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28th Sunday of the Year – Year B – 14th October 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Wisdom 7:7-11    Psalm 89

Hebrews 4:12-13      Mark 10:17-30

COMMUNION OF THE SAINTS

This Sunday in Rome Pope Francis will canonise six saints:-

Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI (1897-1978, Pope 1963-1978).

Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdamez, Archbishop of San Salvador, martyr (1917-1980).

Francesco Spinelli, diocesan priest, founder of the Institute of Sisters of Adorers of the Most Holy Sacrament (1853-1913).

Vincenzo Romano, diocesan priest (1751-1831) working in Naples, noted for his work for orphans.

Maria Katharina Kasper, founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (1820-1898), noted for her work of the poor and the sick.

Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesus, founder of the Congregation of Missionary Crusaders of the Church (1889-1943).

Of these six the most famous are Paul VI and Archbishop Romero.  Paul VI became Pope during the Second Vatican Council and was the one who implemented the reforms of the Council in the challenging times of the 1960s and 1970s.  Among his achievements were our present liturgy and taking forward the work of Vatican II in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

Archbishop Romero was Archbishop at a time of violence and oppression in El Salvador where those in power operated death squads against those who stood up for the rights of the poor.  A number of Jesuits were murdered during this time including Romero’s friend Rutillio Grande.  Rutillio’s death deeply affected Romero and he took up the cause of the poor, calling for an end to violence and inequality.  He was murdered by a death squad while saying Mass.

What Paul VI and Archbishop Romero have in common is their concern for social justice and the needs of the poor.  For them Christianity was not simply a religion of me and God or of individual charity.  For them the Gospel required that the Church speak out against violence, oppression and poverty.  The Gospel has economic and political implications.  Paul VI frequently prayed and spoke out for peace and he produced his great social encyclical Populorum Progressio.  These are themes which subsequent popes have taken up and which are particularly stressed by Pope Francis.

It is the canonisation of Archbishop Romero which is likely to receive the greatest attention and we will be marking that particularly in our church this weekend.  These canonisations remind us of that we too are called to give attention to the social questions of our own time.  The kind of violence on behalf of the powerful Romero experienced is still to be found in many places today.  In many places economic inequality and poverty are, if anything, greater than in the time of Paul VI or of Archbishop Romero.  The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change brings home to us the changes we all need to make if we are really to live out our Christian responsibilities for creation and for our brothers and sisters, including those of future generations.  This is something Pope Francis has particularly stressed.  This is perhaps what the Cold War and the threat of nuclear war were in the time of Paul VI.  Let us ask the intercession of St Paul VI and St Oscar Romero that we may respond to the call of the Gospel in our own time.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.

WELCOME BACK TO FR JOSEPH

A very warm welcome back to Farm Street to Fr Joseph Mathew who is joining our regularly assisting clergy team to hear confessions and celebrate Masses on Sundays and some weekdays.  Fr Joseph was our parish deacon in 2014/15.

 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.

 

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.

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

The St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact   Yasko Kurahachi on   y.kurahachi@gmail.com or 07932 784 999.

 

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We urgently need help at the front reception in the evenings on Tuesday and Fridays between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a Month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234.

COLLECTION VOUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteer are needed to assist with the parish collection count on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm. If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the Parish Accountant, Patricia Morgan, on 020 7529 4801 or at farmstreetfin@rcdow.org.uk. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.

Volunteer for CAFOD.

CAFOD is looking for volunteers with public speaking skills to promote our work in Parishes and Schools. Please email tsheen@cafod.org.uk  for further details.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
The SPUC is currently organizing a letter-writing campaign to MPs urging them to oppose further relaxing of UK abortion laws including the possibility of decriminalization in Northern Ireland.  MPs are due to vote on an abortion Ten Minute Rule Bill on the 23rd October 2018. For further information on how to write to your MP about this issue, visit http://www.spuc.org.uk.

THE PASSAGE

Support the excellent work of The Passage by considering attending its annual concert Night Under The Stars at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm. This year’s concert is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. For details and booking visit https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118993-night-under-stars-northern-lights-2018 or telephone 020 3879 9555.

BUILDING A BRIDGE REFLECTION

The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to come for monthly discussions using the book by Fr. James Martin SJ – Building A Bridge – how the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity.  Thursday 25 October, 18.30 – 20.30 The Parish Hall.

PUGIN SOCIETY

Would you be interested in learning more about AWN Pugin, the eminent Victorian architect who designed  the High altar for this church and the interiors of the Houses of Parliament? The Pugin Society, founded in 1995, offers a lively range of events, study tours, talks and publications.  Details: www.thepuginsociety.co.uk

 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.

 

REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by Armel Yoro is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”

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: 17th October, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 11th October, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (booking necessary)

Chosen and Called: Vocation in the Scriptures and our Vocation Today

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 9th -16th October 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 10th-17th October 7-8.30pm

The first talk explores vocation in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), what it reveals to us and its meanings for us today.  The second talk explores what the Gospels and other New Testament writings reveal about being called by God to a given life task and what this means for us today.

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th October 11am-4pm

These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.

There is no need to book for these days, just come along.

Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Barbara Wilson and TBC

Wednesdays, 17th October-21st November 2-3.30pm

An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.

Beginning with developing stillness and awareness, we then move on to the use of our imagination and into opening our lives more fully to the love of God. Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.

Life Before Death: The Psychology of Flourishing

Facilitated by Roger Dawson SJ

Saturday 20th October 11am-4pm

This workshop will introduce and explain the approach to flourishing in life before death with examples and practical exercises, and will make the link with our Christian faith and Ignatian spirituality. We shall also look at applying this as a psychology for dealing with tough times.

Towards a New World with Pope Francis

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 27th October 11am-4pm

We will look at the various increasing problems we face around the world, and how they are seen in Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato ‘Si’.  What’s causing all these problems?  And what can we actually do about them?  How can we move towards a better world, and intimately into the Kingdom of God?

Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet – Our Story Too?

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 30th October-27th November 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 31st October-28th November 7-8.30pm

Jonah is the only prophet who needed to be called twice. In this short course we will reflect on his story: his struggles with his identity and his purpose in life, as well as his struggle to understand the meaning of God’s merciful love. His story can speak to us and can challenge us to reflect on our own story.

 

 

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27th Sunday of the Year – Year B – 7th October

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Genesis 2:18-24  Psalm 127

Hebrews 2:9-11      Mark 10:2-16

WE PROCLAIM CHRIST TO THE WORLD

Sunday,  14 October, Pope Francis will canonise Pope Paul VI at a mass taking place during the Synod on Young People which began last Wednesday, 3 October.

Giovanni Battista Montini became Pope in 1963 and presided over the final sessions of the Second Vatican Council which his predecessor Pope St John XXIII had inaugurated in 1962. Pope Paul’s pontificate was dedicated to the implementation of the decrees of Vatican II. It is appropriate that he should be canonised during the Synod as the synodal process was one of the reforms he introduced following the Council.

He was especially concerned that the Church should understand itself as “missionary” and that Christians, wherever they were, should proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in their families and at work thereby helping to bring about the Kingdom of God in their time.

Pope Paul was motivated by a personal love for Jesus Christ and it was that love which impelled him to preach the Gospel, as he once movingly explained in a homily:

Not to preach the Gospel would be my undoing, for Christ himself sent me as his apostle and witness. The more remote, the more difficult the assignment, the more my love of God spurs me on. I am bound to proclaim that Jesus is Christ, the Son of the living God. Because of him we come to know the God we cannot see. He is the firstborn of all creation; in him all things find their being. Man’s teacher and redeemer, he was born for us, died for us, and for us he rose from the dead.

 All things, all history converges in Christ. A man of sorrow and hope, he knows us and loves us. As our friend he stays by us throughout our lives; at the end of time he will come to be our judge; but we also know that he will be the complete fulfilment of our lives and our great happiness for all eternity.

 I can never cease to speak of Christ for he is our truth and our light; he is the way, the truth and the life. He is our bread, our source of living water who allays our hunger and satisfies our thirst. He is our shepherd, our leader, our ideal, our comforter and our brother.

 He is like us but more perfectly human, simple, poor, humble, and yet, while burdened with work, he is more patient. He spoke on our behalf; he worked miracles; and he founded a new kingdom: in it the poor are happy; peace is the foundation of a life in common; where the pure of heart and those who mourn are uplifted and comforted; the hungry find justice; sinners are forgiven; and all discover that they are brothers.

 The image I present to you is the image of Jesus Christ. As Christians you share his name; he has already made most of you his own. So once again I repeat his name to you Christians and I proclaim to all men: Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, Lord of the new universe, the great hidden key to human history and the part we play in it. He is the mediator – the bridge, if you will – between heaven and earth. Above all he is the Son of man, more perfect than any man, being also the Son of God, eternal and infinite. He is the son of Mary his mother on earth, more blessed than any woman. She is also our mother in the spiritual communion of the mystical body.

 Remember: it is Jesus Christ I preach day in and day out. His name I would see echo and re-echo for all time even to the ends of the earth.

May the example and prayers of the soon to be Pope St Paul VI, this good man who laboured long and hard for the Church, help us to find in Jesus our Way, Truth and Life and the courage and strength we need to proclaim Him to the men and women of our day.

