Sunday 13th October

28th Sunday of the Year (C)

18th Sunday after Pentecost


CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

This Sunday at 11am there will be a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving with Te Deum.

On Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm there will be Solemn Pontifical Mass in honour of our new saint, celebrated by our Archbishop, H.E. Vincent Cardinal Nichols. The preacher will be Father Ignatius Harrison, Provost of the Birmingham Oratory. Music: Missa Osculetur me by Lassus (with cornetts and sackbuts), Te Deum by Victoria. See also here.

The sanctuary of the Oratory Church has been decorated with the image of the new saint that will also be displayed on St Peter’s Square for the canonisation. In our church, Newman is flanked on the left by Blessed Dominic Barberi, the Italian Passionist priest who received him into the Catholic Church on 9 October 1845, and on the right by Saint Philip Neri, the Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory.

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OCTOBER ROSARY

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

 

SPECIAL COLLECTION

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


ORGAN RECITAL PETER KING

This year’s organ recital series continues with Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, playing a programme of Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Couperin and Guridi. The recital takes place in the Oratory Church on Monday 14th October at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. More information here.


APPEAL FOR PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES NEXT SUNDAY

Sunday 20th October is World Mission Sunday and at all Masses there will be an appeal and a retiring collection for the Missio (Pontifical Mission Societies). The appeal will be preached by Father Liam Durrant of the Mill Hill Missionaries.


LATIN CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS

In addition to his Advanced Latin class, Mr Dominic Sullivan, Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, has very kindly agreed to start Latin lessons for beginners on Thursday 7th November at 6.45pm. The classes will be held in St Joseph’s Hall every fortnight and will last 45 minutes.


ADVANCE NOTICE: CAROL SERVICE 2019

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 19th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. 


CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESENTATION

A presentation of the children’s book Allegro Adagio by the author and illustrator will take place on Saturday 23rd November from 10:30–11:30am in St. Wilfrid’s Hall. The ticket includes the presentation, a copy of the book, tea & biscuits and the activity Make your own collage Christmas card. Children attending the Oratory Church and guests are welcome, tickets are £7.00 for children, parents are free. Places are limited. Please buy your tickets here or through instagram @mnhbooks.

 

FLOWERS FOR OUR LADY

Our faithful love to decorate the Lady Altar in the Oratory Church with flowers. In the interest of tidiness and decorum it has been decided that the only flowers at the altar will be a formal flower arrangement, to be refreshed regularly, subject to donations from the faithful. From now on, please do not bring flowers to the altar, but rather make an offering in the box at the altar marked “Flowers for Our Lady”, or send it to the Father Sacristan at the Oratory House.


ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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


UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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


ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

  • Beavers (6–8) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 6.30pm–7.30pm. Leader: Toni Channer

  • Cubs (8–10½) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Friday, 6.00pm–7.15pm. Leader: Mattia Barbarossa

  • Scouts (10½–14) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 7.30pm–8.30pm. Leader: Sheikh Jean-Louis

Beavers and Cubs currently have waiting lists. We welcome new Leaders (no previous experience required). We are recruiting Scouts (ages 10½–14). For any inquiries contact Group Scout Leader Mark Jenkins on oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products, including medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers. If you can help, please contact the Oratory House.


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).


DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.


GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. 


PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.


COUNSELLING SERVICE

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


LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.


MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.


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

TORCHLIT PROCESSION AT THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WILLESDEN

Sunday 20th October, beginning at the shrine, 1 Nicoll Rd, NW10 9AX, at 7pm. The preacher is Bishop John Sherrington. Bakerloo & Overground to Willesden Junction. Buses 18, 187, 206, 220, 226, 228, 260, 266 & 487.

FROM THE DIOCESE

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


INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.


INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 6th October

27th Sunday of the Year (C)

17th Sunday after Pentecost

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Novena prayers in preparation for the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman will start on Friday 4th October and will be said every day after the evening Mass. More information here.

Wednesday 9th October is the liturgical feast of Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory. There will be Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm.

On Sunday 13th October at 11am there will be a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving with Te Deum.

On Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm there will be Solemn Pontifical Mass in honour of our new saint, celebrated by our Archbishop, H.E. Vincent Cardinal Nichols. The preacher will be Father Ignatius Harrison. Music: Missa Osculetur me by Lassus (with cornetts and sackbuts), Te Deum by Victoria.

