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Newsletter – 17th June 2018 – 11th Sunday of the Year, Year B

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Ezekiel 17:22-24   Psalm 91

2 Corinthians 5: 6-10   Mark 4:26-34


Farm Street SketchCUTHBERT’S MUSTARD SEED

‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’

Right after I was ordained, I spent five years working in the Amazon in South America. The area I worked in is called the Rupununi. That’s an area of Guyana about the size of Wales: 200 miles long; 150 miles wide. And over that 30,000 square miles, there are about 30,000 people all spread out across the dry savannah grassland.

And virtually all of them are Christian – in every sense of that word. I have never lived in a community more ordered to peace and to love than theirs.

And the reason that virtually all of them are Christian is the work of one extraordinary man called Cuthbert Cary Elwes of (I am proud to say) my religious order, the Society of Jesus – British Province. To modern ears, ‘Cuthbert’ sounds like a bit of a silly name, but don’t judge him by that. In 1909, one hundred and six years ago this month, Cuthbert was sent out by his superiors from Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana, into the interior of the Rupununi rain forest. He was missioned to go and make contact with the Amerindian peoples in the interior and see if any of them wanted to know about the Good News of Jesus Christ and its power to transform their lives. It was what Sir Humphrey Appleby would undoubtedly have described as a ‘courageous’ decision. At the time he was being sent, one of his superiors wrote that probably there was less than a fifty percent chance of them ever seeing him alive again (though perhaps wisely, he didn’t actually tell Cuthbert that).

In the following twelve years, which was all his superiors allowed him before they sent him to work somewhere else, Cuthbert walked from village to village throughout the Rupununi preaching the Good News and feeding the people with the bread of life.

He walked thousands of miles through jungle, rain-forest and dry hard savannah. He survived malaria, typhoid, dysentery and all sorts of diseases. And he evangelised an area the size of Wales.

He was a man of tremendous faith, great courage and pretty strong legs! As a result of his work, there was a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the Rupununi. All of the Church that exists today in the Rupununi, growing and developing throughout the country, is built on his original foundation and the rock of his faith.

When I arrived in the Rupununi, Cuthbert’s original mission territory had been divided up into three enormous parishes. My parish alone had 53 Catholic communities – in the two years I was there, we set up two more. The parish I was in now comprises around ten thousand people spread over twenty thousand square miles. Today the Church in the Rupununi has grown enormously from the single mustard seed of faith planted by Cuthbert Cary-Elwes almost a century ago in obedience to his Lord and ours, Jesus Christ.
He was certainly no saint: I’ve read his diaries. They talk very frankly about his good days and his bad days; his hopes and his despairs. He seems to have had rather more bad days than good days; more despairs than hopes. In fact, he comes across as a very ordinary bloke carrying out a very extra-ordinary mission under the most incredibly difficult circumstances. He constantly thought his mission was a failure. In fact, he never really saw its success. By the time the Church had really begun to grow in the Rupununi, his Jesuit Superiors had (in their wisdom and courage) sent him to spend the last twenty years of his life teaching in a school in Scotland. As Jesus said, ‘one person sows; another reaps’. But I hope that in heaven, he looks with pride and joy at the Church that has grown from the seed he planted.

When asked about it in later life, he said that, as a young man, he had asked himself who Jesus really is. And the answer that had been given to him was that of St Peter: “You the Christ, the son of the living God.” And after that, he felt, there was really no alternative to a life composed from that reality. That is the faith on which the Church in the Rupununi was founded by the Lord.

So, the next time you do something for God that doesn’t seem to work out, or your superior, spouse or ‘significant other’ makes a ‘courageous’ decision for you, remember Cuthbert and pray that God will make just one of your mustard seeds – just one of your unseen, unrecorded and apparently unsuccessful good deeds – grow into something beautiful for God.

Fr. Paul O’Reilly S.J.


LAST SUPPER PAINTING

Large prints of the beautiful painting by Andrew White “In Memoriam” which is in the St. Aloysius Gonzaga chapel are available from Reception and the Bookshop in the Hall for a recommended donation of £10, which includes a protective envelope.  Postcards are also available for £1.50.

 


DEEPENING OUR AWARESS OF GOD WITHIN US

This very successful course, which has been running at Mount Street Jesuit Centre for the past thirteen years, offers experiences of different ways of praying, reflecting and listening, so as to foster the connection between life and prayer. It is an opportunity to discover and develop our understanding of the spirituality taught by St Ignatius of Loyola, that of ‘Finding God in all Things’ and it is experiential – you can only experience Ignatian Spirituality, you cannot be taught it. The 2018/19 course runs

– Tuesday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm, from 11th September 2018 to 2nd July 2019.

