11th Sunday of the Year / 4th after Pentecost

 

THE 90TH BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

At all Masses this Sunday special prayers will be offered for Her Majesty the Queen to mark her 90th birthday. At the end of the 10am Mass, the National Anthem will be sung. At the end of the 11am Mass the traditional Domine, salvam fac reginam and the National Anthem will be sung.

 

CHILDREN’S MASS IN JUNE

In June, the monthly Children’s Mass in the Little Oratory will not be on the second Sunday, but on the third Sunday (19th June) at the usual time (11:15am).

 

ORGAN RECITAL

The Oratory’s organ scholar, Joseph Beech will give an organ recital on Wednesday 15th June at 7.30pm in the church. He has been the Pettman Organ Scholar here for the past two years and this valedictory recital will include music by J.S. Bach, Maurice Duruflé and Jehan Alain. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

On Thursday 16th June Dr Ingrid Detter de Frankopan, a lawyer and professor in international law and a former advisor to Pope St John Paul II, will speak on “Europe and the Catholic Faith” in St Wilfrid’s Hall. This promises to be a thought-provoking talk. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm; talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. All those aged 18-35 welcome to attend.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE ROMAN RITE OF MASS

The second talk in the series on “The History of the Roman Rite of Mass” by Fr Michael Lang will be given on Tuesday 21st June on “The First Three Centuries: Growth in a Hostile Environment”. The talks will be held in St Joseph’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and will last about an hour. The following talks are scheduled for 19th July, 2nd August and 16th August. All welcome.

 

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. At our next meeting on Thursday 30th June we are going to look at Books VI and VIII of St Augustine’s Confessions. 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.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017

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.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

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. If you could offer occasional help, especially during the 11am and 12:30pm Masses, please tell Farah, Giulietta or David (call 07768 176 848).

 

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

 

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

The Oratory has so far raised more than £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.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

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.

 

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 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. Cardinal Robert Sarah’s opening address on the evening of Tuesday 5th will be followed by a concert of sacred music with the London Oratory School’s Schola Cantorum). Student rates are available. To register follow the instructions on http://sacraliturgiauk.org/registration/.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

 

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!

 

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 nickleonard507@gmail.com or laurasimmonds@ymail.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.