News Archive

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Wednesday Morning Group Goes to the Dogs


Our Wednesday Morning Group (for the over-sixties) today held its annual post-Christmas lunch, in company with some spaniels. The group meets every Wednesday morning after the ten o'clock Mass for coffee and conversation, with occasional talks and trips.


Tuesday 2 January 2018

New Year's Day with the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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It is five years since the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary were received into the Catholic Church, on New Year's Day 2013 in our church. Since then they have settled in a convent at Kingstanding, next door to Maryvale. Indeed their house is built in the grounds that Blessed John Henry Newman would have known when he lived at Maryvale and founded the English Oratory there at Candlemas 1848.

Mother Winsome and the Sisters kindly invited us to go up to see them on the anniversary day of their reception, and the Fathers and Brothers all had a very happy time. At the end of Mass in their chapel, the Sisters sang the Suscipe, which is a reminder of their vows and the formation of their community within the Catholic Church on 1st January 2013.

Monday 25 December 2017

The Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory wish you a very happy and holy Christmas


Saturday 16 December 2017

Christmas at the Oratory 2017-8 - Mass and Confession Times

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Before every Mass and Saturday 23 December, 10am-6:30 pm

Carol Service

Wednesday 20 December, 8pm

Christmas Eve (Sun. 24 December)

Sunday Masses as usual

Vespers, 5:30pm

Benediction, 6pm

Vigil Mass with carols, 6:30 pm

Church closed until 11pm Carols and readings, 11:15pm

Midnight Mass, midnight

Christmas Day (Mon. 25 December)

Latin Mass (EF), 8am
Parish Mass, with Children’s Liturgy, 9:30am

Solemn Mass, 11am
Solemn Benediction, 5:30pm
No Evening Mass

St Stephen’s Day (Tues. 26 December)

Mass, 10am only

Feast of the Holy Family (Sun. 31 December)

Latin Mass (EF), 8am
Parish Mass, 9:30am
Solemn Mass, 11am

Benediction (no Vespers), 6pm

Evening Mass, 6:30pm

Mass and Benediction for New Year, 11pm

Mary, Mother of God (Mon. 1 January)

Mass, 10am only

Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sat. 6 January)

Solemn Mass (EF), 11am
Children’s Epiphany Procession and Benediction in the Crib, 3pm

Transferred Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sun. 7 January)
Latin Mass (EF), 8am
Parish Mass, with Children’s Liturgy, 9:30am

Solemn Mass, 11am

Solemn Vespers, 5:30pm

Benediction, 6pm

Evening Mass, 6:30pm

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Archbishop Longley celebrates Mass for the Immaculate Conception

It was a great joy to welcome the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham to celebrate and preach at the Pontifical Solemn Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. His Grace was able to greet many parishioners after Mass. Here are some photographs of the ceremonies:

The Archbishop is received at the back of church with a crucifix and holy water:


At the archiepiscopal throne:


Putting on incense before the Gospel:


The singing of the Gospel:


The Archbishop preaches:


Our Lady conceived without sin is the Patroness of the Congregation of the Oratory and of the Archdiocese of Birmingham:


It was on 8th December 2009 that Archbishop Bernard was enthroned as Archbishop of Birmingham. We wish him "ad multos annos"!


The Creed:


Incense is put on at the Offertory:


The gifts are incensed:


The Archbishop is incensed:


The elevation of the Host:


The Our Father:


The "Ecce Agnus Dei":


His Grace gives his blessing:


The Procession at the end of Mass: