Newsletter - 19th March, 2017










5:1-2, 5-8




Why is it that we fast? Is hunger a good thing? Certainly starvation is one of the world’s great evils. Around the world, 200 million people will starve today. I come from a country where - not so very long ago - eight out of every 10 people were lost to probably the worst famine there has ever been - anywhere. Don’t try to tell us that hunger is a good thing!


But a little hunger can be a good thing. A little hunger reminds us that human food and drink sustains us only for a short time. We need something deeper to sustain us into eternal life. That is why we come to the Eucharist. So, I want to tell you about the moment when I came to understand that.

Nearly thirty years ago, I set out with a friend on a pilgrimage by bicycle from Lindisfarne to Land’s End, the length of England - a journey of over a thousand miles. After a day’s hard riding, we came to a little village high in the Peak District called Matlock to stay the night. We were tired; we were hungry; we were unhappy and we didn’t know why we were doing this stupid pilgrimage in the first place. But it was an important feast day - Corpus Christi - and we knew that the first thing we wanted to do was to go to Mass. And we knew there was a priest in the village. So after we had parked the bikes, we went and knocked on his door. He opened the door and we asked, “Is there a Mass?” He was angry at being disturbed - well maybe he had been doing something more important - and he said, “No, it was earlier - you’ve missed it; come back tomorrow.”


We didn’t say anything, but I think he could see to look at us that we were terribly disappointed. So, he changed his mind and he said he would offer a short Mass especially for us. So he brought us into the chapel and began the Mass. At the start, you could see anger and impatience in his every word and gesture. But as the Mass went on, you could see the Holy Spirit working in him, bringing him to peace. His words became slower; his gestures more solemn and reverent. And he really started to pray the Mass. We prayed with him. We received communion and prayed for a little while. And then we went on our way. And as we left, he said something beautiful, something that made me know that I too wanted to be a priest - he said, “Thank you - Thank you for being hungry for the Eucharist.”


Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to see the Spirit working in someone else? As we left the Church, I noticed that my friend now seemed much stronger, much brighter, and much more positive than when we had arrived in the village. It was only many days later that I realised that I felt it too. And we could now remember why it was important for us to do this pilgrimage. We were searching for direction - the Will of God - in our own lives. And now, in the Eucharist, we had received the food and the drink we needed for our journey - food and drink that would last us - in fact did last us - the whole journey of more than a thousand miles.


Let us give thanks to God who gives us food that even we don’t know about.


Fr Paul O’Reilly, S.J.







Having being sent forth from the parish on the 19th February and received by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the 4th March our Elect are now nearing the final stages of their preparation for Baptism.  Please pray particularly for our Elect, Ian, Gareth and Kavita who will undergo the Scrutinies at the 5.30pm Mass on each of the following Sundays (19th March, 26th March, 2nd April).  This is an important step for each of them as individuals and for us as a parish community.  Let us pray together for them at this special time.


Fr David Stewart, S.J. will be here to preach at all Masses NEXT WEEKEND about the Pope’s Prayer Network.


A talk by Tony Hickey at the invitation of Cor Christi Trinitate from 7pm on Monday 20th March in the Hall here at Farm Street. Free entrance and refreshments. For more information please contact


Cardinals Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony at Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June at 3pm.

Reminder of the deadline for couple names to be submitted for an invitation from the Cardinal is

Friday 24th March.


For 24 hours St Patrick’s, 21A Soho Square will be open with continual Eucharistic Adoration and the availability of the Sacrament of Confession.  It starts at midday on Friday the 24th March and finishes on Saturday the 25th March at 12noon with Mass for The Annunciation of the Lord.  Please take an opportunity to come and visit and to pray.


Men wanting to know more about the permanent diaconate are invited to come to a two hour meeting at St Edward the Confessor, 700 Finchley Rd, Golders Green, NW11 7NE on Saturday 25th March from 10am to 12. No booking needed. Wives welcome. Contact details Deacon Adrian Cullen 07961 594725 or Deacon Anthony Clark 07545 373548.



You are invited to view the London screening of
Ignacio de Loyola

April 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday
Venue: Regent Street Cinema 309 Regent Street London W1B 2HW. Book tickets here for

14:00 Screening / 17:30 Screening
or call the box office on 020 7911 5050


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


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 svpcharitydinner@gmail.comor

Organised by Simon and Gillian Johnson.  All proceeds will support the work of the SVP with the homeless in Mayfair.


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:


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


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:


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



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

or speak to Fr Dominic.  


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.




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


Drop-in Prayer for Lent

Facilitated by Team Members

From Monday 6th March to Wednesday 12th April, Monday (9.15am - 10.15am), Wednesday (7pm - 8pm) and Friday (12noon - 1pm)

Open to everyone, no need to book, you are welcome to just come along to one or as many as you wish. Lent actually means ‘lengthening’. It is a time when our days become longer and warmer. We hunger for new life and new growth. This takes prayer - a deepening awareness of God in our world and in our lives. Whether you:

- can never find time for prayer find it difficult to pray

- are not sure how to pray

- would like to discover different ways of praying

- would simply like to be guided in prayer with others

- these sessions are for you.

Each session will be facilitated by one of our team of trained prayer guides.

Love to come but times not possible for you? Contact us and we might be able to offer more. 



Signs of Life: Reflections on the Gospel of John

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 1st April 11am-4pm (this is a repeat of the course held on March 9th-30th)

The beloved disciple invites us to accompany him as we witness the first part of Jesus’ story. On this journey Jesus performs seven signs: changing water into wine, healing the sick, feeding the multitude, walking on water, raising a dead friend back to life – what did these extraordinary signs mean to the witnesses at the time? What do they mean for us today, both individually and as the community of the Church? Just as these signs transformed the lives of those who witnessed them in Judea, they can have a transforming effect on our lives too.

There will be presentations followed by an opportunity for questions. Handouts will be provided to help participants reflect further on material covered and these will include pointers for personal reflection and application to participants’ life-situation.



Young Adult Week of Guided Prayer (for young adults aged 18-35)

Facilitated by Stephen Hoyland and team members

Saturday 2nd April to Friday 7th April

It is a daily time of prayer (aiming at 30 minutes) and daily half-hour individual meeting with an experienced prayer guide during the week.

The core elements of the week are prayer for half-an-hour each day, reviewing how that prayer time went, and meetings with your prayer guide for a maximum of five times. Introductory and closing meetings top and tail the week with helpful suggestions for how to best live this week.


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 6th April 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 or 0208 989 3142 for more details.


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th April 11am-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.

Contact information

114 Mount Street

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685


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