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.

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.
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