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ST EDWARD THE CONFESSOR – Year C – 13th October 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Tobit 12:6-13   Psalm 130

Romans 8:26-30     Matthew 5:1-12

ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

When I wrote a piece about the start of the process of canonisation of Pedro Arrupe in the Newsletter, a little while ago, I mentioned that it was slightly intimidating preaching in this church. That was because of the many distinguished preachers who had preached from the same pulpit. This is even more true today. If you go and look at the list engraved on the side of the pulpit you will see that among the first names on the list is that of John Henry Newman. Today in Rome, John Henry Newman is being canonised as a saint.

That Newman preached here is not our only connection with him. He was born in the City of London and went school in Ealing, so he was a Londoner by origin. He was born in 1801 and ordained into the Church of England in 1825. Initially an Evangelical he became a leader in the Oxford Movement wanting to stress the continuity between the Church of England and the pre-Reformation Catholic Church. Overtime he came to see this position as untenable and in 1845 he was received into the Roman Catholic Church.

He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and was drawn to the example and life of the Oratorian St Philip Neri. With Frederick Faber he founded the Birmingham Oratory. Faber was then sent to found the London Oratory in Brompton Road. We will be marking Newman’s canonisation next week when Fr Michael Lang of the London Oratory come to preach at the 11.00am Mass. Newman is one of the great theologians of the Nineteenth Century and his ideas have helped shaped the Church ever since. However, his ideas were not always accepted, but his place in the Church was recognised by Pope Leo XIII who made him a cardinal in 1879.

Newman’s journey of faith was not an easy one. As his views developed first with in the Church of England and then when he became a Roman Catholic, he was a controversial figure who experienced opposition. The struggle was not only an external one. His personal journey is reflected in the famous poem, later used as hymn, he wrote towards the beginning of his journey in 1833, “Lead Kindly Light” (No. 961 in the Laudate hymn book we use here in church or find the words online).   Many of us can resonate with that awareness of not always having let God lead us. Newman recognises how God has blest him and asks that God will continue to lead him one step at time. It is a hymn which has been frequently used by those experiencing difficulty in their lives. Today we celebrate the Church’s official pronouncement that for St. John Henry Newman “the night is gone” and he shares the vision of the angels. As we do so we take inspiration from his life and ask for his intercession for this city and this church which he knew well.

Fr Chris Pedley, SJ

DEO GRATIAS

We give thanks for the canonisation today of St John Henry Newman. A number of items belonging to the saint will be on display in Farm Street Church from Wednesday onwards. Next Sunday we continue our focus on St John Henry Newman by welcoming Fr Michael Lang, parish priest at the London Oratory, to preach at the 11am Mass.

 

PACT APPEAL

There will be a second collection today for the work of The Prison Advice and Care Trust. PACT is a Catholic charity that provides support for prisoners and their families in England and Wales, and puts into practice the Catholic work of mercy to visit the imprisoned.

 

ART AND THE BODY OF CHRIST

On Thursday 31st October at 7pm, Maria Cristina White-da Cruz will give an illustrated lecture on the meaning, form, and function of the Eucharist in relation to Early Church writings and its representation in art. The lecture explores the ultimate purpose of the Eucharist to nourish God’s people, the mystical Body of Christ. Tickets are £10 at door or via Eventbrite.

 

Are you an adult who is thinking about joining the Catholic Church or who has not yet been confirmed?

Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin in October preparing for baptism, receptions into the Church and confirmations at Easter next year. For more information contact Fr Chris Pedley cpedleysj@jesuit.org.uk

 

UNITED SERVICE FOR THE THIRD WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Caritas Westminster are launching new family holiday clubs in Islington and White City this October to help children and families access nutritious, healthy food and enjoy fun activities during the holidays. The clubs will run at Blessed Sacrament Primary School (N1 0UF) on 22nd October and St John XXIII Primary School (W12 7QT) on 23rd October between 11am-2pm. To make the clubs happen we need lots of volunteers to get involved with one or both of the clubs! If you would like to volunteer, please arrive at 9 am on the day to get involved – volunteer training will be provided and the day will finish by 3pm . To find out more and register your interest contact cfc@rcdow.org.uk / 020 7931 6077.

