19th Sunday of the Year / 11th after Pentecost
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.
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE B.V.M. TRANSFERRED
In the Dioceses of England and Wales, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated next Sunday 16th August (not on its customary date, 15th August). All Masses will be at the usual Sunday times. There will be Solemn High Mass at 11am and Solemn Second Vespers of the feast at 3.30pm.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.prolifepilgrimage.org
LONDON TO WALSINGHAM MENS’ PILGRIMAGE WALK – 3RD TO 11TH OCTOBER 2015
Applications are welcome for this traditional walking pilgrimage for Catholic men. We also need an additional support vehicle, with driver. Contact Peter Walters (Walk Administrator) on 01799 550398 or email@example.com. For more information see www.walsinghamwalkers.co.uk.
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.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.