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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year B – 11th November 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

I Kings 17:10-16           Psalm 145

Hebrews 9:24-28      Mark 12:38-44

FOLLOWING JESUS WHOLEHEARTEDLY

n the Gospel reading at Mass today, Jesus draws a strong contrast between, on the one hand, the scribes who say one thing while doing another and those who support the Temple only with what they have left over, and, on the other hand, the poor widow who put into the collection box just two small coins which were all she had to live on.

The contrast illustrates two ways of being a disciple. There are those who follow Jesus half-heartedly and those who follow him with their all and everything. Jesus warns against being like the former and invites us to become like those who follow him wholeheartedly.

Which is all very well, you might say, but most of us are busy people with many commitments and responsibilities at home, at work and perhaps in one form of another of public life. We might ask how we can follow Jesus so completely when there are so many calls already on our time and energy.

Jesus calls us to follow him each day less by doing something extra, though that may sometimes happen, more by making the most of the opportunities there are to live like his disciples in the midst of our present commitments at home, at work or wherever. We need to ask for ears that are tuned in to hear his voice in the many conversations we have, eyes that can focus on his presence in the people we live and work with and those others we come across in the street or in the tube, and a heart that can respond to him generously.

There is a way of praying each day which many people, me included, find a great help as we try to live each day as followers of Jesus. It involves setting aside a few minutes at the beginning of each day and a few minutes at the end. Some of us will be familiar with it already as the way of life, the spirituality for every day, proposed by what used to be called the “Apostleship of Prayer” and which is now known as “Hearts on Fire”.

At the beginning of each day, shortly after waking up, we can offer the whole day to the Lord, our thoughts, our words and our actions, and ask him that we might live this day as his disciples. Here’s one form of this offering but you can use your own words, as I do.

Jesus, as I look forward to face whatever the day may bring,
Joy or sorrow, health or sickness, success or failure, laughter or tears.
I recall your love for us, your faithful friendship to the entire world and to me and my family, personally.
Let me stray not from your commands. Let me never be far from your heart. Help me to share the gifts that I receive with all and to see your face in all my brothers and sisters.
At the end of the day may I return to you and surrender the day’s work, love, heartaches, and joy with open hands and open heart. Amen.

Then at the end of the day, we might take a few minutes, perhaps five or six, sitting quietly, placing ourselves in the Lord’s presence and looking back over the day and thanking him for those times when we have lived as followers of his, asking forgiveness for those times when we haven’t, and looking ahead at the next day and what it will bring and asking for whatever we need to live as he wants us to live.

It’s the experience of many people that when prayer like this becomes a habit, we become, with the Lord’s help, more able to tune into his voice, focus on his presence and respond generously and so become the kind of disciples he asks us to be, not least in the Gospel we hear read at mass today.

 Fr Michael Holman, S.J.

MONTH OF HOLY SOULS

For the month of November, Jesuits in Britain have made it possible to light a virtual candle in memory of those you remember and submit their names for prayer on their website.  To light a virtual candle in memory of your loved ones, send us their names using the link below.

www.jesuit.org.uk/candles

The names will be added to the book of remembrance in church where they will be prayed for during Masses throughout November.

  FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

The vigil of our patronal feast will be celebrated with a solemn sung Mass at 7pm on Friday 7th December. The occasion will see the consecration of our new altar by HE Vincent Cardinal Nichols, followed by a reception in the hall. This will also mark the formal farewell by the parish to Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat.

 BLESSING OF HOMELESS JESUS

Archbishop Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, will celebrate a solemn Mass and bless our new sculpture Homeless Jesus on Tuesday January 15th at 6pm.  This will be followed by a presentation by the sculptor Timothy Schmaltz, who will join us from Canada especially for the occasion and by those working in homeless services.  All are welcome to this very special evening to raise awareness of homeless issues in our city and to formally dedicate our new piece of artwork in the church, the first Homeless Jesus to be housed in a London church.

SLAVES IN OUR CITY

Caritas Westminster is hosting an evening raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery in our communities. Speakers include the Metropolitan Police, the Santa Marta Group, the Medaille Trust, and Caritas Bakhita House. The event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, from 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Farm Street Church. Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm. Please RSVP to caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk, or call on 0207 798 9030 for your free ticket. Alternatively, you can register your attendance on Eventbrite, by searching for ‘Slaves in our City’.

The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.

