ON BEHALF OF THE PARISH TEAM AND THE JESUIT COMMUNITY,
A HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE!
2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER
Do you know of anyone who is contemplating returning to a more regular practice of the faith? If so this is a good time to make a suggestion. Here at Farm Street we are about to embark on a new season of the Landings Programme for Returning Catholics and over the next two weeks we will be holding four more open evenings to introduce the new series. Everyone is welcome, both those who are contemplating the possibility of doing the programme and those who have made the personal recommendation to friend, family member, colleague, whoever.
The Landings Programme, successful across parishes in the US, UK and Singapore over 30 years, is specifically for anyone who is thinking about returning to the Catholic Church. Other programmes such as the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) or Catholic Alpha will welcome those coming into the Church from no religious background or from another Christian denomination. Landings, however, addresses a specific niche: those who have been brought up Catholic but have fallen away or are on the cusp of leaving, for whatever reason that is. Sometimes the factors involved in Catholics falling away are complex and tragic: relationship issues, a tragic incident, or they have been hurt by priests or others with responsibility in the community. Sometimes those who wish to return have simply found they have drifted away. Regardless of the reasons the programme aims to listen first through the work of a skilled and compassionate team. Here at Farm Street this is made up of about six individuals who give of their many gifts and enthusiasm for their faith so wonderfully generously. Those who return then often join the team for the next series.
The Landings programme also focusses on all the aspects of Catholic faith and life contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each week an aspect of the Church’s doctrinal or moral teaching is addressed through presentations and discussions. This is not the primary aim, however. Above all we aim to be a place first of all of compassionate listening. The group listens respectfully and without judgement to one another’s faith story and reflections on the theme, viewing each as something uniquely personal and sacred. Participants are invited to be honest and open about struggles with their faith and to share in confidence and only what they feel comfortable sharing. The programme thus helps people to discern the way forward in freedom, to reach out to learn more and embrace the fullness of faith and the faith community of the Church once more.
I believe there are many who could continue to benefit from the Landings programme. Many who so inspiringly come from far and wide across London to fill our church at Easter and Christmas. All it might take is a word of encouragement to welcome them as more regular members of our faith community here, a community which wants to give a warm welcome and celebrate our wonderful Catholic diversity. So, if you know of someone who might benefit from coming to one of these introductory open Landings evenings please point them in the direction of any of the Farm Street clergy or Ruby Almeida, the Landings London co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or invite them along on any of the following dates from 6:30 – 8:00pm:
Wednesday April 26th, Thursday April 27th, Wednesday May 3rd, Thursday May 4th .
Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ
RESTORATION OF STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The project to restore our Stations to their original colours is going well. If you wish to contribute toward the cost of a Station, please contact the Parish Office.
GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK
On Thursday 27th April, the 49th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed. Pray especially that ‘bubble zones’ will not be introduced around abortion ‘clinics’. For information on the day of Prayer and Fasting contact; The Good Counsel Network on 020 7723 1740.
MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE: HELP!
MSJC is looking for a volunteer who would be willing to come and help with some office tasks for a few hours, ideally once a week, but whenever possible. If you are interested, please contact Anne Paolino email@example.com.
FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We need help at the front reception on Tuesday evenings between 5pm and 8:30 pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250.
Fr Dominic Robinson invites you on our parish pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday 27th May. Departing from Farm Street at 8.30am we will visit both Anglican and Catholic shrines arriving back at 8pm. Cost is £35 including lunch. Book via firstname.lastname@example.org by calling Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 9250. Cheques payable to Farm Street Church (marked Walsingham). If you have never been to this historic pilgrimage site, this is a great opportunity.
JESUITS AND FRIENDS, ISSUE 96
The spring edition of Jesuits and Friends is now available, with features on a new BBC TV drama that was filmed in Liverpool, young students on a Faith in Politics internship, what it is like to be an asylum seeker in Britain today and much more. Pick up your free copy today.
JESUIT MISSIONS RUNNERS
Jesuit Missions is currently recruiting runners for the 2017 London Marathon, to be held on April 23rd. Every year Jesuit Missions fields a team of up to 25 runners who raise funds to support our work around the world and in 2016, the team helped to raise nearly £50,000 in aid of the global refugee crisis. If you are interested in applying for a place on our team or to find out more information, please contact email@example.com.
COME AND SEE - BECOMING A PERMANENT DEACON
Men wanting to know more about the permanent diaconate are invited to come to a two hour meeting at Ealing Abbey Parish Centre, Charlbury Grove, W5 2DY on Saturday 29th April from 10am to noon. No booking needed. Wives welcome. Contact details, Deacon Adrian Cullen 07961 594725 or Deacon Anthony Clark 07545 373548.
A RETREAT WITH A DIFFERENCE
A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30 April (6pm) – Saturday 6 May (2pm). Thene: God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time, by Mgr. Keith Barltrop. Foyer retreats are held mainly in silence, with three talks a day, and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ. For further information or to book a place, contact Mgr. Barltrop: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FARM STREET SVP DINNER
The Fundraising Dinner for the St Vincent de Paul Society of Farm Street Church will be on, Thursday, 4th May at The Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall. Black tie: 7.00pm for 7.45pm. Guest speaker the Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve, QC, MP. Tickets £90, suggested donation £40. Tickets on sale at email@example.com https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/farm-street-svp-fundraising-dinner-tickets-32499719536.
