Sunday 26th March 2017

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (A) – Laetare

 

APPEAL FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

There will be an appeal at all Sunday Masses by Aid to the Church in Need for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

 

CLOCKS GO FORWARD THIS SUNDAY

Clocks go forward an hour at 1am this Sunday as the UK switches to British Summer Time.

 

ANNUAL QUARANT’ORE – FORTY HOURS’ ADORATION

Tuesday 28th March: 6.30pm Solemn Mass of Exposition (Latin). Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration until 12 midnight. Wednesday 29th March: 7.00am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 6.30pm Holy Hour and Benediction. Adoration until 12 midnight. Thursday 30th March: 7am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 7pm Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion, followed by Solemn Benediction. See also here.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 28th March. Father John Hemer MHM, Formation Advisor and Lecturer at Allen Hall Seminary, will speak on "What Does the Bible Say about Creation?". 8pm (after the Solemn Mass of Exposition for the Forty Hours' Devotion) to 9.30pm (including time for discussion) in in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. See also here.

 

LENTEN ALMS – CARDINAL’S APPEAL

This year our Cardinal Archbishop has asked that the Lenten Alms collection be directed to the Cardinal’s Appeal fund. The funds raised will go to support parishes or groups in their work to further the mission of the Church: to serve the evangelisation of youth, to develop marriage and family life projects, and to provide service in society, especially to those on the margins. Envelopes are still available at the back of church – you can make a Lenten gift by placing the envelope in the designated box.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY GROUP

The Catholic Enquiry Group has started again on Wednesday 22nd March. It will run until 5th July. This group is designed for those interested in becoming Catholic (whether baptised or not) and also for adult Catholics seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Meetings are at 8pm on Wednesdays. For more details, enquire at the Oratory House or by email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 24th June 2017, 12noon to 5pm. All welcome.

The Annual Garden Party is a much-enjoyed parish and local event, but the increasing cost of tent hire is making the profit margin smaller and smaller each year. We need to raise around £3,000 to help defray our section of the costs for this. Donations will be very gratefully received for this purpose, and should be sent to Father McHardy, clearly marked “Garden Party Tents” and payable to “London Oratory Charity.” Last year we were helped by one very generous donor, for which we are most grateful.

 

NEW RECORDING BY THE SCHOLA CANTORUM OF THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

England has lots of sacred treasures: in literature, from early writers such as the Venerable Bede to Blessed John Henry Newman in more recent times; in art and architecture, our country is populated with beautiful Gothic churches resplendent with stained glass windows. But in the sixteenth century, England was especially renowned for the spiritual beauty of its choral music. 

The Sacred Treasures of England, a recording of English sacred music performed by our school choir, the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, brings that beauty to a wider audience, and we hope and pray it will lift hearts and minds to the Almighty in the way that great music can.

It is the first of a series of CDs with the choirs of the Oratory to be launched over the next few years by AimHigher Recordings on the Sony Classical label. It is now available from Amazon and iTunes. You can especially support the choir by buying their CD from the Oratory bookshop. 

And if you want to see some spectacular footage of the Oratory church, visit this link to watch the launch video for this CD, which was filmed recently.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

A 17-year old French Catholic boy from Versailles, is looking for a host family willing to welcome him for two or three weeks in London this coming August. He speaks fairly good English, but would like to improve his language skills. His family would be glad to organise a French exchange for a boy or girl of his age. To discuss the practical details (financial etc.), please contact Mr & Mrs Vonderscher (isaurev@cegetel.net), or Marcus Williams (marcuswilliams.net@gmail.com).

Large single room to let in Barons Court, all bills included. Very cozy garden flat near tube stations & high street. Contact Bo on 07342 693 844 or bo.thelmo@icloud.com.

 

CONCERT AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will have a Lenten Concert on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm. The concert will include the Allegri’s Miserere, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and James MacMillan’s Meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.

 

A RETREAT WITH A DIFFERENCE

A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30th April (6pm) to Saturday 6th May (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: keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk; 07879 953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater, London W2 5DJ.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. See www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 19th March 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (A)

 

LENTEN ALMS – CARDINAL’S APPEAL

This year our Cardinal Archbishop has asked that the Lenten Alms collection be directed to the Cardinal’s Appeal fund. The funds raised will go to support parishes or groups in their work to further the mission of the Church: to serve the evangelisation of youth, to develop marriage and family life projects, and to provide service in society, especially to those on the margins. Please take a leaflet, read and pray about this. The second collection at all Sunday Masses on 18th/19th March will be for the Cardinal’s Appeal Lenten Alms. Envelopes will be available at the back of church – you can make a Lenten gift by placing the envelope in the designated box at the back of church.

 

SOLEMNITY OF ST JOSEPH

Monday 20th March is the transferred Solemnity of St Joseph. There will be Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm.

 

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The next evening on Wednesday 22nd March with members of the Oratory Choir includes music by Orlande de Lassus, Jacob Handl and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

 

SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION

Saturday 25th March is the Solemnity of the Annunciation (Lady Day). There will be a Solemn High Mass at 11.00am.

 

APPEAL FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

On 25th/26th March there will be an appeal at all Sunday Masses for persecuted Christians in the Middle East by Aid to the Church in Need.

 

CLOCKS GO FORWARD ON SUNDAY 26TH MARCH

The clocks go forward an hour at 1am on Sunday 26th March as the UK switches from Greenwich Mean Time to British Summer Time.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY GROUP

The Catholic Enquiry Group begins on Wednesday 22nd March. It will run until 5th July. This group is designed for those interested in becoming Catholic (whether baptised or not) and also for adult Catholics seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Meetings are at 8pm on Wednesdays. For more details, enquire at the Oratory House or by email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 24th June 2017, 12noon to 5pm. All welcome.

The Annual Garden Party is a much-enjoyed parish and local event, but the increasing cost of tent hire is making the profit margin smaller and smaller each year. We need to raise around £3,000 to help defray our section of the costs for this. Donations will be very gratefully received for this purpose, and should be sent to Father McHardy, clearly marked “Garden Party Tents” and payable to “London Oratory Charity.” Last year we were helped by one very generous donor, for which we are most grateful.

