St John’s Wood A parish of the Archdiocese of Westminster, dedicated to Our Lady, Mother of God, Mother of the Church. Website www.rcsjw.org.uk Blog stjohnswoodblog.wordpress.com Email [email protected] Telephone 020 7286 3214 Twitter @FrAllenMorris Packing a punch... Plane journeys with Pope Francis must be interesting. You never quite know what is coming next. His comments this week about how speech has consequences need to be taken in the context of the relatively light banter exchanged between the Pope and journalists about extremely serious issues. I wonder if he’d been reading our parish blog of that day which had made a similar point! If you go out of your way to insult and ridicule, to check and challenge, then you ought not to be surprised if you get a response. Nothing can condone the sort of murderous response that brought terror to Paris: but when you know there are extremists of that sort about you need also to take that into account, for the sake of friend and neighbour. This is not to promote censorship. But it is to call people – and especially journalists, even comic journalists – to mature and careful communication of ideas and values, so as to promote healthy communities, and healthy dialogue between communities. The Church has a particular responsibility here, for she knows the Lord’s command to love (even and especially) our enemies. She has a message to share which goes beyond questions of censorship and freedom of the press. She knows the virtues of love and responsibility to be of paramount importance. The Church struggles to live up to these things herself, as Pope Francis acknowledged in his plane-chat. But they are values that she and we are asked to continue to struggle to live up to. Ministers of Word & Holy Communion Thank you to those who have volunteered to join our teams of ministers. The remaining training sessions for new minsters are below. Minsters of the word (Readers) Training on Sat 24 Jan from 4-5pm Ministers of Holy Communion Training on Sat 24 Jan from 10-11am Current ministers Please tick the list outside the sacristy if you wish to remain on the ministers’ rota from February to July. Please tick your name or email Fr Allen, or ring the parish office to confirm your availability as soon as possible as the new rota will be prepared ready for collection on the 1st February. Don’t lose your right to vote The new voting list in Westminster has fallen sharply, with some people removed from the registration list without their knowledge. Don’t lose your right to vote! You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Being self-critical and striving to be loving towards others: that is It doesn’t take long - just make sure you have not something you see in too many institutions, or people. Maybe your National Insurance number with you you could never see it in too many institutions. Part of our mission when you sit down. - newly reminded of our call to be an evangelising parish - is to try to spread those two virtues. How Scripture readings for Sunday Mass characteristic are they of ourselves; of our families; of our workplaces. And when they are not, perhaps This Sunday 18th January (2nd Sunday of the Year) we can find ways of acknowledging that - which is a 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 / Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 start - and working to help to a new honesty, a new 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20 / John 1:35-42 fairness and care for those who Next Sunday 25th January (3rd Sunday of the Year) are seen as on the outside and Jonah 3:1-5, 10 / Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 ‘beyond the pale’. 1 Corinthians 7:29-31/Mark 1:14-20 THE YOUTH CAFÉ is now open on SUNDAYS from 7pm Parish Church of Our Lady 54 Lodge Road, NW8 8LA Church open 7am - 7pm each weekday Parish Office open: Mon-Fri 10.30-1.30pm Regular Mass Times: Sundays: (1800 Sat.); 0900; 1030; 12noon; 1800. Weekdays: 10am (Sat 9am), also Thurs 7pm Exposition & Benediction: Sat:9.30 to 10am Confession: Sat 9.30-10am; 1715-1745, or by appointment Parish Team: Fr. Allen Morris (Rector); Sr. Brigid Collins; Fr Paul Richardson. Daniel Antonio and Thomas Treherne Also resident: Fr. Clement Mukuka THE O'NEILL ROOM (the lower hall) Variety of refreshments for sale Chapel of Ease: Our Lady, Queen of the World 25 St Edmund’s Terrace, NW8 7PY Mass: Mon, Weds & Fri: 0800; Exposition daily. Parish Notices Rector’s Open Surgery This usually weekly slot provides parishioners with the opportunity to meet with Fr Allen without the need to make a separate appointment. The next open surgery is 5pm on Fri 23 Jan and 30 Jan. UCM meets at 8pm Monday 19th Parents & Toddlers Tues, Weds & Thurs 9.30-11.30am.; Over 50s group Tues at 2pm; Youth Mercy Associates Tues at 4pm. Baptism Preparation St Vincent de Paul Society A branch of the SVP operates from this Parish. Our Conference consists of 10 volunteers and our main focus is befriending local elderly people or families in need. Volunteers are needed to give a helping hand. This work takes up as little or as much time as you can manage...it’s up to you. Are you interested? If so, please contact Brenda Hyland ([email protected]) Getting Married? The Diocese requires 6 months notice to be given of intention to marry - for marriages