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Wednesday 2 September 2015

A Novena for Parliament

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.

Thursday 27 August 2015

The Little Singers of St Charles

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.

The choir sang at the evening Mass, for the feast of Blessed Dominic Barberi.IMG_8711

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.


Wednesday 26 August 2015

Evangelium Course to begin in September

By popular demand, we will be repeating the Evangelium course, beginning in September. Evangelium is a multimedia course in the Catholic Faith based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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.

Monday 17 August 2015

Fr Davide Saron, Cong. Orat.

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!


Saturday 1 August 2015

First Summer Camp of the 1st Oxford Scout Troop of St Philip


The 1st Oxford Scout Troop of St Philip, part of our new Scouts of Europe group, travelled to St Michael's Abbey Farnborough for their first summer camp this week. Parishioners will recognise the boys from Sunday Masses two weeks ago, when they were raising money for their uniforms. The group is run by Br Oliver, and Br Toby from Blackfriars.

Fr Daniel blessed the assembled troop before departure:


A change of trains at Reading station:


Lunch and dinner were cooked outside on an open fire, all of which were made with materials found in the woods, and started with a flint and steel!


The Scouts made their own torches for when it got dark:IMG_1191IMG_1189IMG_1178

Br Toby reading a ghost story to the troop:


The monks joined the campfire on some nights, and helped with the campfire songs.11822908_10153459256560132_7920319196320553512_oIMG_1215IMG_123611694834_856832011065327_3626926416762091379_n