Welcome to the site for News, Events and up-to-date Information on Traditional Catholicism in the West Midlands (UK). I am one of the Diocesan Representatives for the Latin Mass Society of England & Wales for the Promotion of the Traditional Roman Rite.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Masses this week/ Corpus Christi

On Thursday, there will be High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory for the Corpus Christi at 7.30pm. There will be a repeat perfomance on Sunday at 10.30am. The Thursday High Mass replaces the usual 5.45pm low Mass.

The Mass at Redditch that would normally be tomorrow has been cancelled and will take place on the 20th June instead.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Ascension 2017

High Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at the Birmingham Oratory for the Feast of the Ascension at 7.30pm. This replaces the usual 5.45pm low Mass.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Holy Week and Easter EF Masses

There are several EF Masses during Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, the regular High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory will be brought forward to 10am so that palms can be blessed and distributed. During the Triduum, there will be a EF High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory on Maundy Thursday only - the rest of the Triduum will be in the Ordinary Form. There will of course be an Easter Sunday High Mass at the regular time of 10.30am.

The Mass on Tuesday at Redditch has been cancelled due to the unavailability of a priest. Obviously the Masses that normally take place on Friday and Saturday will not take place during the Triduum on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Feast of St Joseph

There will be a 7.30pm High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory tonight in honour of St Joseph. The usual 5.45pm Mass is cancelled.

St Joseph's Altar, the Birmingham Oratory (source)

On Saturday, the 9am EF Mass at the Oratory will be a Missa Cantata to celebrate the Annuciation. It is followed by Exposition and Benediction.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Earlier Saturday Oratory Masses During Lent

The Saturday morning Low Mass celebrated at the Birmingham Oratory will be moved to the earlier time of 9am during Lent and will be followed by Exposition and Benediction. Stations of the Cross will follow the 5.45pm Friday Mass.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins next week and there are a choice of two Masses to observe Ash Wednesday in the traditional form for those residing in the Birmingham and Black Country area. The Oratory will celebrate High Mass at 7.30pm; as usual, this replaces the usual 5.45pm low Mass. At the same time there will also be a low Mass at SS Mary and John, Snow Hill, Wolverhampton WV2 4AD; low Mass is usually celebrated here weekly at 7pm on Thursdays by Fr Guy Nicholls Cong. Orat. but will move to Ash Wednesday next week.

There will however be no Mass at Halesowen on Ash Wednesday next week.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Missa Cantata for St Valentine

Today is Cardinal Newman's birthday and the regular 5.45pm EF Mass will be a Missa Cantata. Pope Pius IX gave Cardinal Newman the relics of an early Christian martyr called Valentine (not that one!) with permission to celebrate his feast on 21st February every year so that the Cardinal could offer a High Mass for his birthday. The relics are under the altar of St Athanasius.

St Athanasius' Altar, Birmingham Oratory

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes at Wolverhampton

Fr Gerard McGuiness, a retired priest of the Diocese of Shrewsbury, will celebrate an additional low Mass tomorrow for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Cannock Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 8PG. It will take place at 10.15, just after the regular OF low Mass at 9.30am.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Candlemas and Bl Sebastian Valfre

Christmas comes to a close on Thursday with High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory for Candlemas at the new later time of 7.30pm to enable more people to attend. This replaces the usual 5.45pm low Mass on that day. Tomorrow (29th January) the 5.45pm Mass will be a Missa Cantata for the feast of Blessed Sebastian Valfre: this follows a similar Missa Cantata for the feast of fellow Oratorian St Joseph Vaz on 16th January.

Of note, confirmations in the Extraordinary Form were held at the Birmingham Oratory on 17th January at 7pm, presided by Bishop Robert Byrne.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Mass Schedule 2016

There are five High Masses and several amendments and additions to the Low Mass schedule over the Christmas period. These are outlined below and in the calendar in the sidebar. Directions to the churches are available in the sidebar.

Saturday 24th December 2016
Oratory 7.30 a.m. Rorate Mass

Sunday 25th December 2016
Christmas Day
Wolverhampton 8 a.m. Low Mass of Dawn
Oratory 10.30 a.m. High Mass of the Day

Monday 26th December 2016
St Stephen Oratory 9.30 a.m. Low Mass with Carols

Tuesday 27th December 2016
St John the Evangelist Oratory 9.30 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday 28th December 2014
Holy Innocents
Oratory 9.30 a.m. Low Mass
Halesowen 12 noon Low Mass

Thursday 29th December 
St Thomas Becket Oratory 9.30 a.m. Low Mass

Friday 30th December 
Oratory 9.30 a.m. Low Mass
Wolverhampton 6.30 p.m.  Low Mass

