TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C -6th October 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Habakkuk 1:2-2:4       Psalm 94

II Timothy 1:6-14     Luke 17:5-10

THE NEW LONDON JESUIT CENTRE

Something that characterizes Jesuit ministry is the willingness and ability to adapt and change in response to the ‘signs of the times’. St Ignatius called this serving the Church ‘with one foot in the air’.  London is a very different place to what it was 20 years ago.  And the Church is a very different community these days.

So, in a major review of the work of their works in the UK, the Jesuits decided to establish a new work in central London. Of course, the Jesuit presence in London is not new. St Ignatius himself records a visit to London to beg alms for his studies at Paris University, Jesuits worked and were martyred here in penal times, and a school and parish were begun in the first half of the 19th century as soon as Catholic emancipation allowed.

The new London Jesuit Centre aims to do three things: to work, research and teach theology to a wide audience and to make a specifically Catholic contribution to theological dialogue; to offer direction, courses and formation in spirituality, and specifically in our own tradition of Ignatian spirituality; and to engage in matters of social and environmental justice, a response to Pope Francis’ call for action on these pressing issues of our times.

New initiatives rarely start from scratch and, happily, we will be building on 15 years’ worth of endeavour by the Mount Street Jesuit Centre and, of course, hand-in-hand with Farm Street Parish which already does so much to offer adult Catholic formation and service of the poor and marginalized.

But we are deliberately extending our reach: for example, by hosting a new MA programme from Roehampton University in Theology, Ecology and Ethics; by offering advanced training in spiritual direction; by working with young adults to provide events which serve the needs of the younger generation and offer a ‘home’ for young Catholics; by invited writers, artists, poets and musicians to create, perform and explore the spirituality of their arts and to share that work with an audience.

The work that is going on in the 114 Mount Street is refurbishing that building for this new work: creating suitable meeting and conference spaces, a suite for spiritual direction, a lecture hall, a social space where the different groups using the London Jesuit Centre can encounter each other and share their breaks and meals, and a library which will support the academic courses and become a principal point of access for the Heythrop Library, a major theological and philosophical resource owned by the Society of Jesus.  Over the course of the coming year, these resources, programmes and events will come on stream and we invite Farm Street parishioners to become involved.  Please take a look at our programme and see if there is anything which attracts you.

Fr Adrian Porter, SJ

 

CLIMATE CHANGE TALK

Fr Leonard Chiti SJ will present a talk today after the 11am Mass on The Future of Food: Zambia – a Climate Change Warning. This talk will be repeated on Tuesday 8th October at 6.30pm in the parish hall. All are most welcome to attend.

 

ROSARY CRUSADE

The 35th Annual National Rosary Crusade of Reparation will take place on Saturday 12th October. The procession in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary will begin at 1.45pm outside Westminster Cathedral and conclude with Solemn Benediction at the Brompton Oratory. Fr Lawrence Lew O.P. will be the guest preacher. This is an opportunity to publicly witness to the Catholic Faith in the streets of London.

 

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. It 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

 

CATHOLIC UNION TALK

“Catholic Social Thought and the Economics of the Common Good” – Thursday 10 October at 6.30pm. Catholic Union Craigmyle Lecture by Lord Maurice Glasman, founder of “Blue Labour”.  All welcome.  Followed by a Drinks Reception.  Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG.

Please register at info@catholicunion.org.uk or 020 8749 1321 or on Eventbrite.

 

 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.

 

UNITED SERVICE FOR THE THIRD WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

On Sunday November 17th 2019 at 3pm all are invited to a special ecumenical service at Farm Street Church to pray for and raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in our city of London. On this day we will join other communities around the world hosting Tim Schmalz’ Homeless Jesus sculpture to pray for the most disadvantaged in our society.   Various homeless agencies, religious leaders and congregations, and local government officials have been invited to this inaugural event. The preacher will be the Reverend Richard Carter of St Martin-in-the-Fields. A reception will follow. All are welcome.

WORKS OF MERCY

The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. Why not come and join us and help to hold out God’s Hand of Love and Mercy? The next Rosary Procession Vigil, will be held on Saturday 12th October at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Grove Crescent Road, Stratford E15 1NS. We begin with 10.00am Mass and we begin our Rosary Procession at 10.35am, following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to BPAS abortion centre, 32-36 Romford Road, Stratford E15 4BZ, where we pray 15 decades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning at approx.12.00pm to the church for refreshments. For more details contact tel. 01727 763832 or e-mail marg@helpersuk.org

PARISH COFFEE MORNING

We are having a coffee morning to welcome all parishioners. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend. Please join us on Saturday 2nd November from 10:30-12 for a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

The Ground-Floor Gallery is currently displaying photographs installed by the Amelie & Daniel Linsey Foundation. The Foundation was set up in memory of the victims who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, and is committed to raising funds to support the families of victims and improve Sri Lankan medical facilities. The exhibition will be available for view until the 31st October.

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

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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 prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other. There is no need to book for these days.

 

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.

 

‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE NEW TESTAMENT

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

4 Tuesdays, 5th – 26th November, 11am-1pm

Or 4 Wednesdays, 6th – 27th November, 7-8.30pm

Or 2 Saturdays, 23rd & 30th November, 11am-4pm

 

This course is an accessible way in to the riches of the New Testament. We will explore how the New Testament as we have it today took shape in the first centuries of the Church’s life.

 

 

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