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Newsletter – 24th February 2018 – 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT

 

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Genesis 22:1-2. 9-13. 15-18    Psalm 115

Romans 8:31-34        Mark 9:2-10


Farm Street SketchPOPE FRANCIS AND EVANGELISATION – INTRODUCING THE LANDINGS LECTURE ON MARCH 6TH at 7pm

This year’s Landings Lecture will be given by Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder, on the subject: ‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.  This is a vital topic for us all in the Church as it invites us to consider how as individuals and as a faith community we reach out to others.  Landings aims to fill a gap in the Church by providing a compassionate, sensitive, honest space to accompany those who are considering returning to more regular practice of the faith.  The programme aims to truly accompany those who need time, space and compassionate listening through small group work, as they make the journey back to a parish community.  Landings, however, only works within the context of a parish community which is welcoming to all and aims to reach out beyond itself to those who may be curious about our faith and life.  Our new glass doors at Farm Street represent what we are called to be.  A faith community which looks out into the world and whose doors are always open for people to come and see.  Those who ‘return’ to church may not have previously been Catholic and not drifted away for whatever reason.  Those who come may not have been brought up Christian at all.  Such enquirers require a fuller teaching programme as part of their welcome.  Our aim however is very similar.  Above all to be a place of welcome where people feel they can be accompanied in various ways. 

 

This is very much the vision of Pope Francis for our Church.  It is, as Dr Ivereigh will discuss in the Landings Lecture, a vision of Church which requires a “pastoral conversion” expressed in a missionary going-out to the excluded, offering a personal encounter with Jesus, and a building of bonds in an age of increasing displacement. The parish community is the place where this broader pastoral vision is to be played out locally.  Sometimes we hear the question asked: “Why have so many stopped practising the Catholic faith?”  “What will attract them to come back?”  These are questions I hear all the time.  From committed Catholics of all generations, from other Christians and people of faith.  From those who have no formal connection with the Church I have often met at a Wedding or Memorial Service reception or at a social event.  Such discussions are often really enlightening.  I learn a lot from hearing of people’s need for a faith that is lived in the real, for a Church that is truly welcoming and which is called to continue to recognise where it has caused hurt and driven people away.  To address these questions is surely vital to the future of the faith community.  Pope Francis is continuing to offer us inspiration and encouragement to engage with these questions and to propose answers to them from the experience of our pastoral practice rooted in a picture of the Church as local and global, welcoming in and sending out, faithful to our tradition yet with doors open to the outside world.  The vision grapples with tensions which are real yet propose a programme of evangelisation and pastoral outreach which is close and concrete.  In seeing the Church as principally a field hospital she is above all to show the human face of God. 

 

This is why it is a great privilege and pleasure to continue to develop the Landings programme in the UK from its now established base at Farm Street and so to host this now annual Landings Lecture.  Please make sure you put the date in your diary for what should be an inspiring evening on a topic which highlights what we are all about as a faith community and what with the guidance of the Holy Spirit we aim to be. 

 

To book a place, contact our parish administrator Scott McCombe at farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk or on (020)-7529-4829. The recommended donation to cover costs, including the buffet supper to follow, is £10.

 

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ

 


CAFOD LENT FAST DAY

CAFOD is working with poor communities around the world on our behalf, helping them to tackle poverty and injustice.

The Holy Father had announced that last Friday (23rd February) was to be kept as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan where CAFOD has active projects. Please continue keeping both countries in your prayers as you return your CAFOD Fast Day envelope this weekend 24th -25th February.

 

 


FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250.

 

 


CARDINAL’S LENTEN APPEAL

A few weeks ago, you may have heard the Cardinal’s Pastoral Letter, in which he spoke of the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal in support of key areas of work in our Diocese.

Please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass today.  During Lent, and in the spirit of sacrifice, sharing and almsgiving, please consider designating your Lenten sacrifice to the Cardinal’s Appeal.

 

 


A TALK ON EVANGELISATION

This will be a workshop on Pope Francis and the Evangelising Mission of the Church with Brian Purfield on February 26th at 11:00-1:00pm
at the Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. This short talk explores some of the key themes of the papacy of Pope Francis, with particular focus on the theme of evangelisation and the Pope’s call for a Church of missionary disciples and a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. There is a suggested donation of £4.00. Registration is required via email: livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or leave a message at 020 7931 6078.

 

 


RESTORATION OF THE ALTAR

Following the successful restoration of the colours and gold leaf to the Pugin high altar, plans have been approved by the Historic Churches Committee to replace the front facing altar in the sanctuary (which is made from concrete blocks faced with marble and fibreglass), clean and repair the marble floor thus revealed, and provide a new altar of carved stone.  You can read about this project on the noticeboard near the Martyrs’ Chapel.

