Newsletter - 8th October, 2017

















We are now in the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness‘ as  John Keats wrote in his Ode to Autumn. It is a time to thank the Lord for all His gifts of fertility and fruitfulness, our own personal Harvest Festival. Our Anglican friends fill their churches with sheaves of wheat and pumpkins, fruit and vegetables (  and even tins ) as they keep this festival. The idea has spread to some Catholic parishes too .From thanksgiving   comes appreciation, and from appreciation comes care and respect for creation, ‘ to  see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of His infinite beauty and goodness’, as Pope Francis writes in his encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si ‘, On Care For Our Common Home. With prophetic force he warns us of the dangers of failing in this respect and care for creation from the modern world’s greed and short-sightedness, dangers which especially harm the poor and unprotected underdeveloped countries – such as the devastating floods that occur so frequently in the news.

Thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth leads us to God and helps us to think about the gifts God gives us so abundantly. We are stewards of those gifts with a responsibility for preserving them for our children, for future generations. The psalms are full of this praise and thanksgiving. Listen out for them at Mass. Several of them are songs of thanksgiving at harvest time.

The earth has yielded its fruit for God, our God, has blessed us.

He covers the heavens with clouds ; he prepares the rain for the earth, making mountains sprout with grass and with plants to serve man’s needs.

How many are your works, O Lord. In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your riches.

We too, as human beings, are gifts of God’s harvest. Our Lord has asked His disciples to pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into His harvest. Missionaries down the ages, starting with the great missionary St. Paul,  have responded to that by gathering in a harvest of souls. We are getting used to the idea that we are all missionaries, fellow labourers in a harvest of prayer and good deeds. We are called to be witnesses to God’s love and generosity in our care for the earth and for our neighbour, our neighbour’s faith and our neighbour’s physical need and well-being.

Here is a prayer the Church gives us in a Mass for After the Harvest.


We give you thanks, O Lord, for fruits that earth has given to benefit the human family, and we pray that, as the working of your supreme providence has produced them, so you may cause the seed of justice and the fruits of charity to spring up in our hearts.


Fr Tony Nye, S.J.


Today is Prisoners’ Sunday, when we are encouraged to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and their children. There will be a second collection today for the work of Pact, a Catholic charity dedicated to tackling the issues that arise from having a loved one in prison and who work to minimize the harm caused by imprisonment on prisoners, families and communities. More information can be found on their website


The St Vincent de Paul Society in this parish are looking for more volunteers to participate in their visiting/befriendingprogramme. They receive referrals from social services about people living in central London who are elderly, lonely and often confined to their own homes. Volunteers are asked to visit someone regularly (e.g. an hour once a week or every other week). If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Sandra McNally: tel. 07779 078933. Email:


We are happy to announce the release of "Redemption”, a bilingual English/French music album by our parish secretary and sacristan.

In Côte d'Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. CD of the album is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops and at Reception. Visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for praying for and supporting his evangelisation project.


CD of the newly released album is sold here in the bookshop and at Reception.

Click here to watch a video Clip of Armel Paul Marie's song "L'ennemi"



CAFOD works with poor communities overseas on our behalf, helping them to tackle poverty and injustice.

Fast Days are our opportunity to support this vital work. Please collect a Fast Day envelope after Mass, and consider fasting and praying in solidarity this Friday.

Please return the Fast Day envelope with your donation for next weekend’s CAFOD collection.

Thank you so much for your continued support and generosity



Library Assistant (Part-time; Term Time Only). The Directors of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School require a Volunteer Library Assistant who is able to offer their time regularly for a few hours each week. The volunteers will help the Librarian with the smooth running of the School Library and encourage and support their pupils in developing a love of reading. Volunteers should be

enthusiastic, self-motivated and organised.  No previous experience needed as full training will be given. Applicants are asked to submit an application form to the Headmaster’s PA at 89 Addison Road, Kensington, London W14 8BZ, tel 020 7603 8478 Closing Date: Tuesday 10 October at 2 pm.


A new volunteer treasurer is required for Churches Together in Westminster, our local Churches Together group in central London.  This is a very minor job of keeping accounts and paying some cheques with attendance at ten 1 hour executive meetings a year here at Farm Street.  If you are interested please speak to Fr Dominic;; (020)-7529-4802.