Organised by Simon and Gillian Johnson. All proceeds will support the work of the SVP with the homeless in Mayfair.
SVP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The St Vincent de Paul in this parish are looking for more volunteers to participate in their visiting/befriending programme. They receive referrals from social services about people living in central London who are elderly, lonely and often confined to their own homes. Volunteers are asked to visit someone regularly (e.g. an hour once a week or every other week). If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Sandra McNally: tel. 07779 078933. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
ST VINCENT DE PAUL VACANCY
The St Vincent de Paul Society in this parish is looking for more volunteers to participate in its visiting/befriending programme. It receives referrals from social services about people living in central London who are elderly, lonely and often confined to their own homes. Volunteers are asked to visit someone regularly (e.g. an hour once a week or every other week). If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Sandra McNally: tel. 07779 078933. Email: email@example.com
Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Lisieux, Paris, Nevers, Rocamadour by Luxury Coach from 27th May to 3rd June for £679 including all excursions, travelling from London E13
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 4th September to 12th September for £1.197 including all excursions, flying from London Heathrow.
Pilgrimage to Fatima celebrating 100 years of Fatima from 26th November to 2nd December for £689 including all excursions, flying from London Heathrow.
For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 020 8472 0843 or 07 8590 27301
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED PILGRIMAGE TO LEBANON
Aid to the Church Need Pilgrimage to Lebanon: June 12th - 20th: see Fr Dominic for details.
There will be an ACN pilgrimage to Lebanon in June with Fr Dominic Robinson SJ. The proposed nine-day itinerary will include visits to ACN project partners, as well as places of historical importance including: Beirut, Sidon & Tyre, Beiteddine, Byblos, The Qadisha Valley and more... For details go to http://www.acnuk.org/events.php/448/aid-to-the-church-in-need-pilgrimage-to-lebanon
or speak to Fr Dominic.
A Walking Pilgrimage in the steps of St Ignatius of Loyola in Catalunya, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver at Verdu to Montserrat, Manresa and Barcelona. Led by Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ, and Josephine Siedlecka, and arranged by Pax Travel
24th September - 7th October.
If interested please see Fr Dominic and the information brochures at the exits of the church
We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.
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.
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
114 Mount Street , London W1K3AH
Bookings:You can book for any of these events online
Information: 020 7495 1673 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bereavement and Loss Group
Thursday 4th May 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 email@example.com or 0208 989 3142 for more details.
What Did the Scripture Mean to Jesus?
Facilitated by John Huntriss
Thursdays May 4th -25th, 7-8.30pm
The Bible Jesus knew.
Why does the Old Testament matter to Christians?
An explorer's guide through the jungle of the Old Testament for readers of the New.
Discerning my Direction as a Young Adult: Making Choices in a Busy Life (for Young Adults aged 18-35)
Facilitated by Lynne Baron fcJ
Saturday 6th May 10.30am-2.30pm
Life is full of choices, some of which are really important! It can be a challenge to have a clear sense of what is the ‘better thing’ to choose, and to make choices in the light of our faith, trying to involve God in our decision making.
Have you ever felt that life is running away with you and that faced with so many choices it can be hard to find the time and space to make decisions well?
In this workshop we will look at Ignatian discernment, have an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which we make choices, and learn some practical ways in which we can make choices based on our relationship with God.
Jesus Christ – The Almost Complete Biography
Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ
Wednesdays May 10th -24th, 7-8.30pm
Jesus Christ's life comes in three chapters – from the beginning of time until he was conceived by Mary; his life as a human being on earth, and from then until the end of time. Each chapter is different. In the first, we can look especially at his role in creation, and the events leading up to his birth. Then we follow the life of a man like us in everything but sin, as he lives his life and carries out his mission, and we consider how we his followers can be like him; and then how he continues his work today, but in a more mysterious way, as we work with him to build the kingdom of God.
Ignatian Retreat Day
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 13th May 11 am-4pm
These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.
There is no need to book for these days, just come along.
Discerning God’s Invitation
Facilitated by Sheelagh Daly
Saturday 27th May 11am-4pm
This workshop aims to help participants become aware of and hopefully overcome some of the things that might hinder their response to God’s invitations in daily life.
We will consider various types of behaviour and how such behaviours may hinder our ability to respond fully to God’s invitation. We will also focus on how assertive techniques can help us to respond authentically to God’s invitation and how we can respond assertively to God, to others and to ourselves - saying yes to God and no to things which are other than God’s invitation.
The Ignatian Way - Young Adult Walking Pilgrimage
29th June to 9th July 2017
Join Sr. Anouska fcJ, Fr, Peter Randall SJ and a group of young adults aged 18-35 as they walk the third part of The Ignatian Way from Gallur to Lleida in Northern Spain.
For more information email Sr. Anouska on firstname.lastname@example.org