SOME GROUPS STARTING UP AGAIN -
Young Oratory (11-16 year-olds): Tuesday 5th September at 5pm
Children’s Liturgy (4-7 years-old) during the 9.30am Mass: Sunday 10th September
Mothers and Toddlers: Thursday 14th September, after the 10am Mass.
Confirmation classes: Saturday 16th September at 4pm
Women’s Oratory: Monday 25th September from 4pm.
Wednesday Morning Group (Over-60s): Wednesday 27th September after the 10am Mass.
Little Oratory (7-11 year-olds): Wednesday 27th September at 5pm
First Communion Classes: Saturday 7th October at 4pm.
Oratory Young Adults (18-30 year-olds): Friday 20th October at 7.30pm.
SOME NEW THINGS -
Gaeta: A new group for ages 15–17 to meet for discussion, prayer and pizza. Monthly meetings on Friday nights 7:30–9. First meeting Friday 15th September on the theme ‘What are you looking for?’ See postcards and posters for more details. If you’re coming, tell Br Oliver so we know how many pizzas to cook!
Passing on the Faith: How do we pass on the faith to the next generation? Another chance to hear about what works and what doesn’t, and discuss how the Church can support your children’s faith and keep our young people interested in God. Saturday 9th September 11am in the Parish Centre. Tea and coffee from 10:30.
Grown-up Catechism for Ordinary Adults: An opportunity to grow in your own faith, starting on Wednesday 20th September at 8pm.
Members of the Women’s Oratory group travelled to Harvington Hall near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, for a day out on Wednesday 23rd August which was, of course, the feast of St John Wall, a Franciscan priest in the seventeenth century who was based for much of his twenty-three years of ministry in the Midlands at the Hall during the recusancy period.
We had Mass in the little church of St Mary’s, thanks to the kindness of Mgr John Moran, the former Vicar General of the archdiocese, before making our way into the Hall for lunch.
After lunch our party was split into two groups for guided tours of the Hall, the most fascinating feature of which for most people is the suite of hidden rooms (or should that be a panel?) where priests could hide should the sheriff’s men turn up at short notice. Clearly priests were younger and slimmer in those days, as Fr Joseph discovered when he tried to get into one of the priest holes.
All of these hideaways were designed by St Nicholas Owen, the Jesuit lay brother and assistant to Fr Henry Garnett SJ. St Nicholas Owen was born in what is now our parish.
There is a beautiful relief of St Nicholas in St Mary’s church. A ramble through the beautiful gardens, afternoon tea in the café, and the inevitable browse through the shop, followed the tours.
New (and occasional) members of the Women’s Oratory group are always welcome. We meet on the first and last Monday of each month, starting again on the last Monday of September following the summer break.
A dozen intrepid parishioners set off along the Cherwell on Wednesday, ready to enjoy the splendid, English summer weather, which at times featured only light rain.
Waterborne refreshments cheered our spirits.
Leaving the Victoria Arms. Look, no rain!
A survivors' photograph:
Members of our Wednesday Morning over-60s group ventured north this week to stay at the Bar Convent, the oldest convent in the British Isles. We were well looked after by the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus and learnt a lot about Mary Ward, the pioneering foundress of the Bar Convent. There is an excellent exhibition inside the Convent, and we were also able to have Mass in the beautiful chapel, with its fine dome hidden from view by a pitched roof from the street.
Other excitements in York were St Wilfrid's, the Minster and the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow. Here is the group sitting in the Chapter House of York Minster:
And here in the chapel of the Bar Convent, one picture with Fr Richard, and another with Br Henry, who was a most assiduous tour-guide: