Newsletter - 10th December, 2017







40:1-5, 9-11



II Peter





 ‘..while you wait and long for the Day of God to come...’ says the Second Letter of Peter in today’s second reading. We are in a time of waiting and being prepared   to celebrate the coming of Our Lord at Bethlehem and at the end of time. The shops in Oxford Street and Regent Street couldn’t wait. For six weeks now their Christmas lights and decorations have been inciting people to shop. Of course, in a time of economic uncertainty they serve a good purpose and keep people in work. For many people Christmas is a family celebration but not religious, with some nostalgia perhaps when they hear Christmas carols while they shop.


For us it is very different. The beauty of the Advent Liturgy encourages us to a spiritual waiting and being prepared, to focus on Our Lord, to give Him some time and space at this busy time of preparation for Christmas, our family feast. Three people can help us to do this by their prayers and example, John the Baptist, Mary and Joseph.


John the Baptist’s whole life is a dedicated focus on Our Lord. Even in the womb he was blessed, at Our Lady’s Visitation. Like the prophets before him he was prepared in the wilderness to listen in silence and solitude to God’s message which he was to pass on to the people. In the words of his father Zechariah:


‘To make known to his people their salvation through forgiveness of all their sins, the loving-kindness of the heart of our God who visits us like the dawn from on high.’


Mary and Joseph help us to focus on Jesus prayerfully and silently. Our Lady was prepared by God’s grace to be free from sin at the moment of her conception and so to be a fit temple to receive the Son of God in her womb. That is what we celebrated last Friday on the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast of our church. Joseph was prepared by an angel speaking to him in a dream to stay with Mary and support her despite his mental turmoil at finding her unmarried and with child. He was given the strength and faith to accept her child as Emmanuel, God with us, throughout her pregnancy.


In his Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius Loyola asks us to imagine their journey together to Bethlehem, with the hardships they have to put up with, before Our Lord is born in utter destitution.  He concludes, in great simplicity ‘After all His labours, after suffering from hunger and thirst, heat and cold, being treated with injustice and insulted, He is to die on the Cross-and all for me. Thinking of all this, I will derive some benefit for my soul.’


(From a translation made by Fr. Tom Corbishley, S.J., former parish priest of Farm Street, in 1963.)


Fr. Tony Nye, S.J.



The Farm Street SVP (Society of St Vincent de Paul) is very active and does wonderful work to assist the homeless in our parish area.

We welcome them TODAY, Sunday 10th December, for their annual appeal and we ask you to be generous in your response.  It would be great if you could fill in the gift aid envelopes as this makes donations go a lot further.  If you are interested in volunteering with the Soup Run, or finding out more about their activities, please speak with a SVP representative at the doors or contact Yasko on 07932 784 999.  Email:


                                             ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN- 2017


With a great joy we are inviting the children to take part of our Christmas’ activities. Please do encourage and help your children to get involved as much as you can in the following:


Children’s Christmas Play (6pm Mass on Christmas Eve):  please register asap by filling the form (available at the back of the church and at the reception)  and submit it to either Leninha or Fr. Chris Pedley by December 1st. Rehearsal dates for the play are: December 23rdfrom 10.30-11.30am and December 24that 5pm leading into the 6pm Mass.


Christmas Cards: As part of our Christmas fair on December 17th, we would like to invite all the children of our Parish to design and produce a Christmas card on the half size of A4 Paper. Authorship may be indicated with a discreet first name signature on the front. The drawings will be printed out and will be on sale in the book shop to raise funds for charities. Please, submit the card as soon as possible, to Leninha Assis by December 3rd.


Christmas Gifts: As the offering of new gifts for children at Christmas last year was a great success, we would like to repeat this again this year. If you would like to join us in a gesture of generosity to make the Christmas of poor children a bit better, please donate a new, unwrapped gift, which will be collected during the offertory at the 9:30 Mass, on December 17th.


Our programme for Christmas tide is posted on our website.  Visit



The second edition of the Friends of Farm Street Church Newsletter was sent via email to all subscribers last week.  Please let us know if you did not receive your copy.



The Advent Giving Tree is now in place in the St Joseph Chapel!  On it you will find envelopes bearing the names of several charities which need our support at Christmas.  These are for children to take and return with a contribution inside during Advent.  Each child who donates will receive a Nativity Holy Picture as a thank-you gift so please put the donor’s name on the envelopes which can be given to Leninha, Armel or Pauline or left at reception.  Prayer requests can also be placed on the tree.  Adults are of course very welcome to participate.




Thursday 25th January 2018 – 6:45 – 8:45pm

Farm Street Church Hall.

Four panellists will lead the evening:

- Nancy Gifford (Global Media Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)

- Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)

- Sarah de Nordwall (Poet, Bard School Director, and Catholic Voices)

- Jo Siedlecka (Director, Independent Catholic News)

- Brendan Walsh (Editor, The Tablet)

All welcome to an informative lively evening on how as Christians we might respond to the issues surrounding faith and the media.  Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking will be set up shortly via by clicking on Mount Street Centre then Events.





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



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


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

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



Would you be interested in learning more about AWN Pugin, the eminent Victorian architect who designed  the High altar for this church and the interiors of the Houses of Parliament? The Pugin Society, founded in 1995, offers a lively range of events, study tours, talks and publications.  Details:




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!


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



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



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.


114 Mount Street , London W1K3AH
Bookings:You can book for any of these events online
Information: 020 7495 1673 or

Our Regular Events


• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.30-2pm


• Turn Aside – A Gentle & Reflective Space: Every 1st Tuesday of each month 2-4pm (Next meeting: February 6, 2018)


• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11am-4pm (Next meeting: January 17, 2018)



“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”: Biblical Reflections on the “O” Antiphons

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 16th December 11am-4pm

The "O" Antiphons are ancient chants sung or recited at the beginning and end of the Magnificat during Evening Prayer on the last seven days of Advent.

 Participants will be offered a series of reflections on the Antiphons and the Old Testament prophecies of Jesus’ birth.

 Please note there will be no Bereavement and Loss group in January.


New Beginnings

Facilitated by Audrey Hamilton

Saturday 6th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2017 and to place your year ahead into the hands of God prayerfully considering what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.


Jesus the Healer: Reflections on the Miracles of Jesus

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Tuesdays, January 9 – February 13, 11am-1pm

repeated Wednesdays, January 10 – February 14, 7-8.30pm

What exactly is a miracle?

By means of input, reflection questions and additional notes, it is hoped that participants will come to a deeper understanding of Jesus the healer and to the realisation that only one question is truly important: “Who do you say that I am?"


Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Facilitated by team members

Wednesdays 10th-31st January 6.30-8pm

repeated Wednesdays, January 24 – February 14, 2-3.30pm

 ‘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 13th 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.


Through the Year with Mark

Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 20th January 11am-4pm

You will be offered an overview of the Gospel of Mark – the Gospel for the Sunday Cycle of Lectionary Readings this year – pointing out the meaning of the Gospel in its original context. Reflection points will offer brief and thoughtful leads to how this Gospel can connect with Christian life today.





More upcoming events.


Contact information

114 Mount Street

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685


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