Or

– Thursday daytime: 11am – 1pm, from 13th September 2018 to 4th July 2019,

In addition, there will be three Saturday sessions 11am-4pm, one in each term.

To apply for this course it is essential to complete an application form, available from reception, the back of the church, or from the website http://www.mountstreet.info, and return it to Mount Street Jesuit Centre by 18th June.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS BOOK LAUNCH

13 Station completed

Monday June 18th, 6.30pm

Farm Street Parish Hall

All are welcome to the launch of a new book by Fr James Hanvey S.J., current Master of Campion Hall, about the Stations of the Cross displayed in Farm Street Church. The event is free and open to all but for catering purposes please contact Scott McCombe at Farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk if you wish to attend.

 


BUILDING A BRIDGE

The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster invites you to the next Building A Bridge evening of reflection and discussion on June 21st, 6.30 to 8.30pm with refreshments at 6.30pm. The theme is: You are wonderfully made (Ps. 139) from Fr. James Martin SJ’s book, Building A Bridge. This offers a context to consider phrases such as ‘objective moral evil’ or ‘intrinsic disorder’. Come and meet people from a variety of parishes in Westminster Diocese for these evenings! Further details – lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com  or 020 8986 0807.

 


THREE WEEKS TO GO

                                      Mary's Meal                                        

Mary’s Meals wants your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please) and will be at our church until 12 noon on Sunday 8th July to collect them all. Please put your clothing/bedding into tied sacks and bring them to Mass, on that day, where the charity Mary’s Meals will be here to pick them up. Amazingly 3 full black sacks of good quality clothing will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year!

Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education

 


 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.

 


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.

 


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, 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

 


PILGRIMAGES

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 9th  to October 17th  for £1,229 including all excursions.

Pilgrimage to Fatima from  November 25th  to December 1st  including all excursions for £759.
For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 0785 902 7301

 


FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

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


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. 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: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: June 20, 2018)

 


Turn Around and See – The Art of Perception – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Mary Chamberlin

Saturday 23rd June, 11am-4pm

Reflect and respond visually on the unique relevance of the Post Resurrection Appearances of Jesus, and what it means for us individually, in a safe and boundaried space.

We will use art materials to creatively explore the 4th week of the Spiritual Exercises.

 

 


Alexander Technique

Facilitated by Chris Goodchild

Saturday 30th June, 11am-4pm
It seems that busy-ness, more than anything else, is the ‘dis-ease’ that separates us not only from ourselves, but also from each other. Slowing down and stopping is often seen as a ‘fruitless inactivity’ but slowing down and being still is where the Alexander technique begins, and from this starting point the skills learnt enable you to live and move more mindfully through developing awareness of acquired habits in movements such as standing, sitting down and walking.

 

 


Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 5th July 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 Meals Jesus Shared

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Saturday 7th July 11am-4pm

In the story of our faith, the occasions on which people ate and drank together have become powerful symbols of the relationships we have with others.  Jesus, during his time on earth, shared meals with many people, most memorably with friends and disciples at his last supper before he died.  In this workshop we will explore these occasions, and their significance for us today.

 

 


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 7th July 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. mountstreet.info

Newsletter – 10th June 2018 – 10th Sunday of the Year, Year B

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Genesis 3:9-15   Psalm 129
II Corinthians 4:13-5:1   Mark 3:20-35


“Who was Saint Mark?” by Fr. Peter Edmonds SJ

On most Sundays until the end of November, we will hear the gospel of Mark. Who was this Mark? The gospel itself does not tell us; it is anonymous. But since the second century, it has been known as ‘The Gospel According to Mark’. Because the name Mark occurs several times in the New Testament, its author has been identified with this person. We meet this name first in the Acts of the Apostles. When Peter was released from prison, he went to the ‘house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark where many had gathered and were praying’. The family was prosperous enough to employ Rhoda, a maid, and the house was big enough to provide space for Christians to meet. Mark then was no pauper and Mary would have had the resources to pay for his schooling (Acts 12:12-13).

This John Mark was known to Paul and Barnabas. He was their companion on mission, but at some point, he left them (Acts 12:25; 13:13).  No reason is given, but two chapters later, we learn that Paul refused to take him back, despite the urging of Barnabas, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia (Acts 15:38). Mark then, despite his youth, had a mind of his own. The disagreement did not last, because in his Letter to the Colossians (Colossians 4:10) and in his Letter to Philemon (Philemon 24), Paul passes on Mark’s warm greetings. Later, in the Second Letter to Timothy, Paul writes that Mark is useful to his ministry (2 Timothy 4:11).

