Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 18
1 Corinthians 1:22-25 John 2:13-25
YET I WAS ALWAYS IN YOUR PRESENCE; YOU WERE HOLDING ME BY MY RIGHT HAND (PS.72)
How are you doing as we come to the Third Sunday of Lent? Have you managed to keep your Lenten resolution more or less? What you may have promised Our Lord for the weeks of Lent is in answer to what He said in the gospel for Ash Wednesday at the beginning: humbly and without ostentation to keep a fast (giving up something), almsgiving (giving to those in need), and prayer (giving more time perhaps). If you haven’t managed well, you can always start again. It’s not too late.
Why do we keep Lent in this way? It is to bring us closer to Our Lord. It is to realize that He is close to us. We are always in His presence. He is holding us by our right hand. Keeping close to Him in the daily life of Lent is also keeping close to Him on His journey to the cross and Resurrection. For that is what Lent is all about. This was the way He called His disciples to follow Him. We too are His disciples. We share in His journey not only as individuals but together as members of the Church. Sharing in these traditional practices helps us to stay closer to Our Lord and to share in our various ways in His mission of redeeming the world. As St. Paul writes to the Colossians: ‘It makes me happy to be suffering for you now, and in my own body to make up all the hardships that still have to be undergone by Christ, for the sake of his body, the Church.’ (Col.1.24)
That is what Our Lady did at the foot of the cross. That is what the apostles and martyrs did. That is what so many saints, known and unknown did for Christ. That is what we are called to do, each in his, or her, own way. Lent brings this home to us.
Today’s readings for the Third Sunday of Lent, Year B, reinforce this message. Hearing the familiar Ten Commandments reminds us of ‘the message of eternal life’, as we all repeat in answer to the responsorial psalm. St. Paul supports us in our journey as he speaks of ‘the power and wisdom of God.’ We hear in the gospel of Our Lord’s prophetic action of cleansing the Temple of distracting traders and money-changers. That is a reminder that we ourselves are temples of the Holy Spirit. The traditional practices of Lent help us to be true temples, open with ‘undivided heart’ to the praise and service of God, following Our Lord’s way.
Fr. Tony Nye, S.J.
Novena of St Francis Xavier SJ
The Novena of St Francis Xavier takes place this week. We are delighted to have young Jesuit priests and deacons with us to preach at Mass.
Sunday 12.30pm – Fr Joseph Mathew SJ
Monday 1.05pm – Deacon Thayriam SJ
Tuesday 1.05pm – Deacon Anuranjan SJ
Wednesday 1.05pm – Deacon Philip Harrison SJ
Friday 1.05pm – Fr Nogoy SJ
Saturday 6pm – Fr Yakub SJ
Sunday 12.30pm – Fr Aloysius SJ
COLD WEATHER AND THE HOMELESS
In this extremely cold weather, everyone is being asked to do what they can to ensure that no one is without shelter and a warm safe place to sleep, and Westminster churches are, of course, very much involved with helping the homeless.
The general public are being asked to also assist, and Streetlink (http://Streetlink.org.uk) say “If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in England or Wales, you can use this website to send an alert to StreetLink. The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support.”
The following two newspaper articles give more details, and you may care to pass this on to others:
FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250.
CARDINAL’S LENTEN APPEAL
A few weeks ago, you may have heard the Cardinal’s Pastoral Letter, in which he spoke of the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal in support of key areas of work in our Diocese.
Please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass today. During Lent, and in the spirit of sacrifice, sharing and almsgiving, please consider designating your Lenten sacrifice to the Cardinal’s Appeal.
CARDINAL HENRY MANNING EXHIBITION
There will be an exhibition on the life and legacy of Cardinal Henry Manning (Archbishop of Westminster 1865-1892) in Farm Street Church on March 3rd -23rd. It is a great privilege to host this important exhibition remembering the huge contribution of this great figure in London’s social history and the history of the Catholic Church in England. The Exhibition will be introduced with a talk on Cardinal Manning by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Westminster Diocesan Archivist, in the church on Monday March 5th at 6:45pm. All welcome.
