24 07, 2021

Brothers’ Annual Picnic

2021-07-24T16:19:11+00:00July 24th, 2021|

Last week, the Brothers of the Little Oratory had their annual Rednal day, with Holy Mass followed by a picnic on the lawn. All men over 18 are welcome to join the Brothers in church on Sundays at 3.15pm for the spiritual exercises of our Holy Father S. Philip. [...]

11 06, 2021

Cardinal’s Library Update

2021-06-11T19:48:08+00:00June 11th, 2021|

Dear Friends, As you can see from the photographs, the restoration work on the roof of the Cardinal’s Library and adjacent roofing is going at a fine pace. The lantern roof, which was in danger of collapsing, has been reconstructed using whatever elements of the old structure [...]

28 02, 2021

Lenten Lectures

2021-04-05T15:40:51+00:00February 28th, 2021|

To prepare for Holy Week, the Fathers recorded a series of Lenten Lectures on each of the major liturgies.1. Palm Sunday2. Tenebrae3. Maundy Thursday4. Good Friday5. The Easter Vigil

26 02, 2021

Masses and Offices of Holy Week

2021-04-05T15:38:22+00:00February 26th, 2021|

Please note the revised times for Tenebrae (8pm), the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday (6pm) and Good Friday Stations of the Cross (6pm). As usual, High Mass on Palm Sunday begins at the earlier time of 10am. There will be an additional English Mass on Maundy Thursday this year to allow for distancing. All Masses and offices [...]

14 02, 2021

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during Lent

2021-03-31T00:23:44+00:00February 14th, 2021|

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed daily in church from the First Sunday of Lent until Holy Week: On weekdays, from 4.30pm to 5.15pm (followed by the Rosary and the evening Mass). On Thursdays, as above, with Benediction following immediately after Mass. On Fridays, as usual from 2pm to 5pm. On Saturdays, from 9.30am to 10.40am, concluding with Benediction. On [...]

2 02, 2021

Sermon for Candlemas

2021-02-28T11:55:33+00:00February 2nd, 2021|

Candlemas brings the extended Christmas season to a close. With Septuagesima the next season of our liturgical year is now already upon us. As we say farewell to the crib we start to prepare for Lent and Passiontide. The Presentation and the Purification were the remote preparation for Passiontide, both for the Lord Himself, and for His sinless Mother, and [...]

15 12, 2020

Sermon for Gaudete Sunday in Advent

2021-02-05T14:09:34+00:00December 15th, 2020|

Today’s introit and epistle bid us always to rejoice in the Lord. Should we make this a daily resolution? “Today I’m going to be joyful.” No, that won’t work. We might resolve to be more charitable or more patient. Charity and patience are virtues, good habits. We acquire those virtuous good habits by repeating them over and over again. We [...]

9 12, 2020

Sermon for the Immaculate Conception

2021-02-14T14:38:01+00:00December 9th, 2020|

The Birmingham Oratory parish is dedicated to our Lady’s Immaculate Conception and so we have the privilege of being under her special patronage. In order for our understanding of our Lady’s sinlessness to be more than merely theoretical, God has given us a way of approaching it that is personal and truly human. He has given us the beautiful devotion [...]

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