3rd Sunday of Advent (C) / Gaudete



The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy has begun with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door in St Peter’s Ba­silica on 8th December. Our Archbishop Vincent Cardinal Nichols will open the Holy Door in Westminster Cathedral with the celebration of Vespers and Benediction at 3:30pm on Sunday 13th December. Those making a brief pilgrimage during the Year to the Cathedral Holy Door or the others through the Diocese may gain the Jubilee Indulgence for themselves or the Holy Souls. The Cardinal has prepared A Pilgrimage Companion for the Year of Mercy by way of explanation and to help us experience God’s mercy to the full. Copies of the booklet can be bought for £1 at the back of the church. More information about events during the year, Holy Doors and the Indulgence is available on http://rcdow.org.uk/year-of-mercy/. Our Cardinal wishes that throughout the Year of Mercy the customary “Hail Mary” in the Sunday bidding prayers be re­placed by the “Hail, Holy Queen”, in which we entrust ourselves to Our Lady as “Mother of mercy”:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve:
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!



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 has been 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 Queen’s Gate. Anyone interesting in helping should consult our website.



The Oratory has so far raised almost £40,000 for the Aid to the Church in Need to help persecuted Christians. The crisis in the Middle East is ongoing, so please continue to be generous.



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.



Light to the Nations – a charity concert in aid of Tyburn Convent and its Mission Foundations will be held at St James’ Church, Spanish Place on Saturday 2nd January at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at Tyburn Convent or via the website http://www.tyburnconvent.org.uk/concert 



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 michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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Female companion or personal care assistant needed for help with everyday tasks in and around the house, including help organising paperwork, food shopping, accompanying to doctor appointments. The ideal candidate would be someone polite, respectful and trustworthy, living locally and flexible. Full UK driving licence preferable. Earl’s Court Square (SW5), 5 hours per week to start with (Monday to Friday), £10/hour. Please contact Laetitia on 0772 645 7484.

Mature professional woman looking for accommodation or flat to share in the West London area with another professional woman beginning 8th January. Please contact savina_b@hotmail.com.



Pope Francis has appointed as two new Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Westminster, Canon Paul McAleenan and Mgr John Wilson. Their joint episcopal will take place in Westminster Cathedral on 25th January 2016, the feast of the Conversion of St Paul.

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: 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.