24 December 2011

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Spiritual Activities

Brothers of the Little Oratory  (Chaplain: F. Philip Cleevely)  The Little Oratory was the first work of S. Philip Neri while he was still a layman and provides an opportunity for men who, though not following a vocation to the priesthood, would like to devote a portion of their time to prayer, charitable works and to the spread our holy religion. 'The Brothers' meet on Tuesdays evenings, after Benediction, at 8.20 pm in S. Philip’s Chapel for prayer followed by refreshments and socialising. All men welcome to attend.

Union of Catholic Mothers  (Chaplain: F. Paul Chavasse)  The Oratory branch of the UCM meets on Tuesday evenings at 8.20, after Benediction (except in August). In addition to the weekly prayer and social evenings, there are various fund raising events, organised trips to places of interest and two Retreats, sometimes locally and sometimes further afield such as Hawkestone, Belmont Abbey, Prinknash. Open meetings of illustrated talks by guest speakers are also organised from time to time. In July each year UCM members from all over the country go on pilgrimage to Walsingham. All married women welcome to attend.

S. Philip Neri Circle  (Chaplain: F. Philip Cleevely)  Three series of intellectual talks per annum on various faith and morality issues are followed by discussion, compline and coffee. Details are advertised by poster and on the newsletter.

Altar Society  (Chaplain: F. Paul Chavasse)  The Altar Society looks after the decoration of the altars in church, including the flowers and linens. New members are always needed and training will be given. Requires some availability during the day on weekdays.

Walsingham Association  (Chaplain: F. Paul Chavasse)  We have an active branch of the Walsingham Association, which organises an annual pilgrimage to Walsingham and Mass in honour of our Lady of Walsingham at the Oratory, and maintains a lamp burning constantly before her image in our church.

Society of S. Hugh  Started over 45 years ago by one of our sacristans, Mr Hugo Holland, who still organises it, this prayer group meets for 15 minutes at 12.45 pm in the Oratory House, on the first Sunday of each month. There are special Masses and outings two or three times a year. Meetings are advertised on the newsletter.

Patricians Discussion Group  Monthly talks and discussions on various issues, given by parishioners, are advertised on the newsletter.
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