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TRINITY SUNDAY – YEAR C -16TH JUNE 2019

Proverbs 8:22-31           Psalm 8

Romans 5:1-5     John 16:12-15

 

HOPE AND FAITH AND PITY AND LOVE

Two years ago, I was given a six month sabbatical, nine weeks of which I was fortunate to spend in the Holy Land. I was based mostly in Jerusalem at an ecumenical study centre run by the University of Notre Dame in the USA.  This study centre, known as Tantur, which overlooks the wall separating Jerusalem from the city of Bethlehem, specialises in shorter and longer study programmes designed to introduce their participants to biblical history and culture as well as the contemporary religious and social landscape of Israel and Palestine.

The programme I was involved with had some 20 participants from all over the world. It was very well planned and the guides on our tours could not have been better prepared or their presentations more stimulating.

One such tour took us into Galilee and on one wet and misty afternoon in March our coach made its way to the Golan Heights which have been occupied by Israel since the Six Day War in 1967. From a viewing point up in the hills, we were able to look down into neighbouring Syria, a land which then as now was in the midst of the civil war which has caused so much human suffering and loss of life. This visit moved us all very much.

While we were there one of our number, a Presbyterian minister from Perth in Western Australia, led us in prayers, as I recall, for peace, for those caught up in the violence of the war and for those suffering for their faith . She also read a poem by the twentieth century Scottish poet Edwin Muir, entitled “One Foot in Eden”. Fittingly enough, the poem reflected on the struggle of good and evil, on how one is so often entwined with the other, the wheat inseparable from the weeds, and how, one might say, light sometimes appears only because there are shadows. This is how his poem ends:

But famished field and blackened tree
Bear flowers in Eden never known.
Blossoms of grief and charity
Bloom in these darkened fields alone.
What had Eden ever to say
Of hope and faith and pity and love
Until was buried all its day
And memory found its treasure trove?
Strange blessings never in Paradise
Fall from these beclouded skies.

 Read in that place, this poem gave us all much food for thought and in my case it still does. Suffering, very regrettable thought it is, can be the occasion of much good. Many are the stories we all hear of acts of great love in the midst of the war in Syria. We might think of  doctors at work during aerial bombardments or of those working today with refugees. We might perhaps think as well of the times in our own lives when in the midst of difficulty we may have experienced so much love and compassion from family, from friends and from strangers. And on this Trinity Sunday, when we think about how it is God’s nature to save, we might be reminded of those words about the sin of Adam in the Easter proclamation, the “Exsultet”, “O happy fault, that earned so great, so glorious a redeemer”.

Fr Michael Holman, S.J.

NEW ALTAR

The new altar will be installed with a Solemn Mass of Dedication, celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, on Wednesday 19th June at the 6pm Mass. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All welcome.
Installation and Dedication of our new altar

The last Masses on the old altar are celebrated this weekend, after which the altar is removed to make way for the arrival of our new altar on Monday. During its installation on Monday and Tuesday, Mass will be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Shrine. The new altar will be dedicated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Area Bishop for central and east London, at a solemn Mass on Wednesday at 6pm. All are warmly invited.

The altar frontal of the old altar has found an excellent new home at the National Shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury, Ramsgate, Kent, which hosts the headquarters of the Pugin Society. The transfer of the old altar frontal will be marked with a service in Ramsgate in the autumn. We are delighted to make this connection with the Pugin Society, as our original high altar is a fine Pugin work, the replica of which is the detail of the old altar frontal. The beauty of our new altar will be further enhanced by making visible the Pugin high altar from all parts of the church.

JONATHAN MOORE: IN CONVERSATION

On Sunday 16th June (Today) at 12:30pm in the Upper Room, Farm Street parishioner Jonathan Moore will be in conversation with broadcaster Mark Lawson. Jonathan will speak about his work in theatre and opera, and how it is an expression of his faith.

 CORPUS CHRISTI

Next Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi. There will be a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Mayfair immediately after the 11am Mass. The procession is of an ecumenical nature, and we will be processing with our friends from the Grosvenor Chapel and the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. All are most welcome to participate in this public witness to the Christian Faith and our shared love for the Lord.

 SUMMER FAIR

The annual Summer Fair, organized jointly with the Grosvenor Chapel, St George’s School, and Library, will take place in the Mount Street Gardens on Sunday 30th June from 12 noon to 4pm.

 SUMMER FAIR APPEAL

Calling all bakers in the pews, both professional and enthusiastic amateur. We need lots of cakes, large and small, for the Summer Fair. Regarding allergies, please supply a list of ingredients to be displayed next to your cake. Contributions can be brought to 114 Mount Street on the afternoon of Saturday 29th June or the morning of Sunday 30th June.

For the Tombola, we need donations of wine, spirits and juice. This is always a popular stall, so any help you can give would be much appreciated. Please contact Margaret on 0207-267-3363, or Jane on 07962967443.

 March for the Climate with the Jesuits

On Wednesday 26 June, parishioners, students and staff from Jesuit works across the UK will gather at Mount Street at 10:30 am and walk to Westminster early afternoon. It is part of a UK-wide initiative to raise awareness on climate change and send a message to parliament. For more details, check out the Jesuit Missions website.

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

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

Restored Lives

Date: Thursday 20th June, with coffee from 9.45am & sandwich lunch provided

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: Vaughan House, London SW1P 1QN

Price of Workshop, including materials: £35 per person
Do you need help recovering from relationship breakdown? The Restored Lives course supports and empowers people to move forward from divorce and separation, or the breakdown of any serious relationship, to live a full life, free from past issues.
For bookings and payments visit  https://tinyurl.com/rlticket or contact Roger Carr-Jones on 020 7798 9363 or e-mail family@rcdow.org.uk

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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

 

 

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm – except August (Next: June 19th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm – except July & August (Next: September 12th, 2019)

Book: The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

 

MINDFULNESS – WITH BODY AND SOUL

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 22nd June 11am-4pm

Mindfulness as understood today builds on our God given human ability to be fully present to the moment, cultivating awareness of where we are and what we’re doing. It is not something that we have to do extra, it is not something we have to add onto our daily living, it is simply about being present to what is. But that is something that we need to cultivate.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 4th July 11.30-1pm

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

 

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

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th July 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.

PENTECOST SUNDAY – YEAR C – 9TH JUNE 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Acts 2:1-11      Psalm 103

Romans 8:8-17     John 14:15-26

 

THE PARACLETE

Who is the Paraclete whom Our Lord talks about? And why does He have to go in order that the Paraclete may be sent?

The precise meaning of “Paraclete” is somewhat contested since it is a Greek word belonging to the legal domain and means: “he who is called to assist”, the “advocate” for the counsel for the defence and from there we see the meaning “consoler” or “intercessor” appear. It appears in the New Testament only in the Gospel of St. John who refers at one time to the Spirit and at another to Christ (1Jn 2:1). It will be in the function that is attributed to the Paraclete that we can best perceive the sense in which it is being used.

Throughout St. John’s Gospel the Paraclete appears in the role of advocate whose protagonists are Jesus and the world. The world, in the form of the Jews, refuses, judges and condemns Jesus. However, in the heart of the believer, another judgment occurs in the light of the Spirit, whom the world does not know. In this light, the one who is judged becomes the judge and proceedings are initiated on the subject of the nature of sin, of justice and of judgment. On each point the Spirit confounds the world. Thanks to the spirit, and contrary to all a appearances, a conviction grows in our hearts: it is not the world, it is Jesus who is right; so, we too are right to believe, we are right to dedicate ourselves to Christ’s cause; in Him, we are already conquerors of the world and of the devil.

This function of the Spirit remains important for us today for the opposition of the world continues and it regards itself as being right in its indifference or opposition to Christ and is often aided and abetted in this by many who call themselves Christian.

The Spirit makes the prayer of Christ come to life in us: it activates our baptismal energies. Through the prayer of Christ in us, we enter into His prayer to the Father and we then are shaped by their love. The sacrifice of the Mass is the definite high point where the supreme prayer of Christ is made mysteriously present, here and now, and our prayer in the depths of our heart enters into harmony with this divine love. It is truly the Spirit of Christ who prays in us and this embraces the universe.

A Church Father tells us that prayer is a habit of the soul and the practice of prayer opens us to this love. This work of the Spirit is not the babble of the unthinking crowd but the personal harnessing of the intelligence, the heart and the will in the service of God and our fellow creatures.

Fr James Campbell, S.J.

From the archives. First published Pentecost, 2007

WELCOME

A warm welcome to Fr Mike Williams SJ who will be helping out in the parish over the summer months.

SUMMER FAIR

The annual Summer Fair, organized jointly with the Grosvenor Chapel, St George’s School, and Library, will take place in the Mount Street Gardens on Sunday 30th June from 12 noon to 4pm.

 

ECUMENICAL PENTECOST SERVICE

The annual Churches Together in Westminster Pentecost service will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday 9th June (today) at 6.30pm. This follows on from Thy Kingdom Come, an ecumenical Christian festival in Trafalgar Square on the same date from 12 noon to 4pm, and will involve live music, workshops, seminars, dance, spoken word and an opportunity to pray and worship together. All are most welcome.

 

NEW ALTAR

The new altar will be installed with a Solemn Mass of Dedication, celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, on Wednesday 19th June at the 6pm Mass. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All welcome.

 

Catholic Union Talk

Patrick Grady MP (SNP Chief Whip) will be giving a talk titled “Catholicism and Public Life in Scotland” on Wednesday 12 June at 6.45pm in the House of Commons Committee Room 6.

All welcome.

 

Communicating the Word

Communication the Word in our communities in preparation for the “Year of the Word”. With David Payne, Catholic film director, author and conference speaker. This is a day especially for catechists, teachers, readers and clergy. Tuesday 25th June 2019 11am to 3:30pm in Farm Street Church Hall. Recommended donation £15 (Please bring your packed lunch)

Organised by the Catholic Association of Preachers. To book please see Fr Dominic or e-mail dominicrobinson@rcdow.org.uk

 

JONATHAN MOORE: IN CONVERSATION

On Sunday 16th June at 12:30pm in the Upper Room, Farm Street parishioner Jonathan Moore will be in conversation with broadcaster Mark Lawson. Jonathan will speak about his work in theatre and opera, and how it is an expression of his faith.

 

CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

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

 

Abortion decriminalisation

Please send a postcard to the Home Secretary, with an important message: “Don’t bring in abortion decriminalisation by the back door!”

The pro-abortion lobby in the House of Commons is trying to amend the draft Domestic Abuse Bill to push through abortion decriminalisation. The Draft Domestic Abuse Bill will introduce measures to tackle the horror of domestic abuse. This important Bill must not be hijacked to decriminalise abortion and make women even more vulnerable to abusive men. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has produced postcards for us which are available in the church. For more information, visit http://www.spuc.org.uk.

 

March for the Climate with the Jesuits

On Wednesday 26 June, parishioners, students and staff from Jesuit works across the UK will gather at Mount Street at 10:30 am and walk to Westminster early afternoon. It is part of a UK-wide initiative to raise awareness on climate change and send a message to parliament. For more details, check out the Jesuit Missions website.

Restored Lives

Date: Thursday 20th June, with coffee from 9.45am & sandwich lunch provided

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: Vaughan House, London SW1P 1QN

Price of Workshop, including materials: £35 per person
Do you need help recovering from relationship breakdown? The Restored Lives course supports and empowers people to move forward from divorce and separation, or the breakdown of any serious relationship, to live a full life, free from past issues.
For bookings and payments visit  https://tinyurl.com/rlticket or contact Roger Carr-Jones on 020 7798 9363 or e-mail family@rcdow.org.uk

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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

 

 

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next: June 19th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next: June 13th, 2019)

Book: “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” James Hogg

 

 

Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Wednesdays, 12th June – 17th July 2-3.30pm

An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.

 

Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.

 

RECONCILIATION: The POER of FAITH IN A WORLD OF CONFLICT

Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ

Wednesdays, 12th June – 10th July 6.30-8.30pm

Discover how you can be a reconciling presence in a divided and hurting world.

 

Reconciliation is in the DNA of the disciple. The heartbeat of the gospel is that God, in Christ, has reconciled and is reconciling all things to Himself. As the apostle Paul says, we have been entrusted with the message of reconciliation and living out this calling as ambassador of Christ.

 

This reconciliation course explores a biblically-based approach to reconciliation and offers practical tools to enable Christians to apply this in their everyday experiences.

 

 

JOURNALLING AS PRAYER

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett

Saturday 15th June 11am-4pm (This is a repeat of the workshop offered on May 4th)

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

 

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

 

HOW WELL DO I LISTEN?

Facilitated by Margaret Philpot

Saturday 15th June 11am-4pm

Active listening can transform both the listener and the speaker. When we are really listened to we feel different. When we really listen to others they feel different. Attentive listening, often to the unspoken message, is at the root of all good communication and it is a skill that can be learnt and practiced. It involves taking people seriously, affirming their value and dignity.

 

MINDFULNESS – WITH BODY AND SOUL

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 22nd June 11am-4pm

Mindfulness as understood today builds on our God given human ability to be fully present to the moment, cultivating awareness of where we are and what we’re doing. It is not something that we have to do extra, it is not something we have to add onto our daily living, it is simply about being present to what is. But that is something that we need to cultivate.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 4th July 11.30-1pm

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

 

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

 

7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER-YEAR C-2ND JUNE 2019

Acts 7:55-60    Psalm 96

Apocalypse 22:12-20     John 17:20-26

 

THE PARISH FORUM: FOLLOW UP

May I as parish priest take this opportunity to thank all of you who took part in the recent Parish Forum through your presence at the meetings, your completing the questionnaire sheet or online, or through your feedback made in other ways. And particular thanks to the Parish Pastoral Council for devising and carrying through this initiative.  The Parish Forum has been an important and necessary process which will I hope serve to make those of us with responsibility for guiding Farm Street Parish more accountable.

One of the obvious initial challenges in running a consultation in this parish is knowing who the ‘parishioners’ of Farm Street actually are. Our congregation is made up of a diversity of people who come in from all over London and beyond. Although importantly fully rooted in a neighbourhood of London with so many challenges and contradictions, we are far from simply a residential parish.  We are often referred to as ‘the Jesuit Church in London’ and so attract people from all over who are looking for a wide variety of things we offer such as diversity of worship and music, preaching, spirituality, service opportunities, adult faith formation, a particular sense of community.  Younger Catholics find us through the Jesuit or wider Church network; people find their way back to practice of the faith through what we offer including through the Landings Programme, and others embrace the Catholic Church from other traditions or none through both communal and personal accompaniment.

Some of this diverse group are part of a stable core community of people who attend weekly or more often and get involved in many of the aspects of our life: social events, volunteering, fundraising, worship.  Others would be less regularly involved and focus on specific activities or know few people outside of the particular Mass they attend.  Still others would come sporadically, when they are in town, or to particular events during the year, but still feel very much part of the Farm Street family as a whole.  The fact is that everyone is part of the Farm Street community if they wish to identify as such.  The beauty of the place is people can be fully immersed in our life or be more anonymous and still know, if they wish, that they are ‘parishioners’, welcome to be part of the community here.

So it is my hope that the Parish Forum exercise has given everyone in this diverse body of Farm Street ‘parishioners’ the opportunity to give helpful feedback for the Parish Pastoral Council and myself on how we are serving you. It was for me and for the Council gratifying that the feedback we received was so overwhelmingly positive.  This is a cause for great consolation.  It was also very much appreciated that people felt able to say how things could be improved.  The challenge now is to put this feedback into practice through concrete action.  This work, led by the Council, and myself, has now begun.  Here again are the 4 action points the Council identified as starters.

 

  • We will make the names and photographs of’ PPC members available on the website and on parish notice boards.
  • We will make information about volunteering opportunities and contacts more visible, and we will improve support for existing volunteers (e.g. training, days of reflection).
  • We will look at ways to support groups within the parish who are currently not catered for, especially ways which build community through mentoring or mutual fellowship
  • We will work with the clergy team to enable parishioners to develop their vocations, both as individuals and as members of a welcoming faith community

 

I hope that over the coming months we will be able to begin to respond to these points. Here the Parish Pastoral Council, led by Steven Fachada, has an important role.  The Pastoral Council, representing the diverse groups of people who belong to Farm Street Parish, will be an important instrument in continuing to discern together the mission of the community as a whole.  Through this process of consultation and ongoing discernment I hope also that we grow as a collaborative community in which the clergy and parishioners work more closely together to grow as a truly welcoming community of missionary disciples which models the Church.  As such the Forum has been the first step in an ongoing process.

Fr Dominic Robinson S.J.

 

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

Fr Dominic is pleased to announce that Steven Fachada has been appointed as Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council.

 

ECUMENICAL PENTECOST SERVICE

The annual Churches Together in Westminster Pentecost service will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday 9th June at 6.30pm. This follows on from Thy Kingdom Come, an ecumenical Christian festival in Trafalgar Square on the same date from 12 noon to 4pm, and will involve live music, workshops, seminars, dance, spoken word and an opportunity to pray and worship together. All are most welcome.

