23rd Sunday of the Year (B)

16th after Pentecost



On Wednesday 12th September at 8pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall, Ian Thomson will give a talk on “Dante as a Catholic thinker”. Ian Thomson is the author of an acclaimed biography of Primo Levi and of two prize-winning works of reportage, Bonjour Blanc: A Journey Through Haiti and The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica. Thomson edited Articles of Faith: The Collected Tablet Journalism of Graham Greene. He is the recipient of the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and the W. H. Heinemann Award. His book Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Journey Without End has just been published in the Landmark Library series. Entrance free. All welcome. See also here.



The study group will continue 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 the cardinal virtue of Prudence. The study group, led by Mr Dominic Sullivan, the Head of Classics at the London Oratory School, will meet every fortnight starting on Thursday 13th September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.



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.



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 advanced. Anyone with some a reasonably good grounding in 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 20th September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall.



Catechism classes to prepare for First Holy Communion will start in October. The course runs during term-time until June of the following year. 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. For more details, please email Fr Rupert McHardy on oratoryparish1stcommunions@gmail.com. The first meetings will be on Wednesday 10st October at 5pm or on Saturday 13th October at 11.30am.



The circle will meet again on Thursday 13th September at 8pm. We are going to start reading St John Cassian’s Conferences. This classic of early Christian spirituality introduced the wisdom of the Egyptian desert fathers to the Latin West. St Benedict of Nursia praised the work in his Rule, and it had a great influence on St Dominic, St Francis de Sales – and St Philip Neri, who drew on the Conferences for his own spiritual maxims. 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.



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.



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.



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.



An event organised by the Catholic Union on Tuesday 11th September at 6.30pm at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Speakers: Fr Robert Gay OP (Prior, Blackfriars, Oxford), Dr Peter Hindmarsh (Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at UCLH and Gt Ormond St), David O’Mahony (Chairman, CUGB), Michael Wee (Anscombe Bioethics Centre). Followed by a Drinks Reception. Free to attend. All welcome. Please register with the Catholic Union Office on info@catholicunion.org.uk or 020 8749 1321 or on Eventbrite (here).



Moves to decriminalise abortion in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are gathering speed, largely as a result of the disastrous result of the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland. With 50 years of campaigning experience, we know that the most powerful instrument we have to influence our MPs is a personal letter. To give you the information you need to write to your MP you can use our new briefing booklet “We care about women” as well as our mass letter-writing Guidelines. We have set an ambitious target: 25,000 letters to Parliament. Please also, if possible, ask other people to write. A pile of pro-life letters on your MP’s desk really will make a difference.



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 almost £40,000 in one month. 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.



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 efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties and crises. www.retrouvaille.org.uk Phone or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443.



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.



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Furnished raised ground floor studio flat in Grade II listed building with access to communal gardens available for rent near Gloucester Rd/Earl’s Court. Includes a mezzanine sleeping area, ample storage, separate kitchen and spacious bathroom. Ideal for young professional or postgraduate student. Available from 1st September. £375 pw. Contact Maria Cristina White-da Cruz on mcwhitedacruz@hotmail.co.uk

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.



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.