Sunday 21st April 2019

Easter Sunday (C)

The Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory wish all parishioners, visitors and friends a very happy and holy Easter!

The collection on Easter Sunday is your personal offering to the Fathers.

On Easter Monday 22nd April (Bank Holiday), the Oratory Church will be open from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Masses will be at 10am, 11am (1962 Missal) and 12.30pm. The Oratory House will be closed and there will be no duty priest available.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 8th May. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. The course will run until July 2019. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan will begin again on Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. We continue a consideration of St Thomas’ five proofs of the existence of God.

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will recommence on Thursday 2nd May at 7.30pm. The class is at an advanced level, studying classical and medieval texts.

The SCRIPTURE GROUP will meet again on Tuesday 30th April at 7.45pm.

 

CONFRATERNITY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD prayers will resume on Saturday 4th May after the 6pm Vigil Mass.

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12noon to 5pm. All are welcome!

The Annual Garden Party is a much-enjoyed parish and local event, but the increasing cost of tent hire is making the profit margin smaller and smaller each year. We need to raise around £3,000 to help defray our section of the costs for this. Donations will be very gratefully received for this purpose, and should be sent to Fr Rupert McHardy, clearly marked “Garden Party Tents” and payable to “London Oratory Charity”. Last year we were helped by one very generous donor, for which we are most grateful.

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.

LONDON ORATORY CHOIR: VACANCY FOR BASS or BASS-BARITONE

The Choir of the London Oratory has a vacancy for a bass or bass-baritone from August 2019, or as agreed. First-rate vocal, ensemble and sight-reading skills essential. The famous 14-voice professional choir of this great Catholic church sings approx. 140 services per year plus weddings and funerals. Auditions: late May-early June. Closing date for applications: 10th May. Contact the Director of Music, Patrick Russill, immediately for further details by email: patrickrussill@blueyonder.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. 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).

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.

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.

Sunday 14th April 2019

Palm Sunday (C)

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

On Wednesday 17th April at 6.30pm will be Tenebrae of Maundy Thursday in the Oratory Church with the Oratory Choir. All welcome. See also here.

THE SACRED TRIDUUM AT THE ORATORY

MAUNDY THURSDAY 18TH APRIL

6.30pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Mandatum and Procession to the Altar of Repose.
Watching at the Altar of Repose until midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY 19TH APRIL

10.00am Tenebrae. 12noon Children’s Stations of the Cross.
3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion. 6.30pm Stations of the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY 20TH APRIL

10.00am Tenebrae. 9.30pm Easter Vigil.

More information here.

CONFESSIONS IN HOLY WEEK

See here.

COLLECTION FOR HOLY PLACES

On Good Friday there will be the annual collection for the Holy Places. Your offering will contribute to the custody of the places in the Holy Land connected with the lives of our Lord and the biblical saints.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY COURSE

Wednesdays at 8pm in St Joseph’s Hall, from 8th May. This course is mainly for those who desire to become Catholic (whether or not they are already baptised). Adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed and want to receive this Sacrament are also welcome. The course will run until July 2019. No need to register. Just come to the first meeting! See also here.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The study group exploring the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas with Mr Dominic Sullivan will begin again on Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall. We continue a consideration of St Thomas’ five proofs of the existence of God.

ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will recommence on Thursday 2nd May at 7.30pm. The class is at an advanced level, studying classical and medieval texts.

ADVANCE NOTICE: ORATORY GARDEN PARTY

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12noon to 5pm. All are welcome!

The Annual Garden Party is a much-enjoyed parish and local event, but the increasing cost of tent hire is making the profit margin smaller and smaller each year. We need to raise around £3,000 to help defray our section of the costs for this. Donations will be very gratefully received for this purpose, and should be sent to Father McHardy, clearly marked “Garden Party Tents” and payable to “London Oratory Charity”. Last year we were helped by one very generous donor, for which we are most grateful.

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).

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.

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.

