Newsletter - 12th November, 2017










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The death of a loved one is something we all have to endure at least once in our lives.  One thing it often does is change our lives irreversibly.  It will never be the same again.  And through the absence and the grief somehow we have to work through what goes on in the innermost part of ourselves.  We have to draw on all the inner resources we have, including, for us Christians, our faith.  At a time of loss, with all the inner turmoil, we’re often naturally called to ask ourselves what we really believe about life and death, about what death means, the afterlife, – heaven, hell, the last things.  The last things as it were, enter into the midst of our lives, and we face our own mortality. 


No surprise then that the scriptures and Our Lord’s teaching in particular draws us into a reflection on this at certain points.  And in the Church’s cycle November, and the time preceding the turn of the year and another new Advent, is a time for this theme to be pondered and to be reflected on as part of the mystery of our faith.  The Gospel this Sunday invites us to be prepared because we do not know the day or the hour.  And, as we progress towards Advent, the readings will seamlessly move us to a reflection on the end times, encouraging us to a greater hope in what is prepared for us as well as looking forward to the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time. 


In the midst of all this, November is set aside in the Catholic devotional tradition for praying for the holy souls in purgatory; those blessed souls we believe are being purified so they may be drawn into the eternal life our Lord has invited them to enjoy.  We pray that those who have gone before us may be prepared to experience his loving embrace and be released from what holds them back from it, and we believe our prayers, especially in the greatest prayer of the sacrifice of the Mass, can make a difference. 


And, woven into this, this weekend in our country, we mark Remembrance Sunday, remembering and praying for all those who fell in the wars of this century.  Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our peace and security reminds us to stay awake ourselves to use our lives for the good of others.  Those who gave their lives for us are a witness to the Christian Gospel but this is also a weekend when those Christian values of self-sacrifice are shared with people of other faiths and of none.  Remembering the dead, being inspired by their witness and praying for a lasting peace brings Christians and others together.  So as a Catholic community who in November are especially mindful of all that reflecting on death and dying evokes in us we join with the nation prayerfully in remembering their inspiring witness. 

Remembrance Weekend is also a time to recall the horror of war and armed conflict.  It is a time to pray for peace.  Many of us will have first or second hand experience of the terrible reality of armed conflict, be it in the world wars of the last century or more recently in The Falklands, Afganistan, Iraq, conflicts which still evoke much ethical debate on their justification but were innocent people, as in all wars, died and suffered on all sides.  In an unstable world we are called to pray this weekend that peace will prevail through good diplomacy, work for reconciliation, building bridges rather than creating walls of division. 


As we remember our dead, and especially those who fell in recent wars and conflicts, may we be consoled by the promise of eternal life and inspired by those who have gone before us to live lives which promote the values of Christ’s Kingdom, a kingdom of eternal rest and peace. 


Fr. Dominic Robinson, S.J.




The Christian people of the Holy Land have been under increasing economic and political pressure in the past 75 years, when the Christian population there has fallen steadily. FHL was established in 2009 to help and encourage Christians to flourish in the land of their birth, to ensure a secure presence where Christianity began. Their work is entirely non-political, and has the backing and blessing of Anglican and Catholic Bishops in England, Wales, Scotland and elsewhere. There will be an appeal at all Masses next week



We heard this week that former resident sacristan Patrick King died on 2nd November in his home in Richmond.  Mr King was sacristan at Farm Street Church for about ten years from 1985 and was well known by Jesuits and parishioners alike, as was his dog, Mollie.  His Requiem Mass will be at Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Sheen, though the date is not yet known. May he Rest in Peace.



During the month of November names of departed family and friends may be written in the Book of Remembrance in the Calvary Chapel at the back of the church. They will be prayed for at the altar every day and a Sunday Mass will be offered for them throughout the month. Pages from the book will be placed on the altar as soon as they are full. Please remember that individual Masses can also be requested. Fill in a request envelope available at the doors.




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”, 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"



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:


‘Portraits of Syria’, an exhibition of paintings by Syrian artist Farid Georges evoking the emotional realities of the Syrian conflict including the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt, SJ , will be held on our Ground Floor Gallery November 15th – 26th to coincide with the Aid to the Church in Need/ Christian Solidarity Worldwide initiative #Red Wednesday (Nov 22nd) when buildings, including Farm Street Church, will be illuminated red to highlight the persecution of Christians and religious freedom.  There will be a talk on the exhibition on Sunday November 19th at 12:30pm in the Meeting Room.  All are welcome.



