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

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Jeremiah 23:1-6   Psalm 22

Ephesians 2:13-18      Mark 6:30-34


Farm Street SketchA TIME TO REST IN A DESERTED PLACE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fr Dominic Robinson S.J.

 


FAREWELL Fr. TONY!

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

FAREWELL ARMEL!

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

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

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Next Programme 2018/19

Start date: 7th October 2018

Celebration: 9th June 2019

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

 

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

 

 31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

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

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

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

 

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

CONGRATULATIONS JONATHAN!

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

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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

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

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

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

 

PAINTING IN THE CHURCH

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


 FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH

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


WHEELCHAIR USERS

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


BRIDGE

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


EASY WAY TO DONATE

You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering:

just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070

You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.


REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM

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

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

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


CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

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

BOTH GOD_S & MARY_S SON


MSJC logo114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info


Our Regular Events

• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

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

 


Women Encountering Jesus

Facilitated by Gabriela Flores and Liz Waldy

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

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

 

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 6th September 11.30am–1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Maria Shapero facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

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

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th September 11am-4pm

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

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

 

For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm

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

 

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

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

Newsletter – 15th July 2018 – 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Amos 7:12-15   Psalm 84

Ephesians 1: 3-14   Mark 6:7-13


Farm Street SketchPROPHETS OF THE GOOD NEWS

Many years ago, when I was very young, I used to walk along Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, Scotland, on my way to school. I walked along that street every day for six years. On that same street I would see a man wearing billboards on his front and on his back. It said on the front: “The end of the world is nigh” and on the back “Repent and believe the good news!” I never paid much attention to that man, and as the six years dragged on, it seemed more and more likely that the end of the world was probably still a long way off. But there is a sense in which that man was quite right; he was a recent version of the prophet Amos that we hear about in the first reading today. He was a prophet of doom.

Prophets of doom, in a world where everything seems to be fine, have a hard life, and they’re supposed to. You can tell a false prophet a mile away. They cash in on the current fad or popular opinion. The prophet Amos was a true prophet. He told king Jeroboam that he was a bad king. He told the people of Israel that God was angry with them; they were ignoring the poor and the sick. In all their prosperity and wealth they forgot that someone bigger and more powerful than they was actually responsible for everything they had.

Amos learned that there is more to being a true prophet than just telling people good news. While everything’s going fine and the prophet is saying encouraging words and cheering everyone up – then his listeners say “You speak well”, “You are a good prophet”, but when the tables are turned and he has to scold the people, then that’s quite another story.
But no true prophecy can be based on dishonesty, on just telling the people what they want to hear. Basically, the people of Israel had forgotten to say three things: Thank you, Give Glory to God, and please help. We are all brought up to say thanks, to say things like “Well done, nice job” and so on. It seems hardest to say “please help”. But we have to, because without the help of God and of our fellow human beings we quickly end up lost and lonely. We can spend so long working out what God wants us to do with our lives, that we forget that first of all God wants us to be human beings. A human being is not only an individual; we live among other human beings. It is not an accident that as babies we have the longest nurturing time of any species on the planet. We need help from one another; we need companionship and true friendship. Look what Jesus does in today’s Gospel: he chooses twelve apostles, and sends them out, doing exactly the same sorts of things that he himself was doing. Jesus realizes that, by himself, there isn’t time to do all the things he was called to do. And if Jesus needs help from his fellow human beings, then all the more do we. And we especially need help for the work that Jesus calls each one of us to do.

Jesus chooses us to be prophets to this world; Prophets where we live and grow up, prophets where we work. Saying “things are bad and they’re getting worse” won’t get the Good News very far. Jesus needs us to bring hope and comfort; to speak against the rampant individualism of the “me” generation. Jesus sends us into the world to preach as Paul did, to say that Jesus has redeemed us by his blood, that we are truly free. For Paul, only one thing matters, that Jesus was raised from the dead. He reminds us that this is more than just mere talk but a fundamental truth that changes us and our world for ever. Without this truth then all our efforts are a waste of time. What gives our lives meaning and purpose is not how clever we are, how much cash we have, how many exams we pass; what really matters is that God became human in Jesus Christ who preached the word of God and who died for us, and that he lives, showing us that our lives have much more meaning than we can ever grasp.

