The Ascension of the Lord
In the month of May, the ROSARY will be prayed every day 20 minutes before the Evening Mass.
There is a box at the back of the church to raise funds for the victims of the strong earthquake that hit ECUADOR on Saturday 16th April. This collection is in support of those most affected by the disaster. Details to follow soon.
SOLEMNITY OF OUR HOLY FATHER SAINT PHILIP
On Thursday 26th May will be the Solemnity of Our Holy Father Saint Philip Neri. At 6:30pm a Solemn Pontifical Mass will be celebrated by H.E. George Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Holy See’s Secretariat for the Economy. Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th at 6:30pm: Devotions to St Philip and Benediction. Wednesday 25th at 5:30pm: Solemn First Solemn Vespers, Pontifical Benediction and Devotions to St Philip.
The annual ORATORY GARDEN PARTY this year will be on Saturday 25th June – save the date.
ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN
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 started with St Augustine’s Confessions. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th May. The following meetings will be on 9th and 23rd June. 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.
EVENINGS OF FAITH
The Faith Movement is organising a series of talks on “The Sacraments: Sunshine for the Soul” in London. One of these upcoming talks will be given in St Wilfrid’s Hall at the Oratory, at 7:30pm, including pizza and wine. On Tuesday 17th May Joanna Bogle will speak on “Confirmation: How to retain our young people?”
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM ON 9TH JULY
Join Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham, England’s Nazareth, on Saturday 9th July. With the theme of “Mary, the Mother of Mercy”, the day will include an outdoor Mass, procession with the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham and banners along the Holy Mile, prayers and Benediction in the Priory grounds. The Deanery of Kensington & Chelsea is organising a group led by Fr Vincent Coyne, OSM from the Servite Parish in Fulham Road. A coach will leave from outside the Oratory at 7am and from Our Lady of Victories in Kensington High Street at 7.15am. The coach will leave Walsingham at 4pm. The price for the return ticket will be £20. Bring a picnic lunch. To book a place, contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on firstname.lastname@example.org.
YEAR OF MERCY
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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!
ORATORY BOOKSHOP & REPOSITORY
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.
The Oratory has so far raised almost £50,000 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 (email@example.com), 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.
PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE JUBILEE YEAR OF ST PHILIP NERI
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.
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.
SACRA LITURGIA UK CONFERENCE
The full conference programme for Sacra Liturgia UK, London, 5th to 8th July 2016 has now been published on the conference website. Part-time registrations are now open. It is possible to register for the opening afternoon (which includes Cardinal Robert Sarah’s opening address and the concert of sacred music with the L.O.S. Schola Cantorum following it) or for any of the three whole days of the conference (there are no half-day or individual presentation registrations). Ordinary and student part-time registrations are possible. To register follow the instructions on the registration page.
SUMMER ACCOMMODATION IN LONDON
Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea offers comfortable rooms in central London in July and August. Beautiful gardens and chapel. Rooms from £50 per night (including breakfast). Website. Email. Telephone: 020 7349 5600 (option 0).
SPIRIT IN THE CITY FESTIVAL
A Catholic festival in the West End of London from 1st to 4th June 2016. Join the programme of prayer, talks, celebrations in Notre Dame de France and the all day festival in Leicester Square gardens on Saturday. For details visit: www.spiritinthecity.org or phone 020 7440 2663. Full programme on www.bit.ly/SitCfest2016.
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.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Adult (18+) parishioners are invited to join the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes as a St Frai Helper. Some of the sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well equipped for their care and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers. Working in the St Frai is an opportunity to give our care and company to the pilgrims. If you are interested, contact Nick Leonard or Laura Simmonds at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
Scripture from Scratch series of talks: Biblical Models of Discipleship. Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, 7.00-8.30pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.