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Sunday, 12 April 2020

Easter Day Masses on YouTube

Fr Paul Lester has uploaded the Mass he celebrated for Easter Sunday this morning to YouTube:

  

Just to remind you, the Oratory are live streaming their masses on their YouTube channel every day at 9am. You can access the channel at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCd9cGbxpbLzjxqSsmiyznw/videos

Unfortunately, the Missa Cantata they celebrated this morning has not been uploaded at the time of writing, but if you check the link later in the day it should be available.

You also may be interested in this video filmed on Easter Sunday 1941 in Chicago and narrated by Archbishop Fulton Sheen:




I wish all my readers a Happy and Holy Easter.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Palm Sunday Mass

Fr Paul Lester has made a recording of the Extraordinary Form Mass he celebrated today for Palm Sunday:

 

Just to remind you, the Birmingham Oratory are livestreaming the Traditional Latin Mass every day at 9am on their Youtube channel.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

The Cessation of the Public Celebration of Mass

I have just spent part of the morning doing something I had never thought possible: deleting Masses from the calendar after the celebration of public Mass was stopped in England and Wales as part of measures to combat the coronavirus threat. I found out about the decision made by the CBEW at my father's bedside as he had been admitted to hospital; rather bizarrely, I witnessed the sacrament of the sick being administered for the first time as I found out the public celebration of Mass was soon going to end. My father passed away on the Vigil of St Joseph, patron of fathers, workers, families and happy deaths. Earlier this week, the hospital confirmed he had tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19.

One of the last Masses to be celebrated in Birmingham was the 7pm Mass at St Dunstan's in Kings Heath, the church at which I was baptised, confirmed, had my first confession and received my first Holy Communion and where my parents were married. As it happened, it coincided with the third Friday of the month which is the only day Mass is celebrated publicly in the Extraordinary Form at the church (the exception perhaps being All Souls Day). It was a Missa Cantata and for the first time ever it was celebrated on the main altar of the church, rather than the Lady Altar: the church was built after the reforms and had its sanctuary reordered earlier this year. The picture of the church in the sidebar shows the layout of the altar prior to the reordering - the altar has now moved to a central position.

While we are unable to attend Mass and receive Communion, the Birmingham Oratory is streaming Mass in the Extraordinary Form every day at 9am. Please visit and perhaps subscribe to the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCd9cGbxpbLzjxqSsmiyznw

Here is a recording of the Mass from last Sunday:



I will keep you all in my prayers and I ask that you keep me in yours.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

St Joseph, Protector of the Holy Family

As things stand, the Masses to celebrate the Feast of St Joseph on Thursday 19th March are still going ahead: a 6pm low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury and a 7.30pm High Mass at the Oratory in Birmingham. Directions to both of these are available in the sidebar. It may be a good opportunity to invoke the intercession of the protector of the Holy Family in the current situation, but of course please do consider whether it would be appropriate for you to attend given the most recent advice by the government. Remember that it is an act of prudence and charity to excuse yourself from this Mass if it would protect your own health or the health of one of your family members, and this would be a valid reason not to attend Mass even if it was a Holy Day of Obligation.

The parish priest of St Mary-on-the-Hill, Fr Paul Lester, has started a YouTube channel which you may be interested in. His first video is available below.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Ash Wednesday 2020

Lent begins on Wednesday and there are two opportunities in the region to attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form: there will be a low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 6pm, with a High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory at 7.30pm replacing the usual 5.45pm low Mass. Directions to both of these churches are available in the sidebar.

Friday, 31 January 2020

February Music List and Candlemas

The Oratory has released its music list for February including Ash Wednesday at the end of the month. Please note that as Candlemas falls on Sunday, the High Mass will start at the slightly earlier time of 10.15 to accommodate the blessing of candles. There will also be a low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill at 11.30am. Directions to both these churches are available in the sidebar.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Our Lady & St Kenelm Masses End

Members of the LMS in the region will be aware, via the Birmingham & Black Country LMS newsletter, that I announced before Christmas that Fr Bruce Dutson would be retiring as Parish Priest of Our Lady & St Kenelm in January after twenty-two years service. His last Mass was actually on Sunday with the last Latin Mass at the church taking place last Wednesday. 

