23rd Sunday of the Year (A)

14th Sunday after Pentecost



Because of unforeseen circumstances there will be no mission appeal this Sunday. There will still be a retiring collection after each Mass for the apostolates of the Rosminian Fathers (Institute of Charity).



On Friday 1st September, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, our former Archbishop, died at the age of 85. In a message he sent a few days before, he thanked the people of the Diocese for their support, and asked for their prayers. The arrangements for his funeral rites are as follows:

On Tuesday 12th September, the Cardinal’s body will be received at Westminster Cathedral at 10am with a short service. All are welcome to attend. The Cardinal’s body will lie in the cathedral throughout the day and all are welcome to visit to pay their respects, pray and sign the book of condolence.

At 5pm on the same day, Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preside at the Solemn Vespers of the Dead, and Archbishop Bernard Longley will preach. All are welcome to this service. The cathedral will remain open until 8pm for visitors who may wish to pay their respects.

On Wednesday 13th September, the Requiem Mass and burial will be at 12 noon. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be the principal celebrant and Archbishop George Stack will preach. Admission to the cathedral for the Requiem Mass will be by ticket only.

On Wednesday 4th October, a Memorial Mass for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will be celebrated at the cathedral at 5.30pm. All are welcome to attend.



The study group continues 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 “Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance”. Led by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, the study group will meet every fortnight starting on Thursday 14th September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.



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.



On Wednesday 20th September at 3.30pm there will be a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Vespers from the Oratory church. The 12.30pm Mass will be in the Little Oratory. The church will close at 12.30pm, but will be open between 3.00pm and 3.25pm for those whishing to attend Vespers. During Vespers you will not be able to enter or leave the church. The broadcast will be available online for seven days. See also here (scroll down for the programme).



The Oratory Latin classes 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. The level of study is intermediate. 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 classes, given by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will take place every fortnight starting on Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.



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 Steven Grahl (2nd), Ben Bloor (9th), Daniel Cook (16th), Henry Fairs (23rd) and Patrick Russill (30th) and includes organ works by J.S. Bach, Grigny, Couperin, Reger, and Duruflé. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. See also here.



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.



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.



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).



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.



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 22nd September. Fr Konrad Bestle will give a presentation on: St Philip, Apostle of the Youth. The talk will be at 8pm, with pizzas from 7.30pm. All aged 13-17 are welcome. Email: youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk



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.



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.



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 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.



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.



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 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.



Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.

Peruvian female surgeon, working at the Royal Marsden Hospital, is looking for accommodation for a month. Phone 07404 965 622 or email kevbmed81@gmail.com.

Brazilian lady would like to offer her services for domestic help or companionship. Phone 07849 718 825.

Professional Catholic female relocating to London seeks one- or two-bedroom flat for long-term let in Chelsea/South Kensingon within the boundaries of the Oratory parish. Phone 07873 991 635.



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.