taking place in the UK and Next preparation course for parents overseas. of infants begins Sat 31st Jan. Details Free English classes at www.rcsjw.org.uk/join/Infantbapfor non-native speakers are held in tism.html our parish hall each Monday from Journey in Faith Group 10am-noon. New students and volunWeds 21st Jan at 7.30pm teer helpers are always welcome. For more information please speak to Lois Ada Court Mass Weds at 5pm on 07761590240. Tom, the youth worker, is keen to start a DRAWING CLUB Glad to be Dads FOR ANYONE IN THE PARISH AGED 8 to 18. A group for all Dads. Next meeting: Monday 9 Feb, 8pm in the parish house. The group offers support and encouragement for Dad’s - who have a vital and sometimes overlooked vocation in the Church. Depending on interest it could become a regular weekly or a monthly club. Diocesan Notices To run it he needs volunteers otherwise it cannot happen. Solemn Vespers to pray for Christian Unity on Sunday 18th January at 4pm. Preacher Rev. Fr. Brook Lunn of London Charterhouse. Followed by refreshments. All are welcome. Tyburn Convent, 8 Hyde Park Place, W2 2LJ Beginning in the New Year So if you are interested either in the drawing or volunteering please e-mail Tom on: [email protected] or speak to him after one of the Sunday Masses. Prayers for Christian Unity Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission Your chance to find out what is going on around the parishes, tell us what , Praying for the dead and those who are sick Please pray for those who have died recently, including Nellie Lynch whose funeral is here at 10am on Tues, Maurice Evans whose funeral is at 10am on Thurs and Isoline Cameron whose funeral is here on Fri at 11am. Please pray also for those who are sick, including Sr Monica, and those who take care to them. Apostleship of Prayer: Pope Francis’s JANUARY intentions Universal: That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace. For Evangelization: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal. Daily Prayer: Each morning pray ‘Jesus I offer my day to you’ - then live your prayer as best you can. In the evening review your day, to give thanks and say sorry. including you are doing, and hear our progress. In particular we will update you on our new Climate initiative: Pray and Fast for the Climate. As usual, soup, bread and cheese from 6.00pm, talk and discussion from 7pm. St John Vianney Parish Centre 386 West Green Road, London N15 3QL All welcome. Bring a friend, bring your news, bring yourself! Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony Westminster Cathedral, Sat 23 May at 3pm. The Archbishop will invite to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who celebrate their 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2015. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give Fr Allen the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or phone number, if no email). Chorister Opportunities Year 4 boarding places for 6 probationers are available at Westminster Cathedral Choir School For those interested check at www.choirschool. com and attend their open morning on Sunday 8th February 2015 from 1030am to 2.30pm Register at [email protected] Theology of the Body lecture ‘Facing Difficulties in Christian Family Life: Insights from Theology of the Body’ by Dr Peter Kahn, Director of Studies of the Liverpool University Higher Education Programme. 20th March at 6:45pm, Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, London, SW1P 1QN. Register your interest at [email protected] org.uk. Tickets, £10 or £5 concessions (OAP, students/unemployed). Want help learning English? Potrzebujesz pomocy z jezyka Angielskiego? ؟ةيزيلجنالا ةغللا ملعت يف ةدعاسم ديرت अंग्रेजी सीखने में मदद करना चाहते हैं? Ingin membantu dalam belajar bahasa Inggris? İngilizce öğrenme konusunda yardım ister misiniz? Gusto mo ba ng tulong sa pag-aaral ng Ingles? Quer ajuda para aprender Inglês? Unataka msaada katika kujifunza Kiingereza? Muốn được giúp đỡ học tiếng Anh? Free classes in English Conversation – especially for beginners The group meets every Monday morning from 10am to 12 noon in the Parish Hall of the Catholic parish of St John’s Wood, 54 Lodge Road, NW8 8LA. Our parish offers this service free of charge to help those with little skill in speaking the English language join more easily in the society we form and share together here in London. For more information contact Fr Allen Morris on 0207 286 3214 Sponsored by the Diocese of Westminster Justice and Peace Commission Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster) are collaborating with the Brandenburg Choral Festival to raise money for the work of CCS. Three a cappella acts will entertain you while you enjoy a beverage from the very reasonably priced bar. The concert will take place at 8pm on Weds 28 Jan. Tickets are £12. Book, on 0208 969 5305. The concert is being held in a top secret location in Central London to be revealed when you buy your ticket(s). Paid jobs in the Diocese Most vacancies are advertised in this newsletter, but do please also check at www.rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ if you do not see anything listed here. Brent- Catechetical Co-ordinator at Kensal Rise Parish, closing on 31 Jan; Hackney- Parish Administrator at Clapton Parish, closing