News Archive

Wednesday 22 March 2017

"Little Acts of Love"

Yesterday's talk by Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, the founder and Chief Executive of Mary's Meals was deeply inspiring.

He told the story of how he began this movement of thousands of people, each performing "small acts of love", all because of one boy in Malawi, Edward, who when asked about his ambitions for life said, "I would like to have enough food to eat and I would like to be able to go to school one day."IMG_0712

Magnus described the simplicity of the vision of Mary's Meals, that every child in the world should be able to have enough to eat each day and to receive an education.

Today, Mary's Meals feeds 1.2 million children in their place of education every day - but there are sixty million children who do not attend school because of hunger. It takes Mary's Meals just £13.90 to feed a child in school for one year. IMG_0713

Mary's Meals is our Lent Project this year, and there will be a second collection on Sunday 2nd April. If you want to find out more or to get involved, visit the website:  www.marysmeals.org.ukIMG_0714

At the end of his talk, Magnus asked us to pray for the work of Mary's Meals, and in particular to ask Our Lady's intercession, since it is in her name that this work of feeding the hungry is undertaken.

The children at St Aloysius' School also had a presentation about Mary's Meals yesterday afternoon and were enthusiastic about taking part in the backpack project, to send to children receiving Mary's Meals the basic learning materials they need. See:

https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/the-backpack-project

Our children watched this beautiful film about the journey of one backpack from Scotland to Malawi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD1nW8zbVLg

Saturday 11 March 2017

Talk by Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

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Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow is the founder of Mary's Meals and he will be coming to speak about how he has set up this inspiring charity on Tuesday 21st March at 8pm in our Parish Centre. Do make every effort to be there.

Mary's Meals feeds over one million children every day in school.

More information at www.marysmeals.org.uk

Friday 10 March 2017

Lent Talk — The Odd Life of St Norbert and his White Canons

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In the course of 2000 years, the Church has developed a great variety of spiritual traditions and ways of living out the command to ‘pray at all times’. This Lent, five guest speakers (plus our own Fr Daniel) will share with us insights from their wealth of experience in their own religious orders that will help us in our own times of prayer. These talks are sure to be a help in strengthening our own Lenten practice of prayer. Talks take place on Saturdays at 11:00 in the Oratory parish centre and are open to the public. Tea and coffee available before from 10:30.

Our next speaker is Fr Stephen Morrison, O.Præm., Subprior of St Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford, on The Odd Life of St Norbert and his White Canons on Saturday 18th March.

The Premonstratensian Canons came into being through the conversion experience of St Norbert, who after a worldly life, came to his senses following a riding accident in 1115. Encouraged by the Pope, Norbert settled in France at Prémontré and established there a community, from which grew the Norbertine Order, still famed for its devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin and its dignified celebration of the Liturgy.

1 April — Prayer and Preaching: The spiritual traditions of St Dominic’s Order of Preachers

Fr Richard Finn, O.P.. Director of the Las Casas Institute; Lecturer and Tutor at Blackfriars

8 April — The Still Small Voice that Speaks in Lent: The Prophet Elijah in Carmelite Spirituality
Very Rev. Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelite Friars

Full details of all the talks are available in the Lent, Holy Week and Easter booklet. Printed copies are available at the back of church.

Saturday 4 March 2017

Lent Talk — The School of St Philip

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In the course of 2000 years, the Church has developed a great variety of spiritual traditions and ways of living out the command to ‘pray at all times’. This Lent, five guest speakers (plus our own Fr Daniel) will share with us insights from their wealth of experience in their own religious orders that will help us in our own times of prayer. These talks are sure to be a help in strengthening our own Lenten practice of prayer. Talks take place on Saturdays at 11:00 in the Oratory parish centre and are open to the public. Tea and coffee available before from 10:30.

We had a full house for Abbot Cuthbert Brogan's fascinating and entertaining talk on Benedictine spirituality.

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Our next speaker is our own Fr Daniel, on The School of St Philip: The Spiritual Life of the Oratory.

St Philip never really meant to found anything; the Oratory just happened in response to the needs of his age. The Oratorian priests and brothers, established to serve the laity who attended the meetings of the Oratory, still promote a spirituality designed ‘to make people saints in their own homes’. St Philip’s attractive and cheerful personality drew men and women into a closer friendship with Christ, and his way to holiness continues to encourage people in the world today.

18 March — The Odd Life of St Norbert and his White Canons
Fr Stephen Morrison, O.Præm., Subprior of St Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford

1 April — Prayer and Preaching: The spiritual traditions of St Dominic’s Order of Preachers

Fr Richard Finn, O.P.. Director of the Las Casas Institute; Lecturer and Tutor at Blackfriars

8 April — The Still Small Voice that Speaks in Lent: The Prophet Elijah in Carmelite Spirituality
Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Friar of Aylesford Priory, Kent

Full details of all the talks are available in the Lent, Holy Week and Easter booklet. Printed copies are available at the back of church.

Friday 3 March 2017

Resources on Ignatian Prayer

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Fr James Hanvey spoke to a packed Parish Centre last Saturday about St Ignatius' particular approach to prayer, and about prayer in general.

He recommended several resources for helping us to pray:

A Guide to Ignatian Prayer — by Rob Marsh SJ, which was given to all at the talk last week.

Schools of Prayer — a series of Podcasts organised by the Bishops' Conference, including one by Fr James. They are based on a series originally recorded for the Clifton Diocese.

Pray as you Go — run by the British Province of the Society of Jesus.

Sacred Space — run by the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus.