Sunday 21st January 2018

Third Sunday of the Year / after the Epiphany

 

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

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

 

CANDLEMAS

On Friday 2nd February, there will be a Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm, with Blessing of Candles, for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas). There will be no 6.00pm Mass. See also here.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin class with Mr Dominic Sullivan has resumed and will meet again in St Joseph’s Hall on Thursday 25th January 2017 at 7.30pm.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan has started again on Thursday 18th January and meets every fortnight in St Joseph’s Hall at 7.30pm.

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE AFTER THE 11AM MASS

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 michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences due either to holidays or illness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice. We need volunteers especially for Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is usually 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).

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm.

Thursday 25th January: “Anti-Catholic History: The Rehabilitation of Baron Scarpia” by Piers Paul Read. The Catholic novelist will look at the villain of Puccini’s opera Tosca, telling a story that shines a light into the dusty corridors of history and so lays bare the truth behind Puccini’s “villain”.

On 11th November the Oratory took over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! If you are happy to help, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP

There are some changes to the format of the group. The meetings now start at 7pm (not at 8pm). Also, the age range is now from 12 to 17 years (and it doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve been confirmed). The next meeting will be on Friday 26th January, with the theme: God is our Father & in His goodness, He wants us to be happy. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here.

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2018. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Part- or full-time housekeeper/cleaner required in Knightsbridge, immediate start. Please call Carol on 07710 122 738.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

EDUCARE, a service that provides e-learning for safeguarding and duty of care, offers on-line courses to be available to every number of the Catholic community until Summer 2018. The Diocese encourages as many people as possible in our parish to access and complete the on-line training modules. If you are interested, please register at safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 21st July to Friday 27th July 2018. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated 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 do not need a medical qualification. Working in the St Frai is a moving and rewarding experience. If you are interested, please 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 14th January 2018

Second Sunday of the Year / after the Epiphany

 

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

This Sunday 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. See also here. Please give generously to this worthy cause.

 

ST JOSEPH VAZ OF THE ORATORY

There will be Solemn Benediction on Tuesday 16th January at 6.30pm for the feast of St Joseph Vaz of the Oratory. Born 1651, he founded the Oratory in Goa in 1685 and became a missionary in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, during the Dutch occupation. In times of persecution, he and his fellow Oratorians rebuilt the Catholic Church on the Island and hence he is known as the Apostle of Ceylon. He died on 16th January 1711.

 

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

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

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys have started on Thursday 11th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls have started on Friday 12th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Tuesday 5th June 2018. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House. See also here.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan have resumed on Thursday 11th January and will be held in St Joseph's Hall every fortnight at 7.30pm.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 18th January at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE AFTER THE 11AM MASS

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 michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences due either to holidays or illness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice. We need volunteers especially for Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is usually 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).

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm.

Thursday 25th January: “Anti-Catholic History: The Rehabilitation of Baron Scarpia” by Piers Paul Read. The Catholic novelist will look at the villain of Puccini’s opera Tosca, telling a story that shines a light into the dusty corridors of history and so lays bare the truth behind Puccini’s “villain”.

On 11th November the Oratory took over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! If you are happy to help, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There will be a one-day retreat at the Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Rd, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8LA, on Saturday 20th January 2018, starting at 10am. To register please contact: Jane Deegan, at jane@loving4life.net or 07595 724300. There will be several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2018. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Part- or full-time housekeeper/cleaner required in Knightsbridge, immediate start. Please call Carol on 07710 122 738.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

EDUCARE, a service that provides e-learning for safeguarding and duty of care, offers on-line courses to be available to every number of the Catholic community until Summer 2018. The Diocese encourages as many people as possible in our parish to access and complete the on-line training modules. If you are interested, please register at safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 21st July to Friday 27th July 2018. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated 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 do not need a medical qualification. Working in the St Frai is a moving and rewarding experience. If you are interested, please 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 7th January 2018

The Epiphany of the Lord

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

The Sunday morning coffee will start again on 7th January. 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.

 

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

Next Sunday 14th January 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. See also here. Please give generously to this worthy cause.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys will start on Thursday 11th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 12th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Tuesday 5th June 2018. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House. See also here.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 11th January, 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 18th January, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

HEATING IN THE CHURCH

A number of parishioners have mentioned that they find the church to be too cold. We have problems with our heating system, which is living on borrowed time and could soon stop functioning altogether. The necessary repair work has started, but the replacement of essential elements is going to be a very expensive business and all donations would be gratefully received.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences due either to holidays or illness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice. We need volunteers especially for Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is usually 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).

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On 11th November the Oratory took over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! If you are happy to help, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There will be a one-day retreat at the Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Rd, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8LA, on Saturday 20th January 2018, starting at 10am. To register please contact: Jane Deegan, at jane@loving4life.net or 07595 724300. There will be several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2018. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Part- or full-time housekeeper/cleaner required in Knightsbridge, immediate start. Please call Carol on 07710 122 738.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

EDUCARE, a service that provides e-learning for safeguarding and duty of care, offers on-line courses to be available to every number of the Catholic community until Summer 2018. The Diocese encourages as many people as possible in our parish to access and complete the on-line training modules. If you are interested, please register at safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.

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 24th December 2017

4th Sunday of Advent (B) / Vigil of Christmas

 

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 7TH JANUARY 2018.

 

CHRISTMAS

Sunday 24th December: Fourth Sunday of Advent (Christmas Eve)
Church open 7.30am to 6.00pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm,
3.30pm Solemn First Vespers & Solemn Benediction,
4.30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
No 7.00pm Mass. Church closes 6.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir & Orchestra.

Monday 25th December: Christmas Day
Church open 7.30am to 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm, 4.30pm.
4.00pm Solemn Benediction.
No 7.00pm Mass.

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

Details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season are now available here.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is usually 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). On Sunday 24th December and on Christmas Day, the children’s area will be available during the 10am and 11am Masses. It will not be available on Sunday 31st December.

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

There will be no refreshments after the 11am Mass on Sundays 17th, 24th and 31st December. The Sunday morning coffee will start again on Sunday 7th January 2018. 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.

