FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT–YEAR C–7TH APRIL 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 125

Philippians 3:8-14  John 8:1-11

 

NEITHER DO I CONDEMN YOU

In the year C Gospel for this Sunday we have the story of the woman taken in adultery. It is one of the great examples of Jesus compassion and forgiveness, which stands in stark contrast to the attitude of those who bring the woman to Jesus.

All of us need to hear Jesus words of forgiveness addressed to ourselves. We are all aware of ways in our lives we have not lived up to the standards the Gospel demands of us.  Even if we are not conscious of having broken one of the ten commandments in a serious way, we still unlikely to feel comfortable at Jesus command to “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” or “love your neighbour as yourself”.  Perhaps we are a bit like those men in the Gospel, ready to condemn others but less mindful of our own sins and weaknesses. On the other hand we may be like the woman in the story, aware of something serious in our past and not sure how to bring it to God and ask for forgiveness.

A couple of weeks ago we reprinted an article by the late John Edwards, S.J. on confession. This Sunday we will offering extended confessions before and after each Mass and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, when there will be Exposition.  This gives us a chance to hear the words of forgiveness spoken through the Church.

I may be five days since I last went to confession or it may be fifty years. In each case this time of Lent is a good time to go.  In each case I will receive the same welcome.  If it has been a while then here is an opportunity.  Perhaps spend a moment thinking about today’s Gospel and noticing if there are particular things which may be weighing on your mind.  When you go in:-

Ask the priest to pray for you because you have sinned.

Let him know how long it is since you were last at confession – there is no right time. If it has been a long time he likely to very happy that you have summoned up the courage to come.

Tell him the things that want to acknowledge before God. Do not worry if it sounds serious, you will not be first, or if it sounds trivial or if it is the same old stuff over again.

He may say a few words and will suggest something for you to do by way of penance and then invite you to say an Act of Contrition (you will find the words in front of you in the confessional).

The priest will then say the words of absolution and tell you to go in peace because your sins are forgiven.

Why go to priest and celebrate this Sacrament of Reconciliation. Yes, we can acknowledge our faults to God in our hearts, but there is a great psychological value in sharing these things with another person in a safe environment.  Also we are not on our own in our relationship with God, we are part of his body the Church and it is the Church which was entrusted with this great gift.  This is indeed a great gift to receive God’s forgiveness, through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  We can go in peace, knowing that our sins are forgiven.

 Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse, Friday 12 April 2019

 

Cardinal Vincent writes: “In February 2016, Pope Francis asked each Bishops’ Conference to establish a Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse. In response, the Bishops of England and Wales designated the Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent to be observed as this Day of Prayer. This year, therefore, the Day of Prayer is Friday 12 April.

 

I ask that this Day of Prayer is observed in all our parishes and chapels. It is important that we do so. Day by day, the pain of those who have suffered abuse, and its lasting corrosive impact, are brought more fully into the light. The pain of that betrayal of trust is all the more profound when the abuse took place within the community of the Catholic Church. We also see so clearly the failures in leadership in the Church that have exacerbated the sufferings of those who have been abused. We have plenty of reasons to pray.

 

We pray for those who bear this pain. We pray for their strength and perseverance.

We pray for those who have been caught up in the circles of mistrust, silence and complicity which emanate from this abuse.

We seek repentance and renewal for all who have failed in their duty to protect and respond to the victims of these crimes.

We pray for a renewal in the life of our Church that has become a lodging place for this evil.

We pray in confidence that the Lord does not abandon His Church but constantly calls us to purify our ways of life.

We pray with Mary, our holy Mother, and finest expression of our Holy Mother, the Church.

 

For my part, I will keep the day with extra simplicity and self-denial and will celebrate the 5.30pm Mass in the Cathedral with these prayers constantly in my heart”.

 

We will be praying this prayer at all Masses on Friday April 12th.

 

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ

 

 

Lenten Exposition

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at Farm Street Church between 2.30pm and 5.30pm today. Priests will be available in the church to hear confessions during this time.

 

Novena for Syria

A Novena for Syria will be prayed at every Mass at Farm Street Church starting on today, the 4th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ and ending on the 16th April. The Novena will be offered for the release of Fr Paolo dall’Oglio SJ. Farm Street Church is home to the Middle East Shrine which is a focus of prayer and solidarity for the region.

