Genesis 2:18-24 Psalm 127
Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16
WE PROCLAIM CHRIST TO THE WORLD
Sunday, 14 October, Pope Francis will canonise Pope Paul VI at a mass taking place during the Synod on Young People which began last Wednesday, 3 October.
Giovanni Battista Montini became Pope in 1963 and presided over the final sessions of the Second Vatican Council which his predecessor Pope St John XXIII had inaugurated in 1962. Pope Paul’s pontificate was dedicated to the implementation of the decrees of Vatican II. It is appropriate that he should be canonised during the Synod as the synodal process was one of the reforms he introduced following the Council.
He was especially concerned that the Church should understand itself as “missionary” and that Christians, wherever they were, should proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in their families and at work thereby helping to bring about the Kingdom of God in their time.
Pope Paul was motivated by a personal love for Jesus Christ and it was that love which impelled him to preach the Gospel, as he once movingly explained in a homily:
Not to preach the Gospel would be my undoing, for Christ himself sent me as his apostle and witness. The more remote, the more difficult the assignment, the more my love of God spurs me on. I am bound to proclaim that Jesus is Christ, the Son of the living God. Because of him we come to know the God we cannot see. He is the firstborn of all creation; in him all things find their being. Man’s teacher and redeemer, he was born for us, died for us, and for us he rose from the dead.
All things, all history converges in Christ. A man of sorrow and hope, he knows us and loves us. As our friend he stays by us throughout our lives; at the end of time he will come to be our judge; but we also know that he will be the complete fulfilment of our lives and our great happiness for all eternity.
I can never cease to speak of Christ for he is our truth and our light; he is the way, the truth and the life. He is our bread, our source of living water who allays our hunger and satisfies our thirst. He is our shepherd, our leader, our ideal, our comforter and our brother.
He is like us but more perfectly human, simple, poor, humble, and yet, while burdened with work, he is more patient. He spoke on our behalf; he worked miracles; and he founded a new kingdom: in it the poor are happy; peace is the foundation of a life in common; where the pure of heart and those who mourn are uplifted and comforted; the hungry find justice; sinners are forgiven; and all discover that they are brothers.
The image I present to you is the image of Jesus Christ. As Christians you share his name; he has already made most of you his own. So once again I repeat his name to you Christians and I proclaim to all men: Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, Lord of the new universe, the great hidden key to human history and the part we play in it. He is the mediator – the bridge, if you will – between heaven and earth. Above all he is the Son of man, more perfect than any man, being also the Son of God, eternal and infinite. He is the son of Mary his mother on earth, more blessed than any woman. She is also our mother in the spiritual communion of the mystical body.
Remember: it is Jesus Christ I preach day in and day out. His name I would see echo and re-echo for all time even to the ends of the earth.
May the example and prayers of the soon to be Pope St Paul VI, this good man who laboured long and hard for the Church, help us to find in Jesus our Way, Truth and Life and the courage and strength we need to proclaim Him to the men and women of our day.
Fr Michael Holman, S.J.
Induction of new parish priest
We welcome Bishop Nicholas Hudson to the 11am Mass today to formally induct Fr Dominic Robinson as the new parish priest. We also welcome Bishop Paul Hendricks and other clergy who present. An especially warm greeting is extended to our friends from other denominations and local community leaders who are here to share in this occasion. After the Mass refreshments will be served in the parish hall to which all are invited.
On Thursday October 11, there will be a book launch in the Parish Hall at 6.30pm of Fr Peter Edmonds’ new book on the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke (The Way Companion to the Synoptic Gospels). Fr Peter SJ has been assisting regularly in the parish for the last two years. All are welcome to attend.
The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact Yasko Kurahachi on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07932 784 999.
REFUGEES: WHERE TO START? A PARISH RESPONSE
Join us for an evening of practical advice on understanding the nature and challenges of the refugee crisis and how parishes, groups and individuals can play their part in alleviating ‘the wounds of refugees’ (Pope Francis). Bishop Paul McAleenan will be leading the event, and will be joined by other organisations including the Jesuit Refugee Service, Enfield Welcome Group, Notre Dame Refugee Service and the Haringey Mgrant Support Centre, as well as many others. The event will be held on Thursday 11th October, 7-9pm, at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN. Tea and coffee will be available from 6.30pm. Please RSVP to email@example.com, or call on 0207 798 9030.
FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We urgently need help at the front reception in the evenings on Tuesday and Fridays between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a Month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234.
COLLECTION VOUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteer are needed to assist with the parish collection count on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm. If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the Parish Accountant, Patricia Morgan, on 020 7529 4801 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
The SPUC is currently organizing a letter-writing campaign to MPs urging them to oppose further relaxing of UK abortion laws including the possibility of decriminalization in Northern Ireland. MPs are due to vote on an abortion Ten Minute Rule Bill on the 23rd October 2018. For further information on how to write to your MP about this issue, visit http://www.spuc.org.uk.
Support the excellent work of The Passage by considering attending its annual concert Night Under The Stars at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm. This year’s concert is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. For details and booking visit https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118993-night-under-stars-northern-lights-2018 or telephone 020 3879 9555.
BUILDING A BRIDGE REFLECTION
The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to come for monthly discussions using the book by Fr. James Martin SJ – Building A Bridge – how the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Thursday 25 October, 18.30 – 20.30 The Parish Hall.
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 Armel Yoro 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
• Guided Prayer
Every Monday 6.30-7pm
• Lunchtime Lectio
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: 17th October, 2018)
• Book Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
(Next meeting: 11th October, 2018)
• Something on a Sunday
1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (booking necessary)
Chosen and Called: Vocation in the Scriptures and our Vocation Today
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
Tuesdays 9th -16th October 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 10th-17th October 7-8.30pm
The first talk explores vocation in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), what it reveals to us and its meanings for us today. The second talk explores what the Gospels and other New Testament writings reveal about being called by God to a given life task and what this means for us today.
Ignatian Retreat Day
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 13th October 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.
Sadhana: A Way to God
Facilitated by Barbara Wilson and TBC
Wednesdays, 17th October-21st November 2-3.30pm
An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.
Beginning with developing stillness and awareness, we then move on to the use of our imagination and into opening our lives more fully to the love of God. Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.
Life Before Death: The Psychology of Flourishing
Facilitated by Roger Dawson SJ
Saturday 20th October 11am-4pm
This workshop will introduce and explain the approach to flourishing in life before death with examples and practical exercises, and will make the link with our Christian faith and Ignatian spirituality. We shall also look at applying this as a psychology for dealing with tough times.
Towards a New World with Pope Francis
Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ
Saturday 27th October 11am-4pm
We will look at the various increasing problems we face around the world, and how they are seen in Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato ‘Si’. What’s causing all these problems? And what can we actually do about them? How can we move towards a better world, and intimately into the Kingdom of God?
Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet – Our Story Too?
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
Tuesdays 30th October-27th November 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 31st October-28th November 7-8.30pm
Jonah is the only prophet who needed to be called twice. In this short course we will reflect on his story: his struggles with his identity and his purpose in life, as well as his struggle to understand the meaning of God’s merciful love. His story can speak to us and can challenge us to reflect on our own story.