Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 71
Ephesians 3:2-6 Matthew 2:1-12
THE ART OF REMEMBERING WELL
Year is a time when we all remember: when we look back over the year just ended as well as look forward to the year that’s just beginning.
For Pope Francis, “remembering” is of great importance in the life of a disciple of Jesus: it’s what gives us the strength to move forward. The importance of remembering is one of his favourite themes which he returns to again and again in what he writes and in the talks he gives. The kinds of things he has said and written have been of help to me and maybe they will be to you as well.
It’s a particular kind of remembering the Pope has in mind. He talks about “Deuteronomic memory”. That was the kind of remembering that Moses, in the Book of Deuteronomy, encouraged in the Israelites after their escape from slavery in Egypt as they made their way to the Promised Land. The strength for their moving forward on their journey would come from their looking back, their remembering with gratitude all that God had done for them. The God who has been with them in the past is the God who will walk with them into the future.
Pope Francis says that our remembering with gratitude should focus on two sets of experience in particular.
Firstly, he encourages us to look back over and to store up all those occasions when we encountered Jesus in our lives. “Think back”, he has said, “on those early days when you first learned about Christ … do not forget these moments because they are moments of inspiration … We all have these moments in our hearts”, he writes, “let us treasure them”.
Secondly, he asks us to look back and be grateful for all those people who shared their faith in Jesus with us. “We have not received faith by mail!”, he says. “Look back on your own people”. As I see it, their example gives us the courage to share our faith with others too.
What of those memories of hurt of rejection or of unjust treatment which are still too sore to touch? We can revisit them too but in the company of Jesus, the one who brings to them peace, mercy, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Memory, the Pope writes, is essential for faith as water is for a plant. Faith needs to drink deeply of the memory of all the Lord had done for us. Disciples who remember with gratitude their encounters with Jesus and those people who populate their own faith stories, these are the people who have what it takes to walk forward. Memory and faith, memory and hope go hand in hand.
And the content of our memories is love: the love we experience in our encounters with Jesus; the love we received from those others who shared their faith with us. Our memories, the Pope writes, help us to dwell in love and so remind us to pass on love in return.
Remembering with gratitude strengthens our faith, helps us move forward in hope and encourages us to pass on love. In this way, “remembering” becomes the heartbeat of our lives as followers of Jesus. This is how it was for Mary who, Luke tells us in his Gospel, “treasured up these things in her heart”. We can do likewise.
Fr Michael Holman, SJ.
MUSIC at the 9.30am MASS
Entrance: 150, The first Nowell
Offertory: 170, We three kings
Communion: 938, Soul of my Saviour
Recessional: 166 As with gladness men of old
MUSIC at the 11am MASS
Mass: Missa Brevis in G (K140) Mozart
Motets: Omnes de Saba venient Handl
Videntes stellam Poulenc
Organ: Prelude and fugue in C major (BWV 547) J S Bach
CHRISTMAS THANK YOU
On behalf of the Farm Street clergy team and Jesuit Community very many thanks to all for your very generous gifts at Christmas. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
ART EXHIBTION LAST DAY
Drawings by Gabrielle Quinn. Exhibition ends today at The Gallery, Jesuit Residence, 114 Mount Street, London, W1K 3AH. Telephone: 020 7493 7811
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR APPEAL
Sister Agnes wishes to convey her most grateful thanks for your very generous response to their appeal on December 1st/ 2nd. £2,800-00 was received towards St Anne’s House. Sr Agnes writes: ‘Your support is very much appreciated. Please be assured of our prayers asking God to bless and reward everyone for the warm welcome we received’
BLESSING OF HOMELESS JESUS
Archbishop Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, will celebrate a solemn Mass and bless our new sculpture Homeless Jesus on Tuesday January 15th at 6pm. This will be followed by a presentation by the sculptor Timothy Schmaltz, who will join us from Canada especially for the occasion and by those working in homeless services. All are welcome to this very special evening to raise awareness of homeless issues in our city and to formally dedicate our new piece of artwork in the church, the first Homeless Jesus to be housed in a London church.
FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME
VIOLENT CRIME IN LONDON:
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
All welcome to an informative evening on an important topic. Speakers will include Barry & Margaret Mizen from the For Jimmy Foundation; Fr Michael Holman, SJ, former Headmaster Wimbledon College; and a representative of the Legatum Institute. The evening will take place on Thursday 7th February at 6.45pm in the parish hall. Recommended donation: £10 on the door. To book please contact Farm Street Office on (020)-7529-4829; or firstname.lastname@example.org
TANGO SHELTER 2018
A massive thank you to the volunteers who assisted at the tango dance evening organized by Warren Edwardes on the 8th December. The evening raised £1700.19 for Farm Street Church’s work with the homeless.
FARM STREET CHARITY BALL
The annual Farm Street Church Charity Ball will take place at the Savile Club on Saturday 2nd February. Tickets cost £140. Booking forms can now be requested in the hall after the 9.30am and 11am Sunday Mass or at reception. Online bookings can also be made by the following the link at http://www.farmstreet.org.uk. The closing date for booking is 20th January 2019.
Request for Raffle
and Auction Prizes
The raffle and auctions held during the ball help us to raise funds to support various good causes including Farm Street’s Homeless Shelter. Prizes have included theatre, sports, concert and opera tickets, luxury items, holiday stays and one-off experiences. If you would like to donate a prize, please leave this at reception marked FAO: Charity Ball Committee. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
To take place on July 20th – 26th 2019. If you are interested in joining the Westminster Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage, as an assisted pilgrim, helper or praying pilgrim, please speak to Fr Dominic or drop a line to email@example.com leaving your name and contact details
MARTYRS PLAQUE UNVEILING
All are warmly invited to the unveiling of a new plaque commemorating those Catholics executed at Tyburn Gallows in 1679 and 1681 and whose remains are buried in unmarked graves in St Giles-in-the-Fields Churchyard, near Tottenham Court Road. These include 6 Jesuit priests. The Service of Unveiling takes place during Choral Evensong at St Giles-in-the-Fields at 6:30pm on Sunday January 20th, the Sunday of Christian Unity Week. Please do come along to participate in this important and historic event. It would be very good to have a good turnout from Farm Street.
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).
Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and at reception.
Mount Street Jesuit Centre
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH
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Our Regular Events
• Drop-in Prayer
Every Monday 6.30-7pm
• Lunchtime Lectio
Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm
• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed
3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: January 16th, 2019)
• Book Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
Next meeting: January 10th, 2019)
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 12th January 11am-4pm
These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.
There is no need to book for these days, just come along.
BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY
Facilitated by Lynne Galloway
6 Wednesdays, January 16th – February 20th, 11.30am-1pm
For those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. During each session you will be introduced to a different aspect of Ignatian spirituality or prayer, guided through a prayer exercise, invited to share your reflections in a small group and at the end of the session gathered together again in the larger group. You will be invited to pray the prayer exercise during the week, for just like physical exercise the more you ‘practice’ the more benefits you will feel.
THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST PAUL: A MODEL FOR OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE?
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
Saturday 19th January 11am-4pm
All through his letters, Paul encourages his converts to imitate him; for in him they have a model of what it was to follow Christ. As we enter Christian Unity Week and prepare to celebrate the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, we will look at the model of the Christian life that Paul presents and what grounds his spirituality. The way Paul lived his life in Christ can provide us, even today, with a model for growing in the spiritual life.
WORK, WORSHIP and WHOLENESS
Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton and David Hothersall
Saturday 26th January 11am-4pm
How to bring together our work and our worship (our spirituality) for the mutual enriching of each and the wholeness of the person.
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP
Facilitated by Maria Shapero
Thursday 7th February 11.30-1pm
Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving.
You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 9th February 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.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE AND MINDFULNESS
Facilitated by Chris Goodchild
Saturday 16th February 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.
SHOW ME the WAY I SHOULD GO: TOOLS FOR MAKING LIFE CHOICES
Facilitated by Chris Chapman
Saturday 23rd February 11am-4pm
How do we learn to become more aware of the presence and guidance of God in the midst of daily life? How do we discern the Spirit when we have to make choices about the work we’ll do, our relationships or our priorities?