CHRIST THE KING / Last Sunday after Pentecost
ADVENT SUNDAY MUSICAL ORATORY
The Brothers of the Little Oratory invite you to the annual Advent Musical Oratory with the Oratory Junior Choir on Sunday 27th November at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome.
The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.
THE ART OF DYING WELL
The month of November is dedicated to praying for the dead and is the traditional time to visit the graves of loved ones. www.artofdyingwell.org is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey. Professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy and history have informed the site content.
ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN
The SPN Circle will meet again on Wednesday 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 email@example.com.
ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
Advent Recollection on Thursday 1st December. Snacks from 7.30pm, evening of prayer and reflection at 8pm in the Little Oratory. Do come if you can!
Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Restart: Also on Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier mentoring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although mentoring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of numbers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at email@example.com.”
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 on 020 7808 0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 on 020 7808 0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.com), 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
(see also here)
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on 8th December 2015 and ends on this Sunday. During this year, the customary “Hail Mary” in the Sunday bidding prayers will 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!
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.
See also here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 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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