 

LANDINGS LECTURE 2019

Dr Gemma Simmonds, CJ will address the subject:

‘Happy Landings: Accompanying the Return to Faith and Practice’. This will take place on Thursday April 11th at 7:00pm in the parish hall. Mass in the church at 6:00pm; buffet reception to follow

Suggested donation: £10

All most welcome – to book e-mail landingsuk@gmail.com or ‘phone Fr Dominic Robinson SJ on (020)-7529-4802

 

LGBT CATHOLICS WESTMINSTER

On the weekend of 26th- 28th April, LGBT+ Catholics Westminster will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Admiral Duncan pub bombing, and mark the 20th anniversary of Masses welcoming LGBT+ Catholics, their parents and families. An information stand in a Farm Street Church side-chapel will feature various aspects of hate-crime and how we can respond. There will be a prayerful history walk on Saturday, 27 April, 14.00-16.30, visiting West End sites significant in the history of LGBT+ Catholics, from Oscar Wilde to the present day. All are welcome – further details: lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.comwww.lgbtcatholicswestminster.org

 

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

admin@mountstreet.info

 

Why not come to our Regular Events? (No need to book!)

 

• Drop-in Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next: April 17th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next: April 11th, 2019)

Book: “Man’s Search For Meaning” Viktor Frankl

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th April 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.

THE LOVING KINDNESS OF OUR GOD – WHO SETS US FREE

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 27th April 11am-4pm

Jesus said “I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full” John 10:10

Now we are in Eastertide it is a good moment to reflect on the New Life that the Risen Lord offers to us, what we mean when we say that in his life, death and resurrection Jesus redeemed the human race.

This day based on Scripture, and later on Christian church teaching, will look at the meaning of the words redemption, salvation, atonement, and being freed from sin. Reflecting on how this work is being carried on today, focusing on what that means for each of us individually, and for the whole human race.

 

BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & TBC

6 Wednesdays, May 1st – June 5th, 7-8.30pm

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.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 2nd May 11.30-1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving…

You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.

JOURNALLING AS PRAYER

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett

Saturday 4th May 11am-4pm

Journalling is one of the best ways of deepening our prayer life, recommended by St Ignatius himself. In this workshop, we will try out and explore a variety of different journalling techniques as ways of deepening our relationship with God and our spiritual life.

Please bring notebooks and pens or your laptop with the battery well charged.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT–YEAR C–31ST MARCH 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Joshua 5:9-12      Psalm 33

II Corinthians 5:17-21  Luke 15:1-32

THE PRODICAL SON

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is one of Jesus’ best known parables. The Pharisees and scribes were grumbling about the company Jesus kept, asking why he ate with tax-collectors and sinners. In response, Jesus tells them three parables, all about the most important theme of all, the merciful love of God. There’s the man who left the ninety-nine sheep to go off in search on one he had lost, the woman who swept her house in search of one lost coin, and then there’s this parable, the “Prodigal Son”.

The parable spotlights the father’s forgiveness of his younger son who has squandered his inheritance in a life of debauchery. The boy’s repentance is at best half-hearted: he only returns to ask his father to take him back because the money has been spent, there is a famine in the land and, as the Jerusalem Bible translation puts it, he has begun “to feel the pinch”. Even so, the father’s mercy is lavishly given: his younger son is warmly embraced, he is dressed in the best cloak, a ring is put on his finger, the fatted calf is slaughtered, and a party is ordered to celebrate his return.

In this way, the Lord encourages us to be merciful to our brothers and sisters: if this is how the Lord acts towards us, we should act in the same merciful way to each other.

However, many of us have a problem with this parable. We often sympathise with the reaction of the elder son who complains that he has been faithful to his father for so many years, but not once has his father offered him a kid to feast with his friends. Doesn’t the elder son have a point? By treating the two sons in these different ways, isn’t the father being unjust?

Both Pope Benedict and Pope Francis are fond of quoting the Italian-born German theologian Fr Romano Guardini who died in 1968. This past week I was struck by what Guardini writes in his reflections on the life of Christ, The Lord, about the reactions of the father and the elder son in the story of the Prodigal Son.

