33RD OF THE YEAR / 6th after Epiphany (repeated)



The Friends of the Oratory have been asked again to run the Saturday night homeless shelter at St. Luke’s Church, Sydney Street (http://www.stlukeschurch.co.uk/#/how-to-find-us/4568305378). They have started on Saturday 12th November and finish on 21st January. Volunteers are needed who can help prepare the food, serve and chat to the guests and clean up the hall and kitchen afterwards. They start setting up at 6pm and finish by 9pm. Please get in touch with the Friends (oratoryfriends@gmail.com) if you are willing to help.



In the coming months, there will be a series of public lectures, based on the theme of Creation, which is organised by Benedictus Trust in conjunction with the Order of Malta and the London Oratory. The first lecture by the Revd Dr Michael Cullinan, Director of the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences at Maryvale, Birmingham, on “Eight Days of Creation” will be on Tuesday 15th November from 7pm to 8.30pm (including time for discussion) in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. All lectures are free & everyone is welcome. More information here and here.



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 schola@los.ac



There will be a talk by Maria Cristina Terzaghi, Professor of History of Art at the University of Rome “Roma Tre” on “Caravaggio: The Beauty that Conquered England” on Saturday 19th November at 5pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory. The talk is organised by the J. H. Newman Cultural Centre in conjunction with the Oratory. Admission is free with a retiring collection. All welcome.



The SPN Circle will meet again on Thursday 23rd November at 8pm. We shall conclude our reading of St Augustine’s Confessions with book 10. 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 on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.



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).



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 on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.



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 info@paxtravel.co.uk), or from Fr Michael on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. 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 (friends@oratoryfriends.org), where profes­sional support is available.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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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!



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. Archbishop Justin Welby, leader of the Church of England, will preach at the occasion. All are welcome to attend! 



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.



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. 

See also here.



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.

Advent 2016: "Unto Us a Child is Born" (Isaiah 9:6): The Joyful Mysteries in the Life of Our Lord.
Tuesday 22nd November: "'Full of Grace': Our Lady, the Annunciation, and Us" by Fr. Nicholas Crowe OP. Exploring Mary’s consent to God’s work of salvation and what this means for us.
Monday 28th November: "The Visitation: Elizabeth’s Example of Marian Prayer" by Fr. Paul Rowse OP. How should we speak to someone who does not live on earth anymore?  Can it even be done?  The mother of John the Baptist offers us prayer as the way our familiar and filial relationship with the Saviour’s Mother is renewed by us.
Monday 5th December: "The Nativity: 'This will be a sign for you' (Luke 2: 12)" by Fr. Martin Ganeri OP. What does the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem show us about God and his plan for humanity?
Monday 12th December: "Recognising the Redeemer; Sharing Jesus' Journey Home: The Presentation in the Temple" by Fr. Richard Conrad OP.  Fr Richard will explain the two Old Testament rituals that shaped the life of the Holy Family
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Place: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN. Booking is required as places are limited. Register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or, if you have no access to the internet, call at 020 7931 6078 to leave your details. Suggested donation is £4.50 per talk.

St Mark’s Gospel: 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: 21st November 2016, 23rd January 2017, 20th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 15th May 2017. Registration required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk 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 effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.



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