 

 


CATHOLIC UNION CHARITABLE TRUST LECTURE

This lecture will be on Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm by Professor Roger Trigg on “Cakes, Conscience and Freedom”. Professor Trigg is the author of “Equality, Freedom and Religion”. He will address the tension between freedom of religion and the principles of equality and non-discrimination in cases such as Ashers Bakery (the so-called “gay cake” case) in the UK. Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG

(off Trafalgar Square).  Free admission followed by a Reception. Please register on Eventbrite or contact 020 8749 1321 or info@catholicunion.org.uk.

 

 


CARDINAL HENRY MANNING EXHIBITION

There will be an exhibition on the life and legacy of Cardinal Henry Manning (Archbishop of Westminster 1865-1892) in Farm Street Church on March 3rd -23rd. It is a great privilege to host this important exhibition remembering the huge contribution of this great figure in London’s social history and the history of the Catholic Church in England. The Exhibition will be introduced with a talk on Cardinal Manning by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Westminster Diocesan Archivist, in the church on Monday March 5th at 6:45pm.  All welcome. 

 

 


AN EVENING OF PRAYER AND MUSIC WITH JAMES MACMILLAN

On March 7th at 6.30pm, an evening of prayer and music has been organised at Grosvenor Chapel as part of their Lenten “Faith through the Arts” Series.

You are invited to join the congregation at the Grosvenor Chapel for ecumenical Vespers, during which music by James MacMillan will be sung, for which our choir will combine with the chapel singers.  Then meet with the composer James MacMillan and hear him talk about his approach to sacred music.  Both Farm Street Church and the Grosvenor Chapel are sponsoring the evening.

 


stations 

There are Stations of the Cross on Fridays throughout Lent at 12:30pm (this replaces Exposition on those days).

 


THE CANTUS ENSEMBLE AT FARM STREET

Join The Cantus Ensemble for a Spring concert of ethereal and exquisite choral works on Saturday 10th March, 7.30pm. For their first performance at Farm Street Church, Cantus will sing Britten’s whimsical Rejoice in the Lamb alongside his Hymn to St Cecilia, James MacMillian’s soaring Strathclyde Motets, Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence and more. Do join for what promises to be a special evening of choral music from one of London’s leading chamber choirs. Tickets can be bought online: www.thecantusensemble.com


FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH

If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php


WHEELCHAIR USERS

We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.


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).


EASY WAY TO DONATE

You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering:

just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070

You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.


REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by our parish secretary and sacristan, is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”

CD visual


    CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

BOTH GOD_S & MARY_S SON



MSJC logo114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

www.pathwaystoGod.org  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 


Our Regular Events

• Midday Meditation

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Please note change of times)

(Next meeting: March 21, 2018)

 


Lenten Retreat (for Young Adults aged 18-35)

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ

Saturday 3rd March 10.30am-2.30pm

An invitation to journey deeper into the season of Lent and what it means for you. The retreat will include input about and experience of prayer, silence and sharing.

Please bring a journal and a pen with you as well as your packed lunch. Drinks will be provided.

 


Dorothy Day: Following Christ to the Margins

Facilitated by Martin Newell

Saturday 3rd March 11am-4pm

After Dorothy, no one can say that they do not know how to combine faith and politics in the modern world.  Learn what it means to follow the poor Christ where he led, to the margins, which is a great place to be, to pray, and to read the Gospels, the Scriptures and the lives of the Saints.

 


The Passion in the Gospel of Mark

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays, March 6 – 27, 11am-1pm

repeated Wednesdays, March 7 – 28, 7-8.30pm

Prepare to celebrate the drama of Holy Week and Easter in the company of Mark.

This short course looks at how Mark tells the story of Jesus’ last hours.


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 1st March 11.30am–1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

You are welcome to just come along or contact Sr. Catherine catherine.quane@iolmercy.org.uk or 0190 323 3904 for more details.

 


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 10th March 11am-4pm

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

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

 


Preparing to Pray the Triduum (for Young Adults aged 18-35)

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ

Saturday 24th March 10.30am-2.30pm

The Easter Triduum is the high point of the Church’s year, one celebration in three very distinct phases.  Before entering into this year, join with other young adults and take time to reflect and share on what it means for you.

 


Growing in Awareness – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Helen Davies and Lynne Galloway

Saturday 24th March 11am-4pm

This one day workshop, designed for those with little or no experience of praying the Ignatian examen, or those who wish to look at other ways in which it can be used, will give a brief overview of the prayer, as well as providing the opportunity to practically use this approach and share our experiences with others.

