Christ the King / Last Sunday after Pentecost
BOOK LAUNCH: SIGNS OF THE HOLY ONE
The new book by Fr Michael Lang, Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual, and the 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. Bookstall & drinks from 7.30pm. Presentation starts at 8pm.
FORECOURT COLLECTION FOR RNIB
There will be a forecourt collection for the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) this Sunday.
ADVENT SUNDAY MUSICAL ORATORY
The Brothers of the Little Oratory invite you to the annual Advent Musical Oratory with the Oratory Junior Choir on Sunday 29th November at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: PONTIFICAL MASS WITH BISHOP JOHN SHERRINGTON
On Tuesday 8th December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Westminster, will celebrate a Pontifical High Mass at 6:30pm. The musical setting will be Victoria’s Missa pro victoria (with period instruments).
The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Tuesday 22nd December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.
During the winter months, the Oratory is involved in the running of various food shelters. The Friends of the Oratory are running a Saturday evening kitchen at St Luke’s Anglican Church in Redcliffe Gardens. The Young Adults are co-operating with our neighbours and friends at Holy Trinity Brompton at a kitchen in St Augustine’s Anglican Church Queen’s Gate on Wednesday evenings. Throughout the year the Young Adults are assisting at an afternoon drop-in centre at St Augustine’s. Anyone interesting in helping should consult our website.
During the 10am, 11am and 12.30pm Masses on Sundays, St Gregory’s Library, next to the Sacred Heart Chapel, is available for parents whose young children become restless. These children must be supervised by their parents at all times. There is no obligation for parents to take children into the “Cry Room”. Children are most welcome at every celebration of the Holy Mass.
ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
The next event will be on Thursday 26th November: Mary as Co-Redemptrix in the Magisterium and Spirituality of the Church. Fr John Lawrence Mary Polis F.I. will speak on “Marian Co-Redemption and the Magisterium” and Fr Serafino Maria Lanzetta will speak on “A ‘Priestly People of God’: A look into the Priesthood of Mary and her Victimhood as Co-Redemptrix”. Sung Latin Mass in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm. Warm food & drinks from 7.30pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Talks 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 with the aim of drawing lessons for our own life. The next meeting will be on 1st December. The theme will be: St Philip Neri – 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.
Young Catholic professional gentleman, vouched for by the Fathers, seeks accommodation on a short-term basis from the beginning of January. Contact the Oratory at020 7808 0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC IN THE AGE OF LOUIS XIV: CONCERT IN THE LITTLE ORATORY
Opera Lyrica will perform music by Lully and Purcell in the Little Oratory on Saturday 5th December, 6pm-7pm. Tickets can be booked separately via www.operalyrica.co.uk at a cost of £17. The concert is organised in conjunction with a conference marking the tercentenary of the death of Louis XIV at the V&A Museum on the same day, 10am- 5:30pm. More information on http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/type/conferences-symposia/
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.