2nd Sunday of the Year / after the Epiphany

 

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

This Monday begins the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th – 25th January).

 

YEAR OF MERCY
(see also here)

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy has begun with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on 8th December. More information about events during the year, Holy Doors and the Indulgence is available on http://rcdow.org.uk/year-of-mercy/. Our Cardinal Archbishop wishes that throughout the Year of Mercy the customary “Hail Mary” in the Sunday bidding prayers be replaced by the “Hail, Holy Queen”, in which we entrust ourselves to Our Lady as “Mother of mercy”:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys have started on Thursday 14th January; Confirmation classes for girls have started on Friday 15th January. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on 14th June 2016. If you are interested for your child, please contact the Oratory House.

 

LECTURE ON MUSIC AND THE MASS

The fourth lecture in the series “Architecture of the Mass”, organised by Benedictus in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory (for more information here), will be given in St Wilfrid’s Hallon Wednesday 20th January at 7pm. Christopher Francis, formerly Director of Music at Badminton School and Chairman of the Association for Latin Liturgy, will speak will speak about where music belongs in the structure of the Mass and the choices and alternatives in liturgical music made in the differnt forms of the Mass.

 

ORDINATION OF NEW AUXILIARY BISHOPS

Canon Paul McAleenan and Mgr John Wilson are to be ordained as auxiliary bishops for our diocese in Westminster Cathedral on Monday 25th January at 12noon. Although many seats are reserved, there will be a good number of unreserved seats and any parishioner may attend the ordinations in the unreserved seating area (no ticket required). Doors will be open from 11 am.

 

ORATORY BOOKSHOP & REPOSITORY REOPENED

The Oratory Bookshop & Repository is now open again after a re-fit and re-stock. Over the coming months more new stock will be added but here are a few new books:

Fr Michael Lang: Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual, and the Expression of the Sacred - £12.99
Fr Jonathan Robinson: In No Strange Land (On St Philip Neri) - £13
Michael Hodges: Churches of London (Anglican & Catholic) - £25
Serena Fass: The Magi - £25 (£5 donation to ACN on each book sold)
The Gregorian Missal – A new edition incorporating the New English Texts - £25

Guaranteed opening times (at the moment):
Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Friday 3.15pm-5.45pm.

 

FOOD SHELTERS

During the winter months, the Oratory has been involved in the running of various food shelters. The Friends of the Oratory are running a Saturday evening kitchen at St Luke’s Anglican Church in Redcliffe Gardens. The Young Adults are co-operating with our neighbours and friends at Holy Trinity Brompton at a kitchen in St Augustine’s Anglican Church Queen’s Gate on Wednesday evenings. Throughout the year the Young Adults are assisting at an afternoon drop-in centre at St Augustine’s. Anyone interesting in helping should consult our website.

 

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

The Oratory has so far raised almost £40,000 for the Aid to the Church in Need to help persecuted Christians. The crisis in the Middle East is ongoing, so please continue to be generous.

 

CRY ROOM

During the 10am, 11am and 12.30pm Masses on Sundays, St Gregory’s Library, next to the Sacred Heart Chapel, is available for parents whose young children become restless. These children must be supervised by their parents at all times. There is no obligation for parents to take children into the “Cry Room”. Children are most welcome at every celebration of the Holy Mass.

 

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes have started again. The next meeting will be on Thursday 21st January at 7:30pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall and will continue every second Thursday after that. The classes build on last term’s work, but it is not too late for someone to catch up.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group has started again. The next meeting will be on Thursday 28th January at 7:30pm in St Wilfrid's Hall, and will continue every second Thursday after that. This term we will study love and friendship in St Thomas.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

VARIA

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Female companion or personal care assistant needed for help with everyday tasks in and around the house, incl. organising paperwork, food shopping, accompanying to doctor appointments. The ideal candidate would be polite, respectful and trustworthy, living locally and flexible. UK driving licence preferable. Earl’s Court Square (SW5), 5 hrs per week to start with (Monday–Friday), £10/hr. Contact Laetitia on 0772 645 7484.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

The SVP is distributing 12,000 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. They would be very grateful if you could sponsor packs at a suggested donation of £3.25 per pack. Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or go to virginmoneygiving.com and type "SVP" into the charity section. “Vinnie Packs” is in the Campaign drop down box. Thank you so much for your support.

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.

Scripture from Scratch series of talks: Biblical Models of Discipleship. Location: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN. Time: 7.00-8.30pm. Dates: 18th Jan, 25th Feb, 14th Mar, 12th Apr, 9th May, 11th Jun 2016. Facilitators: Brian Purfield and Fr John Hemer. Please book your place at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk. If you do not have an access to the internet, please call at 0207 931 6078 and leave your name, contact phone and the date(s). Suggested donation £4. All talks will be audio recorded and uploaded on the rcdow.org.uk website.