 

ORGAN RECITAL MARTIN WELZEL

The first of this year’s series of organ recitals is given by international concert organist Martin Welzel from Munich. The recital takes place in the main church on Monday 7th October at 7.30pm and includes works by Dupré, William Lloyd-Webber, Liszt, Widor and J.S. Bach. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. More information here.

 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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

CONFESSIONS IN CHURCH ON SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER

On Saturday 12th October Confessions in church will be from 10am to 12noon. There will be no Confessions from 12noon to 12.45pm. In the afternoon, Confessions in church will be at the usual hours, from 3pm to 6.00pm.

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 12th 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 by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. and Solemn Benediction. See also here. 

FLOWERS FOR OUR LADY

Our faithful love to decorate the Lady Altar in the Oratory Church with flowers. In the interest of tidiness and decorum it has been decided that the only flowers at the altar will be a formal flower arrangement, to be refreshed regularly, subject to donations from the faithful. From now on, please do not bring flowers to the altar, but rather make an offering in the box at the altar marked “Flowers for Our Lady”, or send it to the Father Sacristan at the Oratory House.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

  • Beavers (6–8) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 6.30pm–7.30pm. Leader: Toni Channer

  • Cubs (8–10½) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Friday, 6.00pm–7.15pm. Leader: Mattia Barbarossa

  • Scouts (10½–14) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 7.30pm–8.30pm. Leader: Sheikh Jean-Louis

Beavers and Cubs currently have waiting lists. We welcome new Leaders (no previous experience required). We are recruiting Scouts (ages 10½–14). For any inquiries contact Group Scout Leader Mark Jenkins on oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products, including medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers. If you can help, please contact the Oratory House.

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).

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

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.

THE GUILD OF OUR LADY OF RANSOM

The Annual Lecture of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom will be given by Edmund Matyjaszek on “England, the Dowry of Mary, Meaning and Mission”. Monday 7th October at 7.15pm in the Social Centre at St James’ Church, Spanish Place, 22 George St, London W1U 3QY. Followed by a drinks’ reception. Entrance free and all welcome.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT AND THE ECONOMICS OF THE COMMON GOOD

Catholic Union Craigmyle Lecture by Lord Maurice Glasman, founder of “Blue Labour”. Thursday 10th October at 6.30pm. All welcome. Followed by a Drinks Reception. Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Please register at info@catholicunion.org.uk or 020 8749 1321 or on Eventbrite.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 29th September 2019

26th Sunday of the Year (C)

Dedication of St Michael Archangel

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. This term the topic is Knowledge and Truth. Next meeting: Thursday 3rd October.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 12th 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 by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. and Solemn Benediction. See also here. 

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. At 11am will be a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving with Te Deum. On Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm there will be Solemn Pontifical Mass in honour of our new saint, celebrated by our Archbishop, H.E. Vincent Cardinal Nichols. For updated information on events and further resources, see this website.

2019 OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

This year the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, and Director of Music, Patrick Russill, are joined by international concert organist Martin Welzel from Munich, and Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey. The series runs on Mondays in October, starting at 7.30pm and lasting for one hour. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. More information here.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

  • Beavers (6–8) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 6.30pm–7.30pm. Leader: Toni Channer

  • Cubs (8–10½) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Friday, 6.00pm–7.15pm. Leader: Mattia Barbarossa

  • Scouts (10½–14) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 7.30pm–8.30pm. Leader: Sheikh Jean-Louis

Beavers and Cubs currently have waiting lists. We welcome new Leaders (no previous experience required). We are recruiting Scouts (ages 10½–14). For any inquiries contact Group Scout Leader Mark Jenkins on oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products, including medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers. If you can help, please contact the Oratory House.

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).

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

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.

THE GUILD OF OUR LADY OF RANSOM

The Annual Lecture of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom will be given by Edmund Matyjaszek on “England, the Dowry of Mary, Meaning and Mission”. Monday 7th October at 7.15pm in the Social Centre at St James’ Church, Spanish Place, 22 George St, London W1U 3QY. Followed by a drinks’ reception. Entrance free and all welcome.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT AND THE ECONOMICS OF THE COMMON GOOD

Catholic Union Craigmyle Lecture by Lord Maurice Glasman, founder of “Blue Labour”. Thursday 10th October at 6.30pm. All welcome. Followed by a Drinks Reception. Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Please register at info@catholicunion.org.uk or 020 8749 1321 or on Eventbrite.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 22nd September 2019

25th Sunday of the Year (C)

15th Sunday after Pentecost

HOME MISSION SUNDAY

Because of the appeal and collection last week, the annual Home Mission Sunday collection to support the Bishops’ Conference’s work in the area of evangelisation will be held this Sunday.  

