Newsletter – 25th March 2018 – PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 50:4-7        Psalm 21

Philippians 2:6-11         Mark 14:1-15:47


Farm Street SketchBISHOP’S VISITATION

You will remember that our area Bishop, Rt. Rev. Nicholas Hudson, visited the parish over the weekend of February 10th/11th, during which time he was able to celebrate most of the Masses here.  Bishop Nicholas met members of the parish, including the Parish Council, the Finance Committee, volunteers, catechists, members of the LGBT group and the Young Adults.  He also met individually with Fr Dominic, Fr Chris and myself and enjoyed some recreation with members of the Jesuit Community here.  As we enter Holy Week it is good to offer thanks to the Lord for the graces and blessings He gives to us in our Parish Community as mentioned by Bishop Nicholas, and to pray that the Holy Week Liturgies will be a source of grace and transformation for those who need God’s love the most.

I am delighted to present portions of the very positive and detailed report that Bishop Nicholas has sent us.  “Thank you for a delightful weekend. It was encouraging to find the Parish in such good heart. Fr. Dominic gave me a good sense of the diversity of ministries and activities which take place in both the parish and the Mount Street Centre.  I was struck by his emphasis on ‘welcome’ and Jesuit spirituality as the keys to all the Parish and Centre are about.

I was so pleased you were able to show me all that has been achieved in the church in recent years.  The beauty of the building set off as it is by so much fine art has, I believe, very real evangelizing potential.

 

I found the congregation after every Mass to be deeply welcoming and keen to engage.  Many took the opportunity to tell me how much they appreciate the ministry of their priests and how pleased they were to hear you thanked. I was truly impressed by the choir and by the prayerfulness of every Mass.

I was impressed by the breadth of generations and type of person represented during my meeting with your Parish Council.  They communicated a deep enthusiasm for their Parish. They affirmed the openness and welcome they experience; it is a real community of faith, and they see the Parish Council as fostering a community of care. There was a strong affirmation of the way parishioners are encouraged to access Jesuit spirituality be it through retreats, pilgrimages or spiritual direction.  They rejoice in the Parish’s doors being open – most particularly to the homeless.  Areas for growth include embracing the vision of Laudato Si and reaching out to all in need.  In an age when many parish priests avoid having a council, it was heartening to meet such an impressive group and to hear their desire to support the Parish’s unique mission here in central London.

The Diocese is indebted to you for making the LGBT Community feel so obviously at home at Farm Street.  It was good to see the partnership of pastoral care between Diocese and the Society of Jesus expressed in the presence of Mgr. Keith Barltrop.  I was delighted to greet the Young Adults after their evening Mass and to speak with so many of them afterwards in your parish hall.

I left Farm Street feeling buoyed up by the diversity and quality of people I had met in the course of just one weekend. Fr. Dominic’s observation about welcome I saw writ large – in the multiplicity of Masses, in so many gatherings of people after liturgies, in the range of activities offered to parishioners to help them deepen their spirituality and social and apostolic engagement.  I look forward to deepening my relationship with the Parish and to seeing it grow, under your very conscientious direction, from strength to strength.  Hoping Lent will be particularly grace-filled for you and all your parishioners.” Bishop Nicholas Hudson

Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat, S.J.


HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2018

PALM SUNDAY 25th March 
Palms will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.
Mass: 8am, 9.30am (Family), 10.45am Blessing of Palms in Mount Street Gardens, 11am (Sung Latin), 12.30pm, 5.30pm (Music: Soul Sanctuary)

MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK 26th March     
Masses at usual times

TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK 27th March  
Masses at usual times. 
7pm Ecumenical Stations of the Cross (with music)

WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK 28th March   
Masses at usual times.

ALL DAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Sacrament of Reconciliation


MAUNDY THURSDAY
 29th March     

No morning Masses.
Confessions: 6.30 – 7pm

7pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 
Watching at the Place of Repose until midnight

GOOD FRIDAY 30th March      
12noon: Stations of the Cross.

3pm: Solemn Liturgy of the Passion

7pm: Meditation on the Seven Last Words and Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross (Music: Lauda Young Adult Group with Bobby Chen, Piano)

Confessions: before each of these services.

