Genesis 18:20-32 Psalm 137
Colossians 2:12-14 Luke 11:1-13
Wednesday we will be celebrating the feast of St Ignatius Loyola. Images of Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, can be found in a number of places in our Church. In the Sacred Heart Chapel he is there on the left with St Claude de la Colombiere and there is the large and striking statue by the Ignatius chapel itself. You are also likely to hear references to Ignatius in our preaching. Furthermore the Mount Street Jesuit Centre “provides spiritual and faith formation along with opportunities for social outreach in the spirit and tradition of Saint Ignatius Loyola”. Why do we think Ignatius has something to offer to us today?
Part of what we think about on his feast day is the history of the Society of Jesus from the time of Ignatius and his group of followers decided that they should found a religious order early sixteenth century. Not only is Farm Street church part of that heritage but, on Thursday, we will be celebrating the Jesuit tradition of education by inviting past students from all over the world to join us. However, it is not so much the history of the Jesuits or of Jesuit institutions which makes Ignatius relevant to our world today as the spiritual tradition which he left behind.
In his reflection on his own experience Ignatian touched on things which seem to be relevant to the lives of people living in very different times and cultures from his own. In some ways Ignatius own background looked back to the romantic idea of medieval chivalry, something he transformed into a way of serving God when he experienced his conversion, but his heritage is very contemporary. Our parish pilgrims for Syria went to Manresa, which is where Ignatius spent a long period of time in prayer. Out of that experience came the Spiritual Exercises, a way of helping others to come to recognise the way God was working in their lives. Ignatius teaches us to reflect on our own experience of the times peace, joy and attraction to God, which he calls consolation, and the opposite times of restlessness, lethargy and separation from God which he called desolation. By reflecting on how God is working in our lives we are helped to choose what is to the greater glory of God, free of those things which get in the way of that love and service of the Lord. In the Spiritual Exercises he gets us to reflect on the life of Christ and on God’s generosity to us and respond with similar generosity. Ignatius ends the Spiritual Exercises with a prayer of offering which we might make our own as we celebrate his feast day:
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To you, O Lord, I return it. All is yours, dispose of it wholly according to your will. Give me your love and your grace, for this is sufficient for me.
Fr CHRIS PEDLEY SJ
(From the archives. Originally published July 2014)
ST IGNATIUS DAY ALUMNI MASS
All are welcome, and most especially alumni/ae of Jesuit schools and universities here and abroad, to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits, on July 31st at 6pm, when there will be a solemn Mass with the Farm Street Choir, followed by a party. All welcome to this joyful annual event – please do spread the word and bring friends and family.
JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE
JRS UK are seeking volunteers to go with our friends when they approach an Embassy to request documentation about nationality. For some it offers a way forward in the efforts to obtain the protection and recognition they need and have a right to. The volunteers will offer moral support and act as witnesses.
Please could you advertise this opportunity in your parish newsletter/circulate to those who you think might be interested? More information is available on the JRS UK website: www.jrsuk.net/volunteer
31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS
Where will God find you this July? Join the Jesuits on a journey guided by the Spiritual Exercises via a series of 31 daily e-mails leading up to the Feast of St Ignatius on the 31st July. Each week, a theme will be examined from the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius with the use of scripture and prayer to help you find God in moments of Conversion, Call, Challenge, and Consolation. Even if you have missed the start of July, it is not too late to sign up. For more information, visit http://www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius-2019.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Preparation start date: 6th October 2019
Celebration: 14th June 2020
If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us to request an Application Form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street.
Forms must be returned by:
30th September 2019.
We are in need of catechists to help on Sunday mornings with Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion & Teenage Confirmation preparation. If you wish to share your faith with young members of our Parish, please join our team of catechists. No special qualification is required. We will provide training and faith formation. Please contact Fr Chris Pedley SJ (email@example.com) or Leninha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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; email@example.com For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.
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).
SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
All and any help is needed throughout July and August for a soup kitchen run by the Companions of St. John of Malta.
We are at St James’ Spanish Place every Thursday – most helpers arrive between 1800-1900, after work, but any spare time between 1700-2100 is most welcome. Many soup kitchens close over the summer, but the need does not diminish. Our guest numbers normally rise from about 80 to about 120 at this time. Hands, hearts, time and prayers are especially welcome as helpers.
Any more information contact Patrick Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org or
020 7589 9178
Thanks for your attention and if time is too short, your prayers are as important as anything.