 

CARITAS VOLUNTEER FAIR

The Caritas Volunteer Service will be holding its annual Volunteers’ Fair showcasing volunteering opportunities from across the Diocese. Those attending will have the chance to chat with different charities and find out more about their work and the roles available and hear talks and testimonials from different organisations. The event will be on Saturday 8th June, from 1:00-3:00pm, at St Aloysius’ Parish Hall, Phoenix Road, Euston, NW1 1TA. To get your free ticket, email caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk, call 020 7931 6077, or search the event title on Eventbrite.

 

Catholic Union Talk

Patrick Grady MP (SNP Chief Whip) will be giving a talk titled “Catholicism and Public Life in Scotland” on Wednesday 12 June at 6.45pm in the House of Commons Committee Room 6.

All welcome.

 

job Vacancy

Catholic Union of Great Britain Administrator & Membership Secretary                               (location: Jeddo Rd W12)

This new role is for 20 hours a week (approx. 9.30am to 1.30pm Mon-Fri) plus occasional evening and weekend work. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, admin and IT skills.  Starting salary £12-16 per hour depending on experience.  For more details, see catholicunion.org.uk (under “News”) or contact Nigel Parker on 07930 955692 or at director@catholicunion.org.uk. Closing date: 19 June.

NEW ALTAR

The altar will be replaced in June this year. The new altar will be of a simpler design which will allow a clearer view of the magnificent original Pugin altar. It will be installed in June, and a Solemn Mass of Dedication will be celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, on Wednesday 19th June at the 6pm Mass. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

JONATHAN MOORE:IN CONVERSATION

On Sunday 16th June at 12:30pm in the Upper Room, Farm Street parishioner Jonathan Moore will be in conversation with broadcaster Mark Lawson. Jonathan will speak about his work in theatre and opera, and how it is an expression of his faith.

March for the Climate with the Jesuits

On Wednesday 26 June, parishioners, students and staff from Jesuit works across the UK will gather at Mount Street at 10:30 am and walk to Westminster early afternoon. It is part of a UK-wide initiative to raise awareness on climate change and send a message to parliament. For more details, check out the Jesuit Missions website.

 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.

  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.

Mount Street Jesuit Centre
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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

 

 

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next: June 19th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next: June 13th, 2019)

Book: “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” James Hogg

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th June 11.30-1pm

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

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

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th June 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.

 

 

Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Wednesdays, 12th June – 17th July 2-3.30pm

An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.

Beginning with developing stillness and awareness,

we then move on to the use of our imagination and into opening our lives more fully to the love of God. Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.

 

RECONCILIATION

Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ

Wednesdays, 12th June – 10th July 6.30-8.30pm

Discover how you can be a reconciling presence in a divided and hurting world.

Reconciliation is in the DNA of the disciple. The heartbeat of the gospel is that God, in Christ, has reconciled and is reconciling all things to Himself. As the apostle Paul says, we have been entrusted with the message of reconciliation and living out this calling as ambassador of Christ. This reconciliation course offers practical tools to enable Christians to apply this in their everyday experiences.

 

JOURNALLING AS PRAYER

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett

Saturday 15th June 11am-4pm (This is a repeat of the workshop offered on May 4th)

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

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

 

HOW WELL DO I LISTEN?

Facilitated by Margaret Philpot

Saturday 15th June 11am-4pm

Active listening can transform both the listener and the speaker. When we are really listened to we feel different. When we really listen to others they feel different. Yet so many things get in the way: our own priorities, needs, anxieties, etc. And yet attentive listening, often to the unspoken message, is at the root of all good communication and it is a skill that can be learnt and practiced. It involves taking people seriously, affirming their value and dignity.

6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER – YEAR C – 26TH MAY 2019

Acts 15:1-29    Psalm 66

Apocalypse 21:10-14     John 14:23-29

 

THE LORD GOES UP WITH SHOUTS OF JOY

On Thursday we celebrate the Ascension.  This is one of the major feasts of the Church’s year and a Holy Day of Obligation.

In the readings for the day we get two similar accounts from St Luke of the event. One account ends Luke’s Gospel and the other begins the Acts of the Apostles, where he tells the story of the early Church after Jesus has been taken up into heaven.  These two accounts have a rather different feel to them.  In the Gospel it is simply a joyful event which leads the apostles to spend their time praising God in the temple.  The Acts of the Apostles sets the scene for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which we will be celebrating in a couple of weeks’ time.  Here the apostles seem at a loss, they are staring up into the sky as if wondering what has happened.  They need to be told to move on, that Jesus will return. In the meantime the go back into the city and wait in prayer until the Spirit gives them the courage and power to go out and proclaim the Good News with which they have been entrusted.