All Christians are called to live their lives with the knowledge that Jesus Christ died for them and was raised. Jesus beckons us to put an end to the thinking that says “What can I do about the dreadful things that are happening in this world?  I’m not clever enough, brave enough, I can’t speak very well.” Every prophet in the history of salvation said the same thing. Today’s Gospel calls us to shake off the dust of guilt and resentment; to set out on the new road of conversion, trusting in the love and care of Christ. God put each of us into this world for a purpose: we have to use what we have been given.

If we trust in the Lord and set out on the path that calls us, then the world will not end in doom, but become a glorious reflection of the love of God and the power of the Spirit of the Risen Christ.

Fr. Andrew Cameron-Mowat, S.J.


MARY’S MEAL APPEAL

A very big ‘thank you’ for supporting Mary’s Meals on its Rags to Riches collection last Sunday.

The parish kindly gave 260kg of unwanted clothes. The amount raised will feed 10 children who will not only get fed one good, nutritious meal every school day for a whole year, but they will get an education too. Mary’s Meals is grateful for your support.

 

FAREWELL Fr. TONY!

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

 

FAREWELL, BRO. JAMES!

We wish every blessing to Brother James Hodkinson SJ who moves to Campion Hall, Oxford.  Saturday July 14th will be his last time with us at the Saturday evening Mass.  Br James has been a wonderful part of the ministry of the parish and the Jesuit Community over many years as a reader, Eucharistic Minister, and as a daily presence at the 8am Mass in his favourite place in front of the painting of the Sacred Heart.  A man of deep prayer, friendship and wisdom, Br James will be greatly missed by many, especially those faithful to the weekday morning and Saturday Evening Masses.

 

FAREWELL ARMEL!

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

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

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Next Programme 2018/19

Start date: 7th October 2018

Celebration: 9th June 2019

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

 

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

 

 

31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS

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

 

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

 

LAST WEEKEND’S ACN APPEAL

Thank you for supporting Aid to the Church in Need’s appeal for Catholic charity’s emergency and pastoral work in Syria and Iraq.  In total £3,034.71, of which £335.57 was sales of ACN cards, books and gifts, was raised. Also Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, our Maintenance Manager Sebastian Cichocki and John Pontifex will be among those taking part in the British 10K London Run this Sunday  July 15th for the above project. Please support them on https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/team-acn10k, www.acnuk.org or write to Aid to the Church in Need, 12-14 Benhill Avenue, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4DA, marking your donation ‘in support of the ACN run for Syria and Iraq’.

THREE NEW PRIESTS

Congratulations to former 11am Mass Eucharistic Minister Fr John Tabor who was ordained priest at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday June 30th.  Fr Tabor is appointed Assistant Priest at Ss Peter and Paul, Northfields.  Congratulations also to Jesuits Fr. Philip Harrison and Fr Kensy Joseph, ordained at St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill on the same day.  Fr. Harrison is going to Rome for Scripture studies and Fr Joseph is appointed College Chaplain at St. Aloysius College, Glasgow.

 

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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

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

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

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

 

 

THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS

The Helpers reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. Their next Rosary Procession Vigil, led by Father Jacob Hausman, CFR, will be held on Saturday July 21st at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, 557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB.  It begins with Mass at 9am.  Rosary Procession at 9.45am to Marie Stopes abortion centre, 88 Russell Rd, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QB returning at 12noon to the church for refreshments. Full details on poster in church porch or contact tel. 01727 763832 or e-mail marg@helpersuk.org

 


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: July 18, 2018)

 


Alexander Technique & Mindfulness

Facilitated by Chris Goodchild

Saturday 21st July 11am-4pm

This workshop will explore in detail how the Alexander Technique evolved, how it can be applied and, most importantly, how it can be combined with mindfulness in giving us tools to be more present in life.

