Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 103
I Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23
In the Jewish calendar the Feast of Weeks comes fifty days after the Feast of the Passover. It was at the time of this feast that, according to today’s first reading in the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples gathered and received the Holy Spirit. Today, fifty days after Easter we remember that event. It marks the fulfilment of Jesus promise to the disciples to send them the Spirit and the end of our celebration of the season of Easter. The period of fifty days gives us the word Pentecost.
We have several ideas of the Holy Spirit in today’s readings. One is a word Jesus uses in the word Advocate. The original Greek word gives us the word we sometimes hear in prayers and hymns, the Paraclete. The idea is taken from a court of law. The image of the law court is one we find a number of times in scripture. Sometimes Satan is portrayed as a prosecutor arguing against us. In contrast the Holy Spirit is the one who pleads our cause, the one who is on our side.
Another word sometime used is the Consoler. St Ignatius tells us it is characteristic of the Spirit to bring consolation. Consolation is characterised by light, peace, joy and a growth in faith, hope and charity. It is not something superficial or simply a case of feeling good. It is rather the experience typical of being at peace with God. Pope Francis talks about “The Joy of the Gospel”. This experience of real peace, this work of the Spirit, is a sign that we are on the right lines. The things that take us away from God, where the spirit of darkness is at work, takes us in the opposite direction to tepidity, discouragement and despair. In the second reading Paul tells us the Spirit has made his home with us.
So we have those pictures of the Holy Spirit as Advocate and Consoler. However, we also have the picture as of the Holy Spirit at work in us brining us together and turning us outward. The picture of the Holy Spirit at work in those disciples. The Spirit is the one who brings them together as the Church. Unity is one of the characteristics of the Spirit, unity of believers, unity of all people in Christ. The crowds in Jerusalem hear the Good News preached in their own language. The division of people and languages which we see in the story of the tower of Babel in the book of Genesis is overcome by the message of Christ and the presence of the Spirit.
The Spirit turns us outward. The disciples, whom we have seen bewildered and fearful, now go out and proclaim the Gospel. The Acts of the Apostles show them going out fearlessly, despite the obstacles and persecution they experience.
Let us ask for the Holy Spirit to be in our hearts, bringing us together, sending us out to proclaim the Good News and overcoming the division between peoples.
Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.
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.
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.
FREE LIVE PRAISE &WORSHIP
Come and join a free live music led by Armel (Armel Paul Marie) our Sacristan and Parish Secretary before the Blessed Sacrament. New songs and songs from the album Redemption will be performed again at this coming Night Church evangelisation event in Leicester Square next Friday 25th April, 8pm beginning with a light supper. All are welcome! Venue: Notre Dame De France, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX. Listen on ITunes, Spotify, Google play, Facebook, YouTube etc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via Event Brite. Proceeds from this event will support Catholic schools in Dominica damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
The Parish is looking for volunteers to help the integration of a Syrian family, who will be resettled in North London from June. We are looking for Arabic speakers, education professionals, HR experts, medical staff, mental health specialists. Also, if you know about any accommodation that could be rented by the Parish to welcome other Syrian families, please do let us know so that we can make contact(s) with landlords. For any queries, please contact: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION 2018
All are welcome to our Mayfair Corpus Christi Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday June 3rd, starting at Farm Street Church after the 11am Mass at around 12:15pm. The Procession will call at the Grosvenor Chapel and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral where there will also be prayers for Ukraine. Please join us if you can.
FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME
THE CRISIS IN SYRIA: WHAT NEXT?
Thursday June 28th – 7pm to 9pm
Farm Street Church Hall.
All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the issues surrounding faith and the media.
The panel includes:
-Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)
-Revd Nadim Nassar (Director, Awareness Foundation)
-John Pontifex (Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need)
-Fr Martin Newell, CP (Peace activist & campaigner)
Recommended donation: £10 on the door. Online advance booking will be set up shortly via www.pathwaystogod.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07738183829. Friday Conference places are very limited. There are available places for Saturday. There is a £40 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.
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: June 20, 2018)
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 email@example.com 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.
The Meals Jesus Shared
Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ
Wednesdays, 13th – 27th June 7-8.30pm repeated as a workshop Saturday 7th July 11am-4pm
In the story of our faith, the occasions on which people ate and drank together have become powerful symbols of the relationships we have with others. Jesus, during his time on earth, shared meals with many people, most memorably with friends and disciples at his last supper before he died. In this course we will explore these occasions, and their significance for us today.
Growing into Freedom – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises
Facilitated by Lynne Galloway and Mary Goggin
Saturday 16th June, 11am-4pm
In this workshop we will look at our growing relationship with God as a relationship of freedom.
Drawing on Ignatian spirituality we are invited to reflect on our attachment to worldly things which may include a desire for wealth, possessions, power or worldly success. We see these as our own achievements which feeds our sense of self-importance. We are invited to consider how we live in this world so that we can freely be of God’s world.
More upcoming events on http://www.mountstreet.info