Sunday 24th February

Seventh Sunday of the Year (C)

Sexagesima

DID THE EXODUS OF MOSES EVER HAPPEN?

On Monday 4th March at 7.30pm, Christophe Rico, Director of Polis Institute and Professor at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem, as well as Member of the Faculty of the University of Strasbourg, will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the topic: “Did the Exodus of Moses ever happen?” Our speaker will come from Jerusalem for the occasion and numbers are limited. Entrance free but booking required at oratoryporteria@gmail.com / phone 020 7808 0900.

BUCKFAST ABBEY: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MILLENNIUM

On Tuesday 12th March at 8pm Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the first thousand years of Buckfast Abbey. Our speaker is an architectural historian and contributor to the recent book Buckfast Abbey - History, Art and Architecture, which marks Buckfast’s millennium. Entrance free and 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

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.

FROM THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

The London Oratory School invites applications for the post of Director of Finance and Operations. Salary £55,000–£63,000, depending on experience. Full-time/permanent contract. Preferred start date mid May/early June 2019. Closing date for applications: Thursday 28th February at 4pm. Interviews: w/c Monday 4th and/or Monday 11th March 2019. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful applicant will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The school reserves the right to offer the post at any stage in the appointment process or not to offer the post. Further details on www.london-oratory.org or from the Headmaster’s PA on: recruit@los.ac.

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).

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.

FROM THE CATHOLIC UNION

You are invited by the Catholic Union of Great Britain to a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Thursday 28th February at 6pm at Farm Street Church, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. If attending the reception, please register on 020 8749 1321 or at info@catholicunion.org.uk. Come and learn more about the Catholic Union. All welcome.

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 17th February

Sixth Sunday of the Year (C)

Septuagesima

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

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 YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On Thursday 21st February Christian Sahner, Associate Professor of Islamic History and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford, will speak on “Christian Martyrs under Islam: Forgotten Saints and the De-Christianization of the Medieval Middle East”.

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.

BUCKFAST ABBEY: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MILLENNIUM

On Tuesday 12th March at 8pm Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the first thousand years of Buckfast Abbey. Our speaker is an architectural historian and contributor to the recent book Buckfast Abbey - History, Art and Architecture, which marks Buckfast’s millennium. Entrance free and all welcome.

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.

FROM THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

The London Oratory School invites applications for the post of Director of Finance and Operations. Salary £55,000–£63,000, depending on experience. Full-time/permanent contract. Preferred start date mid May/early June 2019. Closing date for applications: Thursday 28th February at 4pm. Interviews: w/c Monday 4th and/or Monday 11th March 2019. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful applicant will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The school reserves the right to offer the post at any stage in the appointment process or not to offer the post. Further details on www.london-oratory.org or from the Headmaster’s PA on: recruit@los.ac.

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).

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.

FROM THE CATHOLIC UNION

You are invited by the Catholic Union of Great Britain to a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Thursday 28th February at 6pm at Farm Street Church, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. If attending the reception, please register on 020 8749 1321 or at info@catholicunion.org.uk. Come and learn more about the Catholic Union. All welcome.

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 10th February

Fifth Sunday of the Year (C)

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

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.

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.

BUCKFAST ABBEY: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MILLENNIUM

On Tuesday 12th March at 8pm Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the first thousand years of Buckfast Abbey. Our speaker is an architectural historian and contributor to the recent book Buckfast Abbey - History, Art and Architecture, which marks Buckfast’s millennium. Entrance free and all welcome.

FROM THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

The London Oratory School invites applications for the post of Director of Finance and Operations. Salary £55,000–£63,000, depending on experience. Full-time/permanent contract. Preferred start date mid May/early June 2019. Closing date for applications: Thursday 28th February at 4pm. Interviews: w/c Monday 4th and/or Monday 11th March 2019. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful applicant will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The school reserves the right to offer the post at any stage in the appointment process or not to offer the post. Further details on www.london-oratory.org or from the Headmaster’s PA on: recruit@los.ac.

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

The White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) on Sunday 13th January raised £1,564.42. Heartfelt thanks from SPUC!

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).

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.

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.

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.

CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

VARIA

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

Catholic student looking for short-term free accommodation in return of some hours of work. Plenty of experience with children (from 2-3 weeks to teenagers), pets (dogs & cats) and housekeeping. References can be provided. Contact Cynthia at 07951 266 240.

Room or rooms needed near Royal Free Hospital for indeterminate period. Can only reciprocate with violin or music lessons. For lady with husband in the hospital and possibly for her brother- and sister-in-law who live in Wales. If you can help please email philip.heyman@ntlworld.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 3rd February

Fourth Sunday of the Year (C)

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

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.

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.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

EDUCATION FOR LOVE AND SEXUALITY: WHERE DO WE START?