Sunday 7th April 2019

Fifth Sunday of Lent (C) / Passion Sunday

PALM SUNDAY CAR PARKING

Because of the Palm Sunday outdoor procession on 14th April there will be no parking available until 12 noon. The following Mass will start at 12.45pm (not 12.30pm).

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The next evening on Wednesday 10th April with the Oratory Junior Choir includes movements from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. See also here.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

 

THE SACRED TRIDUUM AT THE ORATORY

MAUNDY THURSDAY 18TH APRIL

6.30pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Mandatum and Procession to the Altar of Repose.
Watching at the Altar of Repose until midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY 19TH APRIL

10.00am Tenebrae. 12noon Children’s Stations of the Cross.
3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion. 6.30pm Stations of the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY 20TH APRIL

10.00am Tenebrae. 9.30pm Easter Vigil.

More information here.

 

FROM OUR CARDINAL ARCHBISHOP

In response to an initiative of Pope Francis, the Bishops of England and Wales designated the Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent (Friday 12th April this year) to be observed as a Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse. Cardinal Vincent Nichols asks that this Day of Prayer is observed in all our parishes and chapels. It is important that we do so. Day by day, the pain of those who have suffered abuse, and its lasting corrosive impact, are brought more fully into the light. The pain of that betrayal of trust is all the more profound when the abuse took place within the community of the Catholic Church. We also see so clearly the failures in leadership in the Church that have exacerbated the sufferings of those who have been abused. We have plenty of reasons to pray. A Mass of Reparation will be offered in our church on Friday 12th April at 6pm.

 

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.

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.

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.

Sunday 31st March 2019

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.

Sunday 24th March 2019

Third Sunday of Lent (C)

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The next evening on Wednesday 27th March with the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School includes music by Monteverdi, Byrd and Morales. See also here.

SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION

Monday 25th March is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. There will be a Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm (no 6pm Mass). See also here.

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 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.

CARDINAL’S LENTEN APPEAL 2019

This Sunday please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass. The Appeal contributes to three mission areas of the Church: Marriage and Family Life, Youth and Evangelisation, and Service in Society. This year, the Cardinal has launched a new programme focusing on the food poverty affecting people in every part of the Diocese, much of it hidden. Funds will support foodbanks, schools and other initiatives to relieve poverty, helping people back on their feet and able to live independently. The Cardinal is also calling everyone to consider volunteering. Visit CardinalsLentenAppeal.org.uk for details. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

Sunday 17th March 2019

Second Sunday of Lent (C)

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The next evening on Wednesday 20th March with members of the Oratory Choir includes music by Clemens non Papa and Philips. See also here.

SOLEMNITY OF SAINT JOSEPH

Tuesday 19th March is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. There will be Solemn Benediction at 6.30pm.

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 Holy Hour and Benediction. Adoration until 12 midnight. Thursday 4th April: 7am Blessed Sacrament exposed. 7pm Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion, followed by Solemn Benediction.

CARDINAL’S LENTEN APPEAL 2019

The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal funds initiatives in parishes, schools and charities in the three mission areas of: Marriage and Family Life, enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church; Youth and Evangelisation, supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith; and the Church’s Service in Society, putting our faith into action by serving the poor, the lonely and the marginalised. This year, the Cardinal is asking us to think about the last of these in particular, and he has launched a new programme focusing on the food poverty that affects so many across the Diocese. Much of this poverty remains hidden. Many use foodbanks even though there is a wage earner in the family. Please take a donation leaflet as you leave Mass today. In addition, to find out about volunteering opportunities, visit CardinalsLentenAppeal.org.uk. In the words of Cardinal Nichols: “I hope this Appeal offers you and your family one way in which to observe Lent and to grow in the richness of our response to God's blessings of life and faith.”

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.

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.

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.

Sunday 10th March 2019

First Sunday of Lent (C)

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

LENTEN MUSICAL ORATORY WITH THE FATHERS

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St Philip Neri in the Little Oratory at 6.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The first evening on Wednesday 13th March with the Oratory Choir includes three movements of the Stabat Mater (c. 1774) by Orazio Mei (1731-1788), the unique manuscript of which music is in the Oratory Library.