HOLY SATURDAY 31st March   
Confessions: 7.30-8pm

8pm: Blessing of the new fire and lighting of the Paschal Candle, Easter Vigil, Adult Baptisms and First Mass of Easter.

EASTER SUNDAY 1st April    
Mass: 8am, 9.30am (Family), 11am (Sung Latin), 12.30pm, 5.30pm

EASTER MONDAY to EASTER FRIDAY April 2nd to 6th
Church closed until 11am. Mass at 1.05pm only, after which the church will be closed.


EASTER GARDEN APPEAL
Please consider donating a potted flowering plant for our Easter Garden. As you would have noticed, all flowers are customarily removed from the church during the penitential season of Lent. The reversal of this on the glorious Feast of Easter should be as dramatic as possible.  We hope that our Easter Garden will be as joyful and colourful as befits the celebration of Easter.  If you would like to donate a potted flowering plant, please contact reception on 020 7493 7811 or hand in to a member of staff. Please do not leave donations of flowers in the church during Holy Week. 

 

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND

There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner from 20th to 22nd April 2018 at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more details please telephone Freda 01322-838415 or Sandra 01293-783965 or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

 

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

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.  

 

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3pm.  If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email) before April 16th.

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

The next World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis takes place in Dublin from 21st – 26th  August. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out about joining our Westminster Diocesan Group please email family@rcdow.org.uk, and to visit the World Meeting of Families website just type in www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

 

FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH

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 www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php


WHEELCHAIR USERS

We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.


BRIDGE

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).


EASY WAY TO DONATE

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: MUSIC ALBUM

“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


    CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

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

BOTH GOD_S & MARY_S SON

 


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www.pathwaystoGod.org  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info


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: April 18, 2018)


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 5th 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 catherine.quane@iolmercy.org.uk or 0190 323 3904 for more details.

 

After Jesus, What? Celebrating the Acts of the Apostles in Eastertide

Facilitated by Peter Edmonds SJ

Wednesdays, April 11 – May 16, 11am-1pm

How did the first Christians see themselves?  How did Peter present Jesus to his world? How do we account for the transformation of Paul from persecutor to hero?  How did the first Christians welcome strangers and foreigners? How did they deal with the non-believing intellectual? How did they ensure responsible leadership and future survival?Luke wished to hold up before his readers a set of Christian ideals which would show them what their own Christian life should be and offer them a strong motivation for following the example. His words can still challenge us today.

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th 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.

Beginners’ Guide to Ignatian Spirituality

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mitzi James

Tuesdays 17th April – 22nd May 7-8.30pm

This course is for those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. Its focus is primarily on Ignatian ways of prayer, within which we come to know more about the God who created us, who we are and who we were made to be. Just as there are a great variety of physical exercises for increasing our physical health, St. Ignatius believed that what he called the Spiritual Exercises would develop our spiritual health, our relationship with God and the world.

Towards An understanding of Jesus Christ

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 21st April 11am-4pm repeated as a course on Wednesdays, 25th April – 9th May 7-8.30pm

Jesus Christ was born just over two thousand years ago, though that was not his beginning. He was killed, but is still alive.  His life deeply affects every one of us: in following the man who walked on our earth and whose death and resurrection saved us and made eternal happiness possible for us all; This course is an introduction to these aspects of Christology – the study of Jesus Christ.

 

So How Do You Build A Better World?

Facilitated by John Moffatt SJ

Thursdays, 26th April – 10th May 7-8.30pm

Christianity offers a language for reflection of ethical decision-making in the area of social justice with words like ‘solidarity’ and ‘common good’, but how does that language match up with the realities of a modern world and its competing models of economic progress? This course will attempt to suggest ways of seeing the problem and offer some (necessarily) tentative ways forward for people who would like to help make the world a better place.

 

Psychology and Spirituality: Friends or Foes?

Facilitated by David Smolira SJ

Saturday 28st April 11am-4pm

This workshop aims to look at some of the major insights of, and trends in, modern psychology and see how these may relate to, compliment or contradict our understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings and the ways we try to connect with God. This exploration will done from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality.

For people without specialist knowledge of psychology, but with an interest in spirituality and how psychology influences our understanding of God, ourselves and the relationship between the two. For those in spiritual accompaniment, spiritual guides and those who train them and those with a more generalised interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology.

More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org

 

 

 

 

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