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Wednesday 25 March 2015

Holy Week and Easter Service Times 2015

Good Friday
PALM SUNDAY - 29th March
Saturday Vigil Mass: 6.30pm
Latin Mass (E.F.): 8am
Parish Mass: 9.30am
BLESSING OF PALMS & SOLEMN MASS at 11am
Vespers & Benediction: 5.30pm
Evening Mass: 6.30pm

MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Mass at 7.30am, 10am & 6pm
Stations of the Cross at 10.30am

MAUNDY THURSDAY – 2nd April
Low Mass: 12 noon
MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER at 8pm
Watching at the Altar of Repose until midnight
Compline: 11.45pm
Confessions: 11am - 12noon and before Mass

GOOD FRIDAY – 3rd April
Matins and Lauds: 9am
Children’s Stations of the Cross: 11am
LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION at 3pm
Stations of the Cross: 7pm
Confessions: 10am - 12noon and 1.45 - 2.45pm

HOLY SATURDAY – 4th April
Matins and Lauds: 9am
THE EASTER VIGIL at 8.30pm
Confessions: 10am - 6pm

EASTER SUNDAY – 5th April
Latin Mass (E.F.) 8am
Parish Mass: 9.30am
SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS at 11am
Vespers & Benediction: 5.15pm
Evening Mass: 6.30pm

EASTER MONDAY - 6th April
Mass at 10am only

After that, Masses return to the usual timetable.

Sunday 22 March 2015

2015 Paschal Candle

This year's Paschal Candle has been painted once again by Freddie Quartley.

This being the five-hundredth anniversary year of Our Holy Father's birth, the candle depicts St Philip, as well as angels holding instruments of the Passion, copied from the cupola by Melozzo da Forli in the Basilica of Loreto:

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Tuesday 17 March 2015

Clothing of Br Henry O'Connell in York

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Br Henry O'Connell received the habit of St Philip on Monday, 16th March at St Wilfrid's; our second novice for York and the first to be clothed in the habit there. Please remember Br Henry in your prayers. Br Henry is in the back row, first on the left and pictured with other Fathers and Brothers of the Oxford Oratory.

16th March is an excellent day for an Oratorian clothing, since it is the anniversary of the famous Massimo Miracle in Rome when St Philip raised the young Paolo Massimo from the dead. The Massimi family were great devotees of St Philip, and when fourteen-year old Paolo lay dying, our Holy Father was summoned, but was saying Mass and so arrived too late. Nevertheless, his prayers raised Paolo from the dead: the boy then asked to go to confession. The saint sent everyone from the room, heard his confession, and then talked to Paolo for about half an hour about the joys of Paradise. After St Philip twice asked Paolo whether he died willingly, the boy died for a second time, peacefully and joyfully.

The event is still celebrated annually in Rome at the Palazzo Massimi where the house is open to the public for one day only and Mass is celebrated in the family chapel.

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Wednesday 11 March 2015

Our Lent Project - SURVIVE-MIVA

This year's Lent project is the charity SURVIVE-MIVA - the Missionary Vehicles Association.

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SURVIVE-MIVA is a Catholic lay Association. It exists to provide one vital element for the success of the Church's health and pastoral work in areas of great need - a means of transport.

During the calendar year 2014, SURVIVE-MIVA funded the purchase of 469 modes of transportation.

There will be a speaker at all Masses on Passion Sunday (22nd March) and a second collection.

SURVIVE-MIVA is a very good, targeted way of helping the Missions, with results that may be seen.

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Tuesday 3 March 2015

New book: St Joseph Vaz

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Saint Joseph Vaz, priest of the Oratory and the ‘Apostle of Ceylon’, was canonized by Pope Francis on 14 January. Fr Jerome has written an excellent short life of St Joseph and the history of the Oratory in India and Sri Lanka.

It is available to buy from Lulu and in the Porter's Lodge.

Our other books can be seen in the Publications section of the website.