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Epiphany– Year C – 6th January 2019

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

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.

 

MUSICat 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

 

MUSICat 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.

Fr Dominic.

 

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

Email: farmstreet@rcdow.org.uk

 

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 farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk

 

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 farmstreet@rcdow.org.uk 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.

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).

CONTACTLESS PAYMENT

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

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

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?

Christmas Newsletter 2018

A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR                                                                     TO ALL OUR FARM STREET REGULARS AND TO ALL OUR VISITORS FROM FAR AND NEAR!

All of us on the Parish Team and our staff would like to wish all of you a very joyful Christmas and peaceful New Year. We hope you will continue to come to this church and that you will find your faith in Christ deepened during the coming year. We wish you and all of our families who come here every blessing.

 

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

If you are a visitor or an occasional member of the congregation please know you are most welcome here this Christmas.

Farm Street Church is a place of welcome to all on different levels. Throughout the year we attract a constantly changing transient congregation so are well used to visitors and less regular worshippers. We are also a vibrant parish faith community which for people of all ages and backgrounds across our city is a regular place of worship, Christian formation and service. Farm Street Church and the adjoining Jesuit Centre on Mount Street are a work of the Jesuits in Britain, an international Catholic order of priests and brothers whose spirituality is rooted in finding God in the midst of the city and our contemporary world.

Christmas is a wonderful time for us at Farm Street because so many come through our doors. A sign of how important Christian faith still is in our country. In the midst of a constantly changing world with so many uncertainties it is consoling that so many want to stop for a while to take stock. It is consoling many come to this church to celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ and the values he teaches us to bring to our everyday lives. It is consoling that so many want to come into our beautiful church to worship the Christ child, spend some time in silence before the crib, pause to look at our artwork, and to pray for our needs and those of the wider world.

All this gives me much hope in the future of the Church even at a time when many say how difficult it is to have faith. At a time when our political and economic future is so uncertain and where the gap between rich and poor is growing, displayed so clearly by the growing number of homeless on our streets. At a time when there is so much conflict and war often in the false name of religion and when the Church itself has been found guilty of inflicting so much harm and covering up. At such a time of instability it is consoling many still come to stop and reflect here on what it’s all about. That deep down we are called to connect with something deeper than our everyday concerns and want to try to make the world a more just, honest, human place.

So if you are here this Christmas and haven’t been at church for a while we want to say a very special welcome. We really are very happy to meet you and would love to hear how we can help to serve you better. And we recognise too that, while some people are comfortable quietly returning to the Church community on a more regular basis, others may need more support. That’s why we have a special programme here at Farm Street called Landings. Landings is a programme involving small groups whose focus is compassionate listening. It is co-ordinated by trained individuals who have also been away from organised religion which offers an opportunity to air grievances and learn what the Catholic community has to offer in our lives, in a free and safe environment.   You’ll find prayer cards in the pews with details of whom to contact but if you are interested in learning more today please just speak to me or any of the Farm Street clergy.

Meanwhile, on behalf of the Farm Street Parish Team and the Jesuit Community here may I wish you, your families and friends a Christmas full of love and joy. And please, wherever you live and wherever you are on your journey of faith and doubt, please do keep us in your thoughts and prayers. You can always follow us on our website, on Facebook and Twitter, and we do very much hope to see you here in 2019.

Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

The Mass times for the Christmas period will be as follows:

*Christmas Eve – 6pm, Children’s Mass

–11:30pm, Carols

– Midnight Mass

*Christmas Day – 8am, Mass with carols

9.30am, Family Mass

11am, Solemn Latin Mass

12.30pm, Mass with carols

* Boxing Day to

   Friday 28th   –1.05pm Mass only

* Saturday 29th

& Sunday 30th Normal Mass schedule

* Monday 31st1.05pm Mass only

Tuesday 1st     12 noon Mass only

 

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.

 

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. The closing date for booking is 20th January 2019.

 

114 Mount Street, London

W1K 3AH

http://www.pathwaystogod.org  

Bookings: You can book for any of these events online

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

 

Why not come to our Regular Events?

 

• Drop-in Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm (except December 24th and 31st)

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm (except December 25th and January 1st)

• 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)

 

 

There will be no meeting of the Bereavement and Loss Group on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.

 

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.

