16th Sunday of the Year / 9th after Pentecost
COLLECTION FOR THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA
The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in Great Britain. AoS reaches out to seafarers visiting our ports, offering pastoral and practical support and care. Everything AoS does is on behalf of Britain’s Catholic community. AoS is wholly dependent on voluntary donations to continue its work. There will be a box at the back of the church for the work of AoS. For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.
APPEAL AND RETIRING COLLECTION FOR THE MISSIONS NEXT SUNDAY
At all Sunday Masses on 23rd/24th July there will be the annual diocesan mission appeal and collection. The appeal will be made on behalf of the Columban Fathers.
MAY GOD REWARD YOUR GENEROSITY
The Fathers are most grateful to all who supported the appeal of Aid to the Church in Need for persecuted Christians in the Middle East on Sunday 10th July, which has raised £1,777.
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 19th July on “After the Peace of the Church: Liturgical Development East and West”. 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 2nd and 16th August. All welcome.
ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN
The Circle usually meets in the Oratory House once or twice a month at 8pm 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 Wednesday 20th July we are going to look at Book VII 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.
ART SALON 2016
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.
SUNDAY 31ST JULY BICYCLE RACES: NO 8AM MASS
The annual cycle are held on the usual route past the Oratory on Sunday 31st July. It will not be possible to drive to the Oratory, drive across the A4, or indeed drive easily around parts of London, until the late afternoon. Nearby bus routes are likely to be cancelled or modified. It will be possible to cross Brompton Road on foot at designated points, but not when the race is imminent. Cycle docking stations may be suspended, but there is no disruption planned to the Underground. More information on www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk
There will be no 8am Mass on Sunday 31st July. The other Masses & Vespers will be held as usual.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org), 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).
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. . More helpers are needed to cover shop opening on Saturday afternoons – especially in July. Please email email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS: SUMMER 2016
Come and enjoy discovering the history of the Church in Britain, in good company and in a great city. All welcome. Wear suitable clothing and shoes – we’ll be walking whatever the weather. Each walk last about an hour and a half – obviously you can leave at any time. No need to book in advance.
Wednesday 10th August at 2pm and Wednesday 17th August at 6.30pm
For King and Country: Walking to Westminster Abbey and Parliament
Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral SW1P 1QW. Nearest tube station: Victoria.
Friday 9th September at 2pm and Wednesday 14th September at 6.30pm
Smells and Bells: Discovering London’s Catholic culture
Meet on the steps of St Martin’s-in-the-Field, Trafalgar Square, WC2 4JJ. Nearest tube station: Charing Cross.
Each walk costs £5. Students, Senior Citizens and unemployed according to your means. Children (up to 3 per adult) free. Priests, Religious and seminarians free. More information on www.catholichistorywalks.com
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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.
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”.
At 2pm on Saturday 10th September Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral for all workers and volunteers whose work and voluntary service embodies mercy. This includes, but is no way limited to, those who work in social care in the State or private sector, as well as so many of our diocesan and parish organisations, such as Caritas and the SVP. You are most welcome to participate in this Diocesan event in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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.