 

NEW RECORDING BY THE SCHOLA CANTORUM OF THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

England has lots of sacred treasures: in literature, from early writers such as the Venerable Bede to Blessed John Henry Newman in more recent times; in art and architecture, our country is populated with beautiful Gothic churches resplendent with stained glass windows. But in the sixteenth century, England was especially renowned for the spiritual beauty of its choral music. 

The Sacred Treasures of England, a recording of English sacred music performed by our school choir, the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, brings that beauty to a wider audience, and we hope and pray it will lift hearts and minds to the Almighty in the way that great music can.

It is the first of a series of CDs with the choirs of the Oratory to be launched over the next few years by AimHigher Recordings on the Sony Classical label. It is now available from Amazon and iTunes. You can especially support the choir by buying their CD from the Oratory bookshop. 

And if you want to see some spectacular footage of the Oratory church, visit this link to watch the launch video for this CD, which was filmed recently.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

A 17-year old French Catholic boy from Versailles, is looking for a host family willing to welcome him for two or three weeks in London this coming August. He speaks fairly good English, but would like to improve his language skills. His family would be glad to organise a French exchange for a boy or girl of his age. To discuss the practical details (financial etc.), please contact Mr & Mrs Vonderscher (isaurev@cegetel.net), or Marcus Williams (marcuswilliams.net@gmail.com).

Large single room to let in Barons Court, all bills included. Very cozy garden flat near tube stations & high street. Contact Bo on 07342 693 844 or bo.thelmo@icloud.com.

 

CONCERT AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will have a Lenten Concert on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm. The concert will include the Allegri’s Miserere, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and James MacMillan’s Meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.

 

A RETREAT WITH A DIFFERENCE

A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30th April (6pm) to Saturday 6th May (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: keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk; 07879 953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater, London W2 5DJ.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. See www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

 

Sunday 12th March 2017

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (A)

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

 

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The next evening on Wednesday 15th March with the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School includes music by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Claudio Monteverdi and Henry Purcell.

 

LENTEN ALMS – CARDINAL’S APPEAL

This year our Cardinal Archbishop has asked that the Lenten Alms collection be directed to the Cardinal’s Appeal fund. The funds raised will go to support parishes or groups in their work to further the mission of the Church: to serve the evangelisation of youth, to develop marriage and family life projects, and to provide service in society, especially to those on the margins. Please take a leaflet, read and pray about this. The se­cond collection on Sunday 19th March will be for the Cardinal’s Appeal Lenten Alms. Envelopes will be available at the back of church – you can make a Lenten gift by placing the envelope in the designated box at the back of the church.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY GROUP

The Catholic Enquiry Group begins on Wednesday 22nd March. It will run until 5th July. This group is designed for those interested in becoming Catholic (whether baptised or not) and also for adult Catholics seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Meetings are at 8pm on Wednesdays. For more details, enquire at the Oratory House or by email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

NEW RECORDING BY THE SCHOLA CANTORUM OF THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

England has lots of sacred treasures: in literature, from early writers such as the Venerable Bede to Blessed John Henry Newman in more recent times; in art and architecture, our country is populated with beautiful Gothic churches resplendent with stained glass windows. But in the sixteenth century, England was especially renowned for the spiritual beauty of its choral music. 

The Sacred Treasures of England, a recording of English sacred music performed by our school choir, the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, brings that beauty to a wider audience, and we hope and pray it will lift hearts and minds to the Almighty in the way that great music can.

It is the first of a series of CDs with the choirs of the Oratory to be launched over the next few years by AimHigher Recordings on the Sony Classical label. It is now available from Amazon and iTunes. You can especially support the choir by buying their CD from the Oratory bookshop. 

And if you want to see some spectacular footage of the Oratory church, visit this link to watch the launch video for this CD, which was filmed recently.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

A 17-year old French Catholic boy from Versailles, is looking for a host family willing to welcome him for two or three weeks in London this coming August. He speaks fairly good English, but would like to improve his language skills. His family would be glad to organise a French exchange for a boy or girl of his age. To discuss the practical details (financial etc.), please contact Mr & Mrs Vonderscher (isaurev@cegetel.net), or Marcus Williams (marcuswilliams.net@gmail.com).

Large single room to let in Barons Court, all bills included. Very cozy garden flat near tube stations & high street. Contact Bo on 07342 693 844 or bo.thelmo@icloud.com.

 

CONCERT AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will have a Lenten Concert on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm. The concert will include the Allegri’s Miserere, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and James MacMillan’s Meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.

 

A RETREAT WITH A DIFFERENCE

A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30th April (6pm) to Saturday 6th May (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: keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk; 07879 953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater, London W2 5DJ.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 13th March, 15th May. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. See www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 5th March 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (A)

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

 

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The first evening on Wednesday 8th March with the Oratory Choir includes music by Jean de la Fage, Claudin de Sermisy, William Byrd and Claudio Monteverdi.

 

LENTEN ALMS – CARDINAL’S APPEAL

This year our Cardinal Archbishop has asked that the Lenten Alms collection be directed to the Cardinal’s Appeal fund. The funds raised will go to support parishes or groups in their work to further the mission of the Church: to serve the evangelisation of youth, to develop marriage and family life projects, and to provide service in society, especially to those on the margins. Please take a leaflet, read and pray about this. The se­cond collection on Sunday 19th March will be for the Cardinal’s Appeal Lenten Alms. Envelopes will be available at the back of church – you can make a Lenten gift by placing the envelope in the designated box at the back of the church.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 7th March. Professor William Carroll, a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford and founder member of Benedictus Academic Team, will speak on “Creation and Contemporary Cosmology: From Stephen Hawking to Thomas Aquinas”. 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. See also here.

