25TH OF THE YEAR / 18TH AFTER PENTECOST
HOME MISSION SUNDAY
On Home Mission Sunday, which is themed “Proclaim the Joy of Love” this year, we are encouraged to support the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those whom we know are distant from the life of faith. The special collection provides funding for the Bishops’ national work of evangelisation and ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced to respond to those who have questions about the Faith. Commemorative prayer cards for this day are available to take away. More information on www.catholicnews.org.uk/hms16.
REBUILDING ENGLAND’S NAZARETH
On the 24th September we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, and the Bishops have asked all parishes to have a special collection on Sunday 25th September 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”.
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 22nd 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, 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).
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!
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.