Sunday 22nd April 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter (B) / Third Sunday after Easter

 

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR THE DIOCESAN PRIEST TRAINING FUND

There will be a special collection this Sunday for the Priest Training Fund. The Fund supports the training of seminarians, the education of priests for special ministries, and on-going formation of priests. Your gift helps to provide training for these men responding to Christ’s call to dedicate their lives serving the Church. Please pray for vocations. You can also donate online at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan has resumed. The next meeting will be on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The topic for next term is liberalism and the common good.

 

CUBS AND SCOUTS TASTER EVENING

The Cubs and Scouts are having a Taster Evening for prospective parents and helpers on Friday 27th April at 6pm. There will be food & drink, as well as various displays by the Cubs and Scouts, in the garden of the Oratory House.

 

ROSARY ON THE COAST

A day of pilgrimage and prayer for faith, life and peace in the British Isles will be held on Sunday 29th April along the coast of the UK. This initiative was inspired by the faithful in Poland and Ireland, and marks an important step in the spiritual preparation for the re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry in 2020. A group from the Oratory will organize a coach to go Ramsgate in Kent, the site where St Augustine of Canterbury landed in the sixth century to re-evangelise Britain. There will be a chance to visit St Augustine’s Cross and to venerate the saint’s relics. For more information and to book a place on the coach, please contact rosarycoastuk@gmail.com or call Margaret Forrester on 07733 299 968. See also here.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan have resumed. Then next session will be on Thursday 3rd May at 7.30pm.

 

MARCH FOR LIFE UK

March for Life UK/LifeFest18 will take place on Saturday 5th May in central London. 9.30am–1pm: Life Fest in Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. 1.30pm: March. 2.30–4pm: Rally in Parliament Square with speeches. Please make every effort to attend this event. A full itinerary is available at www.marchforlife.co.uk, or see the posters in the church porch for more information.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY
Saturday 23rd June 2018, 12noon to 5pm. All are welcome!

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

 

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 26th April: “Modern education’s two greatest challenges. What they are and how Christians can help” by Ferdi McDermott. Mr McDermott is Principal of Chavagnes International College in France. Chavagnes houses both a Catholic boys' school and a university college devoted to the Liberal Arts. He has written and lectured widely on education, literature and cultural history.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. More information 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.

 

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).

 

ORGANIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS MADE BY TRAPPIST MONKS

 The Oratory Repository and Bookshop has now expanded its monastic range to include high-quality skincare products made by the Trappist monks of Czech Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. Only the best ingredients are carefully selected by the monks, as these are essential to ensure the natural life of the products and the ability to exclude chemical preservatives. Currently we have in stock Crème Reparatrice, organic restorative face cream with wheat germ oil, and organic Lip Balm with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils. Products of the Nový Dvůr Abbey have Ecocert and Cosmos organic certificates, which is a guarantee of the use of quality raw materials that are kind both to sensitive skin and to the environment. For more information, please visit the Oratory Shop. Guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm-5.45pm

 

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 way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can 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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

      

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

Three young women from Vienna are looking for accommodation in London from 7th to 28th July. During these weeks they will study at a summer school at the London School of Economics. If you have space to put them up please call (mobile) +43 699 10422310 or email elisabeth.studener@gmx.at.

 

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.

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 15th April 2018

Third Sunday of Easter (B) / Second Sunday after Easter

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

Last week’s retiring collection for the Sisters’ Mission Committee of England and Wales raised £4,766. The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of St Joseph (Mill Hill Sisters) are very grateful for your generosity!

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall. 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 started on 11th April and will run until July 2018. No need to register.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will-recommence on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan has resumed. The next meeting will be on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The topic for next term is liberalism and the common good.

 

CUBS AND SCOUTS TASTER EVENING

The Cubs and Scouts are having a Taster Evening for prospective parents and helpers on Friday 27th April at 6pm. There will be food & drink, as well as various displays by the Cubs and Scouts, in the garden of the Oratory House.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY
Saturday 23rd June 2018, 12noon to 5pm. All are welcome!

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

 

ROSARY ON THE COAST

A day of pilgrimage and prayer for faith, life and peace in the British Isles will be held on Sunday 29th April along the coast of the UK. This initiative was inspired by the faithful in Poland and Ireland, and marks an important step in the spiritual preparation for the re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry in 2020. A group from the Oratory will organize a coach to go Ramsgate in Kent, the site where St Augustine of Canterbury landed in the sixth century to re-evangelise Britain. There will be a chance to visit St Augustine’s Cross and to venerate the saint’s relics. For more information and to book a place on the coach, please contact rosarycoastuk@gmail.com or call Margaret Forrester on 07733 299 968. See also here.