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meeting will be on Friday 27th September at 7pm. Dominic Sullivan, who teaches at the London Oratory School, will speak on "Getting our desires right: the the role of our emotions in human life”. Dates of upcoming meeting: 11th October, 8th November, 22nd November and 6th December. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here. 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

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

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. This term the topic is Knowledge and Truth. Next meeting: Thursday 3rd October.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 12th 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 by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. and Solemn Benediction. See also here. 

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website. There will be a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving in our church on Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm, celebrated by our Archbishop, H.E. Vincent Cardinal Nichols.

2019 OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

This year the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, and Director of Music, Patrick Russill, are joined by international concert organist Martin Welzel from Munich, and Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey. The series runs on Mondays in October, starting at 7.30pm and lasting for one hour. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. More information here.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

  • Beavers (6–8) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 6.30pm–7.30pm. Leader: Toni Channer

  • Cubs (8–10½) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Friday, 6.00pm–7.15pm. Leader: Mattia Barbarossa

  • Scouts (10½–14) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 7.30pm–8.30pm. Leader: Sheikh Jean-Louis

Beavers and Cubs currently have waiting lists. We welcome new Leaders (no previous experience required). We are recruiting Scouts (ages 10½–14). For any inquiries contact Group Scout Leader Mark Jenkins on oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products, including medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers. If you can help, please contact the Oratory House.

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).

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

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.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: A MUSICAL NIGHT OF WITNESS

With noted pianists Imma Setiadi and Nigel Clayton performing four-hand musical masterpieces, including works by Bach, Schubert and Rachmaninoff, this special, ecumenical evening will also feature poetry readings and an exhibition of artwork done by Syrian children. Entrance is free with a collection for Aid to the Church in Need’s work in Syria and Iraq. Friday 27th September at St Paul’s Church, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9PJ. Food and drink reception at 6.30pm, music beginning at 7pm. More information 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. 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 15th September 2019

24th Sunday of the Year (C)

14th Sunday after Pentecost

APPEAL & COLLECTION: THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE UNBORN CHILD SINCE 1967

The UK already has one of the most radical abortion laws in the world. Now, we are facing the biggest threat to the unborn child since 1967. This autumn, the abortion lobby is set to attempt to introduce an extreme proposal to Parliament, which aims to remove almost all legal safeguards around abortion. This move is clearly opposed to what the vast majority of woman across the UK support and would result in an even greater loss of life. At all Masses this Sunday, there will be an appeal and a special collection on behalf of Right to Life UK. Please support the important work of this pro-life charity in any way you can!

HOME MISSION SUNDAY

This Sunday we are asked to prayer for the mission of the Church in England and Wales, especially for those whom we know are distant from the life of faith. The special collection to support the Bishops’ Conference’s work in the area of evangelisation will be postponed to next Sunday 22nd September. 

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

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

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

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

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

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

2019 OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

This year the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, and Director of Music, Patrick Russill, are joined by international concert organist Martin Welzel from Munich, and Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey. The series runs on Mondays in October, starting at 7.30pm and lasting for one hour. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. More information here.

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 12th 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 by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. and Solemn Benediction. See also here. 

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website. There will be a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving in our church on Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm, celebrated by our Archbishop, H.E. Vincent Cardinal Nichols.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

  • Beavers (6–8) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 6.30pm–7.30pm. Leader: Toni Channer

  • Cubs (8–10½) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Friday, 6.00pm–7.15pm. Leader: Mattia Barbarossa

  • Scouts (10½–14) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 7.30pm–8.30pm. Leader: Sheikh Jean-Louis

Beavers and Cubs currently have waiting lists. We welcome new Leaders (no previous experience required). We are recruiting Scouts (ages 10½–14). For any inquiries contact Group Scout Leader Mark Jenkins on oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products, including medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

VARIA

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

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 8th September 2019

23rd Sunday of the Year (C)

13th Sunday after Pentecost

THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE UNBORN CHILD SINCE 1967

The UK already has one of the most radical abortion laws in the world. Now, we are facing the biggest threat to the unborn child since 1967. This autumn, the abortion lobby is set to attempt to introduce an extreme proposal to Parliament, which aims to remove almost all legal safeguards around abortion. This move is clearly opposed to what the vast majority of woman across the UK support and would result in an even greater loss of life.