 

TEA TIME CONCERT

On Saturday 19th October at 4.30pm, there will be a piano recital at Farm Street Church accompanied by meditative Christian reflections. The service will last about 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend

 

PRAYING FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE

You are invited to a special Mass at 11.30am on Wednesday November 6th here at Farm Street, to pray for Britain’s young people. This is organised by Catholic Women Praying Together, a group bringing together the main Catholic women’s groups in Britain.  For those who wish, a buffet lunch follows at £25 each:

contact aemblem@btinternet.com

 

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm and Sundays between 9.15am and 1pm. If you are able to help, please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 -408-1234 and press option 1.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

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

 

WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE’S DRINKING?

AL-ANON can help and is held every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 12-1pm in the Meeting Room at 114 Mount Street. Contact Jane 07962 967443 or Angela 07971 953744. www.al-anonuk.org.uk

 

Parish Coffee Morning

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

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7529 4844 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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

AND VISIT http://www.mountstreet.info

 

NEW SPECIAL SERIES: GOOD BOOKS AT THE LONDON JESUIT CENTRE

TOM HOLLAND “DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND”

Wednesday 16th October, 7pm

If you enjoy a good book, you will enjoy hearing recently published authors speaking about their work in discussion with experts in the field and the audience. Join us for a convivial evening of conversation and the occasional controversy!

Booking required on EventBrite

 

THE ART OF LIVING

Facilitated by Nick Austin SJ

Series of 2 Saturdays, October 19th & October 26th, 11am-4pm

Drawing on the Christian tradition, philosophy and literature the workshop will explore topics such as Happiness, Character, Wisdom, Sin, Justice and Love. It is suitable for anyone interested in theological, philosophical and ethical questions about how to live, and their relevance in our lives.

 

THE HELPLESSNESS OF GOD – BIBLICAL MODELS OF LEADERSHIP

Facilitated by Nicholas King SJ

Saturday 2nd November 11am-4pm

At a time, when Pope Francis is demonstrating a very new way of doing leadership in the Catholic Church, this day will reflect upon the role of discernment in good leadership, drawing on key Scripture texts, and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.

 

 

‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE NEW TESTAMENT

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

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

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

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

 

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

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9h November 11am-4pm

These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.

 

There is no need to book for these days, just come along.

 

Come to our Regular Events

 

• Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

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

• Book Club * No book Club in October

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

• Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

(*): No need to book

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

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Habakkuk 1:2-2:4       Psalm 94

II Timothy 1:6-14     Luke 17:5-10

THE NEW LONDON JESUIT CENTRE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fr Adrian Porter, SJ

 

CLIMATE CHANGE TALK

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

 

ROSARY CRUSADE

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

 

ART AND THE BODY OF CHRIST

On Thursday 31st October at 7pm, Maria Cristina White-da Cruz will give an illustrated lecture on the meaning, form, and function of the Eucharist in relation to Early Church writings and its representation in art. The lecture explores the ultimate purpose of the Eucharist to nourish God’s people, the mystical Body of Christ. Tickets are £10 at the door or via Eventbrite.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR TEENAGERS

This programme is for teenagers who are in year 9 – aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2020. It begins in November 2019, and classes are held on a Sunday morning from 11:30 –12:30. The programme will end in June 2020. To register, please collect a registration form from the Parish Reception at 114, Mount Street or from farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk and return it by 31st October 2019.

 

Are you an adult who is thinking about joining the Catholic Church or who has not yet been confirmed?

Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin in October preparing for baptism, receptions into the Church and confirmations at Easter next year. For more information contact Fr Chris Pedley cpedleysj@jesuit.org.uk

 

CATHOLIC UNION TALK

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

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

 

 PRESENTATION OF SEIDS, CARITAS’ PROJECT FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION

On 13 October after 11am Mass, Elena, Hub Manager of SEIDs (Social Enterprise Ideas Development the social innovation and enterprise strategy of Caritas Westminster), will explain how SEIDS supports and develops ethical business ideas in the Diocese. Come if you want to learn more about their 121 mentoring and business support. SEIDs is also looking for anyone with business knowledge / skills would like to volunteer in our Mentor Programme and guide a young business entrepreneurs.