 

MARCH FOR LIFE UK

March for Life UK/LifeFest18 will take place on Saturday 5th May in central London. 9.30am–1pm: Life Fest in Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. 1.30pm: March. 2.30–4pm: Rally in Parliament Square with speeches. Please make every effort to attend this event. A full itinerary is available here; see also the posters in the church porch for more information.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP

There have been 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 20th April, with the theme: Sin: Refusing to follow Christ. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk

 

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 26th April: “Modern education’s two greatest challenges. What they are and how Christians can help” by Ferdi McDermott. Mr McDermott is Principal of Chavagnes International College in France. Chavagnes houses both a Catholic boys' school and a university college devoted to the Liberal Arts. He has written and lectured widely on education, literature and cultural history.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. More information here.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Wednesday 18th April at 8pm. We are going to continue our discussion of Fr Jonathan Robinson’s book Spiritual Combat Revisited (Ignatius Press, 2003). Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at reception to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

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.

 

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).

 

ORGANIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS MADE BY TRAPPIST MONKS

 The Oratory Repository and Bookshop has now expanded its monastic range to include high-quality skincare products made by the Trappist monks of Czech Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. Only the best ingredients are carefully selected by the monks, as these are essential to ensure the natural life of the products and the ability to exclude chemical preservatives. Currently we have in stock Crème Reparatrice, organic restorative face cream with wheat germ oil, and organic Lip Balm with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils. Products of the Nový Dvůr Abbey have Ecocert and Cosmos organic certificates, which is a guarantee of the use of quality raw materials that are kind both to sensitive skin and to the environment. For more information, please visit the Oratory Shop. Guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm-5.45pm

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

      

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

Three young women from Vienna are looking for accommodation in London from 7th to 28th July. During these weeks they will study at a summer school at the London School of Economics. If you have space to put them up please call (mobile) +43 699 10422310 or email elisabeth.studener@gmx.at.

 

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.

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 8th April 2018

Second Sunday of Easter (B) / Dominica in albis

 

APPEAL AND RETIRING COLLECTION FOR THE MISSIONS

At all Sunday Masses on 7th/8th April there will be the annual diocesan mission appeal and collection. The appeal will be made on behalf of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of St Joseph.

 

TRANSFERRED SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION

Monday 9th April is the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Masses will be at 7am, 8am (1962 Missal), 10am and 12.30pm. There will be no 6pm Mass. At 6.30pm there will be a Solemn High Mass, with music by Hassler, Crivelli, Josquin and Grigny. See also here.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 11th April. 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 July 2018. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting!

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan will begin again on Thursday 12th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The topic for next term is liberalism and the common good.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will-recommence on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm.

 

CUBS AND SCOUTS TASTER EVENING

The Cubs and Scouts are having a Taster Evening for prospective parents and helpers on Friday 27th April at 6pm. There will be food & drink, as well as various displays by the Cubs and Scouts, in the garden of the Oratory House.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY
Saturday 23rd June 2018, 12noon to 5pm. All are welcome!

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

 

ROSARY ON THE COAST

A day of pilgrimage and prayer for faith, life and peace in the British Isles will be held on Sunday 29th April along the coast of the UK. This initiative was inspired by the faithful in Poland and Ireland, and marks an important step in the spiritual preparation for the re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry in 2020. A group from the Oratory will organize a coach to go Ramsgate in Kent, the site where St Augustine of Canterbury landed in the sixth century to re-evangelise Britain. There will be a chance to visit St Augustine’s Cross and to venerate the saint’s relics. For more information and to book a place on the coach, please contact rosarycoastuk@gmail.com or call Margaret Forrester on 07733 299 968. See also here.

 

MARCH FOR LIFE UK

March for Life UK/LifeFest18 will take place on Saturday 5th May in central London. 9.30am–1pm: Life Fest in Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. 1.30pm: March. 2.30–4pm: Rally in Parliament Square with speeches. Please make every effort to attend this event. A full itinerary is available here, or see the posters in the church porch for more information.