One source often quoted about Mark is the 2nd century bishop Papias, quoted by the 4th century historian Eusebius, that Mark was the ‘interpreter’ of Peter.  He wrote: ‘Mark, having become Peter’s interpreter, wrote down accurately, but not in order’.  In the greeting at the end of the First Letter of Peter, its author refers to a Mark as his ‘son’, an expression expressing a relationship that was close and trusting (1 Peter 5:13).

If these references to Mark all refer to the same person, then we rejoice that in reading this gospel, we are in touch with one who, though he had not known Jesus personally and was not one of the Twelve called by Jesus, was a member of the Christian movement from the beginning and closely associated with both Paul and Peter.

But we must be cautious: Mark was a common Roman name. Even if he was not the person mentioned above, it would be advantageous for the authority of his gospel to link him with Peter.  Petrine authority is argued because of the vividness of narratives such as the cure of Simon’s mother-in-law (1:29-31) and the story of the Gerasene demoniac (5:1-20).  Yet other important incidents, such as the Call of the Twelve on the mountain (3:13-19) are surprisingly vague if Peter is reporting. Surely, he would have had more to say about such a day?  A good story teller can write a vivid narrative when required.  Who then was Mark? We cannot give a certain answer. His identity is part of the ‘mystery of the kingdom of God’ referred to in this gospel (4:11). Whoever he was, we must be grateful to him for a gospel which is not only the earliest, but for many who know it well, also the best.

Fr. Peter Edmonds S.J.


FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME: THE CRISIS IN SYRIA: WHAT NEXT?

Thursday June 28th, 7 to 9pm Farm Street Parish Hall.

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the tragedy in Syria.

The panel includes:

-Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)
-Revd Nadim Nassar (Director, Awareness Foundation)
-John Pontifex (Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need)
-Fr Martin Newell, CP (Peace activist & campaigner)

Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking via www.pathwaystogod.org


STATIONS OF THE CROSS: BOOK LAUNCH
13 Station completed
Monday June 18th, 6.30pm
Farm Street Parish Hall

All are welcome to the launch of a new book by Fr James Hanvey S.J., current Master of Campion Hall, with prayers and photographs of the restored Stations of the Cross displayed in Farm Street Church. The event is free and open to all but for catering purposes please contact Scott McCombe at Farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk if you wish to attend.


FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

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


PILGRIMAGES

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 9th  to October 17th  for £1,229 including all excursions.
Pilgrimage to Fatima from  November 25th  to December 1st  including all excursions for £759.
For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 0785 902 7301


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

Newsletter –3rd June 2018 – THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI) Year B

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Exodus 24:3-8   Psalm 115

Hebrews 9: 11-15   Mark 14:12-16. 22-26


Farm Street SketchCORPUS CHRISTI WITNESS

On this feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) many of us will be walking in procession through the streets of Mayfair. This tradition in the Church is an opportunity to witness to our faith, worshipping Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament. We will be witnessing to those around us and to each other, not only by our prayers and singing but by the act of walking, body as well as mind. We will also represent all the parish, including those unable to take part.

What sort of questions might a curious passer-by be asking?

“What are you demonstrating about? (They are used to demonstrations holding up the traffic!) What is that person holding at the start? Looks like a cross. Why? What is that silver thing being held up so seriously at the end by someone all dressed up, who looks like a priest?”

How would you answer those questions? I suggest something like this:

“We are demonstrating our faith in Jesus Christ. Another word for that is witnessing. By walking together in procession we are showing honour to the One we believe to be God made Man, Christ our Lord. Doing this in public helps us to realise the importance to us of our beliefs. The large cross at the beginning is a sign of being Christian. We believe that Jesus was put to death on a cross on behalf of all mankind. We also believe that He rose from the dead and is alive in Heaven and that He wants to share that life with each one of us here on earth, forgiving and healing our faults, helping us to live in the love of God and our neighbour, as he has shown us.”

“Yes, it is a priest, who is holding what we call a Monstrance (from the Latin for to show). He is showing to everyone the Blessed Sacrament, a special presence of Christ through the service we call the Mass. He is present in a special way because, during a meal before He died on the cross, He said to his followers: “This is my body which will be given up for you”. In the Mass the priest says those words in the name of Christ and the Lord becomes especially present. In this procession we believe that Christ is among us in a special way, giving his blessing and showing his love to us and to every one around through the streets of Mayfair.”