 

SUPPORTING THE CONSCIENCES OF PHARMACISTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a consultation about a proposed "significant change from the present position" on conscientious objection by pharmacy professionals. Bishop John Sherrington has asked that we forward this request from the Bishops’ Conference Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship to you so that you may be made aware of this consultation. The briefing, prepared by the Anscombe Centre (here) is a useful guide for sending in your own short responses to the consultation. The consultation can be found here, and responses can be submitted directly via that website. Thedeadline for responses is 7 March 2017.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY GROUP

The Catholic Enquiry Group begins on Wednesday 22nd March. It will run until 5th July. This group is designed for those interested in becoming Catholic (whether baptised or not) and also for adult Catholics seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Meetings are at 8pm on Wednesdays. For more details, enquire at the Oratory House or by email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

NEW RECORDING BY THE SCHOLA CANTORUM OF THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

England has lots of sacred treasures: in literature, from early writers such as the Venerable Bede to Blessed John Henry Newman in more recent times; in art and architecture, our country is populated with beautiful Gothic churches resplendent with stained glass windows. But in the sixteenth century, England was especially renowned for the spiritual beauty of its choral music. 

The Sacred Treasures of England, a recording of English sacred music performed by our school choir, the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, brings that beauty to a wider audience, and we hope and pray it will lift hearts and minds to the Almighty in the way that great music can.

It is the first of a series of CDs with the choirs of the Oratory to be launched over the next few years by AimHigher Recordings on the Sony Classical label. It is now available from Amazon and iTunes. You can especially support the choir by buying their CD from the Oratory bookshop. 

And if you want to see some spectacular footage of the Oratory church, visit this link to watch the launch video for this CD, which was filmed recently.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

A 17-year old French Catholic boy from Versailles, is looking for a host family willing to welcome him for two or three weeks in London this coming August. He speaks fairly good English, but would like to improve his language skills. His family would be glad to organise a French exchange for a boy or girl of his age. To discuss the practical details (financial etc.), please contact Mr & Mrs Vonderscher (isaurev@cegetel.net), or Marcus Williams (marcuswilliams.net@gmail.com).

Large single room to let in Barons Court, all bills included. Very cozy garden flat near tube stations & high street. Contact Bo on 07342 693 844 or bo.thelmo@icloud.com.

 

CONCERTS AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will have a Lenten Concert on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm. The concert will include the Allegri’s Miserere, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and James MacMillan’s Meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.

 

FROM ST PATRICK’S, SOHO SQUARE

To mark the proposed stained glass windows for the church, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, will give a talk on “The Crucifixion, icon of love and mercy” on Monday 6th March at 7pm. All welcome.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Bishop Paul McAleenan will celebrate a Mass for bereaved parents at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 11th March at 2.30pm. During Mass, after the homily, parents will be invited to write the name of their deceased child on a card and the cards will be taken along with the offertory to the sanctuary.

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 13th March, 15th May. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. See www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 26th February 2017

EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR / QUINQUAGESIMA

 

ASH WEDNESDAY – BEGINNING OF LENT

1st March is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a day of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting al­lows only one full meal; two smaller meals may also be taken during the day. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority (18 years), until the beginning of their sixtieth year. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who have completed their fourteenth year (NB: In England and Wales, every Friday during the year is a day of abstinence from meat). On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be given at all Masses. There will be a Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm, but no 6pm Mass. All other Masses are at the usual times.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

 

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent, beginning on Wednesday 8th March.

 

NEW RECORDING BY THE SCHOLA CANTORUM OF THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

England has lots of sacred treasures: in literature, from early writers such as the Venerable Bede to Blessed John Henry Newman in more recent times; in art and architecture, our country is populated with beautiful Gothic churches resplendent with stained glass windows. But in the sixteenth century, England was especially renowned for the spiritual beauty of its choral music. 

The Sacred Treasures of England, a recording of English sacred music performed by our school choir, the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, brings that beauty to a wider audience, and we hope and pray it will lift hearts and minds to the Almighty in the way that great music can.

It is the first of a series of CDs with the choirs of the Oratory to be launched over the next few years by AimHigher Recordings on the Sony Classical label. It is now available from Amazon and iTunes. You can especially support the choir by buying their CD from the Oratory bookshop. 

And if you want to see some spectacular footage of the Oratory church, visit this link to watch the launch video for this CD, which was filmed recently.

 

SUPPORTING THE CONSCIENCES OF PHARMACISTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a consultation about a proposed "significant change from the present position" on conscientious objection by pharmacy professionals. Bishop John Sherrington has asked that we forward this request from the Bishops’ Conference Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship to you so that you may be made aware of this consultation. The briefing, prepared by the Anscombe Centre (here) is a useful guide for sending in your own short responses to the consultation. The consultation can be found here, and responses can be submitted directly via that website. Thedeadline for responses is 7 March 2017.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY GROUP

The Catholic Enquiry Group begins on Wednesday 22nd March. It will run until 5th July. This group is designed for those interested in becoming Catholic (whether baptised or not) and also for adult Catholics seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Meetings are at 8pm on Wednesdays. For more details, enquire at the Oratory House or by email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

 

CONCERTS AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will have a Lenten Concert on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm. The concert will include the Allegri’s Miserere, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and James MacMillan’s Meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.

 

FROM ST PATRICK’S, SOHO SQUARE

To mark the proposed stained glass windows for the church, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, will give a talk on “The Crucifixion, icon of love and mercy” on Monday 6th March at 7pm. All welcome.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Bishop Paul McAleenan will celebrate a Mass for bereaved parents at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 11th March at 2.30pm. During Mass, after the homily, parents will be invited to write the name of their deceased child on a card and the cards will be taken along with the offertory to the sanctuary.

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 13th March, 15th May. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. See www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 19th February 2017

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR / SEXAGESIMA

 

ORATORY GROUP FOR MARRIED COUPLES

The Oratory Group for Married Couples, which has not met for some time, will be re-launched on Thursday 23rd February. The idea is to focus on how to live our faith in daily family life. We are going to read together and discuss the short book Faith in the Family: A Handbook for Parents, written by Anne Burke-Gaffney & Fr Marcus Holden. The book is organised like a catechism, but it is based on actual questions from children – which can often be difficult to answer because they go right to the heart of the matter. You can obtain a copy of the book from at the Oratory House for £4.95. Come anytime from 7.30pm for refreshments. The meeting will start at 8pm. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On Thursday 23rd February, Fr Marcus Holden, Catholic film presenter and Director of the Shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury in Ramsgate, will give an illustrated talk on “Hieronymus Bosch and the Catholic Understanding of Virtues and Vices” in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm and talk at 8pm, followed by a pre-Lenten party. All those aged 18-35 welcome to attend.

