TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C – 29th September 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Amos 6:1.4-7   Psalm 145

I Timothy 6:11-16     Luke 16:19-31

 

BRIDGING THE GAP

 

There are a large number of stories very familiar to us from the gospels which in fact appear only in the gospel of Saint Luke. Amongst these is the gospel that we hear today, the rich man and Lazarus. Many of Luke’s accounts portray Jesus as being the truest expression of God’s love, compassion and forgiveness, particularly attractive to those who are most needy and unloved, so much so that Dante described Luke as the scriba mansuetudinis Christi, the writer who best conveyed the gentleness and loving-kindness of Christ, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that today’s gospel seems rather sterner stuff. Yes indeed, Lazarus is happily vindicated nestling in the bosom of Abraham but the man who had enjoyed a life of comfort and luxury certainly seems to have got his come-uppance with a vengeance, and now it is too late, “between us and you a great gulf has been fixed.”

    And yet who is the one who has fixed this gulf? Was it not the rich man who in this life studiously ignored those very close to him who were so needy? The very fact that he recognised Lazarus later means that he must have known him on this earth.

He cannot claim ignorance. On the other hand he is certainly not lacking in arrogance. Listen to him: “Father Abraham, send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue.” “Father, send Lazarus to my father’s house to warn my brothers.” He sees Lazarus as nothing more than a message boy. There is no sense of a common humanity that can be rejoiced in, no sense of being co-heirs to God’s promises, no sense of sharing the good things that God provides for us. This can be the corrosive effect of huge differences in wealth and amenities. They are destructive of true human values and relationships. They lead us however subtly to instrumentalise other people. This gospel is so pertinent to us today. What are we going to do with the wealth and talents that are available to us? How are we going to build human communities where those most in need are respected and helped? The risen Christ in our midst is asking us to take these things seriously. All through its history the Church has tried to do so, both in thought and action. The name Lazarus means “God is my help.” If we set about serving his people generously we will not find his help lacking.

Fr Hugh Duffy, SJ

From the archives, 30th September 2007

 

FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL

As a direct response to the thought-provoking feedback from our recent Parish Forum, the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) has been reorganised under a new constitution in order to ensure greater transparency and to promote better communication in our mission of service to the parish community. One of the first fruits of this ongoing process is the poster of names and photographs of council members, along with their respective terms of office, copies of which are now posted at the entrances of the church.

An update of the PPC’s discussions will appear in this Newsletter after each of our bi-monthly meetings. Our next meeting takes place on 28th November.

 JESUIT MISSIONS VACANCIES

Jesuit Missions is currently recruiting for three new positions to help us respond to the climate emergency and continue to deliver our life-changing support around the world. This investment will help us in our endeavours to reduce the impact of global warming on the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised people by inspiring others to join us as we strive to promote a more just world. If you would like to be part of this exciting enterprise, please visit www.jesuitmissions.org.uk/vacancies for more information

NEW MEMBER OF CLERGY TEAM

A warm welcome to Deacon Niall Leahy SJ who will be assisting at Farm Street Church for the next year.

ART AND THE BODY OF CHRIST

On Thursday 31st October at 7pm, Maria Cristina White-da Cruz will give an illustrated lecture on the meaning, form, and function of the Eucharist in relation to Early Church writings and its representation in art. The lecture explores the ultimate purpose of the Eucharist to nourish God’s people, the mystical Body of Christ. Tickets are £10 at the door or via Eventbrite.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR TEENAGERS

This programme is for teenagers who are in year 9 – aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2020.

The next programme (for teenagers aged 14+) begins in November 2019, and classes are held on a Sunday morning from 11:30 –12:30. The programme will end in June 2020.

To register, please collect a registration form from the Parish Reception at 114, Mount Street or from farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk and return it by 31st October 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

 

PRESENTATION OF SEIDS, CARITAS’ PROJECT FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION

On 13 October after 11am Mass, Elena, Hub Manager of SEIDs (Social Enterprise Ideas Development the social innovation and enterprise strategy of Caritas Westminster), will explain how SEIDS supports and develops ethical business ideas in the Diocese. Come if you want to learn more about their 121 mentoring and business support. SEIDs is also looking for anyone with business knowledge / skills would like to volunteer in our Mentor Programme and guide a young business entrepreneurs.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are in need of volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, particularly welcoming people into the church on Sundays, altar serving, reading, assisting children’s liturgy of the word, and refreshments. If you would like to volunteer, please speak to a member of the clergy team.

 

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.

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

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NEW: ‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE OLD TESTAMENT

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

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.

 

GOD AND EXPERIENCE: INTRODUCING PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 5th October 11am-4pm

This day will examine where theology does not seem to fit in with our understanding of the world, and look at several examples, including how liberation theology has led to a change in the way we view and participate in God’s saving action.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th October 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.

 

NEW SPECIAL SERIES: GOOD BOOKS AT the LONDON JESUIT CENTRE:

TOM HOLLAND “DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND”

Wednesday 16th October, 7pm

If you enjoy a good book, you will enjoy hearing recently published authors speaking about their work in discussion with experts in the field and the audience. Join us for a convivial evening of conversation and the occasional controversy!

Booking required on EventBrite

THE ART OF LIVING

Facilitated by Nick Austin SJ

Series of 2 Saturdays, October 19th & October 26th , 11am-4pm

Drawing on the Christian tradition, philosophy and literature the workshop will explore topics such as Happiness, Character, Wisdom, Sin, Justice and Love. It is suitable for anyone interested in theological, philosophical and ethical questions about how to live, and their relevance in our lives.

 

THE HELPLESSNESS OF GOD – BIBLICAL MODELS OF LEADERSHIP

Facilitated by Nicholas King SJ

Saturday 2nd November 11am-4pm

At a time, when Pope Francis is demonstrating a very new way of doing leadership in the Catholic Church, this day will reflect upon the role of discernment in good leadership, drawing on key Scripture texts, and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.

 

Come to our Regular Events

 

 

• Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

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

• Book Club

No book Club in October

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

• Contemplatives in Action

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

No need to book