Newsletter - 14th January, 2018

 

2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

YEAR B



SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

1 Samuel

3:3-10. 19

Psalm

39

1 Corinthians

6:13-15. 17-20

John

1:35-42

 

 


 

 

The consoling words of today's psalm invite us to consider the graciousness of the call of God, at once Creator of the universe and yet Father to us all. How strange it is that One most powerful treats us mere mortals as persons who can address Him: "You do not ask for sacrifice...but an open ear" and "You do not ask for holocaust and victim. Instead, here am I". God truly offers us our freedom and seeks, unbelievable as it may seem, our co-operation, without force or fear or guilt. More often than not, however, we, poor creatures that we are, align ourselves with other attractions; objects, things and even persons whom we allow to block that lightness and wonder of God, so much so that we can lose sight of Him and busy the days, months, years and even lifetimes in the pursuit of created matter and, sadly, miss the Creator Himself. And yet this is no bar to God's constant and faithful seeking us out and helping us to experience that metanoia; that change of heart and mind which can give us His peace in following His will, as the psalmist says, "... in the depth of my heart".

 

Is not this the most important thing to attend to? And given all that continues to happen in the world, whether economic worries, fear of the future, never-ending violence and war and so on, we are privileged indeed to be offered what always remains an invitation and supreme gift.

 


We hear in today's readings God's call addressed to, first of all, Samuel in the 1st Reading who mistakes this voice as belonging to Eli, such is its reception in his hearing that it seems as if it is a human utterance. It takes Samuel no less than three encounters with God's voice and his questioning of Eli before he eventually realises it is the Lord, "the voice he did not know", as another psalm points out. The Gospel then gives us the account of Jesus inviting the disciples to "Come and see" where he lives. This invitation may strike us as a mere meeting between potential friends but, as with all such texts, it signifies much more. In essence testifies to a force, a revelation of divine energy or grace, which attracts these strangers to Jesus; no-one just meets another person and simply goes after them because of a few words. Not at all. These strangers sense something much deeper and personal in Christ's few words but it is only Andrew who is given to understand exactly who it is who is addressing him and who then tells his brother of this, that "We have found the Messiah". Let us then learn to be more attentive to God's call for us and seek a greater clarity and depth in our hearing.

 

God's call involves kindness, compassion and forgiveness in a society which can trample and ignore such important traits. In putting on, within our hearts and minds, the garment of these gifts of the Holy Spirit, these sacramental qualities, we can be sure that we are heeding the call of God. We can then follow in the way of Christ and so bear witness to him by entering into that continual change, that purification, which gives us a quieter and deeper quality of life. We can then know we are held within the life of God where we can find rest for our souls as our time here on earth runs like sand through an hourglass.

Fr. James Campbell, S.J. Written in 2012

 


URGENT: CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it; now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. 

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.


PAX CHRISTI APPEAL TODAY

The work of Pax Christi is based on the Gospel and inspired by faith. Its vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholicism, it works with all who shares its values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice.  A collection will be held this weekend at all Masses to support Pax Christi. Contact: St Joseph’s, Watford Way, London NW4 4TY. Tel: 02082034884, info@paxchristi.org.uk.

 


THE HURTADO JESUIT CENTRE

The Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping has a series of talks in its ‘Post-Truth World’ series for early 2018, all 7 – 9 pm:
- January 9th.   Austen Ivereigh on ‘Building a Culture of Encounter in an era of Fake News’

- February 6th.   Baroness Susan Greenfield on ‘The 21st Century Mind: Blowing it, Expanding it, Losing it’

- March 8th.  Pat Riordan SJ on ‘Taking Back Control:  Illusions of Autonomy’

See website for more details: 

http://hurtadocentre.org.uk/upcomingevents/

 


UNITY VESPERS

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ will preside, and the Venerable Luke Miller Archdeacon of London of the Church of England will preach at a prayer event for Christian Unity on Sunday 21th January at 4pm in Tyburn Convent. There will be tea in the Crypt afterwards. For more info and booking please contact Tyburn Convent, 8 Hyde Park Place, London W2 2LJ. Telephone: 020 7723 7262

 


CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WESTMINSTER

The CTiW AGM will take place on Monday, 22 January, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, at the Salvation Army Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ,

and all are welcome. The evening will also include displays and short talks on the theme of “Creation Care” by organisations involved with conservation and environmental awareness. Email: ctiw.net@gmail.com  Website: www.ctiw.london

 


FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME

FAKE NEWS: FAITH IN THE MEDIA

Thursday 25th January 2018 – 6:45 – 8:45pm

Farm Street Hall.

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the issues surrounding faith and the media.  Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking via www.pathwaystogod.org by clicking on Mount Street Jesuit Centre then Events.

Five panellists will lead the evening:

- Nancy Gifford (Global Media Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)

- Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)

- Sarah de Nordwall (Poet, Bard School Director, and Catholic Voices)

- Jo Siedlecka (Director, Independent Catholic News)

- Brendan Walsh (Editor, The Tablet)

 


LANDINGS LECTURE 2018

Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder will address the subject:

‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.

Five years on, the invitation is clear. A“pastoral conversion” of the Church requiring a radical refocus — a missionary going-out to the excluded, offering a personal encounter with Jesus, and a building of bonds in an age of displacement. What does Francis ask of us, and are we ready  — and willing — to accept? 