 

More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org

Newsletter – 18th February 2018 – 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Genesis 9:8-15    Psalm 24

1 Peter 3:18-22          Mark 1:12-15


Farm Street SketchREPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL

Last Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we began Lent with the ceremony of the distribution of ashes.  There are two possible formulas given to be said as each person’s head is marked with the ashes.  One formula is, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”.  This reminds us of our mortality.  Our life on this earth is finite and Lent gives us a chance to look at our lives and say, “how would I have wanted to have lived my life if I imagine myself at the end of my life”.   This enables us to look beyond our immediate concerns and focus on the direction of our lives.  What is really important to me?  What really determines the choices I make?  How do those things appear as I look at them in God’s light?

The other formula takes up Jesus message in today’s Gospel, “Repent and believe in the Gospel”.  When we hear the word “repent” we probably think about being sorry for wrong things we have done.  Acknowledging what we have done wrong is important.  Lent particularly is a time when we can make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, otherwise known as Confession or the Sacrament of Penance, to bring those things to God and experience of the wonder of His mercy and forgiveness.  However, the Greek word in the original text, Metanoia, which is translated as “repent”, is much broader.  It is a call to be transformed.  This transformation is ultimately the work of God.  It is brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us.  It is the fruit of the death and resurrection of Jesus which we are preparing to celebrate at Easter.  This is the Gospel, the Good News, in which we are called to believe.  Lent, however, provides us with a time when we can make ourselves more open to that work of the Spirit, when we can play our part in bring about that transformation within us.

Last week Cardinal Vincent, in his Pastoral Letter, reminded us of the three activities which characterise Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.   Many of us may feel there is something a bit unsatisfactory about our life of prayer.  Maybe it is a bit perfunctory; maybe we are not really engaged by it.  Lent is a time to try and give more quality time to prayer, to ask whether we could deep our prayer, perhaps try another style of prayer.  Various opportunities are provided during Lent to help us with this.  For example, you might look at things happening in the Mount Street Jesuit Centre or other similar places.

Fasting is part of many religious traditions.  There is something about it which helps us focus more on God and less our own immediate cravings.  Traditionally people think about giving up something for Lent.  This certainly has its place.  We might ask ourselves if there is anything to which we are rather too attached.  It may be food or drink or smoking.  It may be the extent to which we use the internet or social media.

Finally, there is almsgiving.  This makes us less attached to the material things we possess but above all it helps us to focus on those in need.  In them we are called to recognised Christ himself.  There are a variety of Lenten appeals.  There is the appeal the Cardinal made last week.  We will also be having an appeal for CAFOD.  You might also think about ways in which you might give your time through some sort of volunteering.

All these things help us to respond to the call to be transformed, to “repent”. In this way we prepare to celebrate the wonders of God’s love and mercy at the end of Lent, as we remember the events of Holy Week and Easter.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: ANDREW WHITE

Andrew White will give a talk in our Parish Hall on Monday 19th February from 6pm about his religious art. You can see his works in the church as well as in the Mount Street corridor. All are welcome. Entrance is free.

 


stationsThere are Stations of the Cross on Fridays throughout Lent at 12:30pm (this replaces Exposition on those days).


VISIT OF FR CONOR HARPER, SJ

Fr Conor Harper, SJ, Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Blessed John Sullivan, SJ is preaching at the 11am Mass TODAY Sunday February 18th. He will then give a short talk afterwards in the Meeting Room on Bl John, who was received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Farm Street in 1896 and was declared Blessed in 2017.  All welcome. 

 


CAFOD LENT FAST DAY

CAFOD is working with poor communities around the world on our behalf, helping them to tackle poverty and injustice. Fast Days are our opportunity to support this vital work. Please collect a Fast Day envelope and prayer card after Mass, and consider fasting and praying in solidarity this Friday, 23rd February. Please return the Fast Day envelope with your donation for next weekend’s CAFOD collection on 24th  -25th February.

 


FAITH FORMATION FOR PARISH READERS

Speakers will be  Sr Karen Marguerite OP and Sr Anne Walsh OP on  24th February, 10.00am-4.00pm (including Mass with Fr Chris Vipers). Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE.  There is a suggested donation of £14.00. Refreshments will be provided. Please bring packed lunch. To register please email: livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk 
or call 020 7931 6078.

 


RESTORATION OF THE ALTAR

Following the successful restoration of the colours and gold leaf to the Pugin high altar, plans have been approved by the Historic Churches Committee to replace the front facing altar in the sanctuary (which is made from concrete blocks faced with marble and fibreglass), clean and repair the marble floor thus revealed, and provide a new altar of carved stone.  You can read about this project on the noticeboard near the Martyrs’ Chapel.

 


CARDINAL HENRY MANNING EXHIBITION

There will be an exhibition on the life and legacy of Cardinal Henry Manning (Archbishop of Westminster 1865-1892) in Farm Street Church on March 1st -23rd. It is a great privilege to host this important exhibition remembering the huge contribution of this great figure in London’s social history and the history of the Catholic Church in England. The Exhibition will be introduced with a talk on Cardinal Manning by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Westminster Diocesan Archivist, in the church on Monday March 5th at 6:45pm.  All welcome. 