 

ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

The Oratory Book Shop & Repository will be closed from Christmas Day, Monday 25th December to Tues­day 2nd January (incl.). We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences because of holidays or ill­ness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice, especially for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please phone 020 7808 0900 or emailSun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

On Sunday 14th January there will be a special collection at the back of the church after each Mass 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 11th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 12th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Tuesday 5th June 2018. 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 11th January, 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 18th January, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

HEATING IN THE CHURCH

A number of parishioners have mentioned that they find the church to be too cold. We have problems with our heating system, which is living on borrowed time and could soon stop functioning altogether. The necessary repair work has started, but the replacement of essential elements is going to be a very expensive business and all donations would be gratefully received.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On 11th November the Oratory took over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! If you are happy to help, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There will be a one-day retreat at the Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Rd, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8LA, on Saturday 20th January 2018, starting at 10am. To register please contact: Jane Deegan, at jane@loving4life.net or 07595 724300. There will be several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2018. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

EDUCARE, a service that provides e-learning for safeguarding and duty of care, offers on-line courses to be available to every number of the Catholic community until Summer 2018. The Diocese encourages as many people as possible in our parish to access and complete the on-line training modules. If you are interested, please register at safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.

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 17th December 2017

3rd Sunday of Advent (B) - Gaudete

 

CAROL SERVICE 2017

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Free admission or become a patron of the event & reserve a seat for £50 or £100. Further information from the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900). See also here.

 

CHRISTMAS

Sunday 24th December: Fourth Sunday of Advent (Christmas Eve)
Church open 7.30am to 6.00pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm,
3.30pm Solemn First Vespers & Solemn Benediction,
4.30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
No 7.00pm Mass. Church closes 6.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir & Orchestra.

Monday 25th December: Christmas Day
Church open 7.30am to 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm, 4.30pm.
4.00pm Solemn Benediction.
No 7.00pm Mass.

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

Details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season are now available here.

 

HEATING IN THE CHURCH

A number of parishioners have mentioned that they find the church to be too cold. We have problems with our heating system, which is living on borrowed time and could soon stop functioning altogether. The necessary repair work has started, but the replacement of essential elements is going to be a very expensive business and all donations would be gratefully received.

 

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

There will be no refreshments after the 11am Mass on Sundays 17th, 24th and 31st December. The Sunday morning coffee will start again on Sunday 7th January 2018. 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.

 

ORATORY BOOK SHOP & REPOSITORY

The Oratory Book Shop & Repository will be closed from Christmas Day, Monday 25th December to Tues­day 2nd January (incl.). We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences because of holidays or ill­ness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice, especially for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On 11th November the Oratory took over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! If you are happy to help, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

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).

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There will be a one-day retreat at the Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Rd, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8LA, on Saturday 20th January 2018, starting at 10am. To register please contact: Jane Deegan, at jane@loving4life.net or 07595 724300. There will be several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2018. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

EDUCARE, a service that provides e-learning for safeguarding and duty of care, offers on-line courses to be available to every number of the Catholic community until Summer 2018. The Diocese encourages as many people as possible in our parish to access and complete the on-line training modules. If you are interested, please register at safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.

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 10th December 2017

2nd Sunday of Advent (B)

 

PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

This Sunday 10th December, after Vespers at 4.00pm there will be the annual Procession in honour of the Immaculate Conception, followed by Solemn Benediction.

 

HEATING IN THE CHURCH

A number of parishioners have mentioned that they find the church to be too cold. We have problems with our heating system, which is living on borrowed time and could soon stop functioning altogether. The necessary repair work has started, but the replacement of essential elements is going to be a very expensive business and all donations would be gratefully received.

 

CAROL SERVICE 2017

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Free admission or become a patron of the event & reserve a seat for £50 or £100. Further information from the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900). See also here.

 

CHRISTMAS

Sunday 24th December: Fourth Sunday of Advent (Christmas Eve)
Church open 7.30am to 6.00pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm,
3.30pm Solemn First Vespers & Solemn Benediction,
4.30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
No 7.00pm Mass. Church closes 6.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir & Orchestra.

Monday 25th December: Christmas Day
Church open 7.30am to 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm, 4.30pm.
4.00pm Solemn Benediction.
No 7.00pm Mass.

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

Details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season are now available here.

 

BERLIOZ’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

Scherzo Ensemble invites you to experience Berlioz’s masterful Christmas Oratorio, L’Enfance Du Christ (The Childhood of Christ). The work tells a story of King Herod’s persecution of the infants, the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt and their being granted refuge in the home of an Egyptian family. Berlioz’s inclusion of this traditional tale of familial sanctuary in Egypt is particularly resonant today, when Christianity is the world’s most persecuted faith, particularly in the Middle East. The piece will be sung in French with the English translation made available. Tuesday 12th December at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Tickets are £15/£10 concessions, available on the door or here

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences due either to holidays or illness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice. We need volunteers especially for Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On 11th November the Oratory took over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! We have decided that this year we’d like people to commit to doing a minimum of 3 Saturdays, so that the guests will see familiar faces as the weeks roll on, and we as volunteers can be as organised as possible. We are also looking for dedicated dishwashers this year to keep things under control in the kitchen. This job would mean staying in the kitchen at all times making sure things are clean and organised. Please also let us know if you’d be interested in taking this job! Once we have an idea of who’d like to get involved, we’ll get back in touch to get dates from you all so that Nina can start scheduling! Do have a think about whether you’d be happy to make that commitment. If you are, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

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).

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There will be a one-day retreat at the Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Rd, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8LA, on Saturday 20th January 2018, starting at 10am. To register please contact: Jane Deegan, at jane@loving4life.net or 07595 724300. There will be several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2018. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Royal Mews Group currently runs sessions for children from Swiss Cottage School and is seeking volunteers. The sessions are held at the Household Cavalry Barracks in Knightsbridge between 12.30pm and 2pm on Tuesdays. There is a variety of ways to be of help, be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is non-essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Keith Ossie on keithossie@aol.com or 07899 970 870.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

EDUCARE, a service that provides e-learning for safeguarding and duty of care, offers on-line courses to be available to every number of the Catholic community until Summer 2018. The Diocese encourages as many people as possible in our parish to access and complete the on-line training modules. If you are interested, please register at safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.

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 3rd December 2017

1st Sunday of Advent (B)

 

URGENT ACTION FOR CATHOLIC FREE SCHOOLS

The Bishops’ Conference met two weeks ago and decided to encourage everyone to contact the Education Secretary and their Member of Parliament urging them to drop the faith-based admissions cap and thus allow Catholic free schools to be created. Helpfully there is now an online form, which makes it easier to do just that. It shouldn’t take more than a minute, and it would be very important that you fill out the brief form here. Thank you for taking the time to do this – please forward this information to other Catholics!

 

HEATING IN THE CHURCH

A number of parishioners have mentioned that they find the church to be too cold. We have problems with our heating system, which is living on borrowed time and could soon stop functioning altogether. The necessary repair work has started, but the replacement of essential elements is going to be a very expensive business and all donations would be gratefully received.