 Fr Michael Holman, S.J.

 

Induction of new parish priest

We welcome Bishop Nicholas Hudson to the 11am Mass today to formally induct Fr Dominic Robinson as the new parish priest. We also welcome Bishop Paul Hendricks and other clergy who present. An especially warm greeting is extended to our friends from other denominations and local community leaders who are here to share in this occasion. After the Mass refreshments will be served in the parish hall to which all are invited.

 BOOK LAUNCH

On Thursday October 11, there will be a book launch in the Parish Hall at 6.30pm  of Fr Peter Edmonds’ new book on the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke (The Way Companion to the Synoptic Gospels). Fr Peter SJ has been assisting regularly in the parish for the last two years. All are welcome to attend.

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.

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

The St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact   Yasko Kurahachi on   y.kurahachi@gmail.com or 07932 784 999.

 

REFUGEES: WHERE TO START? A PARISH RESPONSE

Join us for an evening of practical advice on understanding the nature and challenges of the refugee crisis and how parishes, groups and individuals can play their part in alleviating ‘the wounds of refugees’ (Pope Francis). Bishop Paul McAleenan will be leading the event, and will be joined by other organisations including the Jesuit Refugee Service, Enfield Welcome Group, Notre Dame Refugee Service and the Haringey Mgrant Support Centre, as well as many others. The event will be held on Thursday 11th October, 7-9pm, at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN.  Tea and coffee will be available from 6.30pm. Please RSVP to caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk, or call on 0207 798 9030.

 

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We urgently need help at the front reception in the evenings on Tuesday and Fridays between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a Month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234.

COLLECTION VOUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteer are needed to assist with the parish collection count on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm. If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the Parish Accountant, Patricia Morgan, on 020 7529 4801 or at farmstreetfin@rcdow.org.uk. Her office days are Tuesday to Thursday.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
The SPUC is currently organizing a letter-writing campaign to MPs urging them to oppose further relaxing of UK abortion laws including the possibility of decriminalization in Northern Ireland.  MPs are due to vote on an abortion Ten Minute Rule Bill on the 23rd October 2018. For further information on how to write to your MP about this issue, visit http://www.spuc.org.uk.

THE PASSAGE

Support the excellent work of The Passage by considering attending its annual concert Night Under The Stars at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm. This year’s concert is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. For details and booking visit https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118993-night-under-stars-northern-lights-2018 or telephone 020 3879 9555.

BUILDING A BRIDGE REFLECTION

The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to come for monthly discussions using the book by Fr. James Martin SJ – Building A Bridge – how the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity.  Thursday 25 October, 18.30 – 20.30 The Parish Hall.

 

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.

 

REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by Armel Yoro is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”

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: 17th October, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 11th October, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (booking necessary)

Chosen and Called: Vocation in the Scriptures and our Vocation Today

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 9th -16th October 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 10th-17th October 7-8.30pm

The first talk explores vocation in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), what it reveals to us and its meanings for us today.  The second talk explores what the Gospels and other New Testament writings reveal about being called by God to a given life task and what this means for us today.

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 13th October 11am-4pm

These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.

 

There is no need to book for these days, just come along.

Sadhana: A Way to God

Facilitated by Barbara Wilson and TBC

Wednesdays, 17th October-21st November 2-3.30pm

An opportunity to be guided through a series of exercises taken from Anthony de Mello’s book, Sadhana – A Way to God.

Beginning with developing stillness and awareness, we then move on to the use of our imagination and into opening our lives more fully to the love of God. Most people, he believes, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Sadhana helps you to do this.

Life Before Death: The Psychology of Flourishing

Facilitated by Roger Dawson SJ

Saturday 20th October 11am-4pm

This workshop will introduce and explain the approach to flourishing in life before death with examples and practical exercises, and will make the link with our Christian faith and Ignatian spirituality. We shall also look at applying this as a psychology for dealing with tough times.

Towards a New World with Pope Francis

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 27th October 11am-4pm

We will look at the various increasing problems we face around the world, and how they are seen in Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato ‘Si’.  What’s causing all these problems?  And what can we actually do about them?  How can we move towards a better world, and intimately into the Kingdom of God?

Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet – Our Story Too?

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 30th October-27th November 11am-1pm repeated on Wednesdays 31st October-28th November 7-8.30pm

Jonah is the only prophet who needed to be called twice. In this short course we will reflect on his story: his struggles with his identity and his purpose in life, as well as his struggle to understand the meaning of God’s merciful love. His story can speak to us and can challenge us to reflect on our own story.

