28th Sunday of the Year – Year B – 14th October 2018


Wisdom 7:7-11    Psalm 89

Hebrews 4:12-13      Mark 10:17-30


This Sunday in Rome Pope Francis will canonise six saints:-

Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI (1897-1978, Pope 1963-1978).

Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdamez, Archbishop of San Salvador, martyr (1917-1980).

Francesco Spinelli, diocesan priest, founder of the Institute of Sisters of Adorers of the Most Holy Sacrament (1853-1913).

Vincenzo Romano, diocesan priest (1751-1831) working in Naples, noted for his work for orphans.

Maria Katharina Kasper, founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (1820-1898), noted for her work of the poor and the sick.

Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesus, founder of the Congregation of Missionary Crusaders of the Church (1889-1943).

Of these six the most famous are Paul VI and Archbishop Romero.  Paul VI became Pope during the Second Vatican Council and was the one who implemented the reforms of the Council in the challenging times of the 1960s and 1970s.  Among his achievements were our present liturgy and taking forward the work of Vatican II in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

Archbishop Romero was Archbishop at a time of violence and oppression in El Salvador where those in power operated death squads against those who stood up for the rights of the poor.  A number of Jesuits were murdered during this time including Romero’s friend Rutillio Grande.  Rutillio’s death deeply affected Romero and he took up the cause of the poor, calling for an end to violence and inequality.  He was murdered by a death squad while saying Mass.

What Paul VI and Archbishop Romero have in common is their concern for social justice and the needs of the poor.  For them Christianity was not simply a religion of me and God or of individual charity.  For them the Gospel required that the Church speak out against violence, oppression and poverty.  The Gospel has economic and political implications.  Paul VI frequently prayed and spoke out for peace and he produced his great social encyclical Populorum Progressio.  These are themes which subsequent popes have taken up and which are particularly stressed by Pope Francis.

It is the canonisation of Archbishop Romero which is likely to receive the greatest attention and we will be marking that particularly in our church this weekend.  These canonisations remind us of that we too are called to give attention to the social questions of our own time.  The kind of violence on behalf of the powerful Romero experienced is still to be found in many places today.  In many places economic inequality and poverty are, if anything, greater than in the time of Paul VI or of Archbishop Romero.  The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change brings home to us the changes we all need to make if we are really to live out our Christian responsibilities for creation and for our brothers and sisters, including those of future generations.  This is something Pope Francis has particularly stressed.  This is perhaps what the Cold War and the threat of nuclear war were in the time of Paul VI.  Let us ask the intercession of St Paul VI and St Oscar Romero that we may respond to the call of the Gospel in our own time.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.


A very warm welcome back to Farm Street to Fr Joseph Mathew who is joining our regularly assisting clergy team to hear confessions and celebrate Masses on Sundays and some weekdays.  Fr Joseph was our parish deacon in 2014/15.


Archbishop Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, will celebrate a solemn Mass and bless our new sculpture Homeless Jesus on Tuesday January 15th at 6pm.  This will be followed by a presentation by the sculptor Timothy Schmaltz, who will join us from Canada especially for the occasion and by those working in homeless services.  All are welcome to this very special evening to raise awareness of homeless issues in our city and to formally dedicate our new piece of artwork in the church, the first Homeless Jesus to be housed in a London church.


The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.



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.



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


Volunteer are needed to assist with the parish collection count on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm. If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the Parish Accountant, Patricia Morgan, on 020 7529 4801 or at farmstreetfin@rcdow.org.uk. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.

Volunteer for CAFOD.

CAFOD is looking for volunteers with public speaking skills to promote our work in Parishes and Schools. Please email tsheen@cafod.org.uk  for further details.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
The SPUC is currently organizing a letter-writing campaign to MPs urging them to oppose further relaxing of UK abortion laws including the possibility of decriminalization in Northern Ireland.  MPs are due to vote on an abortion Ten Minute Rule Bill on the 23rd October 2018. For further information on how to write to your MP about this issue, visit http://www.spuc.org.uk.


Support the excellent work of The Passage by considering attending its annual concert Night Under The Stars at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm. This year’s concert is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. For details and booking visit https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118993-night-under-stars-northern-lights-2018 or telephone 020 3879 9555.


The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to come for monthly discussions using the book by Fr. James Martin SJ – Building A Bridge – how the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity.  Thursday 25 October, 18.30 – 20.30 The Parish Hall.


Would you be interested in learning more about AWN Pugin, the eminent Victorian architect who designed  the High altar for this church and the interiors of the Houses of Parliament? The Pugin Society, founded in 1995, offers a lively range of events, study tours, talks and publications.  Details: www.thepuginsociety.co.uk


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


• Guided Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

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: 17th October, 2018)


• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 11th October, 2018)


• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (booking necessary)

Chosen and Called: Vocation in the Scriptures and our Vocation Today

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 9th -16th October 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 10th-17th October 7-8.30pm

The first talk explores vocation in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), what it reveals to us and its meanings for us today.  The second talk explores what the Gospels and other New Testament writings reveal about being called by God to a given life task and what this means for us today.

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th October 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.

Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Barbara Wilson and TBC

Wednesdays, 17th October-21st November 2-3.30pm

An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.

Beginning with developing stillness and awareness, we then move on to the use of our imagination and into opening our lives more fully to the love of God. Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.

Life Before Death: The Psychology of Flourishing

Facilitated by Roger Dawson SJ

Saturday 20th October 11am-4pm

This workshop will introduce and explain the approach to flourishing in life before death with examples and practical exercises, and will make the link with our Christian faith and Ignatian spirituality. We shall also look at applying this as a psychology for dealing with tough times.

Towards a New World with Pope Francis

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 27th October 11am-4pm

We will look at the various increasing problems we face around the world, and how they are seen in Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato ‘Si’.  What’s causing all these problems?  And what can we actually do about them?  How can we move towards a better world, and intimately into the Kingdom of God?

Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet – Our Story Too?

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 30th October-27th November 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 31st October-28th November 7-8.30pm

Jonah is the only prophet who needed to be called twice. In this short course we will reflect on his story: his struggles with his identity and his purpose in life, as well as his struggle to understand the meaning of God’s merciful love. His story can speak to us and can challenge us to reflect on our own story.



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