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Wednesday 22nd February at 8pm. We are going to continue our reading of St Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

 

CONCERTS AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

Westminster Cathedral Choristers and their conductor Martin Baker welcome the Chœur d’enfants of Notre Dame de Paris on Wednesday 22nd February. The choirs will give a joint concert at Westminster Cathedral, singing French and English choral music.

Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will have a Lenten Concert on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm. The concert will include the Allegri’s Miserere, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and James MacMillan’s meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. 

Tickets for both concerts are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.

 

FROM ST PATRICK’S, SOHO SQUARE

To mark the proposed stained glass windows for the church, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, will give a talk on “The Crucifixion, icon of love and mercy” on Monday 6th March at 7pm. All welcome.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Bishop Paul McAleenan will celebrate a Mass for bereaved parents at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 11th March at 2.30pm. During Mass, after the homily, parents will be invited to write the name of their deceased child on a card and the cards will be taken along with the offertory to the sanctuary.

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 20th February, 13th March, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 12th February 2017

SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR / SEPTUAGESIMA

 

This Sunday 12th February, after Vespers at 4.00pm there will be the annual Procession
in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes, followed by Solemn Benediction.

 

ORATORY GROUP FOR MARRIED COUPLES

The Oratory Group for Married Couples, which has not met for some time, will be re-launched on Thursday 23rd February. The idea is to focus on how to live our faith in daily family life. We are going to read together and discuss the short book Faith in the Family: A Handbook for Parents, written by Anne Burke-Gaffney & Fr Marcus Holden. The book is organised like a catechism, but it is based on actual questions from children – which can often be difficult to answer because they go right to the heart of the matter. You can obtain a copy of the book from at the Oratory House for £4.95. Come anytime from 7.30pm for refreshments. The meeting will start at 8pm. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

CONCERT AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

Westminster Cathedral Choristers and their conductor Martin Baker welcome the Chœur d’enfants of Notre Dame de Paris on Wednesday 22nd February. The choirs will give a joint concert at Westminster Cathedral, singing French and English choral music. Tickets (£15, seating unreserved) are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.

 

FROM ST PATRICK’S, SOHO SQUARE

To mark the proposed stained glass windows for the church, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, will give a talk on “The Crucifixion, icon of love and mercy” on Monday 6th March at 7pm. All welcome.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Bishop Paul McAleenan will celebrate a Mass for bereaved parents at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 11th March at 2.30pm. During Mass, after the homily, parents will be invited to write the name of their deceased child on a card and the cards will be taken along with the offertory to the sanctuary.

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 20th February, 13th March, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 5th February 2017

FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR / AFTER THE EPIPHANY

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 7th February. Giacomo Berchi, a research student from the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano will speak on "Let there be Light: the Fourth Day of Creation from the Bible to the Present Day". 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. See also here.

 

FROM WHITEHALL PALACE TO WIGAN PIER

On Thursday 9th February at 8pm, Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on English Catholic places of worship from the reign of King James II until Catholic emancipation. Dr O’Donnell is an architectural historian and noted authority on the Catholic architect Pugin and worships at the Oratory. All are welcome. See also here.

 

ORATORY GROUP FOR MARRIED COUPLES

The Oratory Group for Married Couples, which has not met for some time, will be re-launched on Thursday 23rd February. The idea is to focus on how to live our faith in daily family life. We are going to read together and discuss the short book Faith in the Family: A Handbook for Parents, written by Anne Burke-Gaffney & Fr Marcus Holden. The book is organised like a catechism, but it is based on actual questions from children – which can often be difficult to answer because they go right to the heart of the matter. You can obtain a copy of the book from at the Oratory House for £4.95. Come anytime from 7.30pm for refreshments. The meeting will start at 8pm. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

DAY OF PRAYER & FASTING FOR LIFE

The Good Counsel Network asks you to offer a day of prayer and fasting for the end of abortion and euthanasia in the UK on Friday 10th February, in preparation for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturday 11th February. For information call 020 7723 1740 or visit here

 

CONCERT AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

Westminster Cathedral Choristers and their conductor Martin Baker welcome the Chœur d’enfants of Notre Dame de Paris on Wednesday 22nd February. The choirs will give a joint concert at Westminster Cathedral, singing French and English choral music. Tickets (£15, seating unreserved) are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 20th February, 13th March, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 29th January 2017

FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR / AFTER THE EPIPHANY

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

On Thursday 2nd February the St Thomas Aquinas Study Group will start at 8.00pm in St Joseph’s Hall – after the Solemn High Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas).

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 7th February. Giacomo Berchi, a research student from the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano will speak on "Let there be Light: the Fourth Day of Creation from the Bible to the Present Day". 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. See also here.

 

FROM WHITEHALL PALACE TO WIGAN PIER

On Thursday 9th February at 8pm, Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on English Catholic places of worship from the reign of King James II until Catholic emancipation. Dr O’Donnell is an architectural historian and noted authority on the Catholic architect Pugin and worships at the Oratory. All are welcome. See also here.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Wednesday 1st February at 8pm. We are going to continue our reading of St Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 20th February, 13th March, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 22nd January 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR / AFTER THE EPIPHANY

 

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

This Wednesday concludes the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th – 25th January).

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 7th February. Giacomo Berchi, a research student from the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano will speak on "Let there be Light: the Fourth Day of Creation from the Bible to the Present Day". 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome.

