News & Notes


Download the full September 2014 News & Notes newsletter to make sure you have all the latest news and notes regarding Soho Masses.

The Soho Masses Pastoral Council welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered Catholics, parents, families and friends to Masses on 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month.

LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council Members & Liaison Responsibilities: 
Brian Armstrong (Refreshments Rota), Neil Cocking (Secretary & Rite of Christian 
Initiation of Adults Contact), Pavol Gabaj, Arthur Govan (Website), David Hothersall 
(Chair), Godfrey Kawalya, Robert Kirabira, Sarah Kelsall (Treasurer), Nick O’Shea 
(Farm Street Parish Council), Joe Stanley (Deputy-Chair).

HELP!!

We need volunteers, to greet people who arrive at Farm Street Church, at the masses we attend. To this end, we have another doodle link for people to sign up when they are able to! HERE.

Again, please only sign up if you can arrive about 20 minutes before Mass begins. If you cannot do it, please arrange with someone to swap.


We are still looking for help running the teas and coffees after mass. We have set up a system on Doodle, so that you can choose your dates, add your name and it's that simple. Here is the link.
PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU CAN DEFINITELY DO THE DATE. 


Survey results
Here is a link to the recent Survey carried out amongst members of our community


You can also check out LGBT Catholics Westminster on Facebook (LGBT Catholics, their families and friends). 


If you wish to receive the latest information updates by e-mail, please send an email to lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com

Forthcoming Events


Saturday October 25th – 10am – 6pm

Soup and roll lunch provided.

This conference will open a safe space for conversation and inquiry into the relationship between HIV and Christian faith. With invited speakers and themed workshops, we will pay attention to the wisdom of Christians who are living with HIV and who have been involved in HIV ministry. We will remember the past, reflect on the present, and imagine a more just, more loving future.

 

It will be of interest to people living with HIV; friends and supporters; clergy and laity who are wondering about this form of ministry, or who are engaged in this ministry today; health care providers; and community leaders. All are welcome.

 

We will focus on the situation in Britain with reference to the International aspects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Themes we will explore include HIV and stigma; understanding healing; HIV awareness in churches; Christian peer support; caring for the ‘body’ of Christ; mobilising faith communities; and more... The day will end with a short service of prayer.

 

For tickets please go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/   

Inquiries to     LoveTenderlyActJustly2014@gmail.com 


Forthcoming Masses:

From April 2013

2nd & 4th Sundays - 1815hrs (6.15pm) mass


Other masses atThe Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm st

Sundays: 6pm (Sat), 8am, 9.30am (Family Mass), 11am (Sung Latin), 12.30pm, 4.15pm, 6.15pm

Weekdays and Holy days of Obligation: 8am , 1.05pm , 6pm

Saturdays: 8am ; 6pm (First Mass of Sunday)

     

Public Holidays: 1.05pm (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 12:30pm)


LATEST Press Statement issued on behalf of the SMPC

THE SOHO MASSES  ARE PART  OF  WESTMINSTER  DIOCESE’S   PASTORAL  PROVISION  FOR LGBT  CATHOLICS,  PARENTS  &  FAMILIES - refreshments follow each Mass.





Andrew Cooke reflects on Jean Porter, Natural Law & Same Sex marriage



ROME PILGRIMAGE?  Ever thought about an LGBT-friendly pilgrimage to Rome? The London-based LGBT Catholics Westminster is considering a pilgrimage to Rome later in 2014 Please see the latest News & Notes for information.


Soho Masses Bookstall - If It Wasn't Love: Sex, Death and God, Bernard Lynch tells a story of many people's stories; here for the first time is a truth birthed from fear and oppression and redeemed by love.
- Silence Speaks. Robert Nugent SDS tells the story of 4 towering 20th Century Church figures: Teilhard de Chardin SJ, Yves Congar OP, John Courtney Murray SJ, & Thomas Merton OCSO. Orders can be taken for Jesus: An Historical Approximation, Jose Antonio Pagola - See Mark Dowd’s recent Tablet interview with the author.


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