Farm Street Church

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...
Hannah meeting friends outside the abandoned building in Bihać where they sleep.
Before the first lockdown, Hannah Parry played the organ here at Farm Street Church. When places of worship were forced to close due to the pandemic, Hannah volunteered with organisations across Europe, bearing witness to the abuse and brutality that is suffered by countless people in their search for safety and protection. In her work with the small NGO, No Name Kitchen, Hannah not only gave out food and clothes, but collected the testimonies from victims of border violence who suffer pushback...
A recent survey found that London is not only the most religious city in the UK, but religious Londoners are twice as likely as people in other parts of the country to attend a service twice a month or more.  However, the new £15 congestion charge, to include weekends, has been a blow for central London’s places of worship, with many unable to afford the hike. Ruby Almeida, a parishioner at Farm Street Church and regional co-ordinator of the London branch of Landings, has been...
Religious in England and Wales have been asked to offer space in their buildings to vulnerable people who face street homelessness as the emergency housing scheme put in place for the pandemic draws to a close.Hundreds of vulnerable people will urgently need accommodation by the end of July, when the hotels and hostels currently housing street homeless people reopen for business.Some 5,400 people who were housed in emergency accommodation for the three-month lockdown now face being made...

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