 

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 26th April: “Modern education’s two greatest challenges. What they are and how Christians can help” by Ferdi McDermott. Mr McDermott is Principal of Chavagnes International College in France. Chavagnes houses both a Catholic boys' school and a university college devoted to the Liberal Arts. He has written and lectured widely on education, literature and cultural history.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. More information here.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Wednesday 18th April at 8pm. We are going to continue our discussion of Fr Jonathan Robinson’s book Spiritual Combat Revisited (Ignatius Press, 2003). Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at reception to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

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.

 

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).

 

ORGANIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS MADE BY TRAPPIST MONKS

 The Oratory Repository and Bookshop has now expanded its monastic range to include high-quality skincare products made by the Trappist monks of Czech Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. Only the best ingredients are carefully selected by the monks, as these are essential to ensure the natural life of the products and the ability to exclude chemical preservatives. Currently we have in stock Crème Reparatrice, organic restorative face cream with wheat germ oil, and organic Lip Balm with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils. Products of the Nový Dvůr Abbey have Ecocert and Cosmos organic certificates, which is a guarantee of the use of quality raw materials that are kind both to sensitive skin and to the environment. For more information, please visit the Oratory Shop. Guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm-5.45pm

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

      

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

Three young women from Vienna are looking for accommodation in London from 7th to 28th July. During these weeks they will study at a summer school at the London School of Economics. If you have space to put them up please call (mobile) +43 699 10422310 or email elisabeth.studener@gmx.at.

 

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.

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 1st April 2018

Sunday 1st April 2018

Easter Sunday (B)

 

 

The Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory wish all parishioners, visitors and friends a very happy and holy Easter!

The collection on Easter Sunday is your personal offering to the Fathers.

 

On Easter Monday 2nd April (Bank Holiday), the Oratory Church will be open from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Masses will be at 10am, 11am (1962 Missal) and 12.30pm. The Oratory House will be closed and there will be no duty priest available.

 

APPEAL AND RETIRING COLLECTION FOR THE MISSIONS NEXT SUNDAY

At all Sunday Masses on 7th/8th April there will be the annual diocesan mission appeal and collection. The appeal will be made on behalf of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of St Joseph.

 

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 11th April. 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 July 2018. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting!

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan will begin again on Thursday 12th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The topic for next term is liberalism and the common good.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will-recommence on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 23rd June 2018, 12noon to 5pm. All are welcome!

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

 

ROSARY ON THE COAST

A day of pilgrimage and prayer for faith, life and peace in the British Isles will be held on Sunday 29th April along the coast of the UK. This initiative was inspired by the faithful in Poland and Ireland, and marks an important step in the spiritual preparation for the re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry in 2020. A group from the Oratory will organize a coach to go Ramsgate in Kent, the site where St Augustine of Canterbury landed in the sixth century to re-evangelise Britain. There will be a chance to visit St Augustine’s Cross and to venerate the saint’s relics. For more information and to book a place on the coach, please contact rosarycoastuk@gmail.com or call Margaret Forrester on 07733 299 968. See also https://www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk.

 

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 26th April: “Modern education’s two greatest challenges. What they are and how Christians can help” by Ferdi McDermott. Mr McDermott is Principal of Chavagnes International College in France. Chavagnes houses both a Catholic boys' school and a university college devoted to the Liberal Arts. He has written and lectured widely on education, literature and cultural history.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. More information here.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Wednesday 18th April at 8pm. We are going to continue our discussion of Fr Jonathan Robinson’s book Spiritual Combat Revisited (Ignatius Press, 2003). Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at reception to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

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 25th March 2018

Palm Sunday (B)

 

The feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day) will be transferred to Monday 9th April.

 

PALM SUNDAY CAR PARKING

Because of the 11am Palm Sunday outdoor procession on 25th March there will be no parking available until 12 noon. The following Mass will start at 12.45pm (not 12.30pm).

 

CLOCKS GO FORWARD THIS SUNDAY

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

 

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

On Wednesday 28th March at 6.30pm there will be Tenebrae of Maundy Thursday in the Oratory Church with the Oratory Choir. All welcome.

 

THE SACRED TRIDUUM AT THE ORATORY

MAUNDY THURSDAY 29TH MARCH
6.30pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Mandatum and Procession to the Altar of Repose. Watching at the Altar of Repose until midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY 30TH MARCH
10.00am Tenebrae. 12noon Children’s Stations of the Cross.
3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion. 6.30pm Stations of the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY 31ST MARCH
10.00am Tenebrae. 9.30pm Easter Vigil.

For more information see here.