That’s an attempt to put the meaning of our procession simply and clearly to a curious passer-by. There would probably be many more questions.  Not as easy as you might think in the number of words allowed. How would you do it?

Fr. Tony Nye, S.J.


CORPUS CHRISTI TODAY

All are welcome to our Mayfair Corpus Christi Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, this Sunday June 3rd, starting at Farm Street Church after the 11am Mass at around 12:15pm.  The Procession will call at the Grosvenor Chapel and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral where there will also be prayers for Ukraine. Please join us if you can.


CONFIRMATION 

Next week-end, on Saturday 9th June, 7 teenage candidates are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 6pm Mass.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Crispian Hollis, Emeritus Bishop of Portsmouth. Please remember the confirmands in your prayers. 


PARISH CLERGY CHANGES

Fr Andrew has been appointed Parish Priest of St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill. He will be succeeded by Fr Dominic Robinson, who will continue as the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community.  The handover will take place in September.  Fr Michael Holman, former Provincial and Principal of Heythrop College, will become the third member of the parish clergy team.


JOINT MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Congratulations to Jonathan Day and Steven Fachada who have been appointed joint Master of Ceremonies.

 


NORTHERN 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


DEEPENING OUR AWARESS OF GOD WITHIN US

This very successful course, which has been running at Mount Street Jesuit Centre for the past thirteen years, offers experiences of different ways of praying, reflecting and listening, so as to foster the connection between life and prayer. It is an opportunity to discover and develop our understanding of the spirituality taught by St Ignatius of Loyola, that of ‘Finding God in all Things’ and it is experiential – you can only experience Ignatian Spirituality, you cannot be taught it. The 2018/19 course runs

– Tuesday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm, from 11th September 2018 to 2nd July 2019.

Or

– Thursday daytime: 11am – 1pm, from 13th September 2018 to 4th July 2019,

In addition, there will be three Saturday sessions 11am-4pm, one in each term.

To apply for this course it is essential to complete an application form, available from reception, the back of the church, or from the website http://www.mountstreet.info, and return it to Mount Street Jesuit Centre by 18th June.


FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME

THE CRISIS IN SYRIA: WHAT NEXT?

Thursday June 28th, 7 to 9pm

Farm Street Church Hall.

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the tragedy in Syria.

The panel includes:

-Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)

-Revd Nadim Nassar (Director, Awareness Foundation)

-John Pontifex (Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need)

-Fr Martin Newell, CP (Peace activist & campaigner)

Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking via www.pathwaystogod.org


ADOREMUS

The bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from September7 th-9th. The Echo Arena in Liverpool – which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims – will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the 8th September and will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration. For more information and to enquire about tickets to events, please contact adoremus@rcdow.org.uk  or call 07738183829.  Friday Conference places are very limited. There are available places for Saturday. There is a £40 fee for Saturday. Sunday participation is free.  They need to receive the completed form for each individual as soon as possible. Cheques payable to WRCDT and sent to the Agency for Evangelisation, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN.

 


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, 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


BRITISH JESUIT ALUMNI/AE CHARITABLE TRUST (EAGLE AID)

RECEPTION, CANAPES AND RECITAL

Jesuit-educated professional soprano, Iuno Connolly, and her accompanist, Dylan Perez, will perform “Beyond Classical” on June 7th in the ballroom at 55 Princes Gate in Kensington. Tickets for this annual black tie are £75 (suggested donation £25) and are available from Maxinne Torrents del Prats after Mass, from Bernard Thompson at bjact@btinternet.com or via Event Brite. Proceeds from this event will support Catholic schools in Dominica damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.

 


FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

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


PILGRIMAGES

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 9th  to October 17th  for £1,229 including all excursions.

Pilgrimage to Fatima from  November 25th  to December 1st  including all excursions for £759.

For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 0785 902 7301


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. 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 logo

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

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: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: June 20, 2018)


Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Facilitated by team members

Wednesdays, June 6th-27th, 6.30-8pm

‘Lord Teach us to Pray’ was a request put to Jesus by his first disciples. Jesus responded by sharing with them something of his intimate relationship with his Father expressed in words that we now call the ‘Our Father’. He was inviting them to experience something of the same intimacy that he had with God, and Jesus continually invites us to experience the same.

 

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 7th June 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.

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9th June 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.

 

The Meals Jesus Shared

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Wednesdays, 13th – 27th June 7-8.30pm repeated as a workshop Saturday 7th July 11am-4pm

In the story of our faith, the occasions on which people ate and drank together have become powerful symbols of the relationships we have with others.  Jesus, during his time on earth, shared meals with many people, most memorably with friends and disciples at his last supper before he died.  In this course we will explore these occasions, and their significance for us today.

