Tobit 12:6-13 Psalm 130
Romans 8:26-30 Matthew 5:1-12
ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
When I wrote a piece about the start of the process of canonisation of Pedro Arrupe in the Newsletter, a little while ago, I mentioned that it was slightly intimidating preaching in this church. That was because of the many distinguished preachers who had preached from the same pulpit. This is even more true today. If you go and look at the list engraved on the side of the pulpit you will see that among the first names on the list is that of John Henry Newman. Today in Rome, John Henry Newman is being canonised as a saint.
That Newman preached here is not our only connection with him. He was born in the City of London and went school in Ealing, so he was a Londoner by origin. He was born in 1801 and ordained into the Church of England in 1825. Initially an Evangelical he became a leader in the Oxford Movement wanting to stress the continuity between the Church of England and the pre-Reformation Catholic Church. Overtime he came to see this position as untenable and in 1845 he was received into the Roman Catholic Church.
He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and was drawn to the example and life of the Oratorian St Philip Neri. With Frederick Faber he founded the Birmingham Oratory. Faber was then sent to found the London Oratory in Brompton Road. We will be marking Newman’s canonisation next week when Fr Michael Lang of the London Oratory come to preach at the 11.00am Mass. Newman is one of the great theologians of the Nineteenth Century and his ideas have helped shaped the Church ever since. However, his ideas were not always accepted, but his place in the Church was recognised by Pope Leo XIII who made him a cardinal in 1879.
Newman’s journey of faith was not an easy one. As his views developed first with in the Church of England and then when he became a Roman Catholic, he was a controversial figure who experienced opposition. The struggle was not only an external one. His personal journey is reflected in the famous poem, later used as hymn, he wrote towards the beginning of his journey in 1833, “Lead Kindly Light” (No. 961 in the Laudate hymn book we use here in church or find the words online). Many of us can resonate with that awareness of not always having let God lead us. Newman recognises how God has blest him and asks that God will continue to lead him one step at time. It is a hymn which has been frequently used by those experiencing difficulty in their lives. Today we celebrate the Church’s official pronouncement that for St. John Henry Newman “the night is gone” and he shares the vision of the angels. As we do so we take inspiration from his life and ask for his intercession for this city and this church which he knew well.
Fr Chris Pedley, SJ
We give thanks for the canonisation today of St John Henry Newman. A number of items belonging to the saint will be on display in Farm Street Church from Wednesday onwards. Next Sunday we continue our focus on St John Henry Newman by welcoming Fr Michael Lang, parish priest at the London Oratory, to preach at the 11am Mass.
There will be a second collection today for the work of The Prison Advice and Care Trust. PACT is a Catholic charity that provides support for prisoners and their families in England and Wales, and puts into practice the Catholic work of mercy to visit the imprisoned.
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 door or via Eventbrite.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Caritas Westminster are launching new family holiday clubs in Islington and White City this October to help children and families access nutritious, healthy food and enjoy fun activities during the holidays. The clubs will run at Blessed Sacrament Primary School (N1 0UF) on 22nd October and St John XXIII Primary School (W12 7QT) on 23rd October between 11am-2pm. To make the clubs happen we need lots of volunteers to get involved with one or both of the clubs! If you would like to volunteer, please arrive at 9 am on the day to get involved – volunteer training will be provided and the day will finish by 3pm . To find out more and register your interest contact email@example.com / 020 7931 6077.
TEA TIME CONCERT
On Saturday 19th October at 4.30pm, there will be a piano recital at Farm Street Church accompanied by meditative Christian reflections. The service will last about 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend
PRAYING FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
You are invited to a special Mass at 11.30am on Wednesday November 6th here at Farm Street, to pray for Britain’s young people. This is organised by Catholic Women Praying Together, a group bringing together the main Catholic women’s groups in Britain. For those who wish, a buffet lunch follows at £25 each:
FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm and Sundays between 9.15am and 1pm. If you are able to help, please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 -408-1234 and press option 1.
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.
WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE’S DRINKING?
AL-ANON can help and is held every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 12-1pm in the Meeting Room at 114 Mount Street. Contact Jane 07962 967443 or Angela 07971 953744. www.al-anonuk.org.uk
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.
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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.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 9h November 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.
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