 


CATHOLIC UNION CHARITABLE TRUST LECTURE

This lecture will be on Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm by Professor Roger Trigg on “Cakes, Conscience and Freedom”. Professor Trigg is the author of “Equality, Freedom and Religion”. He will address the tension between freedom of religion and the principles of equality and non-discrimination in cases such as Ashers Bakery (the so-called “gay cake” case) in the UK. Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG

(off Trafalgar Square).  Free admission followed by a Reception. Please register on Eventbrite or contact 020 8749 1321 or info@catholicunion.org.uk.

 


TIME TO SPARE ON SATURDAY?

Mount Street Jesuit Centre needs new volunteers to help at Reception on Saturdays (10am – 1pm or 1- 4.30pm). We already have a wonderful team of volunteers, but unfortunately, some of them are now moving on, and will no longer be able to help.

There is no minimum but one or two “shifts” per month would be very useful, and of course if somebody wants to do a bit more, that is fine too! 

 So if you are to spare a few hours on Saturday, contact Anne Paolino admin@mountstreet.info 0207 495 1673. It would be greatly appreciated.

 


LANDINGS LECTURE 2018
Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder will address the subject:
‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.
Tuesday March 6th at 7pm in the Hall. Mass in the church at 6pm; buffet reception to follow.
All most welcome.


VISIT OF FARM STREET CHURCH
All are invited to come and “Meet the Neighbours” here at Farm Street Church on Monday, 12th March at 6.45pm (following 6pm Mass to which all are welcome).

The visit will include

  • Welcome & Introduction to “Farm Street today”
  • The Mount Street Jesuit Centre
  • Farm Street & the English Jesuits in History
  • Tour of the church
  • Evening Prayer in the Roman Rite
  • Buffet

This is an initiative of Churches Together in Westminster called “Meet the Neighbours”. For catering purposes, if you are attending, please contact Scott McCombe at farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk
tel (020) 7529-4829 by 7th March.


JESUITS SAINTS PILGRIMAGE
Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York.  June 8th – 13th. 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 http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/saints-northern-england-pilgrimage


FARM STREET CAMINO

Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.  September 23rd – October 6th. 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 http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/robinson-fr-dominic

 


FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250.  

 


BUILDING A BRIDGE 

The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to monthly reflections using Building A Bridge, a book by Fr James Martin SJ. These will take place in the Hall, 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Thursdays. The dates are:  22nd February, 22nd March, 26th April, 24th May, 21st June, 26th July, 20th September, 25th October, 22nd November, 20th December and 24th January 2019. Light refreshments available from 6.30pm, sessions start promptly at 7pm. For more information please contact lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com  / 020 8986 0807



FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH

If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php


WHEELCHAIR USERS

We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.


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).


EASY WAY TO DONATE

You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering:

just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070

You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.



MSJC logo

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.pathwaystoGod.org  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 


Our Regular Events

• Midday Meditation

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Please note change of times)

(Next meeting: February 21, 2018)


Another Look at Why Jesus Died: At-One-Ment

Facilitated by David Cherry

Saturday 24th February 11am-4pm

People wonder why Jesus had to die.  It seems implausible that there is a God who demands a price for sin who you could actually love.  As Holy Week draws near here is an opportunity to reimagine salvation, to think and begin to feel your faith in a freeer way. 

 


Lenten Retreat (for Young Adults aged 18-35)

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ

Saturday 3rd March 10.30am-2.30pm

An invitation to journey deeper into the season of Lent and what it means for you. The retreat will include input about and experience of prayer, silence and sharing.

Please bring a journal and a pen with you as well as your packed lunch. Drinks will be provided.

 


Dorothy Day: Following Christ to the Margins

Facilitated by Martin Newell

Saturday 3rd March 11am-4pm

After Dorothy, no one can say that they do not know how to combine faith and politics in the modern world.  Learn what it means to follow the poor Christ where he led, to the margins, which is a great place to be, to pray, and to read the Gospels, the Scriptures and the lives of the Saints.

 


The Passion in the Gospel of Mark

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays, March 6 – 27, 11am-1pm

repeated Wednesdays, March 7 – 28, 7-8.30pm

Prepare to celebrate the drama of Holy Week and Easter in the company of Mark.

This short course looks at how Mark tells the story of Jesus’ last hours.

 


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 1st March 11.30am–1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

You are welcome to just come along or contact Sr. Catherine catherine.quane@iolmercy.org.uk or 0190 323 3904 for more details.