What does this celebration mean for us? We can feel a bit like the apostles in Acts a bit unsure of what to make of it and feeling this is just a preparation for the celebration of Pentecost. Perhaps we need to focus on the Gospel account and on its parallel in Mark. This is the climax of the Gospel Jesus blesses his disciples and all is at last to them. They recognise who Jesus is and the worship him. Jesus did not simply disappear. Mark says, “And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, there at the right hand of God he took his place”. Jesus has taken his place with his Father. This is the moment of triumph, now creation has been transformed. This is the fulfilment of the “news of great joy” which Luke tells us was the message of the angels at the beginning of the Gospel as they tell the shepherds about Jesus’ birth. This is the reason the apostles go back to Jerusalem with great joy. This is why Mark says of the apostles’ response to the ascension, “while they, going out, preached the everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it”.

For us the Ascension is an occasion to rejoice in that Jesus has taken his place with the Father and rules over the whole world. This is the completion of the resurrection. This is a triumph in which we share. As the opening prayer of the Mass of the Ascension says,” …the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where he the Head has gone before in glory the Body is called to following hope”. We are that Body of Christ. The Ascension is a sign of hope for us. It is a hope which enables us to follow those apostles who went out preaching the Good News of the triumph of Christ throughout the world by what they did and the way the lived out the Gospel in their lives. So let us rejoice as we gather to celebrate the Ascension on Thursday

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION

The Feast of the Ascension will be celebrated on Thursday 30th May. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at the usual times of 8am, 1.05pm and 6pm. Refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall after the 6pm Mass.

 

PETER BRIDGMAN ART EXHIBITION

A viewing evening of works by artist and Farm Street parishioner, Peter Bridgman, will take place at 7pm on Friday 31st May at 114 Mount Street. This is the opening night of an exhibition that will run through the month of June in the Ground Floor Art Gallery at 114 Mount Street. All are most welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

 

ECUMENICAL PENTECOST SERVICE

The annual Churches Together in Westminster Pentecost service will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday 9th June at 6.30pm. This follows on from Thy Kingdom Come, an ecumenical Christian festival in Trafalgar Square on the same date from 12 noon to 4pm, and will involve live music, workshops, seminars, dance, spoken word and an opportunity to pray and worship together. All are most welcome.

 

CARITAS VOLUNTEER FAIR

The Caritas Volunteer Service will be holding its annual Volunteers’ Fair showcasing volunteering opportunities from across the Diocese. Those attending will have the chance to chat with different charities and find out more about their work and the roles available and hear talks and testimonials from different organisations. The event will be on Saturday 8th June, from 1:00-3:00pm, at St Aloysius’ Parish Hall, Phoenix Road, Euston, NW1 1TA. To get your free ticket, email caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk, call 020 7931 6077, or search the event title on Eventbrite.

 

JESUIT FUNDRAISING CONCERT

There will be an evening reception and concert by pianist Bobby Chen at The Polish Club on Thursday 30th May at 6.45pm. Money will raised will go to The Langlands School and College in Pakistan and other Jesuit charities.

Tickets £75 (concessions £45 on application) – collect an invitation form at

Mount Street reception or book at by e-mailing bjact@btinternet.com.

CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK COLLECTION

A second collection will be taken today to support the Catholic Communications Network Collection. The CCN is the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and seeks to be of service both to the Church and the world in offering professional channels of communication to promote the Gospel. Please do give generously.

 

JONATHAN MOORE: IN CONVERSATION

On Sunday 16th June at 12:30pm in the Upper Room, Farm Street parishioner Jonathan Moore will be in conversation with broadcaster Mark Lawson. Jonathan will speak about his work in theatre and opera, and how it is an expression of his faith.

NEW FRONT ALTAR

The front altar will be replaced in June this year. The new altar will be of a simpler design which will allow a clearer view of the magnificent original Pugin altar. It will be installed in June, and a Solemn Mass of Dedication will be celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, auxiliary bishop of Westminster, on Wednesday 19th June at the 6pm Mass. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

 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.

 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.

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

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

 

 

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next: June 19th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next: June 13th, 2019)

Book: “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” James Hogg

 

PRAYER WITHIN A BUSY LIFE

Facilitated by Chris Chapman

Saturday 1st June 11am-4pm

Many of us find it difficult to fit times of prayer into daily life – especially when demands of care for others, or of work are great, or when the pattern of each day is different, lacking a regular structure.

