CARDINAL VINCENT PRESIDES AT FARM ST MASS ON SUNDAY, 13 JANUARY 2019 (The Baptism of the Lord)
We were delighted to welcome Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, who presided for the 2nd time at the Mass welcoming LGBT+ Catholics, parents and families, on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, 13 January 2019, held at Farm Street Jesuit Church. The Church, in London's Mayfair district, hosts the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council and its pastoral outreach activities, as mandated by the Cardinal.
In his homily, Cardinal Vincent Nichols referred to the radical identity which all Christians have by their baptism, transcending all other identities. The community of Church, formed by baptismal unity, is rooted in love, and this is lived out in profound commitments of friendship, including marriage and family life. In this he echoed his recent Pastoral Letter to Westminster Diocese: Being 'at home', in its obvious sense, is to be in the circle into which we were born, bringing together the generations of which we are a part. Yet, 'at home’ also means celebrating all the love and friendships that sustain us. It includes embracing again the important life-choices we have made, the duties of faithfulness and its graces, too ...... a moment for thanking God for the family, the families, to which we belong, be they bonds of flesh and blood, bonds of friendship, or bonds created by freely given commitments, including the promises of religious life. The word 'family', then, is capable of including many different patterns and dimensions of life, and some bring with them the experience of sadness and failure. (30 December 2018)
Speaking after the Mass, the Cardinal commended LGBT+ Catholics Westminster as an important sign of welcome and inclusion within Westminster Diocese, not only as individuals who are welcomed but as an identifiable community which is at home within the Church. During an after-Mass Reception, Cardinal Vincent engaged warmly with various Farm Street Church parishioners and members of the congregation including some LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers who are supported by the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council.
We remember with gratitude the life & commitments of Brian Armstrong, former LGBT+ Catholics Westminster pastoral council member who died on 26 January 2018 and whose funeral mass took place at Farm Street Jesuit church, 16 February 2018.
Thank you to all who came to Mass on 27 January 2019 and helped with marking his passing to full life in the Spirit. His tireless dedication and service to this community, the Mare Street hospice and to so many untold endeavours was remembered fondly and with gratitude. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council Members & Liaison Responsibilities:
The following are elected members of the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council 2018-19 : Matthew Grech-Sollars (Secretary), David Hothersall (Website), Kirk Jacob, Godfrey Kawalya (Welcoming & LGBT+ Refugees Liaison), Robert Kirabira (Welcoming & LGBT+Refugees Liaison), Peter Liska (Pride Liaison), Sarah Kelsall (Treasurer), Thomas Lofaro, Martin Pendergast (Communications & Media), Ben Smith (Chairperson & Trans Liaison)
Joe Stanley (Co-Chair), Peter Hart (Refreshments Lead).
** LGBT+ Catholics Ignatian Prayer Group - Parlour 2, 114 Mount Street W1K 3AH, on 3rdFridays of the month **
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** "Towards the Youth Synod! Do Christian churches have the will and the ability to welcome LGBT+ youth?" Please see the press releaseissued by the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, following on from the recent conference which explored the concept of inclusive pastoral care for young LGBT+ people, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church.**
** Brian Armstrong's funeral Mass **
A large congregation gathered at Farm Street Jesuit Church, London, for the Funeral Mass of Brian Armstrong (1944-2018) on 16 February 2018, a well loved and strong supporter of our community. Please find attached the tributes and homily given on this occasion. RIP Brian. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID AND WILL KEEP DOING!
** On 4 December 2018 World AIDS Mass was celebrated at Farm St Church. It was a moving occasion to share and be supported together as a community and thank you to all who attended. Please take a look at this moving dance prayer performed after communion and the homily by Fr Dave Stewart SJ here. **
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*** Walk with me – A day workshop for Catholic family members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people was held on Saturday 4 November 2017 ***
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Resources for LGBT Catholics
Resources and useful information from Catholic Bishops of England & Wales resources for accompanying and welcoming LGBT Catholics can be found here
Please see also the Guidelines for the pastoral care of lesbian and gay people from the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales. This is a carefully thought through document that is less well known than it should and can be found here
As many of you are aware, the new encyclical Amoris Laetitia is now published. There are many responses to it and a few are shown here:
From The Tablet & The Guardian - check out www.lgbtcatholicswestminster.org for other links
Global Network of Rainbow Catholics - Please see the link in the sidebar
We have recently been contacted by an LGBT Activist in Nigeria who publishes a podcast on a regular basis. He can use our prayers, and support this activity and to draw attention to the plight of LGBT people in Nigeria and a lot of African countries.
