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TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C – 25th August 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 66:18-21            Psalm 116

Hebrews 12:5-13     Luke 13:22-30

 

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST IGNATIUS

Bookings are still open for our Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius setting out on Monday September 23rd for 10 days.  The pilgrimage is open to all, whether Farm Street or Mount Street regulars or not, of any age and faith  or none, who feel they can manage walking about 10 to 15 miles over a 10 day period across the beautiful Spanish Basque Country in what should be perfect walking conditions.  If you’re still thinking about joining us for all or for part of this special pilgrimage full details of the itinerary, costs and how to book are in the leaflets around the church, but here is a little flavour of what to expect both physically and spiritually.

The Camino experience is an increasingly popular way of entering into an experience of retreat, of taking time out to reflect on my own journey in life and where God is in it. It is very much a spiritual as well as physical exercise.  In his autobiography the founder of the Jesuits St Ignatius calls himself simply “the pilgrim” and guides us through his own camino in the year 1522 from his home town of Loyola in the Basque Country across northern Spain to Montserrat and Manresa in the east.  Our own camino this year takes us along the ancient camino trail through Ignatius’ own homeland of the Basque Country towards his birthplace Loyola.

Walking through the villages and towns of the region we will experience the feel of the place which gave birth to this great saint. At the end of each day’s walking we take time to reflect on our day as we gather as a group and each day we celebrate Mass together in a local church.  On the way to Loyola we stay in just 2 hotels, our support minibus taking us back to our hotel at the end of each day’s walking.  Here in Logroño and in Vittoria we have time also to savour the atmosphere, spending 2 nights in Vittoria, the principal town of the Basque Country, for a day’s ‘repose’, with time to appreciate this beautiful medieval town Ignatius would have known well.  Finally we arrive at Loyola where we spend 2 nights at the Hotel Arrupe which adjoins the shrine and have a day’s retreat looking back over the experience.  We will also have a guided tour of the birthplace of St Ignatius and of the imposing baroque shrine basilica.  Finally we spend a full day and night in the city of Bilbao where there will be an opportunity to visit the acclaimed Guggenheim Art Gallery and other places of interest.

If you would still like to know more details or are unsure if you could join us for all or part of this special pilgrimage please do see me.  It may be you are interested and could only get away at a different time of the year so we could consider a repeat Camino at a different time.  But there are still a few places left for this autumn if you wish to join us.

Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ

 

PUGIN ALTAR FRONTAL

The copy of the original Pugin Altar that adorned the old altar is now in St Augustine’s Shrine, Ramsgate. On Sunday 8th September, there will be a ceremony at St Augustine’s to mark its arrival. Latin vespers will begin at 4.30pm followed by a celebratory service at 5.15pm. All are most welcome to attend.

ART EXHIBITION

An exhibition of paintings by Victoria Brenninkmeijer is on the Ground Floor Gallery at 114 Mount Street from 1st August – 31st August. Victoria has had a lifelong interest in fine art, especially as a use for spiritual contemplation. After taking several short courses, Victoria completed the Art Foundation year, and is now studying at the Art Academy in London for a BA in Fine Art.

 DOWRY OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

The Society of Our Lady of Lourdes is organizing a pilgrimage to Walsingham on Sunday 8th September to be led by Rt Rev Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia.   Coach pick-ups leave Westminster Cathedral at 7.30am and Golders Green at 8.10am. The cost is £20 for adults and £15 for children. If you would like to attend, contact enquiries@soll-lourdes.com or ‘phone Felcy on 07424 865 354

 BOOK LAUNCH

On Thursday 19th September at 6.30pm, Serena Fass will be giving a talk on her book, ‘St Mark the Evangelist’. The book follows the footsteps of the Evangelist, and contains a foreward by Archbishop Angaelos of London and an introduction by the late John Julian Norwich. All money raised will go towards supporting the work of Aid to the Church in Need. While booking is not obligatory, if you are interested in attending this interesting event, please do RSVP to serenafass@waitrose.com

 CLIMATE CHANGE TALK

Jesuit Missions invites you to an evening in conversation with the Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC on Friday 13th September, 18.30 at Farm Street Parish, 114 Mount Street. Lady Scotland will be speaking about climate change in the Commonwealth. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and teas and coffees. All welcome.

