Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 Psalm 29
II Corinthians 8:7. 9.13-15 Mark 5:21-43
“‘Talitha, kum!’… ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’”
I hope this will not seem disrespectful, but do you ever wonder what it must have felt like to be Jesus?
– to have the power to heal people just by touching them…
“Do you feel sick?” – I touch you – and immediately you get better. No fuss, no bother, no drugs, no side-effects, no operations, no clinical commissioning groups, no Health & Social Care Bills – you just get better right away. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to be able to do for people?
I often wonder that because, during the week I work as a doctor. And, in my own little way, I try to heal people too. But I’m not as good as Jesus. Quite often when people come to see me, I don’t know straight away what’s wrong with them and I have to send them away for tests that are complicated and painful and not always accurate. And when it comes to trying to make people better, I need to use tablets and medicines and send people to have operations. And my medicines don’t always work. And they can have bad effects as well as good ones. And the surgeons who do the operations have to be “cruel to be kind” – they have to hurt people in order to help them. It’s very hard to cut out the bad part of a person without hurting the rest of the person. But Jesus doesn’t have to do any of that – he just touches people and immediately they get better. Wouldn’t it be great to be like that –to be able to heal people by just touching them?
And the person who made me think that the most, I shall call Tessa. You see, the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life was making Tessa see again.
When I first met her, Tessa was a 14-year old girl who had just come into our remote mission hospital in the Amazon with a very serious and very rare infection of the brain called cavernous sinus thrombosis.
That’s when an infection gets into the blood vessels right inside the brain and it cuts off the blood supply to the eyes. And often people who get it die because it’s a very serious infection. And even if they don’t die, they are seriously and permanently brain damaged.
Well, we managed to stop Tessa from dying. But she was completely blind for about ten days. And we were all afraid that this would be permanent. According to the books we looked up, once this happens, it usually is permanent. But we put her on all the treatment we could think of and hoped for the best. And for once, the best happened. Almost miraculously, she began to recover and every day, when I went to see her on the ward round, she would be able to see just a little better. Until, after about six weeks, her sight was almost completely back to normal. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so proud of myself.
So one day on the big weekly grand ward round, with all the doctors and nurses and students, I asked her how it felt to be able to see again when all of us had thought she was going to be blind for life.
She thought for a little while and then she said she felt a bit sorry.
“Sorry?!! How do you mean ‘Sorry’?!!”
Surprised – and a little disappointed – and rather regretting having asked the question in such a public way – I asked her why?
She said – because she wanted people to go on treating her like they had when she was blind.
She explained – when she was blind, whenever people came to her, they would touch her – just to let her know they were there. And they would touch her with great gentleness and love. That hadn’t happened to her before. And she liked that. And now that she could see again, she didn’t want them to stop doing that.
I learned from that – I hope. I learned that it was not I who had healed her at all. Certainly, I had used my medicines to fight the infection and stop her from dying and even get her sight back. But the people who had healed her were all those people who had come to see her and had touched her with love. And to her, that was more important even than getting back her sight.
So it isn’t just Jesus who can heal people simply by touching them. What I would really like you to remember today is that all of us have the power to heal people – if we touch them the way that Jesus touched them. Let us pray that we may all recognise the power of Jesus’ touch and let us pray that we may all use it well.
Fr. Paul O’Reilly, S.J.
The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation.
Armel Yoro, who has been our Sacristan since 2013, has accepted a job in France and will be leaving us to move there during August with his wife and three children.
Armel has been a key part of Farm Street Church’s parish life for nearly six years and we will miss him very much. His last Sunday with us will be July 22nd. We wish him, Elisabeth and the three children every blessing and happiness.
APPEAL FOR AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
There will be an appeal and a second collection at all Sunday Masses on July 7th – 8th raising money for ACN’s work providing food, shelter, medicine and pastoral help to people in Syria and Iraq. Please give generously and remember persecuted Christians in your prayers. Speaking at the appeal will be Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, ACN UK Chaplain, and the charity’s UK head of press John Pontifex who will both take part in the British 10K run in central London on Sunday, 15th July for the above causes. Sebastian Cichocki, Farm Street Maintenance Manager will also be running.
WHAT ARE YOU READING?
Fr Peter Edmonds SJ who regularly assists in our Church, reminds us of three books he has written, all available in the Bookshop and in Reception.
– To help you with the Sunday readings; “an informative and accessible guide” for every Sunday of the year, “The Way Companion to the Sunday Missal” (£10)
– A memoir of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land informed by a reading and course on St Luke: “A pilgrim’s guide to the land, personalities and the language of Luke”. “Rediscover Jesus” (£10)
– Just published: “The Way Companion to Synoptic Gospels”, an invitation to recognise the distinctive voices of Matthew, Mark and Luke and to make them our friends (£12)
DEEPENING OUR AWARENESS 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: 6.30 – 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 as soon as possible.
Ten Ten is a Catholic charitable organisation that uses drama to speak to the hearts and minds of young people in schools throughout the UK. They are looking for a schools’ facilitator to lead sessions on “Relationship and Sex Education” using films created by Ten Ten. This is a fixed-term, part-time role with an attractive salary and benefits. For more details visit: www.tententheatre.co.uk/recruitment. Deadline is Monday July 2nd.
LAST SUPPER PAINTING
Large prints of the beautiful painting by Andrew White “In Memoriam” which is in the St. Aloysius Gonzaga chapel are available from Reception and the Bookshop in the Hall for a recommended donation of £10, which includes a protective envelope. Postcards are also available for £1.50.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Next Programme 2018/19
Start date: 7th October 2018
Celebration: 9th June 2019
If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us on email@example.com to request an application form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street. Forms must be returned by September 30th 2018.
ONE WEEK TO GO
With only 1 week to go before Mary’s Meals will be at our church on the morning of Sunday 8th July please remember to bring along all your unwanted clothing/bedding (no duvets or pillows please).
Put all clothing/bedding into tied black sacks and bring them with you when you come to church – the cut-off time is 12 noon.
Mary’s Meals is a no-frills charity committed to spending 93p in every £1 received on its charitable activities with only 6p spent on Fundraising and 1p on Governance.
31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS
We are inviting you to join our third annual 31 days of St Ignatius, a month long celebration of all things Ignatian with a series of 31 daily messages guiding you through the different Ignatian ways to pray throughout July culminating on St Ignatius feast day on the 31st.
Each week in July, we explore a different style of Ignatian prayer into help and guide you into a deeper relationship with God.
To take part in the celebrations, simply sign up to receive the 31 Days of St Ignatius daily email at www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius and each day in July, you will receive an inspiring prayer-centred message straight to your inbox. You can also view the messages and follow the celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofStIgnatius and on Facebook at JesuitsinBritain.
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
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
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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: July 18, 2018)
Bereavement and Loss Group
Thursday 5th July 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.
The Meals Jesus Shared
Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ
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 workshop we will explore these occasions, and their significance for us today.
Ignatian Retreat Day
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 14th July 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.
For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!
114 Mount Street, Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm
Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm. There will be friendly faces and cake!
Our new brochures for 2018-19 will soon be available at the church doors and our website will be updated throughout August.