Third Sunday of the Year (C)
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
On Saturday 2nd February, there will be a Solemn High Mass at 11.00am, with Blessing of Candles, for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas).
BLESSED SEBASTIAN VALFRÈ OF THE ORATORY
Wednesday 30th January is the feast of Blessed Sebastian Valfrè of the Oratory. Solemn Benediction will be at 6.30pm.
ORATORY SCOUT GROUP
The Oratory Scout Group continues to expand with the formation of Beaver, and Newman Explorer Sections. The Group now meets as follows:
Newman Explorers (14–18): Monday at 7pm
Scouts (10 1/2–14): Friday 7.15pm–8.45pm
Cubs (8–10 1/2): Friday 5.30 for 5.45pm–7.15pm
Beavers (5–8): Thursday 5.45pm–6.45pm
All inquiries to Mark Jenkins (Group Scout Leader): email@example.com.
UNABLE TO GET TO MASS ON SUNDAYS?
The Oratory runs a bus service staffed by volunteers to help the elderly and/or incapacitated attending the 11am Mass each Sunday. The minibus has a lift for wheelchairs and volunteers help passengers go to Holy Communion if required. The service is available to parishioners and those who live in the Fulham and Earls Court areas. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7808 0900 if you are interested in making use of this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver or helper.
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).
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.
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.
EDUCATION FOR LOVE AND SEXUALITY: WHERE DO WE START?
Talks by Louise Kirk on Monday 4th February, 7:30pm–9pm, Holy Ghost Balham, Nightingale Square, SW12 8QJ, and Tuesday 5th February, 7:30pm–9pm, Our Lady of Victories, 235a Kensington High Street, W8 6SA. These talks are offered to parents and educators of children and teenagers. Louise Kirk is the UK representative of Alive to The World, an international PSHE programme for pupils aged 8 to 13 years old. She is also the author of Sexuality Explained: A Guide for Parents and Children, which draws on the latest knowledge of the human body to show how mind, heart and body interplay in our sexual makeup, and how the life-giving and love-making aspects of the sexual act are each designed for permanence. No prior registration is required and participation is free, but donations on the day are welcome. The evenings are organised by Teenstar UK. More information on firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAFE AT SCHOOL BULLETIN
You can view and download SPUC’s latest Safe at School Bulletin here. The bulletin sets out the danger we are facing from two new compulsory school subjects: Relationships Education in ALL primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in ALL secondary schools. From September 2020, parents will have no legal right to withdraw their children from these lessons. You can read a fuller briefing on this important matter here. SPUC are launching a postcard campaign addressed to the Secretary of State for Education which is asking for parents to be given the right to withdraw their children from the new compulsory subjects. You can order postcards here. Postcards make a big impact and we want as many cards as possible pouring into the Department for Education. Please encourage as many people as possible to send a card: parents, grandparents and all concerned citizens. Please note that this applies to England only.
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 2019. For the dates and venues, and for more information, see here.
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 their website, phone or text 07887 296 983 or 07973 380 443.
DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
There is a way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobilephone. 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.
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.
Wilfrid Faber Counselling and Support (WFCS) is a Registered Charity (no. 1180137) staffed by volunteer professionals who can help people in need to address a range of personal issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and other emotional challenges. WFCS also offers support for parents who are struggling to cope and can give assistance to those suffering from addictions, if necessary guiding them towards more specialised agencies. All volunteers are either accredited to, or working towards accreditation with, the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional body and most are practising Catholics. Clients may request to be seen by a Catholic counsellor, if that is their preference. We ask that clients help support the work of the Charity by making a small donation, although this is not obligatory. Contact can be made through the Fathers of the Oratory or via email.
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.
Disclaimer: The Oratory cannot guarantee the accuracy or endorse any of the information provided.
Catholic student looking for short-term free accommodation in return of some hours of work. Plenty of experience with children (from 2-3 weeks to teenagers), pets (dogs & cats) and housekeeping. References can be provided. Contact Cynthia at 07951 266 240.
Room or rooms needed near Royal Free Hospital for indeterminate period. Can only reciprocate with violin or music lessons. For lady with husband in the hospital and possibly for her brother- and sister-in-law who live in Wales. If you can help please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE DIOCESE
For diocesan job vacancies visit this website, where you can view all current vacancies. New jobs are regularly added to the site as they arise.
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.