Spirituality for me, means listening to the deeper levels of our experience with a sense that there is something completely trustworthy and good to be found there. In this listening, many recognise the life-giving presence of God in us, challenging and surprising us with new understanding and insight. My own work has been in accompanying people as they reflect on their lives and discover how close God is to them.
– Tom McGuinness SJ, Director of St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre, Wales
Mount Street Jesuit Centre
Farm Street church is very fortunate to be in partnership with a major centre of adult Christian formation. The Mount Street Jesuit Centre (MSJC) provides a wide range of courses and activities, underpinned by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, to help people grow in their faith and in the spiritual life. The programme includes courses in theology, spirituality, Scripture, ethics and other topics relating to Christian life as well as “in-depth” volunteering projects to put faith into action.. There are Saturday workshops on a variety of themes and regular “Ignatian Days”.
Copies of the programme brochure are available at the doors and they repay careful study. For general information see www.msjc.org.uk.
Christian Life Communities
CLC is an international association of Christian men and women who want to follow Jesus Christ more closely by living Ignatian Spirituality in their daily lives. They originated in the Sodality movement which was promoted by Jesuits over many years.
Members make up small groups, typically of 4-8 people, who meet regularly to share their life and their prayer. Together, they are part of larger regional and national groups which make up one single world-wide community. A dozen young adult CLC Groups meet regularly at 114 Mount Street. If you are interested in learning more, visit http://www.clcew.org.uk
Created and maintained by the Jesuit Media Initiatives team based at 114 Mount Street, this modern means of taking time out for prayer has reached millions of listeners. http://www.pray-as-you-go.org offers a daily 10-minute framework to support you in prayer, combining music, scripture and some questions for reflection. Download it to your MP3 player so you can pray whilst on the move or tune in on your computer.
There are introductory courses in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius during the year and an opportunity to make a guided retreat during Lent as well as 19th Annotation Retreats (The Exercises in Daily Life). See the parish newsletter or the Mount Street Jesuit Centre programme for information.
The Rosary is prayed in the church every weekday following the 1.05 Mass and following the evening Mass in May.
In Christ Alone (ICA)
This is a young adult group with a charismatic flavour. They meet every Thursday evening at 114 Mount Street.
Jesus Christ Fullness of Life (JCFL)
This group is a Christian initiative in the heart of London providing a space for Christians from different traditions to come together in prayer and friendship.
Brazilian Prayer Group
Led by members of the Brazilian Embassy staff, this is a meeting for shared prayer and hymns every Wednesday night in the church at 6:45pm.
Brazilian Divine Mercy Group
This Group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7:30 -9:30pm at 114 Mount Street. The time is spent praying, sharing the Word and assisting a poor community in northeast Brazil.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Daily (except Sat) 12.30-1pm and First Fridays 5-6pm.
On the last Saturday of May each year there is a Parish pilgrimage to Walsingham in Norfolk, the national shrine of Our Lady. This beginsat the Anglican Shrine and finishes with the pilgrim walk along theHoly Mile to the Slipper Chapel for Mass. Transport via Coach is arranged between Farm Street and Walsingham and lunch is also provided. See newsletter for details.
Farm Street has a great devotion to Lourdes and there is a splendid altar in the church in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. We join with the Diocesan pilgrimages as occasion arises but we are very committed to the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT) which sponsors children for this pilgrimage and we are happy to help anyone who would like to take part.
Farm Street Bookshop
The bookshop offers a wide selection of titles of Catholic interest and has an excellent selection for children and young people. The bookshop is open every Sunday after the 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 4:15pm and 6:15pm Masses and is located at the back of the church next to the Lourdes altar.