Newsletter - August, 2017




Welcome to Farm Street Church!


We are on a summer break during the vacation period and most of our activities are on hold, but we hope you will find everything you need for prayer, worship and the deepening of Faith.


We especially welcome our summer visitors from outside London to this historic church.


The Jesuit priests who have the care of the parish look forward to meeting you and are available at the doors of the church after all the Sunday Masses. 


Music at 11.00 Mass

The choir will continue to sing at the 11.00am Sung Latin Masses, supported by the Fr Anthony Meredith SJ Music Fund.

With great thanks to the donors who enabled this to happen.



Wishing you all every blessing!





Next Programme 2017/18

Start date: 1th October 2017

Celebration: 20th May 2018

If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us at / Tel.02074937811 (Tuesdays and Fridays) to request an Application Form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street.  


Forms must be returned by:

24th September 2017.



The free summer edition of Jesuits and Friends is now available.  Inside, Fr Dermot Preston SJ shares his thoughts as he comes to the end of six-year Provincialate. There is also an introduction to Fr Damian Howard SJ, the new provincial.

Please feel free to take one home.


Justice and Peace will visit Calais in the last week of August (28th -1st September). Please transport them to their office during August (phone 0208 888 4222 or St John Vianney Parish 0208 888 5518) for storage.   Or if you decide to make the trip yourself with goods, contact Bro Johannes to arrange a convenient time:  0033 6 68 04 33.  170 Rue Anatole France Calais. 


For Personal use:  Shower gel, shampoo, toothbrushes, body cream or oil (like Vaseline, Nivea), Socks 36-43  Boxer shorts S/M  (No Large please), Sport shoes 39-40-41, pocket nail cutter, power bank mobiles.  Clothes for young men are welcome, FOR NOW ONLY small size T-shirts and jeans!  They HAVE ENOUGH TOWELS AND TOOTHPASTE!   


For the house:   Disinfectant,  All-purpose cleaner, Anti-scalant, Toilet cleaner, Washing powder or liquid (mostly color wash, Laundry Stain remover, Softener, Calgon, Washing-up liquid, Tablets and liquid for the dishwasher, Toilet paper.   


Food:   Ground Coffee.  


Donations can be made through bank transfer or Justgiving.

  • For large amounts: Association Maria Skobtsova.  Bank details:  IBAN: FR7615629026250002172700193  

BIC: CMCIFR2A Bank: CCM Calais, 85 rue Mollien, 62100 Calais, France

and of course fill in details if you are a tax payer, as then the giftaid can be applied.  APPEAL ENDS AUGUST 28th 2017.




We have begun a major project from now until 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.


This is a new foundation degree for Catholics working in healthcare and those seeking to be chaplains. Starting in October, St Mary’s University Twickenham is pleased to offer a new foundation degree in Healthcare Ethics, Theology and Care. This is a part time two-year programme for those seeking to be hospital chaplains and for people working in healthcare settings, from care homes, to hospices and hospitals. Lectures and seminars take place at St Mary’s one evening a week and additional lectures and resources are available online. If you are interested in applying or finding out more please contact




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.   


ECHO is a retreat for young adults aged 16-25. It is an opportunity to explore the beauty and depth of what the Church teaches about what is to be human, and how we can be happy. ECHO invites you to join in a journey to discover more of who you were made to be; there will be live music, sports, art, times for questions, times for prayer, times to learn and lots of good food and conversations. Ever wondered what you were made for? Want to live ‘fully alive’? Come join them to find what ECHOs in your heart. More information: /


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 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



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


Please note: there will be no Bereavement Group meeting in August.


Our programme starts in early September!


Praying with Art at Tate Britain

Facilitated by Audrey and Eamonn Hamilton

Saturday 2nd September 11am-4pm

Our day at Tate Britain will provide opportunities to ‘stand and stare’, to allow a painting or sculpture to speak to our deepest selves and, in opening ourselves to the infinite, allow God to speak to us through that process of pondering. Simply by bringing our contemplative awareness of God in all things, and of God speaking to us through our deepest desires and appreciation of beauty, we hope to open ourselves to the touch of the Divine Artist and to realise our own potential as ‘God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it’ (Ephesians 2:10)


No particular knowledge of art is required – just an openness to God’s gifts.

Please note that places are limited on this workshop and it is essential to book in advance.


Midday Meditation

Facilitated by Rachel Spence

Tuesday 5th September 1.30-2pm, every Tuesday

30 minutes of prayerful silence, introduced with a short reading from scripture or poetry.  

No need for previous experience of meditation, all are welcome, of any faith tradition or of none.


Turn Aside – A Gentle & Reflective Space

Facilitated by Rachel Spence

Tuesday 5th September 2-4pm, every 1st Tuesday of each month

These retreat afternoons offer a quiet, prayerful space for refreshment and time aside from the rush and busyness of life.  They will include times of guided prayer as well as opportunities for silence and individual reflection.  Material will include praying with scripture, poetry and art.  


Anyone wanting some prayerful time away from the rush and bustle of life is welcome!


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 7th September 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.


Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Facilitated by team members

Fridays 8th-29th September 7-8.30pm

‘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.


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9th September 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 Psalms: 150 Ways of Praying

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 12th-26th September 11am-1pm repeatedWednesdays 13th-27th September 7-8.30pm

For nearly three thousand years, men and women from diverse lands and cultures have been lifting their hearts to God by praying and singing the psalms. This short introductory course explores why these beautiful and timeless songs have such universal appeal. As we learn to make the words of the ancient psalmists our own, the psalms can set us on a pathway to deeper prayer.


Midday Meditation

Facilitated by Rachel Spence

Tuesday 12th September 1.30-2pm, every Tuesday

30 minutes of prayerful silence, introduced with a short reading from scripture or poetry.  

No need for previous experience of meditation, all are welcome, of any faith tradition or of none.


Growing in Confidence

Facilitated by Margaret Philpot

Saturday 16th September 11 am-4pm

Many of us would like to have a greater sense of confidence in ourselves. Our lives can be blighted by the stress and anxiety caused by a lack of confidence.  Whatever the cause; problems in childhood, our social background, a perceived lack of intelligence or whatever else…This workshop aims to explore some of these ideas, and perhaps to change the way we think of ourselves.


Welcome Afternoon Tea! For Young Adults aged 18-35

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcj & the Young Adult Team

Sunday 17th September 4.30-6pm

In a city like London lots of young adults are looking to connect with others.  As a welcome to the city we would like to offer a simple afternoon tea for any young adult who would like to join us and begin building community in this time and space.


Midday Meditation

Facilitated by Rachel Spence

Tuesday 19th September 1.30-2pm, every Tuesday

30 minutes of prayerful silence, introduced with a short reading from scripture or poetry.  


No need for previous experience of meditation, all are welcome, of any faith tradition or of none.


Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Wednesday 20th September 11 am-4pm, 3rd Wednesday of each month

We offer the opportunity to:

  • Come, rest, be refreshed
  • Receive at this well whatever God’s gift is for you,

On the third Wednesday of each month with input for reflection.

A space for:

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


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Contact information

114 Mount Street

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685


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