BUCKFAST ABBEY: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MILLENNIUM

On Tuesday 12th March at 8pm Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the first thousand years of Buckfast Abbey. Our speaker is an architectural historian and contributor to the recent book Buckfast Abbey - History, Art and Architecture, which marks Buckfast’s millennium. Entrance free and all welcome.

ADVANCE NOTICE: FORTY HOURS’ DEVOTION

The annual Forty Hours Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Quarant’ Ore) will be from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th April.

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. Ramgate, Kent CT12 4HF. Contact: sraelrederwin@gmail.com. For more information, see here.

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.

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.

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Eighth Sunday of the Year (C)

Quinquagesima

ASH WEDNESDAY – BEGINNING OF LENT

6th March is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a day of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting al­lows only one full meal; two smaller meals may also be taken during the day. Fasting binds those who have attained their majority (18 years), until the beginning of their sixtieth year. Abstinence from meat binds those who have completed their fourteenth year (NB: In England and Wales, every Friday during the year is a day of abstinence from meat). On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be given at all Masses. There will be a Solemn High Mass at 6.30pm, but no 6pm Mass. All other Masses are at the usual times.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Every Friday in Lent at 6.30pm.

DID THE EXODUS OF MOSES EVER HAPPEN?

On Monday 4th March at 7.30pm, Christophe Rico, Director of Polis Institute and Professor at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem, as well as Member of the Faculty of the University of Strasbourg, will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the topic: “Did the Exodus of Moses ever happen?” Our speaker will come from Jerusalem for the occasion and numbers are limited. Entrance free but booking required at oratoryporteria@gmail.com / phone 020 7808 0900.

BUCKFAST ABBEY: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MILLENNIUM

On Tuesday 12th March at 8pm Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the first thousand years of Buckfast Abbey. Our speaker is an architectural historian and contributor to the recent book Buckfast Abbey - History, Art and Architecture, which marks Buckfast’s millennium. Entrance free and all welcome.

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).

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.

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.

Sunday 24th February 2019

Seventh Sunday of the Year (C)

Sexagesima

DID THE EXODUS OF MOSES EVER HAPPEN?

On Monday 4th March at 7.30pm, Christophe Rico, Director of Polis Institute and Professor at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem, as well as Member of the Faculty of the University of Strasbourg, will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the topic: “Did the Exodus of Moses ever happen?” Our speaker will come from Jerusalem for the occasion and numbers are limited. Entrance free but booking required at oratoryporteria@gmail.com / phone 020 7808 0900.

BUCKFAST ABBEY: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MILLENNIUM

On Tuesday 12th March at 8pm Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the first thousand years of Buckfast Abbey. Our speaker is an architectural historian and contributor to the recent book Buckfast Abbey - History, Art and Architecture, which marks Buckfast’s millennium. Entrance free and all welcome.

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.

FROM THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

The London Oratory School invites applications for the post of Director of Finance and Operations. Salary £55,000–£63,000, depending on experience. Full-time/permanent contract. Preferred start date mid May/early June 2019. Closing date for applications: Thursday 28th February at 4pm. Interviews: w/c Monday 4th and/or Monday 11th March 2019. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful applicant will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The school reserves the right to offer the post at any stage in the appointment process or not to offer the post. Further details on www.london-oratory.org or from the Headmaster’s PA on: recruit@los.ac.

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).

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.

FROM THE CATHOLIC UNION

You are invited by the Catholic Union of Great Britain to a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Thursday 28th February at 6pm at Farm Street Church, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. If attending the reception, please register on 020 8749 1321 or at info@catholicunion.org.uk. Come and learn more about the Catholic Union. All welcome.

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.

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.

Sunday 17th February

Sixth Sunday of the Year (C)

Septuagesima

This Sunday at 4.00pm (after Vespers) there will be the annual Procession in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes, followed by Solemn Benediction.

