The Assisted Dying Bill will be considered by Parliament next week. Our bishops have encouraged every Catholic to write to our Members of Parliament, expressing our strong disagreement with this measure, which strikes at the dignity of human life.
One of our parishioners has produced the following prayer, which may be used as a novena:
A Symphony of Novenas 2-19 September 2015:
Let us surround our politicians with prayer on September 11th,
praying a Novena any of the nine consecutive days around the debate on the Assisted Suicide Bill.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of life. Jesus we thank you for suffering for us and obtaining for us the gift of eternal life. Holy Spirit, we thank you for giving us the strength to follow Jesus on the Way of the Cross and for helping us to live in Truth and Love.
We pray for the leaders of our land (at least a decade of the Rosary) that the Truth may be spoken courageously, heard with understanding and acted upon with integrity. May we all be united in winning the battle against depression, neglect and pain through encouragement, care, companionship and creativity. Let us pray with all our heart so that where suffering and pain threaten to overwhelm us, love and compassion may give meaning and life to all.
At each Hail Mary let us invite one of our favourite Saints to pray with us! Thank you.
We were delighted yesterday to welcome Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Charles from Versailles - a choir of children and young people who use sacred music as a form of evangelisation.
After Mass they gave a short recital, including music by Handel, Palestrina, Bruckner and others.
All who heard the choir were extremely edified by their beautiful, reverent, and prayerful singing,
About the choir:
The children’s choir Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Charles was founded in 1983 by Father Roger Morandi. Their mission is to sing the Lord and his wonders and to radiate faith and Christian joy. The young singers receive both a musical and a spiritual education for without a living faith, sacred music is reduced to a purely artistic gesture and loses its meaning.
The choir is part of the International Pueri Cantores Federation, a grouping of children’s choirs whose purpose is to praise the Lord through sacred music. Together with other young singers of the world, Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Charles sing the peace of God so that, on Earth, all men of good will live in peace.
These sessions will take place on Wednesdays:
7.30pm tea & coffee served in the Parish Centre,
8pm Presentation in the Library.
For anyone who wants to know more about the Catholic faith.
16th September: The Meaning of Life
23rd September: Creation and Fall
30th September: Salvation History
7th October: The Incarnation
14th October: The Life of Christ
21st October: The Paschal Mystery
28th October: The Trinity
4th November: The Church
11th November: Scripture and Tradition
18th November: Mary and the Four Last Things
25th November: Liturgy and Sacraments
2nd December: Baptism and Confirmation
Books to accompany the course should shortly be available in the Porters' Lodge.
The High Mass for the feast of Our Lady's Assumption was celebrated on Sunday by Fr Davide Saron, of the Oratory in Brescia in Italy. Fr Davide first visited our community four years ago, and it was with great pleasure that we were able to welcome him back to celebrate the Solemn Mass in the morning and Vespers in the evening.
Fr Davide was ordained priest on the 16th May this year, so was able to give first blessings after the Solemn Mass. Please pray for him as he begins his life of priestly ministry, and pray for more Oratorian vocations, both in Brescia and in Oxford!