 

UNITED SERVICE FOR THE THIRD WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

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

WORKS OF MERCY

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

PARISH COFFEE MORNING

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

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

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

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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

AND VISIT http://www.mountstreet.info

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th October 11am-4pm

These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other. There is no need to book for these days.

 

NEW SPECIAL SERIES: GOOD BOOKS AT the LONDON JESUIT CENTRE:

TOM HOLLAND “DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND”

Wednesday 16th October, 7pm

If you enjoy a good book, you will enjoy hearing recently published authors speaking about their work in discussion with experts in the field and the audience. Join us for a convivial evening of conversation and the occasional controversy!

Booking required on EventBrite

THE ART OF LIVING

Facilitated by Nick Austin SJ

Series of 2 Saturdays, October 19th & October 26th, 11am-4pm

Drawing on the Christian tradition, philosophy and literature the workshop will explore topics such as Happiness, Character, Wisdom, Sin, Justice and Love. It is suitable for anyone interested in theological, philosophical and ethical questions about how to live, and their relevance in our lives.

 

THE HELPLESSNESS OF GOD – BIBLICAL MODELS OF LEADERSHIP

Facilitated by Nicholas King SJ

Saturday 2nd November 11am-4pm

At a time, when Pope Francis is demonstrating a very new way of doing leadership in the Catholic Church, this day will reflect upon the role of discernment in good leadership, drawing on key Scripture texts, and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.

 

‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE NEW TESTAMENT

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Come to our Regular Events

 

 

• Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

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

• Book Club * No book Club in October

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

• Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

(*): No need to book

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C – 29th September 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Amos 6:1.4-7   Psalm 145

I Timothy 6:11-16     Luke 16:19-31

 

BRIDGING THE GAP

 

There are a large number of stories very familiar to us from the gospels which in fact appear only in the gospel of Saint Luke. Amongst these is the gospel that we hear today, the rich man and Lazarus. Many of Luke’s accounts portray Jesus as being the truest expression of God’s love, compassion and forgiveness, particularly attractive to those who are most needy and unloved, so much so that Dante described Luke as the scriba mansuetudinis Christi, the writer who best conveyed the gentleness and loving-kindness of Christ, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that today’s gospel seems rather sterner stuff. Yes indeed, Lazarus is happily vindicated nestling in the bosom of Abraham but the man who had enjoyed a life of comfort and luxury certainly seems to have got his come-uppance with a vengeance, and now it is too late, “between us and you a great gulf has been fixed.”

    And yet who is the one who has fixed this gulf? Was it not the rich man who in this life studiously ignored those very close to him who were so needy? The very fact that he recognised Lazarus later means that he must have known him on this earth.

He cannot claim ignorance. On the other hand he is certainly not lacking in arrogance. Listen to him: “Father Abraham, send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue.” “Father, send Lazarus to my father’s house to warn my brothers.” He sees Lazarus as nothing more than a message boy. There is no sense of a common humanity that can be rejoiced in, no sense of being co-heirs to God’s promises, no sense of sharing the good things that God provides for us. This can be the corrosive effect of huge differences in wealth and amenities. They are destructive of true human values and relationships. They lead us however subtly to instrumentalise other people. This gospel is so pertinent to us today. What are we going to do with the wealth and talents that are available to us? How are we going to build human communities where those most in need are respected and helped? The risen Christ in our midst is asking us to take these things seriously. All through its history the Church has tried to do so, both in thought and action. The name Lazarus means “God is my help.” If we set about serving his people generously we will not find his help lacking.

Fr Hugh Duffy, SJ

From the archives, 30th September 2007

 

FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL

As a direct response to the thought-provoking feedback from our recent Parish Forum, the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) has been reorganised under a new constitution in order to ensure greater transparency and to promote better communication in our mission of service to the parish community. One of the first fruits of this ongoing process is the poster of names and photographs of council members, along with their respective terms of office, copies of which are now posted at the entrances of the church.