 

FROM WHITEHALL PALACE TO WIGAN PIER

On Thursday 9th February at 8pm, Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on English Catholic places of worship from the reign of King James II until Catholic emancipation. Dr O’Donnell is an architectural historian and noted authority on the Catholic architect Pugin and worships at the Oratory. All are welcome. See also here.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On Thursday 26th January, Sir Edward Leigh, MP will speak on “The Consequences of Spiritual Amnesia: Living in the Nation that Forgot God” in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm; talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. All those aged 18-35 welcome to attend.

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Do you think you might be hearing the call to serve God? The Vocations Promotion Team of our Diocese is keen to talk with you and tell you more. Why not join them at Our Lady Of Dolours Church (Servites), 264 Fulham Road, London SW10 9EL, on Saturday 28th January at 6.30pm? Canon Stuart Wilson will preach and there will be an opportunity to hear from seminarians about how God called them. After Mass there will be an opportunity to chat with each other. It would be great to see each and every one. If you want to know more then please have a chat with your Parish Priest, or call 07515 065 696, or email vocationspromoter@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 15th January 2017

SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR / AFTER THE EPIPHANY

 

 

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

This Wednesday begins the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th – 25th January).

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys have started on Thursday 12th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 20th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Tuesday 20th June 2017. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 17th January. Adam Shaeffer from the Department of Theology at Durham University will speak on “Tolkien's Ainulindale and the Multiple Enrichment of Creation”. 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. See also here.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still a few places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Do you think you might be hearing the call to serve God? The Vocations Promotion Team of our Diocese is keen to talk with you and tell you more. Why not join them at Our Lady Of Dolours Church (Servites), 264 Fulham Road, London SW10 9EL, on Saturday 28th January at 6.30pm? Canon Stuart Wilson will preach and there will be an opportunity to hear from seminarians about how God called them. After Mass there will be an opportunity to chat with each other. It would be great to see each and every one. If you want to know more then please have a chat with your Parish Priest, or call 07515 065 696, or email vocationspromoter@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites 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 their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Sunday 8th January 2017

Sunday 8th January 2017

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

 

 

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

There will be a special collection at the back of the church after each Mass this Sunday for the annual White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). In fidelity to Catholic teaching, SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues. It seeks to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicide. SPUC also provides trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys will start on Thursday 12th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 20th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Tuesday 20th June 2017. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House.


ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 12th January 2017 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

HAYDN’S CREATION

The Scherzo Orchestra & Chorus, directed by Matthew O’Keefe, will perform Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Creation at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BA, on Thursday 12th January at 7.30pm. The concert is sponsored by Benedictus Liberal Arts Trust. £15/£10 concessions (students and over 65’s) and free for under 16 years old. Tickets are available on the door and here.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 17th January. Adam Shaeffer from the Department of Theology at Durham University will speak on “Tolkien's Ainulindale and the Multiple Enrichment of Creation”. 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. See also here.

 

THE V&A CHRISTMAS TRAIL

The Victoria and Albert Museum, next door to the Oratory, has a display of a traditional Neapolitan presepe (Nativity scene) in the magnificent surroundings of the Santa Chiara chapel. Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, Room 50b. Admission free. For more information click here.

Until 5th February 2017 the temporary exhibition Opus Anglicanum shows the most outstanding examples of English ecclesiastical embroidery in the Middle Ages. Featuring surviving examples of exquisite craftsmanship, this exhibition reveals the artistic skill of the makers and the world in which they were created. For more information click here. There is a 50% discount on tickets for this exhibition until 23rd December.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still a few places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

Sunday 25th December 2016

Sunday 25th December 2016

THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

From a 15th-century Book of Hours originating from Rouen (London Oratory Library).

From a 15th-century Book of Hours originating from Rouen (London Oratory Library).

 

The Fathers of the Oratory wish all our parishioners, visitors and friends a very happy & holy Christmas, and a blessed New Year.

 

The next Parish Newsletter will appear on 8th January 2017.

 

CHRISTMAS 2016

Saturday 24th December: Christmas Eve
Church open 6.30am till 7.00pm.
6.00pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
Church closes at 7.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm.
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir and Orchestra.

Sunday 25th December: Christmas Day
Church open 7.30am till 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin),
12.30pm, 4.30pm. Solemn Vespers & Solemn Benediction 3.30pm.
No 7.00pm Mass.

Monday 26th December: Saint Stephen
Church open 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Mass: 10.00am, 11.00am (1962 Missal), 12.30pm.
The Oratory House will be closed. There will be no duty priest available.

Click here for the times of Masses & and other services from Christmas to the Epiphany.

 

THE V&A CHRISTMAS TRAIL

The Victoria and Albert Museum, next door to the Oratory, has a display of a traditional Neapolitan presepe (Nativity scene) in the magnificent surroundings of the Santa Chiara chapel. Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, Room 50b. Admission free. For more information click here.

Until 5th February 2017 the temporary exhibition Opus Anglicanum shows the most outstanding examples of English ecclesiastical embroidery in the Middle Ages. Featuring surviving examples of exquisite craftsmanship, this exhibition reveals the artistic skill of the makers and the world in which they were created. For more information click here. There is a 50% discount on tickets for this exhibition until 23rd December.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys will start on Thursday 12th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 20th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Tuesday 20th June 2017. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 12th January 2017, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 19th January, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still a few places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

Sunday 18th December 2016

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)

 

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

 

CHRISTMAS 2016

Saturday 24th December: Christmas Eve
Church open 6.30am till 7.00pm.
6.00pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
Church closes at 7.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm.
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir and Orchestra.

Sunday 25th December: Christmas Day
Church open 7.30am till 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin),
12.30pm, 4.30pm. Solemn Vespers & Solemn Benediction 3.30pm.
No 7.00pm Mass.

Monday 26th December: Saint Stephen
Church open 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Mass: 10.00am, 11.00am (1962 Missal), 12.30pm.
The Oratory House will be closed. There will be no duty priest available.

Click here for the times of Masses & and other services from Christmas to the Epiphany.

 

COLLECTION FOR ECUADOR – HEARTFELT THANKS

Earlier this year a collection for the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador on 16th April raised £1,800, which was sent to the Archdiocese of Portoviejo, the region most affected by the disaster. We have just received a letter from Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolini, who sends his heartfelt thanks to our parishioners for their generosity.

