Daniel 12:1-3 Psalm 15
Hebrews 10:11-14 Mark 13:24-32
we come to the end of the Church’s year the readings tend to focus on the end of time. They forecast a time of conflict and cataclysm, a time when the faith of believers will be put to the test. Ultimately, however, God will triumph. We have some of this kind of writing today’s Gospel. Jesus talks about “the powers of heaven being shaken” but then Christ himself, the Son of Man, will come in power and glory.
This kind of writing is particularly characteristic of the book of Daniel in the Old Testament and the book of Revelation or the Apocalypse in the New Testament. We will here the book of Daniel in the readings at daily Mass in the last week of the year. This week the daily readings are taken from the books of Maccabees. This tells the story of Jewish resistance to attempts to impose Greek culture and particularly resistance to the king Antiocus Epiphanes. It was in this context that the book of Daniel was written. Its strange and dramatic language were meant to encourage those facing persecution, giving them confidence that God would triumph, not just in the present situation, but for all eternity. It was a time when Jewish writing was beginning to talk about life after death, the way that martyrdom lead to eternal life and, also, the idea of praying for the dead. In the imagery used it is often possible to see a commentary on the times in which it was written and references to Antiochus and the events the community were experiencing.
The same holds true for the book of Revelation. Most scholars see much of the imagery as referring to the time of the Emperor Nero and the persecution being experienced by the Christians for whom it was written. There is a danger of missing this and taking this kind of writing too literally. Over the centuries this has led some Christians to all sorts of weird and wonderful interpretations, assuming that the events portrayed were happening in their own time. The fundamental message is that of today’s Gospel. Whatever we experience, whatever difficulties or struggles, we can have confidence in the ultimate triumph of Christ. Christ is with us in these struggles. We can rely on his love and care in our own time, even when he may seem distant and things may seem to be going badly. Finally, we can rely his ultimate triumph, that all things will be restored in Christ. This will be in a way beyond our imagining and the pictures we paint of that triumphant completion are always likely to be miss leading. This time of year encourages us to have faith. To trust in the power and love of God. This power and love which has shown itself in our world in the coming of Christ among us in the way we will shortly celebrate in the season of Advent.
Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.
MONTH OF HOLY SOULS
For the month of November, Jesuits in Britain have made it possible to light a virtual candle in memory of those you remember and submit their names for prayer on their website. To light a virtual candle in memory of your loved ones, send us their names using the link below.
The names will be added to the book of remembrance in church where they will be prayed for during Masses throughout November.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
Wednesday 28th November is ‘Red Wednesday’ and is a day to show solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters suffering persecution throughout the world. All are invited to the following vigil:
Parliament Square, SW1P 3BD
5:30pm Gathering and talks
6:00pm Candle Procession to Westminster Cathedral
6:10pm Cross Procession of clergy and faith groups to Westminster Cathedral
Westminster Cathedral Piazza, SW1E 5BP
5:00pm Cathedral lights up red, film and live music
6:20pm Arrival of Candle Procession
6:25pm Arrival of Cross Procession
6:30pm Live link to Aleppo, Syria
Hymns & Prayers
7:30pm Event ends
The Mount Street façade of the church will be illuminated red in the days leading up to Red Wednesday
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
The vigil of our patronal feast will be celebrated with a solemn sung Mass at 7pm on Friday 7th December. The occasion will see the consecration of our new altar by HE Vincent Cardinal Nichols, followed by a reception in the hall. This will also mark the formal farewell by the parish to Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat.
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 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.
SLAVES IN OUR CITY
Caritas Westminster is hosting an evening raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery in our communities. Speakers include the Metropolitan Police, the Santa Marta Group, the Medaille Trust, and Caritas Bakhita House. The event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, from 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Farm Street Church. Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call on 0207 798 9030 for your free ticket. Alternatively, you can register your attendance on Eventbrite, by searching for ‘Slaves in our City’.
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.
Tango Shelter 2018
Volunteers are sought for an evening of tango dancing at Tango Shelter 2018 in the hall, Saturday 8th December, 16:30 – 22:00, to set-up chairs, take down, manage tickets/reception, manage the kitchen, and facilitate refreshments.
This is not an official Farm Street event, but funds raised will be donated to the work Farm Street Church undertakes with the homeless. It will also celebrate Latin American Pope Francis’ birthday and follows on from a successful event last year.
If you are able to help, please contact Warren Edwardes at email@example.com
WEST LONDON MAYORAL ACCOUNTABILITY SESSION
London Mayor Sadiq Khan will report on his action to West London citizens at St George’s Cathedral on 29 November, from 7 to 9pm. This is a unique opportunity to share your experience as a citizen living in the area, and raise the concerns you may have. Tickets must be booked in advance. More details: https://goo.gl/QjjDWG
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.
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
Our Regular Events
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: 13th December, 2018)
• Something on a Sunday
1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 2nd December, 2018)
CHRISTIAN YOGA – PRAYING WITH YOUR BODY
Facilitated by Róisín McGrogan
Saturday 24th November 11am-4pm
This workshop will include breathwork, an exploration of physical representation of Christian prayer and scripture, a strong energetic yoga practice and a final Ignatian contemplation exercise on the Gospel. Bring water, bring a mat (and any other yoga props you usually use) and wear comfortable clothes you can move and stretch in.
THE COMING OF OUR GOD –PRAYER AND REFLECTION WITH THE GOSPEl OF LUKE
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm repeated as a course 2 Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th, 11am-1pm
Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas with the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP
Facilitated by Maria Shapero
Thursday 6th December 11.30-1pm
Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving…
You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.
There will be no meeting on Thursday 3rd January 2019.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 8th December 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.
Facilitated by Lynne Galloway
Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm
Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.
There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.