The elder son speaks up for “justice”, the father is the embodiment of “mercy”. Justice is good, Guardini writes, and is the foundation of our existence, of our lives together in a well-ordered society. But, he goes on, there is something wider than justice: the bountiful widening of the heart to mercy. Justice is clear, but one step further and it becomes cold; mercy is heartfelt, it warms and it redeems. Justice regulates, mercy creates.  Justice, we might say, is calculated; mercy is freely given. The father’s overflowing mercy to his younger son is a revelation of how God loves us all.

Mother Theresa once said that only love changes people. An experience of mercy has the power to transform us too. Once we have repented and encountered God’s mercy, overflowing and freely given, we recognise that if we have been given mercy, we need to live in a merciful way towards our brothers and sisters.  The repentant sinner’s encounter with mercy, in other words, is the key to a conversion of life which may be why there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just men who have no need of it.

May we be ambassadors to men and women today of the merciful love of our good and gracious God!

 

Fr Michael Holman, S.J.

 

Lenten Exposition

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at Farm Street Church between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 7th April. Priests will be available in the church to hear confessions during this time. Confessions will also be heard before and after each of the regular Sunday Masses.

 

Novena for Syria

A Novena for Syria will be prayed at every Mass at Farm Street Church starting on 7th April, the 4th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ and ending on the 16th April. The Novena will be offered for the release of Fr Paolo dall’Oglio SJ. Farm Street Church is home to the Middle East Shrine which is a focus of prayer and solidarity for the region.

 

LANDINGS LECTURE 2019

Dr Gemma Simmonds, CJ,  will address the subject:

‘Happy Landings: Accompanying the Return to Faith and Practice’. This will take place on Thursday April 11th at 7:00pm in the parish hall. Mass in the church at 6:00pm; buffet reception to follow

Suggested donation: £10

All most welcome – to book e-mail landingsuk@gmail.com or ‘phone Fr Dominic Robinson SJ on (020)-7529-4802

 

 

STANDING TOGETHER

RALLY AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME

Where: Trafalgar Square, London

When: Saturday 6th April, 2019, 2-4pm

This rally will bring together Christians and others, “to stand alongside those affected by the scourge of violent crime in the UK”.

The event is being organised by Les Isaac, founder and Chief Executive of Ascension Trust, and who pioneered Street Pastors in the UK in 2003. His hope is that the rally will be “the start of a concerted effort to get churches working together” against violent crime.

Further information may be obtained:

By email – rally@ascensiontrust.org.uk

Eventbrite link – https://standing-together-rally-at-trafalgar-square.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

LGBT CATHOLICS WESTMINSTER

On the weekend of 26th- 28th April, LGBT+ Catholics Westminster will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Admiral Duncan pub bombing, and mark the 20th anniversary of Masses welcoming LGBT+ Catholics, their parents and families. An information stand in a Farm Street Church side-chapel will feature various aspects of hate-crime and how we can respond. There will be a prayerful history walk on Saturday, 27 April, 14.00-16.30, visiting West End sites significant in the history of LGBT+ Catholics, from Oscar Wilde to the present day. All are welcome – further details: lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.comwww.lgbtcatholicswestminster.org

 

CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME

On Thursday 4th April at 6.45pm, Dr Martin Poulsom will present a talk on the theology of integral ecology. Exploring ideas of striving for a just world which opposes economic injustices and growing inequality, the despoiling of the earth and exploitation of people, and searching for a better way of living, this should be an interesting presentation about very lively contemporary issues. Admission is free. For details, visiting the www.jesuit.org.uk.

 

JRS Home Scheme Open Evening

On Tuesday 2nd April, 6.30-7.30pm. The Jesuit Refugee Service At Home hosting scheme organises short-term placements for refugees. The open evening is an opportunity to learn more about the project. Please register attendance: naomi.turner@jrs.net or 020 7488 7313. Taking place at The Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler Street, London, E1W 2QT

 

CONTACTLESS PAYMENT

Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals can be found in the church and at reception.

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

14 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

(No need to book!)

 

• Drop-in Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: April 17th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: April 11th, 2019)

Book: “Man’s Search For Meaning” Viktor Frankl

 

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 4th April 11.30-1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.

EXPLORING BACH’S ST JOHN PASSION

Facilitated by Abigail Graham

Saturday 6th April 11am-4pm

This workshop invites you to use this very special devotional music to prepare for hearing St John’s account of the Passion read on Good Friday and to reflect on what Easter means to you.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th April 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.

