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 May 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 14 & 28 May 2023
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.
All services will be streamed on the livestream page: www.farmstreet.org.uk/livestream
Download the May 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 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?
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.
New & Ongoing 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 **
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.
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.
We will focus on Justice and Peace, covering the themes of homelessness, racial justice, care of creation, migrants and peace, in the light of the Scriptures, following the Catholic diocese of Westminster Sharing Faith resource booklet.
This ecumenical Lent Group will take place on Zoom each Wednesday at 8PM from 1st March 2023 until 29th March. You can get the link by sending an email by clicking HERE
You are welcome to join all the sessions or just drop by for one to try it out.
We hope many of you can join us in this common adventure and are looking forward to meet you!
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/
Please be prepared to contribute to a seasonal Bring-&-Share Lunch - light refreshments will be provided. We intend this to be the first of regular additional gatherings for LGBT+ Catholics Westminster with the aim of strengthening our sense of being a Eucharistic community. We are pleased that a number of priests who ministered in our previous presiding rotas at Warwick Street and St. Anne's, Soho, have agreed to take part from time to time. This Saturday's Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Chris. Vipers, Parish Priest of St. Mary Moorfields in the City of London and Administrator of St. Joseph's, Bunhill Row. Fr. Chris. is also Director of Evangelisation for Westminster Diocese and takes a key role in the Synodal Journey.
After lunch there will be an opportunity to share ideas about how we can plan further gatherings, their frequency etc. The afternoon will end with a brief period of Lectio Divina. Please let us know if you plan to come on Saturday, for refreshment purposes by emailing us via Contact page on this website.
World AIDS Mass: 1 December 2022
LGBT+ Catholics Westminster & Catholics for AIDS Prevention & Support welcome everyone to the annual World AIDS Day Mass, 18.00, Thursday, 1 December 2022, The Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street Jesuit Church), 114 Mount Street, Mayfair London W1K 3AH. Nearest tubess: Bond St and Green Park
The Celebrant and Preacher will be Father David Birchall SJ, Director of the London Jesuit Centre, who ministered on the AIDS Ward of San Francisco General Hospital, USA, at the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Music will be provided by the 530 Music Group. A Reception in the Arrupe Hall, 114 Mount Street, follows the Mass. This event is the only public religious celebration listed in London to mark World AIDS Day. All are welcome and if this is your first time attending you are encouraged to make yourself known to a greeter who can make you feel welcome.
Catholics for AIDS Prevention & Support (CAPS) will mount an HIV/AIDS display in a Farm Street Church side-chapel from 26 November - 4 December, where red ribbons and information literature will be available. CAPS will hold an online Service - 17.00, Saturday, 26 November 2022, Stand Together Stronger, Healing Stigma. REGISTER HERE:
Photo by Janosch Diggelmann on Unsplash
Post-Pride Mass: Sunday 10 July
Please join us on Sunday 10th of July for the Post-Pride Mass at 17:30 at Farm Street church, with refreshments and socializing afterward in the Pedro Arrupe parish hall next door.
We look forward to seeing you there. Pride never stops!
Please note the Mass starts at 17:30 (not 18:30 as per the Pride London link below).
Pride in London: Saturday 2 July
SATURDAY, 2 JULY 2022 - WE’LL BE THERE, ON THE PARADE & IN THE SOHO SQUARE COMMUNITY MARKET PLACE!
& also at the ECUMENICAL PRIDE SERVICE, 18.00, BLOOMSBURY CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, 235 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE, WC2H 8EP
THIS IS WHY WE TAKE PART IN PRIDE IN LONDON - TO WITNESS THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO INTEGRATE FAITH, GENDER & DIFFERENT SEXUALITIES AS FAITHFUL PEOPLE OF GOD - PROUDLY CATHOLIC & PROUDLY LGBT+ !
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend and may the Pride be with you!
THANK YOU! #HELPUKRAINE with Easter eggs: £540 raised and donation made
#HELPUKRAINE WITH EASTER EGGS - after Mass on Sunday 10 April
THANK YOU to all the donations for our sell out sale of Easter eggs, which raised £540!!
During our next gathering on 10 April after the 5.30pm mass at Farm Street there will be an opportunity to support #HELPUKRAINE, the emergency appeal being organised by a community partnership of Ukrainian churches and organisations in Great Britain & The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, including the needs of LGBT+ refugees, with the sale of hand-crafted Easter-eggs.
These eggs are beautifully handmade using traditional methods (beeswax and water colours) from Eastern Slovakia. They are durable and for decorative purposes only. Price: £3/€3 per item or £15/€15 for a set of 6 or your choice (perhaps a rainbow set?) and any donations aboved that will also go to the appeal. These eggs are hand apinted by the relative of one of our community members and we can therefore vouch for their authenticity and good use of proceeds. These can also be ordered for mailing - £4.40 postage if you can not pick up in person. CONTACT Peter for details: email@example.com
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!