Young Adults Wine Tasting

Sat 17 Nov 2018 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm  Mount Street Jesuit Centre – Parish Hall

Join us for a relaxing wine tasting social. Tickets often sell out well before the night, so book soon to avoid disappointment. Please note the event is strictly for those older than 18 years old.

Tickets are available online at the following link: http://buytickets.at/msjcyoungadultministries/202679

 

Tango Shelter 2018

Volunteers are sought for an evening of tango dancing at Tango Shelter 2018 in the hall, Saturday 8th December, 16:30 – 22:00, to set-up chairs, take down, manage tickets/reception, manage the kitchen, and facilitate refreshments.

This is not an official Farm Street event, but funds raised will be donated to the work Farm Street Church undertakes with the homeless. It will also celebrate Latin American Pope Francis’ birthday and follows on from a successful event last year.
If you are able to help, please contact Warren Edwardes at tango@edwardes.org

WEST LONDON MAYORAL ACCOUNTABILITY SESSION

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will report on his action to West London citizens at St George’s Cathedral on 29 November, from 7 to 9pm. This is a unique opportunity to share your experience as a citizen living in the area, and raise the concerns you may have. Tickets must be booked in advance. More details: https://goo.gl/QjjDWG

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 Armel Yoro 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. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

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

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

 

Our Regular Events

• Guided Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

 

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: 20th November, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 13th December, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 2nd December, 2018)

SCRIPTURE IN COLOUR – PRAYING WITH ICONS

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton and Liz Waldy

Saturday 17th November 11am-4pm

“These selfless images that we call icons have one function only, to put us in touch with the world of grace.  We are taken out of our own world as we contemplate, and are drawn into this holy world where God is free to love us as he desires” Sr Wendy Becket
St John Damascene (675-749) taught that icons tell us in pictures what the Gospel tells us in words.

We will explore this in our workshop as we briefly consider the history and theology of icons and, more importantly, let them lead us into prayer and silence, “a window on the kingdom” which “does not just open onto the world beyond, but lets in that vital air which refreshes our hearts” (Michel Quenot).

CHRISTIAN YOGA – PRAYING WITH YOUR BODY

Facilitated by Róisín McGrogan

Saturday 24th November 11am-4pm

This workshop will include breathwork, an exploration of physical representation of Christian prayer and scripture, a strong energetic yoga practice and a final Ignatian contemplation exercise on the Gospel. Bring water, bring a mat (and any other yoga props you usually use) and wear comfortable clothes you can move and stretch in.

THE 12 STEPS AND THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST IGNATIUS

Facilitated by Mary Warner & Michael O’Halloran

Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm

The workshop aims to facilitate learning and discussion about how the 12 Steps of addiction recovery can interact with and complement Ignatian spirituality.  There will be some teaching as well as opportunities for participants to share their experiences and discuss some of these ideas.

THE COMING OF OUR GOD –PRAYER AND REFLECTION WITH THE GOSPEl OF LUKE

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm repeated as a course 2 Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th, 11am-1pm

Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas with the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th December 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 December 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.

 

 

 

 

 

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year B – 4th November 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Deuteronomy 6:2-6         Psalm 17

Hebrews 7:23-28      Mark 12:28-34

SISTER DEATH

In our society, very often, death is something people prefer not to think about.  For previous generations it was much more part of their daily experience.  Infant mortality was high, life expectancy was much lower than it is now, working conditions were often much more dangerous.  This meant that they had to cope, much more frequently than we do, with the death of family members.  The rituals surrounding death were, therefore, much more important to them.  In an age of faith, they also had a much clearer understanding of death and of life after death.

As a priest working in a parish death is much more part of my experience than it is for most people.  I seem to have spent quite a lot of my time recently working with people who have experienced the death of family members.  I think one of the things the Church has to offer is an understanding of death and a ritual to go with it.  Many of our contemporaries do not have this.  They are at a loss to know how to deal with this experience and often have some strange ideas, which may give a superficial comfort but to our eyes are missing the point.  For example, the idea that those who have died become angels.

The funeral liturgy tells us that for us, at death, “life is changed not ended”.  We approach death in the knowledge and confidence of being called to share in the resurrection of Christ.  This is not to deny the reality of our loss.  Loss of a loved one can be devastating.  Even when somebody’s death is expected, when we might be grateful they are no longer suffering and when we can approach it in faith, we keep on discovering a whole variety of ways we miss the person concerned.  However, we have the consolation of knowing the person is in the hands of a loving and merciful God.  Above all we have the consolation of knowing that Christ has been there before us.  Through his death on the cross he overcame death and enable us to share in his life in glory.  St Francis of Assisi, in his famous canticle, thanks God for “sister death”.  For it is through death that we come to eternal life in Christ.

