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St Bede's Pastoral Centre

St Bede’s Pastoral Centre
Autumn Term 2017

A week ago over 400 of us gathered in the Quire at York Minster for the thanksgiving service for Sr Cecilia Goodman. Afterwards we enjoyed the hospitality of the community at the Bar Convent and the sunshine in the garden. It was an inspiring occasion reflecting Cecilia’s inclusivity, her faithfulness in her vocation and her joy in all of life. The reflections and homily from the service should soon be available on the Congregation of Jesus website http://www.congregationofjesus.org.uk

Our exciting news is that Julia MacDonald has been appointed as the new Director of St Bede’s. Julia was the unanimous choice of the selection panel. She knew Cecilia, and has given days at St Bede's in the past. She is very familiar with Ignatian spirituality, both through her training with the Jesuits and from her experience as a spiritual director. Julia and Angus, her husband, are now looking for accommodation so they can move from their present home In Scotland in time for Julia to take up her new post in September. We will be arranging an event in the autumn to welcome Julia and enable as many as possible to meet her.

This letter comes with the details of the autumn programme with much to stimulate us. The popular 6 week course entitled Exploring Prayer is being given again. If you are someone who has found this course helpful in the past you might like to encourage one of your friends to do it. Our new director, Julia, will be giving a day on Wednesday 29th November ‘The Great Turning’ - Hearing the call to participate. Please do come along to lend your support and to make the most of this opportunity to see Julia at work.

I cannot finish this letter without my heartfelt thanks for all the help given to Sr Agnese, Carol, Fiona and myself during this time of loss, change and preparing for the new. Our thanks first and foremost to Sr Frances, the provincial of the CJ community, for enabling the process to find a new director and also to Sr Mary and the Bar community for day to day practical support. Renewed thanks to all of you who have shown your love and care in so many different ways. Special thanks to Liz Clarkson for taking on card production. Above all our deep gratitude to all who have faithfully prayed for us - please don’t stop now!

May the summer break be a time of refreshment and restoration for us all bringing us back with renewed energy in September to go forward together in joy with Julia.

Susan and all at St Bede’s

Ignatian based Spiritual Reflection group
For people who would value weekly Ignatian based spiritual reflection time to support their prayer life, is small group meets from 5pm to 6.30pm each Tuesday at the Bar Convent.
There is also a reflection group under the auspices of the International Ignatian Christian Life Community, which meets every three weeks on Sunday afternoons, also at the Bar Convent.
Enquiries to - Sr Mary Walmsley CJ 01904 464946

St Bede’s at a glance Autumn Programme 2017
Event and Speaker Date Time Suggested
Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest
Sue Tite
Saturday 23 September
(Starts in Millington)
10.30 am to 2.30pm £10
Praying with The Song of Songs
Sr. Agnese CJ
Monday 25 September 10am to 3pm £15
Andrew Walker
Wednesday 27 September 11am to 4pm £15
Looking more deeply into the Painted Life of Mary Ward
Sr. Patricia CJ
4 sessions Thursdays
28 Sept, 19 Oct, 2 Nov & 23 Nov
2pm to 4pm £8 each session
Exploring Prayer
S Tite, J Sollich, M Hoyland & Sr Agnese CJ
6 sessions Tuesdays
3, 10, 17, 24 Oct & 14, 21 Nov
1pm to 3.30pm £50 total
Dorothy Littlewood
Wednesday 4 October 10.30am to 3.30pm £15
Hidden Wisdom - Mystical insights from Meister Eckhart
Anthony Finnerty
Saturday 21 October 10.30am to 3.30pm £15
Free your voice
Lucy Castro
Thursday 26 October 2pm to 4pm £8
Deep calls to deep
Bridget Hewitt
Monday 20 November 10.30am to 4pm £15
The Great Turning - Hearing the call to participate
Julia MacDonald
Wednesday 29 November 10.00am to 3.30pm £15
The Nativity
Geoffrey Wheaton SJ
Tuesday 5 December 1.30pm to 4pm £8
Watching & waiting in Advent
Liz Carrington
Tuesday 12 December 2pm to 4pm £8

Time with the Sisters

Looking more deeply into the ‘Painted Life’ of Mary Ward.
28 September, 19 October, 2 November & 23 November
4 Thursday afternoons led by Sister Patricia CJ from 2pm until 4pm

The ‘Painted Life of Mary Ward’ is a series of 50 paintings. The originals are in Augsburg, Bavaria but we have a set of copies in our ‘Living Heritage Exhibition’ at the Bar Convent.
Sr. Patricia will lead a series of four ‘dialogue’ sessions looking at the Painted Life in detail, and inviting participants to respond to them, thinking about how the painters tell the story, how Mary Ward’s vocation develops, Mary’s spiritual experience as shown in the paintings and the theme of journeys in the ‘Painted Life.’