 

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 3rd December at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Friday 8th December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction on Thursday 7th at 5:30pm, followed by Mass at 6:30pm, and a Solemn High Mass on Friday 8th at 6.30pm (no 6pm Mass). Other Masses will be at the usual weekday times. More information here.

 

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. More information here.

 

CHRISTMAS

Details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season are now available here.

 

BERLIOZ’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

Scherzo Ensemble invites you to experience Berlioz’s masterful Christmas Oratorio, L’Enfance Du Christ (The Childhood of Christ). The work tells a story of King Herod’s persecution of the infants, the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt and their being granted refuge in the home of an Egyptian family. Berlioz’s inclusion of this traditional tale of familial sanctuary in Egypt is particularly resonant today, when Christianity is the world’s most persecuted faith, particularly in the Middle East. The piece will be sung in French with the English translation made available. Tuesday 12th December at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Tickets are £15/£10 concessions, available on the door or here

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences due either to holidays or illness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice. We need volunteers especially for Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On 11th November the Oratory took over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! We have decided that this year we’d like people to commit to doing a minimum of 3 Saturdays, so that the guests will see familiar faces as the weeks roll on, and we as volunteers can be as organised as possible. We are also looking for dedicated dishwashers this year to keep things under control in the kitchen. This job would mean staying in the kitchen at all times making sure things are clean and organised. Please also let us know if you’d be interested in taking this job! Once we have an idea of who’d like to get involved, we’ll get back in touch to get dates from you all so that Nina can start scheduling! Do have a think about whether you’d be happy to make that commitment. If you are, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

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).

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There will be a one-day retreat at the Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Rd, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8LA, on Saturday 20th January 2018, starting at 10am. To register please contact: Jane Deegan, at jane@loving4life.net or 07595 724300. There will be several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2018. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

FROM THE IRISH ELDERLY ADVICE NETWORK CHARITY

A special performance of a comedy play entitled “A Nuns’ Chorus” will take place at the Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT, on Friday 8th December, at 7.30pm. The comedy is set in a convent in Ireland in the 1950s. Admission: £5 at the door.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Royal Mews Group currently runs sessions for children from Swiss Cottage School and is seeking volunteers. The sessions are held at the Household Cavalry Barracks in Knightsbridge between 12.30pm and 2pm on Tuesdays. There is a variety of ways to be of help, be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is non-essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Keith Ossie on keithossie@aol.com or 07899 970 870.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Christmas Carols for Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage.  On Thursday 7th December there will be a Christmas Carol Concert in aid of the Westminster Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It will be held at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, Kensington High Street. W8, at 7pm, in the presence of Cardinal Vincent Nichols.  Details of how to purchase tickets can be found on the notice board outside this Oratory Church.

EDUCARE, a service that provides e-learning for safeguarding and duty of care, offers on-line courses to be available to every number of the Catholic community until Summer 2018. The Diocese encourages as many people as possible in our parish to access and complete the on-line training modules. If you are interested, please register at safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.

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 November 2017

Christ the King (A)

24th and Last after Pentecost

 

URGENT ACTION FOR CATHOLIC FREE SCHOOLS

The Bishops’ Conference met last week and decided to encourage everyone to contact the Education Secretary and their Member of Parliament urging them to drop the faith-based admissions cap and thus allow Catholic free schools to be created. Helpfully there is now an online form, which makes it easier to do just that. It shouldn’t take more than a minute, and it would be very important that you fill out the brief form here. Thank you for taking the time to do this – please forward this information to other Catholics!

 

THE NEW EVANGELISATION AND THE OLD MASS

The Guild of Our Lady & Saint Joseph will host an event to explore the relevance of our liturgical heritage in today's world. Fr Michael Lang will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on Wednesday 29th November at 7pm, followed by Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Little Oratory at 8pm. Refreshments after Mass. Admission: £5 at the door. Registration: guildofourladyandstjoseph@gmail.com.

 

HEATING IN THE CHURCH

A number of parishioners have mentioned that they find the church to be too cold. We have problems with our heating system, which is living on borrowed time and could soon stop functioning altogether. The necessary repair work has started, but the replacement of essential elements is going to be a very expensive business and all donations would be gratefully received.

 

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 3rd December at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Friday 8th December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction on Thursday 7th at 5:30pm, followed by Mass at 6:30pm, and a Solemn High Mass on Friday 8th at 6.30pm (no 6pm Mass). Other Masses will be at the usual weekday times.

 

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

 

CHRISTMAS

Details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season are now available here.

 

BERLIOZ’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

Scherzo Ensemble invites you to experience Berlioz’s masterful Christmas Oratorio, L’Enfance Du Christ (The Childhood of Christ). The work tells a story of King Herod’s persecution of the infants, the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt and their being granted refuge in the home of an Egyptian family. Berlioz’s inclusion of this traditional tale of familial sanctuary in Egypt is particularly resonant today, when Christianity is the world’s most persecuted faith, particularly in the Middle East. The piece will be sung in French with the English translation made available. Tuesday 12th December at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Tickets are £15/£10 concessions, available on the door or here

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences due either to holidays or illness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice. We need volunteers especially for Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On 11th November the Oratory took over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! We have decided that this year we’d like people to commit to doing a minimum of 3 Saturdays, so that the guests will see familiar faces as the weeks roll on, and we as volunteers can be as organised as possible. We are also looking for dedicated dishwashers this year to keep things under control in the kitchen. This job would mean staying in the kitchen at all times making sure things are clean and organised. Please also let us know if you’d be interested in taking this job! Once we have an idea of who’d like to get involved, we’ll get back in touch to get dates from you all so that Nina can start scheduling! Do have a think about whether you’d be happy to make that commitment. If you are, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

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).

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

FROM THE IRISH ELDERLY ADVICE NETWORK CHARITY

A special performance of a comedy play entitled “A Nuns’ Chorus” will take place at the Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT, on Friday 8th December, at 7.30pm. The comedy is set in a convent in Ireland in the 1950s. Admission: £5 at the door.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Royal Mews Group currently runs sessions for children from Swiss Cottage School and is seeking volunteers. The sessions are held at the Household Cavalry Barracks in Knightsbridge between 12.30pm and 2pm on Tuesdays. There is a variety of ways to be of help, be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is non-essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Keith Ossie on keithossie@aol.com or 07899 970 870.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Christmas Carols for Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage.  On Thursday 7th December there will be a Christmas Carol Concert in aid of the Westminster Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It will be held at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, Kensington High Street. W8, at 7pm, in the presence of Cardinal Vincent Nichols.  Details of how to purchase tickets can be found on the notice board outside this Oratory Church.

