26TH OF THE YEAR / 19TH AFTER PENTECOST
REBUILDING ENGLAND’S NAZARETH
On 24th September we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, and the Bishops have asked all parishes to have a special collection this Sunday to help with the developments of England’s National Shrine to Our Lady. The Rector of the Shrine, Mgr John Armitage, writes: “We are looking to upgrade existing buildings and build new facilities, to help us serve the increasing numbers of pilgrims, who continue to walk in the Walsingham Way, since the shrine was established in 1061. Our aims are to update our facilities, and to make provision for sick and disabled pilgrims and to have facilities for young people to come on pilgrimage. Full details are given on our website www.walsingham.org.uk. Thank you for your generosity”.
OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS
There will be a series of organ recitals held in the Oratory Church on Mondays in October at 7.30pm. This year’s line-up consists of Richard Pinel (3rd), Ben Bloor (10th), Peter Stevens (17th) and Patrick Russill (24th) and features organ works by J.S. Bach, Max Reger, Dietrich Buxtehude, Charles Tournemire and Jehan Alain. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome.
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.
ORATORY YOUTH GROUP
Teenagers are given the chance to meet up, deepen and discuss their Faith with those of their age. The meetings are led by one of the Fathers of the Oratory and sometimes an outside speaker is invited. The Group meets in the Oratory House at 8pm once or twice a month. The next meeting will be on Friday 30th September. Fr Rupert McHardy will speak on “Does the Church hate science & scientists?” Upcoming dates fixed so far: 4th November, 18th November, 2nd December, and 20th January. All aged 14-17 are welcome. Email: email@example.com
CATHOLIC INQUIRY COURSE
Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 5th October to 7th December. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting!
ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN
The SPN Circle will meet again on Wednesday 5th October at 8pm. We shall continue our reading of St Augustine’s Confessions with book 8, which concludes with the great conversion scene in a Milanese garden. The following meeting would be on Thursday 27th October. 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.
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!
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, meets every fortnight. The next meeting will be on on Thursday 29th September, at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid's Hall.
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).
SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE
We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STILL PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN IN 2017
The Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the cathedrals of southern Spain from Saturday 22nd April to Friday 28th April 2017, led by Fr Michael Lang, is filling up, but there are still places available. 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.
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!
YEAR OF MERCY TALKS AT SAINT PATRICK’S, SOHO SQUARE
George Weigel will give a talk at St Patrick’s, Soho Square on Monday 3rd October at 7pm on “Radical Evangelicalism: The Real Saint Francis and the Church of the 21st Century.” Dr Weigel is a widely published and influential American Catholic writer and thinker. Contributions at the door. More details to be found on http://stpatricksoho.org/year-of-mercy-talks/
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.
The Archdiocese of Southwark is seeking to appoint a Communications Officer to help develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to expand the reach and message of the Diocese using current communication methods. Based at Archbishop’s House in SE1, the jobholder will also provide editorial, creative and operational support across the Diocese. The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent, and have a sound knowledge of the Catholic Church and Catholic teaching. He/she will have broad experience in journalism, communications or PR and be able to demonstrate in-depth skills in social media, internet and website content management. This is a full time role that will involve some evening and weekend work. Salary range: £32,000–£36,000 per annum depending on experience. If you would like to apply for this job please email your CV to email@example.com by the closing date of Friday 14th October 2016.
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Distinguished gentleman, Oratory parishioner, looking to rent a room in central London for three or four nights a week, from 9th October. References on request. Telephone Gary O’Connor on 07523 842 126.