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Newsletter –22nd April 2018 – 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Acts 4: 8-12        Psalm 117

1 John 3:1-2    John 10:11-18


Farm Street SketchTHE GOOD SHEPHERD (JOHN 10:11-18)

One of the busiest occasions in the Church’s year is Good Friday when during the afternoon celebration of the Lord’s passion we venerate the cross. However, it was not until some centuries had passed that images of the cross became common in Christian devotion. The reality of crucifixion was too familiar and too horrible. Christians preferred to venerate their Lord as the Good Shepherd. We find such representations in the catacombs in Rome where Christians buried their dead. We can view them still.

Traditionally, this fourth Sunday after Easter has been called Good Shepherd Sunday because verses from the tenth chapter of St John’s Gospel, his ‘shepherd chapter’, are proclaimed as the gospel reading. Here Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd. He explains who a good shepherd is and what a good shepherd does. A good shepherd knows his sheep, brings them together when they are scattered, and above all – he repeats this three times – he lays down his life for his sheep.  He does this in order to take it up again. In response, his sheep recognise his voice, know him and follow him. We are those sheep. We may apply to ourselves Jesus’ words at his arrest, ‘Of those whom you gave me, I lost not one’ (John 6:39; 18:9).

In Israel, the word shepherd was applied to kings and rulers. The prophet Ezekiel in his chapter 34 records God’s complaints about the failures and deficiencies of Israel’s kings, and God promises that he will himself become the shepherd of his people.  He himself would search for his sheep and seek them out (Ezekiel 34:11). According to John’s Gospel, this divine promise found fulfilment in Jesus.

At the end of this Gospel, Peter, the leader among the apostles, is told three times by the Risen Christ to feed his sheep. He receives this commission because three times he professes his love for Jesus; shortly before, during the trial of Jesus, he had three times claimed that he had never known him (John 21:15-19). Thus, Peter undertook to exercise in his ministry the qualities of the Good Shepherd. Like his Lord, he was to know his sheep, to bring together the scattered and to be ready to lay down his life for those sheep.  We hear many accounts of his work as a pastor of God’s people in the Acts of the Apostles. Solid tradition tells us that Peter died a martyr’s death in Rome; St Peter’s Basilica is built over his tomb.

Today is widely observed as ‘Vocation Sunday’. The Church, the ’flock of God’ (1 Peter 5:2), is always in need of shepherds to lead her members to Christ, to make his teaching and quality of life a reality in a hostile world. May this Good Shepherd Sunday bring all of us to a deeper knowledge of Christ and make all those who exercise responsibility in the Church shepherds according to the pattern of Christ, the Good Shepherd. May many hear the call to become shepherds of the People of God.

Fr. Peter Edmonds, S.J.



CD visualFREE LIVE PRAISE &WORSHIP

Come and join a free live music led by Armel (Armel Paul Marie) our Sacristan and Parish Secretary before the Blessed Sacrament. New songs and songs from the album Redemption will be performed at this coming Night Church evangelisation event in Leicester Square next Friday 27th April, 8pm beginning with a light supper. All are welcome! Venue: Notre Dame De France, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX. Please visit  Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube  for more information.


March for life2

The March for Life UK is a mass annual rally for all pro-lifers in the United Kingdom. This national day-out is really a celebration of the pro-life message, with music and inspiring talks from famous pro-life speakers. Join them in London on May 5th for the March for Life! More details on marchforlife.co.uk


BUILDING A BRIDGE

The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to monthly reflections using Building A Bridge, a book by Fr James Martin SJ. The next one will take place in the Hall, 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Thursday 26thApril. Light refreshments available from 6.30pm, sessions start promptly at 7pm. This month’s theme is “care for those who are persecuted”. For more information please contact lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com  / 020 8986 0807

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE

There will be a fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland on May 14th.  It is £599 per person sharing and  the price includes flights with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4-course dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278, 07740 175557 or knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.

Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.


JOB VACANCY

The St Francis Leprosy Guild is recruiting an Office Administrator who will be responsible for the smooth-running of the Guild’s day to day work, corresponding with leprosy centres around the world and administering the annual round of grants. Flexible working hours: 16-20 hrs per week – £24,000 pro rata. Working with the Director of the Guild, the Office Administrator will provide administrative and operational support to the volunteer Executive Committee.  Committed to their mission, he will have office management experience, good communications skills as well as excellent skills and experience in using Word, Excel and Access and have a good understanding of using databases. A good understanding of the Catholic Church and empathy with it is essential. Experience of overseas development work would be advantageous.

If you are interested please contact Kieran Kettleton at enquiries@stfrancisleprosy.org to request a job description and further details. Closing date: May 25th. Interviews: June 6 in London.


 

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG WOMEN (20S AND 30S)
There will be a weekend organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) on 25-27 May in Liverpool. The Theme is:Discerning God’s Call in my life”. The FCJ sisters will share on different aspects of vowed life, and time for prayer, and there will be reflection and discussion with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life. It’s an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some sisters! For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org

JESUITS SAINTS PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York.  June 8th – 13th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk  For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/saints-northern-england-pilgrimage

 

FARM STREET CAMINO

Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.  September 23rd – October 6th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk  For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/robinson-fr-dominic

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

The next World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis takes place in Dublin from 21st – 26th August. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out about joining our Westminster Diocesan Group please email family@rcdow.org.uk, and to visit the World Meeting of Families website just type in www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

 

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 our parish secretary and sacristan, 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.

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

 
 

CD visual


    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 logo

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

www.pathwaystoGod.org  

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: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: May 16, 2018)


 Towards An understanding of Jesus Christ

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Wednesdays, 25th April – 9th May 7-8.30pm

Jesus Christ was born just over two thousand years ago, though that was not his beginning. He was killed, but is still alive.  His life deeply affects every one of us: in following the man who walked on our earth and whose death and resurrection saved us and made eternal happiness possible for us all; This course is an introduction to these aspects of Christology – the study of Jesus Christ.

 

So How Do You Build A Better World?

Facilitated by John Moffatt SJ

Thursdays, 26th April – 10th May 7-8.30pm

Christianity offers a language for reflection of ethical decision-making in the area of social justice with words like ‘solidarity’ and ‘common good’, but how does that language match up with the realities of a modern world and its competing models of economic progress?
This course will attempt to suggest ways of seeing the problem and offer some (necessarily) tentative ways forward for people who would like to help make the world a better place.

 

Psychology and Spirituality: Friends or Foes?

Facilitated by David Smolira SJ

Saturday 28st April 11am-4pm

This workshop aims to look at some of the major insights of, and trends in, modern psychology and see how these may relate to, compliment or contradict our understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings and the ways we try to connect with God. This exploration will done from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality.

 

For people without specialist knowledge of psychology, but with an interest in spirituality and how psychology influences our understanding of God, ourselves and the relationship between the two. For those in spiritual accompaniment, spiritual guides and those who train them and those with a more generalised interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology.

 

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 3rd May 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… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM 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 Sr. Catherine catherine.quane@iolmercy.org.uk or 0190 323 3904 for more details.

 

The Gospel of Creation: Reflections from St Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 5th May 11am-4pm

The title of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment Laudato si is taken from the first line of St Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures, which is one of the best insights into the saint’s vision for life. It is crucial to grasping how St. Francis understood the message of the gospel – and may offer a glimpse into Pope Francis’ own vision for the world.

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th May 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.

 

More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org

Newsletter –15th April 2018 – 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Acts 3: 13-15. 17-19   Psalm 4

1 John 2:1-5    Luke 24:35-48


Farm Street Sketch“NEITHER YOU NOR YOUR LEADERS HAD ANY IDEA WHAT YOU WERE REALLY DOING.”

In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter announces what the whole Acts of the Apostles also proclaims: the time of fulfilment has arrived.  These words would have brought consolation to the first Christians who believed in the resurrection of Jesus and that with him a new age had arrived.  God was creating a new people, emboldened by the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus.

The context of Peter’s words is important – something miraculous has just happened.  Peter, accompanied by John, has just cured the crippled beggar. Lest anyone think the cure was by any other force, or by Peter’s own power, he stops to explain and to call attention to the active presence of God who has reached out to heal.  Peter does what all prophets and preachers are called to do: to look at human situations and point to God’s presence, showing how God is doing now what God has always done – coming to help us in our need.

Peter is quite clear about who God is: “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors….”  This is the same God, Peter says, who also gave us Jesus, “the prince of life.” 

In his preaching Peter shows his hearers the continuous thread: from the “God of our ancestors” to the “God of the New Testament,” revealed in Jesus. He reminds us that God is not divided between “old” and “new;” – i.e., once angry, now benign; once punishing, now, thanks to Jesus, merciful. He is not talking about two different Gods; he is talking about one and the same.

And the disciples are one and the same also: having run away and hidden at the death of Christ, they experience his resurrection and they are given the energy and the will to go out to preach to the ends of the earth.  Peter and John and the other disciples were doing in his name the very things he did – reaching out to the needy and healing the sick.

Peter refers to Jesus as “the prince of life.”  We take Peter’s words to heart and call on the “prince of life” to strengthen us, his disciples, so that we can: raise up life when it is broken; work for peace when there is conflict; protect life when it is threatened; nurture it when it is frail or young; support it when it is faltering; gather it into a community when it is scattered or divided; encourage it when it is dispirited; accompany it when it is lonely and celebrate it whenever and wherever it rises from death to life.

Clearly, Peter was aware of true leadership, first in the person of Christ, and then in the community of faith that was built up in the years after the Resurrection.  It is a testimony to that true leadership that death and martyrdom have not brought abandonment and failure of the Christian way but rather the opposite.  It was failure to discern the true will of God that prevented witnesses to the message from realising what was being called forth from them. It is our Christian duty to continue to make every effort to discern what is God’s will for each one of us.

