Isaiah 53:10-11 Psalm 32
Hebrews 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45
OCTOBER: MONTH OF THE ROSARY
Fr. Hugh Thwaites, so sadly missed, had of course some original takes on the Rosary. October is the “Rosary Month” and 7th October is the feast. He would say ‘To say the rosary is to be sitting beside our Lady on a sofa, and she puts a big old fashioned photograph album in your lap and says “Would you like to see the family snaps?”’ .
“This is where it all began. There’s me; there’s the angel… I can tell you I didn’t know what was involved, but of course I only wanted to do what God wanted…”
This next one is lovely. That’s me, that’s Elizabeth. And maybe that was the first time anyone recognised Him properly. And who was it? The unborn baby in Elizabeth’s womb!”
And here’s the first one we have of Him … ” And so on and so on.
Many have been Masters of prayer – often bearded sages with hallowed names. But there is one “method” which the Mother of God has recommended – at Lourdes silently, at Fatima and elsewhere quite explicitly.
Why is she so keen on it? Well, it consists of 20 mini-meditations on her Son’s life. 17 out of the Gospels, one out of Acts, 2 I suppose out of Revelation. Of course she’s keen on it, she wants us to be obsessed with her Son (Do whatever he tells you!). And he must be delighted to hear us praising His Mother 50 times in 20 minutes.
It’s fairly sophisticated. The first level is simply to hold the beads, blessed as they are by the church and so in some remote way “touched” by Christ. Next, lips. It’s all right not to concentrate on the meaning; a scent of prayer rises up, and they can be used simply as a timing device. 3rd level imagination, 4th intellect. Perhaps one can picture and think a bit.
But it is at the 5th level that the experts would say you’ll be involved in “acquired contemplation”. Sounds advanced? No, it’s where your Will (not your feelings) are hanging on to God.
If you’re not into it, do give it a try. The bookshop has some excellent cards which tell you all you need to know. Try a decade a day for 3 weeks: then you’ll be trained up for 5 a day.
Fr John Edwards, S.J.
From the archives. First published in Farm Street newsletter 27th October 2012.
Confirmation Programme 2019
The programme is for teenagers aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2019 and will begin in January 2019. To register, collect a registration form at the parish reception. For more information, contact Leninha Assis at email@example.com
BLESSING OF HOMELESS JESUS
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 Schmalz, 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.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The St Vincent de Paul in this parish are looking for more volunteers to participate in their visiting/befriending programme. They receive referrals from social services about people living in central London who are elderly, lonely and often confined to their own homes. Volunteers are asked to visit someone regularly (e.g. an hour once a week or every other week). If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Sandra McNally: tel. 07779 078933. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET THE NEIGHBOURS
An ecumenical evening at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ on Wednesday, 24 October 2018. This begins at 6.30pm with Bread for the World, their regular informal midweek Eucharist, followed by soup and roll in No 6 St Martin’s Place at 7.30pm, and then a talk about the ministry of St Martin’s in the Dick Sheppard Chapel at 8.00pm. Organized by Churches Together in Westminster.
COLLECTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers 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 email@example.com. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.
GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK
In this month of the rosary, the Good Counsel Network are requesting people to pray a decade of the rosary for their work in protecting the unborn and for the prevention of further ‘buffer zones’ being imposed by local councils against pro-life vigils. For more information on how to support their ministry visit www.goodcounselnetwork.com.
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.
Solemn Evensong of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of St Oscar Romero will take place in Westminster Abbey on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 3.00 pm. The address will be given by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Enquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org and (free) tickets booked via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/StOscarRomero
Catholic History Walks
The King’s Good Servant, Sunday 21st October, 4pm. The story of heroic St Thomas More, as we walk around his Chelsea estate. Meet at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Cheyenne Row, SW3 5HS. Nearest Tube: Sloane Square or South Kensington.
A Royal Walk, Sunday 18th November, 3pm. A walk around Westminster to see Catholics and Royalty, from Henry VIII and his break with Rome to the present day. We walk towards Buckingham Palace. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria
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 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: 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
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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: 20th November, 2018)
• Book Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
(Next meeting: 8th November, 2018)
• Something on a Sunday
1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 4th November, 2018)
Still A FEW PLACES – 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.
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. 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.
SEEING IN THE DARK: MEETING GOD IN TIMES OF STRUGGLE AND UNCERTAINTY
Facilitated by Chris Chapman
Saturday 3rd November 11am-4pm
Life is joyful, beautiful and a rich blessing, but also difficult, painful and mysterious. Today we will draw on imagery from the Christian spiritual tradition to explore the part struggle plays within human growth and our experience of God.
SOMETHING ON A SUNDAY
Facilitated by Audrey and Eamonn Hamilton
Sunday 4th November 2-5pm
Enjoy a reflective walk around public sculptures. Meeting point announced on the website. Booking necessary.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 10th November 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.