Services and processions greet Mission Relics
Tomorrow (Wednesday 9 November) is a big day in the calendar of Farm Street Church. To conclude the Jubilee Year of Mercy the parish is welcoming the relics of the Jesuit Saint Claude La Colombière SJ (formerly of the parish) and St Margaret Mary Alacoque as part of a Sacred Heart of Mercy Mission to London organised by the Emmanuel Community of Paray-le-Monial in France.
“We welcome this Sacred Heart of Mercy Mission and these holy relics as an opportunity for the renewal of the Catholic community and witness to the Catholic faith” commented the Jesuit community Superior Fr Dominic Robinson SJ.
The relics will be welcomed at the door of the church by Fr Dominic in a short ceremony at 5.15pm.
Bishop John Wilson will celebrate Solemn Mass at 6pm; this will be followed by talks in the parish hall by Jan Graffius, Curator of Collections at Stonyhurst College – a world expert on relics - and Fr Benoit Guedas of the Emmanuel Community.
The Sacred Heart of Mercy Mission is taking the relics to visit key Catholic ministries of central London, including the parishes of Our Lady of Victories Kensington and St Patrick’s Soho, Tyburn Convent, the Carmelite Monastery, the London Oratory School, St John’s and St Elizabeth’s Hospice, and Wormwood Scrubs Prison. “We want this Mercy Mission to touch as many souls as possible, so we are visiting a wide range of ministries over our five day visit” explained Domitille Delattre of the Emmanuel Community.
A special service in honour of St Claude is to be held at the Queen’s Chapel at St James’s Palace where he served in the 1670s as chaplain to the Duchess of York (later Queen Mary, consort to James II). St Claude became embroiled in a political maelstrom known as the Popish Plot and was lucky to escape with his life.
The Mercy Mission will include processions of witness in Kensington High Street, Oxford Street and Covent Garden, during which the relics will be accompanied by 60 missionaries from the worldwide Emmanuel Community undertaking street evangelisation. Dom is travelling with a group of five from Australia: “It seems kind of crazy to be travelling halfway around the world but we are so excited to be part of the Mission with our brothers and sisters from England and around the world, to share our faith and bring others to the Lord,” he explained.
You can pray for the success of the mission with our novena to the Sacred Heart.
You can download a full schedule of the public Masses, veneration and night vigils. mercy_mission_timetable.pdf