29TH OF THE YEAR / 22ND AFTER PENTECOST
APPEAL BY ARCHBISHOP SEBASTIAN SHAW AT 11AM MASS
At the Solemn High Mass at 11.00am this Sunday, there will be an appeal on behalf of Aid to the Church in Need. The appeal will be preached by His Grace Sebastian Shaw, O.F.M., Archbishop of Lahore in Pakistan. Archbishop Shaw’s community comprises about 500,000 people, who nonetheless make up less than two percent of the total population. Their minority status – coupled with their comparative poverty – puts Christians and others in the region at direct risk of intimidation and oppression in a country where the rule of law often does not apply. This threat is magnified by a fundamental shift towards Islamism made popular through a growing network of madrassas (Islamic seminaries or schools), many infiltrated by extremist groups. A Franciscan friar, Archbishop Shaw’s pastoral focus on peace and justice is critical if his people are to survive intimidation, oppression and violence.
There will be a forecourt collection for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) after the 9am, 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses this Sunday. RNIB supports everyone in the UK affected by sight loss, providing practical and emotional support that can help blind and partially sighted people face the future with confidence. Please give as much as you can to support people with sight loss in the UK.
APPEAL FOR PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES NEXT SUNDAY
On World Mission Sunday 23rd October there will be an appeal and a special collection at all Masses for the Pontifical Mission Societies. The appeal will be preached by Fr John Hemer of the Mill Hill Missionaries.
In October the Rosary will be said every day 20 minutes before the evening Mass at the Lady Altar.
OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS
This year’s organ recital series continues with a programme including works by J. S. Bach, Buxtehude and Tournemire, given by Peter Stevens, Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. The recital takes place in the church on Monday 17th October at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.
THE TRUE STORY ABOUT POPE PIUS XII
On Thursday 20th October at 7.30pm, the Oratory will host a talk by Gary Krupp, founder and President of the Pave The Way Foundation, which promotes good relations between Christians, Jews and Muslims of good will. Gary Krupp is a Jewish champion of justice and truth, and has made the defence of Pope Pius XII a life work, examining every shred of evidence available and debunking the smear campaign launched against this great pope in the 1960s. The talk will be in St Wilfrid’s Hall and there will be refreshments and copies of Mr Krupp’s important book Pius XII and World War Two – The Documented Truth, made available by a generous benefactor. Please secure a free ticket by telephoning the Oratory Porter’s Lodge, 020 7808 0900. Timetable: 7.15pm reception, 7.30-9.00pm talk and questions, 9.00-10.00pm drinks. See also here.
ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN
The SPN Circle will meet again on Thursday 20th(!) October at 8pm. We shall continue our reading of St Augustine’sConfessions with book 9, which includes Augustine’s Baptism and the death of his mother Monica. The following meeting will be in mid-November. Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at the House to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.
CONCERT: J.S. BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR
The Schola Cantorum of The London Oratory School will give a performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor at the Oratory Church on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm. The Schola, directed by Charles Cole, will be accompanied by the St Cecilia Players. The performance is generously sponsored by Rawlinson & Hunter and Maecenas. Tickets priced £20 (£10 concessions) will be available on the door and in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org
During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is available for parents with small children who become restless. There are books and some toys. Entrance is through the Sacred Heart Chapel at the back of the church. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times. We need more help to maintain this service, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses. If you can spare a few hours on a Sunday occasionally, please tell Farah, Giulietta or David (call 07768 176 848).
SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE
We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.
STILL PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017
The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still places available. The pilgrimage will begin in Toledo and include Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. The total cost, including flights from Heathrow to Madrid and from Seville to Gatwick with British Airways, coach travel, hotels (half-board), will be £899 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms from Pax Travel (phone 020 7485 3003, email email@example.com), or from Fr Michael at the Oratory House. See also here.
If you are struggling to come to terms with a recent – or not so recent – bereavement and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with the Friends of the Oratory (firstname.lastname@example.org), where professional support is available.
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.
DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800
There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now text £5 as an offering to help us with our many pastoral and charitable activities, and for the upkeep of our church. Simply type: “Parish”, then space, then “ORATO”, and send the text message to the number 70800. £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation that will go directly to the Oratory Parish. This is authorised by the Diocese of Westminster. You will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts. You are in complete control of when to donate. There is nothing to sign-up for or log into. The Oratory Parish receives 97 pence for every pound donated, which is good stewardship. The Diocese of Westminster is sponsoring this programme in all 215 parishes across the Diocese, so there is no cost to us. If you have any questions, contact the Oratory House, or the Diocese at 020 7798 9375.
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.
YEAR OF MERCY
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The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on 8th December 2015. More information about events during the year, Holy Doors and the Indulgence is available onhttp://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!
CLOSING OF THE HOLY DOOR AT THE CATHEDRAL
Cardinal Vincent Nichols will mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy in the Diocese by closing the Holy Door at Westminster Cathedral in the context of Vespers at 3.30 pm on Sunday 13th November. The Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby will preach. All are welcome to attend!
INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE
If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding books will be taken over the telephone or by email.
If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.
There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.
Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.
INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM
According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).
Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.
Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.
The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness.
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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.
St Mark’s A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 17th October 2016, 21st November 2016, 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at email@example.com and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.
Matrimony: A calling to forgive! Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems/difficulties/crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.
Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.
Distinguished gentleman, Oratory parishioner, looking to rent a room in central London for three or four nights a week, from 9th October. References on request. Telephone Gary O’Connor on 07523 842 126.
English homework tuition required for boy in secondary school. If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Italian professional with legal and financial background and languages (English, French and Spanish) is looking for secretarial and administrative work. If interested, please contact Savina Bandini on 07538181809 email@example.com