 

COLLECTION FOR HOLY PLACES

On Good Friday there will be the annual collection for the Holy Places. Your offering will contribute to the custody of the places in the Holy Land connected with the lives of our Lord and the biblical saints.

 

ROSARY ON THE COAST

A day of pilgrimage and prayer for faith, life and peace in the British Isles will be held on Sunday 29th April along the coast of the UK. This initiative was inspired by the faithful in Poland and Ireland, and marks an important step in the spiritual preparation for the re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry in 2020. A group from the Oratory will organize a coach to go Ramsgate in Kent, the site where St Augustine of Canterbury landed in the sixth century to re-evangelise Britain. There will be a chance to visit St Augustine’s Cross and to venerate the saint’s relics. For more information and to book a place on the coach, please contact rosarycoastuk@gmail.com or call Margaret Forrester on 07733 299 968. See also https://www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk.

 

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 26th April: “Modern education’s two greatest challenges. What they are and how Christians can help” by Ferdi McDermott. Mr McDermott is Principal of Chavagnes International College in France. Chavagnes houses both a Catholic boys' school and a university college devoted to the Liberal Arts. He has written and lectured widely on education, literature and cultural history.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. More information 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.

 

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).

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

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 18th March 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent (B) / Passion Sunday

 

PALM SUNDAY CAR PARKING

Because of the 11am Palm Sunday outdoor procession on 25th March there will be no parking available until 12 noon. The following Mass will start at 12.45pm (not 12.30pm).

 

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

 

BACH: ST JOHN PASSION

The Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, directed by Charles Cole, will give a performance of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion on Tuesday 20th March at 7.00pm in the Oratory Church. The Schola will be joined by the St Cecilia Players, Michael Craddock (Christ) and Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist). Tickets are now available from the Oratory House for £20 (£10 concessions). More information here.

 

THE SACRED TRIDUUM AT THE ORATORY

MAUNDY THURSDAY 29TH MARCH
6.30pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Mandatum and Procession to the Altar of Repose. Watching at the Altar of Repose until midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY 30TH MARCH
10.00am Tenebrae. 12noon Children’s Stations of the Cross.
3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion. 6.30pm Stations of the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY 31ST MARCH
10.00am Tenebrae. 9.30pm Easter Vigil.

For more information see here.

 

ROSARY ON THE COAST

A day of pilgrimage and prayer for faith, life and peace in the British Isles will be held on Sunday 29th April along the coast of the UK. This initiative was inspired by the faithful in Poland and Ireland, and marks an important step in the spiritual preparation for the re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry in 2020. A group from the Oratory will organize a coach to go Ramsgate in Kent, the site where St Augustine of Canterbury landed in the sixth century to re-evangelise Britain. There will be a chance to visit St Augustine’s Cross and to venerate the saint’s relics. For more information and to book a place on the coach, please contact rosarycoastuk@gmail.com or call Margaret Forrester on 07733 299 968. See also https://www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk.

 

LENTEN ALMS – CARDINAL’S APPEAL

Just a friendly reminder that the focus of our Lenten Alms this year is for the benefit of the Cardinal’s Appeal, which contributes to the funding of programmes in the evangelisation of youth, marriage and family life and the Church’s social outreach within civil society. If you have not done so already, please pick up a donation leaflet at the back of church, read and pray for its aims, and contribute to this worthy project.

 

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 22nd March: “The attack on marriage: What it means and how we can fight back” by Thomas Pascoe. Mr Pascoe is a Catholic and member of the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and opposed its redefinition.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. Now Lent is upon us it is a good time to think about alms-giving and here’s a practical way! More information 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.

 

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).

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm. We are going to start with Fr Jonathan Robinson’s book Spiritual Combat Revisited (Ignatius Press, 2003). Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at reception to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

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 11th March 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent (B) Laetare

 

ANNUAL QUARANT’ORE – FORTY HOURS’ ADORATION

Tuesday 13th March: 6.30pm Solemn Mass of Exposition (Latin). Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration until 12 midnight. Wednesday 14th March: 7.00am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 6.30pm Holy Hour and Benediction. Adoration until 12 midnight. Thursday 15th March: 7am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 7pm Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion, followed by Solemn Benediction. More information here.

 

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

 

BACH: ST JOHN PASSION

The Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, directed by Charles Cole, will give a performance of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 7.00pm in the Oratory Church. The Schola will be joined by the St Cecilia Players, Michael Craddock (Christ) and Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist). Tickets are now available from the Oratory House for £20 (£10 concessions). More information here.

