Newsletter - May 3rd, 2015


Year B






1 John


There are three times in the Mass that I feel most proud to be a Christian.

The first is right at the beginning when we say together the “I confess”.

“I confess to Almighty God – and to you my brothers and sisters; that I have sinned through my own fault...”

Before we do anything else, we know our failures.

We take responsibility for our failures.

And we blame no-one but ourselves for our failures.

And we know that God knows our failures.

But we also know that God is greater than our failures:

That God has sent His Son into the world for the forgiveness of our failures.

That He has given to His church the power of the forgiveness of Sins.

We are redeemed.

We are no longer controlled by our failures.


The second time is at Holy Communion, when we take into our own bodies and into our own lives the Bread of Life – the Body of Christ broken for us.

In that moment, we are One with Christ.

And we are One with the Church – a thousand million Christians all over the World sharing this same Body of Christ – Today!

And - more than that - we are One with all the thousands of millions of Christians who have gone before us marked with the Sign of Faith – who also shared this Body of Christ, stretching right back to the Apostles and to Christ himself.

And - more than that - we are One with all the thousands of millions of Christians who will come after us.

We are all one Body in Christ.


The third time is at the end, when we say: “Let us go in peace to love and to serve the Lord. Thanks be to God!”

Our Christian life does not end here in this building. It is not just a warm feeling for Sunday. It stretches out to the whole community. It is a way of life that inspires, enlivens and motivates us to do on Monday to Saturday what we pray on Sunday.


This is what it means to be part of the True Vine. All of us, whatever form our vocation takes, hope and pray to be a branch of the great tree, the grapevine that stretches from Christ himself through all those Christians that have gone before us marked with the sign of Faith, down to our own day and onward to all those Christians who shall come after us.


In our Mass this and every Sunday, we all confess our human weakness before Him, we share in His Body and we commit ourselves for the coming week to live out our individual calling and to share His Life with all the People we meet – as the Lord asks us: “To bear Fruit – fruit that will last.”



Fr Paul O’Reilly, SJ

Please note that there will only be one Mass at 1:05pm

on MONDAY 4th MAY.



Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate the 6.15pm Mass next Sunday and meet with parishioners in the hall afterwards, hosted, as usual, by the LGBT Catholics of Westminster.



Our annual parish pilgrimage to Walsingham will take place on SATURDAY (30 MAY). The coach leaves from 114 Mount Street at 8.30am, returning at around 8pm, stopping at Victoria Station and then Farm Street. Lunch on arrival is booked for 12.30pm. After lunch we will visit the Anglican Shrine withsome free time in the village. At 2.15pm we assemble in Friday Market Place and from there make the pilgrim walk along the Holy Mile to the SlipperChapel for Mass at 3.30pm. Fr Dominic Robinson will be leading the group. Cost for the day including lunch is £35. Cash or Cheques payable to FarmStreet Church (marked Walsingham) or email

If you have never been to this historic pilgrimage site, this is a great opportunity.

Bookings 114 Mount Street Reception or telephone Leslie Giltz on 02074089250 or email


The last Come and See meeting this year for men interested in finding out more about the Permanent Diaconate is on Saturday 16th May from 10am to noon at the parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Joseph in Ware SG12 7EJ. No booking needed. Wives welcome. Contacts Dcn Anthony Clark 020 8455 9822 or Dcn Adrian Cullen 01920 462140.


CAFOD has launched a £3m emergency appeal following the earthquake in Nepal last Saturday. Thousands of people in this already impoverished country have been killed and many thousands more are in urgent need of food, water, shelter and emergency supplies. 8 million people are affected. CAFOD is responding with Church partners and has deployed a team to provide specialist support.  


Welcome to a public event at London Catholic Worker with KATHY KELLY - American peace activist, pacifist and author, one of the founders of Voices in the Wilderness and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She travelled to Iraq twenty-six times, remaining in combat zones during both US-Iraq wars. Her recent travel has focused on Afghanistan and Gaza, along with domestic protests against U.S. drone policy. She has been arrested more than 60 times and written of her experiences among targets of U.S. military bombardment and inmates of U.S. prisons.

Tuesday May 12th,7pm, 49 Mattison Rd, N4 1BG.



