Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year C – 10th February 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 6:1-8        Psalm 137

I Corinthians 15:1-11      Luke 5:1-11

 

HERE I AM, SEND ME

I first began to read regularly at Sunday Mass, probably about the age of 16, the first reading I had to read was today’s passage from Isaiah. It made a deep impression on me then and has been important to me ever since.   Isaiah has a vision of God in the Temple and is overcome with a sense of his own sinfulness and unworthiness.  The angel touches his lips with a coal, signifying God’s power freeing him from those things.  When he hears the call, “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?”, he is able to say, “Hear I am, send me”.  This is not because of his own talents and perfection, it is because he has experienced the healing touch of God.  This reading spoke to me because I had desire to be of service to God but I was very much aware of my own inadequacy.  That awareness of inadequacy, of sinfulness, of lack of ability, is something that has remained with me throughout my life as a priest.  However, it has been the realisation that I am called in my weakness, that like Isaiah I am dependent on the grace of God, that has sustained me.

In the Gospel we have another story of a call, that of Peter. Peter’s realisation that Jesus really is the Christ comes thorough the miraculous catch of fish.  Peter falls at the feet of Jesus and says “Leave, me Lord, I am a sinful man”.   He too is overcome by his sense of unworthiness.  Jesus response is that reassurance we find so often in scriptural stories of encounters with God, “Do not be afraid”.  Peter, James and John respond to the call of Jesus not knowing where it will lead but confident in the one they are following.

Paul, too, talks about his own call in our second reading. He talks about his experience of the risen Jesus.  As a former persecutor of the Church he sees himself as the least of the apostles but the grace of God is at work with him to enable him to preach the Gospel.

I imagine all of us, when faced with the call to live and proclaim the Gospel, have the same sense of inadequacy and unworthiness. At Mass, before communion, we acknowledge that we are unworthy to receive the Lord and our in need of that same touch Isaiah received: “only say the word and my soul will be healed”.  It is as loved sinners, called to be instruments of the Holy Spirit, that we are all of us called, by our baptism, to share in the ministry of Christ.  At the end of Mass we are sent out to glorify God by our lives.  The glory is God’s, because we rely on his power at work in us, not on our own strength, virtues and talent.  When we feel unequal to the challenges we face, when we doubt that we can respond to the situations we encounter, when we are discouraged at times by our seeming lack of success, then we can remember Isaiah, Peter and Paul.  If we hear Jesus “Do not be afraid” then we can answer, “Here I am, send me”.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal today. 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.

CATHOLIC UNION MASS

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be celebrating a Mass for the Catholic Union of Great Britain on Thursday 28 February at 6pm at Farm Street church, followed by a Reception in the Hall.  If attending the Reception, please register on 020 8749 1321 or at info@catholicunion.org.uk.  Come and learn more about the Catholic Union. All are most welcome.

TALK BY ANDREW WHITE ON ART

Andrew White, our artist-in-residence, will speak about his art as an expression of his faith, including his large work ‘The Last Supper’ and his forthcoming commission for Farm Street ‘Mother Mary’. This will take place on Sunday March 17th at 12:30pm in the Meeting Room

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 at 7pm, at the Church of Notre-Dame de France, 5 Leicester Place, 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 to supporting Eastern Christians. For further information on the charity or the lecture, please contact facecharityuk@gmail.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 farmstreet@rcdow.org.uk leaving your name and contact details

BRAVERY UNDER FIRE -POSTPONED

Bravery Under Fire, a docudrama feature on the life of Irish WWI Jesuit chaplain Fr Willie Doyle, will NOT be shown on Monday 11th February as originally advertized. This event will take place in the future, and details will be announced when a new date is determined. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Scripture from Scratch

‘A Journey Through Lent with the Gospel of Luke’ with Sr Anne Walsh OP. These five sessions explore the Sunday Readings of Lent, inviting us to open our hearts to God’s Word in preparation for Easter. Thursdays, 14 & 28 February; 14  & 28 March; 11 April (7.30-9.00 pm refreshments from 7.00). Suggested donation £5/session. Niland Conference Centre at Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath WD23 4EE (www.nilandconferencecentre.co.uk/programme-of-events or nilandcentre@gmail.com for details).

 LONELINESS AND MENTAL HEALTH

Westminster Faith Exchange is hosting an event discussing loneliness and mental health. This event will be an opportunity to hear from Westminster City Council and the services they provide to tackle loneliness. Faith leaders from a variety of traditions will also discuss their projects to alleviate loneliness. This event will take place on Wednesday 27th February at 5.30-7pm at the West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, W1H 5AU. All are most welcome.

CONTACTLESS PAYMENT

Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and at reception.

TWO 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.

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.

 

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

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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)

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?

 

DIGITAL DETOX

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’!

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 7th March 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 March 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.

 

 

 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year C – 3rd February 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

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 farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk

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 facecharityuk@gmail.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 farmstreet@rcdow.org.uk 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 farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk.

 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.

 CONTACTLESS PAYMENT

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

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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?

 

DIGITAL DETOX

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’!

 

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year C – 27th January 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Nehemiah 8:2-10         Psalm 18

I Corinthians 12:12-30      Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

ANGELUS ADDRESS

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today’s Liturgy brings together two separate passages of Luke’s Gospel and presents them to us. The first (1:1-4) is the Prologue, addressed to a certain “Theophilus”. Since this name in Greek means “friend of God” we can see in him every believer who opens himself to God and wants to know the Gospel. Instead the second passage (4:14-21) presents Jesus who, “in the power of the Spirit”, goes to the Synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath. As a strict observer, the Lord does not disregard the pattern of the weekly liturgy and joins the assembly of his fellow citizens in prayer and in listening to the Scriptures. The ritual provides for the reading of a text from the Torah or the Prophets, followed by a commentary. That day Jesus stood up to read and found a passage from the Prophet Isaiah that begins this way: “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted” (61:1-2). Origen’s comment was: “It is no coincidence that he opened the scroll and found the chapter of the reading that prophesies about him, this, too, was the work of God’s providence” (Homilies on the Gospel of Luke, 32, 3). In fact when the reading was over in a silence charged with attention, Jesus said, “Today this scripture has [now] been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21). St Cyril of Alexandria says that “today”, placed between the first and the final coming of Christ, is related to the believer’s ability to listen and to repent (cf. PG 69, 1241). But in an even more radical sense, Jesus himself is “the today” of salvation in history, because he brings to completion the work of redemption. The word “today”, very dear to St Luke (cf. 19:9, 23:43), brings us back to the Christological title preferred by the Evangelist himself, namely: “Saviour” (sōtēr). Already in the infancy narratives, it is present in the words of the Angel to the shepherds: “For to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:11).

Dear friends, this Gospel passage also challenges us “today”. First of all, it makes us think about how we live Sunday, a day of rest and a day for the family. Above all, it is the day to devote to the Lord, by participating in the Eucharist, in which we are nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ and by his life-giving Word. Second, in our diversified and distracted time, this Gospel passage invites us to ask ourselves whether we are able to listen. Before we can speak of God and with God we must listen to him, and the liturgy of the Church is the “school” of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us. Finally, he tells us that every moment can be the propitious “day” for our conversion. Every day (kathçmeran) can become the today of our salvation, because salvation is a story that is ongoing for the Church and for every disciple of Christ. This is the Christian meaning of “carpe diem”: seize the day in which God is calling you to give you salvation!

May the Virgin Mary always be our model and our guide in knowing how to recognize and welcome the presence of God our Saviour and of all humanity every day of our lives.

Pope Benedict XVI

Preached at Saint Peter’s Square, Sunday 27 January 2013.

 From time to time the newsletter article will be taken from sources other than the priests presently on the parish team. This may be from other Jesuit priests in the community, visitors, newsletter archives or other material relevant to the day.

 

FAREWELL TO FR JOSEPH

This weekend we say farewell to Fr Joseph Mathew who is returning to India after a short additional period of studies in London and pastoral work here at Farm Street, building on his year with us as our deacon. He will certainly be missed. We wish Fr Joseph all the best for his future ministry and sincerely hope he returns soon.

 

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 farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk

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. Online bookings can also be made by the following the link at www. farmstreet.org.uk. The closing date for booking was last Sunday but there are still a few places left if you wish to book today.

Request for Raffle and Auction Prizes

The raffle and auctions held during the ball help us to raise funds to support various good causes including Farm Street’s Homeless Shelter. Prizes have included theatre, sports, concert and opera tickets, luxury items, holiday stays and one-off experiences. If you would like to donate a prize, please leave this at reception marked FAO: Charity Ball Committee. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

  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’).

 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 farmstreet@rcdow.org.uk leaving your name and contact details

 

IN THE STEPS OF ST IGNATIUS        

Pilgrimage to Spain  Thursday 4 to Wednesday 10 April 2019                                                 £1079 per person; £98 single room supplement. There are still a few places left for this Ignatian trip with Jimmy Burns, 2018-19 President of the Stonyhurst Association, Fr Nick King SJ and other Ignatian Friends visiting mountain retreat, L’Avenc de Tavernet, Montserrat, Manresa and Barcelona. Please email dthurst52@gmail .com for details.

GIFT AID

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.

 CONTACTLESS PAYMENT

Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and at reception.

BRIDGE

The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome.  Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

UPCOMING PILGRIMAGES

*Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Lisieux, Paris, Nevers, Rocamadour & Montligeon by luxury coach from 25th May to 2nd June for £789 including all excursions.

* Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 3rd September to 11th September for £1,259 including all excursions.

* Pilgrimage to Poland from 10th October to 17th October for £897 including all excursions.

These pilgrimages are not being organized by Farm Street Church. For more information, please contact Mrs Richarde Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 07859 027301.

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

Mount Street Jesuit Centre

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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?

 

DIGITAL DETOX

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’!

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year C – 20th January 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 62:1-5      Psalm 95

I Corinthians 12:4-11      John 2:1-12

 

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS CONTINUED

Happy New Year! – I think it’s still not too late to hope!

So, actually, how exactly do you turn water into wine?

Just about this time a year ago, I was asked that question by a small boy at the back of a church a little way from here. He obviously felt that, being a priest, and having just preached on the topic I was supposed to know about these things.

Playing for time, I asked him why he wanted to know and he said that he wanted to know because he wanted to be able to do it himself.

‘Oh’, I said – “and why is that?”

-Well, after a little discussion, we discovered that he had been giving this matter quite a lot of thought. And it wasn’t just that he thought it would be a really cool thing to be able to do, but that he knew wine was quite expensive and water was very cheap. So he thought he could make money by producing it very cheaply and easily. So he wanted me to give him the secret of how it was done. And he was quite the little entrepreneur!

So I started to try to explain that the turning of water into wine at Cana and all the other miracles that are recorded are signs given by Jesus to show that he was who he said he was – the Son of God. And those signs are recorded as stories in the Gospels in order that we too may feel confident in knowing that Jesus is the Son of God.

Well, I don’t know, but maybe I went on a bit too long, because the young boy – his name is Matthew by the way – cut me off and said “So in order to do this, you have to be the Son of God – OK, forget it.”

So, I am sorry that Matthew went away feeling that being the Son of God and turning water into wine were both things that are too difficult and beyond him. I hope that one day he may come to feel differently about both those things.

I was sad about that because what I really wanted to be able to say is that turning water into wine is just a small symbol of God’s action in the world to bring good out of evil. That to be a Christian is to be a Child of God. And to be a Child of God is to do whatever one can to bring good out of whatever evil human situations one finds oneself in life. And, just sometimes, that requires Christians to do things that seem humanly impossible – to achieve depths of love, trust and forgiveness that are uncommon in our human world and that come not from within us, but from Above.

Let me give a small example: a couple of years ago a militant atheist decided – as a publicity stunt – that he would deliberately steal a host – a piece of the Body of Christ which we celebrate, venerate and honour – and deliberately desecrate it in a video on You-tube.