Talks by Louise Kirk on Monday 4th February, 7:30pm–9pm, Holy Ghost Balham, Nightingale Square, SW12 8QJ, and Tuesday 5th February, 7:30pm–9pm, Our Lady of Victories, 235a Kensington High Street, W8 6SA. These talks are offered to parents and educators of children and teenagers. Louise Kirk is the UK representative of Alive to The World, an international PSHE programme for pupils aged 8 to 13 years old. She is also the author of Sexuality Explained: A Guide for Parents and Children, which draws on the latest knowledge of the human body to show how mind, heart and body interplay in our sexual makeup, and how the life-giving and love-making aspects of the sexual act are each designed for permanence. No prior registration is required and participation is free, but donations on the day are welcome. The evenings are organised by Teenstar UK. More information on info.teenstaruk@gmail.com.

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.

VARIA

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

Catholic student looking for short-term free accommodation in return of some hours of work. Plenty of experience with children (from 2-3 weeks to teenagers), pets (dogs & cats) and housekeeping. References can be provided. Contact Cynthia at 07951 266 240.

Room or rooms needed near Royal Free Hospital for indeterminate period. Can only reciprocate with violin or music lessons. For lady with husband in the hospital and possibly for her brother- and sister-in-law who live in Wales. If you can help please email philip.heyman@ntlworld.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 27th January

Third Sunday of the Year (C)

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

CANDLEMAS

On Saturday 2nd February, there will be a Solemn High Mass at 11.00am, with Blessing of Candles, for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas).

BLESSED SEBASTIAN VALFRÈ OF THE ORATORY

Wednesday 30th January is the feast of Blessed Sebastian Valfrè of the Oratory. Solemn Benediction will be at 6.30pm.

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.

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.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

EDUCATION FOR LOVE AND SEXUALITY: WHERE DO WE START?

Talks by Louise Kirk on Monday 4th February, 7:30pm–9pm, Holy Ghost Balham, Nightingale Square, SW12 8QJ, and Tuesday 5th February, 7:30pm–9pm, Our Lady of Victories, 235a Kensington High Street, W8 6SA. These talks are offered to parents and educators of children and teenagers. Louise Kirk is the UK representative of Alive to The World, an international PSHE programme for pupils aged 8 to 13 years old. She is also the author of Sexuality Explained: A Guide for Parents and Children, which draws on the latest knowledge of the human body to show how mind, heart and body interplay in our sexual makeup, and how the life-giving and love-making aspects of the sexual act are each designed for permanence. No prior registration is required and participation is free, but donations on the day are welcome. The evenings are organised by Teenstar UK. More information on info.teenstaruk@gmail.com.

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.

VARIA

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

Catholic student looking for short-term free accommodation in return of some hours of work. Plenty of experience with children (from 2-3 weeks to teenagers), pets (dogs & cats) and housekeeping. References can be provided. Contact Cynthia at 07951 266 240.

Room or rooms needed near Royal Free Hospital for indeterminate period. Can only reciprocate with violin or music lessons. For lady with husband in the hospital and possibly for her brother- and sister-in-law who live in Wales. If you can help please email philip.heyman@ntlworld.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 20th January

Second Sunday of the Year (C)

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

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

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On Thursday 24th January Neil Scolding, Burden Professor and Director of the Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, will speak on “Stem cells and medicine: where are we now?” More information here.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

ORATORY 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.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Our rota of drivers is short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing date is 26th January 2019.

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.

VARIA

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

Catholic student looking for short-term free accommodation in return of some hours of work. Plenty of experience with children (from 2-3 weeks to teenagers), pets (dogs & cats) and housekeeping. References can be provided. Contact Cynthia at 07951 266 240.

Room or rooms needed near Royal Free Hospital for indeterminate period. Can only reciprocate with violin or music lessons. For lady with husband in the hospital and possibly for her brother- and sister-in-law who live in Wales. If you can help please email philip.heyman@ntlworld.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 13th January

The Baptism of the Lord

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

This Sunday 13th January there will be a special collection at the back of the church after each Mass for the annual White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). In fidelity to Catholic teaching, SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues. It seeks to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicide. SPUC also provides trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause. 

SAINT JOSEPH VAZ OF THE ORATORY

Wednesday 16th January is the feast of St Joseph Vaz of the Oratory. Solemn Benediction will be at 6.30pm.

  

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 17th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight. This term we shall study St Thomas’s proofs of the existence of God.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

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

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On Thursday 24th January Neil Scolding, Burden Professor and Director of the Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, will speak on “Stem cells and medicine: where are we now?” More information here.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Our rota of drivers is short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing date is 26th January 2019.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.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 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

VARIA

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

Catholic student looking for short-term free accommodation in return of some hours of work. Plenty of experience with children (from 2-3 weeks to teenagers), pets (dogs & cats) and housekeeping. References can be provided. Contact Cynthia at 07951 266 240.

Room or rooms needed near Royal Free Hospital for indeterminate period. Can only reciprocate with violin or music lessons. For lady with husband in the hospital and possibly for her brother- and sister-in-law who live in Wales. If you can help please email philip.heyman@ntlworld.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 6th January

Sunday 6th January

The Epiphany of the Lord

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

Next Sunday 13th January there will be a special collection at the back of the church after each Mass for the annual White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). In fidelity to Catholic teaching, SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues. It seeks to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicide. SPUC also provides trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause. 

SCRIPTURE GROUP

The Tuesday Scripture Group will start again on 8th January 2019 at 7.45pm in the Oratory House. All welcome.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY GROUP

The Catholic Enquiry Group will meet again on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 8.00pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys will start on Thursday 10th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 11th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Thursday 27th June 2019. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House.

 ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 10th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 17th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight. This term we shall study St Thomas’s proofs of the existence of God.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing Date is 26th January 2019.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.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 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 23rd December

Sunday 23rd December

4th Sunday of Advent (C)

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

 

The next Parish Newsletter will appear on 6th January 2019. 

CHRISTMAS 2018

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

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

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

For details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season, see here.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY

The Oratory Fathers and SVP are hosting a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. We urgently need drivers who can pick up our guests in time for the 11am Mass at the Oratory and can bring them home around 4pm. If you are available either in the morning or in the afternoon, please contact the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900).

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

There will be no refreshments after the 11am Mass on Sundays 23rd and 30th December. The Sunday morning coffee will start again on Sunday 6th January 2019. Volunteers are always welcome to continue this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is usually available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848). On Christmas Day and on Sunday 30th December, the children’s area will not be available.

ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys will start on Thursday 10th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 11th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Thursday 27th June 2019. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House.

 ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 10th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 17th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight. This term we shall study St Thomas’s proofs of the existence of God.

SCRIPTURE GROUP

The Tuesday Scripture Group will start again on 8th January 2019 at 7.45pm in the Oratory House. All welcome.

CONFRATERNITY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

Confraternity prayers will resume on Saturday 5th January 2019 after the 6pm Mass.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing Date is 26th January 2019.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.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 2018. 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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 16th December

3rd Sunday of Advent (C)

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale at the Oratory House. See also here.

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Free admission or become a patron of the event & reserve a seat for £50 or £100. Further information from the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900). See also here.

CHRISTMAS

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

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

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

For details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season, see here.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY

The Oratory Fathers and SVP are hosting a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. We urgently need drivers who can pick up our guests in time for the 11am Mass at the Oratory and can bring them home around 4pm. If you are available either in the morning or in the afternoon, please contact the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900). 

FIND CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN THE ORATORY REPOSITORY AND BOOKSHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop we offer a great range of gifts to help you prepare for and celebrate Christmas at home and among your friends. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to by from us and so help support the Oratory’s work here in London! We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady on in either solid silver and solid brass. These are exact copies of old medals and would make wonderful Christmas presents or be ideal as gifts for Baptisms, Confirmations or first Communions. If you want to create a warm atmosphere at home and make sure you are truly ready for all the festivities then look to our range of Christmas candles, scented candles, Advent calendars, Christmas cards, and children books. Treat yourself, family and friends with special organic and natural skincare products made by the the Trappist monks of Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. The range includes crème reparatrice and crème apaisante – organic restorative creams for face and body designed for dry or very dry skin. Crème apaisante also helps people with psoriasis. And on cold windy days, make sure you look to Lip Balm enriched with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils, shower gel with linden flower extract and hand made saps with selected natural oils and orange peel. We hope you will find perfect Christmas presents in the shop. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing Date is 26th January 2019.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.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 2018. 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 www.retrouvaille.org.uk. 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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. 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 9th December

2nd Sunday of Advent (C)

PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale from the Oratory House. See also here.

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Free admission or become a patron of the event & reserve a seat for £50 or £100. Further information from the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900). See also here.

CHRISTMAS

Monday 24th December: Christmas Eve
6.00pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
No 7.00pm Mass. Church closes at 7.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm.
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir & Orchestra.

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

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

Details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season will soon be available on the Oratory’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY (ST JOSEPH’S HALL)

The Oratory Fathers and SVP host a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. The lunch will be served in St Joseph’s Hall from 1.30pm. You can also attend Mass before or after the lunch, in the Oratory Church. Please note that the venue is now at the Oratory (St Joseph’s Hall) and NOT at More House.

If you wish to attend, or know someone who would, please leave name and contact details, also stating if you would like to be picked up, at the Oratory House by Monday 3rd December or email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com. Numbers are limited, so please book early.

If you would like to volunteer either on Christmas Eve to help with the set up or on Christmas Day itself, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com.

 

FIND CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN THE ORATORY REPOSITORY AND BOOKSHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop we offer a great range of gifts to help you prepare for and celebrate Christmas at home and among your friends. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to by from us and so help support the Oratory’s work here in London! We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady on in either solid silver and solid brass. These are exact copies of old medals and would make wonderful Christmas presents or be ideal as gifts for Baptisms, Confirmations or first Communions. If you want to create a warm atmosphere at home and make sure you are truly ready for all the festivities then look to our range of Christmas candles, scented candles, Advent calendars, Christmas cards, and children books. Treat yourself, family and friends with special organic and natural skincare products made by the the Trappist monks of Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. The range includes crème reparatrice and crème apaisante – organic restorative creams for face and body designed for dry or very dry skin. Crème apaisante also helps people with psoriasis. And on cold windy days, make sure you look to Lip Balm enriched with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils, shower gel with linden flower extract and hand made saps with selected natural oils and orange peel. We hope you will find perfect Christmas presents in the shop. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.org.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED CAROL SERVICE

The annual carol service of Aid to the Church in Need, with the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory, directed by Charles Cole with organ and brass ensemble, will be in held in Farm Street Church in Mayfair on Thursday 13th December at 7pm. Free entry with refreshments served in the church hall after the service. A collection will be taken for ACN’s work with persecuted Christians. For more information and tickets, phone 020 8642 8668 or email acn@acnuk.org. See also here.

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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. 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 December

1st Sunday of Advent (C)

OLIVE WOOD CARVES FROM THE HOLY LAND (BETHLEHEM) ON SALE

The Good Shepherd Company is based in Nottingham and works alongside with St. Vincent De Paul Society for orphans and elderly in the Holy Land. Their goal is to support and help Christian families to stay and make living work. Many of them leave in search of better work opportunities. According to a survey made by the bishops of Jerusalem, only forty-one thousands Christians are left in the area. Olive woodcarving is one of the most important sources of income for Christians in the Holy Land. After all Masses this Sunday, rosaries, crosses, cribs and religious statues carved from olive wood will be on sale. This will help Christians to stay in their home country.

 

ADVENT SUNDAY MUSICAL ORATORY

The Brothers of the Little Oratory invite you to the annual Advent Musical Oratory with the Oratory Junior Choir on Sunday 2nd December at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome. See also here.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Saturday 8th December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction on Friday 7th at 5:30pm, followed by Mass at 6:30pm, and a Solemn High Mass on Saturday 8th at 11.00am. The preacher will be Fr Kenneth Macnab, Chaplain of the Oratory School in Reading. Mass setting: Missa Osculetur me by Lassus, with period instruments (cornetts and sackbuts). Other Masses will be at the usual Saturday times. See also here.

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY (ST JOSEPH’S HALL)

The Oratory Fathers and SVP host a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. The lunch will be served in St Joseph’s Hall from 1.30pm. You can also attend Mass before or after the lunch, in the Oratory Church. Please note that the venue is now at the Oratory (St Joseph’s Hall) and NOT at More House.

If you wish to attend, or know someone who would, please leave name and contact details, also stating if you would like to be picked up, at the Oratory House by Monday 3rd December or email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com. Numbers are limited, so please book early.

If you would like to volunteer either on Christmas Eve to help with the set up or on Christmas Day itself, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com.

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults will meet again on Monday 3rd December at 8pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall for an Introduction to the Oratory’s Outreach Programme. Opening prayers, individual speakers, open discussion/questions, closing prayers and social (with light refreshments). All welcome. This replaces the meetings for our group that fell through. A new programme for 2019 should be announced shortly. See also here.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meeting will be on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here. 

 

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale from the Oratory House. See also here.

CAROL SERVICE 2018

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. See also here.

FIND CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN THE ORATORY REPOSITORY AND BOOKSHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop we offer a great range of gifts to help you prepare for and celebrate Christmas at home and among your friends. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to by from us and so help support the Oratory’s work here in London! We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady on in either solid silver and solid brass. These are exact copies of old medals and would make wonderful Christmas presents or be ideal as gifts for Baptisms, Confirmations or first Communions. If you want to create a warm atmosphere at home and make sure you are truly ready for all the festivities then look to our range of Christmas candles, scented candles, Advent calendars, Christmas cards, and children books. Treat yourself, family and friends with special organic and natural skincare products made by the the Trappist monks of Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. The range includes crème reparatrice and crème apaisante – organic restorative creams for face and body designed for dry or very dry skin. Crème apaisante also helps people with psoriasis. And on cold windy days, make sure you look to Lip Balm enriched with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils, shower gel with linden flower extract and hand made saps with selected natural oils and orange peel. We hope you will find perfect Christmas presents in the shop. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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 info@wfcslondon.org.

TALK BY GEORGE WEIGEL AT THE ROSARY SHRINE

The Rosary Shrine in Haverstock Hill looks forward to welcoming George Weigel from Washington, D.C. He is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, D.C.’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (Ignatius Press, 2018). His talk will highlight some of his reflections in this book. The talk on Wednesday 5th December is free of charge, and it is open to all. It will take place in the church (Southampton Road, London, NW5 4LB), starting at 7:30pm. The event is sponsored by the Thomistic Institute based in Washington, D.C., and co-sponsored by the Aquinas Institute in Oxford and the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. More information on https://rosaryshrine.co.uk/.

 

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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. 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 25th November

Christ the King (B)

24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost

APPEAL FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

There will be an appeal by Aid to the Church in Need on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere at all Sunday Masses.

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

There will be a Scout Parade at the 10am Mass this Sunday. After Mass, coffee will be available in St Michael’s Hall for parents, and for anyone interested in joining, or helping the Scout Group. For further information contact oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

OLIVE WOOD CARVES FROM THE HOLY LAND (BETHLEHEM) ON SALE

The Good Shepherd Company is based in Nottingham and works alongside with St. Vincent De Paul Society for orphans and elderly in the Holy Land. Their goal is to support and help Christian families to stay and make living work. Many of them leave in search of better work opportunities. According to a survey made by the bishops of Jerusalem, only forty-one thousands Christians are left in the area. Olive wood carving is one of the most important sources of income for Christians in the Holy Land. After all Masses on the First Sunday of Advent, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December, rosaries, crosses, cribs and religious statues carved from olive wood will be on sale. This will help Christians to stay in their home country.

 

ADVENT SUNDAY MUSICAL ORATORY

The Brothers of the Little Oratory invite you to the annual Advent Musical Oratory with the Oratory Junior Choir on Sunday 2nd December at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Saturday 8th December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction on Friday 7th at 5:30pm, followed by Mass at 6:30pm, and a Solemn High Mass on Saturday 8th at 11.00am. Other Masses will be at the usual Saturday times.

 

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale from the Oratory House. See also here.

CAROL SERVICE 2018

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY (ST JOSEPH’S HALL)

The Oratory Fathers and SVP host a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. The lunch will be served in St Joseph’s Hall from 1.30pm. You can also attend Mass before or after the lunch, in the Oratory Church. Please note that the venue is now at the Oratory (St Joseph’s Hall) and NOT at More House.

If you wish to attend, or know someone who would, please leave name and contact details, also stating if you would like to be picked up, at the Oratory House by Monday 3rd December or email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com. Numbers are limited, so please book early.

If you would like to volunteer either on Christmas Eve to help with the set up or on Christmas Day itself, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com.

 

FIND CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN THE ORATORY REPOSITORY AND BOOKSHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop we offer a great range of gifts to help you prepare for and celebrate Christmas at home and among your friends. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to by from us and so help support the Oratory’s work here in London! We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady on in either solid silver and solid brass. These are exact copies of old medals and would make wonderful Christmas presents or be ideal as gifts for Baptisms, Confirmations or first Communions. If you want to create a warm atmosphere at home and make sure you are truly ready for all the festivities then look to our range of Christmas candles, scented candles, Advent calendars, Christmas cards, and children books. Treat yourself, family and friends with special organic and natural skincare products made by the the Trappist monks of Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. The range includes crème reparatrice and crème apaisante – organic restorative creams for face and body designed for dry or very dry skin. Crème apaisante also helps people with psoriasis. And on cold windy days, make sure you look to Lip Balm enriched with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils, shower gel with linden flower extract and hand made saps with selected natural oils and orange peel. We hope you will find perfect Christmas presents in the shop. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meeting will be on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here. 

 

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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 info@wfcslondon.org.

TALK BY GEORGE WEIGEL AT THE ROSARY SHRINE

The Rosary Shrine in Haverstock Hill looks forward to welcoming George Weigel from Washington, D.C. He is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, D.C.’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (Ignatius Press, 2018). His talk will highlight some of his reflections in this book. The talk on Wednesday 5th December is free of charge, and it is open to all. It will take place in the church (Southampton Road, London, NW5 4LB), starting at 7:30pm. The event is sponsored by the Thomistic Institute based in Washington, D.C., and co-sponsored by the Aquinas Institute in Oxford and the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. More information on https://rosaryshrine.co.uk/.

 

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.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.

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. 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 18th November

33rd Sunday of the Year (B)

6th Sunday remaining after the Epiphany

REQUIEM MASS FOR DECEASED FATHERS AND BROTHERS

The annual Requiem for deceased Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory will be on Friday 23rd November at 6pm.

APPEAL FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

There will be an appeal by Aid to the Church in Need on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere at all Sunday Masses on 24th/25th November.

 

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale from the Oratory House. See also here.

