Fourth Sunday of Lent (C) / Laetare

CLOCKS GO FORWARD THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday at 1am clocks go forward an hour to 2am as the UK switches to British Summer Time.

ANNUAL QUARANT’ORE – FORTY HOURS’ ADORATION

Tuesday 2nd April: 6.30pm Solemn Mass of Exposition (Latin). Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration until 12 midnight. Wednesday 3rd April: 7.00am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 6.30pm Conducted Holy Hour and Benediction. Adoration until 12 midnight. Thursday 4th April: 7am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 7pm Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion, followed by Solemn Benediction. See also here.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

CARDINAL’S LENTEN APPEAL 2019

Our Lenten Alms this year will go to the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal, which this year has a special focus on food poverty. If you have not done so already, please pick up a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet at the back of church for more information. See also CardinalsLentenAppeal.org.uk for details. Please read and pray for its aims, and if you choose to do so, please give generously. Thank you.

FROM OUR CARDINAL ARCHBISHOP

On Saturday 6th April from 2pm to 4pm, Cardinal Vincent Nichols will take part in a rally in Trafalgar Square under the heading “Standing Together”. The rally will focus first on the tragic consequences of knife crime, sharing a lament with those who have suffered the loss of life of a loved one and now carry a burden of great sorrow. Then it will proclaim the goodness of so many young people and give forth a voice of hope, much needed at this time. Our Cardinal Archbishop encourages those who might think of joining in this public act of witness to do so.

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 oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com 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.

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): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop, we offer a great range of products. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to buy from us and so support the Oratory’s work here in London. We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady in either solid silver and solid brass, a range of candles, stained glass transfers, organic and natural skincare products made by Czech Trappist monks. The skincare range includes organic restorative cream for face and body designed for dry skin and lip balm enriched with organic oils – all of which are perfect treats on cold windy days. Hand-made soap with selected natural oils and orange peel is also on sale. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

CHILDREN’S AREA

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).

“COME AND SEE” WITH THE BENEDICTINE NUNS OF MINSTER ABBEY

This “Come and See” weekend at Minster Abbey in Kent is open to young single Catholic women, who will be able to join the sisters in the work and prayer of the community. It will be also an opportunity to speak with the Benedictine sisters about their vocation. Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April, at Minster Abbey, Church Street, Minster, Nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4HF. Contact: sraelrederwin@gmail.com. For more information, see here.

SAINT MARK THE EVANGELIST – AN ILLUSTRATED TALK BY SERENA FASS

Serena Fass is following in the steps of St Mark the Evangelist. Thursday 4th April, 7.00pm for 7.30pm at Ognisko Polskie – The Polish Hearth, 55 Princes Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 2PN. £10 for members, £15 for non-members, £8 for students. The evening is to support the invaluable work of Aid to the Church in Need to support their invaluable work in Egypt. To buy tickets and for more information, see http://www.ogniskopolskie.org.uk/events/saint-mark-the-evangelist.aspx .

URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN CHILD

Later in the year, a group of MPs will be bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which will seek to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and remove most of the current legal safe­guards around abortion in England and Wales. Right To Life UK is working with Peers and MPs in Parlia­ment to counter these attempts, which they have identified as the biggest challenge on this issue since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967. If you would like to donate to this campaign or get involved, do con­tact the team at info@righttolife.org.uk. For more information, see here.

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.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

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

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.

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a voluntary organisation providing horse therapy to disabled children. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (WSPC), which has been providing equine therapy for thousands of disabled children over the last 29 years, runs sessions for children and is seeking volunteers. There is a variety of ways to be of help to WSPC and other RDA organisations in London area - be it as a side helper, leader or rider at the sessions. Admin support outside of sessions is also welcome. Experience with horses is not essential, although it does help if you like them. We are a small friendly group and if you feel you can help, do come along to a session and see us before you commit to volunteering. For more information please contact Aksana Pekun on apekun@yashanna.co.uk or 07802 176 642.

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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.