Acts 13:14.43-52 Psalm 99
Apocalypse 7:9.14-17 John 10:27-30
REPORT ON FARM STREET PARISH FORUM
The goal of the parish forum was to enable the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) to understand how parishioners view the parish: what we do well, and what could be improved on. The forum comprised group discussion and Q&A sessions after the 9:30am and 11:00am Masses on Sunday 24th February, and Sunday 3rd March, and a questionnaire which was available both in the pews and online between Sunday 24th February and Sunday 10th March; more than 400 copies of the questionnaire were distributed.
Group discussion and Q&A sessions: 36 attendees
Paper questionnaires: 31 responses
Online questionnaires: 9 responses
In general, people feel very welcome at Farm Street. People requested more activities for specific groups who are not currently catered for, such as children between First Holy Communion and Confirmation, or older couples. It was suggested that this could be led by parishioners, for example by setting up a Teams of Our Lady group to support married couples, or by organising activities where older children and the Younger Adults Group could mentor younger children.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, in particular the excellent relationship between the clergy and parishioners, and the quality of the music at Mass. It was suggested that readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion might benefit from more support in the form of training, feedback and days of reflection.
The quality of the available activities is seen as good, however in general people are not aware of what opportunities are available, or who to contact. Similarly, while people are keen to find and develop their vocations, they are generally not sure how to go about this, or who to speak to.
Outreach and social justice:
People generally felt that the parish is good at promoting and engaging with local and international programs such as CAFOD, however many people were unaware of all the parish charitable programs, or how they could get involved.
People felt there should be better transparency between the PPC and parishioners; in particular people did not know the names of the PPC members, or how the PPC was formed. There is also a need for using more forms of communication, since not everyone looks at the website on a regular basis, and space in the newsletter is limited.
- We will make the names and photographs of’ PPC members available on the website and on parish notice boards.
- We will make information about volunteering opportunities and contacts more visible, and we will improve support for existing volunteers (e.g. training, days of reflection).
- We will look at ways to support groups within the parish who are currently not catered for, especially ways which build community through mentoring or mutual fellowship
- We will work with the clergy team to enable parishioners to develop their vocations, both as individuals and as members of a welcoming faith community
The PPC would like to thank everyone who participated in the parish forum. We hope that this will be the first step in an ongoing process; if you have any further comments or questions, please speak to one of us, or email FarmStreetOffice@rcdow.org.uk.
The Hunted Priest: Fr John Gerard, the English Mission, and the Gunpowder Plot
A talk on Fr John Gerard SJ, will be held in the Farm Street Church hall on Wednesday 22nd May at 6.45pm. Landing at night on the Norfolk Coast in October 1588, Fr Gerard very successfully ministered to English Catholics for 17 years in extraordinary circumstances. After many daring escapes, he suffered imprisonment and torture, famously escaping from the Tower of London in 1597 to continue his work until 1605. The talk is by his ten greats nephew, Michael Maslinski, who last year persuaded the BBC to withdraw inaccurate allegations in a documentary that he had been a central figure in the Gunpowder Plot.
On Sunday 16th June at 12:30pm in the Upper Room, Farm Street parishioner Jonathan Moore will be in conversation with broadcaster Mark Lawson. Jonathan will speak about his work in theatre and opera, and how it is an expression of his faith.
FARM STREET WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2019
Saturday May 25th: coach departs 114 Mount St 8:30am & returns there via drop-off at Victoria Station c 8pm
Please join us on our annual pilgrimage to England’s National Shrine of Our Lady in Norfolk. The day includes prayers and talks en route, visits to the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican shrines, walking the Holy Mile and free time. Cost: £35 inclusive of buffet lunch. To book please call at Farm Street Reception, e-mail email@example.com or ‘phone Leslie Giltz on (020)-7408-1234. All welcome.
Spain: The Loyola Experience
A ten-day Retreat Pilgrimage into the Heart of St. Ignatius Loyola with Frs. Thomas A. Kane, CSP and Julio Giulietti, SJ. This pilgrimage will trace the life and of St Ignatius across Spain’s beautiful cities and landscapes. It will run from July 4-14, 2019 For more information, visit http://www.paulist.org/pilgrimages/loyola/.
JESUIT MISSIONS APPEAL
A second collection will be taken today for the work of Jesuit Missions. More information about the work of Jesuit Missions can be found at https://jesuitmissions.org.uk/.
JESUIT FUNDRAISING CONCERT
There will be an evening reception and concert by pianist Bobby Chen at The Polish Club on Thursday 30th May at 6.45pm. Money will raised will go to The Langlands School and College in Pakistan and other Jesuit charities.
Tickets £75 (concessions £45 on application) – collect an invitation form at
Mount Street reception or book at by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW FRONT ALTAR
The versus populum front altar will be replaced in June this year. The new altar 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 solemnly dedicated by His Eminence, Vincent Cardinal Nichols, on Wednesday 19th June at the 6pm Mass. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Your donation could be worth 25% more to us and it won’t cost you an extra penny. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider using the Gift Aid donation envelopes available on the pews for your weekly offering.
Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church
MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH
Book online for any of these events
Information: 020 7495 1673 or
Why not come to our Regular Events? (No need to book!)
• Drop-in Prayer
Every Monday 6.30-7pm
• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed
3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next: May 15th, 2019)
• Book Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
(Next: June 13th, 2019)
Book: “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” by James Hogg
“WHO ARE YOU, LORD?” – ENCOUNTERING JESUS CHRIST IN THE GOSPELS
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
Saturday 18th May 11am-4pm
The gospels are filled with stories of people encountering Jesus. In these encounters, Jesus became identified and known in different ways, and those who came into contact with Him were transformed in that meeting. We will look at each evangelist’s view of who Jesus is and what that means for disciples and would-be disciples today.
PRAYER WITHIN A BUSY LIFE
Facilitated by Chris Chapman
Saturday 1st June 11am-4pm
Many of us find it difficult to fit times of prayer into daily life – especially when demands of care for others, or of work are great, or when the pattern of each day is different, lacking a regular structure.
This day will explore ways of weaving prayer in and out of daily activities so that even within the most taxing of days there are points of prayerful meeting, conversation and rest.
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP
Facilitated by Maria Shapero
Thursday 6th June 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 8th June 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 Lynne Galloway
Wednesdays, 12th June – 17th July 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.