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 November 2017

33rd Sunday of the Year (A)

6th remaning after Epiphany

 

REQUIEM FOR DECEASED FATHERS AND BROTHERS

The annual Requiem for deceased Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory will be on Friday 24th November at 6pm.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: CAROL SERVICE 2017

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: CHRISTMAS 2017

Details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season are now available here.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm.

On Thursday 23rd November Peter D. Williams will speak on "Reformation’ Commemoration: The Origins & Reality of the Catholic / Protestant Divide”.

 

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).

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Royal Mews Group currently runs sessions for children from Swiss Cottage School and is seeking volunteers. The sessions are held at the Household Cavalry Barracks in Knightsbridge between 12.30pm and 2pm on Tuesdays. There is a variety of ways to be of help, be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is non-essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Keith Ossie on keithossie@aol.com or 07899 970 870.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Christmas Carols for Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage.  On Thursday 7th December there will be a Christmas Carol Concert in aid of the Westminster Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It will be held at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, Kensington High Street. W8, at 7pm, in the presence of Cardinal Vincent Nichols.  Details of how to purchase tickets can be found on the notice board outside this Oratory Church.

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.

Sundays 5th & 12th November 2017

32nd & 33rd Sundays of the Year (A)

22nd & 23rd Sundays after Pentecost

 

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

The collection for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on Sunday 15th October raised £1,245. Many thanks from Lifeboats on behalf of all those brave men and women who risk their lives to save others.

 

DIOCESAN COLLECTION FOR THE SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS’ FUND

On Sunday 12th November there will be a special collection for the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund of the Diocese of Westminster. All donations are gratefully received.

 

FROM BISHOP JULIO PARRILLA OF RIOBAMBA

“I am pleased to thank you with all my heart for your generous contribution and that of your community to our work of education in Guano. … As you know, the García Moreno School at Guano gathers 550 students from families that, generally, are very poor. It is an old school that requires constant maintenance and repairs. We must necessarily work by stages but, thank God, we have completed several new classrooms, and a multipurpose assembly hall. We are waiting for the National Heritage Directorate’s authorization to rebuild the old building. We are now able to provide better quality education. … Please let my gratefulness be known to all the kind donors and tell them that I and our people will be praying for them” (Letter sent by email on 27th October 2017).

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm.

On Thursday 23rd November Peter D. Williams will speak on "Reformation’ Commemoration: The Origins & Reality of the Catholic / Protestant Divide”.

On 11th November the Oratory will take over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! We have decided that this year we’d like people to commit to doing a minimum of 3 Saturdays, so that the guests will see familiar faces as the weeks roll on, and we as volunteers can be as organised as possible. We are also looking for dedicated dish washers this year to keep things under control in the kitchen. This job would mean staying in the kitchen at all times making sure things are clean and organised. Please also let us know if you’d be interested in taking this job! Once we have an idea of who’d like to get involved, we’ll get back in touch to get dates from you all so that Nina can start scheduling! Do have a think about whether you’d be happy to make that commitment. If you are, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

CAROL SERVICE 2017

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

 

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).

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Royal Mews Group currently runs sessions for children from Swiss Cottage School and is seeking volunteers. The sessions are held at the Household Cavalry Barracks in Knightsbridge between 12.30pm and 2pm on Tuesdays. There is a variety of ways to be of help, be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is non-essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Keith Ossie on keithossie@aol.com or 07899 970 870.

                                               

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

Christmas Carols for Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage.  On Thursday 7th December there will be a Christmas Carol Concert in aid of the Westminster Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It will be held at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, Kensington High Street. W8, at 7pm, in the presence of Cardinal Vincent Nichols.  Details of how to purchase tickets can be found on the notice board outside this Oratory Church.

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 29th October 2017

30th Sunday of the Year (A)

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

In October the Rosary will be said every day 20 minutes before the evening Mass at the Lady Altar.

 

CLOCKS GO BACK THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday 29th October at 2am the clocks go back by one hour to mark the end of British Summer Time and the return to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

 

RNIB FORECOURT COLLECTION

There will be a forecourt collection for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) after the 9am, 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses this Sunday. RNIB supports everyone in the UK affected by sight loss, providing practical and emotional support that can help blind and partially sighted people face the future with confidence.

 

ALL SAINTS

Wednesday 1st November is the Solemnity of All Saints, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. On Tuesday there will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction at 5.30pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.30pm. Masses on Wednesday will be at 7am, 8am (1962 Missal), 10am, 12.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm (Solemn High Mass). See also here.

 

ALL SOULS

Thursday 2nd November is All Souls’ Day. The Solemn Mass of Requiem will be at 6:30pm, preceded by Vespers of the Dead at 6.00pm. Other Requiem Masses will be at the usual times for weekdays. See also here.

 

INDULGENCES FOR SOULS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

On All Souls’ Day a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Holy Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite the Our Father and the Creed once. Every day from 1st to 8th November inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Holy Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed. Conditions for both indulgences:

1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.
2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.
3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; by this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general. Otherwise the indulgence is only partial.
4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.
5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and Hail Mary suffice.
6. A sacramental confession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABORTION ACT

On 27th October 2017, it is 50 years since the 1967 the Abortion Act received Royal Assent and made abortion legal in England, Scotland and Wales. The Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, and of Scotland has issued a joint statement on this occasion. The statement “is addressed not only to Catholics of our countries, but more broadly to all people who seek to uphold the dignity of human life and protect the unborn child. Over the last fifty years, the bishops of our countries, along with many other people, have spoken consistently in favour of the intrinsic value of human life and both the good of the child in the womb and the good of the mother. This anniversary provides an opportunity to lament the loss of life due to abortion and seek a change of minds and hearts about the good of the child in the womb and the care of mothers who are pregnant”. For those who have had an abortion, this anniversary is a reminder that 50 years on that “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father” (Pope Francis). The statement is available here.

On Friday 27th October a Vigil of Prayer will be held in Westminster Cathedral, following the 5.30pm Mass. Our prayer is for all whose innocent lives have been taken during these 50 years; for all who have suffered trauma through abortion; for a conversion of hearts and minds with regard to the God-given dignity of every human life; for God’s mercy on us all.

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

The collection on Sunday 22nd October for the Pontifical Mission Societies came to £7,555. The appeal for “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School in the Diocese of Riobamba, in Ecuador has raised £7,492 so far.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

The October Organ series concludes with a recital by Patrick Russill, the Oratory’s long-standing Director of Music, in the Oratory church on Monday 30th October at 7.30pm, and includes works by Bach, Howells and Titelouze. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

The concluding talk in Fr Michael Lang’s series on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s 95 The­ses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the Protestant Reformation, will be on Tuesday 31st October: “The Impact of Luther’s ‘95 Theses’”. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions and discus­sion. All welcome.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm.