on 30 Jan, North Kensington-Parish Administrator at Kensal New Town, closing on 6 Feb, Central services- Retreat Leader and Formation Co-ordinator at SPEC, closing 3 Feb Smart Loving UK runs weekend marriage enrichment seminars that aim to revive, affirm and celebrate marriages. For Catholic couples at every stage of their married life, the weekend is a chance to rediscover the joy of being man and wife in love, drawing on the wisdom of authentic Catholic teaching on the Theology of the Body. The next Smart Loving weekend, which includes an optional overnight stay, will take place on the 7th-8th March at Latimer Place, Chesham, Herts. For more information and to register please contact the marriage and family life office on 020 7931 6064 or [email protected] Retrouvaille is a lifeline for married couples facing difficulties or crises in their married life. It has offered hope and help to hundreds of couples looking to renew and heal their marriages. The next programme will run from March 20th22nd 2015 in Hatfield, North London. For more information please call 0788 729 6983 in confidence or email [email protected] retrouvaille.org.uk. More information on the Retrouvaille programme can be found at www.retrouville.co.uk. Divine Mercy Day Of Prayer St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, , W2 5DJ on Sat 24 Jan, 2 noon - 4pm. Procession and Mass, and a talk on Divine Mercy by Fr. Andrzej Gowkielewicz, MIC, Eucharistic adoration and Divine Mercy Healing Service. Please bring your own lunch. Looking for something new in 2015? CAFOD needs your help in ending poverty and injustice overseas. Find out how you can live your faith and put your skills to good use at Understanding CAFOD Day on Saturday, 24 January, in London SE1, from 10am to 4pm. Book online at understandingcafod.eventbrite.co.uk, or call 0208 449 6970. Catholic Speed Dating 18-30s CHURCH OF OUR LADY FILM CLUB THE SPRING SCHEDULE: All films at 7.30pm in the Church Hall Friday 6th of FEBRUARY - Princess Bride (a Romantic tale) Come along with friends and enjoy Friday 6th of MARCH – Babette’s Feast (a Lenten film looking forward to Easter) the chance to meet lots of other likeminded people. Register with [email protected] Friday 10th of APRIL – The Russians Are Coming (a comedy) forum.org beforehand and come to Austin Forum, Hammersmith on 54 LODGE ROAD, NW8 8LA rsvp to: [email protected] Friday 13th February at 7.30pm, £5 only. Cash bar. Find more info on www.facebook.com/AustinForum Diocesan Training and Faith development opportunities How to have a New Teenager in 5 days? A study evening for catechists, parents and anyone involved in Confirmation programmes on how to work with teenagers and support their parents: specific approach, skills for group & conflict management, faith developmental issues and parental responses to changes, understanding of different ways of thinking. Facilitators: Mgr Malachy Keegan and Ausra Karaliute STL When: Thursday 22nd Jan 2015, 7.00pm -8.30pm This is My Body especially for Commissioned Ministers of Holy Communion Facilitator: Sr Anne Walsh OP and Sr Karen Marguerite d’Artois OP When: Thu 5th Feb, 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm The Privilege of Proclaiming the Word especially for parish readers Facilitator: Sr Anne Walsh OP and Sr Karen Marguerite d’Artois OP When: Thu 12th Feb, 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm Scripture From Scratch: A Journey through the Bible. A basic bible study programme for everyone interested. No prior knowledge is required to attend the programme. Sessions are presented in lecture style with some elements of discussion, Q&A and some optional activities during the sessions, on-line and at home. Tues 20th Jan Introduction To Pauline Writings Brian Purfield Tues 17th Feb Pauline Themes Fr John Hemer Sat 14th Mar RETREAT Brian Purfield (10.00am – 1.00pm) Tue 20th Apr The Psalms, Israel’s Prayer, Christ’s Prayer (1) Fr John Hemer Tue 11th May The Psalms, Israel’s Prayer, Christ’s Prayer (2) Fr John Hemer Tue 8th Jun The Psalms, Israel’s Prayer, Christ’s Prayer (3) with Fr John Hemer All events are at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN Booking is required. For further details and registration go to http://rcdow.org.uk/events/ or contact [email protected] or call at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation is £3. Tea/coffee will be provided. The Call, the Journey and the Mission An Invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales to reflect on the gift of Marriage and Family Life A reading from the book of Tobit 8:4-8 On the evening of their marriage, Tobias said to Sarah, ‘You and I must pray and petition our Lord to win his grace and protection.’ They began praying for protection, and this was how he began: ‘You are blessed, O God of our fathers; blessed, too, is your name for ever and ever Let the heavens bless you and all things you have made for evermore. It was you who created Adam, you who created Eve his wife to be his help and support; and from these two the human race was born. It was you who said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; let us make him a helpmate like himself.’ And so I do not take my sister for any lustful motive; I do it in singleness of heart. Be kind enough to have pity on her and on me and bring us to old age together. “Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion... They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘for ever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring.” Pope Francis, 28 July 2013, World Youth Day, Brazil How can we better understand marriage as a vocation? And together they said, ‘Amen, Amen’. The Call, the Journey and the Mission invites the local Church to a time of spiritual discernment on Marriage and Family Life. Full details are available from our parish website. Each week between now and Lent one of the suggested passages of scripture offered to feed our prayer and discernment are being posted here with a reflection question. Archbishop Vincent and Fr Allen would be very happy to receive any final fruits of your discernment that you would like to share with them. They will help the Cardinal prepare for the Synod and our parish consider how we might better support marriage and family life here. E-mails to the Cardinal please to [email protected] by 24th May, and to Fr Allen on [email protected] at any time. Catholic Parliamentary & Public Policy Internships Now in its twelth year, this scheme will provide eight recently graduated Catholics with an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. Four interns will be placed with Christian MPs at Westminster, one in a parliamentary support role within the Secretariat, two in public policy with CAFOD and CSAN, one in a media internship in Archbishop’s House Westminster. In addition to educational work experience, all internships also involve individually guided retreats and spiritual guidance throughout the year, studying Christian ethics and Catholic social teaching at Heythrop College as well as exploring the political landscape and the Church’s involvement in social action through a series of events. To apply for the Catholic Parliamentary and Public Policy Internship scheme you will need to have completed the Application form and provide two referees, one of whom should be your Parish Priest or University Chaplain and the other your most recent employer (paid/voluntary) or course tutor. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your referees send your references directly to us before Wednesday 4 March, otherwise your application cannot be considered for shortlisting. http://www.cbcew.org.uk/interns Closing date is 5pm on Wednesday, 4 March 2015 The scheme is organised by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Proclaim ‘15 Building missionary parishes TOWARDS A VISION FOR NEW EVANGELISATION IN THE Loving Father, ARCHDIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER You ! so loved the world that I. THE you VISIONsent us your only Son, 1. COMMUNION FOR MISSION that we might believe in him and have eternal life. That communion is for mission; and mission for communion is a truth with which we are Mayfamiliar weand encounter Christ anew this which is underlined Jesus by Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, where day he says, “communion and mission are profoundly interconnected.” (Evangelii Gaudium [EG] 23) and live the Good News with joy. Indeed, he reprises here the words of St John Paul II in his Apostolic ExhortaJon on the role of Christ’s Lay Faithful, Chris2ﬁdeles Laici [CFL], to say, “the Church’s closeness to Jesus is Through the power of your Holy Spirit, part of a common journey; ‘communion and mission are profoundly interconnected’ (CFL help us outacJvity to the whole 32)” (EG 23); to more: go “missionary is paradigmaJc for all world the Church’s acJvity.” (EG 15) and proclaim our faith with confidence. ! “the primary subject of evangelisaJon,” a Diocese needs periodically to ask itself GiveAs us the courage to witness to the Joy whether it needs to shiW its emphasis in any aspects of ecclesial life towards a more ofmissionary approach. the Gospel by our words and actions. As the last millennium drew to a close, St John Paul II called on the People of God to do just that. His Novo Millennio Ineunte portrayed a new millennium Helpopening our parish to become more welcoming before the Church like a vast ocean; and he urged the People of God to plan for the next stages of the journey. This responded At Your Word, and missionary soDiocese that youwholeheartedly may bewith known Lord. Then Pope Benedict XVI’s renewed call to invest in the New EvangelisaJon evoked a and lovedresponse by all people. most generous in this Diocese through Growing in Faith. Together, these to a truly impressive contribuJon to the Church’s evangelising eﬀort – an We iniJaJves makeamount this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ, eﬀort of which we shall reap the beneﬁt for decades to come. Your Son, who lives and reigns In Evangelii Gaudium (EG) Pope Francis afÞrms that it is the Diocese which is Òthe primary with you and since theit is Holy Spirit, subject of evangelisation, the concrete manifestation of the one Church in one speciÞc place ... Wherever the need for the light and the life of the Risen Christ is greatest, it will want to be there.Ó one God for (30) ever and ever. Amen. 1 1 "1 Our Lady,Star of the New Evangelisation, Pray for us. Blessed John Henry Newman,Pray for us. St Thérèse of Lisieux,Pray for us.
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