30th Sunday of the Year (A)

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King



In October the Rosary will be said every day 20 minutes before the evening Mass at the Lady Altar.



This Sunday 29th October at 2am the clocks go back by one hour to mark the end of British Summer Time and the return to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).



There will be a forecourt collection for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) after the 9am, 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses this Sunday. RNIB supports everyone in the UK affected by sight loss, providing practical and emotional support that can help blind and partially sighted people face the future with confidence.



Wednesday 1st November is the Solemnity of All Saints, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. On Tuesday there will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction at 5.30pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.30pm. Masses on Wednesday will be at 7am, 8am (1962 Missal), 10am, 12.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm (Solemn High Mass). See also here.



Thursday 2nd November is All Souls’ Day. The Solemn Mass of Requiem will be at 6:30pm, preceded by Vespers of the Dead at 6.00pm. Other Requiem Masses will be at the usual times for weekdays. See also here.



On All Souls’ Day a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Holy Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite the Our Father and the Creed once. Every day from 1st to 8th November inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Holy Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed. Conditions for both indulgences:

1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.
2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.
3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; by this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general. Otherwise the indulgence is only partial.
4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.
5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and Hail Mary suffice.
6. A sacramental confession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.



On 27th October 2017, it is 50 years since the 1967 the Abortion Act received Royal Assent and made abortion legal in England, Scotland and Wales. The Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, and of Scotland has issued a joint statement on this occasion. The statement “is addressed not only to Catholics of our countries, but more broadly to all people who seek to uphold the dignity of human life and protect the unborn child. Over the last fifty years, the bishops of our countries, along with many other people, have spoken consistently in favour of the intrinsic value of human life and both the good of the child in the womb and the good of the mother. This anniversary provides an opportunity to lament the loss of life due to abortion and seek a change of minds and hearts about the good of the child in the womb and the care of mothers who are pregnant”. For those who have had an abortion, this anniversary is a reminder that 50 years on that “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father” (Pope Francis). The statement is available here.

On Friday 27th October a Vigil of Prayer will be held in Westminster Cathedral, following the 5.30pm Mass. Our prayer is for all whose innocent lives have been taken during these 50 years; for all who have suffered trauma through abortion; for a conversion of hearts and minds with regard to the God-given dignity of every human life; for God’s mercy on us all.



The collection on Sunday 22nd October for the Pontifical Mission Societies came to £7,555. The appeal for “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School in the Diocese of Riobamba, in Ecuador has raised £7,492 so far.



The October Organ series concludes with a recital by Patrick Russill, the Oratory’s long-standing Director of Music, in the Oratory church on Monday 30th October at 7.30pm, and includes works by Bach, Howells and Titelouze. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.



The concluding talk in Fr Michael Lang’s series on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s 95 The­ses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the Protestant Reformation, will be on Tuesday 31st October: “The Impact of Luther’s ‘95 Theses’”. The talks are held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and last about an hour, with time for questions and discus­sion. All welcome.



The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm.

On Friday 3rd November Gary Krupp, Founder of the “Pave the Way” Foundation will speak on “The Greatest Character Assassination of the 20th Century: The Defamation of Pius XII (Pius XII & the Jews – revisited)”.

On Thursday 23rd November Peter D. Williams will speak on "Reformation’ Commemoration: The Origins & Reality of the Catholic / Protestant Divide”.

On 11th November the Oratory will take over the homeless shelter at St Luke’s Redcliffe Gardens. And so we’re looking at for volunteers! We have decided that this year we’d like people to commit to doing a minimum of 3 Saturdays, so that the guests will see familiar faces as the weeks roll on, and we as volunteers can be as organised as possible. We are also looking for dedicated dish washers this year to keep things under control in the kitchen. This job would mean staying in the kitchen at all times making sure things are clean and organised. Please also let us know if you’d be interested in taking this job! Once we have an idea of who’d like to get involved, we’ll get back in touch to get dates from you all so that Nina can start scheduling! Do have a think about whether you’d be happy to make that commitment. If you are, please reply on the Facebook page for the group or email Nina Shenkman (missninashenkman@gmail.com).



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, Giulia or David (call 07768 176 848).



Fr Michael Lang will lead a parish pilgrimage to Greece “In the Footsteps of St Paul” from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April 2018. The pilgrimage will include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. The total cost, including flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and back from Athens to Heathrow, with British Airways, coach transfers, hotels (half-board), will be £998 (twin or double share; supplement for single room). More information and booking forms here.



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.



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.



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.



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.



The Oratory has established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS), which is staffed by profession­als who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, rela­tionship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. They can also offer support for mothers who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them to­wards more specialised agencies. Each member of the team is a practising Catholic and is either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body. The WFCS operates as a charity and clients are seen on the basis of discretionary contributions being made towards their costs. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email info@wfcslondon.org.



If you would like to be married at the Oratory, we will need at least 6 months notice. For the initial enquiry please come to the Oratory House in person and ask to speak to the priest on duty (see Hours of Duty below). All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him, so please make a note of his name! No wedding bookings will be taken over the telephone or by email.

If you do not normally worship at the Oratory, please state the name of the church where you usually attend Mass and give the reasons you wish to marry here (for instance, personal connection to the Oratory or one of our schools). Please remember that it is important to approach the church first before making your plans for a reception venue. We do not have weddings on a Sunday.

There are various arrangements and legalities, both civil and ecclesiastical which need to be attended to. You will also need to undergo a course of preparatory instruction about the sacrament of marriage. Please speak to the priest for more details. See also here.

Hours of Duty:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm; 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-12pm; 3.00pm-5.30pm.



According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).

Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Oratory House and ask to speak to the priest on duty. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.

Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Oratory parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest on duty. In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Oratory.

The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can.  873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. A baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted in company with a Catholic sponsor as a Christian witness. See also here.



12 – 16 November 2017. Refresh your entrepreneurial spirit and your Catholic soul. The event is organised by a Polish-based Catholic business venture. Entrepreneurs from all over the world are invited to learn from St Maximilian Maria Kolbe who is best known for sacrificing his life in Auschwitz to save a fellow inmate. He was also a great example of a successful entrepreneur and manager. The retreat provides spiritual care, a friendly atmosphere and accommodation close to the Vatican. The programme includes daily Mass and a daily spiritual conference. Speakers include Cardinal Raymond Burke, Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. More information here.



Catholic Singles is an organisation that helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics. It does this by providing a strictly confidential service, sending members a monthly bulletin, which includes brief personal descriptions of themselves, if they wish, and advertises social events organised by Catholic parishes and organisations free of charge. Phone 0161 941 3498, email info@catholicsingles.org.uk, or visit their website.



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Catholic household has a mezzanine room to let for £750.00 per month all inclusive. Kensington Olympia area. Please contact 07530 343 257.

Flat share in Flood Street, Chelsea SW3. Well-run private apartment block, excellent location. Suits professional female. £180 per week, inclusive of council tax and bills. Call mobile 07530 917 310.


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 effort, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. See www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.

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.