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Friday 22 March 2019

The Last Week: 'The hour has come'

From the moment Judas left the Last Supper, Christ knew that he did not have much more time with his apostles. He only had time for his most important teachings. What did Christ choose to say?

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During Holy Week, when the Gospel accounts of the last week of Christ’s life, passion and death are read, there is never enough time to look into all the details, scriptural references, and rich symbolic meaning contained in the text. This Lent, we are making time to do just that. Join us each week to explore the most important week in human history.

Talk takes place on Saturday 30 March in the Parish Centre. Cafe Neri open from 10:30.

Saturday 16 March 2019

The Last Week: ‘It was now night’

As Christ prepared to eat his last meal with his disciples, the sunset marked the beginning of more than just a natural darkness. The Light of the World was about to be extinguished. Night had fallen.

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During Holy Week, when the Gospel accounts of the last week of Christ’s life, passion and death are read, there is never enough time to look into all the details, scriptural references, and rich symbolic meaning contained in the text. This Lent, we are making time to do just that. Join us each week to explore the most important week in human history.

Talk takes place on Saturday 23 March in the Parish Centre. Cafe Neri open from 10:30.

Saturday 9 March 2019

Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2019

Full details of Masses, Confessions, the Parish Lent Project, Saturday Talks for Lent, Musical Oratories and more can be found in the Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2019 booklet. Copies of the booklet are also available from the back of church.

In addition to the usual times of Masses and confessions, there will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 5:30pm during Lent, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays from 10:30 until Benediction at 6pm.

There are three musical oratories this Lent. The first will take place on Wednesday 13 March at 6:30pm, and will include reflections for Lent, accompanied by Gregorian Chant sung by the Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory. The Parish choir will sing hymns and motets to accompany readings for Lent on Wednesday 27 March at 6:30pm.

The Oratory choir directed by Matthew Martin will sing selections from Victoria's Tenebrae responsories on 12 April at 8pm.

Saturday Talks for Lent: The Last Week

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During Holy Week, when the Gospel accounts of the last week of Christ’s life, passion and death are read, there is never enough time to look into all the details, scriptural references, and rich symbolic meaning contained in the text. This Lent, we are making time to do just that. Join us each week, beginning 16 March as we explore the most important week in human history. The series begins with ‘This is your hour, and the rule of darkness’. Christ’s ‘hour’ did not take place by chance. It was prophesied centuries before. The death of Jesus of Nazareth took place at a Passover festival like no other. But this is a real historical event — when exactly did it take place? Can we use science and the biblical evidence to date the year of the Crucifixion? Once we know when Christ died, we can begin to see all of the messages that his death sent to a Jewish audience.

Talks begin at 11am in Parish Centre. Cafe Neri open before each talk from 10:30.

Lent Project: St Luigi Scrosoppi Sorgsentrum

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In response to the words of St Luigi, the centre ‘takes care of the young the Lord has entrusted to you as the apple of his eye’, of those who ‘have no voice and those who are treated unjustly,’ that they ‘may know that they are heard, defended and helped’.

St Luigi’s is the umbrella organisation for a number of programmes aimed at empowering children and youth and encompassing many aspects of care and pastoral work in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. It is a refuge where disadvantaged children and youth can come to play, learn and receive good nutrition and healthcare in a safe, secure and loving environment.

St Luigi’s offers children a safe haven from the world in which they live so that they can grow up believing that beauty and goodness can outstrip the harshness of their daily lives. At the Centre the child comes first — a child who can discover his talents and skills, strengths and weaknesses and ways in which to grow.

Read more: www.scrosoppi.org

Friday 8 March 2019

March Music

3 DOMINICA VIII PER ANNUM Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa Aeterna Christi Munera Palestrina
Cantate Domino Croce
Pange Lingua Charpentier

6 FERIA IV CINERUM Solemn Mass 18:00

Missa XVIII Plainsong
Miserere mei Lassus
Exaltabo te Lassus

10 QUADRAGESIMAE I Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa Brevis Palestrina
Ductus est Jesus Guerrero
Benedic anima mea Domino Lassus

17 QUADRAGESIMAE II Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa Emendemus in melius Palestrina
Meditabor in mandatis suis Lassus
Intellige clamorem meum Isaac

24 QUADRAGESIMAE III Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa XVII Plainsong
In nomine Iesu Handl

31 QUADRAGESIMAE IV Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa Octavi toni Lassus
Accepit Iesus panes Guerrero
Domine ad adjuvandum me Lassus

Thursday 14 February 2019

Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman

We are delighted to announce that yesterday Pope Francis signed the decree approving the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, the founder of the English Oratory. This opens the way to his canonisation later in the year. Below is a press release from the Birmingham Oratory giving details of the miracle.

With great joy we have learned that Pope Francis has authorized the promulgation of a decree confirming a miracle through the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, the founder of the English Oratory.

The miracle occurred in May 2013 in the USA. An expectant mother was suffering from unstoppable internal bleeding which threatened the life of her child in the womb. She had long been a devotee of Blessed John Henry, and in prayer she directly and explicitly invoked Newman’s intercession to stop the bleeding. The miraculous healing was immediate, complete, and permanent.

The case was passed to the Postulator of the Cause in Rome, Dr. Andrea Ambrosi who examined and documented the miracle, which was then scrutinized and approved by the medical and theological commissions of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

Now that the Holy Father has authorized the decree, we may reasonably hope that John Henry Cardinal Newman will soon be canonized. The Holy See will decide the date.

This confirmation of Newman’s heroic sanctity will be welcomed by Catholics and Anglicans alike, and many others. Newman was a central figure within the Oxford Movement in the Church of England, and this helped him to make his unique theological and spiritual contribution to Catholicism after his conversion in 1845.

Newman’s long spiritual pilgrimage ‘out of shadows and images into the truth’ encourages all Christians to persevere in their quest for God above all else. His conversion to Catholicism is a clear example of how God uses all the varied circumstances of our lives to draw us to Himself, in His own good time, and in so many different ways.