Newsletter - 10th September, 2017
















Near the end of this month, Friday, 29th September, we celebrate the Feast of St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, and with them all the angels. That has prompted me to ask : How many angels are there in Farm Street Church?


 I have gone round counting carefully and I have found 98 in the church and its chapels, and 20 on the outside. The Victorians at the time our church was built were very much drawn to angels. We meet them in their paintings, especially those of the pre-Raphaelites. In their poetry too, such as Blessed John Henry Newman’s Dream of Gerontius,  set to music by the Catholic composer, Sir Edward Elgar.

Why so many angels? These spiritual beings play a prominent part in Scripture as a sign of the mysterious wonder and holiness of God whom they praise in the courts of heaven. We join them at every Mass when we say:’ Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest’. These words are from the vision of the prophet Isaiah when he received his vocation as a prophet ( Isai.6.3 ).So being surrounded by angels in our church we are helped to worship the Lord with wonder and praise and with a sense of depending for our being on God, as the angels depend.


The whole being of angels is centred on God in obedience and service. So they remind us to live out our praise in service of God and our neighbour,’ glorifying the Lord with your life.’ One of the great acts of service of the angels is to be God’s messengers to human beings, as we find in the accounts of many important vocations in the Old and New Testaments. That service of being a messenger is especially the task of archangels and every time we come into the church we can think of Gabriel giving the message to Our Lady of the Incarnation of Christ her Son. There it is very prominent in the mosaic above the altar, with its companion of Mary’s reward for her faith and service in being crowned by her Son. How many angels do you see above them in that second mosaic?


The angels are also a sign of God’s care for us, and how precious we are to God in giving us such splendid helpers.  We are given Guardian Angels to guide and protect each one of us throughout our lives. That teaching of the Church is based on words of Our Lord himself in Matthew 18.10   :’See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell

you that their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.’


May the thought of the angels support us in our worship, in our service, and in our trust in God’s care and guidance throughout our lives assisted by such great servants and messengers.


Fr. Tony Nye,S.J.


The Funeral Rites for Cardinal Cormac have been announced.

On Tuesday, 12th September, the reception of the Cardinal's body will take place at 10am at Westminster Cathedral with a short service. All are welcome to attend the service. 

The Cardinal's body will lie in the cathedral throughout the day and all are welcome to visit to pay their respects, pray and sign the book of condolence. 

At 5pm on the same day, Cardinal Vincent will preside at the Solemn Vespers of the Dead, and Archbishop Bernard Longley will preach. All are welcome to this service. The cathedral will remain open until 8pm for visitors who may wish to pay their respects.

On Wednesday, 13th September, the Requiem Mass and burial of Cardinal Cormac will take place at 12 noon. Cardinal Vincent will preside and Archbishop George Stack will preach the homily. In order to allow as many parishes and schools of the diocese to be represented, admission to the cathedral for the Requiem Mass will be by ticket only.

On Wednesday, 4th October, a Memorial Mass for Cardinal Cormac will be celebrated at the cathedral at 5.30pm. All are welcome to attend.




We appeal for volunteers to serve at the altar for the  11 am Mass. Many who have done so find it a rewarding experience. You don't need to know Latin, or have prior experience serving, or even to commit to a regular schedule. Simply turn up in the sacristy by at least 10:40 am on any Sunday you would like to serve. All are welcome!





Next Programme 2017/18

Start date: 1th October 2017

Celebration: 20th May 2018

If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us at / Tel.02074937811(Tuesdays and Fridays) to request an Application Form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street.  


Forms must be returned by:

24th September 2017.


This course is to continue the Catholic faith formation process for young adults, offering the opportunity for those who wish to be Baptised or Received into Full Communion in the Catholic Church and for those already Catholic, to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The new young adult programme (for people aged 18-35) begins on Sunday 15th October 2017 and classes are held every two weeks on a Sunday afternoon. The programme will end in June 2018.

To register, collect a registration form at the Parish Reception at 114, Mount Street and return it by 24th September 2017.



This programme is for teenagers aged 14+ who want to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2018.

The new teenage programme (for teenagers aged 14+) begins in January 2018 and classes are held on a Sunday morning after the 9.30am Mass. The programme will end in June 2018.

To register, collect a registration form at the Parish Reception at 114, Mount Street and return it by 26th November 2017.



As many of you will have noticed, we now have two modern religious paintings in the church. The artist, Andrew White, has kindly allowed us to exhibit them. Andrew is our ‘Artist in Residence’ and one of the foremost painters of this age.


Andrew painted a twelve foot long canvas of the Last Supper, which is now in Walsingham, and then he then re-painted the central panel of Christ Breaking the Bread which we can presently view in the Sacred Heart Chapel. The painting could easily be misunderstood for the Supper at Emmaus, but the bowl in front of the Disciples with the bread and inverted hands may refer to Matthew 26:23.


Andrew’s other painting of the Pieta has resonated deeply with many of our parish community. The faces of Jesus and Mary are in shadow and we are drawn to the intimacy of Mary laying her hand on her dead Son’s hand. One suggestion for further reflection: look very closely at Mary’s hand in the painting.


Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ



The St Francis Leprosy Guild are seeking to recruit an Administration Officer. 3 Days (18-21 hrs) per week - £13-16,000.

Their mission is to alleviate the suffering caused by leprosy; a disease that still cripples over a million people worldwide. The Administration Officer is a key and valued member of the St Francis Leprosy Guild team. If you have office management experience, are computer literate and committed to our mission, please contact Michael Forbes Smith on 07711 926098 or email: Closing date for applications is 23rd September 2017.


The St Francis Leprosy Guild 120th Anniversary Video can be viewed on Youtube via;



“We plant the seeds that one day will grow”. You are invited to join CAFOD on either Saturday 9 September in Lambeth or Saturday 16 September at Oakwood for an inspiring meeting. 

