5th Sunday of the Year / Quinquagesima



Wednesday 10th February is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a day of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting allows only one full meal; two smaller meals may also be taken during the day. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority (18 years), until the beginning of their sixtieth year. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who have completed their fourteenth year (NB: In England and Wales, every Friday during the year is a day of abstinence from meat). On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be given at all Masses. There will be a Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm, but no 6pm Mass. All other Masses are at the usual times. Beginning this week, there will be Stations of the Cross during Lent on Fridays at 6.30pm.



Next Sunday 14th February at 4.00pm (after Vespers) there will be the annual Procession in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes, followed by Solemn Benediction.


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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!



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:
Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Friday 3.15pm-5.45pm.



The next event will be on Thursday 18th February in St Wilfrid’s Hall: Sir Mark Allen, expert on the Middle East, on “Faith, Power and Culture: Deciphering Religion in the Middle East”. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. All those aged 18-35 welcome to attend.



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! The next meeting will be on Friday 11th March. All aged 14-17 are welcome.



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.



The Governors of St James’s RC Primary School, Twickenham are looking to appoint an inspiring and energetic Headteacher who is a practising Catholic and will lead, guide and develop our pupils and staff in the development of living out their faith, build on the school’s outstanding reputation and guide the school into the next chapter of its history with a strategic focus on our faith and teaching and learning. St James’s is a three-form entry primary school with its own nursery and a unit provision for children on the autism spectrum. Visits to the school are warmly welcomed; please contact Mrs Reynolds on 020 8898 4670 or lynn.reynolds@stjames.richmond.sch.uk. An application pack and more details can be found on ETeach, vacancy no. 622245. Closing date for applications is 22nd February 2016.

St Richard Reynolds Catholic College is recruiting for a Science Technician starting as soon as possible.  We seek to appoint a technician who will relish taking on some responsibility in the Science department of our new Catholic College in Twickenham. Closing date for applications is 22nd February 2016. Further information and application forms are available on our website www.strichardreynolds.org.uk



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.

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 michaellang@rcdow.org.uk 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.

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.

Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 15th to 17th April 2016 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Sandra 01293 783965, Freda 01322 838415 or John 01992 642443 email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk.

Faith Matters–Year of Mercy: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN, 7.00pm to 8.30pm. 16th Feb: Fr. Bruno Clifton OP on “Justice… or revenge?” Mercy in the Old Testament. 23rd Feb: Fr. David Rocks OP on Jesus the Jubilee: The Mercy of God in Luke’s Gospel. 1st Mar: Fr. Paul Rowse OP on Vessels of Mercy: What St Paul thinks of us now. 8th Mar: Fr. Nicholas Crowe OP on The Peace of Christ: Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy. 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.

Scripture from Scratch series of talks: Biblical Models of Discipleship. Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, 7.00-8.30pm. 25th Feb 2016, Peter: Model of Reconciled Disciple by Brian Purfield. 14th Mar: How does Jesus teaching in the parables help us live our vocation? byFr John Hemer.12th Apr: Mary Magdalen: The Witnessing Disciple by Brian Purfield. 9th May: Paul: The Missionary Disciple, How Paul helps people live out their Christian vocation in differing circumstances by Fr John Hemer.11th June: 10.00am – 2.00pm Retreat Day by Brian Purfield. Please book your place at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk. If you do not have an access to the internet, please call at 020 7931 6078 and leave your name, contact phone and the date(s). Suggested donation £4. All talks are audio recorded and uploaded on rcdow.org.uk at a later date.