Third Sunday in Advent– Year C – 16th December 2018

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Zephaniah 3:14-18       Isaiah 12

Philippians 4:4-7      Luke 3:10-18

“ARE WE THERE YET?”

Waiting is such a common human activity that we may rarely think of it as a phenomenon in itself. Yet Advent is all about waiting and our Advent reflections should bear this in mind. What then is waiting? I would say it is that condition we find ourselves in when our mind is focused on a future event which concerns us to the extent that our mind will not be “back to normal” until the event is past. There is “negative” waiting: the waiting that gives rise to irritability (the check-out queue) or anger (the traffic jam). There is the waiting that produces anxiety and stress: waiting for a school exam result or the results of medical tests. There is “positive” waiting: counting the weeks till the holidays or a birthday, or the eager anticipation of a child in mid-journey, “Are we there yet?”

There is a very special kind of waiting during pregnancy. As we accompany Mary on her journey to Bethlehem, we are invited to reflect on what it means to have a life within one’s own body and to carry that life in all its fragility. Mary had the assurance of an angel that her child would be born, but for most mothers throughout history the chances of a safe and successful delivery have not been good. Pregnancy itself has often been treated as a variety of being “unwell”, and the “delicate condition” has been adorned with many euphemisms. Mary’s journey was rough; our Saviour’s birth was less than antiseptic. Only a woman can know what this kind of waiting involves.

Waiting for Christmas surely falls under the heading of “positive” waiting. At least one hopes so. We approach the celebration of Christ’s birth with a preparatory season of serious (but not penitential) reflection and prayer. Advent reminds us that Time itself has been redeemed. Human time is no longer a futile succession of endlessly recurring events but a purpose-filled history – “salvation history” – whose centre is the Incarnation. We are in God’s time. The Lord of all human history enters into our personal history too and our lives are filled with purpose.  The Lord of history is the Lord of our hearts. This knowledge gives us the confidence to live in the joy which we express today on this “Gaudete” Sunday: “Rejoice in the Lord always!”

And we rejoice above all because “the Lord is near”. He came to us two thousand years ago; He will come again in glory; He comes to us throughout our lives in a thousand ways.. The Church invites us to be “ready to greet Him when He comes again.” At every Mass we pray to God, “protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Let this be our Advent theme always: joy and hope!

 

May God bless you all,

 

Fr William Pearsall, SJ.

Article from the archives. First published in the Farm Street Church newsletter, 16th December 2007

A MESSAGE FROM FR ANDREW

I am writing to express my sincere thanks to all who came to the Mass on December 7th and to the parish hall afterwards.  The choir was in typically splendid form and the two commissions were stunning.  Thank you for arranging the farewell event and for the most generous gift, and the many expressions of gratitude for my time and ministry as Parish Priest.  Assuring you all of my prayers for the Christmas season.

Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ

 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN 2018

  1. Children’s Christmas Play (6pm Mass on Christmas Eve):If you wish your child(ren) to take part in the Christmas play, which is an integral part of the 6pm Christmas Vigil Mass,  please complete the form ( available at the back of the church)  and submit it to either Leninha or Fr. Chris Pedley by 1st December.The rehearsal dates for the play are: 23rd December from 10.30-11.30am and 24th December at 5pm leading into the 6pm Mass.

 

2) Christmas Gifts:  The offering of the gifts for children at Christmas last year was a great success. If you would like to join us in a gesture of generosity towards poor children at Christmas, please donate a new, or in good condition, wrapped gift. These will be collected during the offertory at the 9.30 Mass on 16th December.

 

3) Christmas Choir: All the children are invited to join the First Holy Communion group to sing Christmas songs in the Hall on 16th December after the 9.30am Mass.

 

 

Jesuit Missions Christmas Appeal 2018

Across the world Jesuit Missions is working to empower people to achieve their full potential. In Guyana, they are supporting young people to learn new skills after finishing school enhancing their employment opportunities, while in South Sudan they are supporting trained teachers enhancing the quality of education. Visit www.jesuitmissions.org.uk/christmas-appeal-2018/ for more information on how you can support their work this Christmas.

 

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. The closing date for booking is 20th January 2019.

ADVENT MUSIC

The Young Adult Ministries carol service will be on Monday 17th December at 7.30pm. Refreshments will follow in the parish hall. All are most welcome to attend.

 

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

The Mass times for the Christmas period will be as follows:

*Christmas Eve – 6pm, Children’s Mass

–11:30pm, Carols

– Midnight Mass

*Christmas Day – 8am, Mass with carols

9.30am, Family Mass

11am, Solemn Latin Mass

12.30pm, Mass with carols

* Boxing Day to

   Friday 28th   –1.05pm Mass only

* Saturday 29th

& Sunday 30th Normal Mass schedule

* Monday 31st1.05pm Mass only

Tuesday 1st     12 noon Mass only

 

 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.

 

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. Farm Street Church can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 donation. This is hugely beneficial to the parish.

 

 

CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

 

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

Our Regular Events

 

  • 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: December 19th, 2018)

     

    • Book Club

    2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: 10th January, 2019)

     

    There will be no meeting of the Bereavement and Loss Group on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

    NEW BEGINNINGS

    Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

    Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

    Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

     

    There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.

     

    IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

    Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

    Saturday 12th January 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.

     

    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.

     

Second Sunday in Advent– Year C – 9th December 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Baruch 5:1-9       Psalm 125

Philippians 1:3-11      Luke 3:1-6

LIVING THE GOSPEL THROUGH CONFESSION

Gospel reading for today, the Second Sunday of Advent, focuses our attention on the ministry of John the Baptist. He is preparing the way of the Lord by proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

One of the ways in which we can prepare for the coming of the Lord into our lives this Christmas is to ask for forgiveness for the wrong we have done and there is no better way to do this than to come to confession, the sacrament of reconciliation, and to make this a regular part of our Christian living.

Pope Francis underlines again and again the significance of this sacrament as a privileged place of our encounter with Jesus, with his love, his mercy and forgiveness. He recommends coming to confession by his own example. We may remember seeing photographs of him in St Peter’s Basilica both hearing and going to confession.

When talking to groups of priests, the Pope frequently speaks of the qualities of a good confessor, the welcome and encouragement they give and the kindness they show to all who come to them. Those leaving the confessional should do so with a smile on their faces and a spring in their step, clear in their minds that they will happily come again. I know what a difference it makes to me and my following of Jesus when I experience these qualities in confession and receive some advice which helps me discern that much more clearly the call of the Lord in my life.

A friend of mine shared with me not so long ago a chapter from a book by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a former Archbishop of Milan, in which he writes about how to prepare for confession. She found his words helpful and I have too. First, we remember what we are most grateful for; then we call to mind what we need to confess and finally we look forward and identify the help we need from the Lord to live our lives as his disciples today.

Following the Cardinal’s advice, when we go to confession we ask forgiveness for our sins while also thanking the Lord for his goodness to us and asking for his help to live the Gospel more consistently, more wholeheartedly and more joyfully. This makes of the sacrament an integral part of our following of Jesus, thereby, we trust, helping prepare the way of the Lord for those we live and work with and who otherwise meet us in the course of their daily lives.

Fr Michael Holman SJ

 

MASS CANCELLATION

Due to recording in the church, there will be no 6pm Mass in the church on Tuesday 11th December. The church will also be closed early. Apologies for any inconvenience that may result from this.

 

FUNERAL

The Funeral Mass for Francis Charles Borromeo Fernandes, Maria our sacristan’s brother, will be celebrated in the church on Thursday December 13th at 11:00am. All are welcome.

 

 BOOK TALK

On Wednesday 12th December, prize-winning author Ian Thomson will give a talk on ‘Dante as a Catholic Thinker’ to coincide with the publication of his latest book, Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Journey Without End. This will take place in the parish hall at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available and signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.

 

 CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN 2018

  1. Children’s Christmas Play (6pm Mass on Christmas Eve):If you wish your child(ren) to take part in the Christmas play, which is an integral part of the 6pm Christmas Vigil Mass,  please fill the form ( available at the back of the church)  and submit it to either Leninha or Fr. Chris Pedley by the 1st December. The rehearsal dates for the play are: 23rd December from 10.30-11.30am and 24th December at 5pm leading into the 6pm Mass.