 

THE LOVING KINDNESS OF OUR GOD – WHO SETS US FREE

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 27th April 11am-4pm

Jesus said “I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full” John 10:10

Now we are in Eastertide it is a good moment to reflect on the New Life that the Risen Lord offers to us, what we mean when we say that in his life, death and resurrection Jesus redeemed the human race.

This day based on Scripture, and later on Christian church teaching, will look at the meaning of the words redemption, salvation, atonement, and being freed from sin. Reflecting on how this work is being carried on today, focusing on what that means for each of us individually, and for the whole human race.

 

BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & TBC

6 Wednesdays, May 1st – June 5th, 7-8.30pm

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.

Third Sunday of Lent– Year C – 24th March 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Exodus 3:1-18    Psalm 102

I Corinthians 10:1-12  Luke 13:1-9

 

HOW TO BE “A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING”

An irritating expression. But John Paul II said one could become one very easily. (Well, actually he said “… manifest true human dignity…”). For good measure he said we could become spiritual giants (“…spiritual greatness…”). How? By going to Confession.

And Canon Law, no less, asks parish priests to “strive” to get their people to come frequently. Many decent Catholics put it off longer than they should: all decent Catholics start thinking about it in Lent.

One understands the “wonderful human being” bit. With Absolution we are judged by God – and acquitted: every bad moment of the past is covered by the Blood of Jesus: therefore every bad moment of the past becomes a thing of beauty in God’s eyes – and the worse it was, the more beautiful it is now. Our whole life becomes a complete success story in God’s eyes – because of what we have allowed His Son to do.

We have it in our power to do this for God, let alone for ourselves.

But why? Can’t God do this whenever I turn to him in sorrow, whether I go to Confession or not?

Depends on the sorrow. If my sorrow is simply for myself (“sorry, Lord, because I’ve let myself down; sorry Lord because I’m feeling dirty; sorry Lord because I’m feeling frightened”) it’s hard to see how God can forgive: it’s selfish love, inadequate sorrow, “imperfect contrition”.

But if my sorrow is also “for” the person primarily offended in all sin – namely God – if it is love-sorrow, then separation ends, His Life returns in its fullness. This sorrow, “perfect contrition”, might be: “Sorry Lord, because I spat in your face; sorry Lord because I crucified you; sorry Lord because I deprived you of what you demanded”. Remember the long Act of Contrition? “…because I deserve (imperfect)…because I crucified… because I offended … (perfect)… ”

But you don’t get this sorrow just by saying words; nor by working up a feeling. It needs a massive input from God, an enormous grace. A rebirth, in the case of serious sin: Conversion Grace. And God has covenanted to give us this grace in the Sacrament of Penance.

How? Think about Luke 7:36-50. This girl didn’t stay at home and tell God she was sorry, she got her arms around Jesus. We can do virtually the same, for a Sacrament is when Christ works directly through His BODY, the Church. And Jesus praised her..! It’s worth going even for routine small sins.  What a prayer for freedom, blame oneself before God and one witness!

Required? Seriously to want to try to live the way God asks, the Church asks; to list the sins, with approximate frequency if it is heavy stuff. Of course if one wants advice, details, motivation and circumstances might help. Not really a big deal.

“If anyone is still hesitating” says J.P.II, “let him hesitate no longer”. Couldn’t put it better myself.

 

 Fr John Edwards, S.J.

From the archives. First published on the third Sunday of Lent 2010.

 

5.30pm Mass Readings

We are currently in Year C for the Sunday Mass readings. For the next three weeks, the readings from the 5.30pm Mass will be from Year A to fit in with the scrutinies for those preparing to be baptized into the Church at Easter. The readings for the 5.30pm Mass this week are

 

Exodus 17:3-7               Psalm 94

Romans 5:1-8                John 4:5-42

Response

O that today you would listen to his voice:

‘Harden not your hearts’.

 

Gospel Acclamation

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

Lord, you are really the saviour of the world;

Give me the living water, so that I may never get thirsty.

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

 

Lenten Exposition

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at Farm Street Church between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 7th April. Priests will be available in the church to hear confessions during this time. Confessions will also be heard before and after each of the regular Sunday Masses.