 

THE V&A CHRISTMAS TRAIL

The Victoria and Albert Museum, next door to the Oratory, has a display of a traditional Neapolitan presepe (Nativity scene) in the magnificent surroundings of the Santa Chiara chapel. Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, Room 50b. Admission free. For more information click here.

Until 5th February 2017 the temporary exhibition Opus Anglicanum shows the most outstanding examples of English ecclesiastical embroidery in the Middle Ages. Featuring surviving examples of exquisite craftsmanship, this exhibition reveals the artistic skill of the makers and the world in which they were created. For more information click here. There is a 50% discount on tickets for this exhibition until 23rd December.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still a few places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Young Catholic Australian helicopter mechanic works in a startup business is seeking accommodation in London. Would suit someone homebound or looking for help around the house and some company. Please contact David on dvg_88@hotmail.com or 07743 979868 if interested.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

Sunday 11th December 2016

3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A) / Gaudete

 

PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

This Sunday 11th December, after Vespers at 4.00pm there will be the annual Procession in honour of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, followed by Solemn Benediction.

 

COLLECTION FOR ECUADOR – HEARTFELT THANKS

Earlier this year a collection for the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador on 16th April raised £1,800, which was sent to the Archdiocese of Portoviejo, the region most affected by the disaster. We have just received a letter from Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolini, who sends his heartfelt thanks to our parishioners for their generosity.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 13th December. Br Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory, will speak on “The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy as Worship”. 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. More information here and here.

 

A GERMAN BAROQUE CHRISTMAS

In collaboration with Benedictus Trust, the ensemble Scherzo, led by Matthew O’Keefe, will perform works by Praetorius, Buxtehude and Bach, as well as German Christmas carols, specially arranged for the event, with poetry readings. Friday 16th December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Tickets £15, £10 (concession), £7 (students) available on the door, or reserve from scherzoensemble@outlook.com.

 

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

 

CHRISTMAS 2016

Saturday 24th December: Christmas Eve
Church open 6.30am till 7.00pm.
6.00pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
Church closes at 7.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm.
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir and Orchestra.

Sunday 25th December: Christmas Day
Church open 7.30am till 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin),
12.30pm, 4.30pm. Solemn Vespers & Solemn Benediction 3.30pm.
No 7.00pm Mass.

Monday 26th December: Saint Stephen
Church open 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Mass: 10.00am, 11.00am (1962 Missal), 12.30pm.

Click here for the times of Masses & and other services from Christmas to the Epiphany.

 

THE V&A CHRISTMAS TRAIL

The Victoria and Albert Museum, next door to the Oratory, has a display of a traditional Neapolitan presepe (Nativity scene) in the magnificent surroundings of the Santa Chiara chapel. Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, Room 50b. Admission free. For more information click here.

Until 5th February 2017 the temporary exhibition Opus Anglicanum shows the most outstanding examples of English ecclesiastical embroidery in the Middle Ages. Featuring surviving examples of exquisite craftsmanship, this exhibition reveals the artistic skill of the makers and the world in which they were created. For more information click here.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The SPN Circle will meet again on Wednesday 14th December at 8pm. We are going to discuss St Augustine’s Letter 130 (to Proba), which is a concise and profound introduction to prayer. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulietta or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still a few places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Young Catholic Australian helicopter mechanic works in a startup business is seeking accommodation in London. Would suit someone homebound or looking for help around the house and some company. Please contact David on dvg_88@hotmail.com or 07743 979868 if interested.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Advent 2016: "Unto Us a Child is Born" (Isaiah 9:6): The Joyful Mysteries in the Life of Our Lord.
Monday 12th December: "Recognising the Redeemer; Sharing Jesus' Journey Home: The Presentation in the Temple" by Fr. Richard Conrad OP.  Fr Richard will explain the two Old Testament rituals that shaped the life of the Holy Family
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Place: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN. Booking is required as places are limited. Register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or, if you have no access to the internet, call at 020 7931 6078 to leave your details. Suggested donation is £4.50 per talk.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

Sunday 4th December 2016

2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Thursday 8th December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction on Wednesday 7th at 5:30pm, followed by Mass at 6:30pm. Thursday 8th there will be a Solemn High Mass at 6:30pm; the preacher will be Fr Gerard Skinner, Parish Priest of St Francis of Assisi, Pottery Lane. Other Masses will be at the usual weekday times.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 13th December. Br Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory, will speak on “The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy as Worship”. 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. More information here and here.

 

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

 

THE ART OF DYING WELL

The month of November is dedicated to praying for the dead and is the traditional time to visit the graves of loved ones. www.artofdyingwell.org is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey. Professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy and history have informed the site content.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The SPN Circle will meet again on Wednesday 14th December at 8pm. We are going to discuss St Augustine’s Letter 130 (to Proba), which is a concise and profound introduction to prayer. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulietta or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still a few places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Young Catholic Australian helicopter mechanic works in a startup business is seeking accommodation in London. Would suit someone homebound or looking for help around the house and some company. Please contact David on dvg_88@hotmail.com or 07743 979868 if interested.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at katrina.lavery@clovershipping.com if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Advent 2016: "Unto Us a Child is Born" (Isaiah 9:6): The Joyful Mysteries in the Life of Our Lord.
Monday 5th December: "The Nativity: 'This will be a sign for you' (Luke 2: 12)" by Fr. Martin Ganeri OP. What does the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem show us about God and his plan for humanity?
Monday 12th December: "Recognising the Redeemer; Sharing Jesus' Journey Home: The Presentation in the Temple" by Fr. Richard Conrad OP.  Fr Richard will explain the two Old Testament rituals that shaped the life of the Holy Family
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Place: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN. Booking is required as places are limited. Register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or, if you have no access to the internet, call at 020 7931 6078 to leave your details. Suggested donation is £4.50 per talk.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

Sunday 27th November 2016

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

ADVENT SUNDAY MUSICAL ORATORY

The Brothers of the Little Oratory invite you to the annual Advent Musical Oratory with the Oratory Junior Choir this Sunday 27th November at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Thursday 8th December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction on Wednesday 7th at 5:30pm, followed by Mass at 6:30pm, and a Solemn High Mass on Thursday 8th. Other Masses will be at the usual weekday times.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

The series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory, continues on Tuesday 13th December. Br Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory, will speak on “The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy as Worship”. 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. More information here and here.