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.

 

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) or the Parish Administrator.

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are still open for this year’s Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. September 23rd – October 3rd 2019. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic. For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.

VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS

We are in need of catechists to help on Sunday mornings with Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion & Teenage Confirmation preparation. No special qualification is required. Please contact Fr Chris Pedley SJ (pedleysj@jesuit.org.uk) or Leninha (farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk)

 

ANDREW WHITE ART

Copies of Andrew White’s paintings of the Last Supper and Pietà can be found in reception for £10 each.

 

CHARITY RUN

Father Dominic and a group of parishioners (6 so far) are running a 10K race on the 30th November at the Olympic Velodrome. We will be raising money for Farm Street. We would welcome additional members to the team and anyone who would like to form a cheering team on the day. Please contact Debbie Martin coco193@hotmail.co.uk for details.

 

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?

 

 • Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

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

 

• Book Club *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm – except July & August

Book: “The Brothers Karamazov” Dostoevsky

 

• Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm – except July & August

 

(*): No need to book

 

 

FOR YOUR DIARY: OPEN EVENING AND OPEN DAY!

Thursday 5th September 6-8pm

and

Saturday 7th September 11am-1pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime. There will be friendly faces and cake!

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th September 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.

 

INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

6 Tuesdays, September 17th-October 22nd, 6.30-8pm Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mary Dodge

Repeated 6 Thursdays, September 19th-October 24th, 11.30am-1pm Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

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.

 

CONTEMPLATIVES IN ACTION

Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ

Thursday 19th September 7-9.30pm –3rd Thursday of each month

Seeing the world through God’s eyes leads us to loving action for justice, and action leads us back to prayer. These sessions provide an opportunity for those engaged in work or volunteering in social justice to reflect on their practice, and deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching. Each session has some short input followed by time for reflection and sharing.

 

PICK UP OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMME AVAILABLE AT THE CHURCH DOORS.

AND VISIT www.mountstreet.info!

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C -18th August 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Jeremiah 38:4-10           Psalm 39

Hebrews 12:1-4     Luke 12:49-53

ANGELUS ADDRESS

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Gospel introduces us to the young woman of Nazareth who, having received the Angel’s Annunciation, leaves in haste to be closer to Elizabeth, in the final months of her prodigious pregnancy. Arriving at Elizabeth’s home, Mary hears her utter the words that have come to form the “Hail Mary” prayer: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42). In fact, the greatest gift Mary brings to Elizabeth — and to the whole world — is Jesus, who already lives within her; and he lives not only through faith and through expectation, as in many women of the Old Testament: from the Virgin, Jesus took on human flesh for his mission of salvation.

In the home of Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah, where sadness once reigned for lack of children, there is now the joy of a child on the way: a child who will become the great John the Baptist, the precursor of the Messiah. And when Mary arrives, joy overflows and gushes from their hearts, because the invisible but real presence of Jesus fills everything with meaning: life, family, the salvation of the people. Everything! This joy is expressed in Mary’s voice in the marvelous prayer that the Gospel of Luke has conveyed to us and which, from the first Latin word, is called Magnificat. It is a song of praise to God who works great things through humble people, unknown to the world, as is Mary herself, as is her spouse Joseph, and as is the place where they live, Nazareth. The great things God has done with humble people, the great things the Lord does in the world with the humble, because humility is like a vacuum that leaves room for God. The humble are powerful because they are humble: not because they are strong. And this is the greatness of the humble and of humility. I would like to ask you — and also myself — but do not answer out loud — each of you respond in your heart: “How is my humility?”.

The Magnificat praises the merciful and faithful God who accomplishes his plan of salvation through the little ones and the poor, through those who have faith in him, who trust in his Word as did Mary. Here is the exclamation of Elizabeth: “Blessed is she who believed” (Lk 1:45). In that house, the coming of Jesus through Mary created not only a climate of joy and fraternal communion, but also a climate of faith that leads to hope, prayer, and praise.