 

This day will explore ways of weaving prayer in and out of daily activities so that even within the most taxing of days there are points of prayerful meeting, conversation and rest.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th June 11.30-1pm

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

 

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

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th June 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.

 

Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Wednesdays, 12th June – 17th July 2-3.30pm

An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.

 

Beginning with developing stillness and awareness, we then move on to the use of our imagination and into opening our lives more fully to the love of God. Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.

RECONCILIATION

Facilitated by Theodora Hawksley CJ

Wednesdays, 12th June – 10th July 6.30-8.30pm

Discover how you can be a reconciling presence in a divided and hurting world.

 

Reconciliation is in the DNA of the disciple. The heartbeat of the gospel is that God, in Christ, has reconciled and is reconciling all things to Himself. As the apostle Paul says, we have been entrusted with the message of reconciliation and living out this calling as ambassador of Christ.

 

This reconciliation course explores a biblically-based approach to reconciliation and offers practical tools to enable Christians to apply this in their everyday experiences.

 

JOURNALLING AS PRAYER

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett

Saturday 15th June 11am-4pm (This is a repeat of the workshop offered on May 4th)

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

 

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

 

HOW WELL DO I LISTEN?

Facilitated by Margaret Philpot

Saturday 15th June 11am-4pm

Active listening can transform both the listener and the speaker. When we are really listened to we feel different. When we really listen to others they feel different. Yet so many things get in the way: our own priorities, needs, anxieties, etc. And yet attentive listening, often to the unspoken message, is at the root of all good communication and it is a skill that can be learnt and practiced. It involves taking people seriously, affirming their value and dignity.

–July 10th at Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Booking and enquiries via the website: www.pathwaystogod.org.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – YEAR C – 19TH MAY 2019

Acts 14:21-27  Psalm 144

Apocalypse 21:1-5     John 13:31-35

 

LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU

Gospel reading for this Sunday contains some of the most familiar and important words of Jesus. He tells his disciples that he is giving them a new commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you”. This will be how men and women will know they are his disciples, “If you have love, one for another”.

The kind of love we, as his disciples today, are to show one another is the kind of love with which he loved us. This is what makes his commandment a “new” commandment. This love of his was powerfully illustrated when at the Last Supper he removed his outer garments, wrapped a towel round his waist and washed the feet of his disciples. That’s the kind of love we are to have for one another: we are to give our lives in service to our brothers and sisters.

Thankfully, we have many examples of outstanding men and women who have done just that, examples which can inspire us. One such example died just two weeks ago, Jean Vanier, the founder of the L’Arche movement which now has some 150 communities  around the world. Vanier’s life was given over in service to his brothers and sisters with significant special needs. He was a model of compassion. He taught that every human being, however great their needs may be, has been created by God and has a unique beauty all his or her own. One of his co-workers in this country said, on hearing of Vanier’s death, “Jean taught us that everyone has something to give something that the world needs. He taught us the importance of celebrating what makes each of us unique.”

But sometimes we learn most about what loving each other as Jesus loved us means from what happens to us.

The other day, I took the train up to Manchester to attend the blessing of a new centre, the Laudato Si’ Centre, at Wardley Hall, the residence of the Catholic Bishop of Salford. The Centre seeks to respond to the challenge of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment and human ecology, by creating a space for practical action to care for our common home, action which will help us leave a sustainable world for future generations. I knew from previous experience that Wardley Hall, set in spacious grounds, was not easy to find but knew it was located next to St Mary’s, a large Catholic cemetery.

Following the directions on the sat nav on my phone, I got off the bus and then followed the route my phone set out for me. I walked for a mile or so but, to my increasing alarm, the path took me deeper and deeper into an industrial estate full of warehouses and machine shops. The Hall, and the cemetery, were nowhere to be seen.  Realising that I would be late for the blessing, I went up to a group of men huddled around a roadside cafeteria and asked the way to St Mary’s. “It’s the other side of that fence, but to reach it you’ll need to walk all the way back to the main road”. Then, without hesitation, the cafeteria owner, who was busy making a bacon sandwich for a customer, said “Get into my car and I’ll drive you there”. I was so relieved and very grateful. But the only thanks this good man wanted for his kindness and generosity was for me to pray for him and his family.

Such spontaneous kindness which seeks no reward sums up what living the new commandment means for me. Such acts of generosity are within reach of us all and they can change the world, just as the love shown me has, I hope, in some way, transformed me.

Fr Michael Holman S.J.

