After St Francis was asked by Our Lord to, "Go and repair My house which, as you can see, is falling into ruins", he restored several chapels in Assisi, including that of St Mary of the Angels, the Portiuncula or Little Portion.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Angels, and so the Portiuncula Indulgence, or Pardon of Assisi may be gained today. This is a plenary indulgence available by visiting any parish church and there devoutly praying for the Holy Father's intentions with a Creed and Our Father, and receiving the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion within a few days.
Here is our parish pilgrimage in 2018, outside the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which enshrines the chapel built by St Francis:
Today is a good day to pray for the purification and renewal of Christ's Bride, the Church.
Our Lady of York - pray for us
Street artist Wim is painting this fine reproduction of Andrea Pozzo's trompe d'oeil ceiling in the church of Sant'Ignazio in Rome. It depicts the entrance of St Ignatius Loyola, whose feast day is today, into heaven. The vault and dome of the ceiling are an illusion, which Wim has tried to recapture. Go and admire his work outside the Minster at weekends, weather permitting.
Please click here for a list of the Mass Intentions for the week beginning Saturday, 31st July.
Refreshments are being served on Sundays again in the Upper Room. While the room itself is looking a little scruffy, improvements are in process. Do make a contribution if you are able. You can do so at our 'JustGiving' page. Please click here: www.justgiving.com/yorkoratory
The Oratory is looking to appoint four Choral Scholars (SATB) from October 2021. For full details please click here: Choral scholarships 2021-2
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The woodwork at the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow has been restored by Gaël Gravêthe as part of his carpentry apprenticeship. Before Général Yann & Marie-Ange Gravêthe and their family returned to France, Mass was celebrated at the Shrine for them, with Gaël serving.
After Mass the new altar cloths and other linens for the Shrine were blessed:
The window of St Anne in our church. At the bottom we see St Anne teaching the Child Mary.
SS Joachim & Anne: pray for all grandparents.