 

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23rd Sunday of the Year B – 9th September 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Isaiah 35:4-7       Psalm 145

James 2:1-5      Mark 7:1-23

THE SPIRIT OF FARM STREET

As I leave near the end of this month after sixteenth privileged years of serving the parish I am consulting my vibes about Farm Street. This is what they tell me:

BEAUTY: there is a hymn which begins “ Praise ye the Lord in the beauty of holiness”. The beauty of our church (especially in the refurbishment Father Andrew has effected through generous donors) helps so many to pray. So does the beauty of the many forms of Liturgy and music, and the silence too.

WELCOME: People from many different countries find a warm welcome here from our varied congregation. Many who are not church-goers find a welcome here as they come to baptisms, weddings and funerals. Young adults find a special welcome, and so do children. A sign of all this: the clear glass main doors so that passers- by may look in, and many do.

OUTREACH: We reach out to those seeking a closer relationship with Our Lord in prayer and in knowledge  through the Mount Street Jesuit Centre. We reach out to the poor and homeless through the SVP and the provision of night shelter in the hall for several months of the year, along with a good meal given by local hotels and restaurants.

PRAYER IN ACTION / ACTION THROUGH PRAYER: That is a summing up of the Ignatian spirituality you hear in our homilies and read in our newsletter articles, “finding God in all things, and all things in God”.

Now I shall retire at 86 to our Noviceship Community in Birmingham, with a mission to support and encourage young men whose vocation to be Jesuits is being tested and formed. Like our congregations here they are international, coming from Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands. From a two week holiday with them recently I have experienced that they draw out energy in me and keep me young. Your prayers please for this new work. I shall miss you. But I shall keep the parish in my prayers and you may see me back from time to time singing the 11.00 Mass.

Fr. Tony Nye S.J.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Next Programme 2018/19

Start date: 7th October 2018

Celebration: 9th June 2019

If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us on farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk to request an application form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street. Forms must be returned by September 30th 2018.

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

  31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

We are inviting you to join our third annual 31 days of St Ignatius, a month long celebration of all things Ignatian with a series of 31 daily messages guiding you through the different Ignatian ways to pray throughout July culminating on St Ignatius feast day on the 31st.  Each week in July, we explore a different style of Ignatian prayer into help and guide you into a deeper relationship with God. To take part in the celebrations, simply sign up to receive the 31 Days of St Ignatius daily email at www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius and each day in July, you will receive an inspiring prayer-centred message straight to your inbox. You can also view the messages and follow the celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofStIgnatius and on Facebook at JesuitsinBritain.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

The St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact   Yasko Kurahachi on   y.kurahachi@gmail.com or 07932 784 999.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
The Parish is looking for volunteers to help the integration of a Syrian family, who will be resettled in North London from June. We are looking for Arabic speakers, education professionals, HR experts, medical staff, and mental health specialists. Also, if you know about any accommodation that could be rented by the Parish to welcome other Syrian families, please do let us know so that we can make contact(s) with landlords. For any queries, please contact: lisa.ingrid.fraser@gmail.com

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Fr Peter Edmonds SJ who regularly assists in our church, reminds us of three books he has written, all available in the Bookshop and in Reception.

– To help you with the Sunday readings; “an informative and accessible guide” for every Sunday of the year, “The Way Companion to the Sunday Missal” (£10)

– A memoir of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land informed by a reading and course on St Luke: “A pilgrim’s guide to the land, personalities and the language of Luke”. “Rediscover Jesus” (£10)

– Just published: “The Way Companion to Synoptic Gospels”, an invitation to recognise the distinctive voices of Matthew, Mark and Luke and to make them our friends (£12)

RENOVATION OF THE SANCTUARY

Work to renovate the marble floor and steps in the sanctuary is well underway.  During the works the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Sacred Heart Chapel, and Masses are celebrated there during weekdays.  It is hoped to complete the work in the next couple of weeks.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.

FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH

If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php

WHEELCHAIR USERS

We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.

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).

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.

REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by Armel Yoro is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”

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

  • Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm
  • Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rdWednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)

 

Book Club

Facilitated by Marian Burling

Thursday 13th September 7-8.30pm

This is a book club with a slight difference. Yes, we will read books and meet monthly to share our thoughts and reflections. And yes we will all have a hand in choosing the books but the main focus will be spiritual reading that has significantly impacted on our lives. It will be shared confidentially and be framed with brief prayer.

 

We will start with ‘Falling Upwards’ by Richard Rohr a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province who is well known worldwide for his insight and inspiring teaching.

 

Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

Saturday 15th September 11am-4pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc.  Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm. There will be friendly faces and cake!