 


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 10th March 11am-4pm

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

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

 

More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org


REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by our parish secretary and sacristan, is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”

CD visual

    CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTIONBOTH GOD_S & MARY_S SON

Newsletter – 11th February 2018 – 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Leviticus 13:1-2. 44-46    Psalm 31

1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 Mark 1:40-45


Farm Street SketchA DAY IN THE LIFE OF JESUS

On Wednesday next, we begin Lent. It may seem that only yesterday when we were celebrating Christmas. The gospel readings of the five “Sundays of Ordinary Time” we have heard since then, help us prepare for Lent.

On the first, Jesus speaks his first words in John’s gospel, asking: “What do you want?” (John 1:38). This is a question worth asking ourselves whenever we pray. On the Sunday following, we heard Jesus’ first words in Mark’s gospel, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). They reminded us that since the coming of Jesus Christ into our world, we live in the new age of the kingdom. It demands our response. The four disciples called to follow Jesus, leaving their fishing behind, invite us to join them (Mark 1:16-20).

On the two Sundays following, we heard Mark’s story of one day in the life of Jesus. He began it in a synagogue. First, we hear about his teaching. His was not like that of contemporary scribes; he was teaching with authority. We are not yet told what he taught. Rather we learn of a dramatic confrontation. With brief words of rebuke, Jesus expels an unclean spirit from a man. This spirit recognises Jesus as “the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:21-28). Then Jesus goes on the move; he enters a house where he cures Simon’s mother-in-law of a fever. Then we find him out in public with the whole town crowding round the door of the house and he heals all who were sick and possessed. The evangelist is teaching us what the kingdom of God is about and how its power is exercised in the person of Jesus (Mark 1:29-34).

Then we come down to earth and are reminded that this Jesus is not just some divine superman. He needed to pray and this he does in a desert place “long before dawn”. This prayer anticipates Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane the night before he died. As then, he had company, but here it was the uninvited company of “Simon and his companions” who went out in search of him. They tell him what he had to do: “everybody is looking for you”. They wanted more healings and exorcisms. He wanted people to “repent and believe in the gospel”. This, he said, was “why I came” (Mark 1:35-39).

This pre-Lent Sunday, we conclude Mark’s first chapter with Jesus’ encounter with a leper.  Lepers were excluded from society (Leviticus 13:45-46).  This man pleaded with Jesus to be cleansed. Jesus obliges and tells him to conform to the law by reporting to the priests his liberation from his disease. But Jesus brought this about at a cost. He himself had to “stay outside in places where nobody lived” (Mark 1:40-45). The future cross is casting its shadow.
May Mark’s reports of the dramatic, even frantic, activity of Jesus at the start of his public ministry, lead us to a deeper knowledge of his person and his mission.  What do we want in this coming Lenten season (John 1:38)?

Fr. Peter Edmonds, S.J.


 FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30 pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250.  


BISHOP’S VISITATION
Our area Bishop, Nicholas Hudson, will be with us TODAY on “Visitation” during which he will preside and preach at most of our Masses.  The Visitation is primarily an expression of our unity with the diocese and gives the area bishop at first hand the opportunity to experience the rich life and diversity of our parish on a typical weekend.  He has offered 4 – 5pm this Sunday February 11th to meet with any individual parishioner in confidence.  If you would like an appointment please contact the parish office.


VISIT OF FR CONOR HARPER, SJ
Fr Conor Harper, SJ, Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Blessed John Sullivan, SJ will preach at the 11am Mass Next Sunday February 18th. He will then give a short talk afterwards in the Meeting Room on Bl John, who was received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Farm Street in 1896 and was declared Blessed in 2017.  All welcome.


Ash Wednesday, FEBRUARY 14
This is a day of fasting and abstinence.  Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses: 8am, 1.05pm, and 6pm.


THE HURTADO JESUIT CENTRE
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping has a talk in its ‘Post-Truth World’ series for early, from 7pm to 9 pm in March 8th.  Pat Riordan SJ on ‘Taking Back Control:  Illusions of Autonomy’
See website for more details:
http://hurtadocentre.org.uk/upcomingevents/


RESTORATION OF THE ALTAR
Following the successful restoration of the colours and gold leaf to the Pugin high altar, plans have been approved by the Historic Churches Committee to replace the front facing altar in the sanctuary (which is made from concrete blocks faced with marble and fibreglass), clean and repair the marble floor thus revealed, and provide a new altar of carved stone.  You can read about this project on the noticeboard near the Martyrs’ Chapel.


LANDINGS LECTURE 2018
Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder will address the subject:
‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.
Tuesday March 6th at 7pm in the Hall. Mass in the church at 6pm; buffet reception to follow.
All most welcome.


VISIT OF FARM STREET CHURCH
All are invited to come and “Meet the Neighbours” here at Farm Street Church on Monday, 12th March at 6.45pm (following 6pm Mass to which all are welcome).

