Exodus 24:3-8 Psalm 115
Hebrews 9: 11-15 Mark 14:12-16. 22-26
CORPUS CHRISTI WITNESS
On this feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) many of us will be walking in procession through the streets of Mayfair. This tradition in the Church is an opportunity to witness to our faith, worshipping Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament. We will be witnessing to those around us and to each other, not only by our prayers and singing but by the act of walking, body as well as mind. We will also represent all the parish, including those unable to take part.
What sort of questions might a curious passer-by be asking?
“What are you demonstrating about? (They are used to demonstrations holding up the traffic!) What is that person holding at the start? Looks like a cross. Why? What is that silver thing being held up so seriously at the end by someone all dressed up, who looks like a priest?”
How would you answer those questions? I suggest something like this:
“We are demonstrating our faith in Jesus Christ. Another word for that is witnessing. By walking together in procession we are showing honour to the One we believe to be God made Man, Christ our Lord. Doing this in public helps us to realise the importance to us of our beliefs. The large cross at the beginning is a sign of being Christian. We believe that Jesus was put to death on a cross on behalf of all mankind. We also believe that He rose from the dead and is alive in Heaven and that He wants to share that life with each one of us here on earth, forgiving and healing our faults, helping us to live in the love of God and our neighbour, as he has shown us.”
“Yes, it is a priest, who is holding what we call a Monstrance (from the Latin for to show). He is showing to everyone the Blessed Sacrament, a special presence of Christ through the service we call the Mass. He is present in a special way because, during a meal before He died on the cross, He said to his followers: “This is my body which will be given up for you”. In the Mass the priest says those words in the name of Christ and the Lord becomes especially present. In this procession we believe that Christ is among us in a special way, giving his blessing and showing his love to us and to every one around through the streets of Mayfair.”
That’s an attempt to put the meaning of our procession simply and clearly to a curious passer-by. There would probably be many more questions. Not as easy as you might think in the number of words allowed. How would you do it?
Fr. Tony Nye, S.J.
CORPUS CHRISTI TODAY
All are welcome to our Mayfair Corpus Christi Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, this 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.
Next week-end, on Saturday 9th June, 7 teenage candidates are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 6pm Mass. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Crispian Hollis, Emeritus Bishop of Portsmouth. Please remember the confirmands in your prayers.
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.
JOINT MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Congratulations to Jonathan Day and Steven Fachada who have been appointed joint Master of Ceremonies.
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
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, 7 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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or via Event Brite. Proceeds from this event will support Catholic schools in Dominica damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.
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.
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: 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 (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.
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.
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
God created us to live in freedom and Jesus shows us the way to live that freedom. In this workshop we will look at how Christ invites us to be free, to be our true selves, and what in our lives prevents us from being so.
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.