 

2) Christmas Gifts:  The offering of the gifts for children at Christmas last year was a great success. If you would like to join us in a gesture of generosity towards poor children at Christmas, please donate a new, or in good condition, wrapped gift. These will be collected during the offertory at the 9.30 Mass on 16th December.

 

3) Christmas Choir: All the children are invited to join the First Holy Communion group to sing Christmas songs in the Hall on 16th December after the 9.30am Mass.

BEING A CHRISTIAN TODAY SURVEY

We invite you to fill in the anonymous online survey ‘Being a Christian in the UK today’ led by the all-party parliamentary group Christians in Parliament. The questionnaire seeks views on the contribution Christians make to society, the freedoms we enjoy, and any barriers that might exist. The survey is open until 16 December, at: http://www.christiansinparliament.org.uk/inquiry/

 

ADVENT MUSIC

* Thursday 13th December – 7pm – Aid to the Church in Need Carol Service

*Monday 17th December – 7pm- Young Adult Ministries Carol Service

 

PARISH CHRISTMAS FAYRE

The Parish Christmas Fayre will take place in the Hall next Sunday, December 16th after the 9:30am and 11am Masses.  All welcome.

 

 SIMBANG GABI

The Filipino Christmas celebration of Simbang Gabi will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 19th December. All are most welcome to attend.

 

 CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

The Mass times for the Christmas period will be as follows:

*Christmas Eve – 6pm, Children’s Mass

–11:30pm, Carols

– Midnight Mass

*Christmas Day – 8am, Low Mass

9.30am, Family Mass

11am, Solemn Latin Mass

12.30pm, Low Mass

* Boxing Day to

   Friday 28th    –1.05pm Mass only

* Saturday 29th

& Sunday 30th Normal Mass schedule

* Monday 31st –           1.05pm Mass only

Tuesday 1st      12 noon Mass only

           

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. Farm Street Church can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 donation. This is hugely beneficial to the parish.

 

CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

 

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

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: December 19th, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: December 13th, 2018)

 

There will be no meeting of the Bereavement and Loss Group on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

 

There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th January 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.

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.

 

 

 

First Sunday in Advent– Year C – 2nd December 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Jeremiah 33:14-16         Psalm 24

I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2       Luke 21:25-36

OUR ADVENT JOURNEY

Advent means coming or arrival. So Advent is a period of waiting for someone to come, for the coming of the Lord. It’s a time of anticipation and preparation. Waiting is a part of our daily lives. We wait at traffic lights. We wait for loved ones at airports and train stations, often looking at information screens and our watch, or texting. We wait for someone to answer the phone as we are put on hold. We wait for hospital appointments. We wait for the birth of a child in our family, or for someone to die. Elsewhere in our world, people wait for a war to cease, for food to arrive. Waiting stirs a wide range of emotions. We can be frustrated, impatient or angry. We can become excited or hopeful. Much depends on what or whom we are waiting for. Waiting increases our awareness that we are not in control, that we are dependent, that we are poor. Because of this, waiting has enormous potential for growth in Christian discipleship.

 

In Advent we wait at three levels. Firstly, in the Old Testament readings at Mass, we are caught up in the longing, hoping and waiting of the people of Israel for the coming of the Messiah, the one God would send to bring them forgiveness and freedom, peace, joy and prosperity. We live with them the unfolding of their dreams as, through the great prophets, they voice their yearnings. Many of those yearnings and dreams echo in us, for they are the basic yearnings and needs of us all. As we listen and ponder, we are drawn into their hopes, their trust in God’s faithful love and that God will be true to God’s promises.

 

Secondly, as Christians we know this waiting and anticipation was historically fulfilled in the coming of Jesus: his birth in Bethlehem, his life among us, his death, resurrection and the outpouring of his Spirit. So we look back, we remember in wonder and thanksgiving. But we also look forward. We are awaiting, anticipating and preparing for our liturgical celebration of that coming and all that it means – preparing for Christmas. We believe that in our liturgy that past moment is made present again. Christmas is a graced moment, a strong yet gentle experience of God’s presence, his being with us, our Emmanuel. Liturgy is a re-presentation, a making present again. There is the external preparation in its many forms, and the preparation of our hearts for that coming. This is a very special waiting.

