Deuteronomy 4:32-34. 39-40 Psalm 32
Romans 8: 14-17 Matthew 28:16-20
Please note that there will only be one Mass at 1.05pm MONDAY MAY 28TH.
FAITH IN THE TRINITY: JUST WORDS?
“Women and men for others”: it’s become a contemporary slogan in our Jesuit family to try to exemplify the ideal of Christian calling, the vocation of the many men and women in our schools, parishes, and various works who join with us in our work. The Christian faith involves a life of service, a life responding to the call of Our Lord to all of us to join him as friends on his mission in the world; Bringing Christ to others: Service, generosity, charity. And through our actions we participate too in the work of evangelisation. The Christian vocation is to spread our faith through deeds more than words.
So why believe in the Trinity? At first sight it seems disconnected from reality, taking us back into the realm of ‘mystery’ and away from reality. Why do we need to accept the teaching most Christians profess that God is one in three persons? Well, through our belief in the Trinity we are actually professing that this God whom we worship and follow is present in the midst of the world. Rather than lead us into a reflection on a God who is hidden and inaccessible, the belief that God creates, becomes human flesh and stays with us, shows us a God who is truly present right under our noses in the world we inhabit. And in fact more than that, this is the God who is present in a special way in us, in human beings, baptised in his name, in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we respond to his call in our lives we live out our baptism and our confirmation in the Holy Spirit when we are strengthened as adults to live the Christian life according to the virtues and gifts bestowed on us. We live out what is deep within us, the very presence of a God who is our origin and final end, who experienced every human emotion and thought but without sin, and whose power is a force of spiritual energy in the world.
And yet the mystery of the Trinity remains a mystery. It is simple and real and yet, when we begin to say we understand God’s presence fully, we realise we can never express the full grandeur of who God is. God will remain hidden until he comes again in glory. And so there is a sense in which God’s absence will be felt more keenly and so, as the scriptures teach us, the world and humanity too is also in opposition to God and his kingdom. We pray in the Lord’s Prayer that his kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. In our world here and now we see the widening gap of rich and poor, a counter-ethic of success, of scandalous wealth, of abuse of power, of the horror of human trafficking, of the persecution of human beings, often in the name of religion, in the Middle East. It’s sometimes very hard to find God in all things when we detect his absence right under our noses.
But this is where the doctrine of the Trinity comes in. We profess the mystery together as a community bound by a common experience of humanity, searching to discover where this mysterious God is real in the midst of a troubled world. We are a people of faith, in it together. Pope Francis, in The Light of Faith explores what having Christian faith means to people of today. “Faith is not a private matter, a completely individualistic notion or a personal opinion: it comes from hearing, and it is meant to find expression in words and to be proclaimed. For “how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?” (Rom 10:14). Faith becomes operative in the Christian on the basis of the gift received, the love which attracts our hearts to Christ (cf. Gal 5:6), and enables us to become part of the Church’s great pilgrimage through history until the end of the world”.
Where in my life do I see the presence of the God who has created the world, who is present in it, and who sustains it? And how will my faith contribute to the common good of society? Pope Francis again is clear that ‘faith is truly a good for everyone; it is a common good. Its light does not simply brighten the interior of the Church, nor does it serve solely to build an eternal city in the hereafter; it helps us build our societies in such a way that they can journey towards a future of hope’.
May Trinity Sunday lead us more deeply into the mystery of a God who is real and who calls us to be his light in a world yearning to embrace his loving mercy.
Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ
PARISH CLERGY CHANGES
Fr Andrew has been appointed Parish Priest of St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill. He will be succeeded by Fr Dominic Robinson, who will continue as the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community. The handover will take place in September. Fr Michael Holman, former Provincial and Principal of Heythrop College, will become the third member of the parish clergy team.
GK CHESTERTON’S PRAYER
May 29th is the 144th Birthday of GK Chesterton, famous Catholic Convert and author of over one hundred books, including The Father Brown mysteries. Please keep and say the following prayer;
God Our Father, Thou didst fill the life of Thy servant Gilbert Keith Chesterton with a sense of wonder and joy, and gave him a faith which was the foundation of his ceaseless work, a charity towards all men, particularly his opponents, and a hope which sprang from his lifelong gratitude for the gift of human life. May his innocence and his laughter, his constancy in fighting for the Christian faith in a world losing belief, his lifelong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his love for all men, especially for the poor, bring cheerfulness to those in despair, conviction and warmth to lukewarm believers and the knowledge of God to those without faith. We beg Thee to grant the favours we ask through his intercession, the end of abortion in this Country [and especially for……] so that his holiness may be recognized by all and the Church may proclaim him Blessed. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen. www.Catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION 2018
All are welcome to our Mayfair Corpus Christi Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, next 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.
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
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 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.
Deepening Our Awaress of God Within Us
This very successful course, which has been running at Mount Street Jesuit Centre for the past thirteen years, offers experiences of different ways of praying, reflecting and listening, so as to foster the connection between life and prayer. It is an opportunity to discover and develop our understanding of the spirituality taught by St Ignatius of Loyola, that of ‘Finding God in all Things’ and it is experiential – you can only experience Ignatian Spirituality, you cannot be taught it. The 2018/19 course runs
– Tuesday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm, from 11th September 2018 to 2nd July 2019.
– Thursday daytime: 11am – 1pm, from 13th September 2018 to 4th July 2019,
In addition, there will be three Saturday sessions 11am-4pm, one in each term.
To apply for this course it is essential to complete an application form, available from reception, the back of the church, or from the website http://www.mountstreet.info, and return it to Mount Street Jesuit Centre by 18th June.
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 tragedy in Syria.
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 email@example.com 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: 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, 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.
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.
Turn Around and See – The Art of Perception – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises
Facilitated by Mary Chamberlin
Saturday 22nd June, 11am-4pm
Reflect and respond visually on the unique relevance of the Post Resurrection Appearances of Jesus, in a safe and boundaried space, and what it means for us individually. Using art materials to creatively explore the 4th week of the Spiritual Exercises.
More upcoming events on www.mountstreet.info