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Our postal address is 70 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3JA. You will find us on the east side of Kingsway, a few steps from Holborn Station (LT). Click here for a location map.

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St-Anselm's-roundelPASSION SUNDAY (PALM SUNDAY)
13th April 2014

POPE FRANCIS on PALM SUNDAY

Jesus enters Jerusalem. The crowd of disciples accompanies him in festive mood, their garments are stretched out before him, there is talk of the miracles he has accomplished, and loud praises are heard: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’(Lk 19:38).

Crowds, celebrating, praise, blessing, peace: joy fills the air. Jesus has awakened great hopes, especially in the hearts of the simple, the humble, the poor, the forgotten, those who do not matter in the eyes of the world. He understands human sufferings, he has shown the face of God’s mercy, and he has bent down to heal body and soul.

This is Jesus. This is the heart which looks to all of us, to our sicknesses, to our sins. The love of Jesus is great. And thus he enters Jerusalem, with this love, and looks at us. It is a beautiful scene, full of light – the light of the love of Jesus, the love of his heart – of joy, of celebration.

At the beginning of Mass, we too repeated it. We waved our palms, our olive branches. We too welcomed Jesus; we too expressed our joy at accompanying him, at knowing him to be close, present in us and among us as a friend, a brother, and also as a King: that is, a shining beacon in our lives. Jesus is God, but he lowered himself to walk with us. He is our friend, our brother. He illumines our path here. And in this way we have welcomed him today. And here the first word that I wish to say to you: Joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a person: Jesus, in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are many of them! And in this moment the enemy, the devil comes often disguised as an angel, and slyly speaks his word to us. Do not listen to him! Let us follow Jesus! We accompany, we follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders. This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this wodd. Please do not let yourselves be robbed of hope! Do not let hope be stolen! The hope that Jesus gives us.
Let us ask the intercession of the Virgin Mary. She teaches us the joy of meeting Christ, the love with which we must look to the foot of the Cross, the enthusiasm of the young heart with which we must follow him during this Holy Week and throughout our lives. May it be so.

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5th SUNDAY OF LENT
6th April 2014

WALKING THROUGH LENT WITH POPE FRANCIS.
The Raising of Lazarus

Through death, Lazarus had been cut off from his family and friends, bound like a mummy and buried. Jesus brought him out of the tomb, restored him to his family and spoke words of liberation: ‘Unbind him, let him go free’. Pope Francis has described ways that people can be robbed of life and the church’s sense of mission can die. He has named some features of our world which diminish life, things we must oppose to uphold life.

To ponder: The way our global economy has developed has consequences for peoples lives.

Pope Francis reflects on an economy of exclusion and inequality:
Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without means of escape. Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “throw away” culture which is now spreading. The Joy of the Gospel, 53

Question: How does the global economy impact on me and the people I know? Are there choices I could make to resist its negative effects?

To ponder: Our lifestyle affects others.

Pope Francis reflects on a lifestyle that excludes:
Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for others, pain, and feeling the need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility” and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us. The Joy of the Gospel, 54

Question: How conscious am I of those who produce goods I consume? How does this awareness affect the choices I make?

Questions for Reflection and Discussion 

1. How do I respond to the questions that Pope Francis has raised about the culture in which we live?
2. What are the main burdens that are weighing people down in our community?
3. What are we already doing to help those who are struggling? What more can we do?
4. How is our parish community supporting families, especially those with different structures or difficult experiences? Are there others we could help?

These notes were prepared by the Department for Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. 

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4th SUNDAY OF LENT (Laetare Sunday)
30th March 2014

WALKING THROUGH LENT WITH POPE FRANCIS.
Jesus heals the man born blind.

To Ponder: The blind man responded to the gift of sight by sharing his new faith with others, but many things can stop us from doing the same.

Pope Francis reflects: In some people we see an ostentatious preoccupation for the Liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church’s prestige, but without any concern that the Gospel have a real impact on God’s faithful people and the concrete needs of the present time. In this way, the life of the Church turns into a museum piece or something which is the property of a select few. In others, this spiritual worldliness lurks behind a fascination with social and political gain or pride in their ability to manage practical affairs, or an obsession with programmes of self-help and self-realization. It can also translate into a concern to be seen, into a social life full of appearances, meetings, dinners and receptions. It can also lead to a business mentality, caught up with management, statistics, plans and evaluations whose principal beneficiary is not God’s people but the Church as an institution. The mark of Christ incarnate, crucified and risen, is not present; closed and elite groups are formed, and no effort is made to go forth and seek out those who are distant or the immense multitudes who thirst for Christ. Evangelical fervour is replaced by the empty pleasure of complacency and self indulgence.

Question: is sharing the Good News of God’s mercy something we have forgotten about? Is it something important in my parish and in my life?

To ponder: There is more to sharing the Good News than preaching. Pope Francis reflects: Today, as the Church seeks to experience a profound missionary renewal, there is a kind of preaching which falls to each of us as a daily responsibility. It has to do with bringing the Gospel to the people we meet, whether they be our neighbours or complete strangers. This is the informal preaching which takes place in the middle of a conversation, something along the lines of what a missionary does when visiting a home. Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street in a city square, during work, on a journey.
In this preaching, which is always respectful and gentle, the first step is a personal dialogue, when the other person speaks and shares his or her joys, hopes and concerns for loved ones, or so many other heartfelt needs. Only afterwards is it possible to bring up God’s word.

Question: How are we sharing the Gospel already through our parish and in our daily lives?

These entries were prepared by the Department for Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. 

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3rd SUNDAY OF LENT
23rd March 2014

WALKING THROUGH LENT WITH POPE FRANCIS.
The woman at the well. 

