Newsletter - 21st May, 2017







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It was a wonderful joy and privilege to be at St Francis Xavier, Gardiner St, the Jesuit  church in the centre of Dublin last Saturday to see Fr John Sullivan  SJ, who died in 1933, declared ‘blessed’ by Pope Francis.  I was there representing Farm Street along with Br James Hodkinson SJ of the Mount Street Jesuit Community and Miss Felicity Ann Croft from the Parish.  The term ‘blessed’ means that a man or woman is considered to be truly holy and worthy of veneration at a local level.


Blessed John Sullivan, however, already has a much wider reach than Dublin or Ireland or the Catholic Church.  Because it was at Farm Street that in 1896 Fr John Gavin SJ received Blessed John into the Roman Catholic Church.  John Sullivan had been a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn and, during his time in London, had a conversion experience.  This conversion, however, should not be regarded as turning his back on his Anglican roots, where he had learnt his Christian faith.  Rather it was a turning his back on what was a brilliant legal career and London social life to a profound commitment to Gospel values, especially to a humble service of the sick and poor.  In 1900 John Sullivan entered the Irish Jesuit novitiate and spent the rest of his life committed to an untiring attention to the sick and the poor, for most of the time at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare.  So it was in an unprecedented ecumenical gesture that the request of Pope Francis to declare John Sullivan blessed was made jointly by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. 


The principal celebrant at the Beatification Mass, representing Pope Francis, was Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  In his homily Cardinal Amato spoke of Fr John’s example of practising with perfection the ‘evangelical virtues’, that is of the values of the Gospel, through the particular choice of life he made as a professed priest in a religious order, that was for him the Jesuits.  The Cardinal stressed how this was for him a life of true humility, not seeking the limelight but living out the Gospel in simple ways and always seeking out those who were weak and lonely, be it in Clongowes Wood College itself or the local area.  As such Blessed John is an example to all of us of how we can live out the Gospel more closely whatever we do, wherever we live. 


After the Ceremony itself the vast congregation, made up mainly of local people, many of whom later were recounting how a relative or friend had known Fr John himself in his lifetime or had prayed to him for favours, prayed at Blessed John’s tomb in the church and a relic of Blessed John’s hair, which was kept by his barber, Charlie Barrett, was brought to the altar and venerated.


Then a Reception was held at Croke Park Gaelic Football Stadium at which Fr Leonard Moloney, SJ, the Superior of the Jesuits in Ireland, thanked all those who had been involved over so many years in promoting the cause for the Beatification of Fr John Sullivan.  In the speeches Fr Leonard also welcomed Miss Croft, Br James and me as the Farm Street and Jesuits in Britain link and the family descendants of Blessed John, all of whom are living in London and whom it was a great pleasure and privilege to meet. 


Please do visit the noticeboard in the Calvary Chapel at the back of Farm Street Church for more information on Blessed John Sullivan and to pray through his intercession for favours. 

Blessed John Sullivan, pray for us.    


Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ

During the month of May why not try to pray the rosary every day?  Each week day of the month there will be prayers with the Rosary after the 6pm Mass


We need help at the front reception on Tuesday, Friday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm and Sunday between 9:30am and 12:30pm, on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250. 



Learn practical approaches to evangelisation from the founder of Mission of the Redeemer Ministries in Canada, Michael Dopp.   His programme, Relit - the heart of Evangelisation! Trains evangelisation teams to be active evangelists.   Please join on 24 May, 2017 at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec. SW17 8BS   5:30pm8:45pm £15 includes light supper. To register:


On Thursday 25 May at the Portuguese Ambassador’s Residence, 12 Belgrave Square , black tie, reception and concert by the Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble. Tickets £75, suggested donation £25, available from BJA President, Bernard Thompson at The British Jesuit Alumni/Eagle Aid is a registered charity formed in 1989 for the relief of overseas poverty and famine and welcoming alumni and friends from the five Jesuit secondary school in the UK. Proceeds from this event will go to the ongoing work of Sr Rudo at the Stomacare Clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe, and other BJA/Eagle Aid projects.


