TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C – 25th August 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 66:18-21            Psalm 116

Hebrews 12:5-13     Luke 13:22-30

 

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST IGNATIUS

Bookings are still open for our Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius setting out on Monday September 23rd for 10 days.  The pilgrimage is open to all, whether Farm Street or Mount Street regulars or not, of any age and faith  or none, who feel they can manage walking about 10 to 15 miles over a 10 day period across the beautiful Spanish Basque Country in what should be perfect walking conditions.  If you’re still thinking about joining us for all or for part of this special pilgrimage full details of the itinerary, costs and how to book are in the leaflets around the church, but here is a little flavour of what to expect both physically and spiritually.

The Camino experience is an increasingly popular way of entering into an experience of retreat, of taking time out to reflect on my own journey in life and where God is in it. It is very much a spiritual as well as physical exercise.  In his autobiography the founder of the Jesuits St Ignatius calls himself simply “the pilgrim” and guides us through his own camino in the year 1522 from his home town of Loyola in the Basque Country across northern Spain to Montserrat and Manresa in the east.  Our own camino this year takes us along the ancient camino trail through Ignatius’ own homeland of the Basque Country towards his birthplace Loyola.

Walking through the villages and towns of the region we will experience the feel of the place which gave birth to this great saint. At the end of each day’s walking we take time to reflect on our day as we gather as a group and each day we celebrate Mass together in a local church.  On the way to Loyola we stay in just 2 hotels, our support minibus taking us back to our hotel at the end of each day’s walking.  Here in Logroño and in Vittoria we have time also to savour the atmosphere, spending 2 nights in Vittoria, the principal town of the Basque Country, for a day’s ‘repose’, with time to appreciate this beautiful medieval town Ignatius would have known well.  Finally we arrive at Loyola where we spend 2 nights at the Hotel Arrupe which adjoins the shrine and have a day’s retreat looking back over the experience.  We will also have a guided tour of the birthplace of St Ignatius and of the imposing baroque shrine basilica.  Finally we spend a full day and night in the city of Bilbao where there will be an opportunity to visit the acclaimed Guggenheim Art Gallery and other places of interest.

If you would still like to know more details or are unsure if you could join us for all or part of this special pilgrimage please do see me.  It may be you are interested and could only get away at a different time of the year so we could consider a repeat Camino at a different time.  But there are still a few places left for this autumn if you wish to join us.

Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ

 

PUGIN ALTAR FRONTAL

The copy of the original Pugin Altar that adorned the old altar is now in St Augustine’s Shrine, Ramsgate. On Sunday 8th September, there will be a ceremony at St Augustine’s to mark its arrival. Latin vespers will begin at 4.30pm followed by a celebratory service at 5.15pm. All are most welcome to attend.

ART EXHIBITION

An exhibition of paintings by Victoria Brenninkmeijer is on the Ground Floor Gallery at 114 Mount Street from 1st August – 31st August. Victoria has had a lifelong interest in fine art, especially as a use for spiritual contemplation. After taking several short courses, Victoria completed the Art Foundation year, and is now studying at the Art Academy in London for a BA in Fine Art.

 DOWRY OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

The Society of Our Lady of Lourdes is organizing a pilgrimage to Walsingham on Sunday 8th September to be led by Rt Rev Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia.   Coach pick-ups leave Westminster Cathedral at 7.30am and Golders Green at 8.10am. The cost is £20 for adults and £15 for children. If you would like to attend, contact enquiries@soll-lourdes.com or ‘phone Felcy on 07424 865 354

 BOOK LAUNCH

On Thursday 19th September at 6.30pm, Serena Fass will be giving a talk on her book, ‘St Mark the Evangelist’. The book follows the footsteps of the Evangelist, and contains a foreward by Archbishop Angaelos of London and an introduction by the late John Julian Norwich. All money raised will go towards supporting the work of Aid to the Church in Need. While booking is not obligatory, if you are interested in attending this interesting event, please do RSVP to serenafass@waitrose.com

 CLIMATE CHANGE TALK

Jesuit Missions invites you to an evening in conversation with the Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC on Friday 13th September, 18.30 at Farm Street Parish, 114 Mount Street. Lady Scotland will be speaking about climate change in the Commonwealth. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and teas and coffees. All welcome.

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.

 

Are you an adult who is thinking about joining the Catholic Church or who has not yet been confirmed?

Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin in October preparing for baptism, receptions into the Church and confirmations at Easter next year. For more information contact Fr Chris Pedley (cpedleysj@jesuit.org.uk) or the Parish Administrator.

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are still 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. September 23rd – October 3rd 2019. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic. For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.

VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS

We are in need of catechists to help on Sunday mornings with Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion & Teenage Confirmation preparation. No special qualification is required. Please contact Fr Chris Pedley SJ (pedleysj@jesuit.org.uk) or Leninha (farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk)

 

ANDREW WHITE ART

Copies of Andrew White’s paintings of the Last Supper and Pietà can be found in reception for £10 each.

 

CHARITY RUN

Father Dominic and a group of parishioners (6 so far) are running a 10K race on the 30th November at the Olympic Velodrome. We will be raising money for Farm Street. We would welcome additional members to the team and anyone who would like to form a cheering team on the day. Please contact Debbie Martin coco193@hotmail.co.uk for details.

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

Why not come to our Regular Events?

 

 • Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

2nd and last Wednesday of each month 12-2pm

 

• Book Club *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm – except July & August

Book: “The Brothers Karamazov” Dostoevsky

 

• Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm – except July & August

 

(*): No need to book

 

 

FOR YOUR DIARY: OPEN EVENING AND OPEN DAY!

Thursday 5th September 6-8pm

and

Saturday 7th September 11am-1pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime. There will be friendly faces and cake!

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th September 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.

 

INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

6 Tuesdays, September 17th-October 22nd, 6.30-8pm Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mary Dodge

Repeated 6 Thursdays, September 19th-October 24th, 11.30am-1pm Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

For those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. During each session you will be introduced to a different aspect of Ignatian spirituality or prayer, guided through a prayer exercise, invited to share your reflections in a small group and at the end of the session gathered together again in the larger group. You will be invited to pray the prayer exercise during the week, for just like physical exercise the more you ‘practice’ the more benefits you will feel.

 

CONTEMPLATIVES IN ACTION

Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ

Thursday 19th September 7-9.30pm –3rd Thursday of each month

Seeing the world through God’s eyes leads us to loving action for justice, and action leads us back to prayer. These sessions provide an opportunity for those engaged in work or volunteering in social justice to reflect on their practice, and deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching. Each session has some short input followed by time for reflection and sharing.

 

PICK UP OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMME AVAILABLE AT THE CHURCH DOORS.

AND VISIT www.mountstreet.info!