Sunday 25th August 2019

21st Sunday of the Year (C)

11th Sunday after Pentecost

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

On Bank Holiday Monday 26th August the Oratory Church will close at 6.30pm and the Oratory House will close at 8pm. No duty priest will be available in the evening, except on the emergency night phone.

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The children’s area in the church will not be available for Sunday Masses.

  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays.

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed.

  • The Oratory bookshop & repository will be open only Sunday mornings.

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

  • There will be no Confraternity of the Precious Blood prayers on Saturday after the 6pm Mass.

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will conclude his series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman on Thursday 4th September at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The talk will last about an hour, with time for questions. All welcome. See also here.

PRO-LIFE EVENT

Lord Alton and Baroness O’Loan will speak in St Wilfrid’s Hall on “The Biggest Threat to the Unborn Child Since 1967”. Tuesday 10th September, 6.45pm arrival for a 7pm start. 

 PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with groups from the Oratories in Birmingham and Oxford will be on Saturday 14th September. A Solemn High Mass (Old Rite) at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Please bring a packed lunch. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start in October. The course runs during term-time until June of the following year. You can choose to attend either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm. Please specify your preferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded from our website. For more details, please email Fr Rupert McHardy on oratoryparish1stcommunions@gmail.com. The first meetings will be on Wednesday 9th October at 5pm or on Saturday 12th October at 11.30am. The First Holy Communion Mass will be on Saturday 13th June 2020. See also here.

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Wednesday 18th September at 8pm. Our new book will be Spiritual Direction from Dante: Avoiding the Inferno by Fr Paul Pearson of the Toronto Oratory. This spiritual commentary is best read along with the first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the first meeting after the summer break we are going to look at Cantos I to III. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the porteria to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 19th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and will meet every fortnight. This term we shall study the topic of Knowledge and Truth. 

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Advanced Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and will meet every fortnight. The course assumes some proficiency in Latin as we shall study Classical and Ecclesiastical literature and texts in the original language. However, if you are interested in starting Latin from scratch, please contact the Oratory House so we can gauge demand.

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

The famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau takes place every ten years, and the next performance will be in 2020. Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June 2020 to see the Passion Play of Oberammergau and visit some of the magnificent baroque churches and monasteries of Upper Bavaria. The pilgrimage will include Altötting, one of the best loved shrines of Our Lady in Germany. For more information, see here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the 4th Kensington (Oratory) Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Beavers (5–8 yrs): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm to 6.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10½ yrs): Friday 6pm to 7.15pm

  • Scouts/Newman Explorers (10½–14/14–18): Saturday 9am–12noon

Meetings take place in the Scout Hut (St Michael’s Hall) behind the church, by kind permission of the Fathers of the Oratory. Inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers.

 

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).

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

“Living in God’s presence”: 7th–8th September, Holy Apostles Church, 47 Cumberland St, Pimlico, SW1 4LY. Father Jacques Philippe, a member of the Community of the Beatitudes, will talk about personal prayer, based on his book Thirsting for Prayer. The retreat runs over two days: Saturday 7th September, 9.30am–5.15pm, and Sunday 8th September, 9.30am–1.30pm (registration from 9am). Booking compulsory. For tickets (£25, free for priests and seminarians), see jphilippelondonretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or write to jphilippelondonretreat@gmail.com. Please bring a packed lunch.

   

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

VARIA

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

Female student completing her professional course and applying for jobs is urgently looking for accommodation. If you can offer any help, please contact Elzbieta Balcerzak at sienn@hotmail.co.uk
or 07884 354 338.

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 18th August 2019

20th Sunday of the Year (C)

10th Sunday after Pentecost

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

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will continue his series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman on Thursday 22nd August at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The talk will last about an hour, with time for questions. Last talk on Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The children’s area in the church will not be available for Sunday Masses.

  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays.

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed.

  • The Oratory bookshop & repository will be open only Sunday mornings.

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

  • There will be no Confraternity of the Precious Blood prayers on Saturday after the 6pm Mass.

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

 PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with groups from the Oratories in Birmingham and Oxford will be on Saturday 14th September. A Solemn High Mass (Old Rite) at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Please bring a packed lunch. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Wednesday 18th September at 8pm. Our new book will be Spiritual Direction from Dante: Avoiding the Inferno by Fr Paul Pearson of the Toronto Oratory. This spiritual commentary is best read along with the first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the first meeting after the summer break we are going to look at Cantos I to III. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the porteria to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 19th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and will meet every fortnight. This term we shall study the topic of Knowledge and Truth. 

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Advanced Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and will meet every fortnight. The course assumes some proficiency in Latin as we shall study Classical and Ecclesiastical literature and texts in the original language. However, if you are interested in starting Latin from scratch, please contact the Oratory House so we can gauge demand.

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

The famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau takes place every ten years, and the next performance will be in 2020. Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June 2020 to see the Passion Play of Oberammergau and visit some of the magnificent baroque churches and monasteries of Upper Bavaria. The pilgrimage will include Altötting, one of the best loved shrines of Our Lady in Germany. For more information, see here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the 4th Kensington (Oratory) Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Beavers (5–8 yrs): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm to 6.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10½ yrs): Friday 6pm to 7.15pm

  • Scouts/Newman Explorers (10½–14/14–18): Saturday 9am–12noon

Meetings take place in the Scout Hut (St Michael’s Hall) behind the church, by kind permission of the Fathers of the Oratory. Inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers.

 

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).

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

“Living in God’s presence”: 7th–8th September, Holy Apostles Church, 47 Cumberland St, Pimlico, SW1 4LY. Father Jacques Philippe, a member of the Community of the Beatitudes, will talk about personal prayer, based on his book Thirsting for Prayer. The retreat runs over two days: Saturday 7th September, 9.30am–5.15pm, and Sunday 8th September, 9.30am–1.30pm (registration from 9am). Booking compulsory. For tickets (£25, free for priests and seminarians), see jphilippelondonretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or write to jphilippelondonretreat@gmail.com. Please bring a packed lunch.

   

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 11th August 2019

19th Sunday of the Year (C)

9th Sunday after Pentecost

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

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Thursday 15th August is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. On Wednesday there will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction at 5.30pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.30pm. Masses on Thursday will be at 7am, 8am (1962 Missal), 10am, 12.30pm, 5.30pm, and the Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm. See also here.

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The children’s area in the church will not be available for Sunday Masses.

  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays.

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed.

  • The Oratory bookshop & repository will be open only Sunday mornings.

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

  • There will be no Confraternity of the Precious Blood prayers on Saturday after the 6pm Mass.

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will continue his series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman on Thursday 22nd August at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The talk will last about an hour, with time for questions. Last talk on Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

 PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with groups from the Oratories in Birmingham and Oxford will be on Saturday 14th September. A Solemn High Mass (Old Rite) at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Please bring a packed lunch. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 19th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and will meet every fortnight. This term we shall study the topic of Knowledge and Truth. 