 

Novena for Syria

A Novena for Syria will be prayed at every Mass at Farm Street Church starting on 7th April, the 4th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ and ending on the 16th April. The Novena will be offered for the release of Fr Paolo dall’Oglio SJ. Farm Street Church is home to the Middle East Shrine which is a focus of prayer and solidarity for the region.

 

 

LANDINGS LECTURE 2019

Dr Gemma Simmonds, CJ, Cambridge, will address the subject:

‘Happy Landings: Accompanying the Return to Faith and Practice’. This will take place on Thursday April 11th at 7:00pm in the parish hall. Mass in the church at 6:00pm; buffet reception to follow

Suggested donation: £10

All most welcome – to book e-mail landingsuk@gmail.com or ‘phone Fr Dominic Robinson SJ on (020)-7529-4802

 

 

MY WORK IN PAKISTAN

Carey Schofield, a former journalist and now educator in Pakistan, will speak about her work in Sunday March 31st at 12:30pm in the Meeting Room. All are most welcome to what should be an extremely interesting talk.

 

CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME

On Thursday 4th April at 6.45pm, Dr Martin Poulsom will present a talk on the theology of integral ecology. Exploring ideas of striving for a just world which opposes economic injustices and growing inequality, the despoiling of the earth and exploitation of people, and searching for a better way of living, this should be an interesting presentation about very lively contemporary issues. Admission is free. For details, visiting the http://www.jesuit.org.uk.

 

Lent Day of Prayer & Reflection 

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 

Reflections on the Passion of the Lord Jesus Christ with the Dominican Sisters. Wednesday, 3 April (9.30 for 10.00 until 3.00) Please bring a packed lunch. Suggested donation £14. Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath WD23 4EE. To register events@nilandconferencecentre.co.uk or ring 07746 707 247

 

40 DAYS FOR LIFE

40 Days for Life is a pro-life group praying to end abortion. The current 40 days began on the 6th March and will end on the 14th April, during which a vigil is being kept outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Whitfield Street. If you can spare an hour to pray and to offer love and support for women and babies facing abortion, contact Sarah on 07776 256383 or visit London40daysforlife@hotmail.com.

 

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

admin@mountstreet.info

Why not come to our Regular Events? (No need to book!)

 

• Drop-in Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: April 17th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: April 11th, 2019)

Book: “‘Man’s Search For Meaning”

by Viktor Frankl

 

 

ANOTHER VIEW ON WHY JESUS DIED: AT-ONE-MENT

Facilitated by David Cherry

Saturday 30th March 11am-4pm

As Holy Week draws near here is an opportunity to reimagine salvation, to think and begin to feel your faith in a free-er way. Using Girardian themes of mimesis and the scapegoat mechanism David will attempt to draw you into a vaster & life giving conversation about believing in Jesus.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 4th April 11.30-1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving…

 

You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.

 

EXPLORING BACH’S ST JOHN PASSION

Facilitated by Abigail Graham

Saturday 6th April 11am-4pm

This workshop invites you to use this very special devotional music to prepare for hearing St John’s account of the Passion read on Good Friday and to reflect on what Easter means to you.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th April 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.

 

 

THE LOVING KINDNESS OF OUR GOD – WHO SETS US FREE

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 27th April 11am-4pm

What do we mean when we say that in his life, death and resurrection Jesus redeemed the human race?

 

During this day we will look at the meaning and use of the word redemption and related ideas such as salvation, atonement, and being freed from sin, as they occur in scripture, and in later thinking in the Christian church.  We will also think how that work is being carried on today, focusing on what that means for each of us individually, and for the whole human race.

First Sunday of Lent– Year C – 10th March 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Deuteronomy 26:4-10    Psalm 90

Romans 10:8-13  Luke 4:1-13

 

REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL

There are various signs around the church that we have just begun Lent. The colour of the vestments and hangings has changed to purple, the Gloria and Alleluia have disappeared from Mass, there is a more sombre feel. We have this season because we are looking forward to the celebrating the most important events of our faith, the death and the resurrection of Jesus.

At Christmas we mark the season by sending cards and presents, putting up decorations, preparing special food. In preparing for Easter we look inwards, to our hearts.  We make ourselves ready to celebrate the feast.  In Lent we are called to “repent and believe in the Gospel”.  Repenting means changing, changing our thinking and our behaviour.   We can ask ourselves, “how to I need to change and how can I go about it.”