The visit will include

  • Welcome & Introduction to “Farm Street today”
  • The Mount Street Jesuit Centre
  • Farm Street & the English Jesuits in History
  • Tour of the church
  • Evening Prayer in the Roman Rite
  • Buffet

This is an initiative of Churches Together in Westminster called “Meet the Neighbours”. For catering purposes, if you are attending, please contact Scott McCombe at farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk
tel (020) 7529-4829 by 7th March.


JESUITS SAINTS PILGRIMAGE
Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York.  June 8th – 13th. 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 http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/saints-northern-england-pilgrimage


FARM STREET CAMINO
Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.  September 23rd – October 6th. 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 http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/robinson-fr-dominic


THE COMPANIONS OF THE ORDER OF MALTA
The Companions of the Order of Malta mission is ‘To practise our faith, and to practise charity.’ Open to all, they are inviting to join in their work around the country helping the elderly, poor, homeless and marginalised.  Just visit www.orderofmalta.org.uk/companions/

 


THE “LAST SUPPER” BY ANDREW WHITE
We are delighted to welcome the epic work In Memoriam, of the Last Supper, a very important modern masterpiece on long loan by our artist in residence Andrew White. The painting has been displayed for a few years in Walsingham and is now available for viewing in the St. Aloysius chapel. You can read about this painting at http://www.jesuit.org.uk/blog/memoriam-spiritual-journey-painting


BUILDING A BRIDGE
The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to monthly reflections using Building A Bridge, a book by Fr James Martin SJ. These will take place in the Hall, 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Thursdays. The dates are:  22nd February, 22nd March, 26th April, 24th May, 21st June, 26th July, 20th September, 25th October, 22nd November, 20th December and 24th January 2019. Light refreshments available from 6.30pm, sessions start promptly at 7pm. For more information please contact lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com  / 020 8986 0807


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114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.pathwaystoGod.org  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info 


Our Regular Events

• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Please note change of times)
(Next meeting: February 21, 2018)


Mental Health Awareness

Facilitated by Malachy Keegan

Saturday 17th February 11am-4pm

The workshop is a Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health Awareness.  It will also help those who already have a sense of the importance of psychological development, to deepen their understanding and their appreciation of how human beings grow, change, become unwell, become better and meet the challenges of life.  The course will explain, in simple terms, the process of healthy and happy human development from early to later life, what might go wrong and how the damage can be repaired.  It will be of particular use to anyone who works with people in a pastoral or caring situation.


Lent Retreat in Daily Life

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Launch on Saturday 17th February 7-8.30pm

An opportunity to become more aware of God in your day-to-day life and in your prayer. Whether you find it difficult to pray; can never find time for prayer; are not sure what prayer is; would like to discover more about different ways of praying; or would like to deepen your prayer, this retreat is for you.

You will meet your guide and arrange the specific time and room to meet each week.

The retreat will end with a gathering of everyone on Saturday 24th March 7pm.


Another Look at Why Jesus Died: At-One-Ment

Facilitated by David Cherry

Saturday 24th February 11am-4pm

People wonder why Jesus had to die.  It seems implausible that there is a God who demands a price for sin who you could actually love.  As Holy Week draws near here is an opportunity to reimagine salvation, to think and begin to feel your faith in a freeer way.

 


Lenten Retreat (for Young Adults aged 18-35)

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ

Saturday 3rd March 10.30am-2.30pm

An invitation to journey deeper into the season of Lent and what it means for you. The retreat will include input about and experience of prayer, silence and sharing.

Please bring a journal and a pen with you as well as your packed lunch. Drinks will be provided.


Dorothy Day: Following Christ to the Margins

Facilitated by Martin Newell

Saturday 3rd March 11am-4pm

After Dorothy, no one can say that they do not know how to combine faith and politics in the modern world.  Learn what it means to follow the poor Christ where he led, to the margins, which is a great place to be, to pray, and to read the Gospels, the Scriptures and the lives of the Saints.


The Passion in the Gospel of Mark

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays, March 6 – 27, 11am-1pm

repeated Wednesdays, March 7 – 28, 7-8.30pm

Prepare to celebrate the drama of Holy Week and Easter in the company of Mark.

This short course looks at how Mark tells the story of Jesus’ last hours.

 

More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org


REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by our parish secretary and sacristan, is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”


    CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

Newsletter – 4th February, 2018

4th Sunday of the Year

Year B


Scripture readings:
Job: 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm: 146
1 Corinthians: 9:16-19 22-23
Mark: 1:29-39

“For His greater glory”, “To make His glory praised”; we find both of these phrases in St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Where else have we heard something like that before?  Surely it recalls the Jesuit motto: To the Greater Glory of God.