The charity Right to Life UK will host an event at the Oratory, at which Lord Alton and Baroness O’Loan will present what is happening in Westminster, the counter-campaign they are spearheading, and what you can do stop this extreme law change. Tuesday 10th September in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. 6.45pm arrival for a 7pm start. Complimentary light refreshments will be served after the talk. See also here.

On Sunday 15th September, there will be an appeal and special collection at all Masses on behalf of Right to Life UK. Please support the important work of this pro-life charity in any way you can!

MONTHLY CHILDREN’S MASSES IN THE LITTLE ORATORY

There will be no Children’s Mass in the Little Oratory this Sunday. The monthly Masses will start again in October (usually on the 2nd Sunday).

STILL PLACES AVAILABLE ON THE ORATORY’S PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

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

ORATORY 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 Monday 9th September, Hugh Owen and Greg Clovis, will speak on “Evolution – what is a Catholic to believe?”. Help is needed with food preparation from about 7pm – if you are available, let us know on youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. More information here.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

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

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

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

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

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

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

The Oratory’s annual Organ Recital Series continues this October. Players from the UK and Germany 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 listed Grade 1 in the Institute of British Organ Studies register of organs of historical importance. Mondays in October at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. More information here.

 

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website. There will be a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving in our church on Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm, celebrated by our Archbishop, H.E. Vincent Cardinal Nichols.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products, including medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

   

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

VARIA

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

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 1st September 2019

22nd Sunday of the Year (C)

12th Sunday after Pentecost

There will be no Benediction on Tuesday 3rd September. Tuesday Benediction with the Junior Choir will start again on 10th September at 6.30pm.

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE UNBORN CHILD SINCE 1967

The UK already has one of the most radical abortion laws in the world. Now, we are facing the biggest threat to the unborn child since 1967. This autumn, the abortion lobby is set to attempt to introduce an extreme abortion proposal to Parliament which aims to remove almost all legal safeguards around abortion. Lord Alton and Baroness O’Loan, champions of the cause in the House of Lords, will present a session covering what is happening in Westminster, the counter-campaign they are spearheading, and what you can do stop this extreme law change. Tuesday 10th September in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. 6.45pm arrival for a 7pm start. Complimentary light refreshments will be served after the talks. See also here.

STILL PLACES AVAILABLE ON THE ORATORY’S PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

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

ORATORY 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 Monday 9th September, Hugh Owen and Greg Clovis, will speak on “Evolution – what is a Catholic to believe?”. Help is needed with food preparation from about 7pm – if you are available, let us know on youngadultsgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. More information here.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

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

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

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

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

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

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

The Oratory’s annual Organ Recital Series continues this October. Players from the UK and Germany 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 listed Grade 1 in the Institute of British Organ Studies register of organs of historical importance. Mondays in October at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. More information here.

 

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

It is now official: Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. For updated information and further resources, see this website. There will be a Solemn High Mass of thanksgiving in our church on Thursday 17th October at 6.00pm, celebrated by our Archbishop, H.E. Vincent Cardinal Nichols.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

   

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

VARIA

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

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 25th August 2019

21st Sunday of the Year (C)

11th Sunday after Pentecost

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

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

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

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

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

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

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

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

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

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

PRO-LIFE EVENT

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

 PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

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

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

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

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

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

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

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

   

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

VARIA

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

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 18th August 2019

20th Sunday of the Year (C)

10th Sunday after Pentecost

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

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

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

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

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

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

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

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

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

 PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

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

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

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

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

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

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

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

   

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 11th August 2019

19th Sunday of the Year (C)

9th Sunday after Pentecost

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

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

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

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

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

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

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

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

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

 PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

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

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

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

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

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

   

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.  