Both meetings will give first hand their  work in El Salvador from Clare Dixon from their Latin America team.

Clare has been playing a major part in CAFOD’s work to keep up work begun in Blessed Oscar Romero’s time to ensure that the voice of the poor and persecuted is not silenced in El Salvador.

Both meetings will commence at 10am. Please contact CAFOD for further information or to book at or 0208 449 6970.



There is 1 week left to sign up for Retrouvaille. Retrouvaille is a programme for married couples who feel disappointed, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness and simply shut down. Others experience conflict and arguments. Most don’t know how to change the situation or to communicate with their spouse about it. This programme has helped thousands of couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels including separation and divorce. For confidential information or to register for the programme in Welwyn Garden City, Herts,  commencing with a residential weekend on 15th -17th September, please visit ; Call or text Michael & Frances on  0788 729 6983 or Gearóid & Julie  on 0797 338 0443 or Email



Steven Fachada, MC at the family Mass and during the 11am Mass on Sunday will be facilitating a lecture on early Christian art & architecture on Thursday 21st September 6.30-8pm here at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre.

This lecture, with a presentation of several visual images, is a brief introduction to the art and architecture of Late Antiquity (Early Christianity), a period not only of great social change within the Roman Empire, but also of remarkable artistic production at the service of the fledgling Church. Please book by calling 020 7495 1673 or or online via



This major project continues until November to replace the church lighting with up-to-date low-power equipment, with new wiring throughout the church. Scaffolding will be erected on Mondays and removed at the end of Fridays so that we are clear for the weekends.  The St Ignatius Chapel is not accessible during these months.  The icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been moved to the Calvary Chapel.  Access to the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat can be provided on request.



‘Special showing of  ‘The Claim - Archbishop Romero, His People and Pope Francis’, a new film about Bl Oscar Romero, with special emphasis on his relationship with the papacy.  Friday October 13th at 6:45pm in the Hall followed by a discussion from the Romero Trust’.  Please contact for more information.



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



Pilgrimage to Fatima celebrating 100 years of Fatima from 26th November to 2nd December for £689 including all excursions, flying from London Heathrow.


For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 020 8472 0843 or 07 8590 27301



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


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).


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.



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 W1K3AH
Bookings:You can book for any of these events online
Information: 020 7495 1673 or


Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Facilitated by team members

Fridays 8th-29th September 7-8.30pm

‘Lord Teach us to Pray’ was a request put to Jesus by his first disciples. Jesus responded by sharing with them something of his intimate relationship with his Father expressed in words that we now call the ‘Our Father’. He was inviting them to experience something of the same intimacy that he had with God, and Jesus continually invites us to experience the same. On each evening of this short course as participants you will be introduced to and guided through a way of praying that you will then be able to make your own – deepening your own relationship with God.


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9th 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.


The Psalms: 150 Ways of Praying

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 12th-26th September 11am-1pm repeatedWednesdays 13th-27th September 7-8.30pm

For nearly three thousand years, men and women from diverse lands and cultures have been lifting their hearts to God by praying and singing the psalms. This short introductory course explores why these beautiful and timeless songs have such universal appeal. As we learn to make the words of the ancient psalmists our own, the psalms can set us on a pathway to deeper prayer.


Growing in Confidence

Facilitated by Margaret Philpot

Saturday 16th September 11am-4pm

Many of us would like to have a greater sense of confidence in ourselves. Our lives can be blighted by the stress and anxiety caused by a lack of confidence.  Whatever the cause; problems in childhood, our social background, a perceived lack of intelligence or whatever else…This workshop aims to explore some of these ideas, and perhaps to change the way we think of ourselves.


Welcome Afternoon Tea! For Young Adults aged 18-35

Facilitated by Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcj & the Young Adult Team

Sunday 17th September 4.30-6pm

In a city like London lots of young adults are looking to connect with others.  As a welcome to the city we would like to offer a simple afternoon tea for any young adult who would like to join us and begin building community in this time and space.


Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Wednesday 20th September 11am-4pm, 3rd Wednesday of each month

We offer the opportunity to:

  • Come, rest, be refreshed
  • Receive at this well whatever God’s gift is for you,

On the third Wednesday of each month with input for reflection.

A space for:

  • Silence & rest
  • To pray or just to ‘be’.


Early Christian Art & Architecture

Facilitated by Steven Fachada

Thursday 21st September 6.30-8pm

This lecture, with a presentation of several visual images, is a brief introduction to the art and architecture of Late Antiquity (Early Christianity), a period not only of great social change within the Roman Empire, but also of remarkable artistic production at the service of the fledgling Church.  


Faith Sharing Group to reflect on and learn more about your faith - For Young Adults aged 18-35

Facilitated by Lisa Fraser

Friday 22nd September 6-7pm, every fortnight

The Young Adult Group meets every 2 weeks to discuss current issues in the Church or in society with an impact for Christian Communities in the UK or all over the world. A short input is given on a selected topic (which generated debates over the last two weeks: background, key players, quotes, facts and figures. The group then discusses, raise questions and share faith.


Sampling Ignatian Prayer

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton

Saturday 30th September 11am-4pm repeatedWednesday 11th October 11am-4pm

Ignatian Spirituality has been attracting and transforming people for over 500 years and in this workshop we will be offering a taste of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

This ‘taste’ will have two aspects – offering some sample dishes from the rich menu that is Ignatian prayer, and also allowing participants to taste and experience for themselves something of the wisdom of St Ignatius. This is a standalone day but will also serve as an introduction to subsequent workshops on some of the particular themes for anyone wishing to explore further.




Contact information

114 Mount Street

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685


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