An update of the PPC’s discussions will appear in this Newsletter after each of our bi-monthly meetings. Our next meeting takes place on 28th November.

 JESUIT MISSIONS VACANCIES

Jesuit Missions is currently recruiting for three new positions to help us respond to the climate emergency and continue to deliver our life-changing support around the world. This investment will help us in our endeavours to reduce the impact of global warming on the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised people by inspiring others to join us as we strive to promote a more just world. If you would like to be part of this exciting enterprise, please visit www.jesuitmissions.org.uk/vacancies for more information

NEW MEMBER OF CLERGY TEAM

A warm welcome to Deacon Niall Leahy SJ who will be assisting at Farm Street Church for the next year.

ART AND THE BODY OF CHRIST

On Thursday 31st October at 7pm, Maria Cristina White-da Cruz will give an illustrated lecture on the meaning, form, and function of the Eucharist in relation to Early Church writings and its representation in art. The lecture explores the ultimate purpose of the Eucharist to nourish God’s people, the mystical Body of Christ. Tickets are £10 at the door or via Eventbrite.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR TEENAGERS

This programme is for teenagers who are in year 9 – aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2020.

The next programme (for teenagers aged 14+) begins in November 2019, and classes are held on a Sunday morning from 11:30 –12:30. The programme will end in June 2020.

To register, please collect a registration form from the Parish Reception at 114, Mount Street or from farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk and return it by 31st October 2019.

Are you an adult who is thinking about joining the Catholic Church or who has not yet been confirmed?

Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin in October preparing for baptism, receptions into the Church and confirmations at Easter next year. For more information contact Fr Chris Pedley cpedleysj@jesuit.org.uk

 

PRESENTATION OF SEIDS, CARITAS’ PROJECT FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION

On 13 October after 11am Mass, Elena, Hub Manager of SEIDs (Social Enterprise Ideas Development the social innovation and enterprise strategy of Caritas Westminster), will explain how SEIDS supports and develops ethical business ideas in the Diocese. Come if you want to learn more about their 121 mentoring and business support. SEIDs is also looking for anyone with business knowledge / skills would like to volunteer in our Mentor Programme and guide a young business entrepreneurs.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are in need of volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, particularly welcoming people into the church on Sundays, altar serving, reading, assisting children’s liturgy of the word, and refreshments. If you would like to volunteer, please speak to a member of the clergy team.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

AND VISIT http://www.mountstreet.info

 

NEW: ‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE OLD TESTAMENT

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

4 Tuesdays, 1st – 22nd October, 11am-1pm

Or 4 Wednesdays, 2nd – 23rd October, 7-8.30pm

Always wanted to know more about scripture, but didn’t know where to start? This course explores how the Old Testament took shape and the kinds of literature it contains. We will also consider the role of Scripture in the life of the Church.

 

GOD AND EXPERIENCE: INTRODUCING PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 5th October 11am-4pm

This day will examine where theology does not seem to fit in with our understanding of the world, and look at several examples, including how liberation theology has led to a change in the way we view and participate in God’s saving action.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th October 11am-4pm

These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.

There is no need to book for these days, just come along.

 

NEW SPECIAL SERIES: GOOD BOOKS AT the LONDON JESUIT CENTRE:

TOM HOLLAND “DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND”

Wednesday 16th October, 7pm

If you enjoy a good book, you will enjoy hearing recently published authors speaking about their work in discussion with experts in the field and the audience. Join us for a convivial evening of conversation and the occasional controversy!

Booking required on EventBrite

THE ART OF LIVING

Facilitated by Nick Austin SJ

Series of 2 Saturdays, October 19th & October 26th , 11am-4pm

Drawing on the Christian tradition, philosophy and literature the workshop will explore topics such as Happiness, Character, Wisdom, Sin, Justice and Love. It is suitable for anyone interested in theological, philosophical and ethical questions about how to live, and their relevance in our lives.

 

THE HELPLESSNESS OF GOD – BIBLICAL MODELS OF LEADERSHIP

Facilitated by Nicholas King SJ

Saturday 2nd November 11am-4pm

At a time, when Pope Francis is demonstrating a very new way of doing leadership in the Catholic Church, this day will reflect upon the role of discernment in good leadership, drawing on key Scripture texts, and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.

