15th & 16th Sundays of the Year (B)

8th & 9th after Pentecost


The next Parish Newsletter will appear on Sunday 29th July.



The next talk in Fr Michael Lang’s series on the Church Fathers will be on Tuesday 24th July (on Origen). The series will continue on Tuesdays 31st July, 7th, 14th, 28th August, and 4th September. 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall. All welcome. See also here.



The annual cycle are held on the usual route past the Oratory on Sunday 29th July. It will not be possible to drive to the Oratory, drive across the A4, or indeed drive easily around parts of London, until the late afternoon. Nearby bus routes are likely to be cancelled or modified. It will be possible to cross Brompton Road on foot at designated points, but not when the race is imminent. Cycle docking stations may be suspended, but there is no disruption planned to the Underground. It should be possible to cross the Brompton Road via the underground subway, which is accessible on Exhibition Road, both north and south of the Brompton Road, and also from South Kensington station itself. More information on www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk.

There will be no 8am Mass on Sunday 29st July. The other Masses & Vespers will be held as usual.



The Oratory Scout Group has a lively, enthusiastic group of Cubs and Scouts. It is, however, short of Section Leaders. No previous experience is necessary. Adults of any age 18+ can be suitable, and the experience is real value added for many CVs, especially for those involved in education. Please contact Mark Jenkins for further details: oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.



On Sunday 1st July Mary’s Meals collected 25 bags of unwanted clothes. The retiring collection came to £2,533.16. The amount raised will feed 182 children with a good, nutritious meal every school day for a whole year. A very big thank-you from Mary’s Meals!



The Tuesday Scripture Group will have a break after 17th July. The following meeting will be on 14th August at 7.45pm in the Oratory House. All welcome.



The Oratory Art Salon will be held in St Joseph’s Hall from Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st July, from 10am to 8pm. Entrance free. All welcome.



After last year’s success, there will be another joint Oratory pilgrimage to England’s great shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. An Old Rite High Mass at 2pm will be followed by a procession. A coach will leave from the Victoria & Albert Museum at 8.30am, returning c. 8pm, but you can also travel separately. Coach tickets for £45 are available from the Oratory House. See also here.



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.



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).



The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Sadly our rota of drivers is now short and on certain weeks we are not able to offer this service. Helpers can either be drivers or simply assist with getting the elderly on and off the ambulance and by staying with them during Mass. No qualifications are required other than a driver’s licence for the drivers. Helpers and drivers are on a rota and on average help once every 4 weeks subject to their own availability. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about helping, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com or call the Oratory House at 020 7808 0900.



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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.



 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 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.



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 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.



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.



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.



A fundraising appeal has been launched by the Be Here For Me campaign, which defends the freedom of association of those forming vigils outside abortion facilities so as to offer compassionate supportive alternatives. The appeal is to support their promising legal challenge against the draconian imposition of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) by Ealing Council banning such vigils from operating there.

If successful, this challenge would create a precedent preventing such authoritarian measures from being imposed by other Borough Councils, or by the Government. The High Court recently admitted that these “censorship zones” breach human rights, but upheld their legality nonetheless.

Be Here For Me are attempting to raise £50,000 to take their case to the Supreme Court, and have succeeded in raising just over £15,000 in a week. Please support the achievement of their goal by going to their fundraising page online, and donating here.



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.


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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 raquel.guerrero@yahoo.com.

Housekeeper required, 1pm to 6pm daily. Based in Knightsbridge. Please call Carol 07710 122 738.

Full-time live-in housekeeper required for a small household based in Holland Park. Must love dogs. Must enjoy cooking Asian and Chinese food. Please call Ms. Lee on 07928 838 800



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.



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.



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.

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.