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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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): email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com.
LOVING 4 LIFE
Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.