AN EVENING OF PRAYER AND MUSIC WITH JAMES MACMILLAN
On March 7th at 6.30pm, an evening of prayer and music has been organised at Grosvenor Chapel as part of their Lenten “Faith through the Arts” Series.
You are invited to join the congregation at the Grosvenor Chapel for ecumenical Vespers, during which music by James MacMillan will be sung. Then meet with the composer James MacMillan and hear him talk about his approach to sacred music. Both Farm Street Church and the Grosvenor Chapel are sponsoring the evening.
THE CANTUS ENSEMBLE AT FARM STREET
Join The Cantus Ensemble for a Spring concert of ethereal and exquisite choral works on Saturday 10th March, 7.30pm. For their first performance at Farm Street Church, Cantus will sing Britten’s whimsical Rejoice in the Lamb alongside his Hymn to St Cecilia, James MacMillian’s soaring
Strathclyde Motets, Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence and more. Do join for what promises to be a special evening of choral music from one of London’s leading chamber choirs. Tickets can be bought online: www.thecantusensemble.com
Having signed her name to be included in the Book of the Elect on the 4th February, our Catechumen Celeste is now nearing the final stage of her preparation for Baptism. Please pray particularly for her as she will undergo the Scrutinies at the 5.30pm Mass on the 11th and 18th March. Let us also hold in prayer, Yvonne and Daria who will be received into full communion of the Catholic Church along with Catherine and Jan who will complete their Sacraments of Initiation this Eastertide. These are all important steps for them as individuals and moments of great joy for us as a parish community. Let us hold them all in prayer.
There are Stations of the Cross on Fridays throughout Lent at 12:30pm
(this replaces Exposition on those days).
FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH
If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php
We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.
The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome. Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
EASY WAY TO DONATE
You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering:
just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070
You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.
REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM
“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by our parish secretary and sacristan, is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.
CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception.
CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON
A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION
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Our Regular Events
• Midday Meditation
Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm
• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed
3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Please note change of times)
(Next meeting: March 21, 2018)
The Passion in the Gospel of Mark
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
Tuesdays, March 6 – 27, 11am-1pm
repeated Wednesdays, March 7 – 28, 7-8.30pm
Prepare to celebrate the drama of Holy Week and Easter in the company of Mark.
This short course looks at how Mark tells the story of Jesus’ last hours.
Bereavement and Loss Group
Thursday 1st March 11.30am–1pm
Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.
You are welcome to just come along or contact Sr. Catherine firstname.lastname@example.org or 0190 323 3904 for more details.
Ignatian Retreat Day
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 10th March 11am-4pm
These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.
There is no need to book for these days, just come along.
Preparing to Pray the Triduum (for Young Adults aged 18-35)
Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ
Saturday 24th March 10.30am-2.30pm
The Easter Triduum is the high point of the Church’s year, one celebration in three very distinct phases. Before entering into this year, join with other young adults and take time to reflect and share on what it means for you.
Growing in Awareness – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises
Facilitated by Helen Davies and Lynne Galloway
Saturday 24th March 11am-4pm
This one day workshop, designed for those with little or no experience of praying the Ignatian examen, or those who wish to look at other ways in which it can be used, will give a brief overview of the prayer, as well as providing the opportunity to practically use this approach and share our experiences with others.
Bereavement and Loss Group
Thursday 5th April 11.30am–1pm
Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm. You are welcome to just come along or contact Sr. Catherine email@example.com or 0190 323 3904 for more details.
After Jesus, What? Celebrating The Acts of The Apostles in Eastertide
Facilitated by Peter Edmonds SJ
Wednesdays, April 11 – May 16, 11am-1pm
How did the first Christians see themselves? How did Peter present Jesus to his world? How do we account for the transformation of Paul from persecutor to hero? How did the first Christians welcome strangers and foreigners? How did they deal with the non-believing intellectual? How did they ensure responsible leadership and future survival? Luke wished to hold up before his readers a set of Christian ideals which would show them what their own Christian life should be and offer them a strong motivation for following the example. His words can still challenge us today.
More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org