Those early Christians did as we do today. They celebrated the living presence of Christ in their weekly gathering to share in the meal and to recognise Him in the breaking of the bread.  At every Mass, and especially during this Easter Season, we acknowledge the Risen Christ in our midst and the activity of the Holy Spirit, forming us as a community and sending us to do as Peter did – to reach out to those in need and show them by our deeds and words that Christ is truly present among us.

The time of fulfilment is at hand.

Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat, S.J.


THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS

A mother who had a change of heart and kept her baby at one of the vigils contacted the counsellor to say that she is ‘unable to express her gratitude.’   Her baby was born in January ’18.

The next Rosary Procession Vigil of The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, led by Father Jacob Hausman CFR, will be held on Saturday 21st April at St. Patrick’s Church, 21a Soho Square, London W1D 4NR.   Mass will begin at 9am after which the Rosary Procession will begin, following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes Abortion  Centre, Whitfield Street, W1T 5BE, where 15 decades of the Rosary will be said and hymns sang. At approximately 11.30am the procession will go back to the church for Benediction, followed by refreshments. For further details call 01727 763832 or e-mail marg@helpersuk.org

 


SUNDAY COFFEE

We wholeheartedly thank Colin who organised the coffee rota for so many years and who is now stepping down. James has kindly accepted to take over. If you are able to help with the Sunday coffee please email James at jm33384@gmail.com .


LONDON MARATHON: TEAM JESUIT MISSION

April is Marathon month for the Jesuit Missions team of 33 runners. Team JM have been training hard all through winter, and next week on April 22th, they will be taking on the London Marathon! Please help the team meet their individual fundraising targets of £2,000 each. The projects being supported by the team this year are a Jesuit-led education programme with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, and a women’s empowerment programme in India. The team includes Richard Greenwood, Jane Hellings, ten runners from Mount St Mary’s Jesuit school in Spinkhill including the headteacher and his wife, Dcn Philip Harrison SJ, Fr Patrick Magro SJ, and Mark Kimario SJ. To sponsor one of the runners go to virginmoneygiving.com/donate and type the name of the runner into the search box. You can find out more about each runner and read their stories on the Jesuit Missions website jesuitmissions.org.uk

 

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3pm.  If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email) before tomorrow Monday April 16th.

 

NEW LANDINGS PROGRAMME STARTING AFTER EASTER

Do you know someone who has drifted away from their Catholic faith and is now considering returning to it? Landings offers a safe place to land, especially if life has been difficult, and it is a place for being heard, for asking questions and reconnecting with your faith. The 8-week Landings programme is run by a small team of Catholics, some of whom are “returnees” themselves. In a non-judgemental, confidential environment, we share and explore our faith together with lots of listening, sharing of life experiences, prayers and discussions.  

If you know anyone is contemplating reconnecting with their Catholic faith then please direct them to our Information session on 18th April at 7pm at 114 Mount Street. Contact Ruby Almeida at landings.london@gmail.com for further details.

 

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND

There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner from 20th to 22nd April at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more details please telephone Freda 01322-838415 or Sandra 01293-783965 or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

 

JESUITS SAINTS PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York.  June 8th – 13th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk  For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/saints-northern-england-pilgrimage

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

The next World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis takes place in Dublin from 21st – 26th August. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out about joining our Westminster Diocesan Group please email family@rcdow.org.uk, and to visit the World Meeting of Families website just type in www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

 

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”.

 

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 -408-1234.

 

FARM STREET CAMINO

Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.  September 23rd – October 6th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk  For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/robinson-fr-dominic

 

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE

There will be a fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland on May 14th.  It is £599 per person sharing and  the price includes flights with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4-course dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278, 07740 175557 or knockpilgrimages@gmail.com

Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.


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 our parish secretary and sacristan, 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.

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

 
 

CD visual


    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

www.pathwaystoGod.org  

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: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: April 18, 2018)



Beginners’ Guide to Ignatian Spirituality

Facilitated by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mitzi James

Tuesdays 17th April – 22nd May 7-8.30pm

This course is for those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. Its focus is primarily on Ignatian ways of prayer, within which we come to know more about the God who created us, who we are and who we were made to be. Just as there are a great variety of physical exercises for increasing our physical health, St. Ignatius believed that what he called the Spiritual Exercises would develop our spiritual health, our relationship with God and the world.

Towards An understanding of Jesus Christ

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 21st April 11am-4pm

repeated as a course on Wednesdays, 25th April – 9th May 7-8.30pm

Jesus Christ was born just over two thousand years ago, though that was not his beginning. He was killed, but is still alive.  His life deeply affects every one of us: in following the man who walked on our earth and whose death and resurrection saved us and made eternal happiness possible for us all; This course is an introduction to these aspects of Christology – the study of Jesus Christ.

So How Do You Build A Better World?

Facilitated by John Moffatt SJ

Thursdays, 26th April – 10th May 7-8.30pm

Christianity offers a language for reflection of ethical decision-making in the area of social justice with words like ‘solidarity’ and ‘common good’, but how does that language match up with the realities of a modern world and its competing models of economic progress?
This course will attempt to suggest ways of seeing the problem and offer some (necessarily) tentative ways forward for people who would like to help make the world a better place.

Psychology and Spirituality: Friends or Foes?

Facilitated by David Smolira SJ

Saturday 28st April 11am-4pm

This workshop aims to look at some of the major insights of, and trends in, modern psychology and see how these may relate to, compliment or contradict our understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings and the ways we try to connect with God. This exploration will done from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality. For people without specialist knowledge of psychology, but with an interest in spirituality and how psychology influences our understanding of God, ourselves and the relationship between the two. For those in spiritual accompaniment, spiritual guides and those who train them and those with a more generalised interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology.

The Gospel of Creation: Reflections from St Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 5th May 11am-4pm

The title of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment Laudato si is taken from the first line of St Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures, which is one of the best insights into the saint’s vision for life. It is crucial to grasping how St. Francis understood the message of the gospel – and may offer a glimpse into Pope Francis’ own vision for the world.

More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org

Newsletter – 8th April 2018 – 2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Acts 4:32-35     Psalm 117

John 5:1-6        John 20:19-31


Farm Street SketchRETURNING TO CHURCH: SAFE LANDINGS

Do you know of anyone who is contemplating returning to a more regular practice of the faith?  If so this is a good time to make a suggestion.  Here at Farm Street we are about to embark on a new season of the Landings Programme for Returning Catholics and over the next two weeks we will be holding an information evening on April 18th at 7pm to introduce the new series.  Everyone is welcome, both those who are contemplating the possibility of doing the programme and those who have made the personal recommendation to friend, family member, colleague, whoever.  

The Landings Programme, successful across parishes in the US, UK and Singapore over 30 years, is specifically for anyone who is thinking about returning to the Catholic Church.  Other programmes such as the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) or Catholic Alpha will welcome those coming into the Church from no religious background or from another Christian denomination.  Landings, however, addresses a specific niche: those who have been brought up Catholic but have fallen away or are on the cusp of leaving, for whatever reason that is.  Sometimes the factors involved in Catholics falling away are complex and tragic: relationship issues, a tragic incident, or they have been hurt by priests or others with responsibility in the community.  Sometimes those who wish to return have simply found they have drifted away.  Regardless of the reasons the programme aims to listen first through the work of a skilled and compassionate team.  Here at Farm Street this is made up of about six individuals who give of their many gifts and enthusiasm for their faith so wonderfully generously.  Those who return then often join the team for the next series. 

The Landings programme also focuses on all the aspects of Catholic faith and life contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Each week an aspect of the Church’s doctrinal or moral teaching is addressed through presentations and discussions.  This is not the primary aim, however.  Above all we aim to be a place first of all of compassionate listening.  The group listens respectfully and without judgement to one another’s faith story and reflections on the theme, viewing each as something uniquely personal and sacred. Participants are invited to be honest and open about struggles with their faith and to share in confidence and only what they feel comfortable sharing.  The programme thus helps people to discern the way forward in freedom, to reach out to learn more and embrace the fullness of faith and the faith community of the Church once more. 

I believe there are many who could continue to benefit from the Landings programme.  Many who so inspiringly come from far and wide across London to fill our church at Easter and Christmas.  All it might take is a word of encouragement to welcome them as more regular members of our faith community here, a community which wants to give a warm welcome and celebrate our wonderful Catholic diversity.  So, if you know of someone who might benefit from coming to one of these introductory open Landings evenings please point them in the direction of any of the Farm Street clergy or Ruby Almeida, the Landings London co-ordinator, at landings.london@gmail.com or invite them along on April 18th.

Fr Dominic Robinson, S.J.


JRS APPEAL TODAY

There is a Jesuit Refugee Service ( JRS ) appeal this weekend at all Masses.

 

NOVENA FOR SYRIA

We invite you to join us once again in praying our special novena for peace in Syria at all Masses in the nine days after the fourth anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt, SJ from April 7th – 15th.  The Novena will also pray for the immediate release of Fr Paolo dall’Oglio, SJ, who has been held in captivity in Syria since July 2013.  The Novena prayers will also be available online.

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their

5th10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3pm.  If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email) before April 16th.

 

NEW LANDINGS PROGRAMME STARTING AFTER EASTER

Do you know someone who has drifted away from their Catholic faith and is now considering returning to it? Landings offers a safe place to land, especially if life has been difficult, and it is a place for being heard, for asking questions and reconnecting with your faith. The 8 week Landings programme is run by a small team of Catholics, some of whom are “returnees” themselves. In a non-judgemental, confidential environment, we share and explore our faith together with lots of listening, sharing of life experiences, prayers and discussions.

If you know anyone is contemplating reconnecting with their Catholic faith then please direct them to our Information session on 18th April at 7pm at the Jesuit Centre, Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH. Contact Ruby Almeida at landings.london@gmail.com for further details.

