Newsletter – 11th February 2018 – 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Leviticus 13:1-2. 44-46    Psalm 31

1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 Mark 1:40-45


On Wednesday next, we begin Lent. It may seem that only yesterday when we were celebrating Christmas. The gospel readings of the five “Sundays of Ordinary Time” we have heard since then, help us prepare for Lent.

On the first, Jesus speaks his first words in John’s gospel, asking: “What do you want?” (John 1:38). This is a question worth asking ourselves whenever we pray. On the Sunday following, we heard Jesus’ first words in Mark’s gospel, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). They reminded us that since the coming of Jesus Christ into our world, we live in the new age of the kingdom. It demands our response. The four disciples called to follow Jesus, leaving their fishing behind, invite us to join them (Mark 1:16-20).

On the two Sundays following, we heard Mark’s story of one day in the life of Jesus. He began it in a synagogue. First, we hear about his teaching. His was not like that of contemporary scribes; he was teaching with authority. We are not yet told what he taught. Rather we learn of a dramatic confrontation. With brief words of rebuke, Jesus expels an unclean spirit from a man. This spirit recognises Jesus as “the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:21-28). Then Jesus goes on the move; he enters a house where he cures Simon’s mother-in-law of a fever. Then we find him out in public with the whole town crowding round the door of the house and he heals all who were sick and possessed. The evangelist is teaching us what the kingdom of God is about and how its power is exercised in the person of Jesus (Mark 1:29-34).

Then we come down to earth and are reminded that this Jesus is not just some divine superman. He needed to pray and this he does in a desert place “long before dawn”. This prayer anticipates Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane the night before he died. As then, he had company, but here it was the uninvited company of “Simon and his companions” who went out in search of him. They tell him what he had to do: “everybody is looking for you”. They wanted more healings and exorcisms. He wanted people to “repent and believe in the gospel”. This, he said, was “why I came” (Mark 1:35-39).

This pre-Lent Sunday, we conclude Mark’s first chapter with Jesus’ encounter with a leper.  Lepers were excluded from society (Leviticus 13:45-46).  This man pleaded with Jesus to be cleansed. Jesus obliges and tells him to conform to the law by reporting to the priests his liberation from his disease. But Jesus brought this about at a cost. He himself had to “stay outside in places where nobody lived” (Mark 1:40-45). The future cross is casting its shadow.
May Mark’s reports of the dramatic, even frantic, activity of Jesus at the start of his public ministry, lead us to a deeper knowledge of his person and his mission.  What do we want in this coming Lenten season (John 1:38)?

Fr. Peter Edmonds, S.J.

We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30 pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250.  

Our area Bishop, Nicholas Hudson, will be with us TODAY on “Visitation” during which he will preside and preach at most of our Masses.  The Visitation is primarily an expression of our unity with the diocese and gives the area bishop at first hand the opportunity to experience the rich life and diversity of our parish on a typical weekend.  He has offered 4 – 5pm this Sunday February 11th to meet with any individual parishioner in confidence.  If you would like an appointment please contact the parish office.

Fr Conor Harper, SJ, Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Blessed John Sullivan, SJ will preach at the 11am Mass Next Sunday February 18th. He will then give a short talk afterwards in the Meeting Room on Bl John, who was received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Farm Street in 1896 and was declared Blessed in 2017.  All welcome.

Ash Wednesday, FEBRUARY 14
This is a day of fasting and abstinence.  Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses: 8am, 1.05pm, and 6pm.

The Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping has a talk in its ‘Post-Truth World’ series for early, from 7pm to 9 pm in March 8th.  Pat Riordan SJ on ‘Taking Back Control:  Illusions of Autonomy’
See website for more details:

Following the successful restoration of the colours and gold leaf to the Pugin high altar, plans have been approved by the Historic Churches Committee to replace the front facing altar in the sanctuary (which is made from concrete blocks faced with marble and fibreglass), clean and repair the marble floor thus revealed, and provide a new altar of carved stone.  You can read about this project on the noticeboard near the Martyrs’ Chapel.

Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder will address the subject:
‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.
Tuesday March 6th at 7pm in the Hall. Mass in the church at 6pm; buffet reception to follow.
All most welcome.

All are invited to come and “Meet the Neighbours” here at Farm Street Church on Monday, 12th March at 6.45pm (following 6pm Mass to which all are welcome).

The visit will include

  • Welcome & Introduction to “Farm Street today”
  • The Mount Street Jesuit Centre
  • Farm Street & the English Jesuits in History
  • Tour of the church
  • Evening Prayer in the Roman Rite
  • Buffet

This is an initiative of Churches Together in Westminster called “Meet the Neighbours”. For catering purposes, if you are attending, please contact Scott McCombe at
tel (020) 7529-4829 by 7th March.

Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York.  June 8th – 13th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003;  For full details visit

Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.  September 23rd – October 6th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003;  For full details visit

The Companions of the Order of Malta mission is ‘To practise our faith, and to practise charity.’ Open to all, they are inviting to join in their work around the country helping the elderly, poor, homeless and marginalised.  Just visit


We are delighted to welcome the epic work In Memoriam, of the Last Supper, a very important modern masterpiece on long loan by our artist in residence Andrew White. The painting has been displayed for a few years in Walsingham and is now available for viewing in the St. Aloysius chapel. You can read about this painting at

The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to monthly reflections using Building A Bridge, a book by Fr James Martin SJ. These will take place in the Hall, 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Thursdays. The dates are:  22nd February, 22nd March, 26th April, 24th May, 21st June, 26th July, 20th September, 25th October, 22nd November, 20th December and 24th January 2019. Light refreshments available from 6.30pm, sessions start promptly at 7pm. For more information please contact  / 020 8986 0807

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Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or 

Our Regular Events

• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Please note change of times)
(Next meeting: February 21, 2018)

Mental Health Awareness

Facilitated by Malachy Keegan

Saturday 17th February 11am-4pm

The workshop is a Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health Awareness.  It will also help those who already have a sense of the importance of psychological development, to deepen their understanding and their appreciation of how human beings grow, change, become unwell, become better and meet the challenges of life.  The course will explain, in simple terms, the process of healthy and happy human development from early to later life, what might go wrong and how the damage can be repaired.  It will be of particular use to anyone who works with people in a pastoral or caring situation.

Lent Retreat in Daily Life

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Launch on Saturday 17th February 7-8.30pm

An opportunity to become more aware of God in your day-to-day life and in your prayer. Whether you find it difficult to pray; can never find time for prayer; are not sure what prayer is; would like to discover more about different ways of praying; or would like to deepen your prayer, this retreat is for you.

You will meet your guide and arrange the specific time and room to meet each week.

The retreat will end with a gathering of everyone on Saturday 24th March 7pm.

Another Look at Why Jesus Died: At-One-Ment

Facilitated by David Cherry

Saturday 24th February 11am-4pm

People wonder why Jesus had to die.  It seems implausible that there is a God who demands a price for sin who you could actually love.  As Holy Week draws near here is an opportunity to reimagine salvation, to think and begin to feel your faith in a freeer way.


Lenten Retreat (for Young Adults aged 18-35)

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ

Saturday 3rd March 10.30am-2.30pm

An invitation to journey deeper into the season of Lent and what it means for you. The retreat will include input about and experience of prayer, silence and sharing.

Please bring a journal and a pen with you as well as your packed lunch. Drinks will be provided.

Dorothy Day: Following Christ to the Margins

Facilitated by Martin Newell

Saturday 3rd March 11am-4pm

After Dorothy, no one can say that they do not know how to combine faith and politics in the modern world.  Learn what it means to follow the poor Christ where he led, to the margins, which is a great place to be, to pray, and to read the Gospels, the Scriptures and the lives of the Saints.

The Passion in the Gospel of Mark

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays, March 6 – 27, 11am-1pm

repeated Wednesdays, March 7 – 28, 7-8.30pm

Prepare to celebrate the drama of Holy Week and Easter in the company of Mark.

This short course looks at how Mark tells the story of Jesus’ last hours.


More upcoming events on


“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”


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

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