 

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton and Judith O’Driscoll

Saturday 22nd September 11am-4pm

What we refer to today as ‘Ignatian Spirituality’ has been attracting and transforming people for over 500 years. It is rooted in one’s daily life and is both practical and enriching.

 

Going Deeper with Ignatian Spirituality

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett and Mary Dodge

Thursdays, 27th September-1st November 6.30-8pm

For people who’ve had a taste of Ignatian Spirituality and want to go deeper in the context of a short six-week course. It can be seen as a follow-up to the popular Beginners’ Guide course. 

 

It will explore the basic principles of Ignatian discernment and provide an opportunity to experience some of the imaginative contemplations of the Spiritual Exercises.

 

Practical Theology

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 29th September 11am-4pm

We will examine our understanding of God, and the ways in which that is affected by the world we experience. We will look at how God is trying to save the world, and what that means, and look at several examples, including how the liberation theology movement has led to change in the way we view and participate in God’s saving action.

 

Global Healing – How our Faith Helps us to Care for Our Common House

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Thursday 4th October 7-8.30pm

How can we begin to reverse the damage we are doing to our planet? This short talk introduces the programme ‘Global Healing’ which is designed to help people engage creatively with the vital spirituality of an “ecological conversion” highlighted in Laudato Si, and reflects on how our faith helps us to care for our common home.

 

Feed your Marriage with God’s Word – A Way to Reflect on the Sunday Scriptures Together

Facilitated by Brian and Maureen Devine

Saturday 6th October 11am-4pm

This workshop will introduce and explore the dynamics of the trilogy of books ‘I Am With You’. These unique books are designed to help couples to see more clearly how God is at the centre of their relationship. Accepting and recognising that each relationship is unique, just as each person is, and loved by God just as they are, IAWY aims to help couples to appreciate and value their uniqueness, as well as God’s loving care for them in their daily and future life together.

 

Something on a Sunday – Art or Walk

Facilitated by Team Members

Sunday 7th October 2-5pm (Every 1st Sunday of each month)

An opportunity to spend Sunday afternoons with others enjoying leisure time together.   Venues will vary, so booking online is essential. Join us to enjoy: Art gallery visits, London walks, Nature walks, Friendship & community. This one will be at the National Gallery.

 

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22nd Sunday of the Year B – 2nd September 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Deuteronomy 4:1-8         Psalm 14

James 1:17-27      Mark 7:1-23

A CHURCH OF JUSTICE AND COMPASSION

In our scripture during the past week and again in this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus condemns scribes and pharisees as hypocrites – religious leaders put in positions of authority who misuse their power and greatly harm the faith of ordinary God-fearing people.

Over the past month the universal church has been subject to particularly upsetting media reports, especially in the United States, rocked by revelations regarding the covering up of abuse scandals by bishops and Vatican officials.  The recent visit by Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland gave him the opportunity to make a sincere apology for the abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church there.

I have been struck by two statements by Pope Francis, by the letter to the priests and people of the diocese by our Archbishop, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and also by a remarkable article in the Jesuit online journal “Thinking Faith”, written by Fr. James Hanvey SJ, the outgoing Master of Campion Hall, Oxford.

In his 2014 address to the Curia, Pope Francis invited its members to an examination of conscience: “A Curia that doesn’t criticize itself, that doesn’t update itself, that doesn’t seek to improve itself is a sick body… We tend to rely on our own thinking and strength and not on the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us.  We often think we know best when if we stepped back and asked the Holy Spirit, we might see things in a different light. Lord, I repent”.   Pope Francis intensified this call for greater openness to dialogue and sincere self-examination in the recent letter to the whole church: “It is impossible to think of a conversion of our activity as a Church that does not include the active participation of all the members of God’s People. Indeed, whenever we have tried to replace, or silence, or ignore, or reduce the People of God to small elites, we end up creating communities, projects, theological approaches, spiritualities and structures without roots, without memory, without faces, without bodies and ultimately, without lives.”  Pope Francis calls for an end to the damaging culture of clericalism, where an elite group rules over everyone in a manner that is exclusivist and ultimately destructive. “To say “no” to abuse is to say an emphatic “no” to all forms of clericalism.”

Our Archbishop, Cardinal Vincent, has given his full support to the Pope’s initiative and acknowledges failures in the local hierarchy in the past in dealing with the safeguarding of children and other vulnerable people from predatory behaviour. In his recent letter to all the clergy of the diocese, which he wished us to share with the people of our parish, he writes: “I am utterly ashamed that this evil has, for so long, found a place in our house, our Church. This evil has particular abhorrence because not only is it a terrible abuse of power, but also because, in its evil, it both employs and destroys the very goodness of faith and trust in God. As a Father in this House, I bear this shame in a direct way, for it is the direct responsibility of a father to protect his household from harm, no matter how difficult and complex that might be.”

