21th Sunday of the Year (A)

12th Sunday after Pentecost


A warm welcome to our visitors & best wishes to our parishioners and regular worshippers who are away during the month of August.

 

On Bank Holiday Monday 28th August the Oratory Church will close at 6.30pm and the Oratory House will close at 8pm. There will be no duty priest available from 8pm to 9pm.

 

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  • The Oratory’s lending library, which is situated in the church porch, will be closed. 
  • The Oratory Book Shop will be closed Monday–Friday mornings and on Saturdays.
  • The Children’s Area will not be available for the Sunday Masses.
  • There will be no coffee/tea after the 11am Mass on Sundays.
  • There will be no Benediction on Tuesdays.
  • There will be no Confraternity of the Precious Blood prayers on Saturdays.

 

SCRIPTURE GROUP

The Scripture Group will meet again on Tuesday 29th August at 7.45pm in the Oratory House. All are welcome. Further information can be obtained from Fr Charles Dilke at the Oratory House.

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will resume on Wednesday 13th September at 8pm. We are going to start reading Cardinal Robert Sarah’s book The Power of Silence (Ignatius Press, 2017). 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.

 

JOINT ORATORY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

After a gap of some years there will be another joint Oratory pilgrimage to the great shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham on Saturday 16th September. A Solemn High Mass will be at 2pm, followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm. Coach tickets for £30 are available from the Oratory House. Please bring a packed lunch. See also here.

 

APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ECUADOR

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. See here for more information. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

SERIES OF TALKS ON THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

Fr Michael Lang will give a series of talks on the background and consequences of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”, which were published on 31st October 1517 and triggered the momentous course of events known as the Protestant Reformation. The talks will be held in St Wilfrid’s Hall, beginning at 8:00pm, and will last about an hour, with time for questions and discussion. Dates: Wednesday 4th October, Wednesday 11th October, Wednesday 25th October and Tuesday 31st October. All welcome.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start again in October 2017. 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 7st October or on Wednesday 11th October. For more details, please contact Fr Rupert McHardy at the Oratory House or email parishfirstholycommunion@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE IN 2018

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). The price is guaranteed until 31st August 2017. More information and booking forms here.

 

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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Oratory has recently established the Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS). We are a counselling service staffed by professionals who can help people address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. We 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 our 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 our costs. Referrals can be obtained through the Fathers of the Oratory.

 

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” (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.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

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.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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.