A bishop was asked on the radio news to give his response. The reporter was, of course, hoping for a fulminating angry condemnation that would give the story “legs”. The bishop considered for a moment and then said he would like to make two points.

-The first is that this was obviously a deliberate attempt to provoke and when one is deliberately provoked, the single most important thing is always to respond with peace and love. Nobody ever died of being disrespected. But people have died – and even killed – as a result of allowing themselves to be provoked.

-The second is that – in Truth – this man had not desecrated the Eucharist; he had simply re-enacted it. We celebrate this Eucharist in everlasting memory of Jesus Christ who lived the most perfect of lives and who was murdered and whose body was desecrated by Roman soldiers – men incapable of recognizing the presence and goodness of God in the world.

That, I believe is what we celebrate in our Sunday Eucharist – our commitment as Christians to follow Christ in making the best – the very best – of whatever we encounter in our lives. For these next seven days, we want to show the face of Christ in the world. Who knows what kind of dangers and the difficulties we may face. But the test of our Christianity is that we must bring good out of evil circumstances – we must be able to turn water into wine. If you see Matthew, ask him to give it a try. It may not make him as wealthy as Bill Gates, but it may make him rich in an even better way.

 

Fr Paul O’Reilly, SJ.

From the archives. First published 20th January 2013.

 

A MESSAGE FROM JESUIT MISSIONS

Thank you for your generous gift of £1,150.00 raised from your collection box. During this coming year, Jesuit Missions will defend the rights and dignity of more people in some of the most marginalised regions of our world. Your donation will be used where the need is greatest. Please continue to pray for us.

PAX CHRISTI APPEAL

There will be a second collection today for the work undertaken by Pax Christi. Please do give generously.

 

VISITING CHOIR

Farm Street Church will be hosting the choir of Ellesmere College Saturday 19th January. They will be singing a repertoire of choral and sacred music at a concert in the church at 7pm. If you are reading this at the Saturday Vigil Mass, you are most welcome to stay behind for what will no doubt be an evening of inspiring music.

CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK

Christian Unity Week is held from January 18th until the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, January 25th. During this time, we will be praying the Collect for the Unity of Christians at each Mass. Please also note the following events which all are most welcome to attend:

* Sunday Jan 20th – 4pm – Christian Unity Week Vespers at Tyburn Convent

* Sunday Jan 20th – 6:30pm – Choral Evensong and Unveiling of the Memorial to the 1679 Jesuit Martyrs at St Giles-in-the-Fields

* Monday Jan 21st – 6:30pm – Churches Together in Westminster AGM & talks – Regent Hall Salvation Army, Oxford St

 

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 farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk

 

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. Online bookings can also be made by the following the link at www. farmstreet.org.uk. The closing date for booking is 20th January 2019.

 

Request for Raffle and Auction Prizes

The raffle and auctions held during the ball help us to raise funds to support various good causes including Farm Street’s Homeless Shelter. Prizes have included theatre, sports, concert and opera tickets, luxury items, holiday stays and one-off experiences. If you would like to donate a prize, please leave this at reception marked FAO: Charity Ball Committee. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 SVP CONCERT

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’).

 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 farmstreet@rcdow.org.uk leaving your name and contact details

 IN THE STEPS OF ST IGNATIUS                                         

 Pilgrimage to Spain                                                               

 Thursday 4 to Wednesday 10 April 2019

£1079 per person; £98 single room supplementThere are still a few places left for this Ignatian trip with Jimmy Burns, 2018-19 President of the Stonyhurst Association, Fr Nick King SJ and other Ignatian Friends visiting mountain retreat, L’Avenc de Tavernet, Montserrat, Manresa and Barcelona. Please email dthurst52@gmail .com for details.

GIFT AID

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.

 CONTACTLESS PAYMENT

Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and at reception.

 

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)

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.

 

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?

 

DIGITAL DETOX

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’!