Fr. James Hanvey SJ’s thought-provoking piece in the Jesuit online journal Thinking Faith contains too many important insights to be summarised adequately here.  Please take the time to read it.  This passage struck me as particularly relevant as I say farewell to this parish and move to my next one: “Francis is asking us to go much further than safeguarding programmes, procedures and disciplinary structures, essential though they undoubtedly are. The pope, servant of the Council, recognises that we must renew ecclesial culture, creating a priesthood and episcopacy that are conformed to the sacrament upon which they are based. New structures will need to be developed that give this expression, embody justice and compassion, and protect all parties from falsehood and exploitation… There can be no flight from the reality that now faces the Church. Those who think that they can restore the Church’s dignity or that of its priests by dressing in ever more extravagant vestments, confusing liturgy with theatre, thinking that God is somehow more attentive to a ‘sacred language’ than to the unadorned prayer of the anawim, risk being the guardians of an empty tomb. They are deaf to the words of the angel: ‘why do you seek the living among the dead?’ They have forgotten the common dress and language of the God who comes pro nobis, transcendent in his very poverty and simplicity; whose dignity lies in the washing of our feet.”

I leave here confident that the people that make Farm Street such a wonderful parish are particularly well disposed to further the Holy Father’s vision of the future of the Catholic Church.  Wishing you and your loved ones every blessing for the future, and with immense gratitude for the generosity and wisdom you have shown me over the past six years.

Fr. Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ

WELCOME to our NEW PARISH PRIEST

This weekend marks the handover of duties as parish priest of Farm Street Church to Fr. Dominic Robinson SJ.  We pray for him as he takes on this new responsibility.  Enormous thanks to Fr. Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ who has led the parish community so effectively over the past six years and is moving to take up the role of Parish Priest at St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill, in North London.  The 11am Mass today includes music specially chosen for the occasion, and there will be a reception in the hall after the Mass. All are welcome.

THANKS and FAREWELL to Sister ANOUSKA!

This is the final weekend at Farm Street Church for Sr. Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ, who leaves us to take up ministry as chaplain at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Sr Anouska has been an important part of parish life since 2008, looking after the various aspects of the well-development ministry to Young Adults, as well as participating fully in RCIA and teenage Confirmation catechesis.  We will miss her very much and wish her well in her new ministry.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Next Programme 2018/19

Start date: 7th October 2018

Celebration: 9th June 2019

If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us on farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk to request an application form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street. Forms must be returned by September 30th 2018.

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

  31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

We are inviting you to join our third annual 31 days of St Ignatius, a month long celebration of all things Ignatian with a series of 31 daily messages guiding you through the different Ignatian ways to pray throughout July culminating on St Ignatius feast day on the 31st.  Each week in July, we explore a different style of Ignatian prayer into help and guide you into a deeper relationship with God. To take part in the celebrations, simply sign up to receive the 31 Days of St Ignatius daily email at www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius and each day in July, you will receive an inspiring prayer-centred message straight to your inbox. You can also view the messages and follow the celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofStIgnatius and on Facebook at JesuitsinBritain.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

The St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact   Yasko Kurahachi on   y.kurahachi@gmail.com or 07932 784 999.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
The Parish is looking for volunteers to help the integration of a Syrian family, who will be resettled in North London from June. We are looking for Arabic speakers, education professionals, HR experts, medical staff, and mental health specialists. Also, if you know about any accommodation that could be rented by the Parish to welcome other Syrian families, please do let us know so that we can make contact(s) with landlords. For any queries, please contact: lisa.ingrid.fraser@gmail.com

RUN FOR SYRIA

A huge thank you to those who supported Fr Dominic, Sebastian, John, James and Harriet who took part in the British 10K London run on Sunday, 15th July. They raised £1,192.22 in sponsorship. This is in addition to the £3,034,71 collected in the 7th – 8th July appeal at Farm Street led by Fr Dominic. The money will go in support of pastoral and emergency work in Syria carried out by Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity. For more information, visit www.acnuk.org or contact 020 8642 8668.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Fr Peter Edmonds SJ who regularly assists in our church, reminds us of three books he has written, all available in the Bookshop and in Reception.

– To help you with the Sunday readings; “an informative and accessible guide” for every Sunday of the year, “The Way Companion to the Sunday Missal” (£10)

– A memoir of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land informed by a reading and course on St Luke: “A pilgrim’s guide to the land, personalities and the language of Luke”. “Rediscover Jesus” (£10)

– Just published: “The Way Companion to Synoptic Gospels”, an invitation to recognise the distinctive voices of Matthew, Mark and Luke and to make them our friends (£12)

RENOVATION OF THE SANCTUARY

Work to renovate the marble floor and steps in the sanctuary is well underway.  During the works the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Sacred Heart Chapel, and Masses are celebrated there during weekdays.  It is hoped to complete the work in the next couple of weeks.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.

FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH

If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php

WHEELCHAIR USERS

We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.

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).

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.

REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by Armel Yoro is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”

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

  • Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm
  • Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rdWednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)

 

Women Encountering Jesus

Facilitated by Gabriela Flores and Liz Waldy

Wednesdays, 5th-26th September 7-8.30pm

Learning from Mary, Martha, Elizabeth, the woman with a bent back, and others, may offer us the possibility of awakening our own sensibilities in new ways, along with the chance to learn from their compassion, spirit of service, and openness to intimacy with Jesus.

 

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 6th September 11.30am–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… Maria Shapero facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th September 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.

For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc.  Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm. There will be friendly faces and cake!

 Our new brochures for 2018-19 are now available at the church doors and our website will be updated throughout the summer.

SCRIPTURE READINGS Amos 7:12-15   Psalm 84 Ephesians 1: 3-14   Mark 6:7-13 PROPHETS OF THE GOOD NEWS Many years ago, when I was very young, I used to walk along Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, Scotland, on my way to school. I walked along that street every day for six years. On that same street I would see… Continue readingNewsletter – 15th July 2018 – 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

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16th Sunday of the Year B – 22nd July 2018

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Jeremiah 23:1-6   Psalm 22

Ephesians 2:13-18      Mark 6:30-34


Farm Street SketchA TIME TO REST IN A DESERTED PLACE

For many this time of the year may be just as busy as ever.  However, taking time off may well be on your mind at the moment as we move into the summer holiday period. Whenever we manage to do it, taking time out is so important for our wellbeing, for our spiritual lives, our work, our relationship with God and with others.

Whether we are religious or not the modern concept of ‘sabbatical’ has become more part of a rhythm of life for many of us.  Of course the concept is rooted in our understanding of Sabbath, a day to savour the gifts God bestows on us, to step back from our daily tasks and recharge spiritually.  Holidays and extended periods of ‘time out’, be they gap years between school, university, jobs or ongoing training courses or team away days are all attempting the same thing we do on the Sabbath.  Step back, give thanks and recharge. This is why retreats are more and more popular.  An opportunity to go away for a week, to experience silence, to be listened to by a guide, and to take stock of where I am in my life.

In the Gospel this Sunday Jesus invites the apostles to rest awhile.  It’s a plan which is thwarted by the vast crowds who come to hear him preach but the invitation itself is significant. In fact Mark is the only Gospel writer to record this invitation at this specific point in the Gospel story. It is especially striking because it comes just after the apostles have reported back to him on all they had done and preached and as they are constituted as apostles, sent out in his name.  It is a turning point for them, a key moment as they now begin their official ministry in the Lord’s name.  And as they prepare for this he tells them to rest, to reflect, to discern, to pray.  The invitation to rest a while is not simply about taking a break.  Neither is there any specific instruction.  Rather they are invited to rest with him, to stay with him, to learn from him.  The key is their being with Jesus himself and to learn to be more like him.  Just as we are invited to do every Sunday when we listen to the scriptures, pray, reflect, share our faith in Christ in the Church.

The mission of the first apostles – to bring Christ and his Kingdom to the world around them – requires them to turn to him constantly, to ask him for help and inspiration, to listen attentively to him.  Amidst the challenges of their everyday life they need to trust, to really believe that he is the one who brings true comfort to people’s souls, who proclaims true justice and integrity, He is the leader they are called to encourage all to follow in a way which confounds our understanding of leadership, authority, government, policy, vision for society.  In the first reading this Sunday Jeremiah takes us back to the time of the corrupt kings of Israel and declares his trust in something greater, when a Messiah would embody the qualities of the perfect king: The Lord our integrity, the one whom the responsorial psalm sings of as the Good Shepherd, who is with us even in the valley of darkness leading us to fair pastures of repose where a banquet awaits us.

Like the apostles we are called to trust in this God.  In a God who is become human for us to be our leader, to teach us all things so we may minister in his name, and to continue to feed and nourish us through his Word and through the gift of himself in his body and blood.  The Lord Who invites us to sit down and be taught by him, through hearing and feeling and knowing who he is as our shepherd, our savior.  Who alone can bring us true freedom, peace of mind, eternal repose.

Over the next few weeks we move into an extended reading of Gospel texts on the eucharist itself, the gift of his body and blood.  Here is a further invitation to us to take the time in this holiday season to stand back to listen, to watch, to learn who Christ is for us personally. To prepare us to approach the new year with renewed trust in him as his followers sent out in his name.

