Jesuit parish

The three questions St Ignatius asks the retreatant going through his Spiritual Exercises are a useful guide for any parish. To paraphrase:What has the parish done for Christ? What is it doing for Christ? What will it do for Christ?Here at St Peter’s Parish in Stonyhurst, we could spend all our time answering just the first question, since the history of provision of Mass and the sacraments goes back a very long way. Individual Jesuits were caring for Catholic souls here in the Ribble...
A long heritage alongside the poorJesuits had a mission in the Liverpool area from the 17th Century. In 1712 they built the first Catholic chapel since the Reformation. A second larger chapel was built in 1736 only to be demolished by an anti-Catholic mob in 1738. It was rebuilt in the following year disguised as a warehouse. Much of the hard work which led to the opening of St Francis Xavier's Church in 1848 was done by the Society of St Francis Xavier, a group of lay people some of whom...
The care of souls, through the sacraments, preaching and works of mercy, gives St Aloysius' parish in central Glasgow a unique Jesuit flavour which makes the church a haven of solace and peace in the midst of the city centre. It has a long history of Jesuit presence, and very close relationship with local Jesuit school St Aloysius’ College.A recent project has flourished in the church in response to the refugee crisis.“As a parish we were wondering how we should respond to the...
Sacred Heart parish in Edinburgh has been working with Bethany Christian Trust to provide shelter for homeless people during the cold Scottish winter.  Last year they opened the doors of the Lauriston Hall over 20 nights to give shelter to up to 50 people each night.  Mostly they are Scottish men, about 30% are not from the UK, and about 15% are women. "Sacred Heart is one of 90 churches we work with to provide shelter from the killer cold nights from October to April"...
A wartime story of faith and mercyDevotion to Mary and inspiration drawn from her images played an important role in the conversion and spiritual journey of St. Ignatius. Among many we recall the Black Madonna at Montserrat where he laid down his sword and symbolically started new life, and the image of Santa Maria della Strada, on the wall of Saint Mary of the Way in Rome, the first church ever held by the Jesuits.Marian devotion has also been very precious for generations of Poles who have...
Lenten journey with refugeesIn the weeks leading up to Lent, an idea emerged out of the parish Faith & Justice group to try and connect creatively with both the refugee situation and the imminent liturgical journey through Lent and Easter.A small group of us met and an idea emerged of using one of the church’s side chapels to host a scene that would gradually develop and evolve in keeping with the themes of Lent and Easter. Ignatius encourages us to use our imaginations to make the...
Boscombe on the south coast is home to the vibrant Jesuit parish of Corpus Christi with a growing community of Ignatian evangelisers. Known as Hearts on Fire, this initiative aims to bring Ignatian spirituality into our community and beyond - our motto being "Meeting God in Our Daily Lives".  Our team includes both laity and Jesuits, all from different backgrounds and life experiences.  So each of us holds a little piece of a bigger picture, as we learn to discern how...
Gerry became a Jesuit in 1974.  He has spent the last 17 years working in Jesuit parishes, principally as parish priest.  He has covered Brixton, Wimbledon and is at present parish priest of St Anselm's parish, Southall. Southall is a vibrant and diverse multicultural community and continually attracts many new visitors and residents, who have been served by this Jesuit parish for 10 years.
St Anselm’s Parish in Southall, west London, has been served by the Jesuits for ten years.  The 2,500 parishioners come from many ethnic backgrounds and numbers attending Mass are growing fast. Southall is a vibrant and diverse multicultural community and continually attracts many new visitors and residents.  A very small minority of these newcomers or those experiencing major life problems can find themselves homeless and sleeping on the streets. As parish priest Fr Gerard...
A parish of over 2000 people established by the Jesuits in 1903, St Ignatius Stamford Hill is in one of London’s most diverse boroughs.   Communities from Ireland, Poland, Ghana, Nigeria, and all across Latin America lend the vibrancy of cultural exchange to liturgy and parish life.During Lent this year the parish team responded to Pope Francis’ call to hold 24 hours for the Lord, as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.   “We took a risk” says Sr...

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