29th Sunday of the Year / 21st after Pentecost

 

APPEAL & SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES

Today is World Mission Sunday and at all Masses there will be an appeal and a special collection for the Pontifical Mission Societies. The appeal will be preached by Fr Michael Corcoran, General Superior of the Mill Hill Missionaries.

 

CLOCKS GO BACK NEXT SUNDAY

Next Sunday 25th October at 2am the clocks go back by one hour to mark the end of British Summer Time and the return to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

 

OCTOBER ROSARY

In the month of October the Rosary will be said every day 20 minutes before the evening Mass at the Lady Altar. The Rosary will be offered for persecuted Christians.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

Mondays in October in the Oratory Church at 7.30pm. The recital on 19th October will be by William Whitehead. For the full programme see the posters in the church porch and here. All welcome. Retiring Collection.

 

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED EVENT

On Wednesday 21st October at 7pm there will be talks in St Wilfrid’s Hall by Father Douglas Bazi, a Chaldean priest from Erbil in northern Iraq, who was kidnapped and tortured in Baghdad, and from Marc Fromager, Director of Aid to the Church in Need, France. There will be refreshments and entrance is free, with a collection at the event. If you are interest to come, please contact john.dowling@acnuk.org.

 

FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

Following an appeal in the Oratory Church last month by Neville Kyrke-Smith, director of the Aid to the Church in Need in the U.K., over £25,000 has so far been collected for Christians persecuted in the Middle East. A box will remain at the back of the church for those who wish to continue contributing to this urgent cause. On behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters the Fathers are very grateful for your generosity.

 

FR PATRICK DOYLE’S GROUPS HAVE RECOMMENCED

The following groups have started to meet again: St Philip Neri Circle for Women on Tuesdays at 10.30am, Catechism for Catholics on Wednesdays at 8pm, and the Mothers’ & Infants’ Catechism on Fridays at 11.00am (to enroll for this group please contact Fr Patrick Doyle at the Oratory House).

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The next event will be on Thursday 29th October in St Wilfrid’s Hall: Luke de Pulford will speak on “The Bill is dead, long live the Bill: How to prepare for the next attack on human life”. This talk will look at the issues around the defeated Euthanasia bill. Luke de Pulford was educated between Lesotho, Southern Africa, Canterbury and Rome, has worked in and around Parliament for 8 years, until recently ran the Pro-Life Research Unit which supports the work of the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, and now coordinates a global anti-human trafficking network. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. The talk starts at 8pm. All those aged 18-35 welcome to attend.

 

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.

 

CRY ROOM NOW AVAILABLE

A cry room is now available in the Oratory Church during Sunday morning Masses (10am, 11am, 12.30pm). Changes have been made to St Gregory’s Library in the church porch to make room for infants and toddlers. The entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel (first chapel on the left in the church). A supervisor will be present, but parents need to accompany and take responsbility for their children.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.

 

PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE JUBILEE YEAR OF ST PHILIP NERI

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of our Holy Father St Philip Neri (21st July 1515), Pope Francis has granted a Jubilee Year with an attached Plenary Indulgence, subject to the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Holy Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff). During the Jubilee Year, which runs from 25th May 2015 to 26th May 2016, the indulgence can be gained every day in our church (and in any other church of a canonically established Congregation of the Oratory). To gain the indulgence, a pilgrimage must be made, or one should take part in a service or devotion in honour of St Philip, concluding by saying the Our Father and Creed and prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Philip. The indulgence may be applied to the faithful departed.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LISBON AND FATIMA

Fr Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish Pilgrimage to Lisbon and Fatima from Friday 15th to Thursday 21st April 2016. The pilgrimage will include an excursion to the shrine of Our Lady of Nazareth in the seaside town of Nazaré and to the magnificent Convent of Christ in Tomar. The total cost, including the return flight from Heathrow to Lisbon with British Airways, transfers, hotels in the Lisbon and Fatima & dinners, will be £699 (this price was guaranteed until 31st July 2015 – any bookings received after this date may be subject to a flight surcharge). More information and booking forms from Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

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.

 

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.

Scripture from Scratch series of talks: Biblical Models of Discipleship. Location: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN. Time: 7.00-8.30pm. Dates: 20th Oct 2015, 9th Nov 2015, 2nd Dec 2015, 18th Jan, 2016, 25th Feb 2016, 14th Mar 2016, 12th Apr, 2016, 9th May 2016, 11th Jun 2016. Facilitators: Brian Purfield and Fr John Hemer. Please book your place at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk. If you do not have an access to the internet, please call at 0207 931 6078 and leave your name, contact phone and the date(s). Suggested donation £4. All talks are audio recorded and uploaded on the rcdow.org.uk website on the later date.