CAROL SERVICE 2018

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY (ST JOSEPH’S HALL)

The Oratory Fathers and SVP host a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. The lunch will be served in St Joseph’s Hall from 1.30pm. You can also attend Mass before or after the lunch, in the Oratory Church. Please note that the venue is now at the Oratory (St Joseph’s Hall) and NOT at More House.

If you wish to attend, or know someone who would, please leave name and contact details, also stating if you would like to be picked up, at the Oratory House by Monday 3rd December or email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com. Numbers are limited, so please book early.

If you would like to volunteer either on Christmas Eve to help with the set up or on Christmas Day itself, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meeting will be on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here. 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group has a lively, enthusiastic group of Cubs and Scouts. It is, however, short of Section Leaders. No previous experience is necessary. Adults of any age 18+ can be suitable, and the experience is real value added for many CVs, especially for those involved in education. Please contact Mark Jenkins for further details: oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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 info@wfcslondon.org.

TALK BY GEORGE WEIGEL AT THE ROSARY SHRINE

The Rosary Shrine in Haverstock Hill looks forward to welcoming George Weigel from Washington, D.C. He is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, D.C.’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (Ignatius Press, 2018). His talk will highlight some of his reflections in this book. The talk on Wednesday 5th December is free of charge, and it is open to all. It will take place in the church (Southampton Road, London, NW5 4LB), starting at 7:30pm. The event is sponsored by the Thomistic Institute based in Washington, D.C., and co-sponsored by the Aquinas Institute in Oxford and the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. More information on https://rosaryshrine.co.uk/.

 

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.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.

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. 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 11th November

32nd Sunday of the Year (B)

5th Sunday remaining after the Epiphany

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, and there will be a two-minute silence at the start of the 11am Solemn Requiem Mass. The church doors will be closed at 10.58am, so that we can use the full two minutes to pray in silence.

DIOCESAN COLLECTION FOR THE SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS’ FUND

At all Sunday Masses there will be a special collection for the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund of the Diocese of Westminster. All donations are gratefully received.

  

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY (ST JOSEPH’S HALL)

The Oratory Fathers and SVP host a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. The lunch will be served in St Joseph’s Hall from 1.30pm. You can also attend Mass before or after the lunch, in the Oratory Church. Please note that the venue is now at the Oratory (St Joseph’s Hall) and NOT at More House.

If you wish to attend, or know someone who would, please leave name and contact details, also stating if you would like to be picked up, at the Oratory House by Monday 3rd December or email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com. Numbers are limited, so please book early.

If you would like to volunteer either on Christmas Eve to help with the set up or on Christmas Day itself, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meetings will be on Friday 16th November at 7pm, and on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here. 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group has a lively, enthusiastic group of Cubs and Scouts. It is, however, short of Section Leaders. No previous experience is necessary. Adults of any age 18+ can be suitable, and the experience is real value added for many CVs, especially for those involved in education. Please contact Mark Jenkins for further details: oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale from the Oratory House. See also here.

 

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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 info@wfcslondon.org.

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.

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.

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.

Sunday 4th November

31st Sunday of the Year (B)

4th Sunday remaining after the Epiphany

 

INDULGENCES FOR SOULS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Every day from 1st to 8th November inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Holy Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed. The usual conditions for indulgences apply:

1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.

2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.

3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; by this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general. Otherwise the indulgence is only partial.

4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.

5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and Hail Mary suffice.

6. A sacramental confession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices. 

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meetings will be on Friday 16th November at 7pm, and on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here. 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group has a lively, enthusiastic group of Cubs and Scouts. It is, however, short of Section Leaders. No previous experience is necessary. Adults of any age 18+ can be suitable, and the experience is real value added for many CVs, especially for those involved in education. Please contact Mark Jenkins for further details: oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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. 

ST MARY’S CADOGAN STREET CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL

On Thursday 8th November at 7pm, we have invited the author and art historian Fr Michael Collins to come to give a talk on Catholic culture as seen through the art of the Papal Palaces. This event begins a series of fund raising initiatives through which we hope to clean the stonework and redecorate our church, restore the High Altar and make provision for the continuing faith education of our children and young adults. The talk will be followed by drinks and canapés. The cost of a ticket is £20, payable at the door. To book a ticket please follow this link.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

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.

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.

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.

Sunday 28th October

30th Sunday of the Year (B)

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

 

ALL SAINTS

Thursday 1st November is the Solemnity of All Saints, 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 & 6.30pm (Solemn High Mass).

 

ALL SOULS

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

 

INDULGENCES FOR SOULS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

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

1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.

2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.

3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; by this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general. Otherwise the indulgence is only partial.

4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.

5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and Hail Mary suffice.

6. A sacramental confession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices. 

OCTOBER ROSARY

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

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

This year’s organ recital series concludes with a programme including works by J.S. Bach, Liszt and Tournemire, given by Patrick Russill, the Oratory’s Director of Music. The recital takes place in the main church on Monday 29th October at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meetings will be on Friday 16th November at 7pm, and on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here. 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group has a lively, enthusiastic group of Cubs and Scouts. It is, however, short of Section Leaders. No previous experience is necessary. Adults of any age 18+ can be suitable, and the experience is real value added for many CVs, especially for those involved in education. Please contact Mark Jenkins for further details: oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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. 

ST MARY’S CADOGAN STREET CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL

On Thursday 8th November at 7pm, we have invited the author and art historian Fr Michael Collins to come to give a talk on Catholic culture as seen through the art of the Papal Palaces. This event begins a series of fund raising initiatives through which we hope to clean the stonework and redecorate our church, restore the High Altar and make provision for the continuing faith education of our children and young adults. The talk will be followed by drinks and canapés. The cost of a ticket is £20, payable at the door. To book a ticket please follow this link.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

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.

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.

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.

Sunday 21st October

29th Sunday of the Year (B)

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

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

APPEAL FOR PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES

This Sunday is World Mission Sunday. There will be an appeal and a special collection at all Masses for the Pontifical Mission Societies. The appeal will be given by Mr David Knight, a Westminster seminarian studying for the priesthood at Allen Hall.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

This year’s organ recital series continues with Gerard Brooks from Westminster Central Hall, playing a programme of J. S. Bach, Franck, and Francaix. The recital takes place in the main church on Monday 22nd October at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

ALL SAINTS

Thursday 1st November is the Solemnity of All Saints, 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 & 6.30pm (Solemn High Mass).

 

ALL SOULS

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

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On Thursday 25th October Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will speak on “In defence of selfishness”. See also here.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meetings will be on Friday 16th November at 7pm, and on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group has a lively, enthusiastic group of Cubs and Scouts. It is, however, short of Section Leaders. No previous experience is necessary. Adults of any age 18+ can be suitable, and the experience is real value added for many CVs, especially for those involved in education. Please contact Mark Jenkins for further details: oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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. 

FROM THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN (SPUC)

Moves to decriminalise abortion in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are gathering speed, largely as a result of the disastrous result of the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland. With 50 years of campaigning experience, we know that the most powerful instrument we have to influence our MPs is a personal letter. To give you the information you need to write to your MP you can use our new briefing booklet “We care about women” as well as our mass letter-writing Guidelines. We have set an ambitious target: 25,000 letters to Parliament. Please also, if possible, ask other people to write. A pile of pro-life letters on your MP’s desk really will make a difference. For more information, see www.spuc.co.uk, phone 020 7091 7091, or write to information@spuc.org.uk.

ST MARY’S CADOGAN STREET CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL

On Thursday 8th November at 7pm, we have invited the author and art historian Fr Michael Collins to come to give a talk on Catholic culture as seen through the art of the Papal Palaces. This event begins a series of fund raising initiatives through which we hope to clean the stonework and redecorate our church, restore the High Altar and make provision for the continuing faith education of our children and young adults. The talk will be followed by drinks and canapés. The cost of a ticket is £20, payable at the door. To book a ticket please follow this link.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

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.

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.

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.

Sunday 14th October

28th Sunday of the Year (B)

21th Sunday after Pentecost

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

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

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 13th October. The procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima leads from Westminster Cathedral (starting at 1:45pm) to the Oratory. In our church there will be devotions, a sermon and Solemn Benediction.

SPECIAL COLLECTION

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

APPEAL FOR PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES NEXT SUNDAY

On World Mission Sunday 21st October there will be an appeal and a special collection at all Masses for the Pontifical Mission Societies.

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

This year’s organ recital series continues with a programme including works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude and de Grigny, given by Ben Bloor, the Oratory’s Organist. The recital takes place in the main church on Monday 15th October at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 17th October. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. The course will run until early 2019. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group has a lively, enthusiastic group of Cubs and Scouts. It is, however, short of Section Leaders. No previous experience is necessary. Adults of any age 18+ can be suitable, and the experience is real value added for many CVs, especially for those involved in education. Please contact Mark Jenkins for further details: oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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. 

FROM THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN (SPUC)

Moves to decriminalise abortion in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are gathering speed, largely as a result of the disastrous result of the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland. With 50 years of campaigning experience, we know that the most powerful instrument we have to influence our MPs is a personal letter. To give you the information you need to write to your MP you can use our new briefing booklet “We care about women” as well as our mass letter-writing Guidelines. We have set an ambitious target: 25,000 letters to Parliament. Please also, if possible, ask other people to write. A pile of pro-life letters on your MP’s desk really will make a difference. For more information, see www.spuc.co.uk, phone 020 7091 7091, or write to information@spuc.org.uk.

