24th Sunday of the Year / 16th 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.
COLLECTION FOR XAVERIAN MISSIONARIES
The collection for the Xaverian Missionaries two weeks ago raised £3,431. May God bless your generosity!
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.
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 October or on Wednesday 7th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH?
Each year we run a course of instruction 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 at the Oratory House or email email@example.com).
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 Joseph's Hall.
ORATORY LATIN CLASSES
We have been running a successful Latin course 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 Joseph's Hall.
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.
OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS
Mondays in October in the Oratory Church at 7.30pm. All welcome. Retiring Collection. The first recital by Edward Higginbottom on 5th October features works by C.P.E. Bach, Hindemith and Reubke. For the full programme see the posters in the church porch and our website.
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.
FROM THE DEANERY OF KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA
Tutor+ (free tuition) will resume on Tuesday 15th September. Please note that it is now necessary to register your child (aged 7–18) for a specific evening. There is a limited number of places available. Tutor+ takes place in Milleret House (enter via Heythrop College, Kensington Square, W8 5HN) on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term-time, 5pm-6.15pm. For more information, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org