There is, however, another aspect to the way we as Catholics approach death.  Before my own mother died earlier this year we had talked a little bit about what she wanted at her funeral.  She was very clear she did not want a eulogy with somebody talking about how wonderful she had been (wonderful person though she was).  No, what she said was, “pray for me”.  We all of us come before God as sinners facing the merciful judgement of God.  As Catholics, particularly, we recognise that it is appropriate to pray for the dead.  This is what we do particularly in the month of November.  So, let us take this opportunity to place those who have died into the hands of God and pray that we may be able to face death, both our own and of those close to us, with Christian faith.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 

MONTH OF HOLY SOULS

For the month of November, Jesuits in Britain have made it possible to light a virtual candle in memory of those you remember and submit their names for prayer on their website.  To light a virtual candle in memory of your loved ones, send us their names using the link below.

www.jesuit.org.uk/candles

The names will be added to the book of remembrance in church where they will be prayed for during Masses throughout November.

 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Our RCIA programme for this year is beginning.  If you are an adult seeking baptism, a Christian of another tradition wanting to be received into the Catholic Church or an adult Catholic who has not yet been confirmed please contact Fr Chris Pedley as soon as possible.

 Confirmation Programme 2019

The programme is for teenagers aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2019 and will begin in January 2019. To register, collect a registration form at the parish reception. For more information, contact Leninha Assis at farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk

SLAVES IN OUR CITY

Caritas Westminster is hosting an evening raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery in our communities. Speakers include the Metropolitan Police, the Santa Marta Group, the Medaille Trust, and Caritas Bakhita House. The event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, from 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Farm Street Church. Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm. Please RSVP to caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk, or call on 0207 798 9030 for your free ticket. Alternatively, you can register your attendance on Eventbrite, by searching for ‘Slaves in our City’.

The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.

Kristallnacht Remembrance Service

“A Service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht will be held at Westminster Abbey at 6.30pm on Thursday 8th November 2018.  The service will commemorate the events of Kristallnacht (‘Night of the Broken Glass’), the massacre against Jews throughout Nazi Germany on the night of 9th–10th November 1938.

COLLECTION COUNT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to assist with the parish collection count on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact the Parish Accountant, Patricia Morgan, on 020 7529 4801 or at farmstreetfin@rcdow.org.uk. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.

 PORTRAITS OF SYRIA

‘Portraits of Syria’, an exhibition of paintings by Syrian artist Farid Georges evoking the emotional realities of the Syrian conflict including the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt, SJ , will be held on our Ground Floor Gallery, November 1st – 29th, to coincide with the Aid to the Church in Need/ Christian Solidarity Worldwide initiative #Red Wednesday (Nov 28th) when buildings, including Farm Street Church, will be illuminated red to highlight the persecution of Christians and religious freedom.  Please do visit.

CAFOD Memorial Mass

You are warmly invited to the CAFOD Memorial Mass, in memory of all our Supporters and Volunteers, at the Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London N14 4HE at 11am on Wednesday 7 November. Refreshments will be served after the Mass.

If you would like someone to be included in our Book of Remembrance, please send us their name by calling CAFOD Westminster on 020 8449 6970 or emailing westminster@cafod.org.uk

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 Armel Yoro 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. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

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

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

 

• Guided Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: 20th November, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 8th November, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 1st December, 2018)

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 10th November 11am-4pm

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

 

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

 

SCRIPTURE IN COLOUR – PRAYING WITH ICONS

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton and Liz Waldy

Saturday 17th November 11am-4pm

“These selfless images that we call icons have one function only, to put us in touch with the world of grace.  We are taken out of our own world as we contemplate, and are drawn into this holy world where God is free to love us as he desires” Sr Wendy Becket
St John Damascene (675-749) taught that icons tell us in pictures what the Gospel tells us in words.

 

We will explore this in our workshop as we briefly consider the history and theology of icons and, more importantly, let them lead us into prayer and silence, “a window on the kingdom” which “does not just open onto the world beyond, but lets in that vital air which refreshes our hearts” (Michel Quenot).

