News Archive

Monday 24 November 2014

Murder at the Oratory

Much fun was had on Saturday at our Murder Mystery evening, in aid of the Oratory Campaign.

The year was 1950. We began in the library, where the protagonists were revealed.

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First: the troubled Parish Priest, waiting for the Finance Committee to arrive:

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Mrs Drewett, the housekeeper, Sarah the maid, and Mrs Wilby the Treasurer were surprised at the arrival of Tom, the long-lost brother of Mr Jeremiah Crump, the sacristan:

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Tom certainly seemed to have a strong motive to do his brother harm:

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Not long later, Mr Crump fell unexpectedly dead. Was it the coffee? Was it the sandwiches? Was it the sherry?

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After the shocking first scene, the 56 guests descended to the Parish Centre for dinner. The room had been transformed for fine dining:

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After the first course, Inspector Kinch from the Oxford Constabulary arrived. She was certainly a surprise:

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Mrs Drewett became rather hysterical. "It must have been the sherry!"

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A constable confirmed that poison had been used - taken from the presbytery outhouses.

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Suspicion falls on the respectable Mrs Wilby, who had discovered Tom, Crump's disreputable brother in the outhouses at the beginning of the evening. We know already that Crump was blackmailing Mrs Wilby.

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Or could it be Sarah, whose own tearaway brother had been denied the second chance he needed by Crump's mean-spirited malice?

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The guests went on to enjoy their main course:

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After pudding, the police were back. Each table had come to its conclusion. Four of them had got it right!

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Yes, it was the housekeeper, Mrs Drewett, taking revenge for the murder of her own sister, many years ago. She is led off to the cells:

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Thank you to everyone for taking part: to Clare Thomas for writing the script, to the actors, sound and light technicians, those who decorated the rooms so beautifully, to the cook, the waitresses and bar staff. We hope to have a similar event another time.

Saturday 22 November 2014

Immaculate Conception 2014

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NOVENA

Starts Friday 28 November 6:30pm
Continues weekdays at 6:30pm and weekends at 6pm.

SOLEMN FIRST VESPERS

Sunday 7 December 5:15pm

SOLEMN MASS

Monday 8th December 6pm
Preacher: Fr Richard Biggerstaff,
Director of the St Barnabas Society

Saturday 22 November 2014

The Last of the Last Things

Fr Daniel today gave the last talk in the Last Things series - on Hell. Saturday morning exploration of the faith will continue on 17th January, when a series of films will be shown. More details to follow.

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

Art and calligraphy afternoon

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Thank you to Freddie Quartley, whose Art and Calligraphy afternoon last Saturday was well-attended and enjoyed. The pictures show those who took part hard at work under her tutelage.

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Saturday 15 November 2014

Ordination of the New Bishop of Leeds

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Fr Daniel, Fr Dominic and Fr Richard were all at Leeds Cathedral last Thursday to support Bishop Marcus Stock as he was ordained as the new Bishop of Leeds.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols was the principal co-consecrator together with Archbishop Arthur Roche, Bishop Emeritus of Leeds and our own Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool and Metropolitan of the Northern Province, was the preacher at the inspiring Mass.

Bishop Marcus has been a friend of the Birmingham and Oxford Oratories for many years, and was the last diocesan priest to look after the parish of St Aloysius, in the last fortnight before the Fathers of the Oratory arrived in 1990.

Please keep the new bishop and his diocese in your prayers as he begins this important work of service to the Church.