 

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

 

THE ART OF DYING WELL

The month of November is dedicated to praying for the dead and is the traditional time to visit the graves of loved ones. www.artofdyingwell.org is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey. Professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy and history have informed the site content.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Advent Recollection on Thursday 1st December. Snacks from 7.30pm, evening of prayer and reflection at 8pm in the Little Oratory. Do come if you can!

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The SPN Circle will meet again on Wednesday 14th December at 8pm. We are going to discuss St Augustine’s Letter 130 (to Proba), which is a concise and profound introduction to prayer. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulietta or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

STILL PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Young Catholic Australian helicopter mechanic works in a startup business is seeking accommodation in London. Would suit someone homebound or looking for help around the house and some company. Please contact David on dvg_88@hotmail.com or 07743 979868 if interested.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Advent 2016: "Unto Us a Child is Born" (Isaiah 9:6): The Joyful Mysteries in the Life of Our Lord.
Monday 28th November: "The Visitation: Elizabeth’s Example of Marian Prayer" by Fr. Paul Rowse OP. How should we speak to someone who does not live on earth anymore?  Can it even be done?  The mother of John the Baptist offers us prayer as the way our familiar and filial relationship with the Saviour’s Mother is renewed by us.
Monday 5th December: "The Nativity: 'This will be a sign for you' (Luke 2: 12)" by Fr. Martin Ganeri OP. What does the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem show us about God and his plan for humanity?
Monday 12th December: "Recognising the Redeemer; Sharing Jesus' Journey Home: The Presentation in the Temple" by Fr. Richard Conrad OP.  Fr Richard will explain the two Old Testament rituals that shaped the life of the Holy Family
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Place: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN. Booking is required as places are limited. Register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or, if you have no access to the internet, call at 020 7931 6078 to leave your details. Suggested donation is £4.50 per talk.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

Sunday 20th November 2016

CHRIST THE KING / Last Sunday after Pentecost

 

ADVENT SUNDAY MUSICAL ORATORY

The Brothers of the Little Oratory invite you to the annual Advent Musical Oratory with the Oratory Junior Choir on Sunday 27th November at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome.

 

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

 

THE ART OF DYING WELL

The month of November is dedicated to praying for the dead and is the traditional time to visit the graves of loved ones. www.artofdyingwell.org is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey. Professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy and history have informed the site content.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The SPN Circle will meet again on Wednesday 23rd November at 8pm. We shall conclude our reading of St Augustine’s Confessions with book 10. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

Advent Recollection on Thursday 1st December. Snacks from 7.30pm, evening of prayer and reflection at 8pm in the Little Oratory. Do come if you can!

Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk for more details.

Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier men­toring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although men­toring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of num­bers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at jude@restartlives.org.”

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulietta or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

STILL PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

YEAR OF MERCY
(see also here)

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on 8th December 2015 and ends on this Sunday. During this year, the customary “Hail Mary” in the Sunday bidding prayers will be replaced by the “Hail, Holy Queen”, in which we entrust ourselves to Our Lady as “Mother of mercy”:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. 

See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Advent 2016: "Unto Us a Child is Born" (Isaiah 9:6): The Joyful Mysteries in the Life of Our Lord.
Tuesday 22nd November: "'Full of Grace': Our Lady, the Annunciation, and Us" by Fr. Nicholas Crowe OP. Exploring Mary’s consent to God’s work of salvation and what this means for us.
Monday 28th November: "The Visitation: Elizabeth’s Example of Marian Prayer" by Fr. Paul Rowse OP. How should we speak to someone who does not live on earth anymore?  Can it even be done?  The mother of John the Baptist offers us prayer as the way our familiar and filial relationship with the Saviour’s Mother is renewed by us.
Monday 5th December: "The Nativity: 'This will be a sign for you' (Luke 2: 12)" by Fr. Martin Ganeri OP. What does the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem show us about God and his plan for humanity?
Monday 12th December: "Recognising the Redeemer; Sharing Jesus' Journey Home: The Presentation in the Temple" by Fr. Richard Conrad OP.  Fr Richard will explain the two Old Testament rituals that shaped the life of the Holy Family
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Place: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN. Booking is required as places are limited. Register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or, if you have no access to the internet, call at 020 7931 6078 to leave your details. Suggested donation is £4.50 per talk.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 21st November 2016, 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

Sunday 13th November 2016

33RD OF THE YEAR / 6th after Epiphany (repeated)

 

HOMELESS SHELTERS

The Friends of the Oratory have been asked again to run the Saturday night homeless shelter at St. Luke’s Church, Sydney Street (http://www.stlukeschurch.co.uk/#/how-to-find-us/4568305378). They have started on Saturday 12th November and finish on 21st January. Volunteers are needed who can help prepare the food, serve and chat to the guests and clean up the hall and kitchen afterwards. They start setting up at 6pm and finish by 9pm. Please get in touch with the Friends (oratoryfriends@gmail.com) if you are willing to help.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

In the coming months, there will be a series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory. The first lecture by the Revd Dr Michael Cullinan, Director of the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences at Maryvale, Birmingham, on “Eight Days of Creation” will be on Tuesday 15th November from 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. More information here and here.

