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 has been suspended. You are invited to make an act of spiritual communion at home, or to tune into our live stream, where there is Mass at 9am and 11am, and daily Rosary and Spiritual Communion at 6pm.

Please pay attention to updates, as these times may vary as circumstances require.

Live Streaming

Masses celebrated in private are live streamed every day. Please note that these Masses may not be attended in person.

  • 9am – Low Mass (Latin, EF)
  • 11am – Low Mass (English)
  • 6pm – Rosary and Act of Spiritual Communion

On Sundays at 6pm, the Fathers sing Vespers simply and in private. This is available by live stream in place of the Rosary.

Live streams can be accessed via our website: www.birminghamoratory.org.uk/live-stream/

Contact Details

Parishioners may provide their contact details, and consent to our keeping this information in order to provide updates and information. Please submit these to enquiries@birminghamoratory.org.uk using the document below:

Parish Contact Information Form

Mass Intentions

Mass intentions already booked will, of course, be honoured. Details of new intentions to be said each week will be included in the parish bulletin, available on the Oratory website and Facebook.

New Mass intentions may be booked by post addressed to ‘Father Sacristan, The Oratory, 141 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, B16 8UE’. Please enclose details of the intention, with your offering. Please make out any cheques to ‘The Oratory’.

Baptism in Cases of Necessity

Baptism is normally carried out by a priest or deacon, under church law. Because baptism ceremonies cannot legally be conducted under the present government restrictions, these may need to be delayed until the lockdown has ended.

In some cases, it is sadly not possible to wait. In an emergency, baptism may be carried out by anyone. If someone you know is in imminent danger of death, and they have consented to be baptised, this may be done by pouring water over the person three separate times, while saying ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ Your intention need simply be to do as the Church normally does. A person may be baptised only once in his or her life.

It is then essential to notify the Church of the baptism at the earliest possible opportunity. This may be done by contacting the parish priest by phone or email, so that he can enter the baptism into our records.

We hope to return to our normal baptismal practise as soon as possible.

Last Rites

In an emergency, the Fathers can be contacted by phoning the Oratory House and selecting the emergency phone option on the switchboard. This is only to be used in case of requiring last rites.