Yearly Archives: 2020

4 04, 2020

Letter from the Parish Priest

2020-04-04T11:11:07+00:00April 4th, 2020|

Dear Parishioners and Friends, We hope that you are all in good health and virus-free! It pains us that, for the first time since the foundation of the Oratory here in Birmingham, we are not able to celebrate the ceremonies of Holy Week together. As we all know, participating in the Sacred Triduum is a great source of spiritual renewal [...]

3 04, 2020

Holy Week live streams

2020-04-03T19:34:26+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

The Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory are praying for all parishioners and worshippers at the Oratory, especially this Holy Week. Let us not forget those who are suffering the most at this time, those who have lost loved ones, and those who work in frontline positions. Whilst on 'lockdown', let us take the opportunity to sanctify our homes, increase [...]

2 04, 2020

Coronavirus measures (last updated 2nd April)

2020-04-02T11:40:48+00:00April 2nd, 2020|

The measures outlined below are being taken in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The government has issued new guidance as of 23rd March, which requires all places of worship to close temporarily. Church Closure The Oratory Church is closed in compliance with the government's new instructions. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days [...]

28 03, 2020

Prayers for Spiritual Communion

2020-04-01T16:31:27+00:00March 28th, 2020|

When we are unable to receive Holy Communion sacramentally, we may still make an act of Spiritual Communion. Saint Thomas describes this as 'an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament, and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.' The prayers given below are one way of expressing this desire. The Confiteor I [...]

22 03, 2020

Public Mass Suspended

2020-03-26T14:31:12+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Read our full Coronavirus measures Watch Mass live With the public celebration of Mass tragically suspended, we feel that a darkness has come over the Church. We know that it is a temporary darkness. It will pass. Nevertheless, we also know how bereft God's people are feeling. For reasons which at the moment seem beyond our control, the Lord [...]

31 01, 2020

Family Loyalties

2020-01-31T11:14:13+00:00January 31st, 2020|

"Honour thy father and thy mother." In the practice of our religion our blood family has first call on our commitment, but not in an absolute or unqualified way. There is a danger of making a false god out of family life, thinking that the immediate family is all that matters. We can be so self-engrossed in our own natural [...]