The Hunted Priest: Fr John Gerard, the English Mission, and the Gunpowder Plot

A talk on Fr John Gerard SJ, will be held in the Farm Street Church hall on Wednesday 22nd May at 6.45pm. Landing at night on the Norfolk Coast in October 1588, Fr Gerard very successfully ministered to English Catholics for 17 years in extraordinary circumstances. After many daring escapes, he suffered imprisonment and torture, famously escaping from the Tower of London in 1597 to continue his work until 1605. The talk is by his ten greats nephew, Michael Maslinski, who last year persuaded the BBC to withdraw inaccurate allegations in a documentary that he had been a central figure in the Gunpowder Plot.

 

PETER BRIDGMAN ART EXHIBITION

A viewing evening of works by artist and Farm Street parishioner, Peter Bridgman, will take place at 7pm on Friday 31st May at 114 Mount Street. This is the opening night of an exhibition that will run through the month of June in the Ground Floor Art Gallery at 114 Mount Street. All are most welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

 

FARM STREET WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2019

Saturday May 25th: coach departs 114 Mount St 8:30am & returns there via drop-off at Victoria Station c 8pm. Please join us on our annual pilgrimage to England’s National Shrine of Our Lady in Norfolk. The day includes prayers and talks en route, visits to the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican shrines, walking the Holy Mile and free time. Cost: £35 inclusive of buffet lunch. To book please call at Farm Street Reception, e-mail farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk or ‘phone Leslie Giltz on (020)-7408-1234.

 

ECUMENICAL PENTECOST SERVICE

The annual Churches Together in Westminster Pentecost service will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday 9th June at 6.30pm. This follows on from Thy Kingdom Come, an ecumenical Christian festival in Trafalgar Square on the same date from 12 noon to 4pm, and will involve live music, workshops, seminars, dance, spoken word and an opportunity to pray and worship together. All are most welcome.

 

 

PRIEST TRAINING FUND

A second collection will be taken today to support the Priest Training Fund. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. The fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Your gift ensures we can provide training for these men responding to Christ’s call to dedicate their lives to serve God and His people. Please be as generous as you can. Please also pray for vocations and for all our priests. You can also donate online anytime at http://www.rcdow.org.uk/donations.

 

JESUIT FUNDRAISING CONCERT

There will be an evening reception and concert by pianist Bobby Chen at The Polish Club on Thursday 30th May at 6.45pm. Money will raised will go to The Langlands School and College in Pakistan and other Jesuit charities.

Tickets £75 (concessions £45 on application) – collect an invitation form at

Mount Street reception or book at by e-mailing bjact@btinternet.com.

 

NEW FRONT ALTAR

The front altar will be replaced in June this year. The new altar will be of a simpler design which will allow a clearer view of the magnificent original Pugin altar. It will be installed in June, and a Solemn Mass of Dedication will be celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, auxiliary bishop of Westminster, on Wednesday 19th June at the 6pm Mass. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

 

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.

 

JONATHAN MOORE: IN CONVERSATION

On Sunday 16th June at 12:30pm in the Upper Room, Farm Street parishioner Jonathan Moore will be in conversation with broadcaster Mark Lawson. Jonathan will speak about his work in theatre and opera, and how it is an expression of his faith.

 

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

 

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

 

• Drop-in Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next: June 19th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next: June 13th, 2019)

Book: “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” by James Hogg

 

 

 

PRAYER WITHIN A BUSY LIFE

Facilitated by Chris Chapman

Saturday 1st June 11am-4pm

Many of us find it difficult to fit times of prayer into daily life – especially when demands of care for others, or of work are great, or when the pattern of each day is different, lacking a regular structure.

 

This day will explore ways of weaving prayer in and out of daily activities so that even within the most taxing of days there are points of prayerful meeting, conversation and rest.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th June 11.30-1pm

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

 

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

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th June 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.

 

Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Wednesdays, 12th June – 17th July 2-3.30pm

An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.

 

Beginning with developing stillness and awareness, we then move on to the use of our imagination and into opening our lives more fully to the love of God. Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.

 

RECONCILIATION COURSE

Wednesdays, 12th June – 10th July 6.30-8pm

How can our faith make an impact in a divided and hurting world? This new course explores a scripture-based approach to reconciliation and offers practical tools to help Christians apply this in their everyday experiences of conflict. This 5 week evening course runs on Wednesdays 6.30pm–8pm, June 12th–July 10th at Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Booking and enquiries via the website: www.pathwaystogod.org.