Young Adult Ministry Masses
To gather together in order to celebrate the liturgy is according to the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, (# 219):
“the sacred action par excellence… the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed and it is likewise the font from which all her power flows. Through the liturgy Christ continues the work of our redemption in, with and through his Church.”
The first Young Adult Mass began on Palm Sunday 2003 and the Jesuit founder was Fr. David Stewart SJ. Since that time it has grown into a vibrant young adult community led by a dedicated team of lay ministers under the direction of Sr. Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ, then under the direction of Fr Jim Conway SJ and Fr Dushan Croos SJ. Since September 2012 it has been part of the Young Adult Ministry work at Mount Street Jesuit Centre. In October 2014 we discerned to run a weekly Mass and as a result the young adult community continues to grow. The Masses are held in Farm Street Church.
Our Masses are prepared by and offered to Young Adults in their 20s and 30s. Rooted in the Ignatian tradition and desiring to give glory to God, we see our liturgical style as “reverent and contemporary” with, as you might expect, an Ignatian dimension. Our weekly Masses are almost always celebrated by Jesuit priests from the Jesuits in Britain and further afield and we are well supported by the parish team of Farm Street Church. Each week the Mass incorporates some element of Ignatian spirituality. The Mass begins at 7.00pm.
Before all the Masses there is the opportunity for quiet prayer from 6.45pm onwards.
Introducing Our Masses
The Mass on the First Sunday of every month is our animated by one of our Music Ministry teams, directed by Hannah and David. Rooted in the Principle and Foundation, we explore the phrase “Human beings are created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord…” from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
On the Second Sunday we take time in the Penitential Act to experience the Examen, one of the touchstones of Ignatian Spirituality. This Mass is animated by Stephen Rooney and friends.
Our Third Sunday Mass can be described as ‘The Mass which takes its time’ and is structured so that after the proclamation of the Gospel there is the opportunity for fifteen minutes of silent personal prayer anywhere in the Church before we gather back together and are lead through a review of prayer by the celebrant. We have minimal music at this Mass.
On the Fourth Sunday, we reflect on how we choose to follow Christ in our daily lives. At the heart of Ignatian Spirituality is the idea that all is gift, and God is the giver. Recognising that God is always at work in creation, in us and for us, what can we offer in return? Time is built into the offertory to enable us to reflect on what we would like to offer to God in the week ahead. This Mass is animated by the young adult Chamber Choir ‘Lauda’. If you would like to help with the music at this Mass please email Jim Conway SJ.
At our Fifth Sunday liturgies we give thanks for all God has done and continues to do in our lives. As we live Eucharist (meaning Thanksgiving), how do we incarnate a sense of gratitude in all we do during our daily lives?
After the Masses on the First and Third Sundays we gather in the Parish Hall for hot drinks and biscuits. On the other Sundays a room is booked in a local pub for the young adults to gather and continue to socialise after the Mass.
We hope you will become a regular at our liturgies and look forward to welcoming you there.
Accessing the Church
The best way to access the Church is from the Mount Street entrance especially if you happen to be running late as the Farm Street entrance to the Church is locked after the Mass has begun and entrance can only be gained from the Mount Street side. If you are meeting people after the Mass, the exit from the Church is at 114, Mount Street, London W1K 3AH.
For any further information please email Jim Conway SJ and he will get back to you.