We would like to have all of this happen today in our homes too. Celebrating Mary Most Holy Assumed into Heaven, we would once again wish her to bring to us, to our families, to our communities, this immense gift, that unique Grace that we must always seek first and above all the other graces that we also have at heart: the grace that is Jesus Christ!

By bearing Jesus, Our Lady also brings to us a new joy full of meaning; she brings us a new ability to traverse with faith the most painful and difficult moments; she brings us the capacity of mercy, in order to forgive each other, to understand each other and to support each other.

Mary is the model of virtue and of faith. Today, in contemplating her Assumption into Heaven, the final fulfillment of her earthly journey, we thank her because she always precedes us in the pilgrimage of life and faith. She is the first Disciple. And we ask her to keep us and support us; that we may have a strong, joyful and merciful faith; that she may help us to be saints, to meet with her, one day, in Heaven.

Pope Francis

Delivered at his Angelus Address on the Feast of the Assumption, 2017.

 

FAREWELL TO FR BOB STYLES SJ

During the next week we say farewell to Fr Bob who has been part of our extended clergy team for the last few years.   I’m sure many would like to thank Fr Bob for all his work at Farm Street, including his Masses and homilies and one-to-one work on the door as duty priest and in the sacrament of reconciliation in the church.  We wish him all the best for his new assignment in the Jesuit Community at Sacred Heart, Edinburgh.

ART EXHIBITION

An exhibition of paintings by Victoria Brenninkmeijer is on the Ground Floor Gallery at 114 Mount Street from 1st August – 31st August. Victoria has had a lifelong interest in fine art, especially as a use for spiritual contemplation. After taking several short courses, Victoria completed the Art Foundation year, and is now studying at the Art Academy in London for a BA in Fine Art.

 PROPOSED WALKING CLUB

A number of regular worshippers at our church have participated in pilgrimages over in recent years. In preparation for these, a small group of parishioners have organized one-day practice walks. It has been suggested that the time has come to set up a more formal walking club for the church and arrange future walks in a more organized manner. Membership will be free and all worshippers at Farm Street are welcome to join. It is envisaged that a walk will be organized about four times a year, and each will be up to ten miles in distance within travelling distance of central London. We will consult with members to choose walking destinations, paths and dates which are suitable for the majority.

If you are interested in this new venture, please contact Hossein Zand for more information at h.zand01@gmail.com or Tel 07949 999881.

 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.

VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS

We are in need of catechists to help on Sunday mornings with Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion & Teenage Confirmation preparation. No special qualification is required. Please contact Fr Chris Pedley SJ (pedleysj@jesuit.org.uk) or Leninha (farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk)

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are still open for this year’s Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. The Camino is a spiritual as well as physically challenging experience, with prayer and Mass each day and a day’s retreat in Loyola followed by a final day of sightseeing in Bilbao. September 23rd – October 3rd 2019. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.

THE SUMMIT

All young people of the diocese are invited to ‘The Summit’ at Westminster Cathedral on Friday 18th October 2019, 6.30pm to 8pm, for an evening of inspiring reflections, contemporary worship music and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Cardinal Nichols and Brenden Thompson from Catholic Voices will be leading the reflections and the evening promises to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith together. Please come along and encourage your friends, families, classes, youth groups, confirmation groups and any other young people you know to join us. More information at https://dowym.com/events/the-summit-westminster-cathedral/  

 

FARM STREET CHURCH VACANCY

Farm Street is a very active city centre church in the heart of Mayfair in the care of the Jesuits.  We are looking for a motivated, hard-working individual to assume the position of sacristan. The position is full-time at 31 hours a week with pay being set at £13.05 an hour. Working days are Saturday, Sunday, and three weekdays to be decided. Flexibility is required and overtime may be expected. Sunday hours are set at ten hours. Lunch will be provided on Sundays.

