SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C -21st July 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Genesis 18:1-10 Psalm 14

Colossians 1:24-28     Luke 10:38-42

THE SERVANT OF GOD PEDRO ARUPPE S.J.

One of the slightly intimidating things about preaching at Farm Street is the knowledge that so many distinguished people have preached there in the past. If you have a look at the list of some of the early ones engraved on the side of the pulpit you will see it starts with Bl John Henry Newman, due to be canonised by Pope Francis on 13th October this year.

One of those distinguished people was Pedro Arrupe S.J. He, who preached at Farm Street when he was Superior General of the Jesuits in January, 1970. The cause for his canonisation was recently started, bringing with it the title “Servant of God”. (you can see a picture of him in the pulpit on the Jesuits in Britain website:

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/blog/archives-fr-pedro-arrupe-sj-visits-england).

Pedro Arrupe was born in 1907 in Bilbao and after starting medical studies he joined the Jesuits in 1927. He did some of his studies in Belgium, Holland and the United States.  In 1938, as a young priest, he was sent to Japan.  For a time during the Second World War he was imprisoned by the Japanese but was released and was appointed Novice Master in the Novitiate on outskirts of Hiroshima.  He was there on 6th August, 1945 when the atomic bomb fell on the city and he used his medical training to help the victims.

He was appointed Provincial Superior of Japan and 1965 was elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus with the task of implementing the results of the Second Vatican Council in the Society. This was a time of turmoil in society in general, in the Church and in the Society of Jesus.  Pedro Arrupe had to deal with pressures from all sides as he sought to give direction to the Society.  He was particularly concerned that those being educated by the Society should be “men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ—for the God-human who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbours; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce” (Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings, Kevin Burke, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books 2004, p. 173).

A concern for justice and for the poor was central to Pedro Arrupe’s vision. One particular initiative for which he will be remembered is his establishment of the Jesuit Refugee Service, which serves refugees around the world, including in this country.

In 1981 he suffered a debilitating stroke and John Paul II had appointed an interim superior. Pedro Arrupe resigned when a new General Congregation was called in 1983. He died on 5th February, 1991.

Pedro Arrupe was a man of deep prayer, rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, a man of great energy and infectious enthusiasm. A man characterised by a commitment to the service of the poor and of the Church.

We are now invited to ask his intercession in our own “service of faith and promotion of justice” and to pray for the progress of his cause to beatification and canonisation.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 

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.

farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk

Tel.02074937811

Forms must be returned by:

30th September 2019.

 

GIFT AID

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.

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

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; info@paxtravel.co.uk For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.

 

AMELIE AND DANIEL LINSEY FOUNDATION

The Linsey Family would like to thank the Parish most sincerely for all the most generous donations for their foundation so far, assisting victims of the Easter Sunday Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on churches and tourists, in memory of young Amelie and Daniel who died so tragically as victims of this atrocity. We ask you to continue please to be generous in response to this appeal from one of our families suffering at this time as a result of the evil of false terrorism in the name of religion.