In the third place, our looking to the past whilst celebrating in the present points us to the future again, but this time from our current perspective. In the Advent Sunday readings there is a sense of waiting, anticipating, preparing for that other coming of Jesus the Lord at the end of life, at the end of the world. The latter is sometimes referred to as the second coming or Parousia. There is a different feel to this kind of waiting, linked with the element of his coming in judgement as well as his coming for salvation. This helps us keep the other dimensions in perspective. The best way to prepare for the second coming is to prepare well for Christmas, and allow that coming of Jesus to transform our hearts and our lives. Even if we aren’t quite as youthful as we used to be, there is still a magic in the three levels of the Advent season.

Brian Purfield

Adult Faith Formation,

Mount Street Jesuit Centre

MASS CANCELLATION

Due to recording in the church, there will be no 6pm Mass in the church on Tuesday 11th December. The church will also be closed early. Apologies for any inconvenience that may result from this.

 BOOK TALK

On Wednesday 12th December, prize-winning author Ian Thomson will give a talk on ‘Dante as a Catholic Thinker’ to coincide with the publication of his latest book, Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Journey Without End. This will take place in the parish hall at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available and signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.

 FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

The vigil of our patronal feast will be celebrated with a solemn sung Mass at 7pm on Friday 7th December. This will also mark the formal farewell by the parish to Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat. Please note that Cardinal Nichols will now not be able to attend.

 CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN 2018

  1. Children’s Christmas Play (6pm Mass on Christmas Eve):If you wish your child(ren) to take part in the Christmas play, which is an integral part of the 6pm Christmas Vigil Mass,  please fill the form ( available at the back of the church)  and submit it to either Leninha or Fr. Chris Pedley by the 1st December. The rehearsal dates for the play are: 23rd December from 10.30-11.30am and 24th December at 5pm leading into the 6pm Mass.

 

2) Christmas Gifts:  The offering of the gifts for children at Christmas last year was a great success. If you would like to join us in a gesture of generosity towards poor children at Christmas, please donate a new, or in good condition, wrapped gift. These will be collected during the offertory at the 9.30 Mass on 16th December.

 

3) Christmas Choir: All the children are invited to join the First Holy Communion group to sing Christmas songs in the Hall on 16th December after the 9.30am Mass.

BEING A CHRISTIAN TODAY SURVEY

We invite you to fill in the anonymous online survey ‘Being a Christian in the UK today’ led by the all-party parliamentary group Christians in Parliament. The questionnaire seeks views on the contribution Christians make to society, the freedoms we enjoy, and any barriers that might exist. The survey is open until 16 December, at: http://www.christiansinparliament.org.uk/inquiry/

ADVENT MUSIC

Farm Street Church will be hosting a number of Advent carol services in the upcoming weeks:

*Sunday 2nd December – 4pm – Extracts from Handel’s Messiah

*Monday 3rd December – 7pm – Jesuit Refugee Service Carol Service

* Tuesday 4th December – 7pm – Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Carol Service

* Thursday 6th December – 6.30pm – Stonyhurst Carol Service

* Thursday 13th December – 7pm – Aid to the Church in Need Carol Service

*Monday 17th December – 7pm- Young Adult Ministries Carol Service

As these services, with the exception of Messiah, are being organized by outside charities, a collection will be taken at each service for the work of the charities. Please contact the relevant charity for more information.

 CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

The Mass times for the Christmas period will be as follows:

*Christmas Eve – 6pm, Children’s Mass

–11:30pm, Carols

– Midnight Mass

*Christmas Day – 8am, Low Mass

9.30am, Family Mass

11am, Solemn Latin Mass

12.30pm, Low Mass

* Boxing Day to

   Friday 28th    –1.05pm Mass only

* Saturday 29th

& Sunday 30th Normal Mass schedule

* Monday 31st –           1.05pm Mass only

Tuesday 1st      12 noon Mass only

           

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. Farm Street Church can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 donation. This is hugely beneficial to the parish.

 

CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

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

Our Regular Events

 

• Guided 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: 19th December, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 13th December, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 2nd December, 2018)

THE COMING OF OUR GOD – PRAYER AND REFLECTION WITH THE GOSPEl OF LUKE

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

2 Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th, 11am-1pm

Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas with the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th December 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.

 

There will be no meeting on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th December 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.

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th January 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.

