II Maccabees 7:1-14 Psalm 16
II Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Luke 20:27-38
The first Armistice Day commemoration happened a hundred years ago on 11 November, 1919, a year after the end of the First World War. There was the hope that the singular horror of that war would be followed by a new era of cooperation where people would work together for peace. However, 1919 was not a year of peace. My own grandfather was still serving in the British Army in Troubles in Ireland, there was civil war in Russia, it was the year of the Amritsar Massacre in India and the upheavals following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire are still felt today. As we look back over the last hundred years see the ways in which so many of those hopes of 1919 were not realised.
We no longer feel the raw grief for those who took part in that first Armistice Day for those who died in 1914-1918. However, there are reasons still important for us to remember on this day. It is not just that many of us have relatives who were among those who died. It is part of our faith that it is important to pray for those who have died. As we are able to look back from this distance we are able see the wider perspective. We are able to pray for all those who died in that terrible conflict and those who died in the conflicts which followed. In the very diverse congregation in this parish there are also many people affected by more recent conflicts. Last week we were focusing on those many Christians in the world today experiencing persecution and especially those in Syria and Iraq. We might note in passing that those countries were created in the aftermath of the First World War. We are conscious of the many refugees forced to leave their homes by today’s conflicts.
What then should we do on this Remembrance Sunday? Firstly, we pray for those dead and perhaps especially those who were not remembered on war memorials or in the hearts of their families. Remembrance Sunday coincides with the month of November when we pray for the dead. Secondly, we think about the reality of war. That we look back and remember that reality as something which affected the world in 1914-1918 brings home to us the ways that war is a reality for people today. It should inspire us to work for peace and avoid those divisions into “us” and “them” that make for war. We also think about those who grieve and suffer today. We pray for them and look for ways to help those who, like perhaps ten million displaced by the First World War, are either refugees or are trying to rebuild their homes today.
Fr Chris Pedley S.J.
MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS
November is the month in which the Church asks us to particularly remember and pray for the souls of the departed. A Book of Remembrance will be found at the back of the church during November for people to write the names of those they wish to be remembered. During Masses in November, this book will be placed on the altar and collectively prayed for.
A second collection will be taken at Masses today for the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund. Please give generously and help ensure our sick and older priests are financially supported, having given a lifetime of dedicated service. The fund is used to cover their essential needs at a time when they may be facing failing health and declining mobility. Your gift could help ensure our sick and retired priests have the housing, care, and support they need. Please given generously using the envelopes in the church. You can also donate online at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations. Thank you in advance for your kindness.
UNITED SERVICE FOR THE THIRD WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
On Sunday November 17th 2019 at 3pm all are invited to a special ecumenical service at Farm Street Church to pray for and raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in our city of London. On this day we will join other communities around the world hosting Tim Schmalz’ Homeless Jesus sculpture to pray for the most disadvantaged in our society. The preacher will be the Reverend Richard Carter of St Martin-in-the-Fields. A reception will follow. All are welcome.
FARM STREET FILM CLUB REVIVAL
“Which Way is the Front Line from here?”
6.30pm Parish Hall, Tuesday 19 November, free with donations invited.
Judith Hetherington invites you to re-launch the parish Film Club with a powerful and moving documentary film about her Jesuit-educated son, Tim, photo journalist killed in Libya in April 2011, aged 40, while covering the war there.
Together with his friend, long-term collaborator and the film’s director, Sebastian Junger, Tim had travelled the world truthfully documenting conflicts in Afghanistan, Liberia and Libya. This heart-breaking film is a moving requiem.
FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME
On Wednesday 20th November at 6.45pm in the parish hall, there will be a panel discussion on ‘Responsible Business: How should the Financial Sector Respond’? To book a place, please contact the parish office.