Membership of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups
The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, mandated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols to provide pastoral support for LGBT Catholics, parents and families, was welcomed into membership of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups on 23 May 2015. The event took place during the European Forum's Annual Conference, held at Merville, France, over Whit-weekend, and attended by some 250 people.
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is an ecumenical network of some 47 groups throughout Europe, including fast- developing activity in Eastern Europe. The 2nd Catholic pre-conference in the Forum's history was held ahead of the main conference, reflecting the explosion of LGBT support activity in the Church in various European countries.
The Catholic Co-President of the European Forum - Michael Brinkschroeder from Munich, Germany - announced the launch of the Global LGBT Catholic Network. This will take place at a foundational meeting, LGBT Voices to the Synod, to be held in Rome from 1-4 October 2015, the opening weekend of the Catholic Bishops Synod on Marriage & Family, convened by Pope Francis. 12 Catholic LGBT- related groups from Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, and the USA ,have worked together to initiate this new alliance of LGBT Catholics, their parents, friends, and allies. Further information will be available shortly from the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council.
European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups: www.euroforumlgbtchristians.eu
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Survey 2014 results
Here is a link to the recent Survey carried out amongst members of our community
You can also check out LGBT Catholics Westminster on Facebook (LGBT Catholics, their families and friends).
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Weekdays and Holy days of Obligation: 8am, 1.05pm, 6pm
Saturdays: 8am ; 6pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Public Holidays: 1.05pm (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 12:30pm)
LATEST Press Statement issued on behalf of the SMPC
THE SOHO MASSES ARE PART OF WESTMINSTER DIOCESE’S PASTORAL PROVISION FOR LGBT CATHOLICS, PARENTS & FAMILIES - refreshments follow each Mass.
posted 7 Sep 2017, 11:22 by LGBT Catholics [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 11:29 ]
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A day workshop for Catholic family members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. We hope that listening to input from both Mgr Keith Barltrop, chaplain to the LGBT Catholics Westminster, and the experiences of other family members of LGBT people, will enable those taking part to truly walk with their LGBT family members and accompany them on their journey.
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Soho Masses Bookstall - If It Wasn't Love: Sex, Death and God, Bernard Lynch tells a story of many people's stories; here for the first time is a truth birthed from fear and oppression and redeemed by love. - Silence Speaks. Robert Nugent SDS tells the story of 4 towering 20th Century Church figures: Teilhard de Chardin SJ, Yves Congar OP, John Courtney Murray SJ, & Thomas Merton OCSO. Orders can be taken for Jesus: An Historical Approximation, Jose Antonio Pagola - See Mark Dowd’s recent Tablet interview with the author.
Links of interest:
- Diversidade Católica - Para que gays vivam sua vocação e dignidade
- de filhos de Deus na Igreja e na sociedade.
- Names Quilt Memorial at Soho Masses
- LGBT Christians appeal to His Holiness Benedict XVI to pay attention to Humans Rights
- Progetto Gionata, The new journey of Christian homosexuals in Italian dioceses (English) (Italiano)
- Revista Brasileiros Article on James Alison
- Time Out (2 Sept issue) included a feature: The Pope’s Visit – Where do you stand?
- BBC Radio 4 (6 Sept 2010) aired a programme, The Roots of English Catholicism
- BBC Radio 4 (9 Sept 2010) aired Mark Dowd’s The Pope’s British Divisions
- The Sunday Times (12 Sept 2010) has published Ruth Gledhill's article Pope attracts condemnation and support from the Catholic gay community(only available by subscriptions)
- BBC Television News aired feature Brendan Callaghan SJ (10 Sept) and Martin Pendergast (14 Sept)
- BBC News Webpage on the Soho Masses
- Dos Manzanas Artículo en español sobre Soho Masses
- BBC Brazil (10 Sept 2010) Igreja Católica de Londres tem "missa gay"
- Croatian article on the Soho Masses
- SMPC - Press Release on the 5th Anniversary of the Soho Masses
- Diocese of Westminster - Press Release on the 5th Anniversary of the Soho Masses
- Statement from the Diocese of Westminster on the Pastoral Care provided at Warwick St
- Letter to the Soho Masses Community from Archbishop V. Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, which was read out at the 5pm Mass Feast of the Epiphany (6th Jan.) 2013
- Letter from the SMPC Chair to West End Extra newspaper
- One Catholics personal reflection on the Soho Masses
- BBC Inside Out (London) programme from 18th Feb 2013 with a section on the Soho Masses Final Mass