23RD OF THE YEAR / 16TH AFTER PENTECOST
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2016. The course runs during term-time until June. You can choose to attend either on Saturdays at 11.30am or on Wednesdays at 5.00pm. Please specify your preferred day when applying. The application form may be downloaded here or collected from the Oratory House. The first meetings will be on Saturday 1st October or on Wednesday 5th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2016: FAMILY DAY OUT to St Edmund’s College, nr. Ware, Hertfordshire. Mass & devotions, time for lunch & play. More details will follow after the summer but travel must be arranged privately. Save the date and spread the word!
ORATORY LATIN CLASSES
The Oratory Latin classes, which started last September, will continue this academic year. The course has helped many people follow more closely the Latin liturgical texts, which are such an important part of our worship as Catholics. Anyone with some familiarity with Latin would be welcome to join the course. The classes are free of charge, but small contributions will be gratefully received to cover the cost of photocopying. The first series of classes will take place every fortnight starting on Thursday evening, 23rd September, at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid's Hall.
ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP
The study group will continue this academic year, giving anyone interested the chance to deepen their understanding of the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas. The topic for this term is "Happiness and Pleasure". The study group, led by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will meet every fortnight starting on Thursday evening, 15th September, at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid's Hall.
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 email@example.com), or from Fr Michael at the Oratory House.
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.
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 onwww.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 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.
A design student is looking for a room. Contact Alice on 07583 032 362.
Nurse looking for accommodation in SW7 area; happy to help with housework. Tel. 07712 155 586.
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.
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.