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.

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!

Friday, 12 August 2016

7th LMS Walsingham Pilgrimage

The deadline for signing up for the 7th LMS Walsingham Pilgrimage in Monday 15th August. For further details, please see the link below:


You can register here:


Friday, 5 August 2016

Maryvale Mass change

Like last year, the August 2nd Wednesday Maryvale Mass will take place in the nearby parish church of Our Lady of the Assumption, 82 Old Oscott Hill, Birmingham B44 9SR (directions) rather than the chapel at Maryvale due to it taking place during the holidays. This is quite apt given that the Feast of the Assumption will be taking place a few days later: Bishop Robert Byrne will be celebrating Pontifical High Mass at the Oratory on the traditional date at 7pm.

I have been serving several of these Masses over the past few months because Deacon Kevin has increasingly been called upon to exercise his ministry at his parish church in Solihull, but he will be back to serve this Mass as I will be away.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Missa Cantata for Lesley Anne Hayes

Lesley Anne Hayes (nee Holcroft) RIP
Oliver Hayes, a chorister at the Birmingham Oratory, has organised a Missa Cantata requiem Mass for his recently deceased mother at 5.45pm on Friday 5th August at the Birmingham Oratory, Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 8UE. He will be singing the requiem mass chants and would be honoured if you would be able to join him.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Two High Masses this Week

St Peter and St Paul is a Holy Day of Obligation, and the Oratory will be celebrating High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7pm tomorrow: this is instead of the 5.45pm Mass. There will be no Mass at Halesowen tomorrow.

I believe the Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton on Friday will be a High Mass - the Feast of the Most Precious Blood. Directions are in the sidebar. The Mass at St Augustine's in Solihull that would normally take place on the first Friday has been postponed until 8th July and will be a Missa Cantata.

There will also be a low Mass on Saturday in neighbouring Warwickshire at Our Lady of the Angels, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5UA at 11am to see if there is any demand for a regular Mass. If you are in the area it would be wonderful if you could come and support it.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Corpus Christi Thursday

The 5.45pm low Mass at the Birmingham Oratory will be replaced on Thursday with a 7pm High Mass for the traditional date of Corpus Christi. May 26th is usually the Feast of St Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorian movement, but the oratorians will be celebrating their usual (OF) High Mass on the 25th May this year instead (there will be an EF Low Mass on the 25th as usual at 5.45pm).

The Corpus Christi High Mass will be followed by an indoor procession - the Oratory will also have an outdoor procession on Sunday 12th June. Below is a picture from the indoor Corpus Christi procession last year, courtesy of the Birmingham Oratory website.

Indoor Corpus Christi Procession 2015, Birmingham Oratory

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Beat Ascension Deficit Disorder this Thursday

The Birmingham Oratory will celebrate High Mass for the traditional day of the Ascension tomorrow at 7pm. This will replace the Low Mass that would normally take place at 5.45pm. High Mass on Sunday will also be celebrated as an external Solemnity of the Ascension.

Ascension Deficit Disorder (Source)

Missing celebrating the Ascension on a Thursday? Don't suffer from Ascension Deficit Disorder on the 5th May - attend the 7pm High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Another April Solihull Mass

Following on from the previous post, the Mass that would normally take place at St Augustine's in Solihull on the first Friday in May has been brought forward a week to 29th April (this Friday). Directions are available in the sidebar.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

April's Solihull Mass tomorrow

Pugin Altar, St Augustine's. Solihull
I have just been informed that the usual first Friday Mass at Solihull last week did not take place because Fr Daniel Horgan was away and will instead take place tomorrow at 6.30pm.

The Pugin altar above is sadly not the one that is used - there is not enough room around it so Mass is celebrated at the newer main altar. Bizarrely, this older altar faced south west, and no-one is sure why it was built this way. St Augustine's is described as Pugin's first church and it is certainly the oldest of Pugin's existing churches, even though the church has been modernised several times to accomodate greater numbers, For more on the history of the church, please see this link.
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