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MORTIFYING THE RAZIONALE

Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595) said “The sanctity of a man lies in the breadth of three fingers (the forehead), that is to say, in mortifying the understanding, which would fain reason upon things.” The shorter version of his maxim is “Holiness is three fingers deep”.  With these words the saint exhorts us to mortify the razionale – our habit of trusting too much in our capacity for reasoning. Saint Philip’s maxim does not propose an irrational approach to the life of faith. He simply warns us of the spiritual danger in overvaluing our own intellect. He meant that we come ...

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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

Sunday

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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