3rd Sunday of the Year / Septuagesima
PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
On Monday concludes the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th – 25th January).
YEAR OF MERCY
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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!
SINGLE STATE OF GRACE
Fr Stephen Wang, Senior University Chaplain in the Diocese will speak on different aspects of the single life and vocation on Wednesday 27th January in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Refreshments and snacks from 7pm, talk at 7.45pm, with time for socialising afterwards. A donation of £5 is requested. The evening is organised by the community Single State of Grace. All those over the age of 35 who have not (yet) entered into the sacrament of marriage are welcome.
ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
The next event will be on Thursday 28th January in St Wilfrid’s Hall: Jacob Rees-Mogg MP will speak on “What ought to be expected of Catholic politicans in a secular atmosphere”. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. All those aged 18-35 welcome to attend.
ORATORY YOUTH GROUP
Teenagers are given the chance to meet up, deepen and discuss their Faith with those of their age. The meetings are led by one of the Fathers of the Oratory and sometimes an outside speaker is invited. The Group meets at 8pm on Fridays once a month, usually towards the start of the month. Free pizza provided! On Friday 5th February Dominic Sullivan, who teaches at the London Oratory School, will speak on “Love and Friendship”. The following meeting will be on Friday 4th March. All aged 14-17 are welcome.
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.
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.
The Oratory has so far raised more than £40,000 for Aid to the Church in Need to help persecuted Christians. The crisis in the Middle East is ongoing, so please continue to be generous.
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.
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.
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.
Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 14th May 2016 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of their Catholic marriage in 2016. If you celebrate your wedding anniversary this year, please contact Fr Michael Lang on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7808 0900 and send him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or phone number, if no email) by 1st March 2016.
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: 25th Feb, 14th Mar, 12th Apr, 9th May, 11th Jun 2016. Facilitators: Brian Purfield and Fr John Hemer. Please book your place at email@example.com. 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.