Fr Dominic Robinson S.J.

 


FAREWELL Fr. TONY!

Fr Provincial has asked Fr Tony Nye to leave Mount Street Jesuit Community and move to our noviceship community at Manresa House in Birmingham.  He will be leaving during the third week of September.  Fr Tony has been a much loved member of the Clergy team and assisting clergy for the past ten years and will be very much missed.  We wish him every blessing as he moves to his new Jesuit community.

FAREWELL ARMEL!

Armel Yoro, who has been our Sacristan since 2013, has accepted a job in France and will be moving there in August with his wife and three children.

Armel has been a key part of Farm Street Church’s parish life for nearly six years and we will miss him very much.  His last Sunday with us is today, July 22nd.   We wish him, Elisabeth and the three children every blessing and happiness.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Next Programme 2018/19

Start date: 7th October 2018

Celebration: 9th June 2019

If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us on farmstcatechist@rcdow.org.uk to request an application form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street. Forms must be returned by September 30th 2018.

 

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

 

 31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

We are inviting you to join our third annual 31 days of St Ignatius, a month long celebration of all things Ignatian with a series of 31 daily messages guiding you through the different Ignatian ways to pray throughout July culminating on St Ignatius feast day on the 31st.  Each week in July, we explore a different style of Ignatian prayer into help and guide you into a deeper relationship with God. To take part in the celebrations, simply sign up to receive the 31 Days of St Ignatius daily email at www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius and each day in July, you will receive an inspiring prayer-centred message straight to your inbox. You can also view the messages and follow the celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofStIgnatius and on Facebook at JesuitsinBritain.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

The St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact   Yasko Kurahachi on   y.kurahachi@gmail.com or 07932 784 999.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
The Parish is looking for volunteers to help the integration of a Syrian family, who will be resettled in North London from June. We are looking for Arabic speakers, education professionals, HR experts, medical staff, and mental health specialists. Also, if you know about any accommodation that could be rented by the Parish to welcome other Syrian families, please do let us know so that we can make contact(s) with landlords. For any queries, please contact: lisa.ingrid.fraser@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS JONATHAN!

We have heard from parishioner Jonathan Moore, KHS, that his play “Inigo” about the founder of the Jesuits has been produced or is in production in Ireland, the USA, Uruguay, Mexico and India, as well as completing two successful runs in London.  He is currently directing the opera “Greek”, which he co-wrote, at the Arcola Theatre, opening August 8th.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Fr Peter Edmonds SJ who regularly assists in our church, reminds us of three books he has written, all available in the Bookshop and in Reception.

– To help you with the Sunday readings; “an informative and accessible guide” for every Sunday of the year, “The Way Companion to the Sunday Missal” (£10)

– A memoir of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land informed by a reading and course on St Luke: “A pilgrim’s guide to the land, personalities and the language of Luke”. “Rediscover Jesus” (£10)

– Just published: “The Way Companion to Synoptic Gospels”, an invitation to recognise the distinctive voices of Matthew, Mark and Luke and to make them our friends (£12)

 

PAINTING IN THE CHURCH

Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ has recorded a short reflection on Andrew White’s Pieta along with an image of the painting that can be accessed on the Jesuit’s Website and also on YouTube by searching “Geoff Wheaton SJ”.


 FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH

If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php


WHEELCHAIR USERS

We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.


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).


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.


REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by Armel Yoro is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.

CD of the newly released album is sold here in the sacristy, the bookshop and at Reception. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie’s song “L’ennemi”


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

BOTH GOD_S & MARY_S SON


MSJC logo114 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

• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rdWednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)

 


Women Encountering Jesus

Facilitated by Gabriela Flores and Liz Waldy

Wednesdays, 5th-26th September 7-8.30pm

Learning from Mary, Martha, Elizabeth, the woman with a bent back, and others, may offer us the possibility of awakening our own sensibilities in new ways, along with the chance to learn from their compassion, spirit of service, and openness to intimacy with Jesus.

 

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 6th September 11.30am–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… Maria Shapero facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th September 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.

 

For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm

Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc.  Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm. There will be friendly faces and cake!

 

Our new brochures for 2018-19 are now available at the church doors and our website will be updated throughout the summer.

SCRIPTURE READINGS Amos 7:12-15   Psalm 84 Ephesians 1: 3-14   Mark 6:7-13 PROPHETS OF THE GOOD NEWS Many years ago, when I was very young, I used to walk along Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, Scotland, on my way to school. I walked along that street every day for six years. On that same street I would see… Continue readingNewsletter – 15th July 2018 – 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B