We appeal for volunteers to serve at the altar for the  9.30am Family Mass. You don't need to have prior experience serving, and there is supervision provided. Simply turn up in the sacristy by at least 9.15am on Sunday if you would like to serve. All are welcome!


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

The new teenage programme 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.



Special showing of  ‘The Claim - Archbishop Romero, His People and Pope Francis’, a new film about Blessed 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.



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



Keep me Safe’, an exhibition of paintings by Marguerite Horner evoking memories of the Calais Jungle Refugee Camp, will be exhibited on our Ground Floor Gallery October 24th – November 1st. Private View: Tuesday October 24th – 6:45-8:30pm, including presentations by the artist and visitors to the Jungle on behalf of the churches: all from Farm Street & Mount Street welcome. For catering purposes please contact Fr Dominic to say you are coming at, or call (020)-7529-4802.



Are you in your twenties or thirties? Looking to deepen your faith, explore what faith is even about, or create some new and lasting connections?  Join us for a “Seekers’ Retreat” day of reflection on Saturday, October 28. Listen to peers share how they find God in their lives, in their relationships, and in their work. Have conversations in small groups, enjoy some quiet time, and connect with old friends or meet new ones. Sponsored by Bon Secours Young Adults When: Saturday, October 28, 10:00 to 17:00

Where: Newman House, the Catholic Chaplaincy for London’s Universities, 111 Gower Street (London WC1E 6AR)

Who: Anyone in their 20’s and 30’s, single, married, believer, non-believer, Catholic or not

Cost: £20 for the day, which includes lunch

Register: Go to

Contact: Nick Stein at 



Amnesty International, founded by Peter Benenson in 1961, is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. Locally, they draw their members mainly from people living or working in the area.  Please do come and hear about their work and celebrate what they have achieved in Mayfair on Sunday, 22nd October at Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, W1K 2PA, 12.15pm for a brief introduction to Amnesty's work followed by a Reception. All Welcome. For catering purposes please let Fr Dominic know by 10th October if you intend to come at; 020-7529-4802



This major project continues until the end of 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.



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



Information Evening on the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius from Verdú to Manresa (planned for September 23rd – October 6th 2018) with presentations, video, and Catalan food and wine.  Farm Street Church Hall.  November 16th 2017 at 6:45pm.  For catering purposes please book through; tel: (020)-7529-4802



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


Abraham & Sarah: Companions on Our Journey of Faith

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays 10th-31st October 11am-1pm repeatedWednesdays 11th October-1st November 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.


Beginners’ Guide to Ignatian Spirituality

Facilitated by Mary Dodge & Liz Waldy

Wednesdays 11th October - 15th November 6.30-8pm

This course is for those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background. Its focus is primarily on Ignatian ways of prayer, within which we come to know more about the God who created us, who we are and who we were made to be. Just as there are a great variety of physical exercises for increasing our physical health, St. Ignatius believed that what he called the Spiritual Exercises would develop our spiritual health, our relationship with God and the world. During each session of this course you will be introduced to a different aspect of Ignatian spirituality or prayer, guided through a prayer exercise, invited to share your reflections upon the experience in a small group and at the end of the evening gathered together again in the larger group. You will also 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.


Sampling Ignatian Prayer

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton

Wednesday 11th October 11am-4pm (repeat of the workshop held on September 30th)

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.


Ignatian Retreat Day

Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 14th October 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.


Making Moral Choices

Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ

Mondays, October 23rd - November 6th 7-8.30pm (repeat of the workshop held on October 7th)

We mostly try to live good and upright lives, and we think others should too.  This workshop or course looks at where morality comes from, and whether everyone should follow the same set of moral principles.  And then these principles have to be applied to our lives, both in major decisions and day-to-day goodness.  


Both the workshop and Monday course will include sections on medical ethics, business ethics, and political choices.  


Our Regular Events:

  • Midday Meditation: every Tuesday 1.30-2pm
  • Turn Aside – A Gentle & Reflective Space: every 1st Tuesday of each month 2-4pm
  • Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11am-4pm
  • Faith Sharing Group 18-35: Fridays, every fortnight 6-7pm (Next meeting: October 6, 2017)


More upcoming events.  


Contact information

114 Mount Street

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685


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