Praying with The Song of Songs
A day led by Sister Agnese CJ
Monday 25 September from 10am until 3pm

An invitation to explore The Song of Songs in a creative way which can inspire the discovery of the depth of our relationship with God in our own hearts.

The day will be very varied. There will be time to explore centring prayer and enjoy space for silence as well as the opportunity for creative answers and journaling.

Taizé Prayer Taizé Community style with songs & reflections.
Tuesdays 12 September, 3 October, 7 November, 5 December 7.30 - 8.30pm.
Please ring to confirm if you don’t attend regularly.

Italian Taizé Prayer in the style of the Taizé Community in Italian.
Wednesdays 13 September, 4 October, 8 November, 6 December 7.15 - 8.15pm.
Please ring to confirm if you don’t attend regularly.
Gli incontri di preghiera nello stile della Communità di Taizé in Italiano. Ci incontreremo Mercoledì 6 Settembre, 4 Ottobre, 8 Novembre e 6 Dicembre dalle 19:15 alle 20:15. Si chiede di chiamare per la conferma se non è un visitatore regolare o di contattare agnesjcj@gmail.com

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY AT ST BEDE’S. Please see our website for more details.
We offer days, workshops and training courses specifically based on Ignatian spirituality for those interested in learning more, and also for those working as spiritual directors.

These days are aimed at and designed to be of value to anyone interested in learning more about Ignatian spirituality.

A two year experiential course open to all. The course which started September 2016 is full. We hope to run the next one in January 2019.

We will be offering a two year course for this. All participants will need to have made the full Spiritual exercises of St Ignatius in some form [19th Annotation or residential 30 days] and have some previous training in prayer such as the PSD course.

For those currently working in areas of spiritual accompaniment.

For more details on any of the above or if you are interested in attending or participating please contact the St Bede’s Office on 01904 464900 or admin@stbedes.org.uk

Regular groups and prayer meetings
York Justice and Peace Group: a group interested in a wide variety of justice issues. Usually 7.30pm on the second Monday each month.
Contact Nan Saeki 01904 783621

Christian Meditation: an ancient form of contemplative prayer, seeking God in stillness and silence, Sept 13 & 27, Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8 & 22, Dec 6. 7.45–8.45pm
Contact St Bede’s for more details.

City Prayer: A group of enthusiastic people who meet to pray & sing together. Mondays, 7.30pm
Contact David Copeland 01904 330608

THE YORK SANGHA practises Zen Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn, following his emphasis on mindfulness. We meet every Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Contact Lauri 07826198656,e-mail

Church services
Mass every day at 12 noon in Chapel at St Joseph’s, 23 Blossom Street (entry through St Bede’s) except Fridays when Mass is at the same time but in the Bar Convent Chapel
Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” Mark 6:31
With Sue Tite
Saturday 24 September 10.30am start
This “away day” is an invitation to spend a few hours in the Yorkshire countryside for quiet reflection and prayer. Come and enjoy some time out in the Yorkshire Wolds and the opportunity to find “God in all things.”
Contemplative walking is an ancient practice and can give new insights into the ordinary. Participants will need to be reasonably fit – able to walk about three miles and have suitable clothing and footwear for Yorkshire weather!
You will need to get to the main Street in Millington for a 10.30 start. Bring a light packed lunch. Refreshments are available in the village after the walk. Numbers will be limited to 12 or 15 max so please book early.
Sue is a retired teacher and throughout her life walking in the countryside has been a major source of “stress relief” and refreshment from the demands of work contexts.
Led by Andrew Walker
Wednesday 27th September
11am until 4pm
Exploring daily lived discernment and decision making in the Ignatian tradition using input, experiential exercises and discussion.
Andrew Walker is an Anglican priest, director of the London based three year training in Spiritual Direction and the Spiritual Exercises and is vicar of St Mary’s Bourne Street in the diocese of London.

Exploring Prayer
Led by
Sue Tite, Jill Solich, Marion Hoyland, Anne Harrison & Sister Agnese Jencikova
Tuesdays 1pm until 3.30pm
October 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, November 14th & 21st

The aim of this course is to help us become more confident in deepening our relationship with God by exploring new and old ways of praying. As in the previous two courses, there will be sessions on different aspects of prayer: using Scripture; the senses; art; creation; mindfulness and prayer in difficult times.
Each afternoon will include input from the leaders, time for personal reflection and time for sharing/discussion. It will be helpful to attend as much of the course as possible. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Cost: £50 for 6 sessions, but please ask for a bursary if you have any difficulties as we do not want anyone to be excluded because of cost.

