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SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C -21st July 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Genesis 18:1-10 Psalm 14

Colossians 1:24-28     Luke 10:38-42

THE SERVANT OF GOD PEDRO ARUPPE S.J.

One of the slightly intimidating things about preaching at Farm Street is the knowledge that so many distinguished people have preached there in the past. If you have a look at the list of some of the early ones engraved on the side of the pulpit you will see it starts with Bl John Henry Newman, due to be canonised by Pope Francis on 13th October this year.

One of those distinguished people was Pedro Arrupe S.J. He, who preached at Farm Street when he was Superior General of the Jesuits in January, 1970. The cause for his canonisation was recently started, bringing with it the title “Servant of God”. (you can see a picture of him in the pulpit on the Jesuits in Britain website:

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/blog/archives-fr-pedro-arrupe-sj-visits-england).

Pedro Arrupe was born in 1907 in Bilbao and after starting medical studies he joined the Jesuits in 1927. He did some of his studies in Belgium, Holland and the United States.  In 1938, as a young priest, he was sent to Japan.  For a time during the Second World War he was imprisoned by the Japanese but was released and was appointed Novice Master in the Novitiate on outskirts of Hiroshima.  He was there on 6th August, 1945 when the atomic bomb fell on the city and he used his medical training to help the victims.

He was appointed Provincial Superior of Japan and 1965 was elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus with the task of implementing the results of the Second Vatican Council in the Society. This was a time of turmoil in society in general, in the Church and in the Society of Jesus.  Pedro Arrupe had to deal with pressures from all sides as he sought to give direction to the Society.  He was particularly concerned that those being educated by the Society should be “men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ—for the God-human who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbours; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce” (Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings, Kevin Burke, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books 2004, p. 173).

A concern for justice and for the poor was central to Pedro Arrupe’s vision. One particular initiative for which he will be remembered is his establishment of the Jesuit Refugee Service, which serves refugees around the world, including in this country.

In 1981 he suffered a debilitating stroke and John Paul II had appointed an interim superior. Pedro Arrupe resigned when a new General Congregation was called in 1983. He died on 5th February, 1991.

Pedro Arrupe was a man of deep prayer, rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, a man of great energy and infectious enthusiasm. A man characterised by a commitment to the service of the poor and of the Church.

We are now invited to ask his intercession in our own “service of faith and promotion of justice” and to pray for the progress of his cause to beatification and canonisation.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 

ST IGNATIUS DAY ALUMNI MASS

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

 

JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE

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

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

 

31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

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

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Preparation start date: 6th October 2019

Celebration: 14th June 2020

If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us to request an Application Form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street.

farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk

Tel.02074937811

Forms must be returned by:

30th September 2019.

 

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.

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.

 

AMELIE AND DANIEL LINSEY FOUNDATION

The Linsey Family would like to thank the Parish most sincerely for all the most generous donations for their foundation so far, assisting victims of the Easter Sunday Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on churches and tourists, in memory of young Amelie and Daniel who died so tragically as victims of this atrocity. We ask you to continue please to be generous in response to this appeal from one of our families suffering at this time as a result of the evil of false terrorism in the name of religion.

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C -14th July 2019

Deuteronomy 30:10-14   Psalm 68

Colossians 1:15-20     Luke 10:25-37

THE HELPER OF THE AFFLICTED

Help is something we all need from time to time; when we look to others to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves, and we also seek to help others when they are in difficulties. Sometimes, however, we seek the kindness of strangers and this is the theme of the parable of the Good Samaritan in today’s gospel.

For us, our need for God comes usually at times of real crisis when we are in desperate need and have only prayer and petition to turn to. Whether it’s a child or a spouse or a parent who may be ill or in difficulties, or at times when we ourselves realise we are lost or trapped, these kinds of situations tend to be when our need for God’s help is felt most keenly. But then the dreaded event occurs or is not alleviated and we are left wondering why God did not answer our prayer.

