22nd Sunday of the Year / 14th after Pentecost

 

APPEAL AND SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR THE MISSIONS

At all Sunday Masses there will be the annual diocesan mission appeal and collection. The appeal will be preached by the Xaverian Missionaries.

 

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 31ST AUGUST 2015

On Bank Holiday Monday, the Church will close at 6.30pm and the Oratory House will close at 8pm. There will be no duty priest available after 8pm.

 

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.

 

INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH?

Do you want to know more about the Catholic Church and her beliefs and practices? Do you want to come closer to God? Are you looking for the true meaning of life, why we are here, and where we are going? Each year we run a group to help with these and many other related enquiries. This is a course of instruction and prayer for those who wish to know more about Jesus Christ and the Church He founded.

Anyone interested is welcome to join this group. For Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament, the course will provide a sufficient catechesis. Those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised) will follow up the course with individual instruction from one of the Fathers of the Oratory.

The course is free, and there are no obligations, other than to attend regularly. It takes place at the Oratory House at 8.00pm on Wednesdays and will run every week from 16th September to 16th December 2015. Each session lasts about one hour, and includes prayer, instruction, and discussion. The instruction is given by one of the Fathers, and is based on Holy Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Further details from Fr Michael Lang (phone 020 7808 0900, email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk).

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

We have been running a successful Latin course at the Oratory since April 2013. The course has helped many people follow more closely the Latin liturgical texts that are such an important part of our worship as Catholics. Mr Dominic Sullivan, Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, is now proposing to start the course again to cater for beginners or allow those with some familiarity with the language to refresh their knowledge. The classes are free of charge, but small contributions will be gratefully received to cover the cost of photocopying. The first series of classes will take place every fortnight starting on Thursday 24th September at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid's Hall.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

We are proposing to start a study group dedicated to the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas. The philosophical and theological principles of St Thomas have long been held up by the Church as the pre-eminent basis for Catholic thinking and education. Studying St Thomas is a powerful means of deepening our understanding of the Faith and of enabling us to confront modern errors of thought. The study group, led by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will meet every fortnight starting on Thursday 17th September at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid's Hall.

 

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.

 

FROM CORPUS CHRISTI, MAIDEN LANE

On Thursday 3rd September at 6.00pm Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia, will celebrate Mass and bless the new statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in the newly restored Lady Chapel at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane. The Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady, Mgr John Armitage, will preach at the occasion. A reception will follow, to which all are invited.

 

WALSINGHAM - ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

Sunday 27th September, led by Bishop Philip Egan, commencing with the 12noon Pilgrim Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation. All are warmly invited to unite in this day of prayer. There are a number of coaches leaving from various departure points around Westminster Diocese. To find out where and for further travel details call 01858 571242, email clangley47@gmail.com or visit www.prolifepilgrimage.org

 

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.

 

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. Offertory Envelope boxes can now be collected from the Oratory House.

 

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.

 

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.