Duties include managing the sacristy, setting up for and assisting at Masses, baptisms, funerals, and acting as registrar for weddings. An additional £85 will be paid for each wedding (approximately 30-40 per year). Additional hours will be required at Christmas and Easter. The sacristan will report directly to the parish priest.

For further information about the parish please visit our website www.farmstreet.org.uk.  To apply for this position please e-mail Tim Edwards at tedwards@jesuit.org.uk to request an application form.

 

 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?

 

• Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

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

 

• Book Club *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm – except July & August

Book: “The Brothers Karamazov” Dostoevsky

 

• Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm – except July & August

 

(*): No need to book

 

 

FOR YOUR DIARY: OPEN EVENING AND OPEN DAY!

Thursday 5th September 6-8pm

and

Saturday 7th September 11am-1pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime. There will be friendly faces and cake!

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th September 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.

 

INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

6 Tuesdays, September 17th-October 22nd, 6.30-8pm Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mary Dodge

Repeated 6 Thursdays, September 19th-October 24th, 11.30am-1pm Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

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.

 

CONTEMPLATIVES IN ACTION

Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ

Thursday 19th September 7-9.30pm –3rd Thursday of each month

Seeing the world through God’s eyes leads us to loving action for justice, and action leads us back to prayer. These sessions provide an opportunity for those engaged in work or volunteering in social justice to reflect on their practice, and deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching. Each session has some short input followed by time for reflection and sharing.

 

PICK UP OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMME AVAILABLE AT THE CHURCH DOORS.

AND VISIT www.mountstreet.info!

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-Year C-11th August 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Wisdom 18:6-9 Psalm 32

Hebrews 11:1-19     Luke 12:32-48

UNHESITATING GENOROSITY

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.  This striking line from this Sunday’s Gospel reading put me in mind of a visit I made just last week to a Catholic Church in Lahore.

I had been in Pakistan since the end of June. My job was to help the few Jesuits who based there in their summer ministry of directing retreats for religious and giving workshops to teachers in our schools. This was my second visit and I was struck once again by the beauty of the country, by the strength of its religious traditions and by the friendly welcome given me by all the people I met. Many were the hearty congratulations that came my way when England’s cricketers miraculously (or so it seemed) won the World Cup!

Towards the end of my stay, the mission superior suggested that another Jesuit visiting from Korea and I might like to see Lahore’s old city with its splendid Royal Mosque. But first we would go to St John’s parish in Youhannabad, the Christian district of Lahore which I had visited on my first trip. My second visit proved as memorable as my first.

We were given a warm welcome both by the parish priest and by the catechist and his wife whose eldest son is studying for the Jesuit priesthood. About 5,000 people of all ages attend mass on Sundays. Despite the fact that there is no shortage of vocations in Pakistan, both to the priesthood and to the religious life, the vitality of the Church is largely sustained by a network of lay catechists who administer the churches, lead some liturgical celebrations, teach the faith to young people and adults and visit families in their homes. It struck me at the time that this is a model of pastoral ministry from which we, in a very different context, might nonetheless learn.

On Sunday, 15 March 2015, tragedy had struck Youhannabad when the Anglican Church of Christ and St John’s were both the objects of terrorist attacks. When the story of what happened at the Catholic Church is told, the focus is on the young parishioner who volunteered to look after security at the gate to the church compound. His name was Akash Bashir and he was 18 years old at the time.

Akash had already heard of the assault on the Church of Christ when he saw a young man whom he did not recognise running for the gate. When stopped, this man said he needed to speak to the parish priest. Akash refused to let him proceed whereupon I was told that the man opened his jacket to reveal explosives. Akash then jumped on him, preventing him from moving beyond the gate and into the church crowded with parishioners waiting for mass to begin. Akash was told that if he didn’t let the man go, he would be blown up. Akash refused and the suicide bomber claimed his life and the lives of some 20 others.