 

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN LIVERPOOL

A National Eucharistic Congress, with the title Adoremus, will be held in Liverpool from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2018. At the centre of the Congress will be Our Lord Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. The main speaker on Saturday 8th will be Bishop Robert Barron, known from his popular DVD series “Catholicism”. On Sunday 9th there will be an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Delegates can attend any one or more of the three days. There is a daily fee of £40. Since this is a national event, each parish, school or community in the country has been allocated only a small number of tickets. We are asked to give names and details of delegates by 11th March. If you are interested in going, please contact Fr Michael Lang, who will lead the Oratory’s delegation, at 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. Delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

 

LENTEN ALMS – CARDINAL’S APPEAL

This weekend please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass. The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal funds the work of Catholic parishes, schools and charities in London and Hertfordshire con­tributing to three fundamental mission areas of the Church: Marriage and Family Life – enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church. Youth and Evangelisation – supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith. And the Church’s Social Outreach within Civil Society – putting our faith into action through projects that serve the poor, the lonely and the marginalised. Please consider making the Cardinal’s Appeal part of your Lenten almsgiving and sacrifice for the benefit of others, and to support the Church’s dynamic efforts to increase outreach in these three focal areas of ministry. Thank you for your generosity.

 

A CALL TO YOUNG ADULTS - YOUR BISHOPS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops – “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. In particular, they would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life. You are invited to attend one of the meetings the Auxiliary Bishops are meetings across the diocese. They will involve discussion of the synod theme, an opportunity to question your bishops, and light refreshments. Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping the Church’s approach to young people in the future. If you would like to attend, please register here, where you can also find details of all events.

 

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 22nd March: “The attack on marriage: What it means and how we can fight back” by Thomas Pascoe. Mr Pascoe is a Catholic and member of the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and opposed its redefinition.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. Now Lent is upon us it is a good time to think about alms-giving and here’s a practical way! More information 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.

 

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).

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm. We are going to start with Fr Jonathan Robinson’s book Spiritual Combat Revisited (Ignatius Press, 2003). Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at reception to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

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 4th March 2018

Third Sunday of Lent (B)

 

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

 

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The next evening on Wednesday 7th March with the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School includes music by Monteverdi, Byrd, Morales and Tallis. More information here.

 

ANNUAL QUARANT’ORE – FORTY HOURS’ ADORATION

Tuesday 13th March: 6.30pm Solemn Mass of Exposition (Latin). Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration until 12 midnight. Wednesday 14th March: 7.00am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 6.30pm Holy Hour and Benediction. Adoration until 12 midnight. Thursday 15th March: 7am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 7pm Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion, followed by Solemn Benediction. More information here.

 

BACH: ST JOHN PASSION

The Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, directed by Charles Cole, will give a performance of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 7.00pm in the Oratory Church. The Schola will be joined by the St Cecilia Players, Michael Craddock (Christ) and Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist). Tickets are now available from the Oratory House for £20 (£10 concessions). More information here.

 

LENTEN ALMS – CARDINAL’S APPEAL

A few weeks ago, you may have heard our Cardinal Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter, in which he spoke of the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal in support of key areas of work in our Diocese. The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal was set up in 2015 to fund the innovative work of Catholic parishes, schools and charities working within the Diocese, contributing to three fundamental mission areas of the Church: Marriage and Family Life – enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church. Youth and Evangelisation – supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith. And the Church’s Social Outreach within Civil Society – putting our faith into action through projects that serve the poor, the lonely and the marginalised. These mission areas embody how we live out the Gospel and put our Catholic values into action – in service to others through practical programmes. Please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass today. During Lent, and in the spirit of sacrifice, sharing and almsgiving, please consider designating your Lenten sacrifice to the Cardinals Appeal.

 

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN LIVERPOOL

A National Eucharistic Congress, with the title Adoremus, will be held in Liverpool from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2018. At the centre of the Congress will be Our Lord Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. The main speaker on Saturday 8th will be Bishop Robert Barron, known from his popular DVD series “Catholicism”. On Sunday 9th there will be an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Delegates can attend any one or more of the three days. There is a daily fee of £40. Since this is a national event, each parish, school or community in the country has been allocated only a small number of tickets. We are asked to give names and details of delegates by 11th March. If you are interested in going, please contact Fr Michael Lang, who will lead the Oratory’s delegation, at 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. Delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

 

A CALL TO YOUNG ADULTS - YOUR BISHOPS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops – “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. In particular, they would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life. The Cardinal is hosting two meetings at Archbishop’s House in Victoria and the Auxiliary Bishops are hosting meetings across the diocese. You are invited to attend one of these meetings. They will involve discussion of the synod theme, an opportunity to question your bishops, and light refreshments. Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping the Church’s approach to young people in the future. If you would like to attend, please register here, where you can also find details of all events.