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Advanced Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and will meet every fortnight. The course assumes some proficiency in Latin as we shall study Classical and Ecclesiastical literature and texts in the original language. However, if you are interested in starting Latin from scratch, please contact the Oratory House so we can gauge demand.

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

The famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau takes place every ten years, and the next performance will be in 2020. Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June 2020 to see the Passion Play of Oberammergau and visit some of the magnificent baroque churches and monasteries of Upper Bavaria. The pilgrimage will include Altötting, one of the best loved shrines of Our Lady in Germany. For more information, see here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the 4th Kensington (Oratory) Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Beavers (5–8 yrs): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm to 6.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10½ yrs): Friday 6pm to 7.15pm

  • Scouts/Newman Explorers (10½–14/14–18): Saturday 9am–12noon

Meetings take place in the Scout Hut (St Michael’s Hall) behind the church, by kind permission of the Fathers of the Oratory. Inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers.

 

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).

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

“Living in God’s presence”: 7th–8th September, Holy Apostles Church, 47 Cumberland St, Pimlico, SW1 4LY. Father Jacques Philippe, a member of the Community of the Beatitudes, will talk about personal prayer, based on his book Thirsting for Prayer. The retreat runs over two days: Saturday 7th September, 9.30am–5.15pm, and Sunday 8th September, 9.30am–1.30pm (registration from 9am). Booking compulsory. For tickets (£25, free for priests and seminarians), see jphilippelondonretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or write to jphilippelondonretreat@gmail.com. Please bring a packed lunch.

   

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 4th August 2019

18th Sunday of the Year (C)

8th Sunday after Pentecost

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

SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST BICYCLE RACES: NO 8AM MASS

The annual cycle races are held on the usual route past the Oratory on Sunday 4th August. It will not be possible to drive to the Oratory, drive across the A4, or indeed drive easily around parts of London, until the late after­noon. Nearby bus routes are likely to be cancelled or modified. It will be possible to cross Brompton Road on foot at designated points, but not when the race is imminent. Cycle docking stations may be suspended, but no disruption is planned to the Underground. More information here.

There will be no 8am Mass on Sunday 4th August. The other Masses & Vespers will be held as usual.

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will continue his series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman on Wednesday 7th August at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The talk will last about an hour, with time for questions. Following dates: Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website.

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The children’s area in the church will not be available for Sunday Masses.

  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays.

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed.

  • The Oratory bookshop & repository will be open only Sunday mornings.

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

  • There will be no Confraternity of the Precious Blood prayers on Saturday after the 6pm Mass.

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

 

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Thursday 15th August is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. On Wednesday there will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction at 5.30pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.30pm. Masses on Thursday will be at 7am, 8am (1962 Missal), 10am, 12.30pm, 5.30pm, and the Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm.

 PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with groups from the Oratories in Birmingham and Oxford will be on Saturday 14th September. A Solemn High Mass (Old Rite) at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Please bring a packed lunch. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

The famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau takes place every ten years, and the next performance will be in 2020. Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June 2020 to see the Passion Play of Oberammergau and visit some of the magnificent baroque churches and monasteries of Upper Bavaria. The pilgrimage will include Altötting, one of the best loved shrines of Our Lady in Germany. For more information, see here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the 4th Kensington (Oratory) Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Beavers (5–8 yrs): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm to 6.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10½ yrs): Friday 6pm to 7.15pm

  • Scouts/Newman Explorers (10½–14/14–18): Saturday 9am–12noon

Meetings take place in the Scout Hut (St Michael’s Hall) behind the church, by kind permission of the Fathers of the Oratory. Inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers.

 

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).

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online: http://www.clairval.com/retraites.en.php. Contact by phone: (33) 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

“Living in God’s presence”: 7th–8th September, Holy Apostles Church, 47 Cumberland St, Pimlico, SW1 4LY. Father Jacques Philippe, a member of the Community of the Beatitudes, will talk about personal prayer, based on his book Thirsting for Prayer. The retreat runs over two days: Saturday 7th September, 9.30am–5.15pm, and Sunday 8th September, 9.30am–1.30pm (registration from 9am). Booking compulsory. For tickets (£25, free for priests and seminarians), see jphilippelondonretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or write to jphilippelondonretreat@gmail.com. Please bring a packed lunch.

   

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 28th July 2019

17th Sunday of the Year (C)

7th Sunday after Pentecost

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The children’s area in the church will not be available for Sunday Masses.

  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays.

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed.

  • The Oratory bookshop & repository will be open only Sunday mornings.

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

  • There will be no Confraternity of the Precious Blood prayers on Saturday after the 6pm Mass.

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

 

SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST BICYCLE RACES: NO 8AM MASS

The annual cycle races are held on the usual route past the Oratory on Sunday 4th August. It will not be possible to drive to the Oratory, drive across the A4, or indeed drive easily around parts of London, until the late after­noon. Nearby bus routes are likely to be cancelled or modified. It will be possible to cross Brompton Road on foot at designated points, but not when the race is imminent. Cycle docking stations may be suspended, but no disruption is planned to the Underground. More information here.

There will be no 8am Mass on Sunday 4th August. The other Masses & Vespers will be held as usual.

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will continue his series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman on Wednesday 7th August at 8pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. The talk will last about an hour, with time for questions. Following dates: Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

 CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website.

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with groups from the Oratories in Birmingham and Oxford will be on Saturday 14th September. A Solemn High Mass (Old Rite) at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Please bring a packed lunch. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

The famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau takes place every ten years, and the next performance will be in 2020. Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June 2020 to see the Passion Play of Oberammergau and visit some of the magnificent baroque churches and monasteries of Upper Bavaria. The pilgrimage will include Altötting, one of the best loved shrines of Our Lady in Germany. For more information, see here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the 4th Kensington (Oratory) Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Beavers (5–8 yrs): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm to 6.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10½ yrs): Friday 6pm to 7.15pm

  • Scouts/Newman Explorers (10½–14/14–18): Saturday 9am–12noon

Meetings take place in the Scout Hut (St Michael’s Hall) behind the church, by kind permission of the Fathers of the Oratory. Inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers.

 

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).

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online: http://www.clairval.com/retraites.en.php. Contact by phone: (33) 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

“Living in God’s presence”: 7th–8th September, Holy Apostles Church, 47 Cumberland St, Pimlico, SW1 4LY. Father Jacques Philippe, a member of the Community of the Beatitudes, will talk about personal prayer, based on his book Thirsting for Prayer. The retreat runs over two days: Saturday 7th September, 9.30am–5.15pm, and Sunday 8th September, 9.30am–1.30pm (registration from 9am). Booking compulsory. For tickets (£25, free for priests and seminarians), see jphilippelondonretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or write to jphilippelondonretreat@gmail.com. Please bring a packed lunch.

   

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 21st July 2019

16th Sunday of the Year (C)

6th Sunday after Pentecost

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will continue his series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman on Wednesday 24th July at 8pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. The talk will last about an hour, with time for questions. Following dates: Wednesday 7th August, Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

 CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website.

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The children’s area in the church will not be available for Sunday Masses.