 

Growing into Freedom – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway and Mary Goggin

Saturday 16th June, 11am-4pm

God created us to live in freedom and Jesus shows us the way to live that freedom. In this workshop we will look at how Christ invites us to be free, to be our true selves, and what in our lives prevents us from being so.

 

Turn Around and See – The Art of Perception – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Mary Chamberlin

Saturday 22nd  June, 11am-4pm

Reflect and respond visually on the unique relevance of the Post Resurrection Appearances of Jesus, in a safe and boundaried space, and what it means for us individually.
Using art materials to creatively explore the 4th week of the Spiritual Exercises.

 

More upcoming events on

www. mountstreet.info  

Newsletter –27th May 2018 – THE MOST HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY YEAR B

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Deuteronomy 4:32-34. 39-40   Psalm 32

Romans 8: 14-17   Matthew 28:16-20

 


Please note that there will only be one Mass at 1.05pm  MONDAY MAY 28TH.


Farm Street SketchFAITH IN THE TRINITY: JUST WORDS?

“Women and men for others”: it’s become a contemporary slogan in our Jesuit family to try to exemplify the ideal of Christian calling, the vocation of the many men and women in our schools, parishes, and various works who join with us in our work.   The Christian faith involves a life of service, a life responding to the call of Our Lord to all of us to join him as friends on his mission in the world;  Bringing Christ to others:  Service, generosity, charity.  And through our actions we participate too in the work of evangelisation.  The Christian vocation is to spread our faith through deeds more than words.

So why believe in the Trinity?  At first sight it seems disconnected from reality, taking us back into the realm of ‘mystery’ and away from reality.  Why do we need to accept the teaching most Christians profess that God is one in three persons?  Well, through our belief in the Trinity we are actually professing that this God whom we worship and follow is present in the midst of the world.  Rather than lead us into a reflection on a God who is hidden and inaccessible, the belief that God creates, becomes human flesh and stays with us, shows us a God who is truly present right under our noses in the world we inhabit.  And in fact more than that, this is the God who is present in a special way in us, in human beings, baptised in his name, in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  When we respond to his call in our lives we live out our baptism and our confirmation in the Holy Spirit when we are strengthened as adults to live the Christian life according to the virtues and gifts bestowed on us.  We live out what is deep within us, the very presence of a God who is our origin and final end, who experienced every human emotion and thought but without sin, and whose power is a force of spiritual energy in the world.

And yet the mystery of the Trinity remains a mystery.  It is simple and real and yet, when we begin to say we understand God’s presence fully, we realise we can never express the full grandeur of who God is.  God will remain hidden until he comes again in glory.  And so there is a sense in which God’s absence will be felt more keenly and so, as the scriptures teach us, the world and humanity too is also in opposition to God and his kingdom.  We pray in the Lord’s Prayer that his kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.  In our world here and now we see the widening gap of rich and poor, a counter-ethic of success, of scandalous wealth, of abuse of power, of the horror of human trafficking, of the persecution of human beings, often in the name of religion, in the Middle East.  It’s sometimes very hard to find God in all things when we detect his absence right under our noses.

But this is where the doctrine of the Trinity comes in.  We profess the mystery together as a community bound by a common experience of humanity, searching to discover where this mysterious God is real in the midst of a troubled world.  We are a people of faith, in it together.  Pope Francis, in The Light of Faith explores what having Christian faith means to people of today. “Faith is not a private matter, a completely individualistic notion or a personal opinion: it comes from hearing, and it is meant to find expression in words and to be proclaimed. For “how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?” (Rom 10:14). Faith becomes operative in the Christian on the basis of the gift received, the love which attracts our hearts to Christ (cf. Gal 5:6), and enables us to become part of the Church’s great pilgrimage through history until the end of the world”.

Where in my life do I see the presence of the God who has created the world, who is present in it, and who sustains it?   And how will my faith contribute to the common good of society?  Pope Francis again is clear that ‘faith is truly a good for everyone; it is a common good. Its light does not simply brighten the interior of the Church, nor does it serve solely to build an eternal city in the hereafter; it helps us build our societies in such a way that they can journey towards a future of hope’.

May Trinity Sunday lead us more deeply into the mystery of a God who is real and who calls us to be his light in a world yearning to embrace his loving mercy.

Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ

 


PARISH CLERGY CHANGES

Fr Andrew has been appointed Parish Priest of St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill. He will be succeeded by Fr Dominic Robinson, who will continue as the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community.  The handover will take place in September.  Fr Michael Holman, former Provincial and Principal of Heythrop College, will become the third member of the parish clergy team.


GK CHESTERTON’S PRAYER

May 29th is the 144th Birthday of GK Chesterton, famous Catholic Convert and author of over one hundred books, including The Father Brown mysteries. Please keep and say the following prayer;

God Our Father, Thou didst fill the life of Thy servant Gilbert Keith Chesterton with a sense of wonder and joy, and gave him a faith which was the foundation of his ceaseless work, a charity towards all men, particularly his opponents, and a hope which sprang from his lifelong gratitude for the gift of human life. May his innocence and his laughter, his constancy in fighting for the Christian faith in a world losing belief, his lifelong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his love for all men, especially for the poor, bring cheerfulness to those in despair, conviction and warmth to lukewarm believers and the knowledge of God to those without faith. We beg Thee to grant the favours we ask through his intercession, the end of abortion in this Country [and especially for……] so that his holiness may be recognized by all and the Church may proclaim him Blessed. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen. www.Catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk

 


CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION 2018

All are welcome to our Mayfair Corpus Christi Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, next Sunday June 3rd, starting at Farm Street Church after the 11am Mass at around 12:15pm.  The Procession will call at the Grosvenor Chapel and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral where there will also be prayers for Ukraine. Please join us if you can.

 


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, 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

 


BRITISH JESUIT ALUMNI/AE CHARITABLE TRUST (EAGLE AID)

RECEPTION, CANAPES AND RECITAL 
Jesuit-educated professional soprano, Iuno Connolly, and her accompanist, Dylan Perez, will perform “Beyond Classical” on June 7th in the ballroom at 55 Princes Gate in Kensington. Tickets for this annual black tie are £75 (suggested donation £25) and are available from Maxinne Torrents del Prats after Mass, from Bernard Thompson at bjact@btinternet.com or via Event Brite. Proceeds from this event will support Catholic schools in Dominica damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.

 


Deepening Our Awaress of God Within Us

This very successful course, which has been running at Mount Street Jesuit Centre for the past thirteen years, offers experiences of different ways of praying, reflecting and listening, so as to foster the connection between life and prayer. It is an opportunity to discover and develop our understanding of the spirituality taught by St Ignatius of Loyola, that of ‘Finding God in all Things’ and it is experiential – you can only experience Ignatian Spirituality, you cannot be taught it. The 2018/19 course runs

– Tuesday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm, from 11th September 2018 to 2nd July 2019.

Or

– Thursday daytime: 11am – 1pm, from 13th September 2018 to 4th July 2019,

In addition, there will be three Saturday sessions 11am-4pm, one in each term.

To apply for this course it is essential to complete an application form, available from reception, the back of the church, or from the website http://www.mountstreet.info, and return it to Mount Street Jesuit Centre by 18th June.

 


FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME

THE CRISIS IN SYRIA: WHAT NEXT?

Thursday June 28th – 7pm to 9pm

Farm Street Church Hall.

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the tragedy in Syria.

The panel includes:

-Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)

-Revd Nadim Nassar (Director, Awareness Foundation)

-John Pontifex (Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need)

-Fr Martin Newell, CP (Peace activist & campaigner)

Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking will be set up shortly via www.pathwaystogod.org

 


ADOREMUS

The bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from September7 th-9th. The Echo Arena in Liverpool – which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims – will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the 8th September and will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration. For more information and to enquire about tickets to events, please contact adoremus@rcdow.org.uk  or call 07738183829.  Friday Conference places are very limited. There are available places for Saturday. There is a £40 fee for Saturday. Sunday participation is free.  They need to receive the completed form for each individual as soon as possible. Cheques payable to WRCDT and sent to the Agency for Evangelisation, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN.

 


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. 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

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: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: June 20, 2018)


 Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Facilitated by team members

Wednesdays, June 6th-27th, 6.30-8pm

‘Lord Teach us to Pray’ was a request put to Jesus by his first disciples. Jesus responded by sharing with them something of his intimate relationship with his Father expressed in words that we now call the ‘Our Father’. He was inviting them to experience something of the same intimacy that he had with God, and Jesus continually invites us to experience the same.

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9th June 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.

 

 

The Meals Jesus Shared

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Wednesdays, 13th – 27th June 7-8.30pm repeated as a workshop Saturday 7th July 11am-4pm

In the story of our faith, the occasions on which people ate and drank together have become powerful symbols of the relationships we have with others.  Jesus, during his time on earth, shared meals with many people, most memorably with friends and disciples at his last supper before he died.  In this course we will explore these occasions, and their significance for us today.