One way of approaching this is to ask ourselves, “What is it that gets in the way of my living as somebody who really believes the Gospel, who really believes Easter”:-

It may be that my life that I do not give enough time and effort to prayer. In this case I am likely to lose sight of God in my life and be overwhelmed by the things of the day.  If I can make just a small step to focus on God in my life it can change my priorities and my outlook.

It may be that there is some habit to which I am attached, something which may be in danger of becoming an addition. Perhaps I drink to much, perhaps there is some kind of food I overdo,  perhaps the time I spend on the internet or social media or the things I watch are things which need to change, perhaps it is even the way I respond to particular people which I need to examine.

It may be that I do very little to help other people. Is there is some way I can give my time, my skills or my resources for those who need help.

It may be that I look at the news and am aware of damage occurring to the environment or workers being treated unfairly but do nothing about it. Maybe I need to adjust my lifestyle in someway so that I am not part of damaging the environment or exploiting others.  One advantage of the barrage of news we receive these days is that we can be aware of these things in a way we might not have been in the past.

This Lent I suggest you identify one of those things, that for me is the thing where I know I really need to change. Focus on that and each day ask yourself how far you have been able to live out your commitment to change. This will automatically make you focus on God rather than yourself.   It will make you a better person and it will make you better prepared to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 

LENTEN REFLECTIONS IN CONCERT

To help us enter more deeply into the spirit of Lent, Farm Street Church will be having two tea-time piano recitals performed by world-renowned pianist Bobby Chen, which will both be accompanied by short Lenten reflections. The next (second) recital will take place on Saturday 23rd March at 4.40pm. The recitals will be finished by 5.30pm. All are very welcome to attend.

 

TALK BY ANDREW WHITE ON ART

Andrew White, our artist-in-residence, will speak about his art as an expression of his faith, including his large work ‘The Last Supper’ and his forthcoming commission for Farm Street ‘Mother Mary’. This will take place on Sunday March 17th at 12:30pm in the Meeting Room

AN EVENING WITH TIM SCHMALZ

Tim Schmalz, the sculptor of Homeless Jesus that now finds a place in Farm Street Church, will talk about his art and his faith with special reference to the Homeless Jesus Statue. This will take place in the parish hall at 6.45pm on Thursday 21st March.

 

MY WORK IN PAKISTAN

Carey Schofield, a former journalist and now educator in Pakistan, will speak about her work in Sunday March 31st at 12:30pm in the Meeting Room. All are most welcome to what should be an extremely interesting talk.

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception to help on a Sunday afternoon on a once a month commitment. If you are able to help with this important service, please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234.

THE TABLET LECTURES

Farm Street will be hosting two prestigious events organized by The Tablet. The first, a talk by Dr Michael Hurley entitled, ‘Weird Science and the Search for God: G.M. Hopkins, A. Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien’ will take place in the parish hall on Thursday 14th March from 5.45pm – 8.15pm. The second, a talk by Melanie McDonagh entitled, ‘The Role of Catholic Education in the Modern World’ will take place in the parish hall on Wednesday 20th March from 5.45pm – 8.15pm. Both talks will be followed by Q&As, drinks and canapés, and book sales. These talks are ticketed events and tickets must be purchased through The Tablet. For more information please visit www.thetablet.co.uk/events or call 020 8748 8484.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE

40 Days for Life is a pro-life group praying to end abortion. The current 40 days began on the 6th March and will end on the 14th April. If you can spare an hour to pray and to offer love and support for women and babies facing abortion visit London40daysforlife@hotmail.com.

 

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

admin@mountstreet.info

 

Why not come to our Regular Events?

 

• Drop-in Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: March 20th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: March 14h, 2019)

Book: Eric Varden ‘The Shattering of Loneliness’

 

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Facilitated by Malachy Keegan

Saturday 16th March 11am-4pm

In today’s world, mental health is increasingly being seen as of equal importance as physical health. The course will be a Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health Awareness. The course will explain, in simple terms, the process of healthy and happy human development from early to later life, what might go wrong and how the damage can be repaired. It will be of particular use to anyone who works with people in a pastoral or caring situation.

 

GROWING IN AWARENESS

Facilitated by Helen Davies & Lynne Galloway

Saturday 23rd March 11am-4pm

This workshop will explore the very practical tool of the Daily Review, also known as the Examen that St. Ignatius offers us in his Spiritual Exercises. Enabling us to become more aware of the NOW. We will explore practical ways in which we can integrate this Daily Review/Examen into our daily lives.

