Mary’s Meals provides a meal in school for over one million children every day. It is inspired by the Magnificat: ‘He has filled the hungry with good things’ and is named after Our Lady. The founder of Mary’s Meals, Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, will be coming to speak in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 21 March (time t.b.c. — check newsletter). There will be collection boxes to take home at the beginning of Lent, and a second collection on Sunday 2 April. More information at www.marysmeals.org.uk
Below is the video shown last month at the Parish AGM. It provides an excellent introduction to the work of Mary’s Meals, and shows what a difference our support this Lent can make to children in some of the poorest parts of the world.
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.
NB: talks begin the Saturday before Ash Wednesday.
Our first guest speaker will be Fr James Hanvey, S.J. , Master of Campion Hall, Oxford, on Finding God in a busy life: St Ignatius and the Catholic spiritual tradition. St Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus in 1540, abandoning his career as a soldier and giving to the Church one of her most effective missionary bodies in her history. The Society’s priests spread the Gospel from South America to East Asia, many giving their lives as martyrs for Christ. Find out more about St Ignatius’ unique method of prayer, and how it can be a help to us today in our search for God.
4 March — A School of the Lord’s Service: Contemplative monastic life in the Benedictine tradition
Rt Rev. Dom Cuthbert Brogan, O.S.B., Abbot of St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough
11 March — The School of St Philip: The spiritual life of the Oratory
Fr Daniel Seward, Cong. Orat., Provost of the Oxford Oratory
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.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 1 March. There will be Mass with the imposition of ashes at 7:30, 10am (Sung English, with the primary school), 12:15pm (EF Latin), and 6pm (Solemn Mass).
Celebrate the day before with the Parish Pancake Party in the Parish Centre from 6:30pm!
During Lent, there will no Holy Hour on Friday afternoons, but Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm. On Saturdays, there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the 10am Mass until 6pm, when exposition ends with Benediction.
There will be a day of recollection for open to all on Saturday 4 March led by Fr Joseph. The day will begin with Mass at 10am, followed by opportunity for confessions; Saturday Talk at 11am, A School of the Lord’s Service by Abbot Cuthbert Brogan; times of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament; talks on the theme Entering the inner chamber of your soul; and will end with Benediction.
Friday 3 March — Oratory Young Adults
Come back to me with all your heart — talk and discussion at 7:30pm
Saturday 25 March — Feast of the Annunciation
Ordination to the Diaconate of Br Oliver at 12 noon
Monday 27 March — Penance Service
with individual confession at 7pm
Wednesday 5 April — Passiontide Musical Oratory
Choral music for Passiontide at 8pm
Full details of all this, and of the series of Saturday Talks for Lent, Praying with the Church available in the Lent, Holy Week and Easter booklet. Printed copies are available at the back of church.
Oratory Young Adults is our series of meetings for young Catholics who frequent the Oratory. Our series of events for young adults aged 18–30 takes place on a Friday night at the beginning of each month. We meet over some simple food and drink to discuss a question that is important to us as young Catholics, share some catechesis and a piece of scripture before spending a short time in prayer and song together in Church, and many of us continue our time at the Pub across the road.
Five hundred years ago in Rome St Philip gathered around him some young people who were preoccupied with the cares, not only of life and work, but of what it means to be faithful to the Church and become a closer disciple and friend of Christ. Familiar conversation on the Word of God, prayer, song, and friendship with one another was St Philip’s way of helping them grow in love of the Lord, and this is what we do as a group each month; an ancient formula for ordinary young Catholics today.
Whether you are a strong and devout Catholic, consider yourself to be trying hard to be faithful, or usually find that 'Church Groups' are not for you there is a place for you at each of our events for young adults at the Oratory. Come and see!
Meetings usually take place on the first Friday of each month, and you can see what’s happening on our Facebook page @oratoryyoungadults or on the posters in Church.