Acts 3: 13-15. 17-19 Psalm 4
1 John 2:1-5 Luke 24:35-48
“NEITHER YOU NOR YOUR LEADERS HAD ANY IDEA WHAT YOU WERE REALLY DOING.”
In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter announces what the whole Acts of the Apostles also proclaims: the time of fulfilment has arrived. These words would have brought consolation to the first Christians who believed in the resurrection of Jesus and that with him a new age had arrived. God was creating a new people, emboldened by the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus.
The context of Peter’s words is important – something miraculous has just happened. Peter, accompanied by John, has just cured the crippled beggar. Lest anyone think the cure was by any other force, or by Peter’s own power, he stops to explain and to call attention to the active presence of God who has reached out to heal. Peter does what all prophets and preachers are called to do: to look at human situations and point to God’s presence, showing how God is doing now what God has always done – coming to help us in our need.
Peter is quite clear about who God is: “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors….” This is the same God, Peter says, who also gave us Jesus, “the prince of life.”
In his preaching Peter shows his hearers the continuous thread: from the “God of our ancestors” to the “God of the New Testament,” revealed in Jesus. He reminds us that God is not divided between “old” and “new;” – i.e., once angry, now benign; once punishing, now, thanks to Jesus, merciful. He is not talking about two different Gods; he is talking about one and the same.
And the disciples are one and the same also: having run away and hidden at the death of Christ, they experience his resurrection and they are given the energy and the will to go out to preach to the ends of the earth. Peter and John and the other disciples were doing in his name the very things he did – reaching out to the needy and healing the sick.
Peter refers to Jesus as “the prince of life.” We take Peter’s words to heart and call on the “prince of life” to strengthen us, his disciples, so that we can: raise up life when it is broken; work for peace when there is conflict; protect life when it is threatened; nurture it when it is frail or young; support it when it is faltering; gather it into a community when it is scattered or divided; encourage it when it is dispirited; accompany it when it is lonely and celebrate it whenever and wherever it rises from death to life.
Clearly, Peter was aware of true leadership, first in the person of Christ, and then in the community of faith that was built up in the years after the Resurrection. It is a testimony to that true leadership that death and martyrdom have not brought abandonment and failure of the Christian way but rather the opposite. It was failure to discern the true will of God that prevented witnesses to the message from realising what was being called forth from them. It is our Christian duty to continue to make every effort to discern what is God’s will for each one of us.
Those early Christians did as we do today. They celebrated the living presence of Christ in their weekly gathering to share in the meal and to recognise Him in the breaking of the bread. At every Mass, and especially during this Easter Season, we acknowledge the Risen Christ in our midst and the activity of the Holy Spirit, forming us as a community and sending us to do as Peter did – to reach out to those in need and show them by our deeds and words that Christ is truly present among us.
The time of fulfilment is at hand.
Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat, S.J.
THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS
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.
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 email@example.com
We wholeheartedly thank Colin who organised the coffee rota for so many years and who is now stepping down. James has kindly accepted to take over. If you are able to help with the Sunday coffee please email James at firstname.lastname@example.org .
LONDON MARATHON: TEAM JESUIT MISSION
April is Marathon month for the Jesuit Missions team of 33 runners. Team JM have been training hard all through winter, and next week on April 22th, they will be taking on the London Marathon! Please help the team meet their individual fundraising targets of £2,000 each. The projects being supported by the team this year are a Jesuit-led education programme with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, and a women’s empowerment programme in India. The team includes Richard Greenwood, Jane Hellings, ten runners from Mount St Mary’s Jesuit school in Spinkhill including the headteacher and his wife, Dcn Philip Harrison SJ, Fr Patrick Magro SJ, and Mark Kimario SJ. To sponsor one of the runners go to virginmoneygiving.com/donate and type the name of the runner into the search box. You can find out more about each runner and read their stories on the Jesuit Missions website jesuitmissions.org.uk
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 tomorrow Monday 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 114 Mount Street. 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
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE
There will be a fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland on May 14th. It is £599 per person sharing and the price includes flights with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4-course dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278, 07740 175557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.
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 (Next meeting: April 18, 2018)
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.
The Gospel of Creation: Reflections from St Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
Saturday 5th May 11am-4pm
The title of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment Laudato si is taken from the first line of St Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures, which is one of the best insights into the saint’s vision for life. It is crucial to grasping how St. Francis understood the message of the gospel – and may offer a glimpse into Pope Francis’ own vision for the world.
More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org