Information Evening on the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius from Verdú to Manresa (of September 23rd – October 6th 2018) with presentations, video, and Catalan food and wine.  Farm Street Church Hall. November 16th at 6:45pm.  For catering purposes please book through; tel: (020)-7529-4802



Together we can demonstrate to the public our solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters in the wider world who are being persecuted and murdered for their faith. For more information please contact Cedric Stephens the event co-ordinator on (020) 7637 7468.The “Procession of Witness” will be held on Saturday, 18th November.

Assemble All Saints Church, Margaret Street W1W 8JG at 12.45pm.
Depart 1pm to the Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch, via Oxford Street.

Arrive approx. 2.30pm.



Come and See,” said Jesus!  A vocation discernment retreat day for single, Catholic women desiring to understand God’s call in life . November 18th. Newman House, the Catholic Chaplaincy for London’s Universities 111 Gower Street WC1E 6AR. 10am to 5pm. Sponsored by the Sisters of Bon Secours. Register: For details email Sr. Pat Dowling .


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!


This programme is for teenagers aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2018.

The new teenage programme begins in January 2018 and classes are held on a Sunday morning after the 9.30am Mass. The programme will end in June 2018.

To register, collect a registration form at the Parish Reception at 114, Mount Street and return it by 26th November 2017.



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



This major project continues until the end of November to replace the church lighting with up-to-date low-power equipment, with new wiring throughout the church. Scaffolding will be erected on Mondays and removed at the end of Fridays so that we are clear for the weekends.  The St Ignatius Chapel is not accessible during these months.  The icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been moved to the Calvary Chapel.  Access to the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat can be provided on request.



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



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).


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
Bookings:You can book for any of these events online
Information: 020 7495 1673 or



Our Regular Events


Midday Meditation Every Tuesdays, but None this 14th November

Turn Aside – A Gentle & Reflective Space every 1st Tuesday of each month 2-4pm (Next meeting: December 5, 2017)

Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed 3rd Wednesday of each month 11am-4pm (Next meeting: November 15, 2017)

Faith Sharing Group to reflect on and learn more about your faith - For Young Adults aged 18-35 Fridays, every fortnight 6-7pm (Next meeting: November 17, 2017)


Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Wednesday 15th November 11am-4pm,

3rd Wednesday of each month

We offer the opportunity to ‘Come, rest, be refreshed’ and ‘Receive at this well whatever God’s gift is for you’. A space for:

  • Silence & rest
  • To pray or just to ‘be’.


Psalms New and Old

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton and Rachel Spence

Saturday 18th November 11am-4pm

The psalms are the bedrock of Christian worship, perhaps most notably in religious / monastic circles but also as a prayerful resource in all sorts of situations.  Our workshop aims to uncover some of the riches of this vast heritage using a variety of translations and approaches.  Times of group prayer as well as opportunities for individual prayer, silence and for writing our own psalms. 


Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Facilitated by team members

Fridays 22nd November-13th December 11am-12.30pm

‘Lord Teach us to Pray’ was a request put to Jesus by his first disciples. 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.



Coping with Loss

Facilitated by Margaret Philpot

Saturday 25th November 11am-4pm

The sense of loss has many forms, and is an integral part of our journey through life. During the day we shall look at the theory of loss, the dynamic aspects of the grief process, and also raise awareness of our own unique experiences



Words of Life: Encountering God in Scripture - A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway and Sheelagh Daly

Saturday 2nd December 11am-4pm

In his Spiritual Exercises St Ignatius offers us a way of encountering Jesus in the Gospels that enables us to meet Jesus for ourselves, he calls this way Imaginative Contemplation. During this day we will introduce this method of prayer, guide participants through the prayer and share together something of the fruits of this experience.



Advent Retreat (for young adults aged 18-35)

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ

Saturday 2nd December 10.30am-2.30pm

This is an invitation to journey deeper into the season of Advent and what it means for you. The retreat will include input and experience of prayer, silence and sharing



Paintings for Prayer and Meditation in Advent

Facilitated by Geoff Wheaton SJ

Monday 4th December 7-8.30pm

A reflective presentation of several visual images, enabling us to gain a deeper appreciation of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus among us, enabling us to enter into a deeper encounter with the wonder of this season. 




More upcoming events on

Contact information

114 Mount Street

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685


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