Newsletter – 24th June 2018 – THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST YEAR B


Isaiah 49:1-6   Psalm 138

Acts13: 22-26   Luke 1:57-66. 80


Modesty is an honourable characteristic of truly good people. They refuse to allow any attention to be drawn to them for their good deeds and follow the dictum of Jesus “do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”. (Matthew 6:3)

Given that, I believe we now have “bragging rights” about the quality of the choir and its music at our 11am Latin Mass, and that we should spread the word about the professionals who provide us with such a sublime experience of prayer in music each Sunday.

I received a message recently from Paul Inwood, the eminent Catholic composer, conductor and organist, who noticed my post on social media about the removal of the carpet from the church and the difference this has made to the acoustic of the building. He described the experience of our church in former times as like “singing into cotton wool”, such that it was difficult for the choir to make an impression without pushing their voices. So for many years there has been a somewhat operatic style of singing which, while perfectly suited to the late-Romantic period of sacred music, somewhat acts against the spirit of the music of earlier composers.

Almost two years ago I decided to do something about this, and, having discussed the matter in advance with David Graham, our marvellous Director of Music, we increased the number of singers from 8 to 10, encouraged voices that had a greater dynamic flexibility, and, by removing as much carpet as possible, we can now experience our famous choir at the peak of excellence, beauty and flexibility. I believe they are still discovering the acoustic possibilities and variations that the building now provides. Both David and his wonderful assistant, Duncan Aspden, have been at Farm Street Church far longer than I have, and can clearly hear and appreciate the difference in the sound and the effect this is having on choir ensemble, clarity of diction, and on how the choir is taking a more active part in the liturgy, even though they are placed above and behind the congregation.

Here is a part of a message I received earlier this week from a delighted couple who were married here recently: “We had a beautiful service and the choir, as you already know, were fantastic. We are grateful for everything everyone has done. Hopefully many more fortunate couples will be privileged to experience the totally serene, holy and spiritual presence Farm Street Church provides. I hope everyone comes away feeling Our Lord’s existence.”

I end with a word of encouragement. The transformation of the choir and of the acoustic has been a slow, steady, two year process. It involved a considerable element of risk, change and hard work.

But the results are now definitely there for all to hear. While it is true that our musicians and singers receive due financial recompense, they are also artists: they take their role very seriously and are truly trying their best for you, our parishioners. So spare a thought for them and perhaps send an appreciative card from time to time or chat to them in our parish hall when they come in for a coffee after Mass. Tell your friends about the choir, and encourage them to come here and worship from time to time at our 11am Mass. And say a prayer of thanksgiving for the late Fr Peter Knott who set up the foundation fund that helps to provide the music, and for our many generous donors.

Fr. Andrew Cameron-Mowat, S.J.



Fr Peter Edmonds SJ who regularly assists in our Church, reminds us of three books he has written, all available in the Bookshop and in Reception.

– To help you with the Sunday readings; “an informative and accessible guide” for every Sunday of the year, “The Way Companion to the Sunday Missal” (£10)

– A memoir of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land informed by a reading and course on St Luke: “A pilgrim’s guide to the land, personalities and the language of Luke”. “Rediscover Jesus” (£10)

– Just published: “The Way Companion to Synoptic Gospels”, an invitation to recognise the distinctive voices of Matthew, Mark and Luke and to make them our friends (£12)



Armel Yoro, who has been our Sacristan since 2013, has accepted a job in France and will be leaving us to move there during August with his wife and three children.

Armel has been a key part of Farm Street Church’s parish life for nearly six years and we will miss him very much.  His last Sunday with us will be July 22nd.   We wish him, Elisabeth and the three children every blessing and happiness.


Jesuit deacons Philip Harrison and Kensy Joseph will be ordained as priests next Saturday, 30th June at 12 noon at St. Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill. Read all about this event and their Masses of Thanksgiving here. All are warmly invited to attend.

