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 our website and Facebook feed for Covid19 related updates.

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 (although not at present in the parish hall due to parish building works) as well 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. If you are visiting for the first time please see further below**


** RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC WORSHOP **

Following a consultation among the Farm Street Parish Pastoral Council, the decision has been taken to reopen the church for public Masses and confessions from Saturday 20 February 2021.

** Our next gathering as the LGBT+ community shall therefore for the 17.30 Mass on Sunday, 28 February, The 2nd Sunday in Lent, with music provided by the 530 Music Group. **

We look forward to welcoming anyone who has recently contacted us as a newcomer during recent lockdowns.

Make sure you introduce yourself to an LGBT+ Catholics Pastoral Council Member before or after Mass at the back of the church.

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The ordinary Mass schedule has resumed as follows at Farm Street church: Monday to Friday: 8.00, 13.05, & 18.00; Saturday: 8.00 & 18.00; Sunday: 8.00,

9.30, (Family), 11.00 (Latin), 12.30, 5.30, & 19.00 (Young Adults, 18-35) The dispensation from Sunday obligation remains in effect until further notice.

All Masses can be viewed on Farm Street Jesuit Church's live-streaming page - https://www.farmstreet.org.uk/livestream




Do join at www.farmstreet.org.uk/livestream


Details of other livestream Masses are available at www.farmstreet.org.uk/livestream


Public worship suspension from Friday 22nd January 2021. Announcement by Farm Street church:

Following a consultation led by the Parish Pastoral Council we have decided that, in the interests of public safety and following the directive of both the Mayor of London and the Prime Minister that people stay at home and use public transport only for essential travel, public Masses will be suspended from Friday morning until the critical situation in London regarding the possibility of COVID and its new variants’ infection improves. The church will be open from 11am – 5:30pm (on Sunday from 12:30pm) with daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 4pm. There will be two livestreamed Masses Monday to Saturday at 10am and 6pm (on Saturday the Vigil Mass of Sunday) and on Sunday 11am Solemn Latin and 6pm in English with music.


Letter from Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster - 5 November 2020

https://rcdow.org.uk/news/how-to-participate-in-mass-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

As we enter this second ‘lockdown’ and loss of communal celebration of Mass, I wish to add these few words. This is a time for us to show our strength. And by that I do not mean strength in defiance. I mean strength in mutual support; strength in service; strength in perseverance and hope. I mean, then, the strength of our faith in action. The first act of faith is the praise of God. It is deep and constant prayer. This must be at the root of our lives, as individuals, as families, as households. I urge you, then, to stay faithful to daily patterns of prayer. Pray privately; pray together at home; come to church to pray; pray without ceasing. I thank God that our churches remain open to be places of peace and prayer, and the live streaming of the Mass, celebrated every day in our churches, is a great help. But that too must be rooted in our own life of prayer. Only by receiving the living water from the Lord will we pass through this arid time. Indeed, if we stay close to the Lord, we will be changed for the better by this time of crisis.

The second act of faith is humble service. This is the road we are to follow: service of each other; outreach to the lonely; nourishment for the hungry; compassion for the sick, the isolated, the dying, especially those facing death alone, and those who mourn. Let’s do it. These are the strengths we have, the strengths we must contribute to our society’s way of life. Only in this day-to-day practice can we shape a different future, a better future, one that is more compassionate, more just, more charitable. This is the future which must come out of this crisis. We cannot just wait to ‘get back to normal’. This is a time to rebuild a better family, a better household, a better neighbourhood, a better world. May God bless and sustain us all in the weeks ahead.

Yours devotedly,

+Vincent Cardinal Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster



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Feburary 2021 News & Notes

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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 farmstreetppcchair@rcdow.org.uk 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.


World AIDS Day: 1 December 2020

** WORLD AIDS DAY MASS was celebrated today at 18.00 at FARM STREET JESUIT CHURCH, LONDON, and was offered online **

www.farmstreet.org.uk/livestream

Thank you to the celebrant Canon Alan McLean, Parish Priest, The Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Dockhead, London SE1 2BS and to the beautiful accompaniment by the 530 Music Group

We keep in our prayers all the beloved departed who have dies from AIDS all people of good will who fight and stand up to homophobia and all others phobias on a daily basis. You are all heroes.

May the Lord bless you and keep you


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 please email us **


History

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, please email us at lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com

We hope to see you soon!