Ecclesiasticus 35: 12-19 Psalm 33
II Timothy 4:6-18 Luke 18:9-14
The Solemnity of All Saints is “our” celebration: not because we are good, but because the sanctity of God has touched our life. The Saints are not perfect models, but people through whom God has passed. We can compare them to the Church windows which allow light to enter in different shades of colour. The saints are our brothers and sisters who have welcomed the light of God in their heart and have passed it on to the world, each according to his or her own “hue”. But they were all transparent; they fought to remove the stains and the darkness of sin, so as to enable the gentle light of God to pass through. This is life’s purpose: to enable God’s light to pass through; it is the purpose of our life too.
Indeed, today in the Gospel, Jesus addresses his followers, all of us, telling us we are “Blessed” (Mt 5:3). It is the word with which he begins his sermon, which is the “Gospel”, Good News, because it is the path of happiness. Those who are with Jesus are blessed; they are happy. Happiness is not in having something or in becoming someone, no. True happiness is being with the Lord and living for love. Do you believe this? True happiness is not in having something or in becoming someone; true happiness is being with the Lord and living for love. Do you believe this? We must go forth, believing in this. So, the ingredients for a happy life are called Beatitudes: blessed are the simple, the humble who make room for God, who are able to weep for others and for their own mistakes, who remain meek, fight for justice, are merciful to all, safeguard purity of heart, always work for peace and abide in joy, do not hate and, even when suffering, respond to evil with good.
These are the Beatitudes. They do not require conspicuous gestures; they are not for supermen, but for those who live the trials and toils of every day, for us. This is how the saints are: like everyone, they breathe air polluted by the evil there is in the world, but on the journey they never lose sight of Jesus’ roadmap, that indicated in the Beatitudes, which is like the map of Christian life.
Today is the celebration of those who have reached the destination indicated by this map: not only the saints on the calendar, but many brothers and sisters “next door”, whom we may have met and known. Today is a family celebration, of many simple, hidden people who in reality help God to move the world forward. And there are so many of them today! There are so many of them! Thanks to these unknown brothers and sisters who help God to move the world forward, who live among us; let us salute them all with a nice round of applause!
First of all — the first Beatitude says — they are “poor in spirit” (Mt 5:3). What does this mean? That they do not live for success, power and money; they know that those who set aside treasure for themselves are not rich toward God (cf. Lk 12:21). Rather, they believe that the Lord is life’s treasure, and love for neighbour the only true source of gain. At times we are dissatisfied due to something we lack, or worried if we are not considered as we would like; let us remember that our Beatitude is not here but in the Lord and in love: only with him, only by loving do we live as blessed.
Lastly I would like to quote another beatitude, which is not found in the Gospel but at the end of the Bible, and it speaks of the end of life: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord” (Rev 14:13). Tomorrow we will be called to accompany with prayer our deceased, so they may be forever joyful in the Lord. Let us remember our loved ones with gratitude and let us pray for them. May the Mother of God, Queen of the Saints and Gate of Heaven, intercede for our journey of holiness and for our loved ones who have gone before us and who have already departed for the heavenly Homeland.
Announced 1st November 2017
This weekend we are having photographs and videos taken for use on our new website which is currently being developed. By attending the Masses on this Sunday 27th October you are consenting to us using images which may include you. If you would prefer not to be included in this media, please introduce yourself to the photographer before the start of Mass.
ANDREW WHITE TALK
Andrew White will give a talk today in the Meeting Room after the 11am Mass on his highly-acclaimed recent painting, ‘Mother Mary’. All are welcome to attend this presentation. ‘Mother Mary’ can be seen in Farm Street Church.
ALL SAINTS’ DAY
The Feast of All Saints will be celebrated on Friday 1st November. Mass will be celebrated at 8am, 1.05pm, and 6pm. There will be refreshments in the parish hall after the 6pm Mass to which all are welcome. All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation.
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.
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.
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: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A warm welcome to our new sacristan, Kevin de Souza, who began work at Farm Street Church this week. Please do take the time to introduce yourself to him after Mass.
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
The Farm Street SVP (Society of St Vincent de Paul) is very active and does wonderful work to assist the homeless in our parish area. Their annual appeal takes place on November 24th and we ask you to be generous in your response. For any enquiries about SVP activities, please ask Yasko. Email: email@example.com
CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION: PROBLEMS AND PROGRESS
Bishop Philip Mounstephen of Truro and Rehman Chishti MP discuss the persecution of Christians at this Catholic Union event on Thursday 7th November at 7pm at St Mary Moorfields Church, 4-5 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS. A drinks reception will follow.
Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8749 1321.
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP
The Bereavement and Loss Group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 11.30am at 114 Mount Street. Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally, and socially. This support group is for those who wish who are experiencing the effects of such grief. You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.
If you are interested in meeting with a Spiritual Director on a regular or irregular basis, contact Audrey Hamilton at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Audrey can be contacted on 020 7529 4807.
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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.
GOOD BOOKS AT THE LONDON JESUIT CENTRE:
RUPERT SHORTT “DOES RELIGION DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?”
Wednesday 13th November, 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
INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN PRAYER
Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton & Melanie Carpenter
Saturday 16th November, 11am-4pm
In this one-day workshop we will look at both the man, Ignatius of Loyola, and his methods to see how Ignatian prayer continues to foster a way of being in the world that seeks to find God in all things.
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 for November: ‘The Great Divorce’ by C. S. Lewis
• Contemplatives in Action *
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
(*): No need to book