Saturday 31st December 
Oratory 9.30 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday 1st January 2017 
Octave Day of Christmas Oratory 10.30 noon High Mass

Monday 2nd January 2017
Oratory 9.30 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday 3rd January 2017 - Thursday 5th January Oratory 5.45 p.m. Low Mass as usual

Friday 6th January 2017 
No Solihull Mass
Wolverhampton 7 p.m. High Mass
Oratory 7.30 p.m. High Mass

I wish all readers a Happy and Holy Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Rorate Mass Photos

The Birmingham Oratory have been celebrating Rorate Masses every Saturday morning at 7.30am during Advent as they traditionally have during the last few years. Here are a few photos from a Mass earlier in the month.

The final Mass will take place at Christmas Eve at 7.30am. I will publish a list of Christmas Masses in the region tomorrow.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Pontifical High Mass - Immaculate Conception

Next Thursday, Archbishop Bernard Longley will celebrate Pontifical High Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Birmingham Oratory, 7pm. This is the second Pontifical High Mass the Archbishop has celebrated in the Extraordinary Form this year, following a Mass he celebrated in January during his visitation to the Birmingham Oratory. Bishop Robert Byrne's celebrated this Mass last year.

The day before, Bishop Robert Byrne will celebrate Pontifical First Vespers and Benediction at 6.30pm.

Today marks the start of the Novena to the Immaculate Conception. Please keep this endeavour in your prayers.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Christ the King - The Movie

Last night saw the premiere of the Christ the King video, shot by a parishioner of Christ the King parish in Kingstanding as an introduction to the parish for the new website. At 14.25-17.30, there is a section on the 2nd Wednesday Latin Mass at the Maryvale Institute including short interviews with regular celebrant and Parish Priest Fr Eamonn Corduff and assistant and local reps for the Birmingham and Black Country Latin Mass Society Bernadette Renfrey and Louis Maciel. The full video is below:

Monday, 31 October 2016

All Saints and All Souls 2016

1) The Birmingham Oratory will celebrate High Mass for All Saints tomorrow at 7pm. This replaces the usual 5.45pm Mass. 

2) There will also be a High Mass of Requiem at the Birmingham Oratory at the same time on Wednesday for All Souls. There will be additional EF low Masses at 6.30am, 7am, 8am,8.30am, 11am, 2.30pm, 3pm and 5.45pm at the Holy Souls Altar.

3) There will be no Mass on Wednesday at Our Lady and St Kenelm, Halesowen.

Low Mass of Requiem at the Birmingham Oratory (Source: Birmingham Oratory Gallery)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

High Mass of Exposition

The Birmingham Oratory's annual Forty Hours' Devotion takes place this week beginning with High Mass of Exposition at 7pm. This replaces the daily 5.45pm Mass on Thursday.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Our Lady of the Rosary High Mass

I have been informed that the first Friday Mass at St Augustine's tomorrow has been cancelled because of Fr Daniel Horgan's unavailability. However, there is a High Mass in honour of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton: this is at 7pm and replaces the usual low Mass at 6.30pm. For directions, please see the map below.


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Wednesday marks the ninth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum and the Oratory will be celebrating High Mass at 7pm to mark the event (this is instead of low Mass at 5.45pm). After the Mass, the newly restored crucifix in the cloister will be blessed.

As the feast coincides with the second Wednesday of the month, there will also be the usual 7pm low Mass at the Maryvale Institute chapel.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Daily EF Mass in Redditch

Tomorrow's Mass at the Birmingham Oratory will take place at 9.30am due to the Bank Holiday.

Fr Mark Higgins will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Redditch this week where there is a regular second Tuesday EF Mass. He will be offering Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7.30am each morning this week Monday to Friday. Above is a video of Fr Mark giving a talk on devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

High Mass for the Assumption of BVM Sunday and Monday

The Birmingham Oratory will celebrate High Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday for the External Solemnity at the regular time (10.30am) and there will be a repeat performance on the traditional date (Monday) at 7pm, replacing the usual 5.45pm Low Mass. After the Mass on Monday, there will be a renewal of the consecration of the parish to Our Lady: the Assumption is of course the patron not only of the Birmingham Oratory but also the Archdiocese of Birmingham,

The photo below I believe was from two years ago when an Orthodox priest who uses part of the parish buildings for liturgical celebrations joined in with the consecration.

Annual Marian Consecration on Feast of the Assumption 2014? (Source: Birmingham Oratory)

For those that attend the ordinary form on Sunday, I note there will not be a second reading with Olympic imagery as there would if the twentienth Sunday of Ordinary time was being celebrated: instead, there will be a first reading calling to mind the flag of the EU!
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