 

Growing into Freedom – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway and Mary Goggin

Saturday 16th June, 11am-4pm

In this workshop we will look at our growing relationship with God as a relationship of freedom.

Drawing on Ignatian spirituality we are invited to reflect on our attachment to worldly things which may include a desire for wealth, possessions, power or worldly success. We see these as our own achievements which feeds our sense of self-importance.  We are invited to consider how we live in this world so that we can freely be of God’s world.

 

Turn Around and See – The Art of Perception – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Mary Chamberlin

Saturday 22nd  June, 11am-4pm

Reflect and respond visually on the unique relevance of the Post Resurrection Appearances of Jesus, in a safe and boundaried space, and what it means for us individually. Using art materials to creatively explore the 4th week of the Spiritual Exercises.

More upcoming events on www.mountstreet.info  

Newsletter –20th May 2018 – PENTECOST SUNDAY

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Acts 2:1-11      Psalm 103

I Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13       John 20:19-23


Farm Street SketchPENTECOST

In the Jewish calendar the Feast of Weeks comes fifty days after the Feast of the Passover.  It was at the time of this feast that, according to today’s first reading in the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples gathered and received the Holy Spirit.  Today, fifty days after Easter we remember that event.  It marks the fulfilment of Jesus promise to the disciples to send them the Spirit and the end of our celebration of the season of Easter.  The period of fifty days gives us the word Pentecost.

We have several ideas of the Holy Spirit in today’s readings.  One is a word Jesus uses in the word Advocate.  The original Greek word gives us the word we sometimes hear in prayers and hymns, the Paraclete.  The idea is taken from a court of law.  The image of the law court is one we find a number of times in scripture.  Sometimes Satan is portrayed as a prosecutor arguing against us.  In contrast the Holy Spirit is the one who pleads our cause, the one who is on our side.

Another word sometime used is the Consoler.  St Ignatius tells us it is characteristic of the Spirit to bring consolation.  Consolation is characterised by light, peace, joy and a growth in faith, hope and charity.  It is not something superficial or simply a case of feeling good.  It is rather the experience typical of being at peace with God.  Pope Francis talks about “The Joy of the Gospel”.  This experience of real peace, this work of the Spirit, is a sign that we are on the right lines.  The things that take us away from God, where the spirit of darkness is at work, takes us in the opposite direction to tepidity, discouragement and despair.  In the second reading Paul tells us the Spirit has made his home with us.

So we have those pictures of the Holy Spirit as Advocate and Consoler.  However, we also have the picture as of the Holy Spirit at work in us brining us together and turning us outward.  The picture of the Holy Spirit at work in those disciples.  The Spirit is the one who brings them together as the Church.  Unity is one of the characteristics of the Spirit, unity of believers, unity of all people in Christ.  The crowds in Jerusalem hear the Good News preached in their own language.  The division of people and languages which we see in the story of the tower of Babel in the book of Genesis is overcome by the message of Christ and the presence of the Spirit.

The Spirit turns us outward.  The disciples, whom we have seen bewildered and fearful, now go out and proclaim the Gospel.  The Acts of the Apostles show them going out fearlessly, despite the obstacles and persecution they experience.
Let us ask for the Holy Spirit to be in our hearts, bringing us together, sending us out to proclaim the Good News and overcoming the division between peoples.

Fr Chris Pedley, S.J.


 

During the month of May there is Rosary following the 6pm Mass on Monday to Friday. Flowers to help decorate the altars and especially the altars to Our Lady are welcomed.

 


URGENT!

FRONT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER NEEDED

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



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 again at this coming Night Church evangelisation event in Leicester Square next Friday 25th April, 8pm beginning with a light supper. All are welcome! Venue: Notre Dame De France, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX. Listen on ITunes, Spotify, Google play, FacebookYouTube etc.

 


THE SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR

The Sistine Chapel Choir, the Pope’s personal choir, performs a sacred choral music concert from the repertoire they sing in the Vatican on Saturday May 26that 8pm in Westminster Cathedral. The concert will last an hour, and is free of charge (no tickets required). Come and experience this world-famous choir singing in the beautiful setting of Westminster Cathedral. All are welcome.


