Newsletter - 16th July, 2017

 

15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

YEAR A



SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

Isaiah

55:10-11

Psalm

64

Romans

8:18-23

Matthew

13:1-23


 

 

Nine members of the parish comprising representatives from most sectors of the volunteers and our administrator and lead catechist joined 120 people from all the Jesuit parishes in the British Province at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick to discuss the three main papal documents of Pope Francis on Evangelisation, on Care of our Common Home, and on Marriage and Family Life.  Thanks to the two excellent preparatory sessions in the lead up to the conference from Brian Purfield of MSJC team, we were ready to work effectively and by the end of the two days able to draw up conclusions and intentions for our parish over the coming years.  I am grateful to delegate Bokani Tshidzu for providing the summaries.

 

“Evangelii Gaudium”

 

Pope Francis places emphasis on going into the streets and proclaiming the Good News.  Volunteers are already doing this to some extent, especially through the ministry to the homeless of our SVP and Night Shelter groups.  On the inside we are aware of “the church behind the pillar”: the people who come to Mass but who are perhaps on the edge of the church, in that they do not engage with us. This is perhaps especially true of regular attendees of the weekday Masses which form an as yet underdeveloped part of our ministry.

 

Suggestions for future action included:  forming a committee of welcomers to raise and develop ideas; coffee after weekday Masses and providing opportunities for contact, prayer, discussion, spiritual direction for weekday regulars; presentations to the parish indicating progress; a Mass offering the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick; developing a Credit Union to help people in real need; more contact with elderly and home-bound and information about this made available. 

 

Laudato Si”

 

With important insights about the development of humanity as well as about our planet, this document teaches us that climate change is causing severe loss of livelihood and endangering life on a massive scale with a particularly adverse impact on the poor.  Developed nations must recognise the impact of technology and seek ways to protect the environment as well as to begin to restore natural ecological balance.  As Christians we have a mission to care for God's creation and to hear the cry of the earth as well as of the poor, being more conscious of the damaging consequences of the blind pursuit of wealth.  The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius remind us of the role of creation in the history of our salvation, and that through the meditation on the Two Standards we are called to live simply and in ways that alleviate the predicament of the poor of this world and that help to heal a broken world.

 

Suggestions for our parish included: forming an “eco group” to carry out an eco-checklist and suggest changes; forming short, medium and long-term goals; monitoring results of a parish environmental impact audit; exploring ways to reduce the cost of lighting and heating the amount of energy used; suggestions in the newsletter; recycling clothes and toys;  

exploring ways to install solar panels, perhaps in partnership with local businesses; informing parishioners including children about care for our common home.

 

Amoris Laetitia”

 

This rich and fully developed Papal document presents a pastoral theology of marriage and family life for the present age.  It seeks to show a listening Church, aware of difficulties and seeking to provide a pastoral response in a Church whose primary end is love and reconciliation.

 

Suggestions for our parish included: run a regular marriage preparation course;  provide a regular forum in which ​people are encouraged to discuss relationships and other inter-personal issues; Mass for those who have been married at our church; support young people in the post-First Communion and Confirmation periods.

 

As you can see, even this partial summary of all that was gained from the meeting shows that it was an important event for our parish as well as for all the other Jesuit parishes.  There will be a short follow-up meeting in a year to see how we have begun to move forward with our proposals. These are therefore exciting years for Farm Street Church.

 

FR ANDREW CAMERON-MOWAT SJ (Summary by Bokani Tshidzu)


JESUITS AND FRIENDS

The free summer edition of Jesuits and Friends is now available.  Inside, Fr Dermot Preston SJ shares his thoughts as he comes to the end of six-year Provincialate. There is also an introduction to Fr Damian Howard SJ, the new provincial.

Please feel free to take one home.


MARY’S MEALS - RAGS TO RICHES COLLECTION – 2nd July 2017

 

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We are delighted to say that the parish managed to give 165 kg* of unwanted clothes; there were also cash donations of £1,736.57making a total contribution of £1,828.97.

Mary’s Meal is grateful for your support as this is an excellent result!  The amount raised will feed 131 children who will not only get fed one good, nutritious meal every school day for a whole year, but they will get an education too. For more information please visit https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/

 


ST IGNATIUS MASS AND CELEBRATION

The Feast of St Ignatius, Founder of the Jesuits, is celebrated on MONDAY 31st JULY. We are having a Solemn Mass on Monday at 6pm. The choir will be performing and we will be welcoming Jesuit alumni and alumnae from all over the world. All will be welcome to the reception in the Hall after Mass.

 


31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

We are inviting you to join our second annual 31 days of St Ignatius, a month long celebration of all things Ignatian with a series of 31 daily messages of Ignatian inspiration and reflection throughout July culminating on St Ignatius feast day on the 31st. 

We have listened to feedback from last year and our focus will be Ignatian formation – a spiritual journey exploring the riches of Ignatian spirituality complete with daily prayers, testimonies and spiritual guidance.

To take part in the celebrations, simply sign up to receive the 31 Days of St Ignatius daily email at www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius and each day in July, you will receive an inspiring prayer-centred message straight to your inbox. You can also view the messages and follow the celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #31DayswithIgnatius and on Facebook at JesuitsinBritain.

 


CHURCH LIGHTING RENOVATION

We have begun a major project from now until November to replace the church lighting with up-to-date low-power equipment, with new wiring throughout the church. Scaffolding will be erected on Mondays and removed at the end of Fridays so that we are clear for the weekends.  The St Ignatius Chapel is not accessible during these months.  The icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been moved to the Calvary Chapel.  Access to the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat can be provided on request.


GARDEN PARTY SUCCESS

Huge thanks to the stalwart team of volunteers from all parts of our parish for their help in making this year's Garden Party such a brilliant success.  A great time was had by all; even the weather was kind!


PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON

The Prudential RideLondon festival of Cycling is happening the week-end of 29-30 July.

We want to ensure that you are aware of the dates to plan better your journey to the Church. For further information about the event and routes please visit https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk


FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception on Sunday between 9:30am and 12:30pm, on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250. 


RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS

ECHO is a retreat for young adults aged 16-25. It is an opportunity to explore the beauty and depth of what the Church teaches about what is to be human, and how we can be happy. ECHO invites you to join in a journey to discover more of who you were made to be; there will be live music, sports, art, times for questions, times for prayer, times to learn and lots of good food and conversations. Ever wondered what you were made for? Want to live ‘fully alive’? Come join them to find what ECHOs in your heart. More information: rebekahcurran@rcdow.org.uk / http://dowym.com/events/echo-theology-body-retreat/


FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH


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


PILGRIMAGE

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 4th September to 12th September for £1.197 including all excursions, flying from London Heathrow.

 

Pilgrimage to Fatima celebrating 100 years of Fatima from 26th November to 2nd December for £689 including all excursions, flying from London Heathrow.

 

For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 020 8472 0843 or 07 8590 27301

 


 

IGNATIAN CAMINO

A Walking Pilgrimage in the steps of St Ignatius of Loyola in Catalunya, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver at Verdu to Montserrat, Manresa and Barcelona. Led by Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ, and Josephine Siedlecka, and arranged by Pax Travel

24th September - 7th October.

If interested please see Fr Dominic and the information brochures at the exits of the church

 


WHEELCHAIR USERS

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


BRIDGE

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


EASY WAY TO DONATE

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

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

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


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

 

Please note: there will be no Bereavement Group meeting in August.

 

Our new brochures for 2017-18 are available at the church doors. Feel free to take one home! (Our website will be updated by August).

 

 
Contact information

114 Mount Street
London
W1K 3AH

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685

 

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