Yearly Archives: 2020

7 09, 2020

Conservation of Cardinal Newman’s Library

2020-09-07T12:15:51+00:00September 7th, 2020|

Cardinal Newman’s personal library situated in the Oratory House in undergoing extensive refurbishment. The library roof has become extremely unsafe and has allowed rain to leak through, causing some of the books to become damp and mouldy. Now, extensive work has begun to save this most important collection, which represents Saint John Henry’s patrimony. At present, conservators [...]

1 07, 2020

Coronavirus measures (last updated 3rd July)

2020-07-03T22:01:41+00:00July 1st, 2020|

The measures outlined below are being taken in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Opening Times We are now celebrating Public Masses once again at their usual times. The only alteration will be the Sunday 12 noon Mass, which is now at 12.15pm. As you go into church, please take note of measures for physical distancing and [...]

14 06, 2020

Sermon on the Opening of Churches

2020-06-29T09:04:24+00:00June 14th, 2020|

In the Bible, there is no hard and fast distinction between public worship and private prayer. In the Gospels, Our Lord, quoting the Prophet Isaiah, condemns those who honour God with their lips, but whose hearts are far from Him. In other words, engagement in external ritual without an inward dedication of heart is of no use spiritually. Equally, the [...]

31 05, 2020

Sermon for Pentecost

2020-06-14T13:31:01+00:00May 31st, 2020|

This sermon was preached at the 11am High Mass on Whit Sunday. The Bible is so sparing in the incidental details that it gives of the ministry of Our Lord and the Apostles, that when such details are given you can be sure that some significance is intended. When some of those who witnessed the prodigious wonders of that [...]

27 04, 2020

Catechism for Children

2020-09-05T16:39:54+00:00April 27th, 2020|

This series of instructional videos is based on lessons in the Light of the World books. We hope that pupils at our primary school, the Junior Oratory and our many Catholic families will find them useful in helping them to learn more about our holy Catholic Faith. Videos 1. God 2. Our Lady 3. The Blessed Trinity 4. [...]

22 04, 2020

Sermon for Low Sunday

2020-04-29T09:54:09+00:00April 22nd, 2020|

"…the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear…" The disciples were afraid they were going to suffer like the Master Himself had suffered, so they locked themselves away, petrified. Then miraculously, Christ stands among them, reassuring them with the breath of the Holy Spirit that He is truly risen, truly alive. In the present [...]

13 04, 2020

Sermon for Easter Sunday

2020-04-29T09:54:19+00:00April 13th, 2020|

This sermon was preached at the solemn Mass on Easter Sunday, which can be viewed here. Towards the end of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited, there’s a scene where Cordelia describes the deconsecration of the Marchmain family chapel. Having removed the Blessed Sacrament and the altar stone, the priest: … emptied the holy-water stoup and blew out the lamp in [...]

4 04, 2020

Letter from the Parish Priest

2020-06-25T15:57:36+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

2020-04-29T09:54:32+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, [...]

28 03, 2020

Prayers for Spiritual Communion

2020-04-29T09:55:11+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 [...]

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