 

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.

 

 

Christ the King– Year B – 25th November 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Daniel 7:13-14    Psalm 92

Apocalypse 1:5-8       John 18:33-37

SEARCHING FOR THE KING

The seething mass of humanity roams the face of the earth. Through generation after generation we toil and sweat and search. In the midst of our labours we see that we are alone but not slaves, so we seek the Source from which we came and we ask the questions which define our species. The Aztecs, the pre-Socratics, the dynasties of China and the Jews, amongst many, many others, record their results. Many and varied are the answers but the questions remains: Who are we? Why are we here?

Those questions have not gone away. Through all of our searching lies the longing to know, to taste the fruit of the tree of knowledge of ultimate things: a longing captured most eloquently in the allegory of the Garden in the Book of Genesis of the Torah and the projection of an innocence now lost to us. If only we could recapture it; if only we could start again, we ask ourselves. But we cannot

We know how perennial and unchanging our state is and how some have fashioned answers which fail to convince. Some wish us to follow them, but they, too, are but human. This still does not stop us from blindly tying ourselves to a political or military regime whose promises of liberation still seduce year after year. Perhaps it is our desperation for something to cling on to, something we recognise, that spurs us to fall for this illusion.

Yet planted within us lies a question which remains. From Aristotle to Dostoyevsky, from Camus to Edith Stein comes the articulation of this phenomenon which is so singularly human. The Jesuit thinker Karl Rahner posits it most succinctly: the question is not is there a God but what kind of God is there?

Do not think that we have moved so far from ancient times. We still fashion for ourselves the Golden Calves whom we worship be it political or military success, fame and fortune, acceptance and popularity…..our list of what we will spend our lives in pursuit of lies deep and endless.

But we are not alone. Out of the depths comes the cry. And the cry is heard. The Prophet Daniel is one to whom the vision is given and so begins the Answer. Still we try to capture and control, but God will not be contained. Our recent history, recorded in so many ways in Sacred Scripture, testifies to God’s ways and they are the strangest thing we have come across. The analogy today fails miserably but it is all we have – a King who is like nothing we could ever expect.

The darkness of the massacres, the concentration camps and the wars which still scar the face of the earth are met with His power. The answer is there but we remain deaf, blind and dumb to it. Still, remarkably and unbelievably, it remains.

If we can bring ourselves to feel the sufferings of others and of ourselves, we might catch a glimmer of its light and beauty just once in our lifetime and begin the change, the conversion, which we would gladly give our lives for. If only we knew what is being offered. Because the answer is itself a life – a life freely given, for us: God in the form of a man, who deigned to walk the face of the earth.

 Fr James Campbell, S.J.

From the archives. First published in Farm Street Church newsletter 26th November, 2006.

 

MONTH OF HOLY SOULS

For the month of November, Jesuits in Britain have made it possible to light a virtual candle in memory of those you remember and submit their names for prayer on their website.  To light a virtual candle in memory of your loved ones, send us their names using the link below.

www.jesuit.org.uk/candles

The names will be added to the book of remembrance in church where they will be prayed for during Masses throughout November.

 

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

The vigil of our patronal feast will be celebrated with a solemn sung Mass at 7pm on Friday 7th December. This will mark the formal farewell by the parish to Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

 

JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE AT HOME Scheme Open Evening

The Hurtado Jesuit Centre is holding an ‘open evening’ for their hosting scheme, by which destitute asylum seekers are hosted by members of the community in London, on a three- month basis. This is an opportunity to hear a presentation on the process of hosting through JRS, to ask any questions you may have on becoming a host, and also to hear from a host whom has had several guests through At Home.

This is an open, no-pressure evening in which all questions are welcomed. If you have a spare room in London, and would consider opening your home to provide a warm and welcoming environment to a destitute asylum seeker, please do come along.

The meeting will be 630- 730pm (arrivals from 6pm) on Tuesday 27th November, at their centre in Wapping: Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler Street, London, E1W 2QT. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Naomi, At Home Project Coordinator via naomi.turner@jrs.net or 02074887313.