 

Women Encountering Jesus

Facilitated by Gabriela Flores and Liz Waldy

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

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

 

Bereavement and Loss Group

Thursday 6th September 11.30am–1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Maria Shapero facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

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

 

Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th September 11am-4pm

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

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

 

For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm

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

 

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

Newsletter – 8th July 2018 – 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Ezekiel 2:2-5   Psalm 122

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10   Mark 6:1-6


Farm Street SketchTWO FACES OF JESUS (MARK 6:1-6)

We meet two faces of Jesus in Mark’s gospel, the gospel which we hear on most Sundays this year. On the one hand, we have many instances of the “strong Jesus”, who exercises the power of God himself. Unlike contemporary scribes, he speaks with authority (Mark 1:22, 27). He forgives sins (2:5), he calls himself the bridegroom (2:19), like God married to his people (Isaiah 54:5). He teaches at length, instructing disciples and crowds about the mystery of the kingdom of God in his parables (Mark 4:11). His miracles astonish us: he calms a storm (4:39), casts out a legion of demons (5:13), heals by touch (5:29), raises the dead (5:42). He feeds 5000 with five loaves (6:41) and 4000 with seven loaves (8:6). He walks on water, an activity which belongs only to God (6:48; Job 9:8).

But he also was one who died the death of a slave; he was brutally executed, condemned by religious and political authorities. His disciples deserted him (14:50); Judas betrayed him (14:10); Peter, their leader, denied all knowledge of him (14:71). His fate was foreshadowed at key moments. He needed to pray in a desert place after his healings in Capernaum (1:35); he prayed alone on a mountain after he fed the 5000 (6:46). He was aware of the fate in store for him. Three times he warned his disciples (8:31; 9:31; 10:33). Today, we hear about his rejection in his home town. Its people knew him as a manual worker; they knew his family. Where did he find the wisdom that enabled him to speak his parables or the force behind his great acts of power? Here the evangelist makes an astonishing claim; because of their lack of faith, he could do no miracles there, and he wrote this about one who had just raised a young girl from death to life (6:1-6).

Some of us find it easier to believe in Jesus as the divine Son of God than in a human Jesus like us “in all things but sin” (Hebrews 4:15). When we meet problems, we glibly say that it was all right for Jesus because he was the Son of God. Our faith insists that he was true man. In Mark’s gospel, he experiences our human emotions. Compassion overwhelmed him when a leper accosted him (1:41); he was furious at the hard-heartedness of the authorities in the synagogue (3:5); he did not know who the woman was who touched him (5:30).  Praying in Gethsemane on the night before his passion, he was agitated and distressed (14:33).

Mark ended his story of Jesus with his vindication. After his death on the cross, the curtain of the temple was torn in two (15:38) and a pagan centurion confessed that he was the Son of God (15:39). God

raised him from the dead (16:6). When women came to his tomb searching for his body, a young man instructed them to tell his disciples, including Peter, to meet him in Galilee (16:7). We are invited to meet him there too, not to imitate the people of his home town who disowned him but to join those people of Capernaum who sought him when he began his ministry (1:37).

Fr. Peter Edmonds, S.J.


 

FAREWELL, BRO. JAMES!

We wish every blessing to Brother James Hodkinson SJ who moves to Campion Hall, Oxford.  Saturday July 14th will be his last time with us at the Saturday evening Mass.  Br James has been a wonderful part of the ministry of the parish and the Jesuit Community over many years as a reader, Eucharistic Minister, and as a daily presence at the 8am Mass in his favourite place in front of the painting of the Sacred Heart.  A man of deep prayer, friendship and wisdom, Br James will be greatly missed by many, especially those faithful to the weekday morning and Saturday Evening Masses.

 


GARDEN PARTY TODAY

The Summer Fayre and Garden Party will take place today Sunday July 8th in Mount Street Gardens from 12 until 4pm. All are welcome to this annual parish celebration.

 


FAREWELL ARMEL!

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

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

 


MARY’S MEALS COLLECTION TODAY

Mary's Meal

Mary’s Meals will be at church this Sunday morning only to collect all your unwanted clothing/bedding (no duvets or pillows).  Please bring all your bags before 12 noon. 

 

Please ensure all clothing/bedding is put into tied black sacks – 3 full sacks will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year!   Thank you.

 


 

 APPEAL FOR AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED TODAY
There will be an appeal and a second collection at all Sunday Masses this weekend of July 7th – 8th , raising money for ACN’s work providing food, shelter, medicine and pastoral help to people in Syria and Iraq. Please give generously and remember persecuted Christians in your prayers. Speaking at the appeal will be Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, ACN UK Chaplain, and the charity’s UK head of press John Pontifex who will both take part in the British 10K run in central London on Sunday, 15th July for the above causes. Sebastian Cichocki, Farm Street Maintenance Manager will also be running.