  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays.

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed.

  • The Oratory bookshop & repository will be open only Sunday mornings.

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

  • There will be no Confraternity of the Precious Blood prayers on Saturday after the 6pm Mass.

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

 

SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST BICYCLE RACES: NO 8AM MASS

The annual cycle races are held on the usual route past the Oratory on Sunday 4th August. It will not be possible to drive to the Oratory, drive across the A4, or indeed drive easily around parts of London, until the late after­noon. Nearby bus routes are likely to be cancelled or modified. It will be possible to cross Brompton Road on foot at designated points, but not when the race is imminent. Cycle docking stations may be suspended, but no disruption is planned to the Underground. More information here.

There will be no 8am Mass on Sunday 4th August. The other Masses & Vespers will be held as usual.

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with groups from the Oratories in Birmingham and Oxford will be on Saturday 14th September. A Solemn High Mass (Old Rite) at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Please bring a packed lunch. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

The famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau takes place every ten years, and the next performance will be in 2020. Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June 2020 to see the Passion Play of Oberammergau and visit some of the magnificent baroque churches and monasteries of Upper Bavaria. The pilgrimage will include Altötting, one of the best loved shrines of Our Lady in Germany. For more information, see here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the 4th Kensington (Oratory) Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Beavers (5–8 yrs): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm to 6.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10½ yrs): Friday 6pm to 7.15pm

  • Scouts/Newman Explorers (10½–14/14–18): Saturday 9am–12noon

Meetings take place in the Scout Hut (St Michael’s Hall) behind the church, by kind permission of the Fathers of the Oratory. Inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers.

 

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).

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online: http://www.clairval.com/retraites.en.php. Contact by phone: (33) 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

“Living in God’s presence”: 7th–8th September, Holy Apostles Church, 47 Cumberland St, Pimlico, SW1 4LY. Father Jacques Philippe, a member of the Community of the Beatitudes, will talk about personal prayer, based on his book Thirsting for Prayer. The retreat runs over two days: Saturday 7th September, 9.30am–5.15pm, and Sunday 8th September, 9.30am–1.30pm (registration from 9am). Booking compulsory. For tickets (£25, free for priests and seminarians), see jphilippelondonretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or write to jphilippelondonretreat@gmail.com. Please bring a packed lunch.

   

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 14th July 2019

15th Sunday of the Year (C)

5th Sunday after Pentecost

COLLECTION FOR THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in Great Britain. AoS reaches out to seafarers visiting our ports, offering pastoral and practical support and care. Everything AoS does is on behalf of Britain’s Catholic community. AoS is wholly dependent on voluntary donations to continue its work. On Sunday 14th July, there will be a box at the back of the church for the work of AoS. For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FROM DANTE: AVOIDING THE INFERNO BY FR PAUL PEARSON

Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is a widely-acknowledged masterpiece of world literature. Yet it is also an outstanding spiritual writing, conveying profound insights on the nature of man, sin and grace. The best-known of the Comedy’s three parts is the Inferno, in which Dante journeys through the underworld, seeing the horror of sin first-hand. In his new book Avoiding the Inferno, Fr Paul Pearson of the Toronto Oratory presents, in a manner especially accessible to lay readers, the major spiritual lessons within Dante’s first canticle. Thursday 18th July in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Reception from 7.45pm, talk by the author at 8.00pm, followed by book sale and signing. See also here.

 CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website.

 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman, as we prepare for his canonisation on Sunday 13th October. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions. Dates: Wednesdays 10th July, 24th July, 7th August, Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with groups from the Oratories in Birmingham and Oxford will be on Saturday 14th September. A Solemn High Mass (Old Rite) at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Please bring a packed lunch. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

The famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau takes place every ten years, and the next performance will be in 2020. Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June 2020 to see the Passion Play of Oberammergau and visit some of the magnificent baroque churches and monasteries of Upper Bavaria. The pilgrimage will include Altötting, one of the best loved shrines of Our Lady in Germany. For more information, see here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the 4th Kensington (Oratory) Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Beavers (5–8 yrs): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm to 6.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10½ yrs): Friday 6pm to 7.15pm

  • Scouts/Newman Explorers (10½–14/14–18): Saturday 9am–12noon

Meetings take place in the Scout Hut (St Michael’s Hall) behind the church, by kind permission of the Fathers of the Oratory. Inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

 

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).

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online: http://www.clairval.com/retraites.en.php. Contact by phone: (33) 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

  

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 7th July 2019

14th Sunday of the Year (C)

4th Sunday after Pentecost

 

SUNDAY 7TH JULY AT 11AM: SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS WITH CARDINAL EIJK

On Sunday 7th July, H.E. Willem Cardinal Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands will visit the Oratory and celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 11am (Votive Mass of the Precious Blood). Music: Missa O Rex Gloriae by Alonso Lobo. See also here.

 

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website.

 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman, as we prepare for his canonisation on Sunday 13th October. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions. Dates: Wednesdays 10th July, 24th July, 7th August, Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

 

COLLECTION FOR THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in Great Britain. AoS reaches out to seafarers visiting our ports, offering pastoral and practical support and care. Everything AoS does is on behalf of Britain’s Catholic community. AoS is wholly dependent on voluntary donations to continue its work. On Sunday 14th July, there will be a box at the back of the church for the work of AoS. For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website.

 

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FROM DANTE: AVOIDING THE INFERNO BY FR PAUL PEARSON

Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is a widely-acknowledged masterpiece of world literature. Yet it is also an outstanding spiritual writing, conveying profound insights on the nature of man, sin and grace. The best-known of the Comedy’s three parts is the Inferno, in which Dante journeys through the underworld, seeing the horror of sin first-hand. In his new book Avoiding the Inferno, Fr Paul Pearson of the Toronto Oratory presents, in a manner especially accessible to lay readers, the major spiritual lessons within Dante’s first canticle. Thursday 18th July in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Reception from 7.45pm, talk by the author at 8.00pm, followed by book sale and signing. See also here.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, with groups from the Oratories in Birmingham and Oxford will be on Saturday 14th September. A Solemn High Mass (Old Rite) at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Please bring a packed lunch. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the 4th Kensington (Oratory) Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Beavers (5–8 yrs): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm to 6.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10½ yrs): Friday 6pm to 7.15pm

  • Scouts/Newman Explorers (10½–14/14–18): Saturday 9am–12noon

Meetings take place in the Scout Hut (St Michael’s Hall) behind the church, by kind permission of the Fathers of the Oratory. Inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

 

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).

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online: http://www.clairval.com/retraites.en.php. Contact by phone: (33) 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

  

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safeguards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parliament to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do contact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. More information on www.righttolife.org.uk.

 

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 30th June 2019

SAINTS PETER & PAUL (C)

(transferred from 29 June)

PETER’S PENCE

There is a box at the back of the Church for the annual diocesan collection of Peter’s Pence to support the charitable works of the Holy Father.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

Boxes of offertory envelopes can now be collected from Oratory House.

TALK: “THE ROLE OF THE DEMONIC IN PAGAN RELIGIONS”

On Monday 1st July at 8pm, Roy Schoeman will speak on “the role of the demonic in pagan religions”. The talk will take place in St. Wilfrid’s Hall. All are welcome. Please join us for what will certainly be a very interesting and challenging talk. Roy Schoeman is a Jewish convert and former Harvard professor, and the author of Salvation is from the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the 2nd Coming and Honey from the Rock: 16 Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ. The talk will be preceded by a testimony of his conversion.

 

ORGAN RECITAL

On Wednesday 3rd July at 7.30pm, Graham Thorpe, the Oratory’s Pettman Organ Scholar, will give an organ recital in the Little Oratory, to include works by Bach, Buxtehude, and Sweelinck. All are welcome. There will be a retiring collection at the end.

 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman, as we prepare for his canonisation in the autumn. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions. Dates: Wednesdays 10th July, 24th July, 7th August, Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome.

 

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

With effect from September 2019 the Oratory Scout group will meet as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Saturday 9am--12noon

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Saturday 9am–12noon

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 6pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.30pm for 5.45pm–6.45pm

Meetings will continue to take place in St Michael’s Hall, behind the church. All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

We are now in need a new Cub Scout Leader. All training given. Estimated total weekly time commitment - about 3 hours (one and a half hour training session per week - Fridays, term time only, plus an hour or so administration time - preparing sessions/updating records etc). Especially good CV entry for those pursuing a career in education/voluntary sector. If interested please contact Mark Jenkins at the above email address.

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

 

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).

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 1st–6th July in Creeslough, Ireland; 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online: http://www.clairval.com/retraites.en.php. Contact by phone: (33) 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

 

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safeguards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parliament to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do contact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. More information on www.righttolife.org.uk.

 

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

VARIA

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

Australian, 22-year-old pianist who will start doctoral studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this September is looking for accommodation. Would require a piano for practice. Doesn’t smoke. Practising Catholic and willing to help at home. For more information please email rshipard@aapt.net.au

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on: 07941 621670.

Very spacious, totally independent studio (45m2) with separate kitchen, shower room, and WC in Kensington Olympia—easy reach of Holland Park. Excellent transport. Fully furnished. Long let from September 2019. £300 pw—only extras are Council tax and electricity. Email daniel@loneur.com.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Corpus Christi (C)

Second Sunday after Pentecost

PROCESSION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

This Sunday (23rd) there will be (weather permitting) an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 3.30pm, following after Vespers in church at 3:00pm. Please note that there will be no parking in the forecourt of the Oratory House this Sunday from 11.15am. See also here.

 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman, as we prepare for his canonisation in the autumn. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions. Dates: Wednesdays 10th July, 24th July, 7th August, Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

 

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand and now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18):   Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14):                 Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2):                     Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8):                         Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

We do not, however, currently have the leadership capacity to take on more. In particular we need a new Cub Scout Leader. All training given. Estimated total weekly time commitment - about 3 hours (one and a half hour training session per week - Fridays, term time only, plus an hour or so administration time - preparing sessions/updating records etc). Especially good CV entry for those pursuing a career in education/voluntary sector. If interested please contact Mark Jenkins at the above email address.

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

 

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).

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 1st–6th July in Creeslough, Ireland; 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online: http://www.clairval.com/retraites.en.php. Contact by phone: (33) 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

 

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR SOPRANO

The Choir of the London Oratory has a vacancy for a soprano from October 2019, or as agreed. First-rate vocal, ensemble and sight-reading skills essential. The famous 14-voice professional choir of this great Catholic church sings approx. 140 services per year plus weddings and funerals. Auditions: mid-July.  Closing date for applications: 28th June. Contact the Director of Music, Patrick Russill, immediately for further details by email: patrickrussill@blueyonder.co.uk.

 

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safeguards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parliament to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do contact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. More information on www.righttolife.org.uk.

 

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on: 07941 621670.

Very spacious, totally independent studio (45m2) with separate kitchen, shower room, and WC in Kensington Olympia—easy reach of Holland Park. Excellent transport. Fully furnished. Long let from September 2019. £300 pw—only extras are Council tax and electricity. Email daniel@loneur.com.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 16th June 2019

MOST HOLY TRINITY (C)

BACH RECITAL

On Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm, the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, will give an organ recital with the large chorales from J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung Part III, otherwise known as the German Organ Mass. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. More information here.

 

NO PARKING ON SUNDAY 23RD JUNE

There will be no parking in the forecourt of the Oratory House on Sunday 23rd June from 11.15am because of the outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament for Corpus Christi.

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12noon to 5pm.

A fun day for all the family in the Oratory garden – lunches/teas/games for children/a variety of stalls

We need savoury dishes and puddings for the Food Tent (contact Marion on marion.r.cowley@gmail.com or 07980 682808) and homemade cakes, jams &c. and special breads for the Cake/Tea Stall (contact Rima on rima.ferris@hotmail.co.uk). If you’d like to volunteer or have some other type of donation to make for the Garden Party please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk  Please note that we will not accept gift items, clothes or books without prior agreement. All are welcome!

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman, as we prepare for his canonisation in the autumn. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions. Dates: Wednesdays 10th July, 24th July, 7th August, Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand and now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14):                Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2):                    Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8):                      Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

We do not, however, currently have the leadership capacity to take on more. In particular we need a new Cub Scout Leader. All training given. Estimated total weekly time commitment - about 3 hours (one and a half hour training session per week - Fridays, term time only, plus an hour or so administration time - preparing sessions/updating records etc). Especially good CV entry for those pursuing a career in education/voluntary sector. If interested please contact Mark Jenkins at the above email address.

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

 

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).

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 1st–6th July in Creeslough, Ireland; 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online: http://www.clairval.com/retraites.en.php. Contact by phone: (33) 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

 

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR SOPRANO

The Choir of the London Oratory has a vacancy for a soprano from October 2019, or as agreed. First-rate vocal, ensemble and sight-reading skills essential. The famous 14-voice professional choir of this great Catholic church sings approx. 140 services per year plus weddings and funerals. Auditions: mid-July.  Closing date for applications: 28th June. Contact the Director of Music, Patrick Russill, immediately for further details by email: patrickrussill@blueyonder.co.uk.

 

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.

 

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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.

 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safeguards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parliament to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do contact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. More information on www.righttolife.org.uk.

 

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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

 

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July 2019. 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 westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on: 07941 621670.

Very spacious, totally independent studio (45m2) with separate kitchen, shower room, and WC in Kensington Olympia—easy reach of Holland Park. Excellent transport. Fully furnished. Long let from September 2019. £300 pw—only extras are Council tax and electricity. Email daniel@loneur.com.

 

VACANCY: CATHOLIC UNION OF GREAT BRITATIN

The Catholic Union of Great Britain is looking for an Administrator & Membership Secretary (location: Jeddo Road, W12). This new role is for 20 hours a week (approx. 9.30am to 1.30pm Mon-Fri) plus occasional evening and weekend work. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, admin and IT skills. Starting salary £12-16 per hour depending on experience. For more details, see catholicunion.org.uk (under “News”) or contact Nigel Parker on 07930 955692 or at director@catholicunion.org.uk. Closing date: 19th June.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

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.

