HEARTS ON FIRE MISSION
THE ORIGINS OF “Hearts on Fire”
At the second Jesuit Parishes Conference in February 2014, the delegates from each of the 10 British parishes were challenged by the then Jesuit Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston S.J. to return to their parishes and make them into thriving centres of Ignatian Spirituality. Upon our return, the team planned a Parish Day for all, which was an opportunity for the whole worshipping community to experience praying in various Ignatian ways for themselves.
“Hearts on Fire” Mission week 25th to 31st July 2015. This summer, with the help of some younger Jesuits from the British, Irish and Dutch provinces, we are planning a week of exciting and uplifting events for young and old to build on this beginning.
What is our Mission? We are very privileged to be served in this Parish by Jesuit Priests; our Pope Francis is himself a Jesuit. It was Ignatius of Loyola who founded the Society of Jesus in 1540. Saint Ignatius was guided by the Holy Spirit, to understand that God speaks to us through our personal feelings and emotions and that God can be found in all situations. His spirituality was intended for all people, from all nations. With the help of some wonderful visiting Jesuits, our week’s Mission in July is to explore that spirituality as one community, so that all may experience together the joy and inner freedom that comes from a deep and loving relationship with God.
WHY “HEARTS ON FIRE”? Members of our team came up with the title “Hearts on Fire” when they explained how excited and inspired they felt when planning our Parish Day last year. It reminded them of the two disciples who, after meeting the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus, described their experience when Jesus revealed Himself to them. “They said to each other: “Were not our hearts on fire when He spoke to us along the road and when He explained the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24: v36)
The flaming heart logo was chosen from hundreds, reminding us of the revelations of Jesus’ Sacred Heart. Whilst revealing His heart like a burning flame, Jesus Himself spoke of His most ardent love for all people. We hope all will join us during our special Parish Mission Week, to understand more deeply God’s love and to experience what those first disciples described, as we journey the road together.
At the recent open meeting, the team revealed the draft programme of events for our “Hearts on Fire” Community Mission week.
There will be events for children, events for the youth, events for families, for singles, for older people, for men, for the sick and those in need of healing. There will be community events, walks, prayer workshops, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a barbecue, a healing service, a Taize evening, opportunities for a one to one……. and much more: in short, something for everyone. Please note the dates in your diary and watch out in the newsletters for further details: most importantly please pray for the success of this week and join in!
Thank you to all who participated in the recent open meeting.
A great peice about HOF can be found on the Jesuit website too – https://www.jesuit.org.uk/building-community-through-ignatian-spirituality
Photos of our recent International Mass and Supper on the HOF event.