Nativity of St John the Baptist
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION: SAINTS PETER & PAUL, APOSTLES
Friday 29th June is the Solemnity of the Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. On Thursday 28th June there will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction at 5.30pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.30pm. Masses on Friday will be at 7am, 8am (1962 Missal), 10am, 12.30pm, 5.30pm, and 6.30pm (Solemn Latin).
RAGS TO RICHES COLLECTION BY MARY’S MEALS
Mary’s Meals will come to the Oratory on Sunday 1st July to take away your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please). Please collect your unwanted clothes and put them in tied sacks. Then before 12.30pm on Sunday 1st July bring them with you when you come to Mass. Not only will you give yourself a little more space but you will also benefit a really worthwhile charity. Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Mary’s Meals feeds children one good meal every day at school in over 12 countries. Because of their low costs they can do this for as little as £13.90 per child per year! See also here.
MOSCOW – THE THIRD ROME?
A talk by Mark Jenkins on Wednesday 27th June at 8pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Mark Jenkins first came across the idea of Moscow as the Third Rome when reading Fitzroy Maclean’s book “Holy Russia” as a schoolboy. After he left the Army he travelled from Mount Athos to Moscow in an effort to learn more about what the idea meant. He became convinced that Russian belief that it has a unique, divinely inspired role to play in the evolution of world history is fundamental to a proper understanding of current Russian state policy. Russia’s refusal to conform to the rules set by liberal, democratic Europe are best understood in the light of Dostoevsky’s remarkably prescient predictions about the direction in which 19th-century Western Europe was heading – the chaos of two world wars and post-Christian society. After returning from Russia and Mount Athos Mark Jenkins continued his researches in Egypt and Ethiopia. He is currently an advisor to a gold mining company with operations across Africa, but has also studied and taught ethics and philosophy at secondary level.
INTRODUCTION TO THE FATHERS OF THE CHURCH
Fr Michael Lang’s series of talks on the Church Fathers continues on Tuesdays 3rd July, 10th July, 24th July, and 31st July. 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall. All welcome. See also here.
Ahead of his trip to participate in the inaugural Boston Bach International Organ Competition in September, the Oratory Organist, Ben Bloor, will give a short recital on the Flentrop organ in the Little Oratory at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th July. Admission is free and all are welcome.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 2019
Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 29th April to 6th May 2019. Going on pilgrimage to the places where our Lord lived, preached, worked miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead has been described as the “Fifth Gospel”, and it is a profound experience of faith. Our tour will include the major sites, beginning in Jerusalem and then going to Galilee. Detailed information and booking forms are available here.
10AM WEEKDAY MASS
The 10am Mass from Monday to Friday has been suspended from 4th June until further notice. The Saturday 10am Mass will continue as normal.
CHURCH HEATING AND BOILERS
The Fathers are most grateful to those who have contributed to the fund for replacing the boilers that provide the Oratory with heating and hot water. Thanks to a number of generous donations, we have so far received around twelve thousand pounds. At the moment the whole system is being powered by a small temporary boiler, which is not large or strong enough to last very long. We have put the project out to tender, and estimates so far suggest that we shall have to spend between £200,000 and £250,000 on a new system. We are hoping and praying to be able to raise the funds for this in time for the work to be done so that we can provide heating in the church this coming winter. All donations are very gratefully received.
ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
TThe talk by Professor Neil Scolding originally planned for Thursday 28th June has to be postponed. The next meeting of the group will be in the autumn.
CALLING ORATORY ARTISTS
Father Charles Dilke hopes to curate Art Salon 2018 from Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st July in St Joseph’s Hall. Artists who have some connection to the Oratory are most welcome to exhibit their latest works. The optional theme this year is THE GARDEN. Will those willing to exhibit please contact Fr Charles Dilke at the Oratory House.
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).
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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP
We need a larger pool of volunteers to cover absences due either to holidays or illness. It would be good to have some who are willing to be called upon at short notice. We need volunteers especially for Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays to help fill-in. We aim to offer these guaranteed opening times: Sun 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm; Tue–Sat 3.15pm-5.45pm. Those interested should either be known to one of the Fathers or have some letter of reference. Please email email@example.com.
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 way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can 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. Boxes of weekly offertory envelopes can now be collected from 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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One-bedroom flat available to rent on Fulham Park Gardens SW6. Price £400 per week. For visits and inquiries please contact email@example.com.
Housekeeper required, 1pm to 6pm daily. Based in Knightsbridge. Please call Carol 07710 122 738.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com and you will receive all the necessary information to access and complete the modules of the course.
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.