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.

Sunday 9th June 2019

Pentecost Sunday (C)

BBC LIVE BROADCAST OF VESPERS

On Wednesday 12th June at 3.30pm will be a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Vespers from the Oratory church. See also here. The 12.30pm Mass will be in the Little Oratory. The church will close at 12.30pm, but will be open between 3.00pm and 3.25pm for those wishing to attend Vespers. During Vespers you will not be able to enter or leave the church. The broadcast will be available on the BBC Radio 3 website for about a month.

BACH RECITALS

On Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm, the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, will give an organ recital with the large chorales from J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung Part III, otherwise known as the German Organ Mass. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. More information here.

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12noon to 5pm
A fun day for all the family in the Oratory garden – lunches/teas/games for children/a variety of stalls

We need savoury dishes and puddings for the Food Tent (contact Marion on marion.r.cowley@gmail.com or 07980 682808) and homemade cakes, jams &c. and special breads for the Cake/Tea Stall (contact Rima on rima.ferris@hotmail.co.uk). If you’d like to volunteer or have some other type of donation to make for the Garden Party please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk  Please note that we will not accept gift items, clothes or books without prior agreement. All are welcome!

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the life and work of Blessed John Henry Newman, as we prepare for his canonisation in the autumn. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions. Dates: Wednesdays 10th July, 24th July, 7th August, Thursday 22nd August, Wednesday 4th September. All welcome. See also here.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@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. On On Thursday 13th June, Dr Matteo Salonia, Lecturer in Early Modern Iberian History, King’s College London, will speak on “The Catholic origins of human rights discourses”. See also here.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 1st–6th July in Creeslough, Ireland; 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online. Contact by phone: +33 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR SOPRANO

The Choir of the London Oratory has a vacancy for a soprano from October 2019, or as agreed. First-rate vocal, ensemble and sight-reading skills essential. The famous 14-voice professional choir of this great Catholic church sings approx. 140 services per year plus weddings and funerals. Auditions: mid-July.  Closing date for applications: 28th June. Contact the Director of Music, Patrick Russill, immediately for further details by email: patrickrussill@blueyonder.co.uk. 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see 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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

A TALK BY ROY SCHOEMAN

Roy Schoeman, a Jewish Catholic and well-known author & speaker, will give a talk on "The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the Second Coming" on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July. 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.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on 07941 621670.

Very spacious, totally independent studio (45 square metres) with separate kitchen, shower room, and WC in Kensington Olympia—easy reach of Holland Park. Excellent transport. Fully furnished. Long let from September 2019. £325 pw—only extras are Council tax and electricity. Email daniel@loneur.com.

VACANCY: CATHOLIC UNION OF GREAT BRITATIN

The Catholic Union of Great Britain is looking for an Administrator & Membership Secretary (location: Jeddo Road, W12). This new role is for 20 hours a week (approx. 9.30am to 1.30pm Mon-Fri) plus occasional evening and weekend work. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, admin and IT skills. Starting salary £12-16 per hour depending on experience. For more details, see catholicunion.org.uk (under "News") or contact Nigel Parker on 07930 955692 or at director@catholicunion.org.uk. Closing date: 19th June.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Seventh Sunday of Easter (C)

Sunday after the Ascension

BACH RECITALS

After his success at the 2018 Boston Bach International Organ Competition, the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, will give two organ recitals of J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung Part III, otherwise known as the German Organ Mass. On Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm in the Little Oratory, Ben will play the smaller chorales and four duetti on the two-manual Flentrop organ. The larger chorales can be heard on the J. W. Walker organ in the main church on Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. More information here.

BBC LIVE BROADCAST OF VESPERS

On Wednesday 12th June at 3.30pm there will be a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Vespers from the Oratory church. See also here. The 12.30pm Mass will be in the Little Oratory. The church will close at 12.30pm, but will be open between 3.00pm and 3.25pm for those wishing to attend Vespers. During Vespers you will not be able to enter or leave the church. The broadcast will be available online for seven days.

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12noon to 5pm
A fun day for all the family in the Oratory garden – lunches/teas/games for children/a variety of stalls

We need savoury dishes and puddings for the Food Tent (contact Marion on marion.r.cowley@gmail.com or 07980 682808) and homemade cakes, jams &c. and special breads for the Cake/Tea Stall (contact Rima on rima.ferris@hotmail.co.uk). If you’d like to volunteer or have some other type of donation to make for the Garden Party please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk  Please note that we will not accept gift items, clothes or books without prior agreement. All are welcome!

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@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. On On Thursday 13th June, Dr Matteo Salonia, Lecturer in Early Modern Iberian History, King’s College London, will speak on “The Catholic origins of human rights discourses”. See also here.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 11th–16th June in Flavigny; 1st–6th July in Creeslough, Ireland; 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online. Contact by phone: +33 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see 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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

A TALK BY ROY SCHOEMAN

Roy Schoeman, a Jewish Catholic and well-known author & speaker, will give a talk on "The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the Second Coming" on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July. 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.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on 07941 621670.

Very spacious, totally independent studio (45 square metres) with separate kitchen, shower room, and WC in Kensington Olympia—easy reach of Holland Park. Excellent transport. Fully furnished. Long let from September 2019. £325 pw—only extras are Council tax and electricity. Email daniel@loneur.com.

VACANCY: CATHOLIC UNION OF GREAT BRITATIN

The Catholic Union of Great Britain is looking for an Administrator & Membership Secretary (location: Jeddo Road, W12). This new role is for 20 hours a week (approx. 9.30am to 1.30pm Mon-Fri) plus occasional evening and weekend work. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, admin and IT skills. Starting salary £12-16 per hour depending on experience. For more details, see catholicunion.org.uk (under "News") or contact Nigel Parker on 07930 955692 or at director@catholicunion.org.uk. Closing date: 19th June.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.

Sunday 26th May 2019

Sixth Sunday of Easter (C)

Fifth Sunday after Easter

In the month of May, the ROSARY will be prayed every day 20 minutes before the 6pm Mass.

OUR HOLY FATHER SAINT PHILIP

Monday 27th May will be the transferred Solemnity of Our Holy Father Saint Philip. Solemn High Mass will be at 6:30pm (no 6.00pm Mass). The preacher will be Mgr Andrew Burnham of the Personal Ordinari­ate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Thursday 23rd at 7:15pm and Friday 24th at 6:30pm: Benediction and Devo­tions to St Philip. Sunday 26th May at 3.30pm: Sunday Vespers, Solemn Benediction and Devotions to St Philip. See also here.

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD – HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

Last year the Bishops of England and Wales restored the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, which is a Holy Day of Obligation, to its traditional date 40 days after Easter Sunday. This year the feast will be celebrated on Thursday 30th May. On Wednesday there will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction at 5.30pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.30pm. Masses on Thursday will be at 7am, 8am (1962 Missal), 10am, 12.30pm, 5.30pm, and the Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm. See also here.