On Friday 3rd November Gary Krupp, Founder of the “Pave the Way” Foundation will speak on “The Greatest Character Assassination of the 20th Century: The Defamation of Pius XII (Pius XII & the Jews – revisited)”.

On Thursday 23rd November Peter D. Williams will speak on "Reformation’ Commemoration: The Origins & Reality of the Catholic / Protestant Divide”.

On 11th November the Oratory will take over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! We have decided that this year we’d like people to commit to doing a minimum of 3 Saturdays, so that the guests will see familiar faces as the weeks roll on, and we as volunteers can be as organised as possible. We are also looking for dedicated dish washers this year to keep things under control in the kitchen. This job would mean staying in the kitchen at all times making sure things are clean and organised. Please also let us know if you’d be interested in taking this job! Once we have an idea of who’d like to get involved, we’ll get back in touch to get dates from you all so that Nina can start scheduling! Do have a think about whether you’d be happy to make that commitment. If you are, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).

 

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).

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

MAX RETREAT IN ROME

12 – 16 November 2017. Refresh your entrepreneurial spirit and your Catholic soul. The event is organised by a Polish-based Catholic business venture. Entrepreneurs from all over the world are invited to learn from St Maximilian Maria Kolbe who is best known for sacrificing his life in Auschwitz to save a fellow inmate. He was also a great example of a successful entrepreneur and manager. The retreat provides spiritual care, a friendly atmosphere and accommodation close to the Vatican. The programme includes daily Mass and a daily spiritual conference. Speakers include Cardinal Raymond Burke, Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. More information here.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Catholic household has a mezzanine room to let for £750.00 per month all inclusive. Kensington Olympia area. Please contact 07530 343 257.

Flat share in Flood Street, Chelsea SW3. Well-run private apartment block, excellent location. Suits professional female. £180 per week, inclusive of council tax and bills. Call mobile 07530 917 310.

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 22nd October 2017

29th Sunday of the Year (A)

20th Sunday after Pentecost

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

In October the Rosary will be said every day 20 minutes before the evening Mass at the Lady Altar.

 

APPEAL & COLLECTION FOR PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES

There will be an appeal and a special collection at all Masses for the Pontifical Mission Societies. The appeal will be preached by Fr Dermot Byrne of the Mill Hill Missionaries.

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

The collection on Sunday 8th October for St Raphael’s Fund for the training of the Oratory’s own students for the priesthood has raised £ £22,052 so far. Many thanks indeed!

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

The October Organ series continues with a recital by Henry Fairs, Head of Organ Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, in the Oratory church on Monday 23rd October at 7.30pm, and includes works by Bach, Reger and Duruflé. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

The next talk in Fr Michael Lang’s series on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 The­ses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the Protestant Reformation, will be on Wednesday 25th October: “What is Luther’s ‘Justification by Faith’ about?” The last talk is scheduled for Tuesday 31st October. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions and discus­sion. All welcome.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On Friday 3rd November Gary Krupp will speak on “Pius XII and Saving Jews – Revisited”. On Thursday 23rd November Peter D. Williams will speak on "Reformation’ Commemoration: The Origins & Reality of the Catholic / Protestant Divide”.

 

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).

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

MAX RETREAT IN ROME

12 – 16 November 2017. Refresh your entrepreneurial spirit and your Catholic soul. The event is organised by a Polish-based Catholic business venture. Entrepreneurs from all over the world are invited to learn from St Maximilian Maria Kolbe who is best known for sacrificing his life in Auschwitz to save a fellow inmate. He was also a great example of a successful entrepreneur and manager. The retreat provides spiritual care, a friendly atmosphere and accommodation close to the Vatican. The programme includes daily Mass and a daily spiritual conference. Speakers include Cardinal Raymond Burke, Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. More information here.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Catholic household has a mezzanine room to let for £750.00 per month all inclusive. Kensington Olympia area. Please contact 07530 343 257.

Flat share in Flood Street, Chelsea SW3. Well-run private apartment block, excellent location. Suits professional female. £180 per week, inclusive of council tax and bills. Call mobile 07530 917 310.

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 15th October 2017

28th Sunday of the Year (A)

19th Sunday after Pentecost

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

In October the Rosary will be said every day 20 minutes before the evening Mass at the Lady Altar.

 

SPECIAL COLLECTION

There will be a forecourt collection for LIFEBOATS after all Masses this Sunday.

 

APPEAL FOR PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES NEXT SUNDAY

On World Mission Sunday 22nd October there will be an appeal and a special collection at all Masses for the Pontifical Mission Societies. The appeal will be preached by Fr Dermot Byrne of the Mill Hill Missionaries.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

The October Organ series continues with a recital by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral, in the Oratory church on Monday 16th October at 7.30pm, and includes works by Bach, Harris, Rogg and Duruflé. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

The next talk in Fr Michael Lang’s series on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 The­ses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the Protestant Reformation, will be on Wednesday 25th October: “What is Luther’s ‘Justification by Faith’ about?” The last talk is scheduled for Tuesday 31st October. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions and discus­sion. All welcome.

 

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).

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards our costs. Contact can be made via email to info@wfcslondon.org or through the Fathers of the Oratory.

 

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

MAX RETREAT IN ROME

12 – 16 November 2017. Refresh your entrepreneurial spirit and your Catholic soul. The event is organised by a Polish-based Catholic business venture. Entrepreneurs from all over the world are invited to learn from St Maximilian Maria Kolbe who is best known for sacrificing his life in Auschwitz to save a fellow inmate. He was also a great example of a successful entrepreneur and manager. The retreat provides spiritual care, a friendly atmosphere and accommodation close to the Vatican. The programme includes daily Mass and a daily spiritual conference. Speakers include Cardinal Raymond Burke, Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. More information here.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Catholic household has a mezzanine room to let for £750.00 per month all inclusive. Kensington Olympia area. Please contact 07530 343 257.

Flat share in Flood Street, Chelsea SW3. Well-run private apartment block, excellent location. Suits professional female. £180 per week, inclusive of council tax and bills. Call mobile 07530 917 310.

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 8th October 2017

27th Sunday of the Year (A)

18th Sunday after Pentecost

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

In October the Rosary will be said every day 20 minutes before the evening Mass at the Lady Altar.

 

APPEAL AND SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR ST RAPHAEL’S FUND

The will be an appeal at all Sunday Masses by the Oratory Fathers on behalf of St Raphael’s Fund, which is the fund for the Oratory’s own students for the priesthood.