 

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND

There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner from 20th to 22nd April  at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more details please telephone Freda 01322-838415 or Sandra 01293-783965 or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

 

 JESUITS SAINTS PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York.  June 8th – 13th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk  For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/saints-northern-england-pilgrimage

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

The next World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis takes place in Dublin from 21st – 26th August. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out about joining our Westminster Diocesan Group please email family@rcdow.org.uk, and to visit the World Meeting of Families website just type in www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

 

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”.

 

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 -408-1234.

 

FARM STREET CAMINO

Bookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.  September 23rd – October 6th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk  For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/robinson-fr-dominic

 

We are pleased to recommend Mount Street Printers which has produced numerous orders of services for weddings, funerals, baptisms and other stationery for Farm Street Church.

 

 

THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS

The next Rosary Procession Vigil of The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, led by Father Jacob Hausman CFR, will be held on Saturday 21st April at St. Patrick’s Church, 21a Soho Square, London W1D 4NR.   Mass will begin at 9am after which the Rosary Procession will begin, following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes Abortion  Centre, Whitfield Street, W1T 5BE, where 15 decades of the Rosary will be said and hymns sang. At approximately 11.30am the procession will go back to the church for Benediction, followed by refreshments. For further details call 01727 763832 or e-mail marg@helpersuk.org

A mother who had a change of heart and kept her baby at one of the vigils contacted the counsellor to say that she is ‘unable to express her gratitude.’   Her baby was born in January ‘18.

 

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 our parish secretary and sacristan, 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.

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

CD visual


    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.pathwaystoGod.org  

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: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Please note change of times)

(Next meeting: April 18, 2018)


After Jesus, What? Celebrating the Acts of the Apostles in Eastertide

Facilitated by Peter Edmonds SJ

Wednesdays, April 11 – May 16, 11am-1pm

How did the first Christians see themselves?  How did Peter present Jesus to his world? How do we account for the transformation of Paul from persecutor to hero?  How did the first Christians welcome strangers and foreigners? How did they deal with the non-believing intellectual? How did they ensure responsible leadership and future survival?

Luke wished to hold up before his readers a set of Christian ideals which would show them what their own Christian life should be and offer them a strong motivation for following the example. His words can still challenge us today.

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th April 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 Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mitzi James

Tuesdays 17th April – 22nd May 7-8.30pm
This course is for those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. Its focus is primarily on Ignatian ways of prayer, within which we come to know more about the God who created us, who we are and who we were made to be. Just as there are a great variety of physical exercises for increasing our physical health, St. Ignatius believed that what he called the Spiritual Exercises would develop our spiritual health, our relationship with God and the world.

Towards An understanding of Jesus Christ

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 21st April 11am-4pm repeated as a course on Wednesdays, 25th April – 9th May 7-8.30pm

Jesus Christ was born just over two thousand years ago, though that was not his beginning. He was killed, but is still alive.  His life deeply affects every one of us: in following the man who walked on our earth and whose death and resurrection saved us and made eternal happiness possible for us all; This course is an introduction to these aspects of Christology – the study of Jesus Christ.

 

So How Do You Build A Better World?

Facilitated by John Moffatt SJ

Thursdays, 26th April – 10th May 7-8.30pm

Christianity offers a language for reflection of ethical decision-making in the area of social justice with words like ‘solidarity’ and ‘common good’, but how does that language match up with the realities of a modern world and its competing models of economic progress?
This course will attempt to suggest ways of seeing the problem and offer some (necessarily) tentative ways forward for people who would like to help make the world a better place.

 

Psychology and Spirituality: Friends or Foes?

Facilitated by David Smolira SJ

Saturday 28st April 11am-4pm

This workshop aims to look at some of the major insights of, and trends in, modern psychology and see how these may relate to, compliment or contradict our understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings and the ways we try to connect with God. This exploration will done from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality.

For people without specialist knowledge of psychology, but with an interest in spirituality and how psychology influences our understanding of God, ourselves and the relationship between the two. For those in spiritual accompaniment, spiritual guides and those who train them and those with a more generalised interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology.

 

More upcoming events on http://www.pathwaystoGod.org

 

Newsletter – 1st April 2018 – EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION

ON BEHALF OF THE PARISH TEAM AND THE JESUIT COMMUNITY,

A HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE!


SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Acts 10:34, 37-43       Psalm 117

Colossians 3:1-4           John 20:1-9


Farm Street SketchCHRIST IS RISEN!

In British culture Easter has a much lower profile than Christmas.  Perhaps this is because it does not provide the same commercial opportunities.  It is not, traditionally a time for giving presents and cards for most people.  However, we do see symbols of Easter in the secular world around us.  These are symbols of spring and new life:  flowers, rabbits, chicks and, above all, eggs.  The Easter egg is the thing which has been popularised and is big business.