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 YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On Thursday 21st February Christian Sahner, Associate Professor of Islamic History and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford, will speak on “Christian Martyrs under Islam: Forgotten Saints and the De-Christianization of the Medieval Middle East”.

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.

BUCKFAST ABBEY: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MILLENNIUM

On Tuesday 12th March at 8pm Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the first thousand years of Buckfast Abbey. Our speaker is an architectural historian and contributor to the recent book Buckfast Abbey - History, Art and Architecture, which marks Buckfast’s millennium. Entrance free and all welcome.

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.

FROM THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

The London Oratory School invites applications for the post of Director of Finance and Operations. Salary £55,000–£63,000, depending on experience. Full-time/permanent contract. Preferred start date mid May/early June 2019. Closing date for applications: Thursday 28th February at 4pm. Interviews: w/c Monday 4th and/or Monday 11th March 2019. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful applicant will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The school reserves the right to offer the post at any stage in the appointment process or not to offer the post. Further details on www.london-oratory.org or from the Headmaster’s PA on: recruit@los.ac.

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).

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.

FROM THE CATHOLIC UNION

You are invited by the Catholic Union of Great Britain to a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Thursday 28th February at 6pm at Farm Street Church, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. If attending the reception, please register on 020 8749 1321 or at info@catholicunion.org.uk. Come and learn more about the Catholic Union. All welcome.

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.

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.

Sunday 10th February

Fifth Sunday of the Year (C)

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

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.

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.

BUCKFAST ABBEY: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MILLENNIUM

On Tuesday 12th March at 8pm Dr Roderick O’Donnell FSA will give a talk in St Wilfrid’s Hall on the first thousand years of Buckfast Abbey. Our speaker is an architectural historian and contributor to the recent book Buckfast Abbey - History, Art and Architecture, which marks Buckfast’s millennium. Entrance free and all welcome.

FROM THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL

The London Oratory School invites applications for the post of Director of Finance and Operations. Salary £55,000–£63,000, depending on experience. Full-time/permanent contract. Preferred start date mid May/early June 2019. Closing date for applications: Thursday 28th February at 4pm. Interviews: w/c Monday 4th and/or Monday 11th March 2019. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful applicant will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The school reserves the right to offer the post at any stage in the appointment process or not to offer the post. Further details on www.london-oratory.org or from the Headmaster’s PA on: recruit@los.ac.

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR GENEROSITY

The White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) on Sunday 13th January raised £1,564.42. Heartfelt thanks from SPUC!

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

VARIA

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 philip.heyman@ntlworld.com.

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.

Sunday 3rd February

Fourth Sunday of the Year (C)

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

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.

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.

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).

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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

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 info.teenstaruk@gmail.com.

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.

VARIA

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 philip.heyman@ntlworld.com.

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.

Sunday 27th January

Third Sunday of the Year (C)

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

CANDLEMAS

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): oratoryscoutgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

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.

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).

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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

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 info.teenstaruk@gmail.com.

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.

VARIA

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 philip.heyman@ntlworld.com.

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.

Sunday 20th January

Second Sunday of the Year (C)

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

This Friday concludes the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th – 25th January).

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On Thursday 24th January Neil Scolding, Burden Professor and Director of the Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, will speak on “Stem cells and medicine: where are we now?” More information here.

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).

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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

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.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Our rota of drivers is 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.

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.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing date is 26th January 2019.

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.

VARIA

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 philip.heyman@ntlworld.com.

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.

Sunday 13th January

The Baptism of the Lord

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

This Sunday 13th January there will be a special collection at the back of the church after each Mass for the annual White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). In fidelity to Catholic teaching, SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues. It seeks to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicide. SPUC also provides trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause. 

SAINT JOSEPH VAZ OF THE ORATORY

Wednesday 16th January is the feast of St Joseph Vaz of the Oratory. Solemn Benediction will be at 6.30pm.