 

CHRISTIAN YOGA – PRAYING WITH YOUR BODY

Facilitated by Róisín McGrogan

Saturday 24th November 11am-4pm

This workshop will include breathwork, an exploration of physical representation of Christian prayer and scripture, a strong energetic yoga practice and a final Ignatian contemplation exercise on the Gospel. Bring water, bring a mat (and any other yoga props you usually use) and wear comfortable clothes you can move and stretch in.

 

THE 12 STEPS AND THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST IGNATIUS

Facilitated by Mary Warner & Michael O’Halloran

Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm

The workshop aims to facilitate learning and discussion about how the 12 Steps of addiction recovery can interact with and complement Ignatian spirituality.  There will be some teaching as well as opportunities for participants to share their experiences and discuss some of these ideas.

 

THE COMING OF OUR GOD –PRAYER AND REFLECTION WITH THE GOSPEl OF LUKE

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm repeated as a course 2 Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th, 11am-1pm

Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas with the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th December 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.

 

 

 

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year B – 28th October 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Jeremiah 31:7-9    Psalm 125

Hebrews 5:1-6      Mark 10:46-52

HEROIC VIRTUE

all need heroes, models we can follow not least in living our Christian faith. Even though we know, try as we might, it is far beyond our capacities to imitate them, they encourage and inspire us, in quite different circumstances, to live with the kind of generosity and integrity Jesus expected of his disciples.

The German Jesuit Alfred Delp is one such hero of mine. He was born in 1907 and converted to Catholicism when he was a boy if just 16. Three years later, he joined the Society of Jesus and stood out from the other Jesuit students as independent and somewhat self-willed, qualities that were soon to serve him and the Church in Germany well.

He was ordained in 1937, four years after Hitler came to power. “Whoever does not have the courage to make history”, he once wrote, “becomes its poor object”. True to his word, Delp was soon helping Jewish families escape to Switzerland and at considerable risk to himself, both in the pages of the Jesuit journal Stimmen der Zeit and from the pulpit of St George’s church in Munich where he ministered, he was openly critical of the Nazi government not least of its forced euthanasia policy. He was introduced by his Jesuit superior to the Kreisau Circle, a resistance group of intellectuals who began planning the future of Germany after the defeat of Hitler, itself a treasonable offence. Delp’s role was to explain Catholic social teaching to the members of the Circle.

In 1944, Delp was arrested and tried on the false charge of being implicated in the 1944 failed plot to kill Hitler. He was sentenced to death and was hanged in a Berlin prison on 2 February 1945.

What I admire about Delp is his capacity to see things as they really were. There were many like him, of course, but there were many others who did not have the eyes to read the signs of the times in the light of faith as he evidently could. Those others were no doubt blinded by the complexities of life and by the fear of what might happen to them if they openly opposed the regime as Delp was able to do.

This clarity of vision Delp himself thought was the result of coming face to face with God. As he wrote, “Many of the things that are happening today would never have happened if we had been living in that longing, that disquiet of heart which comes when we are faced with God, and when we look clearly at things as they really are.”

Which makes me think of the world in which we live and ask whether I have the clarity of sight to read the signs of the time in the light of faith, let alone to respond generously. What about the number of homeless men and women on the streets roundabout this church, the widening gap between rich and poor, the fact that in our wealthy country there are children who go hungry, or the shamefully large numbers of young people who are dying as a result of the knife crime on the streets of our city?

Our Gospel reading today features the blind man who called on Jesus to have mercy on him and to restore his sight, to open his eyes. This story is a metaphor for discipleship: we all need to ask Jesus to open our eyes, to see things as they really are, as he sees them, and then to respond generously.

May the example of Alfred Delp and his like inspire and encourage us in our discipleship today.

Fr Michael Holman, S.J.

All Saints Day

The Feast of All Saints will be celebrated on Thursday 1st November. This is a holy day of obligation and all Catholics are required by the Church to attend Mass. The vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6pm on Wednesday, and Masses on Thursday at 8am, 1.05pm and 6pm. The Thursday 6pm Mass will be accompanied by hymns. There will be a wine and cake reception in the hall afterwards to which all are warmly invited.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Our RCIA programme for this year is beginning.  If you are an adult seeking baptism, a Christian of another tradition wanting to be received into the Catholic Church or an adult Catholic who has not yet been confirmed please contact Fr Chris Pedley as soon as possible.

