Monthly Archives: April 2020

27 04, 2020

Catechism for Children

2020-05-25T07:49:53+00:00April 27th, 2020|

Although we are still sadly unable to go to church or school, we may still devote some time to learning more about our holy Catholic Faith. Each Monday, we will be releasing a catechetical video for children, based on lessons in the Light of the World books. We hope that pupils at our primary school, the Junior Oratory and [...]

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

2020-04-04T11:11:07+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

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

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 [...]