  

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 17th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight. This term we shall study St Thomas’s proofs of the existence of God.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

This Friday begins the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th – 25th January).

 

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid’s Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm. On Thursday 24th January Neil Scolding, Burden Professor and Director of the Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, will speak on “Stem cells and medicine: where are we now?” More information here.

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).

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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The Oratory provides an ambulance service to bring people to Mass on Sunday who would otherwise be unable to come (for 11am). Our rota of drivers is 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.

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.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing date is 26th January 2019.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.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 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 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.

VARIA

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 philip.heyman@ntlworld.com.

 

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.

Sunday 6th January

Sunday 6th January

The Epiphany of the Lord

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

Next Sunday 13th January there will be a special collection at the back of the church after each Mass for the annual White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). In fidelity to Catholic teaching, SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues. It seeks to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicide. SPUC also provides trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause. 

SCRIPTURE GROUP

The Tuesday Scripture Group will start again on 8th January 2019 at 7.45pm in the Oratory House. All welcome.

CATHOLIC ENQUIRY GROUP

The Catholic Enquiry Group will meet again on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 8.00pm in St Joseph’s Hall.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys will start on Thursday 10th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 11th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Thursday 27th June 2019. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House.

 ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 10th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 17th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight. This term we shall study St Thomas’s proofs of the existence of God.

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).

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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

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.

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.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing Date is 26th January 2019.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.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 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 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.

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.

Sunday 23rd December

Sunday 23rd December

4th Sunday of Advent (C)

The Fathers & Brothers of the Oratory wish all our parishioners, visitors and friends a very happy & holy Christmas, and a blessed new year.

 

The next Parish Newsletter will appear on 6th January 2019. 

CHRISTMAS 2018

Monday 24th December: Christmas Eve
6.00pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
Church closes at 7.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm.
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir & Orchestra.

Tuesday 25th December: Christmas Day. Holy Day of Obligation
Church open 7.30am to 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm, 4.30pm.
4.00pm Solemn Benediction.
No 7.00pm Mass.

Wednesday 26th December: Saint Stephen
Church open 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Mass: 10.00am, 11.00am (1962 Missal), 12.30pm.

For details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season, see here.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY

The Oratory Fathers and SVP are hosting a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. We urgently need drivers who can pick up our guests in time for the 11am Mass at the Oratory and can bring them home around 4pm. If you are available either in the morning or in the afternoon, please contact the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900).

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE

There will be no refreshments after the 11am Mass on Sundays 23rd and 30th December. The Sunday morning coffee will start again on Sunday 6th January 2019. Volunteers are always welcome to continue this much-appreciated weekly offer. If you can spare a few hours per month, please contact Fr Michael Lang on 020 7808 0900 or michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 

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). On Christmas Day and on Sunday 30th December, the children’s area will not be available.

ORATORY REPOSITORY & BOOK SHOP

The Oratory Book Shop & Repository will be closed from Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December to Wednesday 2nd January (incl.). 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.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for boys will start on Thursday 10th January at 5pm; Confirmation classes for girls will start on Friday 11th January at 4.30pm. The classes are open to those who will be aged 14 or older by the time of Confirmation on Thursday 27th June 2019. If you are interested for your child, contact the Oratory House.

 ORATORY LATIN CLASSES

The Oratory Latin classes with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 10th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS STUDY GROUP

The St Thomas Aquinas Study Group with Mr Dominic Sullivan will start again on Thursday 17th January 2019, at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Hall and meet every fortnight. This term we shall study St Thomas’s proofs of the existence of God.

SCRIPTURE GROUP

The Tuesday Scripture Group will start again on 8th January 2019 at 7.45pm in the Oratory House. All welcome.

CONFRATERNITY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

Confraternity prayers will resume on Saturday 5th January 2019 after the 6pm Mass.

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

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.

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).

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.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing Date is 26th January 2019.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.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 2018. 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 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.

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.

Sunday 16th December

3rd Sunday of Advent (C)

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale at the Oratory House. See also here.