The Farm Street SVP (Society of St Vincent de Paul) is very active and does wonderful work to assist the homeless in our parish area. Their annual appeal takes place on November 24th and we ask you to be generous in your response. For any enquiries about SVP activities, please ask Yasko. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TANGO SHELTER 2019
Volunteers are sought for an evening of Argentine Tango dancing at Tango Shelter 2019 in the hall, Saturday 14th December, 16:15 – 22:15, to set-up chairs, take down, manage tickets/reception, manage the kitchen, and facilitate refreshments. This is not an official Farm Street event, but all funds raised with nil deductions for fees or expenses, will be donated to the work Farm Street Church undertakes with the homeless. If you are able to help, please contact Warren Edwardes at email@example.com.
We are currently collecting supplies for the foodbank at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Kings Cross. If you are able to donate anything, please leave it beside the statue of Homeless Jesus. Items will be collected from the statue throughout each day. Items that are of particular use are: cereals; tinned soups; pasta; rice; tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce; lentils, beans and pulses; tinned meat; tinned vegetables; tea/coffee; tinned fruit; biscuits; UHT milk; fruit juice; toiletries; household items; feminine products; and baby supplies.
WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE’S DRINKING?
AL-ANON can help and is held every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 12-1pm in the Meeting Room at 114 Mount Street. Contact Jane 07962 967443 or Angela 07971 953744. www.al-anonuk.org.uk
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP
The Bereavement and Loss Group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 11.30am at 114 Mount Street. This support group is for those who wish who are experiencing the effects of such grief. You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.
On the Nov 30th Father Dominic and some parishioners are running 10k at the Olympic Park to raise funds for Friends of Farm Street. We will be holding cake sales after the 9:30 and 11 o’clock mass on the 10th, 17th and 24th of Nov in support of their effort. Please come along and find something delicious!
MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH
Book online for any of these events
Information: 020 7529 4844 or
PICK UP OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMME AVAILABLE AT THE CHURCH DOORS
AND VISIT http://www.mountstreet.info
‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES
SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH –
THE NEW TESTAMENT
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
2 Saturdays, 23rd & 30th November, 11am-4pm
This course is an accessible way in to the riches of the New Testament. We will explore how the New Testament as we have it today took shape in the first centuries of the Church’s life.
GOOD BOOKS AT THE LONDON JESUIT CENTRE:
RUPERT SHORTT “DOES RELIGION DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?”
Wednesday 13th November, 7pm
If you enjoy a good book, you will enjoy hearing recently published authors speaking about their work in discussion with experts in the field and the audience. Join us for a convivial evening of conversation and the occasional controversy!
Booking required on EventBrite
CONTEMPLATIVES IN ACTION
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Thursday 21st November 7-8.30pm
These sessions provide an opportunity for those engaged with social justice to reflect on their experience, and deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching. Each session has some short input, with time for group discussion, followed by personal reflection and prayer and sharing.
Thursday 21st November: Everything is connected: what does solidarity mean for us?
There is no need to book for these days, just come along.
INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN PRAYER
Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton & Melanie Carpenter
Saturday 16th November, 11am-4pm
In this one-day workshop we will look at both the man, Ignatius of Loyola, and his methods to see how Ignatian prayer continues to foster a way of being in the world that seeks to find God in all things.
SCHOOL OF IGNATIAN PRAYER
Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton & Team Members
4 Mondays, November 25th – December 16th, 6.30-8pm
St Ignatius of Loyola’s spirituality is rooted in everyday life, offering guidance and ways of praying that are accessible yet profoundly life changing. This four-week course will introduce you to the man, St Ignatius, and his ways of praying. The sessions will consist of input followed by a time of silent prayer, with opportunities to listen to each other and share together.
Facilitated by Adam Hope, Robert Rathbone and Adrian Porter SJ
Saturday 7h December 10.30am-5pm
This workshop will explore the music and the spirituality of the Messiah. There will be an opportunity to sing and perform excerpts and to discover the significance of the music under expert tuition. It will conclude with a short performance of the music studied during the day to which family members are welcome.
Come to our Regular Events
• Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique
2nd and last Wednesday of each month 12-2pm
• Book Club *
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
• Contemplatives in Action *
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
(*): No need to book