Akash was a student at the Don Bosco technical institute in Youhannabad and the Salesian website records that many in the district regard him as a martyr: they visit his tomb and pray for his intercession. His courageous act inspires Christians in their everyday journey and motivates them not to be discouraged by the many challenges they face. He can inspire us as well. The numbers of casualties would have been much higher, possibly several hundreds, had it not been for Akash’s unhesitating, spontaneous act of great generosity prepared for, no doubt, by numerous smaller acts of loving generosity towards his Lord and towards others in the course of his daily life. Indeed, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

Fr Michael Holman S.J.

 

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION

The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady will be celebrated on Thursday 15th August. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at the usual times of 8am, 1.05pm and 6pm. Refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall after the 6pm Mass

 ART EXHIBITION

An exhibition of paintings by Victoria Brenninkmeijer will take place on the Ground Floor Gallery at 114 Mount Street from 1st August – 31st August. Victoria has had a lifelong interest in fine art, especially as a use for spiritual contemplation. After taking several short courses, Victoria completed the Art Foundation year, and is now studying at the Art Academy in London for a BA in Fine Art.

 PROPOSED WALKING CLUB

It is well known amongst Catholics that walking a long-distance pilgrimage is both beneficial to physical health and spiritually uplifting, and an increasing number of regular worshippers at our church have participated in such pilgrimages over the past few years. In preparation for these, a small group of parishioners have also organized occasional one-day practice walks.

However, it has been suggested that the time has come to set up a more formal walking club for the church and arrange future walks in a more organized manner. Membership will be free and all worshippers at Farm Street are welcome to join. It is envisaged that a walk will be organized about four times a year, and each will be up to ten miles in distance within travelling distance of central London. We will consult with members to choose walking destinations, paths and dates which are suitable for the majority.

If you are interested in this new venture, please contact Hossein Zand for more information at h.zand01@gmail.com or Tel 07949 999881.

 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.

VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS

We are in need of catechists to help on Sunday mornings with Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion & Teenage Confirmation preparation. If you wish to share your faith with young members of our Parish, please join our team of catechists. No special qualification is required. We will provide training and faith formation. Please contact Fr Chris Pedley SJ (pedleysj@jesuit.org.uk) or Leninha (farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk)

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are open for this year’s Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. The Camino is a spiritual as well as physically challenging experience, with prayer and Mass each day and a day’s retreat in Loyola followed by a final day of sightseeing in Bilbao. September 23rd – October 3rd 2019. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.

THE SUMMIT

All young people of the diocese are invited to ‘The Summit’ at Westminster Cathedral on Friday 18th October 2019, 6.30pm to 8pm, for an evening of inspiring reflections, contemporary worship music and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Cardinal Nichols and Brenden Thompson from Catholic Voices will be leading the reflections and the evening promises to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith together. Please come along and encourage your friends, families, classes, youth groups, confirmation groups and any other young people you know to join us. More information at https://dowym.com/events/the-summit-westminster-cathedral/

 

CLIMATE CHANGE TALK

Jesuit Missions invites you to an evening in conversation with the Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC on Friday 13th September, 18.30 at Farm Street Parish, 114 Mount Street. Lady Scotland will be speaking about climate change in the Commonwealth. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and teas and coffees. All welcome.

 

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED PILGRIMAGE TO EGYPT

All are invited to join Fr Dominic on this pilgrimage to Egypt from Monday 4th to Tuesday 12th November 2019. The pilgrimage itinerary offers the chance to visit ACN projects, meet with local Church leaders and Christians as well as visit places of historic importance as we trace the steps of the Holy Family in exile. For more information, please speak to Fr Dominic or contact Pax Travel on 020 7485 3003 or by emailing info@paxtravel.co.uk

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

 

OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMME WILL SOON APPEAR AT THE CHURCH DOORS. IN THE MEANTIME VISIT www.mountstreet.info

FOR NEW EVENTS!

 

FOR YOUR DIARY: OPEN EVENING AND OPEN DAY!

Thursday 5th September 6-8pm and

Saturday 7th September 11am-1pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime. There will be friendly faces and cake!