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Free admission or become a patron of the event & reserve a seat for £50 or £100. Further information from the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900). See also here.

CHRISTMAS

Monday 24th December: Christmas Eve
6.00pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
Church closes at 7.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm.
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir & Orchestra.

Tuesday 25th December: Christmas Day. Holy Day of Obligation
Church open 7.30am to 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm, 4.30pm.
4.00pm Solemn Benediction.
No 7.00pm Mass.

Wednesday 26th December: Saint Stephen
Church open 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Mass: 10.00am, 11.00am (1962 Missal), 12.30pm.

For details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season, see here.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY

The Oratory Fathers and SVP are hosting a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. We urgently need drivers who can pick up our guests in time for the 11am Mass at the Oratory and can bring them home around 4pm. If you are available either in the morning or in the afternoon, please contact the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900). 

FIND CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN THE ORATORY REPOSITORY AND BOOKSHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop we offer a great range of gifts to help you prepare for and celebrate Christmas at home and among your friends. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to by from us and so help support the Oratory’s work here in London! We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady on in either solid silver and solid brass. These are exact copies of old medals and would make wonderful Christmas presents or be ideal as gifts for Baptisms, Confirmations or first Communions. If you want to create a warm atmosphere at home and make sure you are truly ready for all the festivities then look to our range of Christmas candles, scented candles, Advent calendars, Christmas cards, and children books. Treat yourself, family and friends with special organic and natural skincare products made by the the Trappist monks of Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. The range includes crème reparatrice and crème apaisante – organic restorative creams for face and body designed for dry or very dry skin. Crème apaisante also helps people with psoriasis. And on cold windy days, make sure you look to Lip Balm enriched with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils, shower gel with linden flower extract and hand made saps with selected natural oils and orange peel. We hope you will find perfect Christmas presents in the shop. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

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.

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).

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.

PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE LAURELS SCHOOL

The Laurels School, an Independent Girls’ School with a Catholic ethos, which is relocating to Chelsea in September 2019, has places available in its expanding Sixth Form. Academic Scholarships are available for able candidates. For more information see www.thelaurelsschool.org.uk or email admissions@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. Closing Date is 26th January 2019.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.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 2018. 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 www.retrouvaille.org.uk. 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 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.

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. 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.

Sunday 9th December

2nd Sunday of Advent (C)

PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

This Sunday, after Vespers at 4.00pm there will be the annual Procession in honour of the Immaculate Conception, followed by Solemn Benediction.

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale from the Oratory House. See also here.

CAROL SERVICE

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Free admission or become a patron of the event & reserve a seat for £50 or £100. Further information from the porteria at the Oratory House (020 7808 0900). See also here.

CHRISTMAS

Monday 24th December: Christmas Eve
6.00pm Vigil Mass of Christmas.
No 7.00pm Mass. Church closes at 7.00pm and re-opens at 11.15pm.
11.30pm Christmas Carols, followed by Solemn Midnight Mass (Latin), with Choir & Orchestra.

Tuesday 25th December: Christmas Day. Holy Day of Obligation
Church open 7.30am to 5.30pm.
Mass: 8.00am, 9.00am (1962 Missal), 10.00am, 11.00am (Solemn Latin), 12.30pm, 4.30pm.
4.00pm Solemn Benediction.
No 7.00pm Mass.

Wednesday 26th December: Saint Stephen
Church open 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Mass: 10.00am, 11.00am (1962 Missal), 12.30pm.

Details about times of Masses and other services in the Christmas season will soon be available on the Oratory’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY (ST JOSEPH’S HALL)

The Oratory Fathers and SVP host a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. The lunch will be served in St Joseph’s Hall from 1.30pm. You can also attend Mass before or after the lunch, in the Oratory Church. Please note that the venue is now at the Oratory (St Joseph’s Hall) and NOT at More House.

If you wish to attend, or know someone who would, please leave name and contact details, also stating if you would like to be picked up, at the Oratory House by Monday 3rd December or email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com. Numbers are limited, so please book early.

If you would like to volunteer either on Christmas Eve to help with the set up or on Christmas Day itself, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com.

 

FIND CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN THE ORATORY REPOSITORY AND BOOKSHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop we offer a great range of gifts to help you prepare for and celebrate Christmas at home and among your friends. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to by from us and so help support the Oratory’s work here in London! We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady on in either solid silver and solid brass. These are exact copies of old medals and would make wonderful Christmas presents or be ideal as gifts for Baptisms, Confirmations or first Communions. If you want to create a warm atmosphere at home and make sure you are truly ready for all the festivities then look to our range of Christmas candles, scented candles, Advent calendars, Christmas cards, and children books. Treat yourself, family and friends with special organic and natural skincare products made by the the Trappist monks of Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. The range includes crème reparatrice and crème apaisante – organic restorative creams for face and body designed for dry or very dry skin. Crème apaisante also helps people with psoriasis. And on cold windy days, make sure you look to Lip Balm enriched with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils, shower gel with linden flower extract and hand made saps with selected natural oils and orange peel. We hope you will find perfect Christmas presents in the shop. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

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.

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).

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.

GOVERNORS SOUGHT FOR ST THOMAS MORE LANGUAGE COLLEGE

There have been a number of vacancies on the governing body of St Thomas More Language College, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Cadogan Street. If you are interested in volunteering as a Foundation Governor, please contact Louise Camilleri on lcamilleri6.207@lgflmail.org.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED CAROL SERVICE

The annual carol service of Aid to the Church in Need, with the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory, directed by Charles Cole with organ and brass ensemble, will be in held in Farm Street Church in Mayfair on Thursday 13th December at 7pm. Free entry with refreshments served in the church hall after the service. A collection will be taken for ACN’s work with persecuted Christians. For more information and tickets, phone 020 8642 8668 or email acn@acnuk.org. See also here.

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 2018. 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 www.retrouvaille.org.uk. 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 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.

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. 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.

Sunday 2nd December

1st Sunday of Advent (C)

OLIVE WOOD CARVES FROM THE HOLY LAND (BETHLEHEM) ON SALE

The Good Shepherd Company is based in Nottingham and works alongside with St. Vincent De Paul Society for orphans and elderly in the Holy Land. Their goal is to support and help Christian families to stay and make living work. Many of them leave in search of better work opportunities. According to a survey made by the bishops of Jerusalem, only forty-one thousands Christians are left in the area. Olive woodcarving is one of the most important sources of income for Christians in the Holy Land. After all Masses this Sunday, rosaries, crosses, cribs and religious statues carved from olive wood will be on sale. This will help Christians to stay in their home country.

 

ADVENT SUNDAY MUSICAL ORATORY

The Brothers of the Little Oratory invite you to the annual Advent Musical Oratory with the Oratory Junior Choir on Sunday 2nd December at 4.30pm in the Little Oratory. There will be readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. All welcome. See also here.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Saturday 8th December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There will be Solemn First Vespers & Benediction on Friday 7th at 5:30pm, followed by Mass at 6:30pm, and a Solemn High Mass on Saturday 8th at 11.00am. The preacher will be Fr Kenneth Macnab, Chaplain of the Oratory School in Reading. Mass setting: Missa Osculetur me by Lassus, with period instruments (cornetts and sackbuts). Other Masses will be at the usual Saturday times. See also here.

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE ORATORY (ST JOSEPH’S HALL)

The Oratory Fathers and SVP host a Christmas lunch for those who may be alone and wish to join with others on Christmas Day. The lunch will be served in St Joseph’s Hall from 1.30pm. You can also attend Mass before or after the lunch, in the Oratory Church. Please note that the venue is now at the Oratory (St Joseph’s Hall) and NOT at More House.

If you wish to attend, or know someone who would, please leave name and contact details, also stating if you would like to be picked up, at the Oratory House by Monday 3rd December or email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com. Numbers are limited, so please book early.

