Christmas Newsletter 2018

A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR                                                                     TO ALL OUR FARM STREET REGULARS AND TO ALL OUR VISITORS FROM FAR AND NEAR!

All of us on the Parish Team and our staff would like to wish all of you a very joyful Christmas and peaceful New Year. We hope you will continue to come to this church and that you will find your faith in Christ deepened during the coming year. We wish you and all of our families who come here every blessing.

 

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

If you are a visitor or an occasional member of the congregation please know you are most welcome here this Christmas.

Farm Street Church is a place of welcome to all on different levels. Throughout the year we attract a constantly changing transient congregation so are well used to visitors and less regular worshippers. We are also a vibrant parish faith community which for people of all ages and backgrounds across our city is a regular place of worship, Christian formation and service. Farm Street Church and the adjoining Jesuit Centre on Mount Street are a work of the Jesuits in Britain, an international Catholic order of priests and brothers whose spirituality is rooted in finding God in the midst of the city and our contemporary world.

Christmas is a wonderful time for us at Farm Street because so many come through our doors. A sign of how important Christian faith still is in our country. In the midst of a constantly changing world with so many uncertainties it is consoling that so many want to stop for a while to take stock. It is consoling many come to this church to celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ and the values he teaches us to bring to our everyday lives. It is consoling that so many want to come into our beautiful church to worship the Christ child, spend some time in silence before the crib, pause to look at our artwork, and to pray for our needs and those of the wider world.

All this gives me much hope in the future of the Church even at a time when many say how difficult it is to have faith. At a time when our political and economic future is so uncertain and where the gap between rich and poor is growing, displayed so clearly by the growing number of homeless on our streets. At a time when there is so much conflict and war often in the false name of religion and when the Church itself has been found guilty of inflicting so much harm and covering up. At such a time of instability it is consoling many still come to stop and reflect here on what it’s all about. That deep down we are called to connect with something deeper than our everyday concerns and want to try to make the world a more just, honest, human place.

So if you are here this Christmas and haven’t been at church for a while we want to say a very special welcome. We really are very happy to meet you and would love to hear how we can help to serve you better. And we recognise too that, while some people are comfortable quietly returning to the Church community on a more regular basis, others may need more support. That’s why we have a special programme here at Farm Street called Landings. Landings is a programme involving small groups whose focus is compassionate listening. It is co-ordinated by trained individuals who have also been away from organised religion which offers an opportunity to air grievances and learn what the Catholic community has to offer in our lives, in a free and safe environment.   You’ll find prayer cards in the pews with details of whom to contact but if you are interested in learning more today please just speak to me or any of the Farm Street clergy.

Meanwhile, on behalf of the Farm Street Parish Team and the Jesuit Community here may I wish you, your families and friends a Christmas full of love and joy. And please, wherever you live and wherever you are on your journey of faith and doubt, please do keep us in your thoughts and prayers. You can always follow us on our website, on Facebook and Twitter, and we do very much hope to see you here in 2019.

Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

The Mass times for the Christmas period will be as follows:

*Christmas Eve – 6pm, Children’s Mass

–11:30pm, Carols

– Midnight Mass

*Christmas Day – 8am, Mass with carols

9.30am, Family Mass

11am, Solemn Latin Mass

12.30pm, Mass with carols

* Boxing Day to

   Friday 28th   –1.05pm Mass only

* Saturday 29th

& Sunday 30th Normal Mass schedule

* Monday 31st1.05pm Mass only

Tuesday 1st     12 noon Mass only

 

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.

 

FARM STREET CHARITY BALL

The annual Farm Street Church Charity Ball will take place at the Savile Club on Saturday 2nd February. Tickets cost £140. Booking forms can now be requested in the hall after the 9.30am and 11am Sunday Mass or at reception. The closing date for booking is 20th January 2019.

 

114 Mount Street, London

W1K 3AH

http://www.pathwaystogod.org  

Bookings: You can book for any of these events online

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

Why not come to our Regular Events?

 

• Drop-in Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm (except December 24th and 31st)

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm (except December 25th and January 1st)

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: January 16th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: January 10th, 2019)

 

 

There will be no meeting of the Bereavement and Loss Group on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

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.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th January 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.

 

 

BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

6 Wednesdays, January 16th – February 20th, 11.30am-1pm

For those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. During each session you will be introduced to a different aspect of Ignatian spirituality or prayer, guided through a prayer exercise, invited to share your reflections in a small group and at the end of the session gathered together again in the larger group. You will be invited to pray the prayer exercise during the week, for just like physical exercise the more you ‘practice’ the more benefits you will feel.

 

THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST PAUL: A MODEL FOR OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE?

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 19th January 11am-4pm

All through his letters, Paul encourages his converts to imitate him; for in him they have a model of what it was to follow Christ. As we enter Christian Unity Week and prepare to celebrate the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, we will look at the model of the Christian life that Paul presents and what grounds his spirituality. The way Paul lived his life in Christ can provide us, even today, with a model for growing in the spiritual life.

 

WORK, WORSHIP and WHOLENESS

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton and David Hothersall

Saturday 26th January 11am-4pm

How to bring together our work and our worship (our spirituality) for the mutual enriching of each and the wholeness of the person.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 7th February 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.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9th February 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.