Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 96
Apocalypse 22:12-20 John 17:20-26
THE PARISH FORUM: FOLLOW UP
May I as parish priest take this opportunity to thank all of you who took part in the recent Parish Forum through your presence at the meetings, your completing the questionnaire sheet or online, or through your feedback made in other ways. And particular thanks to the Parish Pastoral Council for devising and carrying through this initiative. The Parish Forum has been an important and necessary process which will I hope serve to make those of us with responsibility for guiding Farm Street Parish more accountable.
One of the obvious initial challenges in running a consultation in this parish is knowing who the ‘parishioners’ of Farm Street actually are. Our congregation is made up of a diversity of people who come in from all over London and beyond. Although importantly fully rooted in a neighbourhood of London with so many challenges and contradictions, we are far from simply a residential parish. We are often referred to as ‘the Jesuit Church in London’ and so attract people from all over who are looking for a wide variety of things we offer such as diversity of worship and music, preaching, spirituality, service opportunities, adult faith formation, a particular sense of community. Younger Catholics find us through the Jesuit or wider Church network; people find their way back to practice of the faith through what we offer including through the Landings Programme, and others embrace the Catholic Church from other traditions or none through both communal and personal accompaniment.
Some of this diverse group are part of a stable core community of people who attend weekly or more often and get involved in many of the aspects of our life: social events, volunteering, fundraising, worship. Others would be less regularly involved and focus on specific activities or know few people outside of the particular Mass they attend. Still others would come sporadically, when they are in town, or to particular events during the year, but still feel very much part of the Farm Street family as a whole. The fact is that everyone is part of the Farm Street community if they wish to identify as such. The beauty of the place is people can be fully immersed in our life or be more anonymous and still know, if they wish, that they are ‘parishioners’, welcome to be part of the community here.
So it is my hope that the Parish Forum exercise has given everyone in this diverse body of Farm Street ‘parishioners’ the opportunity to give helpful feedback for the Parish Pastoral Council and myself on how we are serving you. It was for me and for the Council gratifying that the feedback we received was so overwhelmingly positive. This is a cause for great consolation. It was also very much appreciated that people felt able to say how things could be improved. The challenge now is to put this feedback into practice through concrete action. This work, led by the Council, and myself, has now begun. Here again are the 4 action points the Council identified as starters.
- We will make the names and photographs of’ PPC members available on the website and on parish notice boards.
- We will make information about volunteering opportunities and contacts more visible, and we will improve support for existing volunteers (e.g. training, days of reflection).
- We will look at ways to support groups within the parish who are currently not catered for, especially ways which build community through mentoring or mutual fellowship
- We will work with the clergy team to enable parishioners to develop their vocations, both as individuals and as members of a welcoming faith community
I hope that over the coming months we will be able to begin to respond to these points. Here the Parish Pastoral Council, led by Steven Fachada, has an important role. The Pastoral Council, representing the diverse groups of people who belong to Farm Street Parish, will be an important instrument in continuing to discern together the mission of the community as a whole. Through this process of consultation and ongoing discernment I hope also that we grow as a collaborative community in which the clergy and parishioners work more closely together to grow as a truly welcoming community of missionary disciples which models the Church. As such the Forum has been the first step in an ongoing process.
Fr Dominic Robinson S.J.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Fr Dominic is pleased to announce that Steven Fachada has been appointed as Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council.
ECUMENICAL PENTECOST SERVICE
The annual Churches Together in Westminster Pentecost service will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday 9th June at 6.30pm. This follows on from Thy Kingdom Come, an ecumenical Christian festival in Trafalgar Square on the same date from 12 noon to 4pm, and will involve live music, workshops, seminars, dance, spoken word and an opportunity to pray and worship together. All are most welcome.
CARITAS VOLUNTEER FAIR
The Caritas Volunteer Service will be holding its annual Volunteers’ Fair showcasing volunteering opportunities from across the Diocese. Those attending will have the chance to chat with different charities and find out more about their work and the roles available and hear talks and testimonials from different organisations. The event will be on Saturday 8th June, from 1:00-3:00pm, at St Aloysius’ Parish Hall, Phoenix Road, Euston, NW1 1TA. To get your free ticket, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 020 7931 6077, or search the event title on Eventbrite.
Catholic Union Talk
Patrick Grady MP (SNP Chief Whip) will be giving a talk titled “Catholicism and Public Life in Scotland” on Wednesday 12 June at 6.45pm in the House of Commons Committee Room 6.
Catholic Union of Great Britain Administrator & Membership Secretary (location: Jeddo Rd W12)
This new role is for 20 hours a week (approx. 9.30am to 1.30pm Mon-Fri) plus occasional evening and weekend work. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, admin and IT skills. Starting salary £12-16 per hour depending on experience. For more details, see catholicunion.org.uk (under “News”) or contact Nigel Parker on 07930 955692 or at email@example.com. Closing date: 19 June.
The altar will be replaced in June this year. The new altar will be of a simpler design which will allow a clearer view of the magnificent original Pugin altar. It will be installed in June, and a Solemn Mass of Dedication will be celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, on Wednesday 19th June at the 6pm Mass. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
JONATHAN MOORE:IN CONVERSATION
On Sunday 16th June at 12:30pm in the Upper Room, Farm Street parishioner Jonathan Moore will be in conversation with broadcaster Mark Lawson. Jonathan will speak about his work in theatre and opera, and how it is an expression of his faith.
March for the Climate with the Jesuits
On Wednesday 26 June, parishioners, students and staff from Jesuit works across the UK will gather at Mount Street at 10:30 am and walk to Westminster early afternoon. It is part of a UK-wide initiative to raise awareness on climate change and send a message to parliament. For more details, check out the Jesuit Missions website.
Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and at reception.
Your donation could be worth 25% more to us and it won’t cost you an extra penny. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider using the Gift Aid donation envelopes available.
Mount Street Jesuit Centre
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH
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Why not come to our Regular Events? (No need to book!)
• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed
3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next: June 19th, 2019)
• Book Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next: June 13th, 2019)
Book: “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” James Hogg
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP
Facilitated by Maria Shapero
Thursday 6th June 11.30-1pm
Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving…
You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 8th 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.
Sadhana: A Way to God
Facilitated by Lynne Galloway
Wednesdays, 12th June – 17th July 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.
Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ
Wednesdays, 12th June – 10th July 6.30-8.30pm
Discover how you can be a reconciling presence in a divided and hurting world.
Reconciliation is in the DNA of the disciple. The heartbeat of the gospel is that God, in Christ, has reconciled and is reconciling all things to Himself. As the apostle Paul says, we have been entrusted with the message of reconciliation and living out this calling as ambassador of Christ. This reconciliation course offers practical tools to enable Christians to apply this in their everyday experiences.
JOURNALLING AS PRAYER
Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett
Saturday 15th June 11am-4pm (This is a repeat of the workshop offered on May 4th)
Journalling is one of the best ways of deepening our prayer life, recommended by St Ignatius himself. In this workshop, we will try out and explore a variety of different journalling techniques as ways of deepening our relationship with God and our spiritual life.
Please bring notebooks and pens or your laptop with the battery charged.
HOW WELL DO I LISTEN?
Facilitated by Margaret Philpot
Saturday 15th June 11am-4pm
Active listening can transform both the listener and the speaker. When we are really listened to we feel different. When we really listen to others they feel different. Yet so many things get in the way: our own priorities, needs, anxieties, etc. And yet attentive listening, often to the unspoken message, is at the root of all good communication and it is a skill that can be learnt and practiced. It involves taking people seriously, affirming their value and dignity.