Tuesday March 6th at 7:00pm in Farm Street Church Hall. Mass in the church at 6:00pm; buffet reception to follow.

All most welcome

 


FARM STREET CAMINO

Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.  September 23rd – October 6th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk  For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/robinson-fr-dominic

 

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/camino-steps-st-ignatius

 


Saints of Northern England Pilgrimage

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/saints-northern-england-pilgrimage


FARM STREET CHARITY BALL

The Farm Street Charity Ball will take place on SATURDAY 27th JANUARY. The evening will commence with Mass at 6pm followed by a champagne reception and dinner at the Savile Club, Mayfair.  Along with live music there will be an auction and raffle with many wonderful prizes to be won. Tickets are £125. This will be a great opportunity to come together and enjoy each other’s company to raise money for Farm Street charities. Please enquire at Reception for a booking form or visit our website to buy tickets: http://buytickets.at/farmstreetchurch/130546

 


                                         

    CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

 

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

 


REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

"REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by our parish secretary and sacristan, is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d'Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

 

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie's song "L'ennemi"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLEqFxzNcYU

 


PUGIN SOCIETY

Would you be interested in learning more about AWN Pugin, the eminent Victorian architect who designed  the High altar for this church and the interiors of the Houses of Parliament? The Pugin Society, founded in 1995, offers a lively range of events, study tours, talks and publications.  Details: www.thepuginsociety.co.uk

 


 

NEW ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED: 9.30 AM MASS


We appeal for volunteers to serve at the altar for the  9.30am Family Mass. You don't need to have prior experience serving, and there is supervision provided. Simply turn up in the sacristy by at least 9.15am on Sunday if you would like to serve. All are welcome!


PAINTINGS IN THE CHURCH

As many of you will have noticed, we now have two modern religious paintings in the church. The artist, Andrew White, has kindly allowed us to exhibit them. Andrew is our ‘Artist in Residence’ and one of the foremost painters of this age.

 

Andrew painted a twelve foot long canvas of the Last Supper, which is now in Walsingham, and then he then re-painted the central panel of Christ Breaking the Bread which we can presently view in the Sacred Heart Chapel. The painting could easily be misunderstood for the Supper at Emmaus, but the bowl in front of the Disciples with the bread and inverted hands may refer to Matthew 26:23.

 

Andrew’s other painting of the Pieta has resonated deeply with many of our parish community. The faces of Jesus and Mary are in shadow and we are drawn to the intimacy of Mary laying her hand on her dead Son’s hand. One suggestion for further reflection: look very closely at Mary’s hand in the painting.

 

Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ

 


FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH


If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php

 


WHEELCHAIR USERS

We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.


BRIDGE

The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome.  Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).


EASY WAY TO DONATE

You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering:

just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070

You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.


 

114 Mount Street , London W1K3AH
www.pathwaystogod.org
Bookings:You can book for any of these events online
Information: 020 7495 1673 or admin@mountstreet.info

 

Our Regular Events

 

• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

 

• Turn Aside – A Gentle & Reflective Space: Every 1st Tuesday of each month 2-4pm (Next meeting: February 6, 2017)

 

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11am-4pm (Next meeting: January 17, 2017)

 

Through the Year with Mark

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 20th January 11am-4pm

You will be offered an overview of the Gospel of Mark – the Gospel for the Sunday Cycle of Lectionary Readings this year – pointing out the meaning of the Gospel in its original context.

Reflection points will offer brief and thoughtful leads to how this Gospel can connect with Christian life today.

 

Living in the Milieu Divin

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 27th January 11am-4pm

repeated as a course Tuesdays, February 6th-20th, 7-8.30pm

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ was a scientist. This workshop/course will begin with an introduction to his work, and how it led to an understanding of creation as a manifestation of Jesus Christ.

We will try to understand Teilhard’s insight into the presence of Christ in creation, and how it affects the way we live our lives.

 

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Facilitated by team members

Wednesdays, January 24 – February 14, 2-3.30pm

‘Lord Teach us to Pray’ was a request put to Jesus by his first disciples. Jesus responded by sharing with them something of his intimate relationship with his Father expressed in words that we now call the ‘Our Father’. He was inviting them to experience something of the same intimacy that he had with God, and Jesus continually invites us to experience the same. On each evening of this short course as participants you will be introduced to and guided through a way of praying that you will then be able to make your own – deepening your own relationship with God.

 

Sadhana: A Way to God – Awareness & Meditation

Facilitated by Barbara Wilson

Thursdays 1st February–8th March 11.30am-1pm

An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.

Beginning with developing stillness and awareness, we then move on to the use of our imagination and into opening our lives more fully to the love of God. Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.

 

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 1st February 11.30am–1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm. You are welcome to just come along or contact Sr. Catherine catherine.quane@iolmercy.org.uk or 0190 323 3904 for more details.

 

Love Alone – The Foundation A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Ann Dunne and Lynne Galloway

Saturday 3rd February 11am-4pm

The aim of the workshop is to provide a taste of the Exercise known as the Principle and Foundation, which, as the names suggests, is the foundation on which the following Exercises rest. 

The content of the workshop will move from looking at Creation, and the purpose of our creation, towards how we may seek to be the people we have been created to be.

 

 

More upcoming events. www.pathwaystoGod.org

 
Contact information

114 Mount Street
London
W1K 3AH

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685

 

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