26th Sunday of the Year (C)

Dedication of St Michael Archangel

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. This term the topic is Knowledge and Truth. Next meeting: Thursday 3rd October.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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 from our website. For more details, please email Fr Rupert McHardy on oratoryparish1stcommunions@gmail.com. The first meetings will be on Wednesday 9th October at 5pm or on Saturday 12th October at 11.30am. The First Holy Communion Mass will be on Saturday 13th June 2020. See also here.

ROSARY CRUSADE

The annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation takes place on Saturday 12th October. The procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima leads from Westminster Cathedral (starting at 1:45pm) to the Oratory. In our church there will be devotions, a sermon by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. and Solemn Benediction. See also here. 

CANONISATION JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October. At 11am will be a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving with Te Deum. On Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm there will be Solemn Pontifical Mass in honour of our new saint, celebrated by our Archbishop, H.E. Vincent Cardinal Nichols. For updated information on events and further resources, see this website.

2019 OCTOBER ORGAN RECITALS

This year the Oratory’s Organist, Ben Bloor, and Director of Music, Patrick Russill, are joined by international concert organist Martin Welzel from Munich, and Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey. The series runs on Mondays in October, starting at 7.30pm and lasting for one hour. Admission is free with a retiring collection and all are welcome. More information here.

ORATORY PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU AND ALTÖTTING

The famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau takes place every ten years, and the next performance will be in 2020. Father Michael Lang will lead an Oratory Parish pilgrimage from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June 2020 to see the Passion Play of Oberammergau and visit some of the magnificent baroque churches and monasteries of Upper Bavaria. The pilgrimage will include Altötting, one of the best loved shrines of Our Lady in Germany. For more information, see here.

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

  • Beavers (6–8) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 6.30pm–7.30pm. Leader: Toni Channer

  • Cubs (8–10½) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Friday, 6.00pm–7.15pm. Leader: Mattia Barbarossa

  • Scouts (10½–14) – Meet in St Michael’s Hall every Thursday, 7.30pm–8.30pm. Leader: Sheikh Jean-Louis

Beavers and Cubs currently have waiting lists. We welcome new Leaders (no previous experience required). We are recruiting Scouts (ages 10½–14). For any inquiries contact Group Scout Leader Mark Jenkins on oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

We need more volunteers to maintain this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk or 020 7808 0900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR REPOSITORY & BOOKSHOP

In our Repository & Bookshop, we offer a great range of products, including 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 Shop is usually open: Sunday 10.45am–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm. In order to keep to the above opening times, we urgently need more volunteers. If you can help, please contact the Oratory House.

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).

DONATE VIA YOUR MOBILE PHONE
SIMPLY TEXT “PARISH ORATO” TO THE NUMBER 70800

There is a new way of making a donation to the Oratory Parish via your mobile phone. You can now 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. 

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 info@wfcslondon.org.

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 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

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.

THE GUILD OF OUR LADY OF RANSOM

The Annual Lecture of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom will be given by Edmund Matyjaszek on “England, the Dowry of Mary, Meaning and Mission”. Monday 7th October at 7.15pm in the Social Centre at St James’ Church, Spanish Place, 22 George St, London W1U 3QY. Followed by a drinks’ reception. Entrance free and all welcome.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT AND THE ECONOMICS OF THE COMMON GOOD

Catholic Union Craigmyle Lecture by Lord Maurice Glasman, founder of “Blue Labour”. Thursday 10th October at 6.30pm. All welcome. Followed by a Drinks Reception. Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Please register at info@catholicunion.org.uk or 020 8749 1321 or on Eventbrite.

 

FROM THE DIOCESE

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. 

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.

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.