Jeremiah 1:4-19 Psalm 70
I Corinthians 12:31-13:13 Luke 4:21-30
AN ISSUE OF CONCERN FOR US ALL
Next Thursday, 7th February, at 6.45pm, our parish will host the latest in the series “Faith Matters” which will explore a topic important for anyone who cares about young people, our city and the common good, “Violent Crime in our City: What can be done?”.
The principal speakers will be Barry and Margaret Mizzen whose son Jimmy lost his life in May 2008. Barry and Margaret set up a foundation in memory of their son, “For Jimmy” which does great work as you can see from visiting http://forjimmy.org/. Barry and Margaret travel the country giving talks in schools and organising conferences and work-place based training helping young people make their local communities safer places in which to live.
The issue of violence on our streets in which too many young people have been killed is one which should concern everyone. The problem has escalated significantly. Last year, more than 100 people lost their lives in this way. But amidst all the attention which has understandably been given to Brexit, the issue has perhaps not received the sustained attention it requires.
The reasons for what’s been happening are not clear to many of us. Some attribute the rise in violent crime in London to the reduction in the resources available to the police, others point to the influence which gangs, powerfully aided by the misuse of social media, have in some areas of London, while others see this as an issue of parenting and the result of a crisis in family life. The presentations and discussions next Thursday will no doubt help us all understand the causes that much better and the plans there are and others which might be made to help make our streets safer places for young people to be.
The horror of violent crime came home to me in a personal way some fifteen years ago when I was coming to the end of my time as head teacher of the Jesuit high school in south London, Wimbledon College. Early one morning, a seventeen-year-old boy, who had left the school some six months before, got off a bus in the normally quiet London suburb of Cheam Village, when he was stabbed in the stomach. He died of his injuries. I will never forget the visit I made to the St Helier Hospital mortuary to pray with his family round his body, nor the suffering his family went through in the weeks that followed. When eventually his body was released for burial, a long line of his grieving teenage friends walked behind his horse-drawn hearse on the way to the crematorium from the church after his funeral mass.
No young person should have his or her life cruelly cut short in this way and no family should have to go through the pain and suffering which too many families are enduring in neighbourhoods just a few miles from our church. Do come on Thursday if you can, listen to Barry and Margaret, learn from their experiences and take part in the discussions. Then perhaps we’ll all be that much clearer about what we can do to make our city a safer place in which to work and live, for young people and for everyone.
Fr Michael Holman, S.J.
FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME
VIOLENT CRIME IN LONDON: WHAT CAN BE DONE?
All welcome to an informative evening on an important topic. Speakers will include Barry & Margaret Mizen from the For Jimmy Foundation; Fr Michael Holman, SJ, former Headmaster Wimbledon College; and a representative of the Legatum Institute. The evening will take place on Thursday 7th February at 6.45pm in the parish hall. Recommended donation: £10 on the door. To book please contact Farm Street Office on (020)-7529-4829; or firstname.lastname@example.org
CONCERT WITH ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG
Farm Street Church will be a hosting a concert on Monday 4th February at 7pm in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Society Vinnie Packs for the Homeless. The concert will feature a high-profile line up, including Alexander Armstrong, Miranda Heldt, Alex Macqueen, and The Choir With No Name. Tickets costs £30 and must be booked at Eventbrite.co.uk (search for ‘Vinnie Packs’).
CHRISTIANS IN A MUSLIM WORLD
Father Timothy Radcliffe, OP, will give a talk on the subject of Christians in a Muslim World: Signs of Hope, on Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 7pm, at the Church of Notre-Dame de France, 5 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BX – by free admission and with a retiring collection in aid of Eastern Christians. The lecture is organized by the Catholic charity, Fellowship & Aid to the Christians of the East (FACE), which devotes itself exclusively to supporting Eastern Christians. For further information on the charity or the lecture, the public may contact email@example.com
WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
To take place on July 20th – 26th 2019. If you are interested in joining the Westminster Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage, as an assisted pilgrim, helper or praying pilgrim, please speak to Fr Dominic or drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org leaving your name and contact details
BRAVERY UNDER FIRE
Bravery Under Fire, a docudrama feature on the life of Irish WWI Jesuit chaplain Fr Willie Doyle, will have a special screening in the Farm Street church hall on Monday 11th February. The film, directed by Co Down Director Campbell Miller, is the story of Fr Willie Doyle SJ, a chaplain from Dublin who enlisted in the British Army in 1915 to minister to the soldiers on the battlefield. The film has already been screened at the Vatican to audience of senior clergy and Catholic leaders. If you would like to attend this showing, please contact Scott George McCombe at email@example.com.
NEW FRONT ALTAR
The westward facing front will be replaced in June this year. The new altar, whilst being beautiful in its own right, will be of a simpler design which will allow a clearer view of the magnificent original Pugin altar. The new altar will be installed in June and dedicated by His Eminence, Vincent Cardinal Nichols, on Wednesday 19th June at the 6pm Mass.
WHITE FLOWER APPEAL
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal next weekend. SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law. This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades. Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers, and stop abortion getting even worse in this country by decriminalisation.
Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and at reception.
THREE WEEKS TO GO
Mary’s Meals wants your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please) and will be at our church until 12.30pm on Sunday 24th February to collect them all. Put your clothing/bedding into tied sacks and bring them to Mass where the charity Mary’s Meals will be here to pick them up. Amazingly 4 full black sacks of good quality clothing will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year! Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
CATHOLIC & SINGLE?
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH
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Why not come to our Regular Events?
• Drop-in 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: February 20th, 2019)
• Book Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: February 14h, 2019)
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.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE AND MINDFULNESS
Facilitated by Chris Goodchild
Saturday 16th February 11am-4pm
This workshop will explore in detail how the Alexander Technique evolved, how it can be applied and, most importantly, how it can be combined with mindfulness in giving us tools to be more present in life.
SHOW ME the WAY I SHOULD GO: TOOLS FOR MAKING LIFE CHOICES
Facilitated by Chris Chapman
Saturday 23rd February 11am-4pm
How do we learn to become more aware of the presence and guidance of God in the midst of daily life? How do we discern the Spirit when we have to make choices about the work we’ll do, our relationships or our priorities?
Facilitated by Cathy Edge and Lynne Galloway
Saturday 2nd March 11am-4pm
This will be a digital free day, no devices of any kind from at least 11am-4pm, so yes that includes the lunch break!
A practical workshop which will begin with the opportunity to reflect on your use of technology, with questions like how often do you have your smart phone or tablet in your hands…? With the invitation to switch it off and do something different. Perhaps to ‘Log Off for Lent’!