Many of you may have written that in an abbreviated form at the top of your homework at school: A.M.D.G. – in Latin, Ad Maiorem  Dei Gloriam. If you look at the statue of St. Ignatius Loyola beside the entrance of the Ignatius Chapel you will see those words written on the book he is holding up, either the Constitutions of the Jesuit order he founded or the Spiritual Exercises, the source of our Ignatian Spirituality you often hear about.

What is the glory of God? It is the wonder of God’s being, God’s power, God’s holiness, God’s love. In the psalms and the prophets it is described as a great light, shining in heaven, lighting up the whole earth. It is like the sun which gives light and warmth to all creation. This glory of God also shines in us, and through us to others, from the grace of our baptism. It grows in us through all the sacraments, and through our prayer and good deeds. To give glory to God is to give praise and worship. We hear that frequently in the psalms, like this one ( Psalm 33) : I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips….Glorify the Lord with me, together let us praise his name.

But, surely, God does not need anything from us. God is all perfect, absolutely complete in His being. Yet He asks us to give Him glory. How can that be? How can God delight in us and in anything we do?  It is because God loves us as His children, as a father loves his children, and calls for our love in return. Isn’t that truly amazing?  Doesn’t it show the respect and care God has for us human beings? Doesn’t it show the dignity and significance of each person in God’s eyes, made for God, to give Him glory and praise? Our Lord puts it in a simple and endearing way: ‘Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why? Because every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; “you are worth more than many sparrows.”

A bishop who lived in the early days of the Church and wrote a very inspiring account of our faith, St. Irenaeus, has expressed it like this:

“The glory of God is the living human being (literally, man fully alive) and the human being has true life only in the vision of God.”

Put briefly, it is what we often hear at the end of Mass, a version in English of the Ite, Missa Est: “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.”

It is what Our Lord has said in the Sermon on the Mount: “Let your light so shine before men (and women) that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Fr. Tony Nye, S.J.


 

URGENT: CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it; now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.


 

THE “LAST SUPPER” BY ANDREW WHITE

We are delighted to welcome the epic work In Memoriam, of the Last Supper, a very important modern masterpiece on long loan by our artist in residence Andrew White. The painting has been displayed for a few years in Walsingham and is now available for viewing in the St. Aloysius chapel. You can read about this painting at http://www.jesuit.org.uk/blog/memoriam-spiritual-journey-painting

We invite parents, families and friends to join a Mass for the Unborn here in the church, as we remember our little ones lost in pregnancy and neo-natal care, on Friday 2nd February at 6pm.


 

BLESSING OF CANDLES

This Friday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  There will be the blessing of candles at every Mass.


 

BLESSING OF THE THROATS

On Saturday 3rd February at 8am, the traditional blessing of St Blaise for the protection of throats and for good health through the cold season will take place.

 


 

THE HURTADO JESUIT CENTRE

The Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping has a series of talks in its ‘Post-Truth World’ series for early 2018, all 7 – 9 pm:
– February 6th.   Baroness Susan Greenfield on ‘The 21st Century Mind: Blowing it, Expanding it, Losing it’

– March 8th.  Pat Riordan SJ on ‘Taking Back Control:  Illusions of Autonomy’

See website for more details:

http://hurtadocentre.org.uk/upcomingevents/


 

BISHOP’S VISITATION

Our area Bishop, Nicholas Hudson, will be with us next weekend on “Visitation” during which he will preside and preach at most of our Masses.  The Visitation is primarily an expression of our unity with the diocese and gives the area bishop at first hand the opportunity to experience the rich life and diversity of our parish on a typical weekend.  He has offered 4 – 5pm on Sunday February 11th to meet with any individual parishioner in confidence.  If you would like an appointment please contact the parish office.


 

 RESTORATION OF THE ALTAR

Following the successful restoration of the colours and gold leaf to the Pugin high altar, plans have been submitted to the Historic Churches Committee for permission to replace the front facing altar in the sanctuary (which is made from concrete blocks faced with marble and fibreglass), clean and repair the marble floor thus revealed, and provide a new altar of carved stone.  You can read about this project on the noticeboard near the Martyrs’ Chapel.


 

BUILDING A BRIDGE

The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to monthly reflections using Building A Bridge, a book by Fr James Martin SJ. These will take place in the Hall, 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Thursdays. The dates are:  22nd February, 22nd March, 26th April, 24th May, 21st June, 26thJuly, 20th September, 25th October, 22nd November, 20th December and 24th January 2019. Light refreshments available from 6.30pm, sessions start promptly at 7pm. For more information please contact lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com  / 020 8986 0807


 

LANDINGS LECTURE 2018

Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder will address the subject:

‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.

Tuesday March 6th at 7pm in the Hall. Mass in the church at 6pm; buffet reception to follow.
All most welcome.


 

VISIT OF FARM STREET CHURCH

All are invited to come and “Meet the Neighbours” here at Farm Street Church on Monday, 12th March at 6.45pm (following 6pm Mass to which all are welcome).