 

BACH RECITALS

After his success at the 2018 Boston Bach International Organ Competition, the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, will give two organ recitals of J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung Part III, otherwise known as the German Organ Mass. On Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm in the Little Oratory, Ben will play the smaller chorales and four duetti on the two-manual Flentrop organ. The larger chorales can be heard on the J. W. Walker organ in the main church on Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. For more information, see here.

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12noon to 5pm
A fun day for all the family in the Oratory garden – lunches/teas/games for children/a variety of stalls

We need savoury dishes and puddings for the Food Tent (contact Marion on marion.r.cowley@gmail.com or 07980 682808) and homemade cakes, jams &c. and special breads for the Cake/Tea Stall (contact Rima on rima.ferris@hotmail.co.uk). If you’d like to volunteer or have some other type of donation to make for the Garden Party please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk  Please note that we will not accept gift items, clothes or books without prior agreement. All are welcome!

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

Five-day Ignatian retreats conducted in English by the Fathers of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval in Flavigny (France). 11th–16th June in Flavigny; 1st–6th July in Creeslough, Ireland; 11th–16th August near Oxford. All retreats are for men only. No one should be prevented from making a retreat for financial reasons. Those who are able to contribute more will help us to accommodate the less well-to-do. Registration online. Contact by phone: +33 03 80 96 22 31, or email: abbey@clairval.com.

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see 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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

A TALK BY ROY SCHOEMAN

Roy Schoeman, a Jewish Catholic and well-known author & speaker, will give a talk on "The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the Second Coming" on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July. 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.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on 07941 621670.

Very spacious, totally independent studio (45 square metres) with separate kitchen, shower room, and WC in Kensington Olympia—easy reach of Holland Park. Excellent transport. Fully furnished. Long let from September 2019. £325 pw—only extras are Council tax and electricity. Email daniel@loneur.com.

VACANCY: CATHOLIC UNION OF GREAT BRITATIN

The Catholic Union of Great Britain is looking for an Administrator & Membership Secretary (location: Jeddo Road, W12). This new role is for 20 hours a week (approx. 9.30am to 1.30pm Mon-Fri) plus occasional evening and weekend work. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, admin and IT skills. Starting salary £12-16 per hour depending on experience. For more details, see catholicunion.org.uk (under "News") or contact Nigel Parker on 07930 955692 or at director@catholicunion.org.uk. Closing date: 19th June.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.

Sunday 19th May 2019

Fifth Sunday of Easter (C)

Fourth Sunday after Easter

In the month of May, the ROSARY will be prayed every day 20 minutes before the 6pm Mass.

IRAQ. DAESH (ISIS). GENOCIDE:
WHAT FUTURE FOR CHRISTIANS IN THEIR ANCIENT HOMELANDS?

On behalf of Aid to the Church in Need, the Oratory is hosting an evening reception with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq. Archbishop Warda is one of the most noted Catholic speakers in the Middle East campaigning against Christian persecution and trying to find paths of reconciliation. This will be a chance to hear first-hand about the courage, faith and continuing needs of Christians in Iraq. It will also be a chance to consider the implications of the global anti-Christian extremist agenda. Monday 20th May, 6.30pm for 7.00pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Free entry with light refreshments. Concluding at 8.30pm. A collection will be taken for Aid to the Church in Need’s work in Iraq. To reserve a place contact Christine Kennedy at Christine.kennedy@acnuk.org or phone 020 8661 5162.

OUR HOLY FATHER SAINT PHILIP

Monday 27th May will be the transferred Solemnity of Our Holy Father Saint Philip. Solemn High Mass will be at 6:30pm (no 6.00pm Mass). The preacher will be Mgr Andrew Burnham of the Personal Ordinari­ate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Thursday 23rd at 7:15pm and Friday 24th at 6:30pm: Benediction and Devo­tions to St Philip. Sunday 26th May at 3.30pm: Sunday Vespers, Solemn Benediction and Devotions to St Philip. See also here.

 

BACH RECITALS

After his success at the 2018 Boston Bach International Organ Competition, the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, will give two organ recitals of J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung Part III, otherwise known as the German Organ Mass. On Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm in the Little Oratory, Ben will play the smaller chorales and four duetti on the two-manual Flentrop organ. The larger chorales can be heard on the J. W. Walker organ in the main church on Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. For more information, see here.

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12noon to 5pm
A fun day for all the family in the Oratory garden – lunches/teas/games for children/a variety of stalls

We need savoury dishes and puddings for the Food Tent (contact Marion on marion.r.cowley@gmail.com or 07980 682808) and homemade cakes, jams &c. and special breads for the Cake/Tea Stall (contact Rima on rima.ferris@hotmail.co.uk). If you’d like to volunteer or have some other type of donation to make for the Garden Party please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk  Please note that we will not accept gift items, clothes or books without prior agreement. All are welcome!

HELPING THE ORATORY TO HELP OTHERS

By volunteering through the Oratory, you commit to a dual role: giving your time to those in genuine need and doing so as an “ambassador” for our Faith and for our parish community. We work with a number of different charities that care for the homeless, the elderly, ex-offenders and the vulnerable in society. If you want to find out more about what we do and how you can help come on Wednesday 22nd May at 8pm to St Wilfrid’s Hall. Light refreshments served. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com if you want to come.

 

A VERY BIG “THANK YOU” FROM MARY’S MEALS

Last Sunday’s Rags to Riches collection came to 210kg of unwanted clothes; there were also donations amounting to £2,358.29. The amount raised will allow Mary’s Meals to feed 169 children every school day for a whole year, and offer them an education. Mary’s Meals is really grateful to our faithful for this excellent result!

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see here.

SAFE AT SCHOOL BULLETIN

You can view and download SPUC’s latest Safe at School Bulletin here. The bulletin sets out the danger we are facing from two new compulsory school subjects: Relationships Education in ALL primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in ALL secondary schools. From September 2020, parents will have no legal right to withdraw their children from these lessons. You can read a fuller briefing on this important matter here. SPUC are launching a postcard campaign addressed to the Secretary of State for Education which is asking for parents to be given the right to withdraw their children from the new compulsory subjects. You can order postcards here. Postcards make a big impact and we want as many cards as possible pouring into the Department for Education. Please encourage as many people as possible to send a card: parents, grandparents and all concerned citizens. Please note that this applies to England only.

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

A TALK BY ROY SCHOEMAN

Roy Schoeman, a Jewish Catholic and well-known author & speaker, will give a talk on "The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the Second Coming" on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July. 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.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on 07941 621670.

Very spacious, totally independent studio (45 square metres) with separate kitchen, shower room, and WC in Kensington Olympia—easy reach of Holland Park. Excellent transport. Fully furnished. Long let from September 2019. £325 pw—only extras are Council tax and electricity. Email daniel@loneur.com.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.

