebrate Mass throughout the diocese. On Christmas Eve, Bishop John Sherrington will celebrate Mass at Nazareth House in East Finchley and Midnight Mass at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Harrow-on-the-Hill. On Christmas Day he celebrates Mass at St George, Sudbury. On Christmas Eve, Bishop Nicholas Hudson will celebrate Mass at HMP Pentonville and later at St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney. On Christmas Day, he celebrates Mass at HMP Feltham.
Bishop Paul McAleenan will celebrate Mass for the Romanian community at St Sebastian and St Pancras, Kingsbury Green, on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, he celebrates Mass at HMP The Mount in Hemel Hempstead.
On Christmas Eve, Bishop John Wilson will celebrate Midnight Mass at Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Chelsea. On Christmas Day he celebrates Mass at HMP Wormwood Scrubs.