 

LITURGICAL FEASTS

Monday 9th October is the feast of Bl. John Henry Newman of the Oratory, with Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm; Thursday 12th October is the feast of St Wilfrid (the patron saint of the Oratory’s novitiate), with Solemn Benediction to conclude Holy Hour at 7.15pm; Friday 13th October is the feast of St Edward the Confessor, with Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

The first of this year’s series of organ recitals, taking place on Mondays in October, is given by Ben Bloor, the Oratory Organist. The recital takes place in the Oratory Church on Monday 9th October at 7.30pm, and includes works by Couperin, Leighton and Duruflé. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 11th October. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. The course will run until February 2018. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

The next talk in Fr Michael Lang’s series on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 The­ses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the Protestant Reformation, will be on Wednesday 11th October: “Movements of Reform”. The following talks are scheduled for Wednesday 25th, and Tuesday 31st October. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions and discus­sion. All welcome.

 

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 14th October. The procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima leads from Westminster Cathedral (starting at 1:45pm) to the Oratory. In our church there will be devotions, a sermon and Solemn Benediction. See also here.

 

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).

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

MAX RETREAT IN ROME

12 – 16 November 2017. Refresh your entrepreneurial spirit and your Catholic soul. The event is organised by a Polish-based Catholic business venture. Entrepreneurs from all over the world are invited to learn from St Maximilian Maria Kolbe who is best known for sacrificing his life in Auschwitz to save a fellow inmate. He was also a great example of a successful entrepreneur and manager. The retreat provides spiritual care, a friendly atmosphere and accommodation close to the Vatican. The programme includes daily Mass and a daily spiritual conference. Speakers include Cardinal Raymond Burke, Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. More information here.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Peruvian female surgeon, working at the Royal Marsden Hospital, is looking for accommodation for a month. Phone 07404 965 622 or email kevbmed81@gmail.com.

Catholic household has a mezzanine room to let for £750.00 per month all inclusive. Kensington Olympia area. Please contact 07530 343 257.

Flat share in Flood Street, Chelsea SW3. Well-run private apartment block, excellent location. Suits professional female. £180 per week, inclusive of council tax and bills. Call mobile 07530 917 310.

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 1st October 2017

26th Sunday of the Year (A)

17th Sunday after Pentecost

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

In October the Rosary will be said every day 20 minutes before the evening Mass at the Lady Altar.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

The first of this year’s series of organ recitals, taking place on Mondays in October, is given by Steven Grahl, Peterborough Cathedral. The recital takes place in the Oratory Church on Monday 2nd October at 7.30pm, and includes works by Bach, de Grigny and Demessieux. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

APPEAL AND SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR ST RAPHAEL’S FUND

The will be an appeal at all Sunday Masses on 7th & 8th October by the Oratory Fathers on behalf of St Raphael’s Fund, which is the fund for the Oratory’s own students for the priesthood.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2017. The course runs during term-time until June. You can choose to attend either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm. Please specify your preferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded here or collected from the Oratory House. The first meetings will be on Saturday 7st October or on Wednesday 11th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email parishfirstholycommunion@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 11th October. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. The course will run until February 2018. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

 

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 The­ses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the Protestant Reformation. The talks will be held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and will last about an hour, with time for questions and discus­sion. The first talk will be on Wednesday 4th October: “The Late Medieval Church: Decline and Decay?” The following talks are scheduled for Wednesdays 11th and 25th, and Tuesday 31st October. All welcome.

 

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 14th October. The procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima leads from Westminster Cathedral (starting at 1:45pm) to the Oratory. In our church there will be devotions, a sermon and Solemn Benediction. See also here.

 

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).

 

MEMORIAL MASS FOR CARDINAL CORMAC MURPHY-O’CONNOR

A memorial Mass for the late Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will be celebrated in Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 4th October at 5.30pm. Unlike for the funeral Mass, no tickets will be issued and all are very welcome to attend.

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has recently established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by professionals who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them towards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards our costs. Contact can be made via email to info@wfcslondon.org or through the Fathers of the Oratory.

 

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Peruvian female surgeon, working at the Royal Marsden Hospital, is looking for accommodation for a month. Phone 07404 965 622 or email kevbmed81@gmail.com.

Catholic household has a mezzanine room to let for £750.00 per month all inclusive. Kensington Olympia area. Please contact 07530 343 257.

           

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 24th September 2017

25th Sunday of the Year (A)

16th Sunday after Pentecost

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2017. The course runs during term-time until June. You can choose to attend either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm. Please specify your preferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded here or collected from the Oratory House. The first meetings will be on Saturday 7st October or on Wednesday 11th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email parishfirstholycommunion@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 11th October. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. The course will run until February 2018. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

There will be a series of organ recitals held in the Oratory Church on Mondays in October at 7.30pm. This year’s line-up consists of Steven Grahl (2nd), Ben Bloor (9th), Daniel Cook (16th), Henry Fairs (23rd) and Patrick Russill (30th) and includes organ works by J.S. Bach, Grigny, Couperin, Reger, and Duruflé. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the momentous course of events known as the Protestant Reformation. The talks will be held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and will last about an hour, with time for questions and discussion. Dates: Wednesday 4th October, Wednesday 11th October, Wednesday 25th October and Tuesday 31st October. All welcome.

 

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 14th October. The procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima leads from Westminster Cathedral (starting at 1:45pm) to the Oratory. In our church there will be devotions, a sermon and Solemn Benediction. See also here.

 

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).

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group will continue this academic year, giving anyone interested the chance to deepen their understanding of the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas. The topic for this term is “Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance”. The study group, led by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, has started again on Thursday 14th September and will meet every fortnight at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes will continue this academic year. The course has helped many people follow more closely the Latin liturgical texts, which are such an important part of our worship as Catholics. The level of study is intermediate. Anyone with some familiarity with Latin would be welcome to join the course. The classes are free of charge, but small contributions will be gratefully received to cover the cost of photocopying. The classes, given by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, have started again on Thursday 21st September and will take place every fortnight at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). The price is guaranteed until 31st August 2017. More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has recently established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by professionals who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them towards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards our costs. Contact can be made via email to info@wfcslondon.org or through the Fathers of the Oratory.

 

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

           

VARIA

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

Peruvian female surgeon, working at the Royal Marsden Hospital, is looking for accommodation for a month. Phone 07404 965 622 or email kevbmed81@gmail.com.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 17th September 2017

24th Sunday of the Year (A)

15th Sunday after Pentecost

 

HOME MISSION SUNDAY

On Home Mission Sunday we are encouraged to support the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those whom we know are distant from the life of faith. The special collection provides funding for the Home Mission Office, which is part of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Bishops' Conference. More information here.