Take a look at our Prayer Petitions book in the small chapel at the back of the church and you will see reams of requests asking for help from God. Such requests are never in vain. However, often we pray for a particular outcome, one which we want and can recognise. It is the case that God sometimes gives us what we want in prayer but there is, I think, something more important which we need to see.

As we know, our loved ones will fall ill and die and reconciliation between people can be difficult, if not almost impossible, for us fallen creatures. Prayer in all these circumstances is not asking for magic but asking for what God wants. In His eyes there is absolutely nothing to fear: even the worst human affliction or event is saved and redeemed by Him. Not for nothing did His Son enter into death since this is the one event that comes to everyone and appears to be the end of everything. We often think of it as catastrophic, but in God’s eyes it means only a change of life for us and not the end.

Jesus urges us to follow his example of taking care of everyone we meet and castigates the people of his own Jewish faith for preferring to help some people and not others especially if they are Samaritans who were a despised and dehumanised people. He does this to remind us that to follow him, there can be no discrimination of race, colour or creed in those whom we should look after and care for, and we see this in the current example of the Church which is the largest provider of healthcare and education on the planet.

We have to face sometimes traumatic things in our lives but we must learn to look at personal and communal affliction as times of change and growth, given that God is all-powerful and is present to us, even if we cannot recognise that. He does answer our prayers. We have to live with the simple faith that everything is in His hands even when this seems contrary to appearances and we remain afflicted by what is within each one of us, whether through illness, sin or our sometimes awkward and difficult nature. We have to rest in our dependence on Him and accept the humility that comes with that acknowledgement. Then we can accept that God does help us and that our lips can tell of His help for events which, at the time, make no sense to us but which our faith assures and comforts us: that God is very near to each of us; closer than we can imagine for, as Scripture says, the Kingdom of God lies within.

Fr James Campbell, S.J.

(From the archives. First published 11th July 2010)

ST IGNATIUS DAY ALUMNI MASS

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

 JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE

JRS UK are seeking volunteers to go with our friends when they approach an Embassy to request documentation about nationality. For some it offers a way forward in the efforts to obtain the protection and recognition they need and have a right to. The volunteers will offer moral support and act as witnesses.Please could you advertise this opportunity in your parish newsletter/circulate to those who you think might be interested? More information is available on the JRS UK website: www.jrsuk.net/volunteer

 

31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

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

 

For more information, visit:

http://www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius-2019.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Preparation start date: 6th October 2019

Celebration: 14th June 2020

If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us to request an Application Form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street.

farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk

Tel.02074937811

Forms must be returned by:

30th September 2019.

 

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.

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR C -7TH JULY 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 66:10-14            Psalm 65

Galatians 6:14-18     Luke 10:1-20

 

LOVE AND FAITH

Why do some people become Christians and others are deaf and blind to its message? Why did the gospel spread in the first place and who, apart from those whom we read about in the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, persuaded others to embrace this strange new religion?

Why did a religion inaugurated in an obscure province of the Roman empire and begun by the crucified carpenter’s, son from Nazareth spread its wings so rapidly that within a decade or so it could count followers as far west as Rome?

This very fact has perplexed historians for many a year. The Pax Romana indeed facilitated transport and swept the seas free of pirates. The zealous genius of the divine apostle, Saint Paul and others like him help us to understand something of this extraordinary success story. But two factors above all need to be underlined.

Behind it all lay the love of God for us expressing itself in Jesus and then drawing others, ourselves included, to the person of the Jesus Christ. And that love of God for us is the Holy Spirit poured into our hearts which enables faith and gives us the amazing power to address god as “Father” [see Galatians 4,6] As Jesus tells us “No one comes to me unless the Father who sent me draw him” [John 6,44]. In other words we could not believe at all without the power of the gift of God to enable faith.

But there was another form of love at work less mysterious but no less real, the love Christians had and expressed, for one another. Tertullian, the zealous African, as Gibbon calls him, writing at the close of the second century AD in his Apology 39,7 first of all mentions what he calls the trust funds of piety, spent to feed the poor and bury them – a sort of early version of the S.V.P. – Then he carries on “Such work of love (for so it is) puts a mark upon us, in the eyes of some. “Look”, they say, “how they love one another’”. Even the pagan world was struck by this wonderful care for the poor. Religion is better caught than taught as a later writer puts it. The example of others is so frequently a more powerful motive for conversion than any amount of learned argument.