 


THREE NEW PRIESTS

Congratulations to former 11am Mass Eucharistic Minister Fr John Tabor who was ordained priest at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday June 30th.  Fr Tabor is appointed Assistant Priest at Ss Peter and Paul, Northfields.  Congratulations also to Jesuits Fr. Philip Harrison and Fr Kensy Joseph, ordained at St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill last Saturday.  Fr. Harrison is going to Rome for Scripture studies and Fr Joseph is appointed College Chaplain at St. Aloysius College, Glasgow.

 


WHAT ARE YOU READING?

 

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

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

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

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

 


 THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS

The Helpers reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. Why not come and join us and help to hold out God’s Hand of Love and Mercy? The next Rosary Procession Vigil, led by Father Jacob Hausman, CFR, will be held on Saturday  July  21st  at  St Thomas of Canterbury Church, 557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB.  We begin with The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 9am.  We then start our Rosary Procession at 9.45am  following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes  abortion centre, 88 Russell Rd, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QB where we pray 15 decades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning at approx. 12md to the church for  refreshments. Full details on poster in church porch or contact tel. 01727 763832 or e-mail marg@helpersuk.org

 


FRIENDS OF FARM STREET

Newsletter 3rd Edition

The third edition of the Friends of Farm Street newsletter was sent to all subscribers two weeks ago on Thursday June 28th.  If you are a Friend of Farm Street and did not receive your copy via email please let us know.

 


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.

 


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Next Programme 2018/19

Start date: 7th October 2018

Celebration: 9th June 2019

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

 


 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

 


WORLD YOUTH DAY

World Youth Day is an international event with the Pope, and Catholics from across the world. The next WYD will be in Panama, Central America, in January 2019. The Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry are organising a pilgrimage for young adults to attend this life changing event. Scholarships for 50% are also available to support young adults wishing to go. More information: dowym.com/events/wyd-panama-2019 or email: youth@rcdow.org.uk

 


 

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.


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


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 Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

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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 (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th 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.

 

 

For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

114 Mount Street, Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm

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

 

Alexander Technique & Mindfulness

Facilitated by Chris Goodchild

Saturday 21st July 11am-4pm

This workshop will explore in detail how the Alexander Technique evolved, how it can be applied and, most importantly, how it can be combined with mindfulness in giving us tools to be more present in life.

 

DEEPENING OUR AWARENESS OF GOD WITHIN US

This very successful course, which has been running at Mount Street Jesuit Centrefor 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: 6.30 – 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 as soon as possible.

 

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

Newsletter – 1st July 2018 – 13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

 SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24          Psalm 29

II Corinthians 8:7. 9.13-15        Mark 5:21-43


Farm Street Sketch“‘Talitha, kum!’… ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’”

I hope this will not seem disrespectful, but do you ever wonder what it must have felt like to be Jesus?

– to have the power to heal people just by touching them…

“Do you feel sick?” – I touch you – and immediately you get better. No fuss, no bother, no drugs, no side-effects, no operations, no clinical commissioning groups, no Health & Social Care Bills – you just get better right away. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to be able to do for people?

I often wonder that because, during the week I work as a doctor. And, in my own little way, I try to heal people too. But I’m not as good as Jesus. Quite often when people come to see me, I don’t know straight away what’s wrong with them and I have to send them away for tests that are complicated and painful and not always accurate. And when it comes to trying to make people better, I need to use tablets and medicines and send people to have operations. And my medicines don’t always work. And they can have bad effects as well as good ones. And the surgeons who do the operations have to be “cruel to be kind” – they have to hurt people in order to help them. It’s very hard to cut out the bad part of a person without hurting the rest of the person. But Jesus doesn’t have to do any of that – he just touches people and immediately they get better. Wouldn’t it be great to be like that –to be able to heal people by just touching them?

And the person who made me think that the most, I shall call Tessa. You see, the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life was making Tessa see again.

When I first met her, Tessa was a 14-year old girl who had just come into our remote mission hospital in the Amazon with a very serious and very rare infection of the brain called cavernous sinus thrombosis.