WEST LONDON MAYORAL ACCOUNTABILITY SESSION

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will report on his action to West London citizens at St George’s Cathedral on 29 November, from 7 to 9pm. This is a unique opportunity to share your experience as a citizen living in the area, and raise the concerns you may have. Tickets must be booked in advance. More details: https://goo.gl/QjjDWG

 

The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED

Wednesday 28th November is ‘Red Wednesday’ and is a day to show solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters suffering persecution throughout the world. All are invited to the following vigil:

Parliament Square, SW1P 3BD
5:30pm Gathering and talks
6:00pm Candle Procession to Westminster Cathedral
6:10pm Cross Procession of clergy and faith groups to Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral Piazza, SW1E 5BP
5:00pm Cathedral lights up red, film and live music
6:20pm Arrival of Candle Procession
6:25pm Arrival of Cross Procession
6:30pm Live link to Aleppo, Syria
Hymns & Prayers

7:30pm Event ends

The Mount Street façade of the church will be illuminated red in the days leading up to Red Wednesday.

Tango Shelter 2018

Volunteers are sought for an evening of tango dancing at Tango Shelter 2018 in the hall, Saturday 8th December, 16:30 – 22:00, to set-up chairs, take down, manage tickets/reception, manage the kitchen, and facilitate refreshments.

This is not an official Farm Street event, but funds raised will be donated to the work Farm Street Church undertakes with the homeless. It will also celebrate Latin American Pope Francis’ birthday, and follows on from a successful event last year.
If you are able to help, please contact Warren Edwardes at tango@edwardes.org

ADVENT MUSIC

Farm Street Church will be hosting a number of Advent carol services in the upcoming weeks:

*Sunday 2nd December – 4pm – Extracts from Handel’s Messiah

*Monday 3rd December – 7pm – Jesuit Refugee Service Carol Service

* Tuesday 4th December – 7pm – Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Carol Service

* Thursday 6th December – 7.30pm – Stonyhurst Carol Service

* Thursday 13th December – 7pm – Aid to the Church in Need Carol Service

*Monday 17th December – 7pm- Young Adult Ministries Carol Service

As these services, with the exception of Messiah, are being organized by outside charities, there may be a charge to attend. Please contact the relevant charity for more information.

 

EASY WAY TO DONATE

You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering: just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070
You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.

CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

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

Our Regular Events

 

Our Regular Events

 

• Guided 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: 19th December, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 13th December, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 2nd December, 2018)

THE COMING OF OUR GOD –PRAYER AND REFLECTION WITH THE GOSPEl OF LUKE

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm repeated as a course 2 Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th, 11am-1pm

Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas with the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th December 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.

 

There will be no meeting on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th December 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.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

 

There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th January 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year B – 18th November 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Daniel 12:1-3      Psalm 15

Hebrews 10:11-14      Mark 13:24-32

APPROACHING ADVENT

we come to the end of the Church’s year the readings tend to focus on the end of time.  They forecast a time of conflict and cataclysm, a time when the faith of believers will be put to the test.  Ultimately, however, God will triumph.  We have some of this kind of writing today’s Gospel.  Jesus talks about “the powers of heaven being shaken” but then Christ himself, the Son of Man, will come in power and glory.

This kind of writing is particularly characteristic of the book of Daniel in the Old Testament and the book of Revelation or the Apocalypse in the New Testament.  We will here the book of Daniel in the readings at daily Mass in the last week of the year.  This week the daily readings are taken from the books of Maccabees.  This tells the story of Jewish resistance to attempts to impose Greek culture and particularly resistance to the king Antiocus Epiphanes.  It was in this context that the book of Daniel was written.  Its strange and dramatic language were meant to encourage those facing persecution, giving them confidence that God would triumph, not just in the present situation, but for all eternity.  It was a time when Jewish writing was beginning to talk about life after death, the way that martyrdom lead to eternal life and, also, the idea of praying for the dead.  In the imagery used it is often possible to see a commentary on the times in which it was written and references to Antiochus and the events the community were experiencing.