 

Third Sunday in Advent– Year C – 16th December 2018

SCRIPTUREREADINGS

Zephaniah 3:14-18       Isaiah 12

Philippians 4:4-7      Luke 3:10-18

“ARE WE THERE YET?”

Waiting is such a common human activity that we may rarely think of it as a phenomenon in itself. Yet Advent is all about waiting and our Advent reflections should bear this in mind. What then is waiting? I would say it is that condition we find ourselves in when our mind is focused on a future event which concerns us to the extent that our mind will not be “back to normal” until the event is past. There is “negative” waiting: the waiting that gives rise to irritability (the check-out queue) or anger (the traffic jam). There is the waiting that produces anxiety and stress: waiting for a school exam result or the results of medical tests. There is “positive” waiting: counting the weeks till the holidays or a birthday, or the eager anticipation of a child in mid-journey, “Are we there yet?”

There is a very special kind of waiting during pregnancy. As we accompany Mary on her journey to Bethlehem, we are invited to reflect on what it means to have a life within one’s own body and to carry that life in all its fragility. Mary had the assurance of an angel that her child would be born, but for most mothers throughout history the chances of a safe and successful delivery have not been good. Pregnancy itself has often been treated as a variety of being “unwell”, and the “delicate condition” has been adorned with many euphemisms. Mary’s journey was rough; our Saviour’s birth was less than antiseptic. Only a woman can know what this kind of waiting involves.

Waiting for Christmas surely falls under the heading of “positive” waiting. At least one hopes so. We approach the celebration of Christ’s birth with a preparatory season of serious (but not penitential) reflection and prayer. Advent reminds us that Time itself has been redeemed. Human time is no longer a futile succession of endlessly recurring events but a purpose-filled history – “salvation history” – whose centre is the Incarnation. We are in God’s time. The Lord of all human history enters into our personal history too and our lives are filled with purpose.  The Lord of history is the Lord of our hearts. This knowledge gives us the confidence to live in the joy which we express today on this “Gaudete” Sunday: “Rejoice in the Lord always!”

And we rejoice above all because “the Lord is near”. He came to us two thousand years ago; He will come again in glory; He comes to us throughout our lives in a thousand ways.. The Church invites us to be “ready to greet Him when He comes again.” At every Mass we pray to God, “protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Let this be our Advent theme always: joy and hope!

 

May God bless you all,

 

Fr William Pearsall, SJ.

Article from the archives. First published in the Farm Street Church newsletter, 16th December 2007

A MESSAGE FROM FR ANDREW

I am writing to express my sincere thanks to all who came to the Mass on December 7th and to the parish hall afterwards.  The choir was in typically splendid form and the two commissions were stunning.  Thank you for arranging the farewell event and for the most generous gift, and the many expressions of gratitude for my time and ministry as Parish Priest.  Assuring you all of my prayers for the Christmas season.

Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ

 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN 2018

  1. Children’s Christmas Play (6pm Mass on Christmas Eve):If you wish your child(ren) to take part in the Christmas play, which is an integral part of the 6pm Christmas Vigil Mass,  please complete the form ( available at the back of the church)  and submit it to either Leninha or Fr. Chris Pedley by 1st December.The rehearsal dates for the play are: 23rd December from 10.30-11.30am and 24th December at 5pm leading into the 6pm Mass.

 

2) Christmas Gifts:  The offering of the gifts for children at Christmas last year was a great success. If you would like to join us in a gesture of generosity towards poor children at Christmas, please donate a new, or in good condition, wrapped gift. These will be collected during the offertory at the 9.30 Mass on 16th December.

 

3) Christmas Choir: All the children are invited to join the First Holy Communion group to sing Christmas songs in the Hall on 16th December after the 9.30am Mass.

 

 

Jesuit Missions Christmas Appeal 2018

Across the world Jesuit Missions is working to empower people to achieve their full potential. In Guyana, they are supporting young people to learn new skills after finishing school enhancing their employment opportunities, while in South Sudan they are supporting trained teachers enhancing the quality of education. Visit www.jesuitmissions.org.uk/christmas-appeal-2018/ for more information on how you can support their work this Christmas.

 

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. The closing date for booking is 20th January 2019.

ADVENT MUSIC

The Young Adult Ministries carol service will be on Monday 17th December at 7.30pm. Refreshments will follow in the parish hall. All are most welcome to attend.

