Coronavirus

Since the lockdown began, central London churches - including Farm Street, St Patrick's, and the French Church - have been serving hundreds of breakfasts and evening meals, thanks to the generosity of Claridges and the Connaught Hotel. Now homeless people also have somewhere to go during the day - the new homeless refreshment station under the Fouth Plinth. Anthony Doran, from Farm Street Church in Mayfair, explained that his group, which also includes volunteers from Westminster Cathedral...
A virtual Mass for persecuted Christians, celebrated by Aid to the Church in Need’s Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 13th May) at 10am.May 13th is the Feast Day of our Lady of Fatima, to whom Aid to the Church in Need is consecrated, and so the charity felt this was the perfect day to celebrate Mass with all their staff and benefactors, remembering and standing in solidarity with all persecuted Christians around the world.If you would like to...
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The question of how a loving, all-powerful God could have created a world in which so many people suffer is one with which people at all stages of belief have wrestled, and during the current pandemic it is being put into even sharper focus for many. ‘These questions have their place, even if they are condemned ultimately to fall short,’ says Mark Dowd as he surveys the different responses that he has encountered. ‘I tend to think of an innocent little child sitting on the bank of a river...
Dr Paul O’Reilly – or Fr Paul O’Reilly SJ (pictured) – will launch a new series of online Zoom talks, ‘Lockdowns from Lauriston’, from the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh with a look at his work supporting homeless people during the coronavirus lockdown.You can join this first talk and Q&A on Zoom at 7:30pm Tuesday May 5th using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2365092814During the present lockdown, while many people are forced to stay in their homes – many of them unable to...
Lockdown is saving lives but the tight restrictions have meant that hundreds of homeless people in central London have been stranded without help. With most centres now closed, many homeless have turned to churches for support, including Farm Street Church in Mayfair.Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest at Farm Street, gave an interview to the Independent Catholic News about what is being done to help. He said:“So many people are coming together to work hard in conjunction with the council,...
There have been many changes to our usual routine as a result of the physical distancing measures that are vital in the response to the coronavirus outbreak. One of the biggest shifts has been the increased use of the technology to bring us together virtually, be it for work, family time or even our social and religious activities.It is perhaps the latter that has presented the biggest shift, given most church activities focus on communal gathering and require an active participation in a...
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‘The Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel’, as we read in Gaudium et spes. How do we interpret the signs of these extraordinary times? Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ asks us to consider whether, in our responses to the coronavirus pandemic, we are embracing the ‘saving logic’ of the gospel and all of its opportunities, or resigning ourselves to a ‘substitute logic’. The Covid-19 emergency is testing the...
In the distant BC (before COVID) era, around 25 people worked in the Curia offices next to Farm Street church in central London.As well as the Provincial and Socius, his assistant, there were managerial and secretarial staff, the Jesuit Media Initiatives, the finance department, Province healthcare officials, the archives team, the safeguarding office, and others. In the last month, since the lockdown, all except the Provincial (Damian Howard) and the Socius (myself, Paul Nicholson) are working...
If you are looking for online retreat, try this one devised by Jesuit priest, Fr David Birchall SJ. It is called ‘Journey into Freedom’ and is a continuation of the ‘Journey into Faith’ retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.The retreat is produced in conjunction with Jesuits in Geneva and can be listened to here.For those interested in joining Fr David’s Online Friday Prayer Group, click here.For those interested in joining Fr David’s...
One of the long-standing volunteers at the Jesuit Refugee Service in Wapping, Mike Guilfoyle, shares his thoughts about having terminal cancer during the Covid-19 pandemic."The last few months have been among the most emotionally challenging of my life and my normal recourse to active participation in voluntary work which acted to connect me with my foundational Christian beliefs, enacted most importantly in the guiding philosophy underpinning the JRS, to serve, accompany and advocate, was...

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