Confirmation Programme 2019

The programme is for teenagers aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2019 and will begin in January 2019. To register, collect a registration form at the parish reception. For more information, contact Leninha Assis at farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk

 Slaves in our City

Caritas Westminster is hosting an evening raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery in our communities. Speakers include the Metropolitan Police, the Santa Marta Group, the Medaille Trust, and Caritas Bakhita House. The event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, from 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Farm Street Church. Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm. Please RSVP to caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk, or call on 0207 798 9030 for your free ticket. Alternatively, you can register your attendance on Eventbrite, by searching for ‘Slaves in our City’.

The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.

St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul in this parish are looking for more volunteers to participate in their visiting/befriending programme. They receive referrals from social services about people living in central London who are elderly, lonely and often confined to their own homes. Volunteers are asked to visit someone regularly (e.g. an hour once a week or every other week). If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Sandra McNally: tel. 07779 078933. Email: s.mcnally1@lse.ac.uk

 PORTRAITS OF SYRIA

‘Portraits of Syria’, an exhibition of paintings by Syrian artist Farid Georges evoking the emotional realities of the Syrian conflict including the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt, SJ , will be held on our Ground Floor Gallery, November 1st – 29th, to coincide with the Aid to the Church in Need/ Christian Solidarity Worldwide initiative #Red Wednesday (Nov 28th) when buildings, including Farm Street Church, will be illuminated red to highlight the persecution of Christians and religious freedom.  Please do visit.

COLLECTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to assist with the parish collection count on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm. If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the Parish Accountant, Patricia Morgan, on 020 7529 4801 or at farmstreetfin@rcdow.org.uk. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.

GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK

In this month of the rosary, the Good Counsel Network are requesting people to pray a decade of the rosary for their work in protecting the unborn and for the prevention of further ‘buffer zones’ being imposed by local councils against pro-life vigils. For more information on how to support their ministry visit www.goodcounselnetwork.com.

MONTH OF HOLY SOULS

For the month of November, Jesuits in Britain have made it possible to light a virtual candle in memory of those you remember and submit their names for prayer on their website.  To light a virtual candle in memory of your loved ones, send us their names using the link below.

www.jesuit.org.uk/candles

The names will be added to the book of remembrance in church where they will be prayed for during Masses throughout November.

Catholic History Walks

The King’s Good Servant, Sunday 21st October, 4pm. The story of heroic St Thomas More, as we walk around his Chelsea estate. Meet at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Cheyenne Row, SW3 5HS. Nearest Tube: Sloane Square or South Kensington.

A Royal Walk, Sunday 18th November, 3pm. A walk around Westminster to see Catholics and Royalty, from Henry VIII and his break with Rome to the present day. We walk towards Buckingham Palace. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria

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 Armel Yoro 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. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

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

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

 

• Guided Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: 20th November, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 8th November, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 4th November, 2018)

Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet – Our Story Too?

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 30th October-27th November 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 31st October-28th November 7-8.30pm

Jonah is the only prophet who needed to be called twice. We will reflect on his story: his struggles with his identity and his purpose in life, as well as his struggle to understand the meaning of God’s merciful love. His story can speak to us and can challenge us to reflect on our own story.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

NOVEMBER MEETING CANCELLED

 

SEEING IN THE DARK: MEETING GOD IN TIMES OF STRUGGLE AND UNCERTAINTY

Facilitated by Chris Chapman

Saturday 3rd November 11am-4pm

Life is joyful, beautiful and a rich blessing, but also difficult, painful and mysterious.  Today we will draw on imagery from the Christian spiritual tradition to explore the part struggle plays within human growth and our experience of God.

SOMETHING ON A SUNDAY

Facilitated by Audrey and Eamonn Hamilton

Sunday 4th November 2-5pm

Enjoy a reflective walk around public sculptures.  Meeting point announced on the website. Booking necessary.

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 10th November 11am-4pm

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

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

SCRIPTURE IN COLOUR – PRAYING WITH ICONS

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton and Liz Waldy

Saturday 17th November 11am-4pm

“These selfless images that we call icons have one function only, to put us in touch with the world of grace.  We are taken out of our own world as we contemplate, and are drawn into this holy world where God is free to love us as he desires” Sr Wendy Becket
St John Damascene (675-749) taught that icons tell us in pictures what the Gospel tells us in words.

We will explore this in our workshop as we briefly consider the history and theology of icons and, more importantly, let them lead us into prayer and silence, “a window on the kingdom” which “does not just open onto the world beyond, but lets in that vital air which refreshes our hearts” (Michel Quenot).