 

The Baptism of the Lord– Year C – 13th January 20

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 40:1-11    Psalm 103

Titus 2:11-3:7      Luke 3:15-22

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

Most weeks we have one or two baptisms here at Farm Street. Most of these of children but sometimes adults, especially at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.  Baptisms are a particularly joyful occasion, not just for the families but also for the priest involved and for the whole Church.

In Luke’s version, which we have for today’s Gospel, Jesus joins the crowds being baptised by John the Baptist. Following his baptism, he experiences the Father’s voice saying “You are my Son, the Beloved: my favour rests on you”.  For Jesus his baptism by John represents the start of his ministry.  For us our baptism marks are entry into union with Christ and our membership of his Church.

Our second reading from St Paul’s letter to Titus reminds us that it is through baptism in Christ that we are saved. This is not something we deserve but “for no reason except his own compassion.”  Through baptism we share in the death and the resurrection of Jesus.   The rite of baptism contains a number of reminders of the Easter Vigil service I mentioned earlier.  As at Easter we bless the water, the baptised person’s candle is light from the Paschal Candle brought into the church on Holy Saturday and the profession of faith we use is the one we use at Easter.  Through baptism we come to share in the life of Easter.

However, the baptism service reminds us that baptism is not simply something passive. Through baptism we become part of the Body of Christ, the Church and, in the baptism of infants, the words of the service talk about the way the child will grow in faith to take a full part in the Church through the sacraments and be taught to live a Christian life.  The one being baptised is anointed with the oil of Chrism.  This is blessed by the bishop during Holy Week and is used in baptism, confirmation, the ordination of priests and the coronation of kings and queens.  This is something we share with the Anglican communion.  In 1953 the anointing of the Queen with chrism was thought to be too sacred to be shown in the televisation of the coronation service.  This anointing with chrism is a sign of sharing in the life of Christ as priest, prophet and king, sharing in that active ministry that we see Jesus beginning today.

As we reflect on the baptism of Jesus so we can give thanks for the gift of our own baptism. We give thanks that through the life, death and resurrection of Christ we can come to “share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity”, as the priest says as he mixes the water and wine at the offertory of the Mass.  We can reflect to on what it means for us in the way we live our lives and ask ourselves how we are called to share in the ministry of Christ.

Fr Chris Pedley, SJ.

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 presentations by those working in homeless services and a reception afterwards in the hall.  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.

 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 farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk

 

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. Online bookings can also be made by the following the link at www. farmstreet.org.uk. The closing date for booking is 20th January 2019.

Request for Raffle and Auction Prizes

The raffle and auctions held during the ball help us to raise funds to support various good causes including Farm Street’s Homeless Shelter. Prizes have included theatre, sports, concert and opera tickets, luxury items, holiday stays and one-off experiences. If you would like to donate a prize, please leave this at reception marked FAO: Charity Ball Committee. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

VISITING CHOIR

Farm Street Church will be hosting the choir of Ellesmere College Saturday 19th January. They will be singing a repertoire of choral and sacred music at a concert in the church at 7pm. All are most welcome to attend.

 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 farmstreet@rcdow.org.uk leaving your name and contact details

 MARTYRS PLAQUE UNVEILING

All are warmly invited to the unveiling of a new plaque commemorating those Catholics executed at Tyburn Gallows in 1679 and 1681 and whose remains are buried in unmarked graves in St Giles-in-the-Fields Churchyard, near Tottenham Court Road. These include 6 Jesuit priests. The Service of Unveiling takes place during Choral Evensong at St Giles-in-the-Fields at 6:30pm on Sunday January 20th, the Sunday of Christian Unity Week. Please do come along to participate in this important and historic event. It would be very good to have a good turnout from Farm Street.

ROSARY VIGIL

The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. The next Rosary Procession Vigil, led by Father Jacob Hausman, CFR, will be held on the morning of Saturday 19th January at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB. For more information contact 01727 763832 or e-mail marg@helpersuk.org

BRIDGE

The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome.  Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

 

MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

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: January 16th, 2019)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: February 14h, 2019)

 

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.

 

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?