CONTEMPLATIVES IN ACTION

Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ

Thursday 19th September 7-9.30pm –3rd Thursday of each month

Seeing the world through God’s eyes leads us to loving action for justice, and action leads us back to prayer. These sessions provide an opportunity for those engaged in work or volunteering in social justice to reflect on their practice, and deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching. Each session has some short input followed by time for reflection and sharing.

 

INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

6 Tuesdays, September 17th-October 22nd, 6.30-8pm Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mary Dodge.

Repeated 6 Thursdays, September 19th-October 24th, 11.30am-1pm

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

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.

 

WHY NOT COME TO OUR REGULAR EVENTS? (*: NO NEED TO BOOK!)

 

 

Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

2nd and last Wednesday of each month (except August) 11.30am-3.30pm

 

Book Club *

2nd Thursday of each month (except July & August)

7-8.30pm

Book for September: “The Brothers Karamazov” Dostoevsky

 

Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month (except July & August)

7-8.30pm

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C – 4th August 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23            Psalm 89

Colossians 3:1-11     Luke 12:13-21

POSSESSIONS

Possessions come in many forms. The most obvious ones are those we use every day; the things we buy and what has been given to us and, indeed, we cannot live without them. But in very deep and human sense – that is to say, a spiritual sense – possessions have a spiritual dimension or, perhaps more accurately, our attitude towards them involves us in a spiritual and interior way.

For example, suppose someone wants to buy a new car. If they are wise, they will scour the showrooms to try to find something suitable. Then they will .negotiate with the seller to get the best price, and finally they will drive away their new wheels. Such an endeavour can take up large amounts of time and energy. However, what is pertinent for us is the fact of looking forward to possessing the car.

We think about what car we want and we desire what we can see – someone else’s vehicle, perhaps. So, naturally enough, when we think about owning one for ourselves – well, at the very least it cheers us up. And when we find ourselves sitting at the wheel and driving off into the nearest traffic jam, we are, for a short while, really quite chuffed at what we now have. With all the hard work we do, surely we deserve a bit of pleasure once we have chosen the car, visited the showrooms, talked to our family and friends, convinced ourselves we have got the better of the salesman, and so on. Surely we have a right to enjoy it, and it would be churlish to disagree. But….notice what happens here.

All the anticipation and even excitement we felt prior to buying the car is soon gone. Sad to say, but it is true. Only a few days after steering away and parking the thing prominently for all to see, our pleasure is gone and we are simply stuck in the driving seat of just another car amongst millions. A pity, that. But can we learn something from this?

Possessions are most commonly thought of as material, but that is not their essence. This lies within us – our attitudes towards them – so they can also be thought of as having an ideological, emotional, and intellectual sense where, in the deeper interior arenas to which St Ignatius directs us, they can be images we have of God, ourselves and our deepest attachments. In a very real sense, these types of possessions and the attachments we have to them can exert a powerful and controlling effect on us, conditioning, if not determining, how we think and what we do with our lives. Reflecting on these is indeed an exercise, but one concerned with our spiritual nature, and practising this will free us more and more.

We can choose to learn the lesson our interior life is teaching us, namely, that we have to look elsewhere for lasting joy. More than that, however, we can adjust our attitudes to possessions so much so that whilst we enjoy them, we are not ourselves possessed by them, so to speak. Because, you see, that is what so easily happens. And it makes us rather dull and superficial, and, in the end, discontented people. But we can be free inside of ourselves if we direct our energies to the things that give us lasting joy, as St Ignatius discovered through a long time of trial and error. As we listen to today’s Gospel, we can learn to be wise, to be a child of God, to be a better disciple of Christ by letting go of our possessions.

Fr James Campbell S.J.

From the archives. First published 9th September 2007.

ART EXHIBITION

An exhibition of paintings by Victoria Brenninkmeijer will take place on the Ground Floor Gallery at 114 Mount Street from 1st August – 31st August. Victoria has had a lifelong interest in fine art. When she started Spiritual Direction a few years ago her mentors encouraged her to begin using art as a form of creative contemplation. After taking several short courses, Victoria completed the Art Foundation year, and is now studying at the Art Academy in London for a BA in Fine Art. There will be an open evening with the artist on Tuesday 6th August from 6pm to 9pm with refreshments. All are most welcome.