To ponder: in today’s passage the woman at the well discovers that she is loved and so she is able to respond. The Pope puts this invitation (to know we are loved) and our response at the heart of the mission of the Church.

Pope Francis reflects: (from the Joy of the Gospel, n 39)
Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others. Under no circumstance can this invitation be obscured! All of the virtues are at the service of this response of love. If this invitation does not radiate forcefully and attractively, the edifice of the Church’s moral teaching risks becoming a house of cards, and this is our greatest risk. It would mean that it is not the Gospel which is being preached, but certain doctrinal or moral points based on specific ideological options. The message will run the risk of losing its freshness and will cease to have “the fragrance of the Gospel”.

Question: How can we attract others towards the “fragrance of the Gospel” whilst being faithful to the moral teaching of the Church?

To ponder: The Samaritan woman was seen by many as an “outsider”, but to God no one is excluded.

Pope Francis reflects: (from the Joy of the Gospel n 47)
The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that the church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door. There are other doors that should not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.

Question: This challenges us to reflect on our pastoral practice: how can we live out what the Pope is suggesting? What are the “pastoral consequences”? Can we leave open the door of the Church?

Questions for reflection and discussion

  • In what ways are we already living out the vision of Pope Francis to be an open door community?
  • The Eucharist is “not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.” What are the implications of this for our parish community?
  • The Pope quotes St. Francis de Sales saying: “A spoonful of honey attracts more flies than a barrelful of vinegar.” How can we put this into practice as a church, as a parish and as individuals?
  • Pope John XXIII called a parish “the village fountain where everyone could come and be quenched”. How is our parish community a place of rest and refreshment for those on the journey of life? How could it be more so?

PRACTICAL EVANGELISATION At the end of the Gospel the woman told others about Jesus and she brought them to meet Jesus. How can I find an opportunity to have a conversation with someone about Jesus this week? Who could I bring to Mass at Easter this year?

These notes were prepared by the Department for Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

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2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
16th March 2014

POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE FOR LENT

It has been said that the only real regret lies in not being a saint (L Boy); we could also say that there is only one real poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters of Christ.

We might think that this ‘way’ of poverty was Jesus’ way, whereas we who come after him can save the world with the right kind of resources. This is not the case. In every time and place God continues to save mankind and the world through the poverty of Christ, who makes himself poor in the sacraments, in his word and in his church, which is a people of the poor. God’s wealth passes not through our wealth, but invariably and exclusively through our personal and communal poverty, enlivened by the Spirit of Christ. In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it. Destitution is not the same as poverty: destitution is poverty without faith without support, without hope. There are three types of destitution: material, moral and spiritual. Material destitution is what is normally called poverty, and affects those living in conditions opposed to human dignity those who lack basic rights and needs such as food, water, hygiene, work and the opportunity to develop and grow culturally. In response to this destitution, the Church offers her help, her diakonia, in meeting these needs and binding these wounds which disfigure the face of humanity. In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending the violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols , they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, simplicity and sharing. The full text can be found on the Vatican website www.vatican.va, as can Pope Francis’ “The Joy of the Gospel”.

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1st SUNDAY OF LENT
9th March 2014

POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE FOR LENT

“He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor.8:9) 

So what is this poverty by which Christ frees and enriches us? It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road. What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love. Christ’s poverty which enriches us is his taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us. Christ’s poverty is the greatest treasure of all Jesus wealth is that of his boundless confidence in God the Father, his constant trust, his desire always and only to do the Father’s will and give glory to him. Jesus is rich in the same way as a child who feels loved and who loves its parents, without doubting their love and tenderness for an instant. Jesus’ wealth lies in his being the Son; his unique relationship with the Father is the sovereign prerogative of the Messiah who is poor. When Jesus asks us to take up his ‘yoke which is easy’, he asks us to be enriched by his ‘poverty which is rich’ and his ‘richness which is poor’, to share his filial and fraternal Spirit, to become sons and daughters in the Son, brothers and sisters in the first-born brother.

It has been said that the only real regret lies in not being a saint (L. Bloy); we could also say that there is only one real kind of poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters of Christ.

The full text can be found on the Vatican website www.vatican.va, as can Pope Francis’ “The Joy of the Gospel”. 

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Music for April 2014

Sunday 6th April (Lent V)
10am Mass
I heard the voice – J.Bell
Attende, Domine – chant

12 noon Mass
Mass op.147 – R.Schumann

Sunday 13th April (Palm Sunday)
10am Mass
Pueri Hebraeorum – chant
Deus meus – anon.
The Call – R.Vaughan Williams

12 noon Mass
Improperium – G-P. da Palestrina
Christus factus est – F. Anerio
Mass for 5 voices – W. Byrd

Maundy Thursday 17th April
10am 
Tenebrae of Maundy Thursday

Responsories by Croce, Ingegneri and Victoria

6pm
Mass of St Ignatius – F. Laloux
Caro cibus – F. Mendelssohn

Good Friday 18th April – 3pm Liturgy
Popule meus – T-L da Victoria

Crux fidelis – F. Anerio
O crux, ave – G. Finetti

Holy Saturday 19th April – 8pm Easter Vigil
Easter Vigil Mass
‘Coronation’ Mass (317) – W.A.Mozart
Sicut cervus – Palestrina

Sunday 20th April (Easter Day)
10am Mass
The Lord has fed – J. Hampsey
Alle-psallite – anon.

12 noon Mass
Missa Brevis (220) – W.A. Mozart
Regina Caeli – F. Soriano
Cloches dans le ciel – J. Ermend-Bonnal

Sunday 27th April (Easter II)
10am Mass
Mass VIII
This joyful Eastertide – anon.

12 noon Mass
Mass VIII
Canite Domino – A. Hammerschmidt

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