EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR / QUINQUAGESIMA
ASH WEDNESDAY – BEGINNING OF LENT
1st March is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a day of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting allows only one full meal; two smaller meals may also be taken during the day. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority (18 years), until the beginning of their sixtieth year. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who have completed their fourteenth year (NB: In England and Wales, every Friday during the year is a day of abstinence from meat). On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be given at all Masses. There will be a Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm, but no 6pm Mass. All other Masses are at the usual times.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.
LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS
Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent, beginning on Wednesday 8th March.
NEW RECORDING BY THE SCHOLA CANTORUM OF THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL
England has lots of sacred treasures: in literature, from early writers such as the Venerable Bede to Blessed John Henry Newman in more recent times; in art and architecture, our country is populated with beautiful Gothic churches resplendent with stained glass windows. But in the sixteenth century, England was especially renowned for the spiritual beauty of its choral music.
The Sacred Treasures of England, a recording of English sacred music performed by our school choir, the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, brings that beauty to a wider audience, and we hope and pray it will lift hearts and minds to the Almighty in the way that great music can.
It is the first of a series of CDs with the choirs of the Oratory to be launched over the next few years by AimHigher Recordings on the Sony Classical label. It is now available from Amazon and iTunes. You can especially support the choir by buying their CD from the Oratory bookshop.
And if you want to see some spectacular footage of the Oratory church, visit this link to watch the launch video for this CD, which was filmed recently.
SUPPORTING THE CONSCIENCES OF PHARMACISTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a consultation about a proposed "significant change from the present position" on conscientious objection by pharmacy professionals. Bishop John Sherrington has asked that we forward this request from the Bishops’ Conference Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship to you so that you may be made aware of this consultation. The briefing, prepared by the Anscombe Centre (here) is a useful guide for sending in your own short responses to the consultation. The consultation can be found here, and responses can be submitted directly via that website. Thedeadline for responses is 7 March 2017.
CATHOLIC ENQUIRY GROUP
The Catholic Enquiry Group begins on Wednesday 22nd March. It will run until 5th July. This group is designed for those interested in becoming Catholic (whether baptised or not) and also for adult Catholics seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Meetings are at 8pm on Wednesdays. For more details, enquire at the Oratory House or by email email@example.com.
ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
Night Shelter on Wednesday: Once again we are taking part in the night shelter at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP (near South Kensington tube station). We are needed on Wednesdays from about 7.30pm to help serve food and chat with the guests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Restart: On Saturday afternoons at St Augustine’s there is a drop-in centre organised by the charity Restart (http://restartlives.org/). These drop-ins run throughout the year. They are looking to start a two-tier mentoring initiative. This is what they told us: “We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although mentoring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the ‘befriending’ option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of numbers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest in the New Year. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at email@example.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).
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.
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 (email@example.com), 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.
INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE
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 books 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.
INFORMATION FOR BAPTISM
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” (CIC 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. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. 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.
Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.
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CONCERTS AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
Westminster Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will have a Lenten Concert on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm. The concert will include the Allegri’s Miserere, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and James MacMillan’s Meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or here.
FROM ST PATRICK’S, SOHO SQUARE
To mark the proposed stained glass windows for the church, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, will give a talk on “The Crucifixion, icon of love and mercy” on Monday 6th March at 7pm. All welcome.
FROM THE DIOCESE
Bishop Paul McAleenan will celebrate a Mass for bereaved parents at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 11th March at 2.30pm. During Mass, after the homily, parents will be invited to write the name of their deceased child on a card and the cards will be taken along with the offertory to the sanctuary.
Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm. The Cardinal Archbishop invites to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of their Catholic marriage in 2017. If you qualify, please contact Fr Michael Lang on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7808 0900 and give him the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).
Beginning Experience: There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following divorce, separation or the death of a partner from 17th to 19th March 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322 838 415, Sandra 01293 783 965 or John 01992 642 443, or email email@example.com.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th July 2017. If you are between 16 and 18, you can serve as a “Red Cap”, helping people in wheelchairs and taking part in the processions and many other tasks. Contact Katrina Lavery at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a helper in the Accueil St Frai, where sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. If you’re interested in helping in the St Frai, email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at email@example.com.
St Mark’s Gospel: A basic handbook for discipleship, with Fr John Hemer, MHM. This series of talks consist of six self-contained lectures at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Mondays 7.00-8.30pm. Participants are very welcome to attend all the series or some of the lectures. All the lectures will be audio recorded and available here. Dates: 13th March, 15th May. Registration required. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your name and the date of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4.
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.