 

These symbols reflect, what is for many, a folk memory of the Christian festival.  They also reflect a natural human instinct.  Many cultures and religion have festivals which celebrate spring and the new life it brings.  In the Jewish culture this is the time of celebrating the Passover.  God’s rescuing his people from slavery in Egypt. This was the time of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus and the Church sees these events as our Passover.  The story of Passover is the key Old Testament reading in our Easter Vigil service.
We may wonder what many of the symbols of Easter we see around us have to do with our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.  Often, they seem more pagan than Christian.  However, they are on to something.  The Resurrection is about new life, the new life of Christ in which we are called to share, the overcoming of sin and death.  However, it is not just about a personal hope of eternal life.  Similarly, it is not just about putting things right.  The Exultet, sung at the Easter Vigil, talking about the sin of Adam, says,  “O happy fault, that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer!”.  There is something greater here.  Our whole world is different, our whole relationship with God has been transformed by the events we have just celebrated.  Through these events everything has been made new in Christ.  There is a Spring far more significant than the blossoming that comes with the yearly passage of the seasons.  Spring is a time which brings joy and hope as the days get longer and we see signs of growth in nature.  The joy and hope which we celebrate has deeper roots.

If our lives and our whole world have been transformed, then we are called to be different people.  We are called to be people of joy and hope, people who share that message of joy and hope with those around us.  The way we look at others and our world has changed.  Those around us are the brothers and sisters for whom Christ died.  Our world speaks to us of the new life of Christ.  It is even more a world to be cherished and recognised as God’s world, a world to be seen as a gift and treated accordingly. 

 

As we see the natural signs of spring, even as we see the eggs and the bunnies, let them remind us of the true meaning of Easter.  The new life which comes, once for all, through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

 

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.


EASTER MONDAY to EASTER FRIDAY April 2nd to April 6th

Church closed until 11am. Mass at 1.05pm only, after which the church will be closed.


JRS APPEAL NEXT WEEKEND

There will be a Jesuit Refugee Service ( JRS ) appeal next weekend at all Masses.

 

NOVENA FOR SYRIA

We invite you to join us once again in praying our special novena for peace in Syria at all Masses in the nine days after the fourth anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr Frans van der Lugt, SJ from April 7th – 15th.  The Novena will also pray for the immediate release of Fr Paolo dall’Oglio, SJ, who has been held in captivity in Syria since July 2013.  The Novena prayers will also be available online. 

 

JESUITS SAINTS PILGRIMAGE

Bookings are open for the 2018 Landings UK & Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, visiting Lindisfarne, Hexham, Durham and York.  June 8th – 13th. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; info@paxtravel.co.uk  For full details visit http://www.paxtravel.co.uk/landings-uk

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/saints-northern-england-pilgrimage

 

NEW LANDINGS PROGRAMME STARTING AFTER EASTER

Do you know someone who has drifted away from their Catholic faith and is now considering returning to it? Landings offers a safe place to land, especially if life has been difficult, and it is a place for being heard, for asking questions and reconnecting with your faith. The 8 week Landings programme is run by a small team of Catholics, some of whom are “returnees” themselves. In a non judgemental, confidential environment, we share and explore our faith together with lots of listening, sharing of life experiences, prayers and discussions.  

If you know anyone is contemplating reconnecting with their Catholic faith then please direct them to our Information session on 18th April at 7pm at the Jesuit Centre, Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH. Contact Ruby Almeida at landings.london@gmail.com for further details.


We are pleased to recommend Mount Street Printers which has produced numerous orders of services for weddings, funerals, baptisms and other stationery for Farm Street Church.

 

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND

There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner from 20th to 22nd April 2018 at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more details please telephone Freda 01322-838415 or Sandra 01293-783965 or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

 

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their

5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3pm.  If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email) before April 16th.

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

The next World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis takes place in Dublin from 21st – 26th  August. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out about joining our Westminster Diocesan Group please email family@rcdow.org.uk, and to visit the World Meeting of Families website just type in www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

 


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”.

 


FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207 -408-1234.


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 our parish secretary and sacristan, 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.

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

CD visual


    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 logo

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.pathwaystoGod.org  

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 (Except April 3, 2018)

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Please note change of times)

(Next meeting: April 18, 2018)


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 5th April 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… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM 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 Sr. Catherine catherine.quane@iolmercy.org.uk or 0190 323 3904 for more details.

 

After Jesus, What? Celebrating the Acts of the Apostles in Eastertide

Facilitated by Peter Edmonds SJ

Wednesdays, April 11 – May 16, 11am-1pm

How did the first Christians see themselves?  How did Peter present Jesus to his world? How do we account for the transformation of Paul from persecutor to hero?  How did the first Christians welcome strangers and foreigners? How did they deal with the non-believing intellectual? How did they ensure responsible leadership and future survival?

Luke wished to hold up before his readers a set of Christian ideals which would show them what their own Christian life should be and offer them a strong motivation for following the example. His words can still challenge us today.

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th April 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 Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mitzi James

Tuesdays 17th April – 22nd May 7-8.30pm

This course is for those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. Its focus is primarily on Ignatian ways of prayer, within which we come to know more about the God who created us, who we are and who we were made to be. Just as there are a great variety of physical exercises for increasing our physical health, St. Ignatius believed that what he called the Spiritual Exercises would develop our spiritual health, our relationship with God and the world.