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 4th August 2019

18th Sunday of the Year (C)

8th Sunday after Pentecost

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

SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST BICYCLE RACES: NO 8AM MASS

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

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

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

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

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

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

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

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

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

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

 

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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

 PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

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

   

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 28th July 2019

17th Sunday of the Year (C)

7th Sunday after Pentecost

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

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

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

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

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

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

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

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

 

SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST BICYCLE RACES: NO 8AM MASS

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

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

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

 CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

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

   

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 21st July 2019

16th Sunday of the Year (C)

6th Sunday after Pentecost

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

 CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

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

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

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

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

  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.

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

  • The Scripture group will not meet.

 

SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST BICYCLE RACES: NO 8AM MASS

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

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

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

SPIRITUAL RETREAT WITH FR JACQUES PHILIPPE

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

   

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 14th July 2019

15th Sunday of the Year (C)

5th Sunday after Pentecost

COLLECTION FOR THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA

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

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

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

 CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

 

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

  

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 7th July 2019

14th Sunday of the Year (C)

4th Sunday after Pentecost

 

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

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

 

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

 

COLLECTION FOR THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA

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

 

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

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

 

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

  

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

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

 

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

  

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 30th June 2019

SAINTS PETER & PAUL (C)

(transferred from 29 June)

PETER’S PENCE

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

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

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

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

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

 

ORGAN RECITAL

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

 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

 

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

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

 

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

VARIA

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

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

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

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

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:            Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.

Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Corpus Christi (C)

Second Sunday after Pentecost

PROCESSION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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

 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

 

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

 

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

 

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR SOPRANO

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

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

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

 

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

VARIA

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

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

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

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 16th June 2019

MOST HOLY TRINITY (C)

BACH RECITAL

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

 

NO PARKING ON SUNDAY 23RD JUNE

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

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

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

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

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

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

 

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR SOPRANO

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

 

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

 

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish.

 

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

 

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

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

 

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE!

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.

 

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July 2019. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you do not need a medical qualification. Working in the St Frai is a moving and rewarding experience. If you are interested, please email westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

 

VARIA

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

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

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

 

VACANCY: CATHOLIC UNION OF GREAT BRITATIN

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

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

 

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details.

Hours of Duty:           
Monday-Friday:
9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

 

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.

Sunday 9th June 2019

Pentecost Sunday (C)

BBC LIVE BROADCAST OF VESPERS

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

BACH RECITALS

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

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

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

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

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – SAINT OF OUR TIMES

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On On Thursday 13th June, Dr Matteo Salonia, Lecturer in Early Modern Iberian History, King’s College London, will speak on “The Catholic origins of human rights discourses”. See also here.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR SOPRANO

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

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. You can text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

A TALK BY ROY SCHOEMAN

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

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you do not need a medical qualification. Working in the St Frai is a moving and rewarding experience. If you are interested, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

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

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

VACANCY: CATHOLIC UNION OF GREAT BRITATIN

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical, which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Seventh Sunday of Easter (C)

Sunday after the Ascension

BACH RECITALS

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

BBC LIVE BROADCAST OF VESPERS

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

ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

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

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

UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?

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

ORATORY SCOUT GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On On Thursday 13th June, Dr Matteo Salonia, Lecturer in Early Modern Iberian History, King’s College London, will speak on “The Catholic origins of human rights discourses”. See also here.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

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

CHILDREN’S AREA

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

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR MEN

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

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

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

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.

MATRIMONY: A CALLING TO FORGIVE

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

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE

There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. You can text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.

GIFT AID – HELPING THE ORATORY

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Oratory can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p of every £1 you give, at no cost or inconvenience to you. Setting up a Gift Aid arrangement helps the Oratory to increase its income, which is much needed for the upkeep of the church and for the many pastoral activities in the parish. For further information contact the Oratory House.

PRIEST REFERENCE FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Parents who wish one of the Oratory Fathers to give their child a school reference must register with the “Mass Attendance” scheme. Registration forms are available from the Oratory House.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

A TALK BY ROY SCHOEMAN

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

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 20th July to Friday 26th July. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you do not need a medical qualification. Working in the St Frai is a moving and rewarding experience. If you are interested, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

CATHOLIC SINGLES

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

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

VARIA

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

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

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

VACANCY: CATHOLIC UNION OF GREAT BRITATIN

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

FROM THE DIOCESE

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

INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE

If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical, which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.

INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM

According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.