 

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

The Mass times for the Christmas period will be as follows:

*Christmas Eve – 6pm, Children’s Mass

–11:30pm, Carols

– Midnight Mass

*Christmas Day – 8am, Mass with carols

9.30am, Family Mass

11am, Solemn Latin Mass

12.30pm, Mass with carols

* Boxing Day to

   Friday 28th   –1.05pm Mass only

* Saturday 29th

& Sunday 30th Normal Mass schedule

* Monday 31st1.05pm Mass only

Tuesday 1st     12 noon Mass only

 

 CONTACTLESS PAYMENT

Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and at reception.

 

GIFT AID

Your donation could be worth 25% more to us and it won’t cost you an extra penny. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider using the Gift Aid donation envelopes available on the pews for your weekly offering. Farm Street Church can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 donation. This is hugely beneficial to the parish.

 

 

CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

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

 

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

 

  • 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: December 19th, 2018)

     

    • Book Club

    2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: 10th January, 2019)

     

    There will be no meeting of the Bereavement and Loss Group on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

    NEW BEGINNINGS

    Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

    Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

    Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

     

    There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.

     

    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.

     

Second Sunday in Advent– Year C – 9th December 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Baruch 5:1-9       Psalm 125

Philippians 1:3-11      Luke 3:1-6

LIVING THE GOSPEL THROUGH CONFESSION

Gospel reading for today, the Second Sunday of Advent, focuses our attention on the ministry of John the Baptist. He is preparing the way of the Lord by proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

One of the ways in which we can prepare for the coming of the Lord into our lives this Christmas is to ask for forgiveness for the wrong we have done and there is no better way to do this than to come to confession, the sacrament of reconciliation, and to make this a regular part of our Christian living.

Pope Francis underlines again and again the significance of this sacrament as a privileged place of our encounter with Jesus, with his love, his mercy and forgiveness. He recommends coming to confession by his own example. We may remember seeing photographs of him in St Peter’s Basilica both hearing and going to confession.

When talking to groups of priests, the Pope frequently speaks of the qualities of a good confessor, the welcome and encouragement they give and the kindness they show to all who come to them. Those leaving the confessional should do so with a smile on their faces and a spring in their step, clear in their minds that they will happily come again. I know what a difference it makes to me and my following of Jesus when I experience these qualities in confession and receive some advice which helps me discern that much more clearly the call of the Lord in my life.

A friend of mine shared with me not so long ago a chapter from a book by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a former Archbishop of Milan, in which he writes about how to prepare for confession. She found his words helpful and I have too. First, we remember what we are most grateful for; then we call to mind what we need to confess and finally we look forward and identify the help we need from the Lord to live our lives as his disciples today.

Following the Cardinal’s advice, when we go to confession we ask forgiveness for our sins while also thanking the Lord for his goodness to us and asking for his help to live the Gospel more consistently, more wholeheartedly and more joyfully. This makes of the sacrament an integral part of our following of Jesus, thereby, we trust, helping prepare the way of the Lord for those we live and work with and who otherwise meet us in the course of their daily lives.

Fr Michael Holman SJ

 

MASS CANCELLATION

Due to recording in the church, there will be no 6pm Mass in the church on Tuesday 11th December. The church will also be closed early. Apologies for any inconvenience that may result from this.

 

FUNERAL

The Funeral Mass for Francis Charles Borromeo Fernandes, Maria our sacristan’s brother, will be celebrated in the church on Thursday December 13th at 11:00am. All are welcome.

 

 BOOK TALK

On Wednesday 12th December, prize-winning author Ian Thomson will give a talk on ‘Dante as a Catholic Thinker’ to coincide with the publication of his latest book, Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Journey Without End. This will take place in the parish hall at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available and signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.

 

 CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN 2018

  1. Children’s Christmas Play (6pm Mass on Christmas Eve):If you wish your child(ren) to take part in the Christmas play, which is an integral part of the 6pm Christmas Vigil Mass,  please fill the form ( available at the back of the church)  and submit it to either Leninha or Fr. Chris Pedley by the 1st December. The rehearsal dates for the play are: 23rd December from 10.30-11.30am and 24th December at 5pm leading into the 6pm Mass.

 

2) Christmas Gifts:  The offering of the gifts for children at Christmas last year was a great success. If you would like to join us in a gesture of generosity towards poor children at Christmas, please donate a new, or in good condition, wrapped gift. These will be collected during the offertory at the 9.30 Mass on 16th December.