That’s when an infection gets into the blood vessels right inside the brain and it cuts off the blood supply to the eyes. And often people who get it die because it’s a very serious infection. And even if they don’t die, they are seriously and permanently brain damaged.

Well, we managed to stop Tessa from dying. But she was completely blind for about ten days. And we were all afraid that this would be permanent. According to the books we looked up, once this happens, it usually is permanent. But we put her on all the treatment we could think of and hoped for the best. And for once, the best happened. Almost miraculously, she began to recover and every day, when I went to see her on the ward round, she would be able to see just a little better. Until, after about six weeks, her sight was almost completely back to normal. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so proud of myself.

So one day on the big weekly grand ward round, with all the doctors and nurses and students, I asked her how it felt to be able to see again when all of us had thought she was going to be blind for life.

She thought for a little while and then she said she felt a bit sorry.

“Sorry?!! How do you mean ‘Sorry’?!!”

Surprised – and a little disappointed – and rather regretting having asked the question in such a public way – I asked her why?

She said – because she wanted people to go on treating her like they had when she was blind.

She explained – when she was blind, whenever people came to her, they would touch her – just to let her know they were there. And they would touch her with great gentleness and love. That hadn’t happened to her before. And she liked that. And now that she could see again, she didn’t want them to stop doing that.

I learned from that – I hope. I learned that it was not I who had healed her at all. Certainly, I had used my medicines to fight the infection and stop her from dying and even get her sight back. But the people who had healed her were all those people who had come to see her and had touched her with love. And to her, that was more important even than getting back her sight.

So it isn’t just Jesus who can heal people simply by touching them. What I would really like you to remember today is that all of us have the power to heal people – if we touch them the way that Jesus touched them. Let us pray that we may all recognise the power of Jesus’ touch and let us pray that we may all use it well.

Fr. Paul O’Reilly, S.J.


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


FAREWELL ARMEL!

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

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

 


APPEAL FOR AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED

There will be an appeal and a second collection at all Sunday Masses on July 7th – 8th raising money for ACN’s work providing food, shelter, medicine and pastoral help to people in Syria and Iraq. Please give generously and remember persecuted Christians in your prayers. Speaking at the appeal will be Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, ACN UK Chaplain, and the charity’s UK head of press John Pontifex who will both take part in the British 10K run in central London on Sunday, 15th July for the above causes. Sebastian Cichocki, Farm Street Maintenance Manager will also be running.


WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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

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

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

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

 


DEEPENING OUR AWARENESS 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: 6.30 – 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 as soon as possible.

 


JOB VACANCY

Ten Ten is a Catholic charitable organisation that uses drama to speak to the hearts and minds of young people in schools throughout the UK. They are looking for a schools’ facilitator to lead sessions on “Relationship and Sex Education” using films created by Ten Ten.  This is a fixed-term, part-time role with an attractive salary and benefits.  For more details visit: www.tententheatre.co.uk/recruitment. Deadline is Monday July 2nd.

 

 


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.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

jesuit_logo

Next Programme 2018/19

Start date: 7th October 2018

Celebration: 9th June 2019

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


ONE WEEK TO GO

Mary's Meal

With only 1 week to go before Mary’s Meals will be at our church on the morning of Sunday 8th July please remember to bring along all your unwanted clothing/bedding (no duvets or pillows please).

Put all clothing/bedding into tied black sacks and bring them with you when you come to church – the cut-off time is 12 noon.

Mary’s Meals is a no-frills charity committed to spending 93p in every £1 received on its charitable activities with only 6p spent on Fundraising and 1p on Governance.

 


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.

 


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


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 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: July 18, 2018)

 


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 14th 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.

 

For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

114 Mount Street, Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm

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

 

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

 

 

Newsletter – 24th June 2018 – THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST YEAR B

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Isaiah 49:1-6   Psalm 138

Acts13: 22-26   Luke 1:57-66. 80


Farm Street SketchOUR FARM STREET CHOIR

Modesty is an honourable characteristic of truly good people. They refuse to allow any attention to be drawn to them for their good deeds and follow the dictum of Jesus “do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”. (Matthew 6:3)

Given that, I believe we now have “bragging rights” about the quality of the choir and its music at our 11am Latin Mass, and that we should spread the word about the professionals who provide us with such a sublime experience of prayer in music each Sunday.