 

PROPOSED WALKING CLUB

It is well known amongst Catholics that walking a long-distance pilgrimage is both beneficial to physical health and spiritually uplifting, and an increasing number of regular worshippers at our church have participated in such pilgrimages over the past few years. In preparation for these, a small group of parishioners have also organized occasional one-day practice walks.

However, it has been suggested that the time has come to set up a more formal walking club for the church and arrange future walks in a more organized manner. Membership will be free and all worshippers at Farm Street are welcome to join. It is envisaged that a walk will be organized about four times a year, and each will be up to ten miles in distance within travelling distance of central London. We will consult with members to choose walking destinations, paths and dates which are suitable for the majority.

If you are interested in this new venture, please contact Hossein Zand for more information at h.zand01@gmail.com or Tel 07949 999881.

 

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.

 

VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS

We are in need of catechists to help on Sunday mornings with Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion & Teenage Confirmation preparation. If you wish to share your faith with young members of our Parish, please join our team of catechists. No special qualification is required. We will provide training and faith formation. Please contact Fr Chris Pedley SJ (pedleysj@jesuit.org.uk) or Leninha (farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk)

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are open for this year’s Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. The Camino is a spiritual as well as physically challenging experience, with prayer and Mass each day and a day’s retreat in Loyola followed by a final day of sightseeing in Bilbao. September 23rd – October 3rd 2019. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.

THE SUMMIT

All young people of the diocese are invited to ‘The Summit’ at Westminster Cathedral on Friday 18th October 2019, 6.30pm to 8pm, for an evening of inspiring reflections, contemporary worship music and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Cardinal Nichols and Brenden Thompson from Catholic Voices will be leading the reflections and the evening promises to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith together. Please come along and encourage your friends, families, classes, youth groups, confirmation groups and any other young people you know to join us. More information at https://dowym.com/events/the-summit-westminster-cathedral/   

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

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FOR NEW EVENTS!

 

AUGUST IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team, Saturday 10th August 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.

 

FOR YOUR DIARY: OPEN EVENING AND OPEN DAY!

Thursday 5th September 6-8pm and

Saturday 7th September 11am-1pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime. There will be friendly faces and cake!

CONTEMPLATIVES IN ACTION

Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ

Thursday 19th September 7-9.30pm –3rd Thursday of each month

Seeing the world through God’s eyes leads us to loving action for justice, and action leads us back to prayer. These sessions provide an opportunity for those engaged in work or volunteering in social justice to reflect on their practice, and deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching. Each session has some short input followed by time for reflection and sharing.

 

INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

6 Tuesdays, September 17th-October 22nd, 6.30-8pm Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mary Dodge.

Repeated 6 Thursdays, September 19th-October 24th, 11.30am-1pm

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

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.

 

WHY NOT COME TO OUR REGULAR EVENTS? (*: NO NEED TO BOOK!)

  

Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

2nd and last Wednesday of each month (except August) 11.30am-3.30pm

 

Book Club *

2nd Thursday of each month (except July & August)

7-8.30pm

Book for September: “The Brothers Karamazov” Dostoevsky

 

Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month (except July & August)

7-8.30pm

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C -28th July 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Genesis 18:20-32          Psalm 137

Colossians 2:12-14     Luke 11:1-13

 

ST IGNATIUS

Wednesday we will be celebrating the feast of St Ignatius Loyola. Images of Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, can be found in a number of places in our Church. In the Sacred Heart Chapel he is there on the left with St Claude de la Colombiere and there is the large and striking statue by the Ignatius chapel itself. You are also likely to hear references to Ignatius in our preaching. Furthermore the Mount Street Jesuit Centre “provides spiritual and faith formation along with opportunities for social outreach in the spirit and tradition of Saint Ignatius Loyola”. Why do we think Ignatius has something to offer to us today?

