17th & 18th Sundays of the Year / 9th & 10th after Pentecost

The next Parish Newsletter will be on Sunday 9th August.

 

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 £20,000 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.

In addition, Father Douglas Bazi, a Chaldean priest from Iraq who has survived kidnap and torture, is due to visit the Oratory to speak on the evening of 21st October. Further details will follow.

 

DAY FOR LIFE – SPECIAL COLLECTION

This Sunday is the annual Day for Life, held by the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland. There is a special collection box at the back of the church; the proceeds will assist the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life-related activities supported by the Church.

 

SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST BICYCLE RACES: NO 8AM MASS

Two large-scale bicycle races are to take place, passing the Oratory. The A4 Brompton Road/Cromwell Road from Hyde Park Corner to Warwick Road will be closed to traffic from 5am until at least 2pm, and many side roads will also be affected. 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 there is no disruption planned to the Underground. For more information also http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/

There will be no 8am Mass on Sunday 2nd August. The other Masses and Vespers will be held as usual.

 

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed during August. 
  • The Oratory Book Shop will be closed Monday-Friday mornings and on Saturdays during August.
  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays in August.
  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays in August.
  • There will be no Confraternity prayers after the 6.00pm Vigil Mass on Saturdays in August.
  • There will be no Scripture Classes in August.

 

EVANGELIUM CONFERENCE 2015

Registration is open for the eighth Evangelium weekend residential conference at the Oratory School, near Reading, Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August, on the theme of explaining the Catholic faith in the modern world. The conference is intended especially for young Catholics age 18–35. Mass will be offered by Arch­bishop Bernard Longley. The event is also sponsored by the Catholic Truth Society. For further information, see www.evangelium.co.uk, or contact evangeliumproject@gmail.com, or call 01834 812643.

 

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 excursions 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 is 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

VARIA

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Female 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), 5hours per week to start with (Monday to Friday), £10/hour. Please contact Laetitia on 07726 457 484.

 

FESTIVAL OF THE EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES

A Festival of the Eastern Catholic Churches is held at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Duke Street by Bond Street tube on Saturday 1st August. There will be a Syro-Malabar Divine Liturgy (Holy Qurbana) in English at 10.30am, and the day will include a film and talks about Indian Christianity, a presentation from Aid to the Church in Need on the suffering Eastern Churches in the Middle East, and Ukrainian Catholic Great Vespers (in English). All are most welcome, but a donation is requested (£10 suggested) to cover costs and for proceeds to go to ACN.