Sunday 12th May 2019

Fourth Sunday of Easter (C)

Third Sunday after Easter

In the month of May, the ROSARY will be prayed every day 20 minutes before the 6pm Mass.

RAGS TO RICHES COLLECTION BY MARY’S MEALS

Mary’s Meals will come to the Oratory this Sunday to take away your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please). Please collect your unwanted clothes and put them in tied sacks. Then bring them with you when you come to Mass before 12.30pm on Sunday 12th . Not only will you give yourself a little more space but you will also benefit a really worthwhile charity. Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Mary’s Meals feeds children one good meal every day at school in over 12 countries. Because of their low costs they can do this for as little as £13.90 per child per year! More information on Mary’s Meals here

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 here.

IRAQ. DAESH (ISIS). GENOCIDE:
WHAT FUTURE FOR CHRISTIANS IN THEIR ANCIENT HOMELANDS?

On behalf of Aid to the Church in Need, the Oratory is hosting an evening reception with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq. Archbishop Warda is one of the most noted Catholic speakers in the Middle East campaigning against Christian persecution and trying to find paths of reconciliation. This will be a chance to hear first-hand about the courage, faith and continuing needs of Christians in Iraq. It will also be a chance to consider the implications of the global anti-Christian extremist agenda. Monday 20th May, 6.30pm for 7.00pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Free entry with light refreshments. Concluding at 8.30pm. A collection will be taken for Aid to the Church in Need’s work in Iraq. To reserve a place contact Christine Kennedy at Christine.kennedy@acnuk.org or phone 020 8661 5162.

BACH RECITALS

After his success at the 2018 Boston Bach International Organ Competition, the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, will give two organ recitals of J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung Part III, otherwise known as the German Organ Mass. On Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm in the Little Oratory, Ben will play the smaller chorales and four duetti on the two-manual Flentrop organ. The larger chorales can be heard on the J. W. Walker organ in the main church on Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. For more information, see here.

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12noon to 5pm
A fun day for all the family in the Oratory garden – lunches/teas/games for children/a variety of stalls

We need savoury dishes and puddings for the Food Tent (contact Marion on marion.r.cowley@gmail.com or 07980 682808) and homemade cakes, jams &c. and special breads for the Cake/Tea Stall (contact Rima on rima.ferris@hotmail.co.uk). If you’d like to volunteer or have some other type of donation to make for the Garden Party please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk  Please note that we will not accept gift items, clothes or books without prior agreement. All are welcome!

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see here.

SAFE AT SCHOOL BULLETIN

You can view and download SPUC’s latest Safe at School Bulletin here. The bulletin sets out the danger we are facing from two new compulsory school subjects: Relationships Education in ALL primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in ALL secondary schools. From September 2020, parents will have no legal right to withdraw their children from these lessons. You can read a fuller briefing on this important matter here. SPUC are launching a postcard campaign addressed to the Secretary of State for Education which is asking for parents to be given the right to withdraw their children from the new compulsory subjects. You can order postcards here. Postcards make a big impact and we want as many cards as possible pouring into the Department for Education. Please encourage as many people as possible to send a card: parents, grandparents and all concerned citizens. Please note that this applies to England only.

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

A TALK BY ROY SCHOEMAN

Roy Schoeman, a Jewish Catholic and well-known author & speaker, will give a talk on "The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the Second Coming" on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July. 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.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on 07941 621670.

Very spacious, totally independent studio (45 square metres) with separate kitchen, shower room, and WC in Kensington Olympia—easy reach of Holland Park. Excellent transport. Fully furnished. Long let from September 2019. £325 pw—only extras are Council tax and electricity. Email daniel@loneur.com.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.

Sunday 5th May 2019

Third Sunday of Easter (C)

Second Sunday after Easter

In the month of May, the ROSARY will be prayed every day 20 minutes before the 6pm Mass.

MAY PROCESSION

The annual May procession in honour of Our Lady will be held this Sunday 5th May at 4.00pm (after Vespers), followed by Solemn Benediction.

On Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, the Oratory Church will close at 6.30pm and the Oratory House will close at 8pm.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 8th May. 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 2019. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

RAGS TO RICHES COLLECTION BY MARY’S MEALS

Mary’s Meals will come to the Oratory next Sunday 12th May to take away your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please). Please collect your unwanted clothes and put them in tied sacks. Then bring them with you when you come to Mass before 12.30pm on Sunday 12th May . Not only will you give yourself a little more space but you will also benefit a really worthwhile charity. Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Mary’s Meals feeds children one good meal every day at school in over 12 countries. Because of their low costs they can do this for as little as £13.90 per child per year! More information on Mary’s Meals here.

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 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 Fr Rupert 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.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR BASS or BASS-BARITONE

The Choir of the London Oratory has a vacancy for a bass or bass-baritone from August 2019, or as agreed. First-rate vocal, ensemble and sight-reading skills essential. The famous 14-voice professional choir of this great Catholic church sings approx. 140 services per year plus weddings and funerals. Auditions: late May-early June. Closing date for applications: 10th May. Contact the Director of Music, Patrick Russill, immediately for further details by email: patrickrussill@blueyonder.co.uk.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

PRAYER VIGIL FOR LIFE IN NORTH LONDON

In association with the organisers of the March for Life 2019, the Rosary Shrine will once again be hosting the national Prayer Vigil for Life; it’s vital that before the March for Life, we gather to pray together, under Mary’s mantle, and we pick up the Holy Rosary, her gift to us in the struggle of our times against the culture of death. So, do come to Our Lady’s Rosary Shrine in St Dominic’s Priory Church, Southampton Road, London NW5 4LB, beginning at 7:30pm on Friday 10th May for a Mass for Life. This will be followed by a Eucharistic Rosary procession celebrated with song, all-night silent Adoration led by consecrated religious, a Dominican rite Mass at dawn (on 11th May), and more. See here for further information.

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see here.

SAFE AT SCHOOL BULLETIN

You can view and download SPUC’s latest Safe at School Bulletin here. The bulletin sets out the danger we are facing from two new compulsory school subjects: Relationships Education in ALL primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in ALL secondary schools. From September 2020, parents will have no legal right to withdraw their children from these lessons. You can read a fuller briefing on this important matter here. SPUC are launching a postcard campaign addressed to the Secretary of State for Education which is asking for parents to be given the right to withdraw their children from the new compulsory subjects. You can order postcards here. Postcards make a big impact and we want as many cards as possible pouring into the Department for Education. Please encourage as many people as possible to send a card: parents, grandparents and all concerned citizens. Please note that this applies to England only.

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on 07941 621670.

Royal College of Music student (aged 21) looking for a room in the Kensington & Chelsea, Belgravia and Pimlico area, starting from this July or September. Doesn’t drink or smoke. Used to live in the area when younger. and attended Garden House School, then Downe House and finally Bryanston. Contact Sopha on sophiaelger@gmail.com or 07910 357 044.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.

Sunday 28th April 2019

Second Sunday of Easter (C)

Dominica in albis

In the month of May, the ROSARY will be prayed every day 20 minutes before the 6pm Mass.

