Newsletter – 24th February 2018 – 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT



Genesis 22:1-2. 9-13. 15-18    Psalm 115

Romans 8:31-34        Mark 9:2-10


This year’s Landings Lecture will be given by Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder, on the subject: ‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.  This is a vital topic for us all in the Church as it invites us to consider how as individuals and as a faith community we reach out to others.  Landings aims to fill a gap in the Church by providing a compassionate, sensitive, honest space to accompany those who are considering returning to more regular practice of the faith.  The programme aims to truly accompany those who need time, space and compassionate listening through small group work, as they make the journey back to a parish community.  Landings, however, only works within the context of a parish community which is welcoming to all and aims to reach out beyond itself to those who may be curious about our faith and life.  Our new glass doors at Farm Street represent what we are called to be.  A faith community which looks out into the world and whose doors are always open for people to come and see.  Those who ‘return’ to church may not have previously been Catholic and not drifted away for whatever reason.  Those who come may not have been brought up Christian at all.  Such enquirers require a fuller teaching programme as part of their welcome.  Our aim however is very similar.  Above all to be a place of welcome where people feel they can be accompanied in various ways. 


This is very much the vision of Pope Francis for our Church.  It is, as Dr Ivereigh will discuss in the Landings Lecture, a vision of Church which requires a “pastoral conversion” expressed in a missionary going-out to the excluded, offering a personal encounter with Jesus, and a building of bonds in an age of increasing displacement. The parish community is the place where this broader pastoral vision is to be played out locally.  Sometimes we hear the question asked: “Why have so many stopped practising the Catholic faith?”  “What will attract them to come back?”  These are questions I hear all the time.  From committed Catholics of all generations, from other Christians and people of faith.  From those who have no formal connection with the Church I have often met at a Wedding or Memorial Service reception or at a social event.  Such discussions are often really enlightening.  I learn a lot from hearing of people’s need for a faith that is lived in the real, for a Church that is truly welcoming and which is called to continue to recognise where it has caused hurt and driven people away.  To address these questions is surely vital to the future of the faith community.  Pope Francis is continuing to offer us inspiration and encouragement to engage with these questions and to propose answers to them from the experience of our pastoral practice rooted in a picture of the Church as local and global, welcoming in and sending out, faithful to our tradition yet with doors open to the outside world.  The vision grapples with tensions which are real yet propose a programme of evangelisation and pastoral outreach which is close and concrete.  In seeing the Church as principally a field hospital she is above all to show the human face of God. 


This is why it is a great privilege and pleasure to continue to develop the Landings programme in the UK from its now established base at Farm Street and so to host this now annual Landings Lecture.  Please make sure you put the date in your diary for what should be an inspiring evening on a topic which highlights what we are all about as a faith community and what with the guidance of the Holy Spirit we aim to be. 


To book a place, contact our parish administrator Scott McCombe at or on (020)-7529-4829. The recommended donation to cover costs, including the buffet supper to follow, is £10.


Fr Dominic Robinson SJ



CAFOD is working with poor communities around the world on our behalf, helping them to tackle poverty and injustice.

The Holy Father had announced that last Friday (23rd February) was to be kept as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan where CAFOD has active projects. Please continue keeping both countries in your prayers as you return your CAFOD Fast Day envelope this weekend 24th -25th February.




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




A few weeks ago, you may have heard the Cardinal’s Pastoral Letter, in which he spoke of the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal in support of key areas of work in our Diocese.

Please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass today.  During Lent, and in the spirit of sacrifice, sharing and almsgiving, please consider designating your Lenten sacrifice to the Cardinal’s Appeal.




This will be a workshop on Pope Francis and the Evangelising Mission of the Church with Brian Purfield on February 26th at 11:00-1:00pm
at the Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. This short talk explores some of the key themes of the papacy of Pope Francis, with particular focus on the theme of evangelisation and the Pope’s call for a Church of missionary disciples and a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. There is a suggested donation of £4.00. Registration is required via email: or leave a message at 020 7931 6078.




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.




This lecture will be on Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm by Professor Roger Trigg on “Cakes, Conscience and Freedom”. Professor Trigg is the author of “Equality, Freedom and Religion”. He will address the tension between freedom of religion and the principles of equality and non-discrimination in cases such as Ashers Bakery (the so-called “gay cake” case) in the UK. Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG

(off Trafalgar Square).  Free admission followed by a Reception. Please register on Eventbrite or contact 020 8749 1321 or




There will be an exhibition on the life and legacy of Cardinal Henry Manning (Archbishop of Westminster 1865-1892) in Farm Street Church on March 3rd -23rd. It is a great privilege to host this important exhibition remembering the huge contribution of this great figure in London’s social history and the history of the Catholic Church in England. The Exhibition will be introduced with a talk on Cardinal Manning by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Westminster Diocesan Archivist, in the church on Monday March 5th at 6:45pm.  All welcome. 




On March 7th at 6.30pm, an evening of prayer and music has been organised at Grosvenor Chapel as part of their Lenten “Faith through the Arts” Series.

You are invited to join the congregation at the Grosvenor Chapel for ecumenical Vespers, during which music by James MacMillan will be sung, for which our choir will combine with the chapel singers.  Then meet with the composer James MacMillan and hear him talk about his approach to sacred music.  Both Farm Street Church and the Grosvenor Chapel are sponsoring the evening.



There are Stations of the Cross on Fridays throughout Lent at 12:30pm (this replaces Exposition on those days).



Join The Cantus Ensemble for a Spring concert of ethereal and exquisite choral works on Saturday 10th March, 7.30pm. For their first performance at Farm Street Church, Cantus will sing Britten’s whimsical Rejoice in the Lamb alongside his Hymn to St Cecilia, James MacMillian’s soaring Strathclyde Motets, Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence and more. Do join for what promises to be a special evening of choral music from one of London’s leading chamber choirs. Tickets can be bought online:


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.


“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”

CD visual


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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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: March 21, 2018)


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.

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 1st March 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 0190 323 3904 for more details.


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 10th March 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.


Preparing to Pray the Triduum (for Young Adults aged 18-35)

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ

Saturday 24th March 10.30am-2.30pm

The Easter Triduum is the high point of the Church’s year, one celebration in three very distinct phases.  Before entering into this year, join with other young adults and take time to reflect and share on what it means for you.


Growing in Awareness – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Helen Davies and Lynne Galloway

Saturday 24th March 11am-4pm

This one day workshop, designed for those with little or no experience of praying the Ignatian examen, or those who wish to look at other ways in which it can be used, will give a brief overview of the prayer, as well as providing the opportunity to practically use this approach and share our experiences with others.


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