33rd per annum / 6th Sunday remaining after Epiphany
THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE MASS
The second lecture in this series, which is hosted in conjunction with with the Benedictus Trust and the Grand Priory of England of the Order of Malta, will be on Wednesday 18th November at 7pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Fr Anthony Robbie will speak on “The Later History of the Mass”. Entrance free.
BOOK LAUNCH: SIGNS OF THE HOLY ONE
The new book by Fr Michael Lang, Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual, and Expression of the Sacred (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015) will be launched on Monday 23rd November in St Wilfrid’s Hall. The book will be presented by the Rt Revd Dom Erik Varden, OCSO, Abbot of Mount Saint Bernard Abbey. Book stall & drinks from 7.30pm. Presentation starts at 8pm.
ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN
The Circle meets in the Oratory House on Tuesdays at 8pm once a month for spiritual discourse in a familiar way on some work of spirituality or theology, with the aim of drawing lessons for our own life from the work studied. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 1st December on St Philip Neri and his spirituality for today’s world. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only.
ORATORY YOUTH GROUP
Teenagers are given the chance to meet up, deepen and discuss their Faith with those of their age. The meetings are led by one of the Fathers of the Oratory and sometimes an outside speaker is invited. The Group meets at 8pm on Fridays once a month, usually towards the start of the month. The next meetings will be on 11th December and 15th January. All aged 14-17 are welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 responsibility for their children.
ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LISBON AND FATIMA FILLING UP!
There are still some places available for Oratory Parish Pilgrimage to Lisbon and Fatima, which Fr Michael Lang will lead 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 email@example.com.
FRIENDS OF THE ORATORY
The Friends of the Oratory have launched their new website www.oratoryfriends.org, which introduces various projects, like visiting the elderly and the homeless. They are also building a network of volunteers ready to give support to the more vulnerable.
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.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO GO INTO HOSPITAL?
In light of strict data protection rules it is essential that on entering hospital you indicate that your details or those of your relative are to be passed to the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you or your relative would like the Roman Catholic Chaplain to visit you. Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an on-call service in case of emergency.
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.
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.
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Part-time home help available (shopping, cleaning etc.) Call Shirley on 07712 155586.
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.