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

The sale of raffle tickets for the Tyburn Convent raised £568.98, plus some foreign currency. The Sisters send their sincere thanks and assure us of their continual prayers before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

 

BBC LIVE BROADCAST OF VESPERS

On Wednesday 20th September at 3.30pm there will be a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Vespers from the Oratory church. The 12.30pm Mass will be in the Little Oratory. The church will close at 12.30pm, but will be open between 3.00pm and 3.25pm for those whishing to attend Vespers. During Vespers you will not be able to enter or leave the church. The broadcast will be available online for seven days. See also here.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes will continue this academic year. The course has helped many people follow more closely the Latin liturgical texts, which are such an important part of our worship as Catholics. The level of study is intermediate. Anyone with some familiarity with Latin would be welcome to join the course. The classes are free of charge, but small contributions will be gratefully received to cover the cost of photocopying. The classes, given by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will take place every fortnight starting on Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group will continue this academic year, giving anyone interested the chance to deepen their understanding of the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas. The topic for this term is “Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance”. The study group, led by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, has started again on Thursday 14th September and will meet every fortnight at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults starts again on Thursday 21st September with a party in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Drinks & snacks form 8pm. All aged 18-35 are welcome.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP

Teenagers are given the chance to meet up, deepen and discuss their Faith with those of their age. The meetings are led by one of the Fathers of the Oratory and sometimes an outside speaker is invited. The Group meets in the Oratory House at 8pm once or twice a month. The next meeting will be on Friday 22nd September. Fr Konrad Bestle will give a presentation on: St Philip, Apostle of the Youth. The talk will be at 8pm, with pizzas from 7.30pm. All aged 13-17 are welcome. Email: youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2017. The course runs during term-time until June. You can choose to attend either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm. Please specify your preferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded here or collected from the Oratory House. The first meetings will be on Saturday 7st October or on Wednesday 11th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email parishfirstholycommunion@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

There will be a series of organ recitals held in the Oratory Church on Mondays in October at 7.30pm. This year’s line-up consists of Steven Grahl (2nd), Ben Bloor (9th), Daniel Cook (16th), Henry Fairs (23rd) and Patrick Russill (30th) and includes organ works by J.S. Bach, Grigny, Couperin, Reger, and Duruflé. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the momentous course of events known as the Protestant Reformation. The talks will be held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and will last about an hour, with time for questions and discussion. Dates: Wednesday 4th October, Wednesday 11th October, Wednesday 25th October and Tuesday 31st October. All welcome.

 

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).

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). The price is guaranteed until 31st August 2017. More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has recently established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by professionals who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them towards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards our costs. Contact can be made via email to info@wfcslondon.org or through the Fathers of the Oratory.

 

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 bookings 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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

ST FRANCIS LEPROSY GUILD RECRUITING AN ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

The Guild’s mission is to alleviate the suffering caused by leprosy; a disease that still cripples over a million people worldwide. The Administration Officer is a key and valued member of the St Francis Leprosy Guild team. 3 days (18–21 hrs) per week; £13–16,000. If you have office management experience, are computer literate and committed to our mission, please contact Michael Forbes Smith on 07711 926098 or email enquiries@stfrancisleprosy.org. Closing date for applications is 23rd September 2017.

           

VARIA

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

Peruvian female surgeon, working at the Royal Marsden Hospital, is looking for accommodation for a month. Phone 07404 965 622 or email kevbmed81@gmail.com.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 10th September 2017

23rd Sunday of the Year (A)

14th Sunday after Pentecost

 

COLLECTION FOR THE MISSIONS THIS SUNDAY

Because of unforeseen circumstances there will be no mission appeal this Sunday. There will still be a retiring collection after each Mass for the apostolates of the Rosminian Fathers (Institute of Charity).

 

FUNERAL RITES FOR CARDINAL CORMAC MURPHY-O’CONNOR

On Friday 1st September, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, our former Archbishop, died at the age of 85. In a message he sent a few days before, he thanked the people of the Diocese for their support, and asked for their prayers. The arrangements for his funeral rites are as follows:

On Tuesday 12th September, the Cardinal’s body will be received at Westminster Cathedral at 10am with a short service. All are welcome to attend. The Cardinal’s body will lie in the cathedral throughout the day and all are welcome to visit to pay their respects, pray and sign the book of condolence.

At 5pm on the same day, Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preside at the Solemn Vespers of the Dead, and Archbishop Bernard Longley will preach. All are welcome to this service. The cathedral will remain open until 8pm for visitors who may wish to pay their respects.

On Wednesday 13th September, the Requiem Mass and burial will be at 12 noon. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be the principal celebrant and Archbishop George Stack will preach. Admission to the cathedral for the Requiem Mass will be by ticket only.

On Wednesday 4th October, a Memorial Mass for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will be celebrated at the cathedral at 5.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group continues this academic year, giving anyone interested the chance to deepen their under­standing of the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas. The topic for this term is “Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance”. Led by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, the study group will meet every fortnight starting on Thursday 14th September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

 

JOINT ORATORY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

After a gap of some years there will be another joint Oratory pilgrimage to the great shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham on Saturday 16th September. A Solemn High Mass will be at 2pm, followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm. Coach tickets for £30 are available from the Oratory House. Please bring a packed lunch. See also here.

 

BBC LIVE BROADCAST OF VESPERS

On Wednesday 20th September at 3.30pm there will be a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Vespers from the Oratory church. The 12.30pm Mass will be in the Little Oratory. The church will close at 12.30pm, but will be open between 3.00pm and 3.25pm for those whishing to attend Vespers. During Vespers you will not be able to enter or leave the church. The broadcast will be available online for seven days. See also here (scroll down for the programme).