Part of what we think about on his feast day is the history of the Society of Jesus from the time of Ignatius and his group of followers decided that they should found a religious order early sixteenth century. Not only is Farm Street church part of that heritage but, on Thursday, we will be celebrating the Jesuit tradition of education by inviting past students from all over the world to join us. However, it is not so much the history of the Jesuits or of Jesuit institutions which makes Ignatius relevant to our world today as the spiritual tradition which he left behind.

In his reflection on his own experience Ignatian touched on things which seem to be relevant to the lives of people living in very different times and cultures from his own. In some ways Ignatius own background looked back to the romantic idea of medieval chivalry, something he transformed into a way of serving God when he experienced his conversion, but his heritage is very contemporary. Our parish pilgrims for Syria went to Manresa, which is where Ignatius spent a long period of time in prayer. Out of that experience came the Spiritual Exercises, a way of helping others to come to recognise the way God was working in their lives. Ignatius teaches us to reflect on our own experience of the times peace, joy and attraction to God, which he calls consolation, and the opposite times of restlessness, lethargy and separation from God which he called desolation. By reflecting on how God is working in our lives we are helped to choose what is to the greater glory of God, free of those things which get in the way of that love and service of the Lord. In the Spiritual Exercises he gets us to reflect on the life of Christ and on God’s generosity to us and respond with similar generosity. Ignatius ends the Spiritual Exercises with a prayer of offering which we might make our own as we celebrate his feast day:

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To you, O Lord, I return it. All is yours, dispose of it wholly according to your will. Give me your love and your grace, for this is sufficient for me.

Fr CHRIS PEDLEY SJ

(From the archives. Originally published July 2014)

 

ST IGNATIUS DAY ALUMNI MASS

All are welcome, and most especially alumni/ae of Jesuit schools and universities here and abroad, to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits, on July 31st at 6pm, when there will be a solemn Mass with the Farm Street Choir, followed by a party.   All welcome to this joyful annual event – please do spread the word and bring friends and family.

 

JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE

JRS UK are seeking volunteers to go with our friends when they approach an Embassy to request documentation about nationality. For some it offers a way forward in the efforts to obtain the protection and recognition they need and have a right to. The volunteers will offer moral support and act as witnesses.

Please could you advertise this opportunity in your parish newsletter/circulate to those who you think might be interested? More information is available on the JRS UK website: www.jrsuk.net/volunteer

 

31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

Where will God find you this July? Join the Jesuits on a journey guided by the Spiritual Exercises via a series of 31 daily e-mails leading up to the Feast of St Ignatius on the 31st July. Each week, a theme will be examined from the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius with the use of scripture and prayer to help you find God in moments of Conversion, Call, Challenge, and Consolation. Even if you have missed the start of July, it is not too late to sign up. For more information, visit http://www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius-2019.

 

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.

 

VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS

We are in need of catechists to help on Sunday mornings with Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion & Teenage Confirmation preparation. If you wish to share your faith with young members of our Parish, please join our team of catechists. No special qualification is required. We will provide training and faith formation. Please contact Fr Chris Pedley SJ (pedleysj@jesuit.org.uk) or Leninha (farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk)

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are open for this year’s Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. The Camino is a spiritual as well as physically challenging experience, with prayer and Mass each day and a day’s retreat in Loyola followed by a final day of sightseeing in Bilbao. September 23rd – October 3rd 2019. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.

 

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).

 

SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

All and any help is needed throughout July and August for a soup kitchen run by the Companions of St. John of Malta.

We are at St James’ Spanish Place every Thursday – most helpers arrive between 1800-1900, after work, but any spare time between 1700-2100 is most welcome.   Many soup kitchens close over the summer, but the need does not diminish. Our guest numbers normally rise from about 80 to about 120 at this time. Hands, hearts, time and prayers are especially welcome as helpers.

Any more information contact Patrick Howe at elizabeth.howe4848@btinternet.com or

020 7589 9178

Thanks for your attention and if time is too short, your prayers are as important as anything.