The syllogism may be helpful in exploring faith that has been received, but faith comes first. Themind plays second fiddle to faith and faith results from the action in us of the Holy Spirit and outside us from the example of other.

 

Fr Anthony Meredith, S.J.

From the archives. First published 8th July 2007.

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Summer Fair last week. It was an extremely enjoyable afternoon, made possible by the hard work of a number of volunteers.

 

ST IGNATIUS DAY ALUMNI MASS

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

 

JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE

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

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

 

31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

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

 

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.

 

Farm Street Bookshop

The bookshop offers a wide selection of titles of Catholic interest and has an excellent selection for children and young people. The bookshop is open every Sunday after the 9:30am and 11:00am Mass, and is located at the back of the church next to the Lourdes altar. A book stall also operates in the parish hall after these Masses.

 

SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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

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

Any additional information is available via Patrick Howe – e-mail elizabeth.howe4848@btinternet.com or

020 7589 9178

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

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED SPONSORSHIP

Fr Dominic Robinson and Sebastian Cichocki, our Maintenance Manager, are taking on a 10 kilometre (6 miles) run this August to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need. Please do consider sponsoring them as they raise money and awareness for the Suffering Church around the world. For more information, please visit the fundraising section of the ACN website, www.acnuk.org.

 BRIDGE

The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome.  Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

 

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

 

ITEMS FOR NEWSLETTER

If you know of any relevant event that should be in the newsletter, please contact the Parish Administrator, George McCombe, at farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk. The newsletter is printed on Thursday so items must be in before this if they are to be printed on the upcoming Sunday. The newsletter will be in a simpler format for the month of August and will not include notices.

 

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: July 17th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

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

Book: “The Brothers Karamazov” Dostoevsky

 

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.

 

Note, in August, there will be no Ignatian Retreat day. Back in September!

FOR YOUR DIARY: OPEN EVENING AND OPEN DAY!

Thursday 5th September 6-8pm and Saturday 7th September 11am-1pm

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

 

 

WE ARE WORKING HARD ON OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMME.

VISIT www.mountstreet.info FOR NEW EVENTS!

FEAST OF ST PETER & ST PAUL – YEAR C – 30TH JUNE 2019

Acts 12:1-11    Psalm 33

II Timothy 4:6-18     Matthew 16:13-19

WHO WERE PETER AND PAUL?

Who were Peter and Paul? We honour them today as the apostles who in giving their very lives for Christ made possible the flowering of Christianity in Rome and its empire.  The colour red at Mass today reminds us that they shed blood for their faith in Christ so we might have life and the Church grow.

However, it is not only the witness of the apostles’ death but also the example of their life and their writings that inspires us. Peter and Paul, sent out by the Lord, preached the Gospel with such inner conviction through their actions and through their words.

Paul had formerly been such a violent persecutor of Christians but had undergone a dramatic conversion, famously on the road to Damascus. So powerful was his experience of seeing the power of the cross of Christ that he dedicated his life, his work, and ultimately won the crown of martyrdom, for the Lord.  In his writings Paul proclaims how the cross unleashes ‘the power of God’, a vital force which promises new life for all, pagans as well as Christians, if they too convert to him.   In his letter to the Romans Paul proclaims that Christ died ‘for our transgressions and was raised for our justification’ (Romans 4:25).  If Christ had not then been raised, says Paul in his first of two letters to the Corinthians, ‘you are still in your sins’ (1 Corinthians 15:17).   The cross takes away our sins.  But this is not the end.  The cross opens a path from spiritual death to glorious new life.  Through Jesus’ cross and resurrection, he says in various places in his writings, we become a ‘new creation’.