 

Come to our Regular Events

 

 

• Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

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

• Book Club

No book Club in October

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

• Contemplatives in Action

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

No need to book

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C – 22nd September 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Amos 8:4-7      Psalm 112

I Timothy 2:1-8     Luke 16:1-13

 

ANGELUS ADDRESS

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This morning I made a Visit to the Diocese of Velletri of which I had been titular Cardinal for a number of years. It was a friendly meeting that allowed me to relive moments of the past, rich with spiritual and pastoral experiences.

During the solemn Eucharistic celebration, by commenting on the liturgical texts, I was able to pause and reflect on the correct use of earthly goods, a theme the Evangelist Luke re-proposes for our attention this Sunday in various ways.

Telling the Parable of the dishonest but very crafty administrator, Christ teaches his disciples the best way to use money and material riches, that is, to share them with the poor, thus acquiring their friendship, with a view to the Kingdom of Heaven. “Make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon,” Jesus says, “so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations” (Lk 16: 9).

Money is not “dishonest” in itself, but more than anything else it can close man in a blind egocentrism. It therefore concerns a type of work of “conversion” of economic goods: instead of using them only for self-interest, it is also necessary to think of the needs of the poor, imitating Christ himself, who, as St Paul wrote: “though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (II Cor 8: 9).

It seems paradoxical: Christ has not enriched us with his richness but with his poverty, with his love that brought him to give himself totally to us.

Here one could open up a vast and complex field of reflection on the theme of poverty and riches, also on a world scale, in which two logics of economics oppose each other: the logic of profit and that of the equal distribution of goods, which do not contradict each other if their relationship is well ordered.

Catholic social doctrine has always supported that equitable distribution of goods is a priority.

Naturally, profit is legitimate and, in just measure, necessary for economic development.

In his Encyclical Centesimus Annus, John Paul II wrote: “The modern business economy has positive aspects. Its basis is human freedom exercised in many other fields” (n. 32). Yet, he adds that capitalism must not be considered as the only valid model of economic organization (cf. ibid., n. 35).

Starvation and ecological emergencies stand to denounce, with increasing evidence, that the logic of profit, if it prevails, increases the disproportion between rich and poor and leads to a ruinous exploitation of the planet.

Instead, when the logic of sharing and solidarity prevails, it is possible to correct the course and direct it towards an equitable, sustainable development.

May Mary Most Holy, who in the Magnificat proclaimed: the Lord “has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away” (Lk 1: 53), help Christians to use earthly goods with Gospel wisdom, that is, with generous solidarity, and inspire politicians and economists with farsighted strategies that favour the authentic progress of all peoples.

Pope Benedict XVI

Preached Sunday 23rd September 2007

 

AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PATTEN

The Tablet is holding an evening of discussion and insight with Chris Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, on Monday 23rd September at 6.30pm. A talk by Lord Patten will be followed by Q&A, drinks and canapés, and book sales and signings. Tickets for Tablet subscribers are £25 each and £35 for those who do not possess a Tablet subscription. Tickets may be purchased either through the Tablet website or telephoning the Tablet switchboard on 020 8748 8484.

 

CONCERT FOR VICTIMS OF SLAVERY

On Wednesday 25th September at 6.00pm, St Mary’s Church, Cadogan Street will be hosting a classical concert in aid of Caritas Bakhita House and Saint John of God Hospitaller services. It is estimated that there are more than 14,000 victims of human traifficking and modern-day slavery in the UK today and the money raised from this concert will go to help the work of those assisting victims. Tickets are £32.03 (includes £2.03 booking fee) and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

 

ART AND THE BODY OF CHRIST

On Thursday 31st October at 7pm, Maria Cristina White-da Cruz will give an illustrated lecture on the meaning, form, and function of the Eucharist in relation to Early Church writings and its representation in art. The lecture explores the ultimate purpose of the Eucharist to nourish God’s people, the mystical Body of Christ. Tickets are £10 at the door or via Eventbrite.

