14th Sunday of the Year / 7th after Pentecost



The full programme for the Sacra Liturgia UK conference on liturgical formation in the light of the new evangelisation, held at Imperial College from 5th to 8th July 2016, has been published on http://sacraliturgiauk.org/programme/. It is possible to register full-time or part-time. Student rates are available. The opening address of H. E. Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, on Tuesday 5th July at 5:30pm will be followed by a concert of sacred music with the London Oratory School’s Schola Cantorum. To register follow the instructions on http://sacraliturgiauk.org/registration/. Tickets for the opening session with Cardinal Sarah may still be available at the door (first come first served) of the Blackett Building, Imperial College, SE corner of Queens Gate and Prince Consort Road, main entrance on Prince Consort Road.

All are welcome to the liturgical celebrations at the Oratory, which are part of the conference:

Tuesday 5th July at 4:15pm: Pontifical Vespers with Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon. Music by the Oratory Choir, directed by Patrick Russill.

Wednesday 6th July at 7pm: Solemn Pontifical Mass (Ordinary Form, Latin/English) with Cardinal Robert Sarah. Music by the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, directed by Charles Cole.

Thursday 7th July at 7pm: Pontifical High Mass (Extraordinary Form) with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Music by the Oratory Choir, directed by Patrick Russill.

On Friday 8th July at 7pmthere will be a Solemn Mass in the Ordinariate Use (Divine Worship) with Mgr Keith Newton at Our Lady of the Assumption & St Gregory’s, Warwick Street.



On Sunday 10th July, H. E. Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, will celebrate the 11am Solemn Mass for persecuted Christians. Aid to the Church in Need will give an appeal and a collection will be taken at the end of Mass for their work in the Middle East.

At 7pm Cardinal Baldisseri will perform a classical piano recital in support of Aid to the Church in Need in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Please see posters for further details. Tickets for this event are £20, which covers light refreshments and a copy of Cardinal Baldisseri’s latest recording on CD, Florilegio Musicale. All proceeds go to Aid to the Church in Need. As spaces are limited, please confirm your attendance and number of seats required by contacting Johnny Dowling at ACN (email john.dowling@acnuk.org or phone 0208 661 5154).



All Oratory artists are invited to exhibit in Art Salon from Saturday 23rd to Tuesday 26th July this year. The optional theme is VENICE (VENEZIA). Works should be brought to St Joseph’s Hall by 20th July. Please let Fr Charles Dilke know by post or email the number, titles, medium and price if for sale of works by 17th July. Queries to Fr Dilke please.



Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017. 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 at the Oratory House.



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).



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. Guaranteed opening times (for the moment): Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Friday 3.15pm-5.45pm. . More helpers are needed to cover shop opening on Saturday afternoons – especially in July. Please email bromptonoratory@aol.com.



The Oratory has so far raised almost £60,000 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.



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.



Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust (FCCT) is looking for volunteers to mentor young imprisoned men. It is possible for this ministry to fit in with your existing commitments. No experience is required just a passion for Christ and His teachings. Full training is provided. Contact FCCT directly for more information on 020 8844 5585 or ccfeltham@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

The Passage is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with during breakfast and lunch services for homeless people. Duties will include serving food and drink, helping to prepare food, tidying and washing up. We are looking for regular weekly commitment, please contact volunteering@passage.org.uk or 020 7592 1863. Full details for these and other roles can be found on www.passage.org.uk/volunteering


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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 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!



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Painter and decorator, friend of the Oratory, available for jobs at competitive rates in London, zones 1 and 2. Telephone Christopher on 07912 120 152.



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.

On Saturday 23rd July 2016 at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington High Street, there will be a day with Blessed Brother Charles of Jesus, celebrating his centenary (1916–2016). The day will start with coffee after the 10am Mass and finish at 3pm. The theme is: “Insights into the challenges of becoming followers of Jesus today”.

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.