An Ignatian Film Narrative
Led by Dorothy and David Littlewood
Wed 4th October 10.30am until 3.30pm

A day of reflection, discussion and prayer based on the recent film directed by Martin Scorsese. Clips from the film will be used together with discussion and group/personal guided prayer.
Dorothy works ecumenically as a spiritual director and retreat giver in the UK and US. Her professional background is in clinical education and practice within the NHS. David has over 30 years’ experience as a Church Pastor, and for the last 10 years has spent increasing time in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat giving.

Hidden Wisdom
Mystical Insights from Meister Eckhart
A day led by Anthony Finnerty
Saturday 21st October 2017
10.30am until 3pm

Using ideas, images and phrases from the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, this day will explore the Christian understanding of wisdom and hidden knowledge.

A reflective day of short presentations, opportunities for discussion and silent reflection.

Anthony Finnerty is a former teacher, an Adviser in the dioceses of Lancaster and Middlesbrough, a project worker with refugees for Global Link DEC & the Chair of The Eckhart Society.

Free your voice
A day led by Lucy Castro
Thursday 26th October from 2pm until 4pm
An exploratory workshop, working with the voice and the body. Looking at accessing & unlocking the keys to our expression & coming back into harmony with our whole self.
This is an opportunity to open up & discover more of yourself; your voice, creativity, passion & joy - in a supportive safe space.
Lucy Castro is a singer/songwriter & natural voice practitioner. She believes in the value of bringing people together to vocalise, sing and create harmony. Through the power of the human voice, our connection to self & others is strengthened - which liberates and awakens. Her own work has drawn on ancient traditions, toning, chant & the healing power of sound.

Deep calls to deep
Led by Bridget Hewitt
Monday 20th November
10.30am until 4pm
How does this evocative phrase from psalm 42 speak to us in our lives and our world today, particularly as we approach Advent?
We will ponder the thoughts and words of a variety of sources from the mystical tradition throughout the ages in our search for the call that is deep within our hearts, a call often drowned out by the many demands of daily life but a call that is vitally important for us to hear. A day with times of input, personal reflection and sharing.

Bridget Hewitt lives in Northumberland, where she is involved in the ministry of spiritual direction She leads and organises ‘Quiet Garden Days’, and is particularly interested in the mystical tradition within Christianity. She is a member of the Christian meditation community and a great lover of wild country.

‘The Great Turning’
Hearing the call to participate
Led by Julia MacDonald
Wednesday 29th November
10.00am until 3.30pm
American Buddhist activist Joanna Macy invites us to awaken to 'The Great Turning'.
Thomas Berry, Catholic Passionist priest, cultural historian and ecotheologian, calls us to participate in 'The Great Work'.
As scientists alert us to the fact that we are now on the edge of Earth's 6th mass extinction event, this one day event will invite us to begin to explore and respond to the Great Call of our time: transitioning into a sustainable 'Community of Life' on Earth.
Julia MacDonald MPS, the newly appointed Director of St Bede’s, has a particular interest in Religion, Ecology & Cosmology and is trained in Ignatian Spirituality.

Great Masterpieces of the Nativity
Led by Geoffrey Wheaton SJ

Tuesday 5th December 2017 1.30pm until 4pm

Visually explore the great masterpieces of the Nativity in early December. An afternoon to relax and enjoy!
A presentation on the Infancy of Jesus looking at the narratives of Matthew and Luke and the differences between them.
Father Geoffrey is a scholar and theologian who gives lectures & delivers courses on Scripture and Art around the world. The focus of his ministry to deepen our relationship with the Christ of Scripture with the aid of the wonderful images in paintings, frescoes, mosaics, sculpture & stained glass from the catacombs to the present day.

Tuesday 12th December 2pm until 4pm
Led by Liz Carrington
An Ignatian Reflection
Watching and waiting in Advent

This afternoon is an opportunity to reflect on characters in Luke’s account of the incarnation ‘as if we were there’. Through the use of imagination and the senses Ignatian spirituality teaches us to discern the movement of God in our own experience and so deepen our desire to serve.
Liz is a vocational deacon with a background in Ignatian prayer. Prior to retirement she worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS, in India and internationally. She is involved in retail and racecourse chaplaincy and York Street Angels.