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 other updates. Also please note that we arrange occasional community masses, usually on a Saturday with bring-and-share lunch and discussion, and another way of building community and getting to know each other, see details further below.
** Download our December 2023 Newsletter to get all the latest activities at LGBT+ Catholics Westminster **
Who are we?
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 12 & 26 November 2023 accompanied by the 530 Music Group **
We look forward to welcoming anyone who has recently contacted us as a newcomer.
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.
Download the December 2023 News & Notes newsletter to make sure you have all the latest news and notes regarding LGBT+ Catholics Westminster.
If anyone would be willing to help 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
New & Ongoing events
World Aids Day Mass: 1 December 2023
FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2023, 18.00 at FARM STREET JESUIT CHURCH.
CELEBRANT & PREACHER, FR. KIERAN FITZSIMONS OFM.
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 **
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/
6:45pm - 8pm
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 at https://medjugorjelgbtministry.com/
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.
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.
** 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 ?
Pride 2023 is here!
As you may know Pride in London 2023 that will take place on Saturday 1 July is fast approaching! Once again and bigger than ever we will have a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Pride together as a community.
There are various ways how you can get involved:
1. Pride Parade through central London on 1 July
If you would like to march with us as a group, you will need to register to obtain your wristband using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6W5FSCT
If registering on websites is not your thing, there will be a paper enrolment form you can complete during the teas and coffees after Mass on the 2nd and the 4th Sundays at Farm Street leading up to Pride. Please remember that these are allocated on a first-come-first-served-basis and if your plans change and you can no longer attend, please let us know. The details on the logistics of the day will be announced not earlier than a week before Pride.
2. Community stall in Soho Square on the Pride Day of 1 July
As every year, we will have our own fabulous Soho Square Stall during the Pride Day from approx. 11.00 till 20.00. If you’re not planning to join the Parade, maybe you'd help staff the Stall? We'd like to hear from you by answering to this email!
3. Pre-Pride Celebration – Sat 17 June
Our pre-Pride celebration on Saturday, 17 June 2023 was a big success, with Mass at 12.00 followed by a bring & share lunch and discussion at ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH, LAMB'S BUILDINGS, LONDON EC1Y 8LD. Nearest tube stations: Barbican and Old Street.
Read the homily here
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5. And lastly - We are also delighted to offer you the chance to buy a t-shirt for you to wear during this year's Pride events.
Please go the to the link https://teespring.com/en-GB/LGBT_Catholics_Westminster where you can select your size and your very own t-shirt will arrive directly to you. The price is £18 (plus standard delivery and handling fee of £3.62). (If for some reason the website does not show you prices in £, please make sure that you select 'United Kingdom' in shipping info below the image).
Lent 2023 prayer & sharing on Wednesdays
For this Lent 2023, in line with 2021 and 2022 initiatives, Farm Street Church in partnership with Grosvenor Chapel, would like to invite each of us to a journey of prayer and sharing around the theme Enlarging the Space of our Tent.
Saturday 18 March - Midday Mass, Bring-&-Share Lunch and afternoon discussion
AS WE JOURNEY TOGETHER, BUILDING UP THE LGBT + EUCHARISTIC COMMUNITY, WE GATHER AGAIN FOR MASS, 12.00, SATURDAY, 18 MARCH 2023, FOLLOWED BY BRING-&-SHARE LUNCH & AFTERNOON DISCUSSION - ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, LAMB'S BUILDINGS, OFF LAMB'S PASSAGE, LONDON EC1Y 8LD. NEAREST STATIONS: OLD STREET (Northern Line - Bank Branch, London Overground); BARBICAN (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City Lines); FARRINGDON (Elizabeth Line - Barbican Exit); LIVERPOOL STREET (British Rail, Central, Circle, Elizabeth, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Lines); MOORGATE ( Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern - Bank Branch - Lines).
Pre-Christmas Mass & Gathering: 17 December
The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council warmly invites you to a Pre-Christmas Mass and gathering, Saturday, 17 December, 12.00- 16.00. This will take place at St. Joseph's Church, Lamb's Buildings, off Lamb's Passage, Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8LD. NEAREST TUBES: BARBICAN, FARRINGDON (Elizabeth Line - Barbican Exit), OLD STREET - https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/bunhillrow/contact/
World AIDS Mass: 1 December 2022
Post-Pride Mass: Sunday 10 July
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
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 email@example.com 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!