 

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.

 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)

 

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.

 

MUSIC GROUP

If you regularly attend the 17.30 Sunday Mass and sing or play a musical instrument, you would be most welcome to join the 530 Music Group which accompanies these Masses on 2nd & 4th Sundays. We gather for a music practice at 16.45 on these Sundays. If interested, please contact Neil Cocking – 07850 790747.

 

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

 

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

AND VISIT http://www.mountstreet.info

 

NEW: ‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE OLD TESTAMENT

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

4 Tuesdays, 1st – 22nd October, 11am-1pm

Or 4 Wednesdays, 2nd – 23rd October, 7-8.30pm

Always wanted to know more about scripture, but didn’t know where to start? This course explores how the Old Testament took shape and the kinds of literature it contains. We will also consider the role of Scripture in the life of the Church.

 

GOD AND EXPERIENCE: INTRODUCING PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 5th October 11am-4pm

This day will examine where theology does not seem to fit in with our understanding of the world, and look at several examples, including how liberation theology has led to a change in the way we view and participate in God’s saving action.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th October 11am-4pm

These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.

 

There is no need to book for these days, just come along.

 

NEW SPECIAL SERIES: GOOD BOOKS AT the LONDON JESUIT CENTRE

TOM HOLLAND “DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND”

Wednesday 16th October, 7pm

If you enjoy a good book, you will enjoy hearing recently published authors speaking about their work in discussion with experts in the field and the audience. Join us for a convivial evening of conversation and the occasional controversy!

Booking required on EventBrite

 

THE ART OF LIVING

Facilitated by Nick Austin SJ

Series of 2 Saturdays, October 19th & October 26th , 11am-4pm

Drawing on the Christian tradition, philosophy and literature the workshop will explore topics such as Happiness, Character, Wisdom, Sin, Justice and Love. It is suitable for anyone interested in theological, philosophical and ethical questions about how to live, and their relevance in our lives.

 

THE HELPLESSNESS OF GOD – BIBLICAL MODELS OF LEADERSHIP

Facilitated by Nicholas King SJ

Saturday 2nd November 11am-4pm

At a time, when Pope Francis is demonstrating a very new way of doing leadership in the Catholic Church, this day will reflect upon the role of discernment in good leadership, drawing on key Scripture texts, and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.

 

Come to our Regular Events

• Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

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

• Book Club *

% No book Club in October

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

• Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

(*): No need to book

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C – 15th September 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Exodus 32:7-14            Psalm 50

I Timothy 1:12-17     Luke 15:1-32

THERE IS REJOICING IN HEAVEN OVER ONE REPENTANT SINNER

The Gospel today includes various parables illustrating God’s concern and mercy towards sinners. The long version of the Gospel is mainly taken up with the parable which is usually called the “Parable of the Prodigal Son”. This is one of the most famous of the parables but also one which repays careful reflection. One question to ask as you read it through is, “Who am I in this parable?”

Perhaps the most obvious person we might identify with is the younger son, the one who goes off, squanders the gifts he has been given, but then comes back to his father. We can probably all recognise ourselves as sinners. Many of us may have had time in our lives when we did things we regret, times when we lost sight of God. Like the younger son we come back to recognising our need of God. We come back, perhaps, with a feeling of shame and unworthiness of God’s forgiveness. However, the Father is there, waiting for us. The Father who simply rejoices that we have come back. Yes, most of us are aware of our need of the Father’s forgiveness and are grateful for his overwhelming love. This can be an important parable if, for example, we have been away from confession for a while and are not sure what kind of welcome we will receive. One of the joys of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is that we experience the reality of God’s merciful love.