 

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 22nd March: “The attack on marriage: What it means and how we can fight back” by Thomas Pascoe. Mr Pascoe is a Catholic and member of the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and opposed its redefinition.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. Now Lent is upon us it is a good time to think about alms-giving and here’s a practical way! More information 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.

 

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).

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm. We are going to start with Fr Jonathan Robinson’s book Spiritual Combat Revisited (Ignatius Press, 2003). Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at reception to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

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 25th February 2018

Second Sunday of Lent (B)

 

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

 

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The next evening on Wednesday 28th February with members of the Oratory Choir includes music by Nicolaus Zielinski, Felice Anerio, Tallis and Lotti.

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

A new leader has been appointed for the Oratory Scout Group in order to develop its programme and mem­bership. A Church Parade is planned for the 10am Mass on Sunday 25th February. Afterwards members of the Scout Group will be available to answer any questions from prospective members. The Scout Group is actively recruiting, not just cubs and scouts, but also adult helpers. Any potential Bear Grylls who would like to have fun in the outdoors are asked to make themselves known to the Scout Group. Questions can be directed to Mark Jenkins (email oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk).

 

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN LIVERPOOL

A National Eucharistic Congress, with the title Adoremus, will be held in Liverpool from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2018. At the centre of the Congress will be Our Lord Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. The main speaker on Saturday 8th will be Bishop Robert Barron, known from his popular DVD series “Catholicism”. On Sunday 9th there will be an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Delegates can attend any one or more of the three days. There is a daily fee of £40. Since this is a national event, each parish, school or community in the country has been allocated only a small number of tickets. We are asked to give names and details of delegates by 11th March. If you are interested in going, please contact Fr Michael Lang, who will lead the Oratory’s delegation, at 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. Delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

 

A CALL TO YOUNG ADULTS - YOUR BISHOPS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops – “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. In particular, they would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life. The Cardinal is hosting two meetings at Archbishop’s House in Victoria and the Auxiliary Bishops are hosting meetings across the diocese. You are invited to attend one of these meetings. They will involve discussion of the synod theme, an opportunity to question your bishops, and light refreshments. Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping the Church’s approach to young people in the future. If you would like to attend, please register here, where you can also find details of all events.

 

CATHOLIC UNION LECTURE: “CAKES, CONSCIENCE AND FREEDOM”

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust is hosting a public lecture by Professor Roger Trigg on “Cakes, Conscience and Freedom” on Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm. Professor Trigg, the author of Equality, Freedom and Religion (published by Oxford University Press), will address the tension between freedom of religion and the principles of equality and non-discrimination in cases such as Ashers Bakery, in the UK. The event will be held at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG (off Trafalgar Square). Free admission, with a reception after the lecture, please use Eventbrite, or contact 020 8749 1321 or info@catholicunion.org.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.

 

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.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. Now Lent is upon us it is a good time to think about alms-giving and here’s a practical way! More information here.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm. We are going to start with Fr Jonathan Robinson’s book Spiritual Combat Revisited (Ignatius Press, 2003). Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at reception to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

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 18th February 2018

First Sunday of Lent (B)

 

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

 

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The first evening on Wednesday 21st February with the Oratory Choir includes music by Lassus, Guerrero, Crequillon and Handl.

 

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN LIVERPOOL

A National Eucharistic Congress, with the title Adoremus, will be held in Liverpool from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2018. At the centre of the Congress will be Our Lord Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. The main speaker on Saturday 8th will be Bishop Robert Barron, known from his popular DVD series “Catholicism”. On Sunday 9th there will be an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Delegates can attend any one or more of the three days. There is a daily fee of £40. Since this is a national event, each parish, school or community in the country has been allocated only a small number of tickets. We are asked to give names and details of delegates by 11th March. If you are interested in going, please contact Fr Michael Lang, who will lead the Oratory’s delegation, at 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. Delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

 

A CALL TO YOUNG ADULTS - YOUR BISHOPS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops – “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. In particular, they would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life. The Cardinal is hosting two meetings at Archbishop’s House in Victoria and the Auxiliary Bishops are hosting meetings across the diocese. You are invited to attend one of these meetings. They will involve discussion of the synod theme, an opportunity to question your bishops, and light refreshments. Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping the Church’s approach to young people in the future. If you would like to attend, please register here, where you can also find details of all events.

