Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Prepare your heart

Painting by Stephen B Whatley
In a few days' time it will be the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, in which we celebrate the outpouring of God's tender, infinite love for us all. This year we approach the feast conscious of so much pain, death and division in our world and in our country. This novena from Pray as you Go can help us prepare our hearts for this feast, and focus us on the unifying, merciful, welcoming Heart of Jesus.

And we unite our prayers to so many others, for all those who have died, or been bereaved and dispossessed in the Grenfell Tower fire, for those killed and injured in the Finsbury Park mosque, and in gratitude for the ongoing, tireless work of our medical and emergency services, and all those who work for unity and justice.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Openness and missionary creativity

Earlier this month almost 120 delegates from Jesuit parishes throughout England and Scotland, aged from 21 to 89 and with roots in all continents, came together. Their aim was to learn from each other and from a panel of experts, how to breathe new energy into parish life to make them “centres of constant missionary outreach” (Evangelii Gaudiam 28).

You can read more and see photos here...

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Beatification of Fr John Sullivan SJ

Fr John Sullivan SJ, an Irish Jesuit who died in 1933, will be beatified at 11 am on 13th May 2017 in Gardiner Street Church, Dublin. The Mass - the first time a beatification has taken place in Ireland - will be streamed live via the Irish Jesuits' website.

John Sullivan was born into a wealthy Protestant family in 1861. He became barrister in London, travelled and lived a comfortable life until he converted to Catholicism when he was 35. After a few years of living simply and helping out in hospitals he entered the Society of Jesus in Ireland in 1900. As a priest he gained a widespread reputation for holiness, simplicity and for availability to anyone in need.

You can read more about John Sullivan, and arrangements for the forthcoming Mass, via this dedicated webpage.