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** FARM STREET CHURCH'S LIVE-STREAMED MASS, 18.00, SUNDAY, 28 JUNE 2020 **

**** Download the special Mass sheet here ****

-THE SOLEMNITY OF STS. PETER & PAUL - WITH READINGS & MUSIC BY LGBT+ CATHOLICS WESTMINSTER. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SUNDAY OF PRIDE-IN-LONDON WEEKEND AND, IN ENGLAND & WALES, MARKS THE ANNIVERSARY OF POPE FRANCIS' ELECTION IN 2013.

www.farmstreet.org.uk/livestream


** Pride PRAYrade! **

When: 16.00 - Sunday 28 June 2020 // Where: Online on Zoom // What will happen: to gather together, take time for prayer and to share our experiences during previous Prides // What do I need to join? Great so you are interested in joining the event. In order to register you will need to email Peter (foxadlo@gmail.com) with the following details:

Name: ......... Do you have a Zoom account? Have you been to one of the Masses that LGBT+ Catholics regularly attend (every 2nd and 4th Sunday)? If so, when was the last time you attended?

NOTE: In accordance with GDPR policy and procedures, by signing up a participant agrees with processing their data for the purpose of this online event and that the data will be deleted after the event **


IN RESPONSE TO CARDINAL VINCENT'S INVITATION TO UNITE IN PRAYER ON THE VIGIL OF PENTECOST, PLEASE JOIN US FOR

A Sung Evening Prayer for the vigil of Pentecost in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic at 6pm on Saturday 30 May via Zoom

Please register on the link below to receive an invitation


THE WORSHIP LEAFLET IS HERE : https://issuu.com/ramondrobertmitchell/docs/covid_19_evening_prayer


REGISTRATION LINK : https://forms.gle/63G5LcyYvp6Gccxc6


LGBT+ Catholic Westminster welcomes everyone to a World AIDS Mass, to remember all who have died from AIDS, who live with HIV, here and across the world on Monday, 2 December at 18:00 at the Farm Street Jesuit Church

The Mass will be followed by a Reception in the Parish Hall.

Catholics for AIDS Prevention & Support will provide a display in the Church from 30 November-8 December.

The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council offers support to LGBT+ Catholics, parents & families on behalf of the Roman Catholic Westminster Diocese.

Based at Farm Street Jesuit Church in London’s West End, it gathers there for the 17.30 Mass on 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. It also organises occasional retreats, day-conferences & workshops.

It has a thriving Younger Adults Group and is an active member of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, the UK’s LGBT Consortium, and the City of Westminster LGBT+ Community Forum.

We look forward to welcoming you.



** Your place at the table: Saying no to homophobia **

A one day interactive workshop on Saturday 5 October at St Mary Moorfields, Eldon St, London EC2M FLX

See the poster HERE

*** UPDATE: Our workshop held on 5 October was a huge success, covering a whole "tissue of issues" relating to homophobia: where its comes from, how we respond to it and where does it lead ***

We covered so many topics and there was deep sharing from across the faith community: from parents who shared that their children and grandchildren no longer feel part of the church and leave it because of their feeling that the institutional church's teaching is unacceptable to them, regardless of their sexuality, to people sharing their life stories and deep learning from each other about our faith journeys. Different parish representatives also shared about how they reach out to include LGBT+. And these are just preliminary insights.

We will be sharing more in due course and already planning a follow-up.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who helped make the day such a success and the warm hospitality offered by St Mary Moorfields.

"It’s about believing, it’s about belonging, it’s about becoming".


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.

https://rcdow.org.uk/cardinal/homilies/pastoral-letter-for-the-feast-of-the-holy-family-2018/


Brian Armstrong

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!


** "Towards the Youth Synod! Do Christian churches have the will and the ability to welcome LGBT+ youth?" Please see the press release issued 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. **

*** News Alert *** Please see the new resource launched by Positive Faith on YouTube. Positive Faith is a Christianity and HIV resource in development for use by people living with HIV, churches and faith communities, health and social care professionals and schools **


Walk with me

A day workshop for Catholic family members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people was held on Saturday 4 November 2017 ***

Please click here for further information


Conferences

> STOP PRESS ****** PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO READ AND CONSIDER SIGNING THIS PETITION ******

Godfrey Kawalya is a long standing member of the LGBT Catholics Westminster community and truly needs and deserves every support we can give - thank you - please share as well

Thank you to New Ways Ministry for publicising the petition in this Article

> *** Wishing to reconnect with your faith in a supportive and welcoming environment?

Landings London is a lay led support group for Catholics wanting to reconnect with their faith. Please take a look at the Landings page.


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


http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/5397/0/amoris-laetitia-reaction-from-the-catholic-community


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/08/pope-francis-urges-compassion-for-all-in-landmark-statement-on-family-values-catholic-church



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.



Statement

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.

Further details:

European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups: www.euroforumlgbtchristians.eu

Martin Pendergast

020 8986 0807

Michael Brinkschroeder - michael.brinkschroeder@web.de

+4915778814399



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).


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.



Walk with me – Saturday 23 September 2017

posted 7 Sep 2017, 11:22 by LGBT Catholics [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 11:29 ]

A day workshop for Catholic family members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

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.

For more information and to register to this event please fill in the form below or contact us on lgbtcatholicsyag@gmail.com. Kindly register by Monday 18th September if you would like to attend for this workshop.

You can download an information poster leaflet by clickinghere or visit the LGBT Catholics Younger Adults Group by clicking here



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:


Subpages (6): Events Gifts to share? Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) Rome Lent Pilgrimage 2017 Synod on the Family 2014. Synod on the Family 2015 - UPDATED