DEDICATION OF OUR CHURCH

Monday 29th April is the transferred Solemnity of the Dedication of the Oratory Church. There will be Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm.

ST GEORGE, MARTYR AND PATRON OF ENGLAND

Tuesday 30th April is the transferred Solemnity of St George, Martyr and Patron of England. There will be Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm.

The SCRIPTURE GROUP will meet again on Tuesday 30th April at 7.45pm.

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will recommence on Thursday 2nd May at 7.30pm. The class is at an advanced level, studying classical and medieval texts.

CONFRATERNITY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD prayers will resume on Saturday 4th May after the 6pm Vigil Mass.

MAY PROCESSION

The annual May procession in honour of Our Lady will be held on Sunday 5th May at 4.00pm (after Vespers), followed by Solemn Benediction.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 8th May. 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 2019. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm, followed by social until 10pm. Thursday 2nd May: “Assisted suicide: should those with incurable illnesses be allowed to choose when they die?” by Professor Julia Riley, Royal Marsden Hospital. More information here.

RAGS TO RICHES COLLECTION BY MARY’S MEALS

Mary’s Meals will come to the Oratory on Sunday 12th May to take away your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please). Please collect your unwanted clothes and put them in tied sacks. Then bring them with you when you come to Mass before 12.30pm on Sunday 12th May . Not only will you give yourself a little more space but you will also benefit a really worthwhile charity. Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Mary’s Meals feeds children one good meal every day at school in over 12 countries. Because of their low costs they can do this for as little as £13.90 per child per year! More information on Mary’s Meals here.

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 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 Fr Rupert 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.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR BASS or BASS-BARITONE

The Choir of the London Oratory has a vacancy for a bass or bass-baritone from August 2019, or as agreed. First-rate vocal, ensemble and sight-reading skills essential. The famous 14-voice professional choir of this great Catholic church sings approx. 140 services per year plus weddings and funerals. Auditions: late May-early June. Closing date for applications: 10th May. Contact the Director of Music, Patrick Russill, immediately for further details by email: patrickrussill@blueyonder.co.uk.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see here.

SAFE AT SCHOOL BULLETIN

You can view and download SPUC’s latest Safe at School Bulletin here. The bulletin sets out the danger we are facing from two new compulsory school subjects: Relationships Education in ALL primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in ALL secondary schools. From September 2020, parents will have no legal right to withdraw their children from these lessons. You can read a fuller briefing on this important matter here. SPUC are launching a postcard campaign addressed to the Secretary of State for Education which is asking for parents to be given the right to withdraw their children from the new compulsory subjects. You can order postcards here. Postcards make a big impact and we want as many cards as possible pouring into the Department for Education. Please encourage as many people as possible to send a card: parents, grandparents and all concerned citizens. Please note that this applies to England only.

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

Experienced tutor offers services. Education professional since 2003, BEd MA MSt (Cambridge). Primary: Maths, English and others. Secondary and beyond: English language, English literature and humanities. Can also teach guitar to children or adults. Full DBS clearance and excellent references on request. Phone or text Adrian on 07941 621670.

Royal College of Music student (aged 21) looking for a room in the Kensington & Chelsea, Belgravia and Pimlico area, starting from this July or September. Doesn’t drink or smoke. Used to live in the area when younger. and attended Garden House School, then Downe House and finally Bryanston. Contact Sopha on sophiaelger@gmail.com or 07910 357 044.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.

Sunday 21st April 2019

Easter Sunday (C)

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 22nd 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.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 8th May. 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 2019. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan will begin again on Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. We continue a consideration of St Thomas’ five proofs of the existence of God.

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will recommence on Thursday 2nd May at 7.30pm. The class is at an advanced level, studying classical and medieval texts.

The SCRIPTURE GROUP will meet again on Tuesday 30th April at 7.45pm.

 

CONFRATERNITY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD prayers will resume on Saturday 4th May after the 6pm Vigil Mass.

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 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 Fr Rupert 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.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR BASS or BASS-BARITONE

The Choir of the London Oratory has a vacancy for a bass or bass-baritone from August 2019, or as agreed. First-rate vocal, ensemble and sight-reading skills essential. The famous 14-voice professional choir of this great Catholic church sings approx. 140 services per year plus weddings and funerals. Auditions: late May-early June. Closing date for applications: 10th May. Contact the Director of Music, Patrick Russill, immediately for further details by email: patrickrussill@blueyonder.co.uk.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see here.

SAFE AT SCHOOL BULLETIN

You can view and download SPUC’s latest Safe at School Bulletin here. The bulletin sets out the danger we are facing from two new compulsory school subjects: Relationships Education in ALL primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in ALL secondary schools. From September 2020, parents will have no legal right to withdraw their children from these lessons. You can read a fuller briefing on this important matter here. SPUC are launching a postcard campaign addressed to the Secretary of State for Education which is asking for parents to be given the right to withdraw their children from the new compulsory subjects. You can order postcards here. Postcards make a big impact and we want as many cards as possible pouring into the Department for Education. Please encourage as many people as possible to send a card: parents, grandparents and all concerned citizens. Please note that this applies to England only.

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.

Sunday 14th April 2019

Palm Sunday (C)

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

On Wednesday 17th April at 6.30pm will be Tenebrae of Maundy Thursday in the Oratory Church with the Oratory Choir. All welcome. See also here.

THE SACRED TRIDUUM AT THE ORATORY

MAUNDY THURSDAY 18TH APRIL

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 19TH APRIL

10.00am Tenebrae. 12noon Children’s Stations of the Cross.
3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion. 6.30pm Stations of the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY 20TH APRIL

10.00am Tenebrae. 9.30pm Easter Vigil.

More information here.

CONFESSIONS IN HOLY WEEK

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.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 8th May. 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 2019. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan will begin again on Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. We continue a consideration of St Thomas’ five proofs of the existence of God.

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will recommence on Thursday 2nd May at 7.30pm. The class is at an advanced level, studying classical and medieval texts.

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 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.

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:

  • Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm

  • Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm

  • Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm

  • Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm

All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The skincare range includes organic restorative cream for face and body designed for dry skin and lip balm enriched with organic oils – all of which are perfect treats on cold windy days. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

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).

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see here.

SAFE AT SCHOOL BULLETIN

You can view and download SPUC’s latest Safe at School Bulletin here. The bulletin sets out the danger we are facing from two new compulsory school subjects: Relationships Education in ALL primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in ALL secondary schools. From September 2020, parents will have no legal right to withdraw their children from these lessons. You can read a fuller briefing on this important matter here. SPUC are launching a postcard campaign addressed to the Secretary of State for Education which is asking for parents to be given the right to withdraw their children from the new compulsory subjects. You can order postcards here. Postcards make a big impact and we want as many cards as possible pouring into the Department for Education. Please encourage as many people as possible to send a card: parents, grandparents and all concerned citizens. Please note that this applies to England only.

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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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

Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer profession­als who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not 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 Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

FROM THE DIOCESE

For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.

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.