 

CATHOLIC UNION LECTURE: “CAKES, CONSCIENCE AND FREEDOM”

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust is hosting a public lecture by Professor Roger Trigg on “Cakes, Conscience and Freedom” on Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm. Professor Trigg, the author of Equality, Freedom and Religion (published by Oxford University Press), will address the tension between freedom of religion and the principles of equality and non-discrimination in cases such as Ashers Bakery, in the UK. The event will be held at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG (off Trafalgar Square). Free admission, with a reception after the lecture, please use Eventbrite, or contact 020 8749 1321 or info@catholicunion.org.uk.

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

A new leader for the Oratory Scout Groups has been appointed in order to develop its programme and membership. A Church Parade is planned for the 10am Mass on 25th February. Afterwards members of the Scout Group will be available in the Church to answer any questions from prospective members. The Scout Group is actively recruiting, not just cubs and scouts, but also adult helpers. The aim is to have fun, and so any potential Bear Grylls who would like to have fun in the outdoors are asked to make themselves known to the Scout Group  then. Any questions can be directed to Mark Jenkins (email oratoryscoutgroup@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.

 

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 22nd February: “The Catholic Church in Britain during the Great War (1914–18)” by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Archivist for the Diocese of Westminster and a noted Catholic historian.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. Now Lent is upon us it is a good time to think about alms-giving and here’s a practical way! More information 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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

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 11th February 2018

Sixth Sunday of the Year (B) / Quinquagesima

 

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

 

ASH WEDNESDAY – BEGINNING OF LENT

14th February is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a day of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting al­lows only one full meal; two smaller meals may also be taken during the day. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority (18 years), until the beginning of their sixtieth year. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who have completed their fourteenth year (NB: In England and Wales, every Friday during the year is a day of abstinence from meat). On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be given at all Masses. There will be a Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm, but no 6pm Mass. All other Masses are at the usual times. See also here.

 

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON RELATIONSHIPS AND SEX EDUCATION

The Government is currently deciding what its new subjects of Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education will look like in practice. Formal guidance will be issued by the Secretary of State for Education later this year. Under the current proposals teaching children about adult relationships, potentially including same-sex marriage and transgenderism, will be mandatory for children at primary school from five years old. This would be compulsory with no parental right of withdrawal and apply to all schools: state and independent, faith and secular. The Department for Education has issued a call for evidence (Consultation), which is a chance for parents/future parents to to help shape this guidance. The online consultation portal is available at this address: https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/. All evidence must be submitted by: Monday 12th February.

The Coalition for Marriage has helpfully put a together a Guidance (https://www.c4m.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/C4M_SRE-PSHE-CallForEvidence.pdf) to help supporters unfamiliar with some of the terminology used in the call for evidence by highlighting areas where the teaching of traditional marriage and children’s exposure to adult sexuality can be addressed by concerned parents.

Make your voice heard! Parents must retain the ultimate responsibility for their children’s education. This means that we are asking policy makers to give parents a right to withdraw their children from Relationships Education and also to give parents the right to inspect Relationships Education material before it is delivered to their children.

 

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN LIVERPOOL

A National Eucharistic Congress, with the title Adoremus, will be held in Liverpool from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2018. At the centre of the Congress will be Our Lord Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. The main speaker on Saturday 8th will be Bishop Robert Barron, known from his popular DVD series “Catholicism”. On Sunday 9th there will be an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Delegates can attend any one or more of the three days. There is a daily fee of £40. Since this is a national event, each parish, school or community in the country has been allocated only a small number of tickets. We are asked to give names of delegates by 11th March. If you are interested in going, please contact Fr Michael Lang, who will lead the Oratory’s delegation, at 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. Delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

 

A CALL TO YOUNG ADULTS - YOUR BISHOPS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops – “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. In particular, they would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life. The Cardinal is hosting two meetings at Archbishop’s House in Victoria and the Auxiliary Bishops are hosting meetings across the diocese. You are invited to attend one of these meetings. They will involve discussion of the synod theme, an opportunity to question your bishops, and light refreshments. Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping the Church’s approach to young people in the future. If you would like to attend, please register here, where you can also find details of all events.