CHRISTIAN YOGA – PRAYING WITH YOUR BODY

Facilitated by Róisín McGrogan

Saturday 24th November 11am-4pm

This workshop will include breathwork, an exploration of physical representation of Christian prayer and scripture, a strong energetic yoga practice and a final Ignatian contemplation exercise on the Gospel. Bring water, bring a mat (and any other yoga props you usually use) and wear comfortable clothes you can move and stretch in. Namaste!

 

 

 

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year B – 21st October 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Isaiah 53:10-11  Psalm 32

Hebrews 4:14-16      Mark 10:35-45

OCTOBER: MONTH OF THE ROSARY

Fr. Hugh Thwaites, so sadly missed, had of course some original takes on the Rosary. October is the “Rosary Month” and 7th October is the feast. He would say ‘To say the rosary is to be sitting beside our Lady on a sofa, and she puts a big old fashioned photograph album in your  lap and says “Would you like to see the family snaps?”’ .

“This is where it all began. There’s me; there’s the angel… I can tell you I didn’t know what was involved, but of course I only wanted to do what God wanted…”

This next one is lovely.  That’s me, that’s Elizabeth.  And maybe that was the first time anyone recognised Him properly. And who was it? The unborn baby in Elizabeth’s womb!”

And here’s the first one we have of Him … ” And so on and so on.

Many have been Masters of prayer – often bearded sages with hallowed names. But there is one “method” which the Mother of God has recommended – at Lourdes silently, at Fatima and elsewhere quite explicitly.

Why is she so keen on it?  Well, it consists of 20 mini-meditations on her Son’s life. 17 out of the Gospels, one out of Acts, 2 I suppose out of Revelation. Of course she’s keen on it, she wants us to be obsessed with her Son (Do whatever he tells you!). And he must be delighted to hear us praising His Mother 50 times in 20 minutes.

It’s fairly sophisticated. The first level is simply to hold the beads, blessed as they are by the church and so in some remote way “touched” by Christ.  Next, lips.  It’s all right not to concentrate on the meaning; a scent of prayer rises up, and they can be used simply as a timing device. 3rd level imagination, 4th intellect.  Perhaps one can picture and think a bit.

But it is at the 5th level that the experts would say you’ll be involved in “acquired contemplation”. Sounds advanced?  No, it’s where your Will (not your feelings) are hanging on to God.

If you’re not into it, do give it a try. The bookshop has some excellent cards which tell you all you need to know.  Try a decade a day for 3 weeks: then you’ll be trained up for 5 a day.

Fr John Edwards, S.J.

 From the archives. First published in Farm Street newsletter 27th October 2012.

Confirmation Programme 2019

The programme is for teenagers aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2019 and will begin in January 2019. To register, collect a registration form at the parish reception. For more information, contact Leninha Assis at farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk

 BLESSING OF HOMELESS JESUS

Archbishop Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, will celebrate a solemn Mass and bless our new sculpture Homeless Jesus on Tuesday January 15th at 6pm.  This will be followed by a presentation by the sculptor Timothy Schmalz, who will join us from Canada especially for the occasion and by those working in homeless services.  All are welcome to this very special evening to raise awareness of homeless issues in our city and to formally dedicate our new piece of artwork in the church, the first Homeless Jesus to be housed in a London church.

The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

The St Vincent de Paul in this parish are looking for more volunteers to participate in their visiting/befriending programme. They receive referrals from social services about people living in central London who are elderly, lonely and often confined to their own homes. Volunteers are asked to visit someone regularly (e.g. an hour once a week or every other week). If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Sandra McNally: tel. 07779 078933. Email: s.mcnally1@lse.ac.uk

 MEET THE NEIGHBOURS

An ecumenical evening at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ on Wednesday, 24 October 2018. This begins at 6.30pm with Bread for the World, their regular informal midweek Eucharist, followed by soup and roll in No 6 St Martin’s Place at 7.30pm, and then a talk about the ministry of St Martin’s in the Dick Sheppard Chapel at 8.00pm. Organized by Churches Together in Westminster.

COLLECTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to assist with the parish collection count on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm. If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the Parish Accountant, Patricia Morgan, on 020 7529 4801 or at farmstreetfin@rcdow.org.uk. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.

GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK

In this month of the rosary, the Good Counsel Network are requesting people to pray a decade of the rosary for their work in protecting the unborn and for the prevention of further ‘buffer zones’ being imposed by local councils against pro-life vigils. For more information on how to support their ministry visit www.goodcounselnetwork.com.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
The SPUC is currently organizing a letter-writing campaign to MPs urging them to oppose further relaxing of UK abortion laws including the possibility of decriminalization in Northern Ireland.  MPs are due to vote on an abortion Ten Minute Rule Bill on the 23rd October 2018. For further information on how to write to your MP about this issue, visit http://www.spuc.org.uk.

ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING

Solemn Evensong of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of St Oscar Romero will take place in Westminster Abbey on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 3.00 pm. The address will be given by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Enquiries should be addressed to romerotrust@gmail.com and (free) tickets booked via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/StOscarRomero

Catholic History Walks

The King’s Good Servant, Sunday 21st October, 4pm. The story of heroic St Thomas More, as we walk around his Chelsea estate. Meet at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Cheyenne Row, SW3 5HS. Nearest Tube: Sloane Square or South Kensington.

A Royal Walk, Sunday 18th November, 3pm. A walk around Westminster to see Catholics and Royalty, from Henry VIII and his break with Rome to the present day. We walk towards Buckingham Palace. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria

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 Armel Yoro 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. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

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

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

 

• Guided Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: 20th November, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 8th November, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 4th November, 2018)

Still A FEW PLACES – Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Barbara Wilson and TBC

Wednesdays, 17th October-21st November 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.

Towards a New World with Pope Francis

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 27th October 11am-4pm

We will look at the various increasing problems we face around the world, and how they are seen in Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato ‘Si’.  What’s causing all these problems?  And what can we actually do about them?  How can we move towards a better world, and intimately into the Kingdom of God?

Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet – Our Story Too?

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 30th October-27th November 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 31st October-28th November 7-8.30pm

Jonah is the only prophet who needed to be called twice. We will reflect on his story: his struggles with his identity and his purpose in life, as well as his struggle to understand the meaning of God’s merciful love. His story can speak to us and can challenge us to reflect on our own story.

SEEING IN THE DARK: MEETING GOD IN TIMES OF STRUGGLE AND UNCERTAINTY

Facilitated by Chris Chapman

Saturday 3rd November 11am-4pm

Life is joyful, beautiful and a rich blessing, but also difficult, painful and mysterious.  Today we will draw on imagery from the Christian spiritual tradition to explore the part struggle plays within human growth and our experience of God.

SOMETHING ON A SUNDAY

Facilitated by Audrey and Eamonn Hamilton

Sunday 4th November 2-5pm

Enjoy a reflective walk around public sculptures.  Meeting point announced on the website. Booking necessary.

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 10th November 11am-4pm

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

 

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

 

 

 

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28th Sunday of the Year – Year B – 14th October 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Wisdom 7:7-11    Psalm 89

Hebrews 4:12-13      Mark 10:17-30

COMMUNION OF THE SAINTS

This Sunday in Rome Pope Francis will canonise six saints:-

Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI (1897-1978, Pope 1963-1978).

Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdamez, Archbishop of San Salvador, martyr (1917-1980).

Francesco Spinelli, diocesan priest, founder of the Institute of Sisters of Adorers of the Most Holy Sacrament (1853-1913).

Vincenzo Romano, diocesan priest (1751-1831) working in Naples, noted for his work for orphans.

Maria Katharina Kasper, founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (1820-1898), noted for her work of the poor and the sick.

Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesus, founder of the Congregation of Missionary Crusaders of the Church (1889-1943).

Of these six the most famous are Paul VI and Archbishop Romero.  Paul VI became Pope during the Second Vatican Council and was the one who implemented the reforms of the Council in the challenging times of the 1960s and 1970s.  Among his achievements were our present liturgy and taking forward the work of Vatican II in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

Archbishop Romero was Archbishop at a time of violence and oppression in El Salvador where those in power operated death squads against those who stood up for the rights of the poor.  A number of Jesuits were murdered during this time including Romero’s friend Rutillio Grande.  Rutillio’s death deeply affected Romero and he took up the cause of the poor, calling for an end to violence and inequality.  He was murdered by a death squad while saying Mass.

What Paul VI and Archbishop Romero have in common is their concern for social justice and the needs of the poor.  For them Christianity was not simply a religion of me and God or of individual charity.  For them the Gospel required that the Church speak out against violence, oppression and poverty.  The Gospel has economic and political implications.  Paul VI frequently prayed and spoke out for peace and he produced his great social encyclical Populorum Progressio.  These are themes which subsequent popes have taken up and which are particularly stressed by Pope Francis.

