Acts1:15-17, 20-26 Psalm102
1 John 4:11-16 John 17:11-19
PREPARING FOR PENTECOST
Big events cry out for serious preparation. The coming royal wedding is an example. Closer to home for practising Christians is the feast of Pentecost, this Sunday just one week away. Originally Pentecost was an agricultural festival. Later the Jewish people used it to celebrate God’s gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. For Christians, it is the feast celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit. With Christmas and Easter, it is a pillar of our Christian belief.
We read in the Acts of the Apostles how after the Lord’s Ascension into heaven the apostles returned to Jerusalem where ‘all these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary, the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers’ (Acts 1:14). What did they pray? Surely they were praying the prayer that Jesus had taught his disciples when they had asked him to teach them to pray. We know this prayer as the ‘Our Father’ (Luke 11:1-4). We find it after the parable of the good Samaritan and the story of Martha and Mary. Disciples of Jesus imitate the action of the Samaritan and listen to the words of Jesus as Mary did (Luke 10:29-52). They pray with Jesus. Matthew gives a longer version of this prayer in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9-13).
But another prayer of Jesus can serve as a model for our prayer. We hear part of it in today’s Sunday gospel. Jesus is praying to his Father. We pick out three intentions in his words. He prays first for unity among his followers. Unity is a major theme in John’s gospel. The good shepherd is one who has ‘other sheep not of this fold’. Jesus as the shepherd was the one who had to bring them in, so that ‘there shall be one flock, one shepherd’ (John 10:16). Jesus would die ‘not for the nation only but to gather into one the dispersed children of God’ (11:52).
Secondly, he prays for joy among his followers. Pope Francis in his new Apostolic Exhortation (Gaudete et Exultate) reminds us that ‘far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are joyful and full of good humour’ (no. 122). Thirdly, Jesus asks his Father that his followers should be ‘consecrated in the truth’. He prays for their holiness. God is holy. Jesus wants us to share in this holiness. Centuries before God had demanded of his people. ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy’ (Leviticus 19:2). Pope Francis makes a similar call, quoting the Letter to the Ephesians. ‘The Lord has chosen each of one of us “to be holy and blameless before him in love” [Ephesians 1:4]’ (no.2).
Where is Jesus now? According to the New Testament, he is sitting at the right hand of God. ‘God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour’ (Acts 5:31). He is ‘in the bosom of the Father’ (John 1:18). There he ‘lives to make intercession’ for us (Hebrews 7:25). He is our ‘advocate with the Father’ (1 John 2:1). He is praying for our unity, our joy and our holiness. Mary, the mother of Jesus, continues to pray the same prayer as we prepare with the apostles and all the saints for Pentecost.
Fr Peter Edmonds, S.J.
FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We urgently need help at the front reception in the evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Our First Holy Communion celebrations will be on May 20th at 9.30am during the family Mass. You are warmly invited to join on this special day.
May God bless the communicants, and their families, as they will receive for the first time the Blessed Eucharist. Please remember them in your prayers. For more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE
Fr Dominic Robinson invites you on our parish pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday 26th May. Departing from Farm Street at 8.30am we will visit both Anglican and Catholic shrines arriving back at 8pm. Cost is £35 including lunch. Book via email@example.com or by calling Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234. Cheques payable to Farm Street Church (marked Walsingham). If you have never been to this historic pilgrimage site, this is a great opportunity.
IRISH REFERENDUM ON THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT, MAY 25TH
In their Spring Statement, the Irish Bishops wrote,
“Article 40.3.3 is a declaration of equality and respect for human life. It represents, at the very foundations and substructure of our laws, a conviction that all human life is worth cherishing equally. To repeal this Article would leave unborn children at the mercy of whatever permissive abortion laws might be introduced in Ireland in the future. We invite people of faith to pray earnestly that Ireland will “choose life” and that the lives of all women and their unborn children will always be loved, valued, welcomed and respected in this country.” For more information visit http://www.chooselife2018.ie
During the month of May there is Rosary following the 6pm Mass on Monday to Friday. Flowers to help decorate the altars and especially the altars to Our Lady are welcomed.
VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG WOMEN (20S – 30S)
There will be a weekend organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) on May 25th -27th in Liverpool. The Theme is: “Discerning God’s Call in my life”. The FCJ sisters will share on different aspects of vowed life, and time for prayer, and there will be reflection and discussion with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life. It’s an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some sisters! For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org
The bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from September7 th-9th. The Echo Arena in Liverpool – which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims – will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the 8th September and will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration. For more information and to enquire about tickets to events, please contact email@example.com or call 07738183829. Friday Conference places are very limited. There are available places for Saturday. There is a £40.00 fee for Saturday. Sunday participation is free. They need to receive the completed form for each individual as soon as possible. Cheques payable to WRCDT and sent to the Agency for Evangelisation, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN.
NORTHERN 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; firstname.lastname@example.org For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk
THE SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR
The Sistine Chapel Choir, the Pope’s personal choir, performs a sacred choral music concert from the repertoire they sing in the Vatican on Saturday May 26that 8pm in Westminster Cathedral. The concert will last an hour, and is free of charge (no tickets required). Come and experience this world-famous choir singing in the beautiful setting of Westminster Cathedral. All are welcome.
BRITISH JESUIT ALUMNI/AE CHARITABLE TRUST (EAGLE AID)
RECEPTION, CANAPES AND RECITAL
Jesuit-educated professional soprano, Iuno Connolly, and her accompanist, Dylan Perez, will perform “Beyond Classical” on June 7th in the ballroom at 55 Princes Gate in Kensington. Tickets for this annual black tie are £75 (suggested donation £25) and are available at Mount Street reception, from Maxinne Torrents del Prats after Mass, from Bernard Thompson at email@example.com or via Event Brite. Proceeds from this event will support Catholic schools in Dominica damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Lisieux, Paris, Nevers, Rocamadour and Montligeon by luxury coach from London E13, from May 26th to June 3rd for £769 including al exurcions.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 9th to October 17th for £1,229 including all excursions.
Pilgrimage to Fatima from November 25th to December 1st including all excursions for £759.
For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 0785 902 7301
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”.
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: May 16, 2018)
You Heard How It Was Said… Reflecting on the Bible in Context
Facilitated by Brian Purfield and Sr Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ
Wednesdays, 16th-30th May 7-8.30pm
The Bible is not always easy reading! Sometimes we find “difficult” passages that seem to present an unloving, frightening or narrow image of God.
Is there a way of reading these passages in a life-giving way? This short course aims to offer young adults keys to unlocking the Bible that can open the way to a closer relationship to God, oneself, others and the world around us.
Preparing to Respond to the Holy Spirit
Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ
Saturday 19th May, 11am-4pm
This is a day of preparation to respond to the presence of that Holy Spirit whose coming we celebrate especially the next day at Pentecost. As well as learning about the Spirit, and what the Spirit brings to our lives, there will be times for reflection, for prayer, and for opening our hearts to the joyous coming of the Spirit.
Lord, Teach Us To Pray
Facilitated by team members
Wednesdays, May 23rd-June 13th, 11am-12.30pm repeated Wednesdays, June 6th-27th, 6.30-8pm
‘Lord Teach us to Pray’ was a request put to Jesus by his first disciples. Jesus responded by sharing with them something of his intimate relationship with his Father expressed in words that we now call the ‘Our Father’. He was inviting them to experience something of the same intimacy that he had with God, and Jesus continually invites us to experience the same.
Spreading the Good News: The Gospel Writers
Facilitated by John Huntriss
Thursdays, May 24th-June 14th, 7-8.30pm
This short course asks: Who were the Gospel writers? Who were they writing for and why? How did they gather their material? What did they include and what did they leave out?
Please bring your Bible to each session.
Bereavement and Loss Group
Thursday 7th June 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 9th June 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.