Tuesday 5th May, 6:30 – 8:30pm in Farm Street Church Hall. Panellists: Lord Glasman of Stanford Hill (Blue Labour), Dr Laura Keynes (journalist and author, Catholic Voices and 'Conservative Woman' blogger) , Alex Macqueen (actor, ‘The Thick of it’), Rev’d Lucy Winkett (Rector, St James’ Church, Piccadilly)

All welcome to an evening of lively panel debate.  Recommended donation: £7 on the door.  Light refreshments.  Booking is essential via .


The May Procession at the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden takes place on Sunday 10th May at 3.30pm. The street procession will be made to the Convent of Jesus and Mary where the homily will be preached by Fr William Nicol, Pastoral Director at Allen Hall Seminary. The procession returns to the Shrine Church for Benediction. Come and join us as we pray the Rosary for Peace, and the protection of our City and Diocese. Close to Willesden Junction on the Bakerloo and Overground lines.


Do you know of anyone who might be interested in a short term voluntary placement abroad? Jesuit Missions is looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to volunteer overseas. Placement length ranges from 4 weeks up to 6 months, and placements are currently available in India, Tanzania and Kyrgyzstan. For more information, please contact or call 020 8946 0466.


Helpers needed for 9.30am Mass coffee. This is a once a month commitment. Please contact Colin Evans if you are interested on


Thank you to the team of volunteers who are helping with our homeless guests on Mondays, and to the local hotels, restaurants and businesses, who are supplying a hot meal: Delfinos, The Millennium Hotel, The Dorchester, Brown’s Hotel, and C. Hoare & Co. Bank.



A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the Sion Community, Brentwood from Sunday 12 July (6pm) – Saturday 18 July (2pm). The theme is God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time, and the preacher will be Mgr. Keith Barltrop, with help from Foyer members and past retreatants. Foyer retreats are held mainly in silence, with three talks a day, and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ.  The Foyers are communities of consecrated lay people living with a priest in order to help others grow closer to Christ and live the Catholic faith more fully. For further information or to book a place, contact Mgr. Barltrop: 07879 953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater, London W2 5DJ;


The Annual Migrants’ Mass will be held at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark on May 4th at 11am, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. Gathering for the Mass begins at 10.30am. Mass will be followed by an international reception, supported by some of the fifty ethnic chaplaincies in London, in Notre Dame High School.

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We are pleased to announce Children’s Ministries at the 9:30 am Family Mass.

As a community of faith we aim to help our children to grow in their personal faith journey and to initiate the call to become disciples and to be committed to a life of service.

All girls, boys and teenagers are invited to contribute to these special ministries.  If you are  9 years old or above and have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion you are welcome to become an Altar server or  Reader.

Children’s Choir: Musicians and singers: The Children’s Choir is available for children who are 7 years old or above, in year  2 – 8. 

If you wish your child to take part in these ministries, please complete the form and return it to Leninha Assis or Fr. Chris Pedley. You will be contacted regarding upcoming training sessions and the schedule for the year of 2015. The training sessions will take place after the 9:30 Mass.

For more details please contact:


If you are a young person aged 16-30 years then why not join Westminster Youth Ministry for their pilgrimage to Taizé this summer from 15thto 24th August. Thousands of young people from all over the world travel to Taizé every week to spend several days camping; praying; socialising; and exploring their faith together. 16-24 year olds are only £170 and 25-30 year olds just £190 - price includes travel, accommodation and food for the whole week! To book your place contact Westminster Youth Ministry at or call Christine on 0207 529 8637.


                                                               SPEC VOLUNTEERS RECRUITMENT

SPEC is part of Westminster Youth Ministry.  Each year a number of young adults (aged 18-25) join the resident community for a year as volunteer missionaries helping the community in its primary mission of retreat ministry for children and young people in the parishes and schools of the Diocese of Westminster.  Perhaps this is the ideal opportunity for you – or someone you know – to combine a year of service with a year of formation in faith in a supportive Catholic community. More details are available at: Web:

Email: Tel: 020 3757 2500

Facebook: speccentre


"I first learnt about London Jesuit Volunteers when I picked up a leaflet here at Farm Street church. Since last March I have been volunteering at Wandsworth prison, working with the chaplaincy for about 12 hours a month. At first the feeling of being in the prison and being ‘locked up’ felt quite intimidating. Being able to make music, which is my passion, and sharing it with others to enrich their experience during Mass has been a joy. The prisoners appear grateful and it is good to hear them participating.  It feels wonderful to give without having to expect anything in return. Being with the prisoners has opened my eyes to the unconditional love and amazing/surprising work of God through them. I have been able to become more compassionate and understanding towards the suffering and circumstances of others.

