23rd Sunday of the Year B – 9th September 2018


Isaiah 35:4-7       Psalm 145

James 2:1-5      Mark 7:1-23


As I leave near the end of this month after sixteenth privileged years of serving the parish I am consulting my vibes about Farm Street. This is what they tell me:

BEAUTY: there is a hymn which begins “ Praise ye the Lord in the beauty of holiness”. The beauty of our church (especially in the refurbishment Father Andrew has effected through generous donors) helps so many to pray. So does the beauty of the many forms of Liturgy and music, and the silence too.

WELCOME: People from many different countries find a warm welcome here from our varied congregation. Many who are not church-goers find a welcome here as they come to baptisms, weddings and funerals. Young adults find a special welcome, and so do children. A sign of all this: the clear glass main doors so that passers- by may look in, and many do.

OUTREACH: We reach out to those seeking a closer relationship with Our Lord in prayer and in knowledge  through the Mount Street Jesuit Centre. We reach out to the poor and homeless through the SVP and the provision of night shelter in the hall for several months of the year, along with a good meal given by local hotels and restaurants.

PRAYER IN ACTION / ACTION THROUGH PRAYER: That is a summing up of the Ignatian spirituality you hear in our homilies and read in our newsletter articles, “finding God in all things, and all things in God”.

Now I shall retire at 86 to our Noviceship Community in Birmingham, with a mission to support and encourage young men whose vocation to be Jesuits is being tested and formed. Like our congregations here they are international, coming from Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands. From a two week holiday with them recently I have experienced that they draw out energy in me and keep me young. Your prayers please for this new work. I shall miss you. But I shall keep the parish in my prayers and you may see me back from time to time singing the 11.00 Mass.

Fr. Tony Nye S.J.



Next Programme 2018/19

Start date: 7th October 2018

Celebration: 9th June 2019

If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us on farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk to request an application form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street. Forms must be returned by September 30th 2018.

 The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation.


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 www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius 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 St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact   Yasko Kurahachi on   y.kurahachi@gmail.com or 07932 784 999.

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, and 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: lisa.ingrid.fraser@gmail.com


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)


Work to renovate the marble floor and steps in the sanctuary is well underway.  During the works the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Sacred Heart Chapel, and Masses are celebrated there during weekdays.  It is hoped to complete the work in the next couple of weeks.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.


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


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 Armel Yoro 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

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH


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: 3rdWednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)


Book Club

Facilitated by Marian Burling

Thursday 13th September 7-8.30pm

This is a book club with a slight difference. Yes, we will read books and meet monthly to share our thoughts and reflections. And yes we will all have a hand in choosing the books but the main focus will be spiritual reading that has significantly impacted on our lives. It will be shared confidentially and be framed with brief prayer.


We will start with ‘Falling Upwards’ by Richard Rohr a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province who is well known worldwide for his insight and inspiring teaching.


Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

Saturday 15th 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!


Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton and Judith O’Driscoll

Saturday 22nd September 11am-4pm

What we refer to today as ‘Ignatian Spirituality’ has been attracting and transforming people for over 500 years. It is rooted in one’s daily life and is both practical and enriching.


Going Deeper with Ignatian Spirituality

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett and Mary Dodge

Thursdays, 27th September-1st November 6.30-8pm

For people who’ve had a taste of Ignatian Spirituality and want to go deeper in the context of a short six-week course. It can be seen as a follow-up to the popular Beginners’ Guide course. 


It will explore the basic principles of Ignatian discernment and provide an opportunity to experience some of the imaginative contemplations of the Spiritual Exercises.


Practical Theology

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 29th September 11am-4pm

We will examine our understanding of God, and the ways in which that is affected by the world we experience. We will look at how God is trying to save the world, and what that means, and look at several examples, including how the liberation theology movement has led to change in the way we view and participate in God’s saving action.


Global Healing – How our Faith Helps us to Care for Our Common House

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Thursday 4th October 7-8.30pm

How can we begin to reverse the damage we are doing to our planet? This short talk introduces the programme ‘Global Healing’ which is designed to help people engage creatively with the vital spirituality of an “ecological conversion” highlighted in Laudato Si, and reflects on how our faith helps us to care for our common home.


Feed your Marriage with God’s Word – A Way to Reflect on the Sunday Scriptures Together

Facilitated by Brian and Maureen Devine

Saturday 6th October 11am-4pm

This workshop will introduce and explore the dynamics of the trilogy of books ‘I Am With You’. These unique books are designed to help couples to see more clearly how God is at the centre of their relationship. Accepting and recognising that each relationship is unique, just as each person is, and loved by God just as they are, IAWY aims to help couples to appreciate and value their uniqueness, as well as God’s loving care for them in their daily and future life together.


Something on a Sunday – Art or Walk

Facilitated by Team Members

Sunday 7th October 2-5pm (Every 1st Sunday of each month)

An opportunity to spend Sunday afternoons with others enjoying leisure time together.   Venues will vary, so booking online is essential. Join us to enjoy: Art gallery visits, London walks, Nature walks, Friendship & community. This one will be at the National Gallery.


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