 

ANOTHER VIEW ON WHY JESUS DIED: AT-ONE-MENT

Facilitated by David Cherry

Saturday 30th March 11am-4pm

As Holy Week draws near here is an opportunity to reimagine salvation, to think and begin to feel your faith in a free-er way. Using Girardian themes of mimesis and the scapegoat mechanism David will attempt to draw you into a vaster & life giving conversation about believing in Jesus.

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 4th April 11.30-1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving…

 

You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.

EXPLORING BACH’S ST JOHN PASSION

Facilitated by Abigail Graham

Saturday 6th April 11am-4pm

This workshop invites you to use this very special devotional music to prepare for hearing St John’s account of the Passion read on Good Friday and to reflect on what Easter means to you.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th April 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.

 

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year C – 3rd March 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Ecclesiasticus 27:4-7     Psalm 91

I Corinthians 15:54-58 Luke 6:39-45

BEING PEOPLE OF COMPASSION

In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus says to his disciples, “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate”.  This week I have been thinking about compassion and what it means for me and for us all. These words of Jesus put me in mind of the Dutch theologian and spiritual writer Henri Nouwen. He wrote of compassion as the vocation of every follower of Christ. Compassion is the particular gift we Christians offer our world and he saw in the Pieta, in Mary holding the broken body of her son after he had been taken down from the cross, the image of our vocation to be people of compassion. This is what he wrote:

“Look at Mary as she hold the broken body of her so. There we can see our vocation, to open our arms to those who suffer and to let them discover that, in communion with Jesus, they can live their anguish without losing their peace. You know, but constantly forget as I do, that our vocation is not to take away human suffering but to reveal that, through Jesus, their suffering has become a way to glory. In our production minded world we are tempted to ask ourselves what our unique contribution is as Christians in comparison with lawyers, doctors and social workers … such comparison often leads us to very low self-esteem …. But we should realise that we are not sent into the world to take away human anguish but to share it and to proclaim in our bodies the victory of love. And in fact we do share it every time we do not run away from the anguish of God’s people but receive it in faith.”

Many years ago, I was based in Guyana, South America, for about six months. I was making my tertianship, the last year of Jesuit training. One of my jobs was to be a chaplain in the prison located in the centre of Georgetown, the capital city. I was assistant to Fr John, the Anglican chaplain, and every week we would spend two days in the prison, holding services, speaking individually to prisoners and, in my case, offering a few basic numeracy and literacy classes. The prison was very overcrowded and the needs of the prisoners were great.

On one afternoon each week we would visit the section of the prison where the men on death row were housed. I like to think I learnt much about compassion from Fr John: it was as though I could see him putting the words of Henri Nouwen into practice. I remember well how he would go from cell to cell, speaking with each man or rather listening to him. I can see him now holding a prisoner’s hand through the bars of the cell as he prayed with him. I was very struck by how much the prisoners trusted him and how much John’s visits and his prayers meant to them. I remember how on one visit we made, on Christmas day, I saw written in chalk on the wall of the corridor outside their cells the words “God is here” and he was, in the compassion which we tried to share with these men and, in a mysterious way, which they shared with us.

Here’s a prayer which meant much to me all those years ago and which I think complements the words of Henri Nouwen and the work of Fr John rather well. I hope it might mean something to you as well.

Grant, Lord, that your unimaginable love may find in me some love to meet it.

Let me love the love: the love that always loves me.

And let my loves delight be ever to love you,

and what you love,

and who you love,

just as you love,

now and for always, life without end. Amen.

Fr Michael Holman, S.J.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday falls on Wednesday 6th March. Masses will be celebrated at the usual times of 8am, 1.05pm and 6pm, and ashes will be imposed at each Mass. Confessions will be heard in the church before each Mass.

 PARISH FORUM

Today for around 40 minutes after the 9.30am and 11am Masses we are holding the second of our Parish Forums. This is an open invitation to meet the Parish Pastoral Council and share any questions or suggestions you may have. Participants will be invited to fill in a short questionnaire on topics relating to the parish, which will then be used to guide the Council over the next year. Please do consider giving some of your time towards this as we hope the Forum will be as representative as possible.

