25th Sunday of the Year / 17th after Pentecost

 

HOME MISSION SUNDAY: PROCLAIM GOD’S MERCY

On Home Mission Sunday we are encouraged to support the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those whom we know are distant from the life of faith. The special collection provides funding for the Bishops’ national work of evangelisation and includes the development of this year’s Proclaim ’15: Building Missionary Parishes initiative. The collection also ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced to respond to those who have questions about the Catholic Faith. Commemorative prayer cards for this day are available to take away. For more information see: www.catholicnews.org.uk/hms15

 

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 £25,000 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.

 

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED EVENT

On Wednesday 21st October at 7pm there will be talks in St Wilfrid’s Hall by Father Douglas Bazi, a Chaldean priest from Erbil in northern Iraq, who was kidnapped and tortured in Baghdad, and from Marc Fromager, Director of Aid to the Church in Need, France. There will be refreshments and entrance is free, with a collection at the event. If you are interest to come, please contact john.dowling@acnuk.org.

 

REFUGEE CRISIS – WHAT CAN WE DO?

The Bishops of England and Wales are asking for help to take up Pope Francis' invitation to respond to the refugee crisis. A dedicated area has been set up on the Bishops’ Conference website providing a list of resources (http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Featured/Refugee-Crisis-Open-Your-Hearts). The site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. In our Diocese, the response is coordinated by Caritas Westminster (http://rcdow.org.uk/caritas/news/the-refugee-crisis-we-need-your-help/). The Oratory has just raised £2,000 to support the diocesan effort for refugees.

 

CRY ROOM NOW AVAILABLE

A cry room is now available in the Oratory Church during Sunday morning Masses (10am, 11am, 12.30pm). Changes have been made to St Gregory’s Library in the church porch to make room for infants and toddlers. The entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel (first chapel on the left in the church). A supervisor will be present, but parents need to accompany and take responsbility for their children.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The next event will be on Thursday 24th September in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Fr Tim Finigan, Parish Priest in Margate and Lecturer in Sacramental Theology at Wonersh Seminary, will speak on “‘Let not man put asunder’ – The Indissolubility of Marriage”. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. The talk starts at 8pm. All those aged 18-35 welcome to attend.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Latin course at the Oratory 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 Joseph’s Hall.

 

SHOP REFURBISHMENT

The Oratory Book Shop is closed for refurbishment and will be re-opened in early October. Some smaller items will be on sale in St Gregory’s Library during its usual opening hours.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2015. They will be held either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm in term-time only. Please specify your pre­ferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded on our website or collected from the Oratory House. The first meetings will be held on Saturday 3rd or Wednesday 7th October. For more de­tails, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email oratoryparish1stcommunions@gmail.com.

 

OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

Mondays in October in the Oratory Church at 7.30pm. All welcome. Retiring Collection. For the full programme see the posters in the church porch and our website.

 

THE ARTS IN ROME AT THE TIME OF ST PHILIP

There will be an illustrated lecture with live choral music on Thursday 8th October at 8pm to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory, given by Dr Clare Hornsby, Director of Benedictus Trust. The music will be directed by Matthew O’Keeffe and performed by The Scherzo Ensemble. The event will be held in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Entry donation £10.

 

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.

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 2nd to 4th October 2015 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda Bacon on 01322 838415, Sandra Maishman on 01293 783965 or John Brotherton on 01992 642443 and email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.