BISHOP RICHARD CHALLONER - AN UNSUNG ENGLISH CATHOLIC HERO

A talk by John Whitbourn for the English Catholic History Association on Saturday 20th October at 2.30pm. Bishop Challoner was Vicar Apostolic of the London District from 1758-1781. Venue: Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace (at the side of Westminster Cathedral). Tickets £5 on the door.

ST MARY’S CADOGAN STREET CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL

On Thursday 8th November at 7pm, we have invited the author and art historian Fr Michael Collins to come to give a talk on Catholic culture as seen through the art of the Papal Palaces. This event begins a series of fund raising initiatives through which we hope to clean the stonework and redecorate our church, restore the High Altar and make provision for the continuing faith education of our children and young adults. The talk will be followed by drinks and canapés. The cost of a ticket is £20, payable at the door. To book a ticket please follow this link.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

VARIA

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Flatshare in a lovely two-bedroom flat, modern and full of natural light, in Copenhagen Street (King's Cross). With own bathroom, large living room to share, fullly equipped kitchen. The flatmate is a 37 yo Roman Catholic professional quiet man. £1200 per month, one month deposit. Available immediately. Email sandroknight@ymail.com.

Double room urgently needed to rent in shared flat or house. Male postgraduate student who also works. Maximum £650 per month including bills. Immediate move in date preferred. Please contact George on 07568 450 452.

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.

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.

Sunday 7th October

27th Sunday of the Year (B)

20th Sunday after Pentecost

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

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

APPEAL AND SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR ST RAPHAEL’S FUND

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

CHILDREN’S MASS THIS SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER

The next Children’s Mass in the Little Oratory will be this Sunday 7th October at 11:15am. The following two Masses will be on the usual date, the second Sunday of the month, 11th November and 9th December. 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

The Oratory’s annual Organ Recital Series continues this October. Some of the UK’s finest players present varied and eclectic programmes, delivered on the famous J. W. Walker instrument designed by the legendary former Organist of the Oratory, Ralph Downes, and now listed Grade 1 in the Institute of British Organ Studies register of organs of historical importance. On Monday 8th October, Roger Sayer (Temple Church) will survey some of the finest 19th-century organ music Germany has to offer, including the complex Fugue in Ab minor by Brahms, the joyous Dankpsalm by Reger, and the monumental Sonata on the 94th Psalm by Reubke. The recital will take place in the Oratory Church at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.

LITURGICAL FEASTS

Tuesday 9th October is the feast of Bl. John Henry Newman of the Oratory, with Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm; Friday 12th October is the feast of St Wilfrid (the patron saint of the Oratory’s novitiate), with Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm.

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 13th October. The procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima leads from Westminster Cathedral (starting at 1:45pm) to the Oratory. In our church there will be devotions, a sermon and Solemn Benediction.

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 here. For more details, please email Fr Rupert McHardy on oratoryparish1stcommunions@gmail.com. The first meetings will be on Wednesday 10st October at 5pm or on Saturday 13th October at 11.30am.

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meetings will be on Thursday(!) 11th October at 6.30pm, on Friday 16th November at 7pm, and on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 17th October. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. The course will run until early 2019. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

The Oratory Scout Group has a lively, enthusiastic group of Cubs and Scouts. It is, however, short of Section Leaders. No previous experience is necessary. Adults of any age 18+ can be suitable, and the experience is real value added for many CVs, especially for those involved in education. Please contact Mark Jenkins for further details: oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019

Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

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

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

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. 

FROM THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN (SPUC)

Moves to decriminalise abortion in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are gathering speed, largely as a result of the disastrous result of the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland. With 50 years of campaigning experience, we know that the most powerful instrument we have to influence our MPs is a personal letter. To give you the information you need to write to your MP you can use our new briefing booklet “We care about women” as well as our mass letter-writing Guidelines. We have set an ambitious target: 25,000 letters to Parliament. Please also, if possible, ask other people to write. A pile of pro-life letters on your MP’s desk really will make a difference. For more information, see www.spuc.co.uk, phone 020 7091 7091, or write to information@spuc.org.uk.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

VARIA

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Flatshare in a lovely two-bedroom flat, modern and full of natural light, in Copenhagen Street (King's Cross). With own bathroom, large living room to share, fullly equipped kitchen. The flatmate is a 37 yo Roman Catholic professional quiet man. £1200 per month, one month deposit. Available immediately. Email sandroknight@ymail.com.

Double room urgently needed to rent in shared flat or house. Male postgraduate student who also works. Maximum £650 per month including bills. Immediate move in date preferred. Please contact George on 07568 450 452.


BISHOP RICHARD CHALLONER - AN UNSUNG ENGLISH CATHOLIC HERO

A talk by John Whitbourn for the English Catholic History Association on Saturday 20th October at 2.30pm. Bishop Challoner was Vicar Apostolic of the London District from 1758-1781. Venue: Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace (at the side of Westminster Cathedral). Tickets £5 on the door.

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.

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.