 

CONCERT: J.S. BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR

The Schola Cantorum of The London Oratory School will give a performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor at the Oratory Church on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm. The Schola, directed by Charles Cole, will be accompanied by the St Cecilia Players. The performance is generously sponsored by Rawlinson & Hunter and Maecenas. Tickets priced £20 (£10 concessions) will be available on the door and in advance from schola@los.ac

 

TALK ON CARAVAGGIO

There will be a talk by Maria Cristina Terzaghi, Professor of History of Art at the University of Rome “Roma Tre” on “Caravaggio: The Beauty that Conquered England” on Saturday 19th November at 5pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. The talk is organised by the J. H. Newman Cultural Centre in conjunction with the Oratory. Admission is free with a retiring collection. All welcome.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The SPN Circle will meet again on Thursday 23rd November at 8pm. We shall conclude our reading of St Augustine’s Confessions with book 10. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulietta or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

STILL PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

YEAR OF MERCY
(see also here)

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on 8th December 2015. More information about events during the year, Holy Doors and the Indulgence is available onhttp://rcdow.org.uk/year-of-mercy/. Our Cardinal Archbishop wishes that throughout the Year of Mercy the customary “Hail Mary” in the Sunday bidding prayers be replaced by the “Hail, Holy Queen”, in which we entrust ourselves to Our Lady as “Mother of mercy”:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

 

CLOSING OF THE HOLY DOOR AT THE CATHEDRAL

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy in the Diocese by closing the Holy Door at Westminster Cathedral in the context of Vespers at 3.30 pm on Sunday 13th November. Archbishop Justin Welby, leader of the Church of England, will preach at the occasion. All are welcome to attend! 

   

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. 

See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

Advent 2016: "Unto Us a Child is Born" (Isaiah 9:6): The Joyful Mysteries in the Life of Our Lord.
Tuesday 22nd November: "'Full of Grace': Our Lady, the Annunciation, and Us" by Fr. Nicholas Crowe OP. Exploring Mary’s consent to God’s work of salvation and what this means for us.
Monday 28th November: "The Visitation: Elizabeth’s Example of Marian Prayer" by Fr. Paul Rowse OP. How should we speak to someone who does not live on earth anymore?  Can it even be done?  The mother of John the Baptist offers us prayer as the way our familiar and filial relationship with the Saviour’s Mother is renewed by us.
Monday 5th December: "The Nativity: 'This will be a sign for you' (Luke 2: 12)" by Fr. Martin Ganeri OP. What does the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem show us about God and his plan for humanity?
Monday 12th December: "Recognising the Redeemer; Sharing Jesus' Journey Home: The Presentation in the Temple" by Fr. Richard Conrad OP.  Fr Richard will explain the two Old Testament rituals that shaped the life of the Holy Family
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Place: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN. Booking is required as places are limited. Register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or, if you have no access to the internet, call at 020 7931 6078 to leave your details. Suggested donation is £4.50 per talk.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 21st November 2016, 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.

Sunday 6th November 2016

32TH OF THE YEAR / 5th after Epiphany (repeated)

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

The collection for the Pontifical Mission Societies on Sunday 23rd October raised £3,076.

 

DIOCESAN COLLECTION FOR THE SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS’ FUND

On Sunday 6th November there will be a special collection for the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund of the Diocese of Westminster. All donations are gratefully received.

 

HOMELESS SHELTERS

The Friends of the Oratory have been asked again to run the Saturday night homeless shelter at St. Luke’s Church. We are going to start on Saturday 12th November and finish on 21st January. We are looking for volunteers who can help prepare the food, serve and chat to the guests and clean up the hall and kitchen afterwards. We start setting up at 6pm and finish by 9pm. Please get in touch with the Friends (oratoryfriends@gmail.com) if you are willing to help.

 

LECTURE SERIES ON CREATION IN NATURE, ART & FAITH

In the coming months, there will be a series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory. The first lecture by the Revd Dr Michael Cullinan, Director of the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences at Maryvale, Birmingham, on “Eight Days of Creation” will be on Tuesday 15th November from 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. More information here and here.

 

CONCERT: J.S. BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR

The Schola Cantorum of The London Oratory School will give a performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor at the Oratory Church on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm. The Schola, directed by Charles Cole, will be accompanied by the St Cecilia Players. The performance is generously sponsored by Rawlinson & Hunter and Maecenas. Tickets priced £20 (£10 concessions) will be available on the door and in advance from schola@los.ac

 

TALK ON CARAVAGGIO

There will be a talk by Maria Cristina Terzaghi, Professor of History of Art at the University of Rome “Roma Tre” on “Caravaggio: The Beauty that Conquered England” on Saturday 19th November at 5pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. The talk is organised by the J. H. Newman Cultural Centre in conjunction with the Oratory. Admission is free with a retiring collection. All welcome.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The SPN Circle will meet again on Thursday 23rd November at 8pm. We shall conclude our reading of St Augustine’sConfessions with book 10. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulietta or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

STILL PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. See also here.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?

In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

YEAR OF MERCY
(see also here)

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on 8th December 2015. More information about events during the year, Holy Doors and the Indulgence is available onhttp://rcdow.org.uk/year-of-mercy/. Our Cardinal Archbishop wishes that throughout the Year of Mercy the customary “Hail Mary” in the Sunday bidding prayers be replaced by the “Hail, Holy Queen”, in which we entrust ourselves to Our Lady as “Mother of mercy”:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

 

YEAR OF MERCY TALKS AT SAINT PATRICK’S, SOHO SQUARE

The writer Sally Read will speak about “Mother Magdalene Taylor: Touching God, The Saint of Soho and What Conversion Means” at St Patrick’s, Soho Square on Monday 7th November at 7pm. Contributions at the door. More details to be found on http://stpatricksoho.org/year-of-mercy-talks/

 

CLOSING OF THE HOLY DOOR AT THE CATHEDRAL

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy in the Diocese by closing the Holy Door at Westminster Cathedral in the context of Vespers at 3.30 pm on Sunday 13th November. Archbishop Justin Welby, leader of the Church of England, will preach at the occasion. All are welcome to attend! 

   

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. 

See also here.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit the website http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 21st November 2016, 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.

Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

 

VARIA

Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Basement flat for rent: 15A Fernshaw Road, SW 10, a quiet road between Fulham Road & Kings Road near World’s End. Recently refurbished with one bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen/diner and WC/shower, with small outside concreted area at the rear. Electric heating. Unfortunately, no pets. £375 per week plus bills. Contact Dr M. Remnant on 020 7352 5181.