Farm Street Church

Striking Gold at Farm Street’s Lunch ServiceAs I wheeled my suitcase through an empty Underground carriage and an eerily deserted Berkeley Square, I wondered what someone would make of the contents of my bag: – a box of Untranslatable Words, a map of Middle Earth, a couple of tiaras, a jewelled slipper and a copy of St John of the Cross. The more obvious clues would be in the next layer down: Kate Clanchy’s “How to Grow Your Own Poem”, some brightly coloured notebooks and a clutch of my own...
An online celebration was held last week to mark Westminster becoming the first Livesimply dioceseMore than 60 representatives from Westminster parishes watched a video message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, before hearing from guest speakers who praised all those involved, and encouraged parishes not yet signed up to complete the award.The meeting was closed in prayer by the Chair of Westminster Justice & Peace, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest of Farm Street Jesuit parish. He...
Farm Street Church will be praying the Novena of Grace to St Francis Xavier at every Mass from Thursday 4th March to Friday 12th March. This year they have invited nine people from around the world to record a short novena video, addressing the question ‘What does it means to be a Missionary Church today?’ The videos will be posted by 12 noon daily on their website, YouTube page, and social media platforms. The text for the novena prayer is printed below: O most kind...
About this free online eventIn March of last year, our world was turned upside down. The worst pandemic in over a century began raging globally. With lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, national economies went into free fall and economic hardship quickly followed. Many who led otherwise secure lives, suddenly found themselves without the means to support themselves and their families.This precarious situation has led many finding themselves without a home or shelter for themselves or their...
This week on Radio Maria England, Padre’s Hour will feature Father Dominic Robinson and some of the volunteers that support the lunch kitchen at Farm Street Church. Father Dominic shares how the parish is supporting its parishioners and also the wider community during the pandemic. This episode of Padre’s Hour will be broadcast on Friday 22nd January at 2am and Saturday 23rd January at 5pm.You can listen to the programme by:Radio - You will need a DAB+ (digital radio). For...
Christmas meals were provided all through Christmas by central London Catholic Churches.Meals and homeless services have been “busier than ever” according to Fr Dominic Robinson, parish priest of Farm Street and chair of Westminster diocese Justice and Peace Commission.Farm Street and St Patrick’s in Soho provided food from their premises, alongside St James in Piccadilly. The Sant’ Egidio Community fed hundreds in Central London on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. “There seem to be more and more...
Hannah meeting friends outside the abandoned building in Bihać where they sleep.
Interview with Hannah Perry – Organist at Farm Street and Travel Blogger (pictured in Bosnia)Radio Maria England is a non-commercial private initiative within the Catholic Church, which seeks to offer its listeners an opportunity to pray, to learn and to celebrate with the Church. Each day the station broadcasts the daily Church liturgy, the Mass, and the Holy Rosary. The station also provides teaching and catechesis covering faith and social issues, programmes focusing on human and social...
The first time I met Riccardo Fiori was at his restaurant, Delfino, on Mount Street, just around the corner from the Farm Street Jesuit church in central London. He was standing - socially-distanced of course – next to our table: attentive, at home in his own skin, a reassuring presence. Father Dominic Robinson, the parish priest, had just told him he’d be receiving another letter asking for help providing meals for those who are homeless. Riccardo immediately replied, ‘Don’t worry. Whatever...
Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest at Farm Street Church, writes about the importance of #RedWednesdayOver the last five years, November has been a special month for Aid to the Church in Need (https://acnuk.org/) and their #RedWednesday campaign has been hugely successful in drawing attention to the persecution of Christians and the general issue of religious freedom. It’s now a global initiative and I would ask everyone to make this year’s #RedWednesday on 25 November a campaign day that can...
Fr Dominic interviewed by Newsnight during the first lockdown
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, the chair of the Justice and Peace Commission In Westminster Diocese, explained to The Tablet the important role played by faith groups in tackling homelessness this winter: “As the cold weather looms the needs are getting more serious, with increasing numbers on the poverty line.” He reported that Westminster City Council wants to work with faith groups, “and this is a time to work together”. Joint initiatives planned at his Farm Street parish include mental health...

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