Odination 2018


Come and join a free live music led by Armel (Armel Paul Marie) our Sacristan and Parish Secretary before the Blessed Sacrament at this coming Night Church evangelisation event in Leicester Square next Friday 29th June,
 beginning with a light supper. All are welcome! Venue: Notre Dame De France, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.



Ten Ten is a Catholic charitable organisation that uses drama to speak to the hearts and minds of young people in schools throughout the UK. They are looking for a schools’ facilitator to lead sessions on “Relationship and Sex Education” using films created by Ten Ten.  This is a fixed-term, part-time role with an attractive salary and benefits.  For more information, please visit: Deadline is Monday July 2nd.



Large prints of the beautiful painting by Andrew White “In Memoriam” which is in the St. Aloysius Gonzaga chapel are available from Reception and the Bookshop in the Hall for a recommended donation of £10, which includes a protective envelope.  Postcards are also available for £1.50.



Thursday June 28th, 7 to 9pm

Farm Street Church Hall.

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the tragedy in Syria.  The panel includes:

-Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)

-Revd Nadim Nassar (Director, Awareness Foundation)

-John Pontifex (Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need)

-Fr Martin Newell, CP (Peace activist & campaigner)
Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking via


 Mary's Meal             TWO WEEKS TO GO                

Mary’s Meals will be coming to our church in a couple of weeks’ time to take away your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please)

Over the next few weeks please collect your unwanted clothes and put them in tied sacks.  Then before 12 noon on Sunday 8th July bring them with you when you come to Mass.  Not only will you be getting rid of un-wanted clothes/bedding and giving yourself a little more space but you will also benefit a really worthwhile charity.  Mary’s Meals feeds children one good meal every day at school in over 12 countries.  Because of our low costs we can do this for as little as £13.90 per child per year!



We are inviting you to join our third annual 31 days of St Ignatius, a month long celebration of all things Ignatian with a series of 31 daily messages guiding you through the different Ignatian ways to pray throughout July culminating on St Ignatius feast day on the 31st. 

Each week in July, we explore a different style of Ignatian prayer into help and guide you into a deeper relationship with God.

To take part in the celebrations, simply sign up to receive the 31 Days of St Ignatius daily email at and each day in July, you will receive an inspiring prayer-centred message straight to your inbox. You can also view the messages and follow the celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofStIgnatius and on Facebook at JesuitsinBritain.


The Parish is looking for volunteers to help the integration of a Syrian family, who will be resettled in North London from June. We are looking for Arabic speakers, education professionals, HR experts, medical staff, mental health specialists. Also, if you know about any accommodation that could be rented by the Parish to welcome other Syrian families, please do let us know so that we can make contact(s) with landlords. For any queries, please contact:



We urgently need help at the front reception in the evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234.


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 9th  to October 17th  for £1,229 including all excursions.

Pilgrimage to Fatima from  November 25th  to December 1st  including all excursions for £759.
For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 0785 902 7301



Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ has recorded a short reflection on Andrew White’s Pieta along with an image of the painting that can be accessed on the Jesuit’s Website and also on YouTube by searching “Geoff Wheaton SJ”.


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. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

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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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 (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)


Alexander Technique

Facilitated by Chris Goodchild

Saturday 30th June, 11am-4pm

It seems that busy-ness, more than anything else, is the ‘dis-ease’ that separates us not only from ourselves, but also from each other. Slowing down and stopping is often seen as a ‘fruitless inactivity’ but slowing down and being still is where the Alexander technique begins, and from this starting point the skills learnt enable you to live and move more mindfully through developing awareness of acquired habits in movements such as standing, sitting down and walking.


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 5th July 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.


The Meals Jesus Shared

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 7th July 11am-4pm

In the story of our faith, the occasions on which people ate and drank together have become powerful symbols of the relationships we have with others.  Jesus, during his time on earth, shared meals with many people, most memorably with friends and disciples at his last supper before he died.  In this workshop we will explore these occasions, and their significance for us today.


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th July 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.


For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

114 Mount Street, Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc.  Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm. There will be friendly faces and cake!


More upcoming events on www.

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