A warm welcome from LGBT+ Catholics Westminster!
** The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster meet regularly as a community on the 2nd & 4th Sundays at the 17.30 Mass at the beautiful church of the Immaculate Conception (also known as Farm Street church), the central London parish church run by the Jesuits. N.B. Please keep checking this website and Facebook page for any Covid-19 related updates.
Who we are
We are part of the RC Archdiocese of Westminster's pastoral provision to LGBT+ Catholics, their families and friends. We offer refreshments and socialising after Mass in the Arrupe Hall as well as a range of pastoral and social activities.
** DIRECTIONS: The Church of the Immaculate Conception (also known as Farm St church) can be entered via Farm St or via Mount Street Gardens (opposite The Connaught Hotel on Mount St).
** Google map link is here. The address is 114, Mount Street, London W1K 3AH.
** You are very welcome and we look forward to meeting you and also your friends, partners and families. If you are visiting for the first time please see further below**
For full list of services at Farm St church please visit https://www.farmstreet.org.uk/
** We next gather as a community for 17.30 Mass at Farm Street on Sundays 11 & 25 September 2022 accompanied by the 530 Music Group **
We look forward to welcoming anyone who has recently contacted us as a newcomer during recent lockdowns.
Please do say hello and introduce yourself to an LGBT+ Catholics Pastoral Council Member before or after Mass at the back of the church so we can try and make you feel as welcome as possible.
September 2022 News & Notes
If anyone would be willing to offer in future once public mass resumes with instrumental music such as piano, string, or woodwind that would be wonderful. Please e-mail us if you can help.
Could you help with stewarding?
OUTSIDE of COVID-19 lockdowns, if you have already come back to Farm Street, perhaps you could consider help with stewarding for the 17.30 Masses on 2nd & 4th Sundays, please? This mainly involves guiding people at Communion time, to ensure distancing is maintained and also keeping an eye on the collection baskets at the end of Mass, when people are encouraged to give their offerings as they leave the church. Please contact Steven Fachada email@example.com for more details.
Visiting for the first time?
If you are visiting for the first time and have any questions please email us or if you would like to meet with a member of the pastoral council to welcome you at mass and help you meet other members of the congregation.
Pride in London: Saturday 2 July
See you on the parade and / or at the Ecumenical Pride Service. It is always a very moving day and we also recommend the Ecumenical Pride Service, which is very welcoming
Ongoing current events
Zoom into God!
School of Ignatian Prayer Tuesdays online
St Ignatius of Loyola had a great ‘facility in finding God... and every time and hour he wanted to find God, he found Him’ (Reminiscences). Ignatius believed we meet God in every aspect of our lives, our experiences, our feelings and our imaginations. His spirituality is rooted in everyday life, offering guidance and ways of praying that are accessible yet profoundly life changing.
The sessions will consist of input followed by a time of silent prayer and guided / imaginative contemplation, with opportunities to listen to each other and share together.
This prayer group meets weekly and includes a stillness, exercise, a little input from a prayer guide on an aspect of Ignatian spirituality, a time for quiet prayer on the reading / text chosen for the day and then some sharing as you feel called to.
We meet every week on Tuesdays at 7pm on Zoom. We are a welcoming group and if you would like more information email us by clicking HERE **
Last Wednesdays of every month
5:30pm - 8pm: 28 September is the next one!
Friends of LGBT+ Catholics Westminster are arranging these evening gatherings at St Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, London W2 5DJ, which is also the parish of our Westminster Diocese chaplain.
Nearest tubes: Notting Hill Gate or Westbourne Park Road. A warm welcome is assured and an opportunity to pray and share. The challenges of being LGBT+ in the Catholic church are many and the evening seeks to provide a safe and welcoming space, especially for those who have been hurt by the Church and turned off the sacraments will find a way back through the love of Our Lady.
More information on the parish and how to get there at https://www.humilitas.org/
PS - You are welcome to come at any time during the evening, it is an informal gathering.
Join our LGBT+ Synodal Pathway!
Pope Francis has challenged the whole Catholic world to dream anew of what it means to be Church in a 21st century, post-pandemic world, through calling for all Church members to journey and listen together in order to strengthen a sense of being at one with the Church in communion, to participate in the life of the Church, and to go out to proclaim Christ’s liberating message.
Most importantly, the Pope has urged that the voices of those who are not heard, or who are ignored, should be listened to in this process. This includes children, women, men, LGBT+ communities, people of colour, people living with HIV, or abled in other ways. LGBT+ Catholics Westminster is actively involved in the Westminster Diocesan Synodal Pathway, enabling the voices of LGBT+ Catholics, parents and families to be heard at parish, diocesan, national and global levels. As part of the Synodal Pathway , we held 2 face-to-face Listening Sessions, 9 & 23 November 2022) in the Arrupe Hall, 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH as well an online listening session. The feedback has been collated and forwarded to the relevant synodal bodies. Thank you to everyone for your active participation. The Synodal Pathway is an ongoing process and it is not too late to participate. Click HERE to find out more.
The Vatican has announced an extension to this first phase of the Synodal process, giving us more time at grass-roots levels. We will therefore plan for an On-line Listening Session, at a date to be confirmed, for those unable to join in face-to-face sessions. For more information on the Westminster Diocesan Synodal Pathway: https://rcdow.org.uk/synod/
Post-Pride Mass: Sunday 10 July
Pride picnic Saturday 25 June 2022
Saturday, 25 June, one week before Pride-in-London, LGBT+ Catholics Younger Adults Group invites the whole community to an open-air spiritual celebration and Pride social. We will gather in thanksgiving for freedoms, offer up the challenges and suffering of many and celebrate those who campaign and speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.
This sharing of readings, prayer and song will be followed by a bring-and-share picnic, fun and games. We hope that this event will be a great preparation for the Pride Parade on 2 July. For those attending the open-air Spiritual Celebration and Pride Social we will meet at the bandstand on Clapham Common at 14.00,Saturday, 25 June. We will then decamp to a secluded spot nearby. In the event of bad weather, we can retire to the 2 Brewers.
Please RSVP to Gemma & Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend and may the Pride be with you!
The LGBT+ Catholic community has always been a pilgrim community, with various identities linked to its developing life, mission, and ministry.
From the days of its sponsorship by the Roman Catholic Caucus at Centrepeace Convent in 1999, to St. Anne's Soho in 2003, and Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, Warwick Street, with its Soho Masses identity, it has journeyed onwards, echoing Pope Francis' words that 'the status quo is not an option'.
Now based at Farm Street Jesuit Church, as LGBT Catholics Westminster, we celebrate our communion with each other, the local Church of Westminster, and the Church universal, giving witness in the Annual (London) Pride Parade that ALL ARE WELCOME !
We look forward to journeying together and sharing our stories, as we continue along this path of ongoing growth and development.
Our community is welcoming and open to all Catholics, with an active fellowship of many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Catholics, as well as their parents, families and friends.
If you have questions, email us by clicking HERE
We hope to see you soon!