Towards An understanding of Jesus Christ

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 21st April 11am-4pm repeated as a course on Wednesdays, 25th April – 9th May 7-8.30pm

Jesus Christ was born just over two thousand years ago, though that was not his beginning. He was killed, but is still alive.  His life deeply affects every one of us: in following the man who walked on our earth and whose death and resurrection saved us and made eternal happiness possible for us all; This course is an introduction to these aspects of Christology – the study of Jesus Christ.

 

So How Do You Build A Better World?

Facilitated by John Moffatt SJ

Thursdays, 26th April – 10th May 7-8.30pm

Christianity offers a language for reflection of ethical decision-making in the area of social justice with words like ‘solidarity’ and ‘common good’, but how does that language match up with the realities of a modern world and its competing models of economic progress?
This course will attempt to suggest ways of seeing the problem and offer some (necessarily) tentative ways forward for people who would like to help make the world a better place.

 

Psychology and Spirituality: Friends or Foes?

Facilitated by David Smolira SJ

Saturday 28st April 11am-4pm

This workshop aims to look at some of the major insights of, and trends in, modern psychology and see how these may relate to, compliment or contradict our understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings and the ways we try to connect with God. This exploration will done from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality.

For people without specialist knowledge of psychology, but with an interest in spirituality and how psychology influences our understanding of God, ourselves and the relationship between the two. For those in spiritual accompaniment, spiritual guides and those who train them and those with a more generalised interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology.

 

More upcoming events on http://www.pathwaystoGod.org

 

 

Newsletter – 25th March 2018 – PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 50:4-7        Psalm 21

Philippians 2:6-11         Mark 14:1-15:47


Farm Street SketchBISHOP’S VISITATION

You will remember that our area Bishop, Rt. Rev. Nicholas Hudson, visited the parish over the weekend of February 10th/11th, during which time he was able to celebrate most of the Masses here.  Bishop Nicholas met members of the parish, including the Parish Council, the Finance Committee, volunteers, catechists, members of the LGBT group and the Young Adults.  He also met individually with Fr Dominic, Fr Chris and myself and enjoyed some recreation with members of the Jesuit Community here.  As we enter Holy Week it is good to offer thanks to the Lord for the graces and blessings He gives to us in our Parish Community as mentioned by Bishop Nicholas, and to pray that the Holy Week Liturgies will be a source of grace and transformation for those who need God’s love the most.

I am delighted to present portions of the very positive and detailed report that Bishop Nicholas has sent us.  “Thank you for a delightful weekend. It was encouraging to find the Parish in such good heart. Fr. Dominic gave me a good sense of the diversity of ministries and activities which take place in both the parish and the Mount Street Centre.  I was struck by his emphasis on ‘welcome’ and Jesuit spirituality as the keys to all the Parish and Centre are about.

I was so pleased you were able to show me all that has been achieved in the church in recent years.  The beauty of the building set off as it is by so much fine art has, I believe, very real evangelizing potential.

 

I found the congregation after every Mass to be deeply welcoming and keen to engage.  Many took the opportunity to tell me how much they appreciate the ministry of their priests and how pleased they were to hear you thanked. I was truly impressed by the choir and by the prayerfulness of every Mass.

I was impressed by the breadth of generations and type of person represented during my meeting with your Parish Council.  They communicated a deep enthusiasm for their Parish. They affirmed the openness and welcome they experience; it is a real community of faith, and they see the Parish Council as fostering a community of care. There was a strong affirmation of the way parishioners are encouraged to access Jesuit spirituality be it through retreats, pilgrimages or spiritual direction.  They rejoice in the Parish’s doors being open – most particularly to the homeless.  Areas for growth include embracing the vision of Laudato Si and reaching out to all in need.  In an age when many parish priests avoid having a council, it was heartening to meet such an impressive group and to hear their desire to support the Parish’s unique mission here in central London.

The Diocese is indebted to you for making the LGBT Community feel so obviously at home at Farm Street.  It was good to see the partnership of pastoral care between Diocese and the Society of Jesus expressed in the presence of Mgr. Keith Barltrop.  I was delighted to greet the Young Adults after their evening Mass and to speak with so many of them afterwards in your parish hall.

I left Farm Street feeling buoyed up by the diversity and quality of people I had met in the course of just one weekend. Fr. Dominic’s observation about welcome I saw writ large – in the multiplicity of Masses, in so many gatherings of people after liturgies, in the range of activities offered to parishioners to help them deepen their spirituality and social and apostolic engagement.  I look forward to deepening my relationship with the Parish and to seeing it grow, under your very conscientious direction, from strength to strength.  Hoping Lent will be particularly grace-filled for you and all your parishioners.” Bishop Nicholas Hudson

Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat, S.J.


HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2018

PALM SUNDAY 25th March 
Palms will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.
Mass: 8am, 9.30am (Family), 10.45am Blessing of Palms in Mount Street Gardens, 11am (Sung Latin), 12.30pm, 5.30pm (Music: Soul Sanctuary)

MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK 26th March     
Masses at usual times

TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK 27th March  
Masses at usual times. 
7pm Ecumenical Stations of the Cross (with music)

WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK 28th March   
Masses at usual times.