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes will continue this academic year. The course has helped many people follow more closely the Latin liturgical texts, which are such an important part of our worship as Catholics. The level of study is intermediate. Anyone with some familiarity with Latin would be welcome to join the course. The classes are free of charge, but small contributions will be gratefully received to cover the cost of photocopying. The classes, given by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will take place every fortnight starting on Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

There will be a series of organ recitals held in the Oratory Church on Mondays in October at 7.30pm. This year’s line-up consists of Steven Grahl (2nd), Ben Bloor (9th), Daniel Cook (16th), Henry Fairs (23rd) and Patrick Russill (30th) and includes organ works by J.S. Bach, Grigny, Couperin, Reger, and Duruflé. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the momentous course of events known as the Protestant Reformation. The talks will be held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and will last about an hour, with time for questions and discussion. Dates: Wednesday 4th October, Wednesday 11th October, Wednesday 25th October and Tuesday 31st October. All welcome.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2017. The course runs during term-time until June. You can choose to attend either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm. Please specify your preferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded here or collected from the Oratory House. The first meetings will be on Saturday 7st October or on Wednesday 11th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email parishfirstholycommunion@bromptonoratory.co.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, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will resume on Wednesday 13th September at 8pm. We are going to start reading Cardinal Robert Sarah’s book The Power of Silence (Ignatius Press, 2017). 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 YOUTH GROUP

Teenagers are given the chance to meet up, deepen and discuss their Faith with those of their age. The meetings are led by one of the Fathers of the Oratory and sometimes an outside speaker is invited. The Group meets in the Oratory House at 8pm once or twice a month. The next meeting will be on Friday 22nd September. Fr Konrad Bestle will give a presentation on: St Philip, Apostle of the Youth. The talk will be at 8pm, with pizzas from 7.30pm. All aged 13-17 are welcome. Email: youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). The price is guaranteed until 31st August 2017. More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has recently established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS). We are a counselling service staffed by professionals who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. We can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them towards more specialised agencies. Each member of our team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards our costs. Referrals can be obtained through the Fathers of the Oratory.

 

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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Peruvian female surgeon, working at the Royal Marsden Hospital, is looking for accommodation for a month. Phone 07404 965 622 or email kevbmed81@gmail.com.

Brazilian lady would like to offer her services for domestic help or companionship. Phone 07849 718 825.

Professional Catholic female relocating to London seeks one- or two-bedroom flat for long-term let in Chelsea/South Kensingon within the boundaries of the Oratory parish. Phone 07873 991 635.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 3rd September 2017

22nd Sunday of the Year (A)

13th Sunday after Pentecost

 

RAFFLE TICKES ON SALE FOR TYBURN CONVENT

Raffle tickets will be on sale in the church porch after the Sunday Masses to support the Tyburn nuns. See here.

 

JOINT ORATORY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

After a gap of some years there will be another joint Oratory pilgrimage to the great shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham on Saturday 16th September. A Solemn High Mass will be at 2pm, followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm. Coach tickets for £30 are available from the Oratory House. Please bring a packed lunch. See also here.

 

BBC LIVE BROADCAST OF VESPERS

On Wednesday 20th September at 3.30pm there will be a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Vespers from the Oratory church. The 12.30pm Mass will be in the Little Oratory. The church will close at 12.30pm, but will be open between 3.00pm and 3.25pm for those whishing to attend Vespers. During Vespers you will not be able to enter or leave the church. The broadcast will be available online for seven days. See also here (scroll down for the programme).

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes will continue this academic year. The course has helped many people follow more closely the Latin liturgical texts, which are such an important part of our worship as Catholics. The level of study is intermediate. Anyone with some familiarity with Latin would be welcome to join the course. The classes are free of charge, but small contributions will be gratefully received to cover the cost of photocopying. The classes, given by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will take place every fortnight starting on Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group will continue this academic year, giving anyone interested the chance to deepen their understanding of the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas. The topic for this term is “Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance”. The study group, led by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will meet every fortnight starting on Thursday 14th September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the momentous course of events known as the Protestant Reformation. The talks will be held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and will last about an hour, with time for questions and discussion. Dates: Wednesday 4th October, Wednesday 11th October, Wednesday 25th October and Tuesday 31st October. All welcome.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2017. The course runs during term-time until June. You can choose to attend either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm. Please specify your preferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded here or collected from the Oratory House. The first meetings will be on Saturday 7st October or on Wednesday 11th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email parishfirstholycommunion@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will resume on Wednesday 13th September at 8pm. We are going to start reading Cardinal Robert Sarah’s book The Power of Silence (Ignatius Press, 2017). 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.

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). The price is guaranteed until 31st August 2017. More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has recently established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS). We are a counselling service staffed by professionals who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. We can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them towards more specialised agencies. Each member of our team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards our costs. Referrals can be obtained through the Fathers of the Oratory.

 

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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

VARIA

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

Peruvian female surgeon, working at the Royal Marsden Hospital, is looking for accommodation for a month. Phone 07404 965 622 or email kevbmed81@gmail.com.

Brazilian lady would like to offer her services for domestic help or companionship. Phone 07849 718 825.

Professional Catholic female relocating to London seeks one- or two-bedroom flat for long-term let in Chelsea/South Kensingon within the boundaries of the Oratory parish. Phone 07873 991 635.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 27th August

21th Sunday of the Year (A)

12th Sunday after Pentecost


A warm welcome to our visitors & best wishes to our parishioners and regular worshippers who are away during the month of August.

 

On Bank Holiday Monday 28th August the Oratory Church will close at 6.30pm and the Oratory House will close at 8pm. There will be no duty priest available from 8pm to 9pm.

 

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed. 
  • The Oratory Book Shop will be closed Monday–Friday mornings and on Saturdays.
  • The Children’s Area will not be available for the Sunday Masses.
  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays.
  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.
  • There will be no Confraternity of the Precious Blood prayers on Saturdays.

 

SCRIPTURE GROUP

The Scripture Group will meet again on Tuesday 29th August at 7.45pm in the Oratory House. All are welcome. Further information can be obtained from Fr Charles Dilke at the Oratory House.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will resume on Wednesday 13th September at 8pm. We are going to start reading Cardinal Robert Sarah’s book The Power of Silence (Ignatius Press, 2017). 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.

 

JOINT ORATORY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

After a gap of some years there will be another joint Oratory pilgrimage to the great shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham on Saturday 16th September. A Solemn High Mass will be at 2pm, followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm. Coach tickets for £30 are available from the Oratory House. Please bring a packed lunch. See also here.

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the momentous course of events known as the Protestant Reformation. The talks will be held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and will last about an hour, with time for questions and discussion. Dates: Wednesday 4th October, Wednesday 11th October, Wednesday 25th October and Tuesday 31st October. All welcome.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2017. The course runs during term-time until June. You can choose to attend either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm. Please specify your preferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded here or collected from the Oratory House. The first meetings will be on Saturday 7st October or on Wednesday 11th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email parishfirstholycommunion@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). The price is guaranteed until 31st August 2017. More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has recently established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS). We are a counselling service staffed by professionals who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. We can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them towards more specialised agencies. Each member of our team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards our costs. Referrals can be obtained through the Fathers of the Oratory.

 

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” (Code of Canon Law, 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. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). 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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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.