What can this mean to us today? The Church’s 1965 document on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope) explains exactly what Paul means.  The power of the cross calls us constantly to be ‘inwardly renewed’.  We are called to rise with Christ.  We are called to see clearly, as St Paul did, our promise of eternal life, ‘called to one and the same destiny, which is divine’.  This is the paradox of the cross.  By his death Christ has given life abundantly to us (GS #22).

St Peter is a very different character. His faith is put to the test as he prevaricates during Christ’s agony in the garden.  He has to be challenged directly by Christ before he finally commits himself to follow him all the way to the cross.  Whereas with Paul it is dramatic conversion, Peter stands for the twists and turns of doubt and faith – and yet he becomes the rock on which the Church is built.  St Peter’s confession of faith becomes the basic faith of the Church in which he is put in charge – faith that the Master he has been following is more than just another prophet, more than the one who shows us the way to God, but that Jesus is the Christ, is the incarnate God, God present in our midst.

Wherever we are on our pilgrimage of faith and doubt and uncertainty the lives of Peter and Paul can show us that we are not alone. The great founding apostles of the Church have been there before.  So we can intercede of them that we can be given the courage to know God’s power to transform us in whatever way that is needed so we can respond to the call he makes of each one of us to bring him and his message to the world.

Fr Dominic Robinson, S.J.

 

Summer Fair

The annual Mount Street Gardens Summer Fair takes place today between 12 noon and 4pm. This an event that Farm Street Church organizes in collaboration with the Grosvenor Chapel, St George’s School, and the Mayfair Library. There are stalls, games, delicious savoury and sweet food, and generous measures of Pimms! Do come along to what should be a very enjoyable afternoon!

WELCOME

We are very pleased to welcome back Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland who will be celebrating the 11am Latin Mass this morning. Bishop Michael is visiting the United Kingdom from his diocese in California, and was a member of this community in 1996/97.

 

John Henry Newman –  Next Doctor of the Church?

A talk by Fr Marcus Holden for the English Catholic History Association.

Saturday 6 July at 2pm in the Hinsley Room at Westminster Cathedral (entrance off Morpeth Terrace).

Admission £5 on the door.  All welcome.

 

 SOCIAL JUSTICE AND PEACE FORUM

Westminster Diocesan Social Justice and Peace Forum on the theme ‘Our Place: How do we achieve the global UN Sustainable Development Goals on our level?’ – Saturday July 6th – 10:30am – 1:30pm – St Aloysius Church Hall, Euston.  Talks by Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD, James Buchanan from Operation Noah and Edward De Quay from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, followed by discussion in small groups, and then a shared lunch. Bishop Nicholas and Bishop Paul, who oversee the Forum, write: “the discussion on any outcomes of the forum will be shared with the Archbishop’s Council. This is an excellent opportunity not only to discuss the practicalities of bringing the values of justice and peace to the forefront, but to support the work of the Diocese of Westminster’s Justice and Peace Commission”.

If you would like to join me at this important event please see Fr Dominic Robinson or e-mail Lisa Fraser, our social ministries co-ordinator, at farmstreetsocialministries@rcdow.org.uk

 

ST IGNATIUS DAY ALUMNI MASS

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

 

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.

SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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

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

Any additional information is available via Patrick Howe – e-mail elizabeth.howe4848@btinternet.com or

020 7589 9178

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

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED SPONSORSHIP

Fr Dominic Robinson and three parishioners are taking on a 10 kilometre (6 miles) run this August to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need. Please do consider sponsoring them as they raise money and awareness for the Suffering Church around the world. For more information, please visit the fundraising section of the ACN website, www.acnuk.org.

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498

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

 

BRIDGE

The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome.  Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

 

ITEMS FOR NEWSLETTER

If you know of any relevant event that should be in the newsletter, please contact the Parish Administrator, George McCombe, at farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk. The newsletter is printed on Thursday so items must be in before this if they are to be printed on the upcoming Sunday.

 

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: July 17th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

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

Book: “The Brothers Karamazov” Dostoevsky

 

 

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.

 

WE ARE WORKING HARD ON OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMME.

VISIT www.mountstreet.info FOR NEW EVENTS!

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

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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.