We remember last year’s big production concert by Armel Yoro our parish secretary and sacristan, who is also a song-writer and composer. Come and join him (Armel Paul Marie) and his companions for a free live band Praise and Worship in front of the Blessed Sacrament at the NIGHT CHURCH evangelisation event in Leicester Square on FRIDAY 26TH MAY, 7PM. It will start with a light supper at 7.00pm in the ground floor of the church in Maison Pierre Channel. The music begins in the church at 8pm and will end at 10.30pm as well as street evangelisation. All are welcome! Venue: Notre Dame De France, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX.


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 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.


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


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



Martyrs and Exiles: Christian and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East.

Gerard Russell – Former British and UN Diplomat.  Author of “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms” (Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East).

John Pontifex – Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need UK.  The situation in Aleppo and plans for displaced Christians to return to the Nineveh Plains.

Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street (off Trafalgar Square), London SW1Y 4HG. Thursday 1 June at 6.30pm.  Free Admission.  All Welcome.  Please register on Eventbrite or on 020 8749 1321 or at



Monday 5th June, 6:45 – 8:45pm, in Farm Street Church Hall. A panel of 4 guests:

- Cathy Corcoran (CEO, Cardinal Hume Centre)

- Melanie McDonagh (Leader Writer, Evening Standard)

- Rt Rev John Sherrington (Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster)

 - Revd Lucy Winkett (Rector, St James's, Piccadilly)

All welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the issues surrounding the General Election.  Recommended donation: £7 on the door.  Booking is essential via


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

or speak to Fr Dominic.  


This very successful course, which has been running at Mount Street Jesuit Centre for the past twelve years, offers experiences of different ways of praying, reflecting and listening, so as to foster the connection between life and prayer. It is an opportunity to discover and develop our understanding of the spirituality taught by St Ignatius of Loyola, that of ‘Finding God in all Things’ and it is experiential – you can only experience Ignatian Spirituality, you cannot be taught it. The 2017/18 course runs

Tuesday daytime: 11am – 1pm, from 12th September 2017 to 3rd July 2018,

Or Thursday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm, from 14th September 2017 to 5th July 2018.

In addition, there will be three Saturday sessions 11am-4pm, one in each term. To apply for this course it is essential to complete an application form, available from reception, the back of the church, or from the website  and return it to Mount Street Jesuit Centre by 19th June.


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).


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

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.


A Love Shared – Celebrating the Gift of the Eucharist

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 3rd June 11 am-4pm

This is a celebration, and a preparation for the following feast day of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, which starts in the evening.    As well as theology and Scripture, there will be time for reflection, for some music, and some pictures which help us to understand more deeply the gift of the Eucharist which we celebrate the next day.


Alexander Technique and Mindfulness

Facilitated by Chris Goodchild

Saturday 10th June 11am-4pm
The Alexander Technique is Mindfulness embodied. Seen in this context the body can become a vehicle for transformation and self-discovery. Through the mindful presence and skilful touch of the Alexander Technique teacher's hands, a very new way of being is conveyed to the pupil. This new way of being enables us to use ourselves more economically and efficiently in all areas of our life. This course will explore in detail how the Alexander Technique evolved, how it can be applied and, most importantly, how it can be combined with mindfulness in giving us tools to be more present in life.


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 10th June 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.


The Work of the Holy Spirit

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Saturday 17th June 11am-4pm

At the very beginning of time, the Holy Spirit hovered over the chaos, and the process of building our world began.  The gospels recount how the Spirit came to Mary, the mother-to-be of Jesus Christ, and then led Jesus through his preparation for the work the Father gave him to do.  The Spirit continues that work down to our present day, guiding us in our lives, and helping us to pray, especially when times are difficult. This programme celebrates the feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down visibly on the first disciples of Jesus.  As well as considering the Spirit in scripture, and in theology, there will be time for reflection, for some music, and some pictures to contemplate which will help us all to be guided by the Spirit.


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

Contact information

114 Mount Street

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685


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