I received a message recently from Paul Inwood, the eminent Catholic composer, conductor and organist, who noticed my post on social media about the removal of the carpet from the church and the difference this has made to the acoustic of the building. He described the experience of our church in former times as like “singing into cotton wool”, such that it was difficult for the choir to make an impression without pushing their voices. So for many years there has been a somewhat operatic style of singing which, while perfectly suited to the late-Romantic period of sacred music, somewhat acts against the spirit of the music of earlier composers.

Almost two years ago I decided to do something about this, and, having discussed the matter in advance with David Graham, our marvellous Director of Music, we increased the number of singers from 8 to 10, encouraged voices that had a greater dynamic flexibility, and, by removing as much carpet as possible, we can now experience our famous choir at the peak of excellence, beauty and flexibility. I believe they are still discovering the acoustic possibilities and variations that the building now provides. Both David and his wonderful assistant, Duncan Aspden, have been at Farm Street Church far longer than I have, and can clearly hear and appreciate the difference in the sound and the effect this is having on choir ensemble, clarity of diction, and on how the choir is taking a more active part in the liturgy, even though they are placed above and behind the congregation.

Here is a part of a message I received earlier this week from a delighted couple who were married here recently: “We had a beautiful service and the choir, as you already know, were fantastic. We are grateful for everything everyone has done. Hopefully many more fortunate couples will be privileged to experience the totally serene, holy and spiritual presence Farm Street Church provides. I hope everyone comes away feeling Our Lord’s existence.”

I end with a word of encouragement. The transformation of the choir and of the acoustic has been a slow, steady, two year process. It involved a considerable element of risk, change and hard work.

But the results are now definitely there for all to hear. While it is true that our musicians and singers receive due financial recompense, they are also artists: they take their role very seriously and are truly trying their best for you, our parishioners. So spare a thought for them and perhaps send an appreciative card from time to time or chat to them in our parish hall when they come in for a coffee after Mass. Tell your friends about the choir, and encourage them to come here and worship from time to time at our 11am Mass. And say a prayer of thanksgiving for the late Fr Peter Knott who set up the foundation fund that helps to provide the music, and for our many generous donors.

Fr. Andrew Cameron-Mowat, S.J.

 


WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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

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

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

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

 


FAREWELL ARMEL!

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

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


ORDINATION

Jesuit deacons Philip Harrison and Kensy Joseph will be ordained as priests next Saturday, 30th June at 12 noon at St. Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill. Read all about this event and their Masses of Thanksgiving here. All are warmly invited to attend.
https://www.jesuit.org.uk/ordination-invitation

Odination 2018


FREE LIVE PRAISE &WORSHIPCD visual

Come and join a free live music led by Armel (Armel Paul Marie) our Sacristan and Parish Secretary before the Blessed Sacrament at this coming Night Church evangelisation event in Leicester Square next Friday 29th June,
8pm
 beginning with a light supper. All are welcome! Venue: Notre Dame De France, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX. Listen on ITunesSpotifyGoogle playFacebookYouTube etc.

 


JOB VACANCY

Ten Ten is a Catholic charitable organisation that uses drama to speak to the hearts and minds of young people in schools throughout the UK. They are looking for a schools’ facilitator to lead sessions on “Relationship and Sex Education” using films created by Ten Ten.  This is a fixed-term, part-time role with an attractive salary and benefits.  For more information, please visit: www.tententheatre.co.uk/recruitment. Deadline is Monday July 2nd.

 


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.


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

 


 Mary's Meal             TWO WEEKS TO GO                

Mary’s Meals will be coming to our church in a couple of weeks’ time to take away your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please)

Over the next few weeks please collect your unwanted clothes and put them in tied sacks.  Then before 12 noon on Sunday 8th July bring them with you when you come to Mass.  Not only will you be getting rid of un-wanted clothes/bedding and giving yourself a little more space but you will also benefit a really worthwhile charity.  Mary’s Meals feeds children one good meal every day at school in over 12 countries.  Because of our low costs we can do this for as little as £13.90 per child per year!

 


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.

 


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

 


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


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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 (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)

 


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 14th 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.

 

For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!

114 Mount Street, Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm

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

 

More upcoming events on www. mountstreet.info