Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 103
Romans 8:8-17 John 14:15-26
Who is the Paraclete whom Our Lord talks about? And why does He have to go in order that the Paraclete may be sent?
The precise meaning of “Paraclete” is somewhat contested since it is a Greek word belonging to the legal domain and means: “he who is called to assist”, the “advocate” for the counsel for the defence and from there we see the meaning “consoler” or “intercessor” appear. It appears in the New Testament only in the Gospel of St. John who refers at one time to the Spirit and at another to Christ (1Jn 2:1). It will be in the function that is attributed to the Paraclete that we can best perceive the sense in which it is being used.
Throughout St. John’s Gospel the Paraclete appears in the role of advocate whose protagonists are Jesus and the world. The world, in the form of the Jews, refuses, judges and condemns Jesus. However, in the heart of the believer, another judgment occurs in the light of the Spirit, whom the world does not know. In this light, the one who is judged becomes the judge and proceedings are initiated on the subject of the nature of sin, of justice and of judgment. On each point the Spirit confounds the world. Thanks to the spirit, and contrary to all a appearances, a conviction grows in our hearts: it is not the world, it is Jesus who is right; so, we too are right to believe, we are right to dedicate ourselves to Christ’s cause; in Him, we are already conquerors of the world and of the devil.
This function of the Spirit remains important for us today for the opposition of the world continues and it regards itself as being right in its indifference or opposition to Christ and is often aided and abetted in this by many who call themselves Christian.
The Spirit makes the prayer of Christ come to life in us: it activates our baptismal energies. Through the prayer of Christ in us, we enter into His prayer to the Father and we then are shaped by their love. The sacrifice of the Mass is the definite high point where the supreme prayer of Christ is made mysteriously present, here and now, and our prayer in the depths of our heart enters into harmony with this divine love. It is truly the Spirit of Christ who prays in us and this embraces the universe.
A Church Father tells us that prayer is a habit of the soul and the practice of prayer opens us to this love. This work of the Spirit is not the babble of the unthinking crowd but the personal harnessing of the intelligence, the heart and the will in the service of God and our fellow creatures.
Fr James Campbell, S.J.
From the archives. First published Pentecost, 2007
The annual Summer Fair, organized jointly with the Grosvenor Chapel, St George’s School, and Library, will take place in the Mount Street Gardens on Sunday 30th June from 12 noon to 4pm.
ECUMENICAL PENTECOST SERVICE
The annual Churches Together in Westminster Pentecost service will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday 9th June (today) 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.
The new altar will be installed with a Solemn Mass of Dedication, 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. All welcome.
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.
Communicating the Word
Communication the Word in our communities in preparation for the “Year of the Word”. With David Payne, Catholic film director, author and conference speaker. This is a day especially for catechists, teachers, readers and clergy. Tuesday 25th June 2019 11am to 3:30pm in Farm Street Church Hall. Recommended donation £15 (Please bring your packed lunch)
Organised by the Catholic Association of Preachers. To book please see Fr Dominic or e-mail email@example.com
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.
Bookings are open for this year’s Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. The Camino is a spiritual as well as physically challenging experience, with prayer and Mass each day and a day’s retreat in Loyola followed by a final day of sightseeing in Bilbao. September 23rd – October 3rd 2019. 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 www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.
Please send a postcard to the Home Secretary, with an important message: “Don’t bring in abortion decriminalisation by the back door!”
The pro-abortion lobby in the House of Commons is trying to amend the draft Domestic Abuse Bill to push through abortion decriminalisation. The Draft Domestic Abuse Bill will introduce measures to tackle the horror of domestic abuse. This important Bill must not be hijacked to decriminalise abortion and make women even more vulnerable to abusive men. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has produced postcards for us which are available in the church. For more information, visit http://www.spuc.org.uk.
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.
Date: Thursday 20th June, with coffee from 9.45am & sandwich lunch provided
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Vaughan House, London SW1P 1QN
Price of Workshop, including materials: £35 per person
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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
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.
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.
RECONCILIATION: The POER of FAITH IN A WORLD OF CONFLICT
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 explores a biblically-based approach to reconciliation and 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 well 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. 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.
MINDFULNESS – WITH BODY AND SOUL
Facilitated by Lynne Galloway
Saturday 22nd June 11am-4pm
Mindfulness as understood today builds on our God given human ability to be fully present to the moment, cultivating awareness of where we are and what we’re doing. It is not something that we have to do extra, it is not something we have to add onto our daily living, it is simply about being present to what is. But that is something that we need to cultivate.
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP
Facilitated by Maria Shapero
Thursday 4th July 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.