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World Aids Day Mass: 1 December 2023

FRIDAY, 1  DECEMBER  2023,  18.00 at FARM  STREET  JESUIT  CHURCH.    

 CELEBRANT  &  PREACHER,  FR.  KIERAN  FITZSIMONS  OFM.

 

IN  THE  PRESENCE  OF  THE  CITY  OF  WESTMINSTER'S  DEPUTY  LORD  MAYOR,  THE  HON.  ALDERMAN,  CLLR.  GUTHRIE  MCKIE.

 

A  DISPLAY  ON  HIV/AIDS  PASTORAL  SUPPORT  WILL  BE  MOUNTED  IN  A  SIDE-CHAPEL  FROM  25  NOVEMBER  -  4  DECEMBER. 

 

Read, also, a moving WAD reflection by Michael Carter:

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/features/2/23741/world-aids-day-a-road-less-travelled

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Pre-Advent Day of Reflection - Saturday 18 November 2023

Do you sometimes feel you can't pray, like to pray better but don't know how to, or just want to learn to pray and learn from others? 

The answer may be around the corner. 

These were the questions that St Ignatius Loyola asked himself. His experience in answering these questions led to valuable insights and so called "Ignatian spirituality", which five centuries later continues to inspire and transform the lives of millions of Christians worldwide. 

The day we have organised for Saturday 18 November is led by a trained prayer guide in Ignatian spirituality and a member of our community. Saturday 18 November will be a great opportunity to learn the tools of Ignatian spirituality and how to better discern what is happening in your life and prayer, leading to better decisions and a happier life. 

 

11:00 - 11:30:   Arrivals, tea and coffee

11:30 - 12:15:   Input on recognising the movements of consolation and desolation in prayer and daily life

12:15 - 13:00:   Guided contemplation and quiet prayer; sharing in small groups

13:00 -  14:00:  Lunch (please bring a packed lunch)

14:00 - 14:30:   Plenary 

14.30 Quiet Prayer & Opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation

15.00 Mass 

To register please send an email by clicking HERE 

 

We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Venue: ST.  JOSEPH'S  CHURCH,  LAMB'S  BUILDINGS,  off  LAMB'S  PASSAGE  

EC1Y 8LD

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street / Barbican

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** JOIN ON SATURDAY 16  SEPTEMBER  2023  -  "OWNING  OUR  SPACE  -  LGBT+  CATHOLICS  IN  A  SYNODAL  CHURCH" **

The Working Document for the Synod of the Church, taking place in Rome, 4 - 29 October 2023, asks: 

How can we create spaces where those who feel hurt by the Church and unwelcomed by the community feel recognised, received, free to ask questions and not judged ?                                        

We might rephrase this as: How can the spaces created by LGBT+ Catholics be recognised and valued as integral to the life of the Church ?    

 

Paragraph 10: In this light, the purpose of the IL (Working Document) is not to be a first draft of the Final Document of the Synodal Assembly, only to be corrected or amended. Rather, it outlines an initial understanding of the synodal dimension of the Church on the basis of which further discernment can be made. 

 

The Members of the Synodal Assembly are the primary recipients of the IL, which is also made public not only for reasons of transparency but as a contribution to the implementation of ecclesial initiatives. In particular, it can encourage participation in the synodal dynamic at the local and regional levels, while waiting for the outcome of the October Assembly. This will provide further material on which the local Churches will be called to pray, reflect, act and make their own contribution.  https://www.synod.va/en/news/instrumentum-laboris-a-document-of-the-whole-church.html 

 

 Join with LGBT+ Catholics from around the country to consider these and other questions from the Synod Working Document.

https://www.farmstreet.org.uk/synod-on-synodality

    St.  Joseph's  Parish  Hall, 15  Lamb's  Passage,  London  EC1Y 8LE  -  Bring & Share Lunch, 12.00, followed by afternoon discussion & Mass.

 

NEAREST STATIONS: Barbican, Farringdon Thameslink & Elizabeth Line (Barbican Exit), Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Old Street.

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