The visit will include

  • Welcome & Introduction to “Farm Street today”
  • The Mount Street Jesuit Centre
  • Farm Street & the English Jesuits in History
  • Tour of the church
  • Evening Prayer in the Roman Rite
  • Buffet

This is an initiative of Churches Together in Westminster called “Meet the Neighbours”. For catering purposes, if you are attending, please contact Scott McCombe at farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk

tel (020) 7529-4829 by 7th March.


 

JESUITS SAINTS PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York.  June 8th – 13th. 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 http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/saints-northern-england-pilgrimage


 

FARM STREET CAMINO

Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.  September 23rd – October 6th. 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 http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/robinson-fr-dominic


REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by our parish secretary and sacristan, is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”


 

    CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION


PUGIN SOCIETY

Would you be interested in learning more about AWN Pugin, the eminent Victorian architect who designed  the High altar for this church and the interiors of the Houses of Parliament? The Pugin Society, founded in 1995, offers a lively range of events, study tours, talks and publications.  Details: www.thepuginsociety.co.uk


NEW ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED: 9.30 AM MASS


We appeal for volunteers to serve at the altar for the  9.30am Family Mass. You don’t need to have prior experience serving, and there is supervision provided. Simply turn up in the sacristy by at least 9.15am on Sunday if you would like to serve. All are welcome!


 

PAINTINGS IN THE CHURCH

As many of you will have noticed, we now have two modern religious paintings in the church. The artist, Andrew White, has kindly allowed us to exhibit them. Andrew is our ‘Artist in Residence’ and one of the foremost painters of this age.

Andrew painted a twelve foot long canvas of the Last Supper, which is now here from Walsingham, and then he then re-painted the central panel of Christ Breaking the Bread which we can presently view in the St Aloysius Chapel. The painting could easily be misunderstood for the Supper at Emmaus, but the bowl in front of the Disciples with the bread and inverted hands may refer to Matthew 26:23.

Andrew’s other painting of the Pieta has resonated deeply with many of our parish community. The faces of Jesus and Mary are in shadow and we are drawn to the intimacy of Mary laying her hand on her dead Son’s hand. One suggestion for further reflection: look very closely at Mary’s hand in the painting.

Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ


 

FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH


If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php

 


WHEELCHAIR USERS

We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.


 

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).


 

EASY WAY TO DONATE

You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering:

just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070

You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.

114 Mount Street , London W1K3AH
www.pathwaystogod.org
Bookings:You can book for any of these events online
Information: 020 7495 1673 or admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

• Midday Meditation

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11am-4pm (Next meeting: February 21, 2018)

Living in the Milieu Divin

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Tuesdays, February 6th-20th, 7-8.30pm (repeat of the workshop held on January 27th)

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ was a scientist. This course will begin with an introduction to his work, and how it led to an understanding of creation as a manifestation of Jesus Christ.

 We will try to understand Teilhard’s insight into the presence of Christ in creation, and how it affects the way we live our lives.

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 10th February 11am-4pm

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

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

Mental Health Awareness

Facilitated by Malachy Keegan

Saturday 17th February 11am-4pm

In today’s world, mental health is increasingly being seen as of equal importance as physical health.  The course will be a Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health Awareness.  It will also help those who already have a sense of the importance of psychological development, to deepen their understanding and their appreciation of how human beings grow, change, become unwell, become better and meet the challenges of life.  The course will explain, in simple terms, the process of healthy and happy human development from early to later life, what might go wrong and how the damage can be repaired.  It will be of particular use to anyone who works with people in a pastoral or caring situation.

Lent Retreat in Daily Life

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Launch on Saturday 17th February 7-8.30pm

An opportunity to become more aware of God in your day-to-day life and in your prayer. Whether you find it difficult to pray; can never find time for prayer; are not sure what prayer is; would like to discover more about different ways of praying; or would like to deepen your prayer, this retreat is for you.

You will meet your guide and arrange the specific time and room to meet each week.

The retreat will end with a gathering of everyone on Saturday 24th March 7pm.

Another Look at Why Jesus Died: At-One-Ment

Facilitated by David Cherry

Saturday 24th February 11am-4pm

People wonder why Jesus had to die.  It seems implausible that there is a God who demands a price for sin who you could actually love.  As Holy Week draws near here is an opportunity to reimagine salvation, to think and begin to feel your faith in a freer way.

Dorothy Day: Following Christ to the Margins

Facilitated by Martin Newell

Saturday 3rd March 11am-4pm

After Dorothy, no one can say that they do not know how to combine faith and politics in the modern world.

Learn what it means to follow the poor Christ where he led, to the margins, which is a great place to be, to pray, and to read the Gospels, the Scriptures and the lives of the Saints.

More upcoming events. www.pathwaystoGod.org