When Christ the King was brought before Pontius Pilate, the Romans were running a European superstate which they called their ‘Empire’. Roman laws and Roman taxes were enforced by a well-organised network of local administrators, backed up by a powerful military and political machine. For Pontius Pilate, the administrator of Judea, ‘kingship’ meant simply the sort of power you wield if you have an army lined-up behind you. The strange young rabbi from Nazareth apparently had no such power. To Pilate, our Lord must have seemed like a pathetic religious fanatic with nothing to back-up His fanciful claims. Christ’s answers ...

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The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri Birmingham

A Roman Catholic Community of Priests and Brothers
A Parish in the Archdiocese of Birmingham 
The Cardinal Newman Memorial Church

Mass & Confession Times


8.30am Mass (English)
10.30am High Mass (Latin, E.F)
12.00pm Mass (English)
4.30pm Sung Vespers (Latin, E.F) and Benediction
5.30pm Mass (English)

Monday - Friday

7.30am Mass (English)
12.30pm Mass (English)
5.45pm Mass (Latin E.F)

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Oratory Church Restoration Fund

We need to raise £200,000 as soon as possible for the repairs that are urgently needed to restore and protect the Oratory church building. And beyond that we shall also need to raise further sums for on-going maintenance.

The total raised since November 2013 now stands at £125,000. We offer our sincere thanks to all who have already contributed to this fund. We still have a long way to go before we can begin the necessary work of repair and restoration. Please give whatever you can. It is always better if your donations can be Gift-Aided, so that we can reclaim the tax. The Fathers and Brothers offer holy Mass and pray regularly for the intentions of all our benefactors, living and departed.

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Music at the Oratory

From the start, the Birmingham Oratory was noted for the excellence of its music, due largely to the active interest of Newman himself, whose own love of music coincided with the views of S. Philip.

This tradition continues Sunday after Sunday at the High Mass in our church can be heard the great works of Palestrina, Byrd, Victoria, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and many others, adding to the beauty of divine worship and preserving the heritage of Church music.

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