It is the canonisation of Archbishop Romero which is likely to receive the greatest attention and we will be marking that particularly in our church this weekend.  These canonisations remind us of that we too are called to give attention to the social questions of our own time.  The kind of violence on behalf of the powerful Romero experienced is still to be found in many places today.  In many places economic inequality and poverty are, if anything, greater than in the time of Paul VI or of Archbishop Romero.  The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change brings home to us the changes we all need to make if we are really to live out our Christian responsibilities for creation and for our brothers and sisters, including those of future generations.  This is something Pope Francis has particularly stressed.  This is perhaps what the Cold War and the threat of nuclear war were in the time of Paul VI.  Let us ask the intercession of St Paul VI and St Oscar Romero that we may respond to the call of the Gospel in our own time.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

WELCOME BACK TO FR JOSEPH

A very warm welcome back to Farm Street to Fr Joseph Mathew who is joining our regularly assisting clergy team to hear confessions and celebrate Masses on Sundays and some weekdays.  Fr Joseph was our parish deacon in 2014/15.

 BLESSING OF HOMELESS JESUS

Archbishop Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, will celebrate a solemn Mass and bless our new sculpture Homeless Jesus on Tuesday January 15th at 6pm.  This will be followed by a presentation by the sculptor Timothy Schmaltz, who will join us from Canada especially for the occasion and by those working in homeless services.  All are welcome to this very special evening to raise awareness of homeless issues in our city and to formally dedicate our new piece of artwork in the church, the first Homeless Jesus to be housed in a London church.

 

The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

The St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact   Yasko Kurahachi on   y.kurahachi@gmail.com or 07932 784 999.

 

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We urgently need help at the front reception in the evenings on Tuesday and Fridays between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a Month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234.

COLLECTION VOUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteer are needed to assist with the parish collection count on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm. If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the Parish Accountant, Patricia Morgan, on 020 7529 4801 or at farmstreetfin@rcdow.org.uk. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.

Volunteer for CAFOD.

CAFOD is looking for volunteers with public speaking skills to promote our work in Parishes and Schools. Please email tsheen@cafod.org.uk  for further details.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
The SPUC is currently organizing a letter-writing campaign to MPs urging them to oppose further relaxing of UK abortion laws including the possibility of decriminalization in Northern Ireland.  MPs are due to vote on an abortion Ten Minute Rule Bill on the 23rd October 2018. For further information on how to write to your MP about this issue, visit http://www.spuc.org.uk.

THE PASSAGE

Support the excellent work of The Passage by considering attending its annual concert Night Under The Stars at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm. This year’s concert is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. For details and booking visit https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118993-night-under-stars-northern-lights-2018 or telephone 020 3879 9555.

BUILDING A BRIDGE REFLECTION

The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to come for monthly discussions using the book by Fr. James Martin SJ – Building A Bridge – how the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity.  Thursday 25 October, 18.30 – 20.30 The Parish Hall.

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

 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 Armel Yoro 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. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

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

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

 

• Guided Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: 17th October, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 11th October, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (booking necessary)

Chosen and Called: Vocation in the Scriptures and our Vocation Today

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 9th -16th October 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 10th-17th October 7-8.30pm

The first talk explores vocation in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), what it reveals to us and its meanings for us today.  The second talk explores what the Gospels and other New Testament writings reveal about being called by God to a given life task and what this means for us today.

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th October 11am-4pm

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

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

Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Barbara Wilson and TBC

Wednesdays, 17th October-21st November 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.

Life Before Death: The Psychology of Flourishing

Facilitated by Roger Dawson SJ

Saturday 20th October 11am-4pm

This workshop will introduce and explain the approach to flourishing in life before death with examples and practical exercises, and will make the link with our Christian faith and Ignatian spirituality. We shall also look at applying this as a psychology for dealing with tough times.

Towards a New World with Pope Francis

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 27th October 11am-4pm

We will look at the various increasing problems we face around the world, and how they are seen in Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato ‘Si’.  What’s causing all these problems?  And what can we actually do about them?  How can we move towards a better world, and intimately into the Kingdom of God?

Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet – Our Story Too?

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 30th October-27th November 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 31st October-28th November 7-8.30pm

Jonah is the only prophet who needed to be called twice. In this short course we will reflect on his story: his struggles with his identity and his purpose in life, as well as his struggle to understand the meaning of God’s merciful love. His story can speak to us and can challenge us to reflect on our own story.

 

 

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