Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 117
John 5:1-6 John 20:19-31
RETURNING TO CHURCH: SAFE LANDINGS
Do you know of anyone who is contemplating returning to a more regular practice of the faith? If so this is a good time to make a suggestion. Here at Farm Street we are about to embark on a new season of the Landings Programme for Returning Catholics and over the next two weeks we will be holding an information evening on April 18th at 7pm to introduce the new series. Everyone is welcome, both those who are contemplating the possibility of doing the programme and those who have made the personal recommendation to friend, family member, colleague, whoever.
The Landings Programme, successful across parishes in the US, UK and Singapore over 30 years, is specifically for anyone who is thinking about returning to the Catholic Church. Other programmes such as the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) or Catholic Alpha will welcome those coming into the Church from no religious background or from another Christian denomination. Landings, however, addresses a specific niche: those who have been brought up Catholic but have fallen away or are on the cusp of leaving, for whatever reason that is. Sometimes the factors involved in Catholics falling away are complex and tragic: relationship issues, a tragic incident, or they have been hurt by priests or others with responsibility in the community. Sometimes those who wish to return have simply found they have drifted away. Regardless of the reasons the programme aims to listen first through the work of a skilled and compassionate team. Here at Farm Street this is made up of about six individuals who give of their many gifts and enthusiasm for their faith so wonderfully generously. Those who return then often join the team for the next series.
The Landings programme also focuses on all the aspects of Catholic faith and life contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each week an aspect of the Church’s doctrinal or moral teaching is addressed through presentations and discussions. This is not the primary aim, however. Above all we aim to be a place first of all of compassionate listening. The group listens respectfully and without judgement to one another’s faith story and reflections on the theme, viewing each as something uniquely personal and sacred. Participants are invited to be honest and open about struggles with their faith and to share in confidence and only what they feel comfortable sharing. The programme thus helps people to discern the way forward in freedom, to reach out to learn more and embrace the fullness of faith and the faith community of the Church once more.
I believe there are many who could continue to benefit from the Landings programme. Many who so inspiringly come from far and wide across London to fill our church at Easter and Christmas. All it might take is a word of encouragement to welcome them as more regular members of our faith community here, a community which wants to give a warm welcome and celebrate our wonderful Catholic diversity. So, if you know of someone who might benefit from coming to one of these introductory open Landings evenings please point them in the direction of any of the Farm Street clergy or Ruby Almeida, the Landings London co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or invite them along on April 18th.
Fr Dominic Robinson, S.J.
JRS APPEAL TODAY
There is a Jesuit Refugee Service ( JRS ) appeal this weekend at all Masses.
NOVENA FOR SYRIA
We invite you to join us once again in praying our special novena for peace in Syria at all Masses in the nine days after the fourth anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt, SJ from April 7th – 15th. The Novena will also pray for the immediate release of Fr Paolo dall’Oglio, SJ, who has been held in captivity in Syria since July 2013. The Novena prayers will also be available online.
CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their
5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3pm. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email) before April 16th.
NEW LANDINGS PROGRAMME STARTING AFTER EASTER
Do you know someone who has drifted away from their Catholic faith and is now considering returning to it? Landings offers a safe place to land, especially if life has been difficult, and it is a place for being heard, for asking questions and reconnecting with your faith. The 8 week Landings programme is run by a small team of Catholics, some of whom are “returnees” themselves. In a non-judgemental, confidential environment, we share and explore our faith together with lots of listening, sharing of life experiences, prayers and discussions.
If you know anyone is contemplating reconnecting with their Catholic faith then please direct them to our Information session on 18th April at 7pm at the Jesuit Centre, Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH. Contact Ruby Almeida at email@example.com for further details.
BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND
There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner from 20th to 22nd April at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more details please telephone Freda 01322-838415 or Sandra 01293-783965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JESUITS SAINTS PILGRIMAGE
Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York. June 8th – 13th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; email@example.com For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
The next World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis takes place in Dublin from 21st – 26th August. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out about joining our Westminster Diocesan Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and to visit the World Meeting of Families website just type in www.worldmeeting2018.ie.
PAINTING IN THE CHURCH
Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ has recorded a short reflection on Andrew White’s Pieta along with an image of the painting that can be accessed on the Jesuit’s Website and also on YouTube by searching “Geoff Wheaton SJ”.
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 -408-1234.
FARM STREET CAMINO
Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona. September 23rd – October 6th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; email@example.com For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/robinson-fr-dominic
We are pleased to recommend Mount Street Printers which has produced numerous orders of services for weddings, funerals, baptisms and other stationery for Farm Street Church.
THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS
The next Rosary Procession Vigil of The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, led by Father Jacob Hausman CFR, will be held on Saturday 21st April at St. Patrick’s Church, 21a Soho Square, London W1D 4NR. Mass will begin at 9am after which the Rosary Procession will begin, following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes Abortion Centre, Whitfield Street, W1T 5BE, where 15 decades of the Rosary will be said and hymns sang. At approximately 11.30am the procession will go back to the church for Benediction, followed by refreshments. For further details call 01727 763832 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A mother who had a change of heart and kept her baby at one of the vigils contacted the counsellor to say that she is ‘unable to express her gratitude.’ Her baby was born in January ‘18.
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
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH
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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: April 18, 2018)
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.
Ignatian Retreat Day
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 14th April 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.
Beginners’ Guide to Ignatian Spirituality
Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mitzi James
Tuesdays 17th April – 22nd May 7-8.30pm
This course is for those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. Its focus is primarily on Ignatian ways of prayer, within which we come to know more about the God who created us, who we are and who we were made to be. Just as there are a great variety of physical exercises for increasing our physical health, St. Ignatius believed that what he called the Spiritual Exercises would develop our spiritual health, our relationship with God and the world.
Towards An understanding of Jesus Christ
Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ
Saturday 21st April 11am-4pm repeated as a course on Wednesdays, 25th April – 9th May 7-8.30pm
Jesus Christ was born just over two thousand years ago, though that was not his beginning. He was killed, but is still alive. His life deeply affects every one of us: in following the man who walked on our earth and whose death and resurrection saved us and made eternal happiness possible for us all; This course is an introduction to these aspects of Christology – the study of Jesus Christ.
So How Do You Build A Better World?
Facilitated by John Moffatt SJ
Thursdays, 26th April – 10th May 7-8.30pm
Christianity offers a language for reflection of ethical decision-making in the area of social justice with words like ‘solidarity’ and ‘common good’, but how does that language match up with the realities of a modern world and its competing models of economic progress?
This course will attempt to suggest ways of seeing the problem and offer some (necessarily) tentative ways forward for people who would like to help make the world a better place.
Psychology and Spirituality: Friends or Foes?
Facilitated by David Smolira SJ
Saturday 28st April 11am-4pm
This workshop aims to look at some of the major insights of, and trends in, modern psychology and see how these may relate to, compliment or contradict our understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings and the ways we try to connect with God. This exploration will done from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality.
For people without specialist knowledge of psychology, but with an interest in spirituality and how psychology influences our understanding of God, ourselves and the relationship between the two. For those in spiritual accompaniment, spiritual guides and those who train them and those with a more generalised interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology.
More upcoming events on http://www.pathwaystoGod.org