Third Sunday of Easter (B) / Second Sunday after Easter
MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY
Last week’s retiring collection for the Sisters’ Mission Committee of England and Wales raised £4,766. The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of St Joseph (Mill Hill Sisters) are very grateful for your generosity!
CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE
Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. The course started on 11th April and will run until July 2018. No need to register.
ORATORY LATIN CLASSES
The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will-recommence on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm.
ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP
The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan has resumed. The next meeting will be on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. The topic for next term is liberalism and the common good.
CUBS AND SCOUTS TASTER EVENING
The Cubs and Scouts are having a Taster Evening for prospective parents and helpers on Friday 27th April at 6pm. There will be food & drink, as well as various displays by the Cubs and Scouts, in the garden of the Oratory House.
ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY
Saturday 23rd June 2018, 12noon to 5pm. All are welcome!
The Annual Garden Party is a much-enjoyed parish and local event, but the increasing cost of tent hire is making the profit margin smaller and smaller each year. We need to raise around £3,000 to help defray our section of the costs for this. Donations will be very gratefully received for this purpose, and should be sent to Father McHardy, clearly marked “Garden Party Tents” and payable to “London Oratory Charity”. Last year we were helped by one very generous donor, for which we are most grateful.
ROSARY ON THE COAST
A day of pilgrimage and prayer for faith, life and peace in the British Isles will be held on Sunday 29th April along the coast of the UK. This initiative was inspired by the faithful in Poland and Ireland, and marks an important step in the spiritual preparation for the re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry in 2020. A group from the Oratory will organize a coach to go Ramsgate in Kent, the site where St Augustine of Canterbury landed in the sixth century to re-evangelise Britain. There will be a chance to visit St Augustine’s Cross and to venerate the saint’s relics. For more information and to book a place on the coach, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Margaret Forrester on 07733 299 968. See also here.
MARCH FOR LIFE UK
March for Life UK/LifeFest18 will take place on Saturday 5th May in central London. 9.30am–1pm: Life Fest in Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. 1.30pm: March. 2.30–4pm: Rally in Parliament Square with speeches. Please make every effort to attend this event. A full itinerary is available here; see also the posters in the church porch for more information.
ORATORY YOUTH GROUP
There have been some changes to the format of the group. The meetings now start at 7pm (not at 8pm). Also, the age range is now from 12 to 17 years (and it doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve been confirmed). The next meeting will be on Friday 20th April, with the theme: Sin: Refusing to follow Christ. For more information, email email@example.com
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 26th April: “Modern education’s two greatest challenges. What they are and how Christians can help” by Ferdi McDermott. Mr McDermott is Principal of Chavagnes International College in France. Chavagnes houses both a Catholic boys' school and a university college devoted to the Liberal Arts. He has written and lectured widely on education, literature and cultural history.
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. More information here.
ST PHILIP NERI CIRCLE FOR MEN
The circle will meet again on Wednesday 18th April at 8pm. We are going to continue our discussion of 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.
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).
ORGANIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS MADE BY TRAPPIST MONKS
The Oratory Repository and Bookshop has now expanded its monastic range to include high-quality skincare products made by the Trappist monks of Czech Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. Only the best ingredients are carefully selected by the monks, as these are essential to ensure the natural life of the products and the ability to exclude chemical preservatives. Currently we have in stock Crème Reparatrice, organic restorative face cream with wheat germ oil, and organic Lip Balm with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils. Products of the Nový Dvůr Abbey have Ecocert and Cosmos organic certificates, which is a guarantee of the use of quality raw materials that are kind both to sensitive skin and to the environment. For more information, please visit the Oratory Shop. Guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm-5.45pm
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.
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 email@example.com.
Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.
Three young women from Vienna are looking for accommodation in London from 7th to 28th July. During these weeks they will study at a summer school at the London School of Economics. If you have space to put them up please call (mobile) +43 699 10422310 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.