The same holds true for the book of Revelation.  Most scholars see much of the imagery as referring to the time of the Emperor Nero and the persecution being experienced by the Christians for whom it was written.  There is a danger of missing this and taking this kind of writing too literally.  Over the centuries this has led some Christians to all sorts of weird and wonderful interpretations, assuming that the events portrayed were happening in their own time.  The fundamental message is that of today’s Gospel.  Whatever we experience, whatever difficulties or struggles, we can have confidence in the ultimate triumph of Christ.  Christ is with us in these struggles.  We can rely on his love and care in our own time, even when he may seem distant and things may seem to be going badly.  Finally, we can rely his ultimate triumph, that all things will be restored in Christ.  This will be in a way beyond our imagining and the pictures we paint of that triumphant completion are always likely to be miss leading.  This time of year encourages us to have faith.  To trust in the power and love of God. This power and love which has shown itself in our world in the coming of Christ among us in the way we will shortly celebrate in the season of Advent.

 Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

 

MONTH OF HOLY SOULS

For the month of November, Jesuits in Britain have made it possible to light a virtual candle in memory of those you remember and submit their names for prayer on their website.  To light a virtual candle in memory of your loved ones, send us their names using the link below.

www.jesuit.org.uk/candles

The names will be added to the book of remembrance in church where they will be prayed for during Masses throughout November.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED

Wednesday 28th November is ‘Red Wednesday’ and is a day to show solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters suffering persecution throughout the world. All are invited to the following vigil:

Parliament Square, SW1P 3BD
5:30pm Gathering and talks
6:00pm Candle Procession to Westminster Cathedral
6:10pm Cross Procession of clergy and faith groups to Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral Piazza, SW1E 5BP
5:00pm Cathedral lights up red, film and live music
6:20pm Arrival of Candle Procession
6:25pm Arrival of Cross Procession
6:30pm Live link to Aleppo, Syria
Hymns & Prayers

7:30pm Event ends

The Mount Street façade of the church will be illuminated red in the days leading up to Red Wednesday

 FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

The vigil of our patronal feast will be celebrated with a solemn sung Mass at 7pm on Friday 7th December. The occasion will see the consecration of our new altar by HE Vincent Cardinal Nichols, followed by a reception in the hall. This will also mark the formal farewell by the parish to Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat.

 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 a presentation by the sculptor Timothy Schmaltz, who will join us from Canada especially for the occasion and by those working in homeless services.  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.

SLAVES IN OUR CITY

Caritas Westminster is hosting an evening raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery in our communities. Speakers include the Metropolitan Police, the Santa Marta Group, the Medaille Trust, and Caritas Bakhita House. The event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, from 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Farm Street Church. Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm. Please RSVP to caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk, or call on 0207 798 9030 for your free ticket. Alternatively, you can register your attendance on Eventbrite, by searching for ‘Slaves in our City’.

The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.

 

Tango Shelter 2018

Volunteers are sought for an evening of tango dancing at Tango Shelter 2018 in the hall, Saturday 8th December, 16:30 – 22:00, to set-up chairs, take down, manage tickets/reception, manage the kitchen, and facilitate refreshments.

This is not an official Farm Street event, but funds raised will be donated to the work Farm Street Church undertakes with the homeless. It will also celebrate Latin American Pope Francis’ birthday and follows on from a successful event last year.
If you are able to help, please contact Warren Edwardes at tango@edwardes.org

WEST LONDON MAYORAL ACCOUNTABILITY SESSION

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will report on his action to West London citizens at St George’s Cathedral on 29 November, from 7 to 9pm. This is a unique opportunity to share your experience as a citizen living in the area, and raise the concerns you may have. Tickets must be booked in advance. More details: https://goo.gl/QjjDWG

EASY WAY TO DONATE

You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering: just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070
You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.

CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

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

Our Regular Events

 

Our Regular Events

Our Regular Events

• Guided 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: 20th November, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 13th December, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 2nd December, 2018)

CHRISTIAN YOGA – PRAYING WITH YOUR BODY

Facilitated by Róisín McGrogan

Saturday 24th November 11am-4pm

This workshop will include breathwork, an exploration of physical representation of Christian prayer and scripture, a strong energetic yoga practice and a final Ignatian contemplation exercise on the Gospel. Bring water, bring a mat (and any other yoga props you usually use) and wear comfortable clothes you can move and stretch in.

 

THE COMING OF OUR GOD –PRAYER AND REFLECTION WITH THE GOSPEl OF LUKE

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm repeated as a course 2 Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th, 11am-1pm

Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas with the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th December 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.

There will be no meeting on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th December 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.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.