 BOOK LAUNCH

Join us on Thursday 7th March at 7pm in the parish hall for the launch of the book, ‘The Body and Desire: Gregory of Nyssa’s Ascetical Theology’ by Raphael A. Cadenhead. This publication sets out to retrieve the full range of Gregory’s thinking on the challenges of the ascetic life and his relevance for contemporary ethical discourse. There will be a presentation by the author and an opportunity for questions and answers, which will be followed by a reception. All are most welcome to attend.

 LENTEN REFLECTIONS IN CONCERT

To help us enter more deeply into the spirit of Lent, Farm Street Church will be having two tea-time piano recitals performed by world-renowned pianist Bobby Chen, which will both be accompanied by short Lenten reflections. These will take place on Saturday 9th March and Saturday 23rd March at 4.40pm. The recitals will be finished by 5.30pm. All are very welcome to attend.

AN EVENING WITH TIM SCHMALZ

Tim Schmalz, the sculptor of Homeless Jesus that now finds a place in Farm Street Church, will talk about his art and his faith with special reference to the Homeless Jesus Statue. This will take place in the parish hall at 6.45pm on Thursday 21st March.

THE TABLET LECTURES

Farm Street will be hosting two prestigious events organized by The Tablet. The first, a talk by Dr Michael Hurley entitled, ‘Weird Science and the Search for God: G.M. Hopkins, A. Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien’ will take place in the parish hall on Thursday 14th March from 5.45pm – 8.15pm. The second, a talk by Melanie McDonagh entitled, ‘The Role of Catholic Education in the Modern World’ will take place in the parish hall on Wednesday 20th March from 5.45pm – 8.15pm. Both talks will be followed by Q&As, drinks and canapés, and book sales. These talks are ticketed events and tickets must be purchased through The Tablet. For more information please visit www.thetablet.co.uk/events or call 020 8748 8484.

 TALK BY ANDREW WHITE ON ART

Andrew White, our artist-in-residence, will speak about his art as an expression of his faith, including his large work ‘The Last Supper’ and his forthcoming commission for Farm Street ‘Mother Mary’. This will take place on Sunday March 17th at 12:30pm in the Meeting Room

THE PROPHETIC IMAGINATION

All are most welcome to attend an ecumenical service to mark the 39th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Oscar Romero. This event is being organized by the Archbishop Romero Trust, and will include David McLoughlin from Newman University as the principal speaker. The service will take place on Saturday 16th March at 11am at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ.

 

BRIDGE

The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome.  Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

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

admin@mountstreet.info

 

Why not come to our Regular Events?

 

• Drop-in Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: March 20th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: March 14h, 2019)

Book: Eric Varden ‘The Shattering of Loneliness’

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 7th March 11.30-1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving…

 

You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9th March 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.

 

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Facilitated by Malachy Keegan

Saturday 16th March 11am-4pm

In today’s world, mental health is increasingly being seen as of equal importance as physical health. The course will be a Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health Awareness. The course will explain, in simple terms, the process of healthy and happy human development from early to later life, what might go wrong and how the damage can be repaired. It will be of particular use to anyone who works with people in a pastoral or caring situation.

 

GROWING IN AWARENESS

Facilitated by Helen Davies & Lynne Galloway

Saturday 23rd March 11am-4pm

This workshop will explore the very practical tool of the Daily Review, also known as the Examen that St. Ignatius offers us in his Spiritual Exercises. Enabling us to become more aware of the NOW. We will explore practical ways in which we can integrate this Daily Review/Examen into our daily lives.

 

ANOTHER VIEW ON WHY JESUS DIED: AT-ONE-MENT

Facilitated by David Cherry

Saturday 30th March 11am-4pm

As Holy Week draws near here is an opportunity to reimagine salvation, to think and begin to feel your faith in a free-er way. Using Girardian themes of mimesis and the scapegoat mechanism David will attempt to draw you into a vaster & life giving conversation about believing in Jesus.

 

WONDERING WHAT TO DO FOR LENT?

6th March-21st April

This Lent we are able to offer you three different retreat opportunities to share your Lenten journey to deepen your relationship with God, with others and with the world, in company with others around the country. Sign up on https://www.pathwaystogod.org/lent-retreat-2019If you have any questions please email Elizabeth Harrison eharrison@jesuit.org.uk