Fourth Sunday of Lent (B) Laetare

 

ANNUAL QUARANT’ORE – FORTY HOURS’ ADORATION

Tuesday 13th March: 6.30pm Solemn Mass of Exposition (Latin). Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration until 12 midnight. Wednesday 14th March: 7.00am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 6.30pm Holy Hour and Benediction. Adoration until 12 midnight. Thursday 15th March: 7am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 7pm Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion, followed by Solemn Benediction. More information here.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

 

BACH: ST JOHN PASSION

The Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School, directed by Charles Cole, will give a performance of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 7.00pm in the Oratory Church. The Schola will be joined by the St Cecilia Players, Michael Craddock (Christ) and Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist). Tickets are now available from the Oratory House for £20 (£10 concessions). More information here.

 

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN LIVERPOOL

A National Eucharistic Congress, with the title Adoremus, will be held in Liverpool from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2018. At the centre of the Congress will be Our Lord Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. The main speaker on Saturday 8th will be Bishop Robert Barron, known from his popular DVD series “Catholicism”. On Sunday 9th there will be an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Delegates can attend any one or more of the three days. There is a daily fee of £40. Since this is a national event, each parish, school or community in the country has been allocated only a small number of tickets. We are asked to give names and details of delegates by 11th March. If you are interested in going, please contact Fr Michael Lang, who will lead the Oratory’s delegation, at 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk. Delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

 

LENTEN ALMS – CARDINAL’S APPEAL

This weekend please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass. The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal funds the work of Catholic parishes, schools and charities in London and Hertfordshire con­tributing to three fundamental mission areas of the Church: Marriage and Family Life – enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church. Youth and Evangelisation – supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith. And the Church’s Social Outreach within Civil Society – putting our faith into action through projects that serve the poor, the lonely and the marginalised. Please consider making the Cardinal’s Appeal part of your Lenten almsgiving and sacrifice for the benefit of others, and to support the Church’s dynamic efforts to increase outreach in these three focal areas of ministry. Thank you for your generosity.

 

A CALL TO YOUNG ADULTS - YOUR BISHOPS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops – “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. In particular, they would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life. You are invited to attend one of the meetings the Auxiliary Bishops are meetings across the diocese. They will involve discussion of the synod theme, an opportunity to question your bishops, and light refreshments. Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping the Church’s approach to young people in the future. If you would like to attend, please register here, where you can also find details of all events.

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

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.

Thursday 22nd March: “The attack on marriage: What it means and how we can fight back” by Thomas Pascoe. Mr Pascoe is a Catholic and member of the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and opposed its redefinition.

For some years our faithful (especially those from this group) have helped out on Wednesdays at the Night Shelter run by Glass Door UK at St Augustine's Queen's Gate, near South Kensington Station. Now Lent is upon us it is a good time to think about alms-giving and here’s a practical way! More information here.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers from the Oratory SVP provide an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come. Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.

 

CHILDREN’S AREA

During the 10am, 11am and 12:30pm Masses, St Gregory’s Library is usually 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).

 

ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN

The circle will meet again on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm. We are going to start with Fr Jonathan Robinson’s book Spiritual Combat Revisited (Ignatius Press, 2003). Come anytime from 7.30pm to pray in the Little Oratory (ask at reception to be directed). The Circle is open to men only. For further information contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House.

 

LOVING 4 LIFE

Loving 4 Life is a Catholic Marriage Enrichment apostolate, dedicated to strengthening spousal love through weekend seminars, sharing the beauty and truth of lifelong love open to life, and allowing couples to discover the depths of their sacramental vows. There are several Saturday/Sunday retreats (with the option to stay overnight) in 2018. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see 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 Wilfrid Faber Counselling Service (WFCS) 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.

                                               

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 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.

 

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

EDUCARE, a service that provides e-learning for safeguarding and duty of care, offers on-line courses to be available to every number of the Catholic community until Summer 2018. The Diocese encourages as many people as possible in our parish to access and complete the on-line training modules. If you are interested, please register at safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Helpers are needed for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes from Saturday 21st July to Friday 27th July 2018. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated 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 do not need a medical qualification. Working in the St Frai is a moving and rewarding experience. If you are interested, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

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.