 

3) Christmas Choir: All the children are invited to join the First Holy Communion group to sing Christmas songs in the Hall on 16th December after the 9.30am Mass.

BEING A CHRISTIAN TODAY SURVEY

We invite you to fill in the anonymous online survey ‘Being a Christian in the UK today’ led by the all-party parliamentary group Christians in Parliament. The questionnaire seeks views on the contribution Christians make to society, the freedoms we enjoy, and any barriers that might exist. The survey is open until 16 December, at: http://www.christiansinparliament.org.uk/inquiry/

 

ADVENT MUSIC

* Thursday 13th December – 7pm – Aid to the Church in Need Carol Service

*Monday 17th December – 7pm- Young Adult Ministries Carol Service

 

PARISH CHRISTMAS FAYRE

The Parish Christmas Fayre will take place in the Hall next Sunday, December 16th after the 9:30am and 11am Masses.  All welcome.

 

 SIMBANG GABI

The Filipino Christmas celebration of Simbang Gabi will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 19th December. All are most welcome to attend.

 

 CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

The Mass times for the Christmas period will be as follows:

*Christmas Eve – 6pm, Children’s Mass

–11:30pm, Carols

– Midnight Mass

*Christmas Day – 8am, Low Mass

9.30am, Family Mass

11am, Solemn Latin Mass

12.30pm, Low Mass

* Boxing Day to

   Friday 28th    –1.05pm Mass only

* Saturday 29th

& Sunday 30th Normal Mass schedule

* Monday 31st –           1.05pm Mass only

Tuesday 1st      12 noon Mass only

           

GIFT AID

Your donation could be worth 25% more to us and it won’t cost you an extra penny. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider using the Gift Aid donation envelopes available on the pews for your weekly offering. Farm Street Church can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 donation. This is hugely beneficial to the parish.

 

CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

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

 

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

• 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: December 19th, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: December 13th, 2018)

 

There will be no meeting of the Bereavement and Loss Group on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

 

There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.

 

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.

 

 

 

First Sunday in Advent– Year C – 2nd December 2018

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Jeremiah 33:14-16         Psalm 24

I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2       Luke 21:25-36

OUR ADVENT JOURNEY

Advent means coming or arrival. So Advent is a period of waiting for someone to come, for the coming of the Lord. It’s a time of anticipation and preparation. Waiting is a part of our daily lives. We wait at traffic lights. We wait for loved ones at airports and train stations, often looking at information screens and our watch, or texting. We wait for someone to answer the phone as we are put on hold. We wait for hospital appointments. We wait for the birth of a child in our family, or for someone to die. Elsewhere in our world, people wait for a war to cease, for food to arrive. Waiting stirs a wide range of emotions. We can be frustrated, impatient or angry. We can become excited or hopeful. Much depends on what or whom we are waiting for. Waiting increases our awareness that we are not in control, that we are dependent, that we are poor. Because of this, waiting has enormous potential for growth in Christian discipleship.

 

In Advent we wait at three levels. Firstly, in the Old Testament readings at Mass, we are caught up in the longing, hoping and waiting of the people of Israel for the coming of the Messiah, the one God would send to bring them forgiveness and freedom, peace, joy and prosperity. We live with them the unfolding of their dreams as, through the great prophets, they voice their yearnings. Many of those yearnings and dreams echo in us, for they are the basic yearnings and needs of us all. As we listen and ponder, we are drawn into their hopes, their trust in God’s faithful love and that God will be true to God’s promises.

 

Secondly, as Christians we know this waiting and anticipation was historically fulfilled in the coming of Jesus: his birth in Bethlehem, his life among us, his death, resurrection and the outpouring of his Spirit. So we look back, we remember in wonder and thanksgiving. But we also look forward. We are awaiting, anticipating and preparing for our liturgical celebration of that coming and all that it means – preparing for Christmas. We believe that in our liturgy that past moment is made present again. Christmas is a graced moment, a strong yet gentle experience of God’s presence, his being with us, our Emmanuel. Liturgy is a re-presentation, a making present again. There is the external preparation in its many forms, and the preparation of our hearts for that coming. This is a very special waiting.