However, the people to whom the parable was addressed did not see themselves as sinners. They saw themselves as the good people and were outraged by the way Jesus went around with people they looked down on, the tax collectors and sinners. The key figure here is the older son. He is the good boy, the one who has done everything his father asked. He is the one who has kept the rules. Now his wastrel brother comes back having lost half the family property and is welcomed home with a feast. The older brother is resentful. He feels hard done by. The danger for religious people is that we can be like the older brother, we can be like the scribes and the Pharisees. It is easy to be self-righteous, to condemn “them”, the ones who do not live up to the teaching of the Church as we understand it. We can look at how hard we try to live a Christian life. We look at all we do for the Church and for other people. We can get upset and resentful if we see “them” being welcomed into the Church. Perhaps there is something of this in the response in some quarters to Pope Francis’ stress on the mercy of God. We need to hear the words of the father in the parable, “My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours. But it was only right that we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found.”

Perhaps the one we really need to use as are model, actually, the father. Here is the son who has squandered many of the things we worked for and yet the father shows nothing but love and forgiveness. Maybe we need to ask that we can be like our Father when we think about those who may have offended us or do not live the way we think they should.

Fr Chris Pedley, SJ

 

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

 AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PATTEN

The Tablet is holding an evening of discussion and insight with Chris Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, on Monday 23rd September at 6.30pm. A talk by Lord Patten will be followed by Q&A, drinks and canapés, and book sales and signings. Tickets for Tablet subscribers are £25 each and £35 for those who do not possess a Tablet subscription. Tickets may be purchased either through the Tablet website or telephoning the Tablet switchboard on 020 8748 8484.

ART AND THE BODY OF CHRIST

On Thursday 31st October at 7pm, Maria Cristina White-da Cruz will give an illustrated lecture on the meaning, form, and function of the Eucharist in relation to Early Church writings and its representation in art. The lecture explores the ultimate purpose of the Eucharist to nourish God’s people, the mystical Body of Christ. Tickets are £10 at the door or via Eventbrite.

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 or the Parish Administrator.

 THANK YOU

Thank you to all who donated to those participating in the recent Olympic Distance triathlon. £555 was raised for Aid to the Church in Need.

 CAFOD INFORMATION AFTERNOON

CAFOD will be hosting a supporter’s information afternoon at 2.30pm on Wednesday 18th September. Come and hear how CAFOD is helping communities, thanks to your support. The location is CAFOD’s Volunteer Centre, 29 Bramley Road, London, Bookings taken on 0208 449 6970 or e mail westminster@cafod.org.uk

 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.

 

MUSIC GROUP

If you regularly attend the 17.30 Sunday Mass and sing or play a musical instrument, you would be most welcome to join the 530 Music Group which accompanies these Masses on 2nd & 4th Sundays. We gather for a music practice at 16.45 on these Sundays. If interested, please contact Neil Cocking – 07850 790747.

GIFT AID

Your donation could be worth 25% more to us and it won’t cost you an extra penny. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider using the Gift Aid donation envelopes available on the pews for your weekly offering.

CONTACTLESS PAYMENT

Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and 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 or Leninha.

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

 

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

AND VISIT http://www.mountstreet.info

 

INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

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

Or 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 7-8.30pm –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.

 

AN EXTROVERTS’ GUIDE TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

Facilitated by Athena Barrett & Liz Waldy

Saturday 21st September 11am-4pm

Have you ever felt as if silence and spirituality is not for you? That it is only for quiet and earnest people and you would find it impossible to be silent for more than one minute? This is the one-day workshop for you: we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, introverts and extroverts alike, and God has something for you, as you are.

 

Come and spend the day trying new ways of praying and encountering the God who loves you, just as you are.

 

 NEW: ‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE OLD TESTAMENT

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

2 Saturdays 21st and 28th September 11am-4pm

Or 4 Tuesdays, 1st – 22nd October, 11am-1pm

Or 4 Wednesdays, 2nd – 23rd October, 7-8.30pm

Always wanted to know more about scripture, but didn’t know where to start? This course explores how the Old Testament took shape and the kinds of literature it contains. We will also consider the role of Scripture in the life of the Church.

GOD AND EXPERIENCE: INTRODUCING PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 5th October 11am-4pm

This day will examine where theology does not seem to fit in with our understanding of the world, and look at several examples, including how liberation theology has led to a change in the way we view and participate in God’s saving action.

 

Come to our Regular Events

• Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

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

• Book Club *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

Book: to be announced on the website

 

• Contemplatives in Action *

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

 

(*): No need to book