I meet with other London Jesuit volunteers once a month. We work in different areas- with the homeless, with older people, refugees, in any area of social justice. These monthly reflections, using Ignatian spirituality, help me focus on my volunteering journey and in turn has helped me discover more of who I am.

It has been very helpful to share and listen to the experiences of other like-minded volunteers." If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Elaine at



(For your own information, there is also a clergy reflection document which can be found at

  • Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony, Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 3pm.   The Archbishop will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2015.  If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).



8 days pilgrimage to Lourdes, Nevers, Lisieux and Paris from 23rd May to 30th May 2015, including all excursions and full board in Lourdes, travelling by luxury coach for £629.


9 days pilgrimage to the Holy Land, following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ from 14th to 22nd October 2015 including all excursions for £1,159, flying from London Heathrow.


For further information call Mrs Mozzi on 02084720843 or 07859027301.


Are you interested in becoming a Catholic?  Would you like to know more about the Catholic faith?  To register your interest please email


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). 


SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH:   A Journey through the Bible. A basic bible study programme for everyone interested: Parish Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Adult Faith Formation & Small Communities Leaders & Members, Catechists, Volunteers & all parishioners
Where: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St , SW1P 1QN
When: 7pm-8.30pm
Facilitators: Brian Purfield and Ausra Karaliute. Well known Bible scholars are invited to talk on particular themes. No prior knowledge is required to attend the programme.  Sessions are presented in lecture style with some elements of discussion, Q&A and some optional activities during the sessions, on-line and at home.

Mon 11th    May     2015        THE PSALMS, ISRAEL’S PRAYER, CHRIST PRAYER (2)  with Fr John Hemer
Mon 8th Jun   2015                THE PSALMS, ISRAEL’S PRAYER, CHRIST PRAYER (3)  with Fr John Hemer

All sessions are recorded and available on the diocesan website at a later date. Please register to attend at or at  or call 020 7931 6078.  Suggested donation £3 per session. Registration is required at  or or call at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation is £3 per session.

Where: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St , SW1P 1QN

Sister Anne has been an Ursuline of the Roman Union for over 30 years. She read Jurisprudence at Oxford and has further degrees from London. She practised as a Solicitor, both in private practice and running a Law Centre, but most of her working life has been spent lecturing at University.

Register at  or or call at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation is £3 per session.

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



Facilitated by Catherine Quane RSM

Thursday 7th May 11:30 am – 1 pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Sr. Catherine Quane RSM facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

You are welcome to just come along or contact Sr. Catherine or 020-8989-3142 for more details.


Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 9th May 11 am – 4 pm

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.



Facilitated by Margaret Philpot

Saturday 30th May 11 am – 4 pm

To live in the present moment looks easy, but in reality we often fail to do so. In fact, these moments for us are only a tiny part of our life. Many of us spend most of our time dwelling on the past, with all the feelings that involves, such as nostalgia or guilt, or trying to plan the future. The past is gone and beyond our control, and the future may never turn out as we envisage. Of course we must learn from the past, and to avoid chaos we need to plan for the future. But to live life to the full we also need to learn to live in the present. This workshop will explore ways in which we might enjoy doing this.



Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Wednesdays 3rd June – 8th July 7-8:30 pm REPEATED
Thursdays 4th June – 9th July 11 am - 1 pm

The Fourth Gospel has some of the most beautiful and powerful stories we know of Jesus, some of his best-known sayings and some of the most profound and mystical teaching in the Bible. But where did the story of Jesus really begin? This short course offers a brief overview of the gospel, theories about the identity of its author and the community it was addressed to. The evangelist describes a number of characters who encounter Jesus and who witness to Him. We too are challenged to encounter Jesus and bear witness to Him today, so that we “may have life to the full”.


Contact information

114 Mount Street

Tel. 020 7493 7811
Fax: 020 7495 6685


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