The Week Ahead Mon 16th feria 7.15am, 12.30pm, 6.00pm Tues 17th feria 7.15am, 12.30pm, 6.00pm Wed 18th ASH WEDNESDAY 7.15am, 11am [Extraordinary Form] 12.30pm, 6.00pm & 7.00pm (with the choir) Thur 19th Lenten feria 7.15am, 12.30pm, 6.00pm Fri 20th Lenten feria 7.15am, 12.30pm, 6.00pm Sat 21st Lenten feria 10.00am Sun 22nd 6.00pm (1st of Sun) FIRST SUNDAY 8.30am; 9.30am [Extraordinary Form] OF LENT 10.30am [Solemn Latin] Missa Emendemus in melius Palestrina; Infelix ego Byrd; Ad te igitur Byrd. 12.00, 4.00pm, 7.00pm Women’s World Day of Prayer this year is on 6th March and will be observed locally at 2.30pm at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. The theme of this interdenominational service in 2015 is “Women of the Bahamas”. All are welcome and tea will be served after the service. Website Designer? Artist Stephen B. Whatley, who painted our portrait of Saint James, needs a new website. Can you help? Please contact Stephen directly on [email protected] A Mass in celebration of Marriage is planned for Saturday 23rd May at 3pm in the Cathedral. If you will be celebrating a significant anniversary (10, 25, 30, 40 or 50 years) please give details into the parish office and we will see that there is an invitation sent to you from Archbishop's House. Beginning Experience: there is a healing weekend for people who find themselves single again after divorce, separation or the death of a spouse from 20th-22nd March, 2015 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, and Kent. For information please ring Freda on 01322-401243 or Sandra on 01293-783965 Please ensure that Sunday 7th June is ringed in your diary. This is the date of Corpus Christi in 2015, and we shall be marking it with a street procession of the Blessed Sacrament from Farm Street to Saint James’. The Cardinal Archbishop will preside and it is hoped that we can at least double last year’s number of one thousand who processed. Tell your family and friends and let’s make a worthy public demonstration of our love for Jesus’s Eucharistic Presence Collections £2,734-00 (Includes Envelopes but not Bankers' Orders etc.) Holy Hour and Benediction Saturday 4.45pm-5.45pm Confessions Weekdays 12.00-1.00pm Saturday 10.30am-Noon 5.00-5.45pm & 7.00-7.30pm Part of the Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trust St James's Roman Catholic Church, Spanish Place 22 George Street, London W1U 3QY Sixth Sunday of the Year 15th February 2015 TODAY’S LITURGY [ Parish Mass Book - page 137] Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; St Mark 1:40-45 Psalm Response: You are my refuge, O Lord; you fill me with the joy of salvation. 10.30am Heiligmesse Haydn Cantate Domino Hassler; Fugue sur le Carillon de la cathédrale de Soissons Duruflé Refreshments (Tea & Coffee) are served after the 9.30am Mass & wine together with soft drinks are available after the Solemn Mass in the Social Centre (in the Crypt). Do join us if you have the time. The Reverend Christopher G. Colven (Rector) The Reverend Nicholas Kavanagh The Reverend David J Irwin The Very Reverend Monsignor Francis C. Jamieson Telephone: 020 7935 0943 Registration No: 233699 Email: [email protected] Web: www.sjrcc.org.uk The Rector writes… As we “prepare a way for the Lord” during these coming Lenten days, Pope Francis is asking the whole Church to think of the place of consecrated religious within its life. Here at Spanish Place we have before us the examples of service provided over many years by both the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in their particular concern for the poor, and the Society of the Holy Child Jesus with their commitment to education of the young. We also continue to benefit on a daily basis from the ministrations in the confessional of priests of Opus Dei. We think too of the contemplative witness provided by the enclosed Benedictine nuns just along the road at Tyburn Convent. There is so much for which to be thankful, and Pope Francis has asked that each religious congregation look again at its own roots: “recounting our history is essential for preserving our identity, for strengthening our unity as a family and our common sense of belonging”. But we have to face the reality that while some religious communities continue to offer a vibrant model, others are diminishing in number. Pope Francis wants all religious “to embrace the future with hope” and while for some it may well be that their particular charism is no longer needed as in the time of their founders (i.e. forms of social work now embraced by the state) for others there are fresh areas of need to be explored (perhaps the Sisters of Mercy in their work with women vulnerable to trafficking in the Euston area offer an example). “Have the courage to be present in the midst of conflict and tension”, says the Holy Father, "as a credible sign of the presence of the Spirit who inspires in human hearts a passion for all to be one”. We need also to realise that while some congregations are moving towards their end, religious life is being renewed by differing types of movements and associations sharing their charisms with a wide constituency – L’Arche, Communion & Liberation, The Neo-Catechumenal Way and Focalare are but a few examples of consecrated life lived outside the traditional structures. Famously Thérèse of Lisieux having entered her Carmelite monastery at a young age felt a certain dissatisfaction until she discovered a vocation within a vocation. – “I will be love at the heart of the Church”. Thérèse recognised that all the active work undertaken by her brothers and sisters – evangelisation, pastoral care, social concern – had to be underpinned by a constant and loving concentration on God which is guaranteed by contemplative life. Pope Fancies devotes a significant part of the Apostolic Letter setting out his hopes for this Year of Consecrated Life on the contribution made by purely monastic communities – and it is interesting to note that some of the more demanding forms of religious life (Carthusian, Cistercian, Carmelite, Poor Clare) are attracting fresh, young vocations. The Pope notes the old adage “where there are religious, there is joy”, and commends it to those who seek to follow the Lord in consecrated life. Of course, every Christian is called to live in accordance with the Gospel, and all the Baptised share the same vocation to holiness of life – as Pope Francis says: “radical evangelical living is not only for religious: it is demanded of everyone. But religious follow the Lord in a special way, in a prophetic way”. The picture offered by the universal Church is a complex one – in some parts (i.e. Africa) it is marked by growth and hope: in others (as in our continent of Europe) is appears listless and lacking in direction - what is needed everywhere are men and women living out their consecration in religious life who can, through their stability, ground the rest of us in Christ, and share with us their insights into the Gospel: their radical turning towards a different set of priorities should offer an ongoing challenge to their brothers and sisters to rethink their own ways of living. As Jesus said to Martha: “you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one" (Luke 10:41) During Lent we should pray for the renewal of consecrated life in the Church, and let us ask God for fresh vocations, particularly that our own young people be open to consider a call to religious life. We have one man in his twenties pondering entry into a Benedictine community, may he be the swallow which announces a new spring of vocations here at Spanish Place. Christopher Colven NOTICES This week Ash Wednesday (18th February) marks the beginning of our Lenten preparation for Easter. Ashes will be imposed at each Mass – these will be offered at 7.15am, 11am (in the Extraordinary Form), 12.30pm, 6pm & 7pm (with the choir). Details of Lenten talks etc. will be found on a separate sheet which you are asked to take away with you and keep by you. John Cassano died intestate on December 11th: it has taken untill now to sort out his funeral which will take place here at 11am on Thursday 26th February. Please publicise this to those who knew John. The parish has guaranteed the costs involved so that John may have a Catholic funeral (the burial of the dead being one of the corporal works of mercy) but anyone who is in a position to help defray the expense involved is welcome to make a contribution. RIP Many of the congregation are continuing to contribute generously to the “Growing in Faith” initiative. An update on how much has been raised and how it is being expended will be found on the table at the back of church – there are enough copies for everyone to take one away.
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