 

CATHOLIC UNION LECTURE: “CAKES, CONSCIENCE AND FREEDOM”

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust is hosting a public lecture by Professor Roger Trigg on “Cakes, Conscience and Freedom” on Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm. Professor Trigg, the author of Equality, Freedom and Religion (published by Oxford University Press), will address the tension between freedom of religion and the principles of equality and non-discrimination in cases such as Ashers Bakery, in the UK. The event will be held at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG (off Trafalgar Square). Free admission, with a reception after the lecture, please use Eventbrite, or contact 020 8749 1321 or info@catholicunion.org.uk.

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

Mark Jenkins has been appointed as Group Scout Leader in order to further develop its programme and membership. A Church Parade is planned for the 10am Mass on 25th February. Afterwards members of the Scout Group will be available in the Church to answer any questions from prospective members. The Scout Group is actively recruiting, not just cubs and scouts, but also adult helpers. The aim is to have fun, and so any potential Bear Grylls who would like to have fun in the outdoors are asked to make themselves known to the Scout Group  then. Any questions can be directed to Mark Jenkins (email oratoryscoutgroup@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.

 

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 22nd February: “The Catholic Church in Britain during the Great War (1914–18)” by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Archivist for the Diocese of Westminster and a noted Catholic historian.

Sadly, Saturday 20th January was the last night at the shelter in St Luke’s. There may be other options for the rest of the winter, but please don’t volunteer any more this year to Nina. It has been a great experience. Thank you all for being so generous with your time – especially on a Saturday!

 

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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

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 4th February 2018

Fifth Sunday of the Year / Sexagesima

 

ASH WEDNESDAY – BEGINNING OF LENT

14th February is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a day of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting al­lows only one full meal; two smaller meals may also be taken during the day. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority (18 years), until the beginning of their sixtieth year. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who have completed their fourteenth year (NB: In England and Wales, every Friday during the year is a day of abstinence from meat). On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be given at all Masses. There will be a Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm, but no 6pm Mass. All other Masses are at the usual times.

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group is looking for someone who can act as its manager/leader. No previous experience of scouting is needed, but simply the ability and willingness to help manage the Group and find ways of promoting its growth. Proper support will be provided by the Scout Association. If you’d like to find out more details, please contact Fr George Bowen, Chaplain to the Scouts, at the Oratory House.

 

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 22nd February: “The Catholic Church in Britain during the Great War (1914–18)” by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Archivist for the Diocese of Westminster and a noted Catholic historian.

Sadly, Saturday 20th January was the last night at the shelter in St Luke’s. There may be other options for the rest of the winter, but please don’t volunteer any more this year to Nina. It has been a great experience. Thank you all for being so generous with your time – especially on a Saturday!

 

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.

 

WORKS OF MERCY: THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS

The next Rosary Procession Vigil, led by Fr Jacob Hausman CFR, will be held on Saturday 10th February, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 6 Knowle Close, Brixton SW9. Mass will begin at 10am, followed by a Rosary Procession, with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes Brixton Centre l. At approximately 12.30pm the group will return to the church for refreshments. For full details see poster on church notice board, or contact 01727 763 832 or marg@helpersuk.org.

 

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 28th January 2018

Fourth Sunday of the Year / Septuagesima

 

BLESSED SEBASTIAN VALFRÈ OF THE ORATORY

There will be Solemn Benediction on Tuesday 30th January at 6.30pm for the feast of Blessed Sebastian Valfrè of the Oratory. Born in 1629, he was the forerunner of the many saints who have graced the Church in Turin in recent centuries, including St John Bosco. He died on 30th January 1710.

 

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.

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

The White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) on Sunday 14th January raised £2,163. Heartfelt thanks from SPUC!

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group is looking for someone who can act as its manager/leader. No previous experience of scouting is needed, but simply the ability and willingness to help manage the Group and find ways of promoting its growth. Proper support will be provided by the Scout Association. If you’d like to find out more details, please contact Fr George Bowen, Chaplain to the Scouts, at the Oratory House.

 

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 22nd February: “The Catholic Church in Britain during the Great War (1914–18)” by Fr Nicholas Schofield, Archivist for the Diocese of Westminster and a noted Catholic historian.

Sadly, Saturday 20th January was the last night at the shelter in St Luke’s. There may be other options for the rest of the winter, but please don’t volunteer any more this year to Nina. It has been a great experience. Thank you all for being so generous with your time – especially on a Saturday!

 

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 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.