ALL DAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Sacrament of Reconciliation


MAUNDY THURSDAY
 29th March     

No morning Masses.
Confessions: 6.30 – 7pm

7pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 
Watching at the Place of Repose until midnight

GOOD FRIDAY 30th March      
12noon: Stations of the Cross.

3pm: Solemn Liturgy of the Passion

7pm: Meditation on the Seven Last Words and Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross (Music: Lauda Young Adult Group with Bobby Chen, Piano)

Confessions: before each of these services.

HOLY SATURDAY 31st March   
Confessions: 7.30-8pm

8pm: Blessing of the new fire and lighting of the Paschal Candle, Easter Vigil, Adult Baptisms and First Mass of Easter.

EASTER SUNDAY 1st April    
Mass: 8am, 9.30am (Family), 11am (Sung Latin), 12.30pm, 5.30pm

EASTER MONDAY to EASTER FRIDAY April 2nd to 6th
Church closed until 11am. Mass at 1.05pm only, after which the church will be closed.


EASTER GARDEN APPEAL
Please consider donating a potted flowering plant for our Easter Garden. As you would have noticed, all flowers are customarily removed from the church during the penitential season of Lent. The reversal of this on the glorious Feast of Easter should be as dramatic as possible.  We hope that our Easter Garden will be as joyful and colourful as befits the celebration of Easter.  If you would like to donate a potted flowering plant, please contact reception on 020 7493 7811 or hand in to a member of staff. Please do not leave donations of flowers in the church during Holy Week. 

 

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND

There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner from 20th to 22nd April 2018 at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For more details please telephone Freda 01322-838415 or Sandra 01293-783965 or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

 

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need help at the front reception on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8:30pm on a once a month commitment. Supper provided. Please call Leslie Giltz on 0207-408-9250.  

 

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3pm.  If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email) before April 16th.

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

The next World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis takes place in Dublin from 21st – 26th  August. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out about joining our Westminster Diocesan Group please email family@rcdow.org.uk, and to visit the World Meeting of Families website just type in www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

 

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 our parish secretary and sacristan, 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.

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

CD visual


    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

 


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Our Regular Events

• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Please note change of times)

(Next meeting: April 18, 2018)


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 5th April 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… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM 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 Sr. Catherine catherine.quane@iolmercy.org.uk or 0190 323 3904 for more details.

 

After Jesus, What? Celebrating the Acts of the Apostles in Eastertide

Facilitated by Peter Edmonds SJ

Wednesdays, April 11 – May 16, 11am-1pm

How did the first Christians see themselves?  How did Peter present Jesus to his world? How do we account for the transformation of Paul from persecutor to hero?  How did the first Christians welcome strangers and foreigners? How did they deal with the non-believing intellectual? How did they ensure responsible leadership and future survival?Luke wished to hold up before his readers a set of Christian ideals which would show them what their own Christian life should be and offer them a strong motivation for following the example. His words can still challenge us today.

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th April 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 Andrew Kerr-Jarrett & Mitzi James

Tuesdays 17th April – 22nd May 7-8.30pm

This course is for those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. Its focus is primarily on Ignatian ways of prayer, within which we come to know more about the God who created us, who we are and who we were made to be. Just as there are a great variety of physical exercises for increasing our physical health, St. Ignatius believed that what he called the Spiritual Exercises would develop our spiritual health, our relationship with God and the world.

Towards An understanding of Jesus Christ

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 21st April 11am-4pm repeated as a course on Wednesdays, 25th April – 9th May 7-8.30pm

Jesus Christ was born just over two thousand years ago, though that was not his beginning. He was killed, but is still alive.  His life deeply affects every one of us: in following the man who walked on our earth and whose death and resurrection saved us and made eternal happiness possible for us all; This course is an introduction to these aspects of Christology – the study of Jesus Christ.

 

So How Do You Build A Better World?

Facilitated by John Moffatt SJ

Thursdays, 26th April – 10th May 7-8.30pm

Christianity offers a language for reflection of ethical decision-making in the area of social justice with words like ‘solidarity’ and ‘common good’, but how does that language match up with the realities of a modern world and its competing models of economic progress? This course will attempt to suggest ways of seeing the problem and offer some (necessarily) tentative ways forward for people who would like to help make the world a better place.

 

Psychology and Spirituality: Friends or Foes?

Facilitated by David Smolira SJ

Saturday 28st April 11am-4pm

This workshop aims to look at some of the major insights of, and trends in, modern psychology and see how these may relate to, compliment or contradict our understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings and the ways we try to connect with God. This exploration will done from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality.

For people without specialist knowledge of psychology, but with an interest in spirituality and how psychology influences our understanding of God, ourselves and the relationship between the two. For those in spiritual accompaniment, spiritual guides and those who train them and those with a more generalised interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology.

More upcoming events on www.pathwaystoGod.org