TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C – 8th September 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Wisdom 9:13-18           Psalm 89

Philemon 9-10, 12-17     Luke 14:25-33

 

READING THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
In the missal, there are a number of additional Eucharistic prayers which are all very fine but sadly not often heard. One of them, entitled “Jesus the Way to the Father”, contains this thought-provoking sentence: “Grant that all the faithful of the Church, looking into the signs of the times in the light of faith, may constantly devote themselves to the service of the Gospel”

I understand this prayer in this way: “In the midst of our hectic and pressurised lives, may we have ears attuned to the call of the Lord and the ability to respond to that call as Jesus himself would”. This, it seems to me, is a most important aspect of what it means to be a follower of Jesus today or any day.

Earlier last week, we remembered at mass a number of beatified Jesuits who were martyred in the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Some lost their lives in the French Revolution, others at the time of the Spanish Civil War and others as the communist government came to power in Albania after the Second World War. They had this is common: they defended the freedoms of the Church when governments sought to erode those freedoms. In truly tumultuous times, when it must have been far from easy to decide what to do for the best and when and how to do it, they were all able to read the signs of the times and to respond generously.

We too live in tumultuous times. At the world level, there is the environmental and ecological emergency; at the national level, there is the many-faceted crisis around Brexit; in too many of our neighbourhoods, too many young people are losing their lives through violence on our streets; in our family lives, some of our younger people suffer from stress while too many older people endure loneliness.  There can be little doubt that as followers of Jesus today we need above all to “read the signs of the times in the light of faith”, to listen to the voice of the Lord and to respond to that call as Jesus would, in the spirit of the Gospel.

So how can we do this? Firstly, we need to take an active interest in what is going on but in a particular kind of way: let’s ask to see what goes on as the Lord himself sees it.  We need as well to familiarise ourselves with Jesus in the Gospels because seeing what he says and how he acts in the Gospels makes us more attuned to the way he calls us and what he asks us to do today.  And, very importantly, we need to pray so that we can deepen our love for him. All who follow him today will experience, as his followers always have done, something of his own suffering and a deep love for Jesus enables us to do that.

Fr Michael Holman, SJ

 

MASS CANCELLED

The regular 6pm weekday Mass will not be celebrated on Tuesday 10th September

 

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.

  

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.

AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PATTEN

The Tablet is holding an evening of discussion and insight with Chris Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, on Monday 23rd September at 6.30pm. A talk by Lord Patten will be followed by Q&A, drinks and canapés, and book sales and signings. Tickets for Tablet subscribers are £25 each and £35 for those who do not possess a Tablet subscription. Tickets may be purchased either through the Tablet website or telephoning the Tablet switchboard on 020 8748 8484.

 

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.

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.

 

MUSIC GROUP

If you regularly attend the 17.30 Sunday Mass and sing or play a musical instrument, you would be most welcome to join the 530 Music Group which accompanies these Masses on 2nd & 4th Sundays. We gather for a music practice at 16.45 on these Sundays. If interested, please contact Neil Cocking – 07850 790747.

 

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

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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

Or 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 7-8.30pm –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.

AN EXTROVERTS’ GUIDE TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

Facilitated by Athena Barrett & Liz Waldy

Saturday 21st September 11am-4pm

Have you ever felt as if silence and spirituality is not for you? That it is only for quiet and earnest people and you would find it impossible to be silent for more than one minute? This is the one-day workshop for you: we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, introverts and extroverts alike, and God has something for you, as you are.

 

Come and spend the day trying new ways of praying and encountering the God who loves you, just as you are.

 

NEW: ‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE OLD TESTAMENT

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

2 Saturdays 21st and 28th September 11am-4pm

Or 4 Tuesdays, 1st – 22nd October, 11am-1pm

Or 4 Wednesdays, 2nd – 23rd October, 7-8.30pm

Always wanted to know more about scripture, but didn’t know where to start? This course explores how the Old Testament took shape and the kinds of literature it contains. We will also consider the role of Scripture in the life of the Church.

 

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

Book: “The Brothers Karamazov”

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

• Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

(*): No need to book