If you would like to volunteer either on Christmas Eve to help with the set up or on Christmas Day itself, please email oratoryoutreach1@gmail.com.

ORATORY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

The Oratory’s group for young adults will meet again on Monday 3rd December at 8pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall for an Introduction to the Oratory’s Outreach Programme. Opening prayers, individual speakers, open discussion/questions, closing prayers and social (with light refreshments). All welcome. This replaces the meetings for our group that fell through. A new programme for 2019 should be announced shortly. See also here.

 

ORATORY YOUTH GROUP (12 – 17 YEARS)

The next meeting will be on Friday 7th December at 7pm. For more information, email youthgroup@bromptonoratory.co.uk. See also here. 

 

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

On Monday 17th December at 7pm the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Oratory Church. Tickets are now on sale from the Oratory House. See also here.

CAROL SERVICE 2018

The annual Carol Service with the choirs of the London Oratory will be on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. See also here.

FIND CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN THE ORATORY REPOSITORY AND BOOKSHOP

In our Repository and Bookshop we offer a great range of gifts to help you prepare for and celebrate Christmas at home and among your friends. As well as the many regular items, we have some new ones that we hope you might like to by from us and so help support the Oratory’s work here in London! We have newly cast medals with St Philip Neri and Our Lady on in either solid silver and solid brass. These are exact copies of old medals and would make wonderful Christmas presents or be ideal as gifts for Baptisms, Confirmations or first Communions. If you want to create a warm atmosphere at home and make sure you are truly ready for all the festivities then look to our range of Christmas candles, scented candles, Advent calendars, Christmas cards, and children books. Treat yourself, family and friends with special organic and natural skincare products made by the the Trappist monks of Abbey of Nový Dvůr, located in West Bohemia. The range includes crème reparatrice and crème apaisante – organic restorative creams for face and body designed for dry or very dry skin. Crème apaisante also helps people with psoriasis. And on cold windy days, make sure you look to Lip Balm enriched with avocado, shea butter and sweet almond oils, shower gel with linden flower extract and hand made saps with selected natural oils and orange peel. We hope you will find perfect Christmas presents in the shop. The shop’s guaranteed opening times: Sunday 10.45–1.15pm, 3.15pm–5.25pm. Tuesday–Saturday 3.15pm–5.45pm.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 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 generalenquiries@bromptonoratory.co.uk.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

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.

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).

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.

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 2018. 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 www.retrouvaille.org.uk. 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 info@wfcslondon.org.

TALK BY GEORGE WEIGEL AT THE ROSARY SHRINE

The Rosary Shrine in Haverstock Hill looks forward to welcoming George Weigel from Washington, D.C. He is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, D.C.’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (Ignatius Press, 2018). His talk will highlight some of his reflections in this book. The talk on Wednesday 5th December is free of charge, and it is open to all. It will take place in the church (Southampton Road, London, NW5 4LB), starting at 7:30pm. The event is sponsored by the Thomistic Institute based in Washington, D.C., and co-sponsored by the Aquinas Institute in Oxford and the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. More information on https://rosaryshrine.co.uk/.

 

ORDER OF MALTA PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from and back to Stansted, from Friday 3rd May to Thursday 9th May 2019. The pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total, and includes a full programme of religious events. In addition, lively and fun activities and opportunities for sightseeing are available. Nursing and medical care is provided as necessary. We invite applications from interested sick, disabled and older people to join the pilgrimage, with accommodation in the Accueil Notre Dame. Pilgrims in the Accueil are asked to make a contribution of £300 towards the cost of some £600, but this can be reduced in cases of need. For further information and an application form, please contact Mrs Kim O’Connor, our Head Nurse, before 14th January 2019, by post (32 Scalebor Gardens, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7BX) or by email (k6oconnor@aol.com).

A benefactor has offered to fund one pilgrim for the Accueil from the Oratory Parish. For further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or on michaellang@rcdow.org.uk.

 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.

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. 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.