Easter Sunday

The Fathers of the Oratory wish all parishioners, visitors and friends
a very happy and holy Easter!

The collection on Easter Sunday is your personal offering to the Fathers.
The next Parish Newsletter will be on Sunday 10th April 2016.



This year, the London Oratory enjoys the privilege of celebrating a double Jubilee – the 50th anniversary of the priestly ordinations of Fathers John Fordham and Charles Dilke, who were ordained priests together on 26th March 1966. As this anniversary fell on Holy Saturday we shall give thanks for this century of priestly ministry in the habit of St Philip at the Solemn Mass on the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation, Monday 4th April at 6.30pm.



Do you want to know more about the Catholic Church and her beliefs and practices? Do you want to come closer to God? Are you looking for the true meaning of life, why we are here, and where we are going? Each year we run a group to help with these and many other related enquiries. This is a course of instruction and prayer for those who wish to know more about Jesus Christ and the Church He founded.

Anyone interested is welcome to join this group. For Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament, the course will provide a sufficient catechesis. Those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised) will follow up the course with individual instruction from one of the Fathers of the Oratory.

The course is free, and there are no obligations, other than to attend regularly. It takes place at the Oratory House at 8.00pm on Wednesdays and will run every week from 6th April to early July 2016. Each session lasts about one hour, and includes prayer, instruction, and discussion. The instruction is given by one of the Fathers, and is based on Holy Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

There is no need to register in advance. Just come to the first session, if you are interested.



Latin classes at the Oratory will resume on Thursday 14th April. The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group will resume on Thursday 21st April. Both groups are held by Mr Dominic Sullivan, Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, and take place every fortnight at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.



The Circle meets in the Oratory House on Thursdays at 8pm once or twice a month for spiritual discourse in a familiar way on some work of spirituality or theology with the aim of drawing lessons for our own life from the work studied. After Easter, we are going to start with St Augustine’s Confessions. The next meeting will be on 14th April. The following meetings will be on 28th April and 12th May. 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, or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.


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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 (for the moment):
Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Friday 3.15pm-5.45pm.



During the winter months, the Oratory is involved in the running of various food shelters. The Friends of the Oratory have run a Saturday evening kitchen at St Luke’s Anglican Church, 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 assist 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 £47,000 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.



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.



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.



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.

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.

Scripture from Scratch series of talks: Biblical Models of Discipleship. Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, 7.00-8.30pm. 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.