BRITISH JESUIT ALUMNI/AE CHARITABLE TRUST (EAGLE AID)

RECEPTION, CANAPES AND RECITAL

Jesuit-educated professional soprano, Iuno Connolly, and her accompanist, Dylan Perez, will perform “Beyond Classical” on June 7th in the ballroom at 55 Princes Gate in Kensington. Tickets for this annual black tie are £75 (suggested donation £25) and are available at Mount Street reception, from Maxinne Torrents del Prats after Mass, from Bernard Thompson at bjact@btinternet.com or via Event Brite. Proceeds from this event will support Catholic schools in Dominica damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.


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, 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


ANNUAL WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE

Fr Dominic Robinson invites you on our parish pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday 26th May. Departing from Farm Street at 8.30am we will visit both Anglican and Catholic shrines arriving back at 8pm. Cost is £35 including lunch. Book via farmstreet@rcdow.org.uk or by calling Leslie Giltz on 0207 408 1234. Cheques payable to Farm Street Church (marked Walsingham). If you have never been to this historic pilgrimage site, this is a great opportunity.


IRISH REFERENDUM ON THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT, MAY 25TH

In their Spring Statement, the Irish Bishops wrote,

“Article 40.3.3 is a declaration of equality and respect for human life.  It represents, at the very foundations and substructure of our laws, a conviction that all human life is worth cherishing equally.  To repeal this Article would leave unborn children at the mercy of whatever permissive abortion laws might be introduced in Ireland in the future. We invite people of faith to pray earnestly that Ireland will “choose life” and that the lives of all women and their unborn children will always be loved, valued, welcomed and respected in this country.” For more information visit http://www.chooselife2018.ie


VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG WOMEN (20S – 30S)
There will be a weekend organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) on May 25th -27th  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


CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION 2018

All are welcome to our Mayfair Corpus Christi Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday June 3rd, starting at Farm Street Church after the 11am Mass at around 12:15pm.  The Procession will call at the Grosvenor Chapel and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral where there will also be prayers for Ukraine. Please join us if you can.


FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME

THE CRISIS IN SYRIA: WHAT NEXT?

Thursday June 28th – 7pm to 9pm

Farm Street Church Hall.

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the issues surrounding faith and the media.

The panel includes:

-Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)

-Revd Nadim Nassar (Director, Awareness Foundation)

-John Pontifex (Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need)

-Fr Martin Newell, CP (Peace activist & campaigner)

Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking will be set up shortly via www.pathwaystogod.org


ADOREMUS

The bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from September7 th-9th. The Echo Arena in Liverpool – which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims – will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the 8th September and will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration. For more information and to enquire about tickets to events, please contact adoremus@rcdow.org.uk  or call 07738183829.  Friday Conference places are very limited. There are available places for Saturday. There is a £40 fee for Saturday. Sunday participation is free.  They need to receive the completed form for each individual as soon as possible. Cheques payable to WRCDT and sent to the Agency for Evangelisation, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN.


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: 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.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: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: June 20, 2018)

 


 Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Facilitated by team members

Wednesdays, May 23rd-June 13th, 11am-12.30pm repeated Wednesdays, June 6th-27th, 6.30-8pm

‘Lord Teach us to Pray’ was a request put to Jesus by his first disciples. Jesus responded by sharing with them something of his intimate relationship with his Father expressed in words that we now call the ‘Our Father’. He was inviting them to experience something of the same intimacy that he had with God, and Jesus continually invites us to experience the same.

 

Spreading the Good News: The Gospel Writers

Facilitated by John Huntriss

Thursdays, May 24th-June 14th, 7-8.30pm

This short course asks: Who were the Gospel writers? Who were they writing for and why? How did they gather their material? What did they include and what did they leave out?
Please bring your Bible to each session.

 

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 7th June 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.

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9th June 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.

 

The Meals Jesus Shared

Facilitated by Mike Smith SJ

Wednesdays, 13th – 27th June 7-8.30pm repeated as a workshop Saturday 7th July 11am-4pm

In the story of our faith, the occasions on which people ate and drank together have become powerful symbols of the relationships we have with others.  Jesus, during his time on earth, shared meals with many people, most memorably with friends and disciples at his last supper before he died.  In this course we will explore these occasions, and their significance for us today.

 

Growing into Freedom – A Taste of the Ignatian Exercises

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway and Mary Goggin

Saturday 16th June, 11am-4pm

In this workshop we will look at our growing relationship with God as a relationship of freedom.

Drawing on Ignatian spirituality we are invited to reflect on our attachment to worldly things which may include a desire for wealth, possessions, power or worldly success. We see these as our own achievements which feeds our sense of self-importance.  We are invited to consider how we live in this world so that we can freely be of God’s world.

 More upcoming events on http://www.mountstreet.info