In the third place, our looking to the past whilst celebrating in the present points us to the future again, but this time from our current perspective. In the Advent Sunday readings there is a sense of waiting, anticipating, preparing for that other coming of Jesus the Lord at the end of life, at the end of the world. The latter is sometimes referred to as the second coming or Parousia. There is a different feel to this kind of waiting, linked with the element of his coming in judgement as well as his coming for salvation. This helps us keep the other dimensions in perspective. The best way to prepare for the second coming is to prepare well for Christmas, and allow that coming of Jesus to transform our hearts and our lives. Even if we aren’t quite as youthful as we used to be, there is still a magic in the three levels of the Advent season.

Brian Purfield

Adult Faith Formation,

Mount Street Jesuit Centre

MASS CANCELLATION

Due to recording in the church, there will be no 6pm Mass in the church on Tuesday 11th December. The church will also be closed early. Apologies for any inconvenience that may result from this.

 BOOK TALK

On Wednesday 12th December, prize-winning author Ian Thomson will give a talk on ‘Dante as a Catholic Thinker’ to coincide with the publication of his latest book, Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Journey Without End. This will take place in the parish hall at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available and signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.

 FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

The vigil of our patronal feast will be celebrated with a solemn sung Mass at 7pm on Friday 7th December. This will also mark the formal farewell by the parish to Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat. Please note that Cardinal Nichols will now not be able to attend.

 CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN 2018

  1. Children’s Christmas Play (6pm Mass on Christmas Eve):If you wish your child(ren) to take part in the Christmas play, which is an integral part of the 6pm Christmas Vigil Mass,  please fill the form ( available at the back of the church)  and submit it to either Leninha or Fr. Chris Pedley by the 1st December. The rehearsal dates for the play are: 23rd December from 10.30-11.30am and 24th December at 5pm leading into the 6pm Mass.

 

2) Christmas Gifts:  The offering of the gifts for children at Christmas last year was a great success. If you would like to join us in a gesture of generosity towards poor children at Christmas, please donate a new, or in good condition, wrapped gift. These will be collected during the offertory at the 9.30 Mass on 16th December.

 

3) Christmas Choir: All the children are invited to join the First Holy Communion group to sing Christmas songs in the Hall on 16th December after the 9.30am Mass.

BEING A CHRISTIAN TODAY SURVEY

We invite you to fill in the anonymous online survey ‘Being a Christian in the UK today’ led by the all-party parliamentary group Christians in Parliament. The questionnaire seeks views on the contribution Christians make to society, the freedoms we enjoy, and any barriers that might exist. The survey is open until 16 December, at: http://www.christiansinparliament.org.uk/inquiry/

ADVENT MUSIC

Farm Street Church will be hosting a number of Advent carol services in the upcoming weeks:

*Sunday 2nd December – 4pm – Extracts from Handel’s Messiah

*Monday 3rd December – 7pm – Jesuit Refugee Service Carol Service

* Tuesday 4th December – 7pm – Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Carol Service

* Thursday 6th December – 6.30pm – Stonyhurst Carol Service

* Thursday 13th December – 7pm – Aid to the Church in Need Carol Service

*Monday 17th December – 7pm- Young Adult Ministries Carol Service

As these services, with the exception of Messiah, are being organized by outside charities, a collection will be taken at each service for the work of the charities. Please contact the relevant charity for more information.

 CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

The Mass times for the Christmas period will be as follows:

*Christmas Eve – 6pm, Children’s Mass

–11:30pm, Carols

– Midnight Mass

*Christmas Day – 8am, Low Mass

9.30am, Family Mass

11am, Solemn Latin Mass

12.30pm, Low Mass

* Boxing Day to

   Friday 28th    –1.05pm Mass only

* Saturday 29th

& Sunday 30th Normal Mass schedule

* Monday 31st –           1.05pm Mass only

Tuesday 1st      12 noon Mass only

           

GIFT AID

Your donation could be worth 25% more to us and it won’t cost you an extra penny. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider using the Gift Aid donation envelopes available on the pews for your weekly offering. Farm Street Church can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 donation. This is hugely beneficial to the parish.

 

CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON

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

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH

http://www.mountstreet.info  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

admin@mountstreet.info

Our Regular Events

 

• Guided Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm

 

• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: 19th December, 2018)

 

• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 13th December, 2018)

 

• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 2nd December, 2018)

THE COMING OF OUR GOD – PRAYER AND REFLECTION WITH THE GOSPEl OF LUKE

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

2 Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th, 11am-1pm

Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas with the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP

Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th December 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.

 

There will be no meeting on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

 

IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th December 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.

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.

There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.

 

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.