Fr Bruce Dutson in front of the main Altar (source)
The weekly noon Latin Mass at Our Lady & St Kenelm in Halesowen was one of my favourite Masses, although I was unable to make it often as it usually clashed with work. I believe it was the oldest continuous Latin Mass in the West Midlands, predating even the Masses at the Birmingham Oratory which were originally transferred from St Catherine's Church on the Bristol Road. The Masses took place in the Lady Chapel, which provided a very intimate setting with a small but devoted local congregation, sometimes attracting seminarians from Oscott before the daily Mass at the Oratory became another option on Wednesdays. Due to Fr Bruce's commitments, the Masses sometimes had to be cancelled or moved to 9am in the morning so it was always a good idea to ring in advance or, more lately, check the website before travelling. At its peak, there were a group of five men who organised the rota for serving. 

Fr Paul Lester may occasionally offer more Masses on Wednesday at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury, which along with the daily 5.45pm Mass at the Oratory and the Maryvale Mass on second Wednesdays at 7pm will be potential alternatives, although the latter continues only due to the continued dedication of the former parish priest Fr Eamonn, who continues to travel up to celebrate it.  With the end of the Mass at Our Lady and St Kenelm, no Latin Masses are currently celebrated in the Dudley deanery

The parish have a tribute to Fr Bruce on the website here. Please pray for Fr Bruce Dutson and the parish as they both adjust to their new situations. 

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Epiphany Masses 2020

There are three regional opportunities to celebrate the Epiphany in the Extraordinary Form:

10.30am Sunday 5th January 2020 External Solemnity High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory
11.30am Sunday 5th January 2020 External Solemnity Low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill, Wednesbury
5.45pm Monday 6th January 2020 Sung Mass at the Birmingham Oratory

There is also a High Mass for Friday after the Epiphany at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton at 7,30pm. This replaces the usual 6.30pm Low Mass. 

Directions for all of these churches are available in the sidebar.

Below is the January Music List for the Birmingham Oratory.


Sunday, 22 December 2019

The Octave of Christmas 2019/20

For the first time since I have been representative of the area, and probably since the reforms, there will be Midnight Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Birmingham Oratory in addition to the Mass of the day at 10.30am. These form two of four Masses in the region on Christmas Day itself, along with Masses at Wolverhampton at 8.00am and Wednesbury at 11.30am. As usual, during the Christmas Octave, and this year also on Christmas Eve, the weekday evening 5.45pm Mass at the Oratory moves to 9am in the morning. There are also several additional Masses in Wednesbury as detailed in the schedule below. I wish all readers of this blog a happy and holy Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020!

The crib at St Austine's, Solihull last year
Tuesday 24th December 2019
Oratory 9.00 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday 25th December 2019
Christmas Day
Oratory 12 midnight High Mass
Wolverhampton (OLPS*) 8 a.m. Low Mass
Oratory 10.30 a.m. High Mass
Wednesbury (SMH#) 11.30 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday 26th December 2019
St Stephen
Oratory 9.00 a.m. Low Mass
Wednesbury (SMH#) 16.00 noon Low Mass

Friday 27th December 2019
St John the Evangelist
Oratory 9.00 a.m. Low Mass
Wednesbury (SMH#) 12.00 a.m. Low Mass
Wolverhampton (OLPS*) 6.30 p.m.  Low Mass

Saturday 28th December 2019
Holy Innocents 
Oratory 9.00 a.m. Low Mass
Wednesbury (SMH#) 11.00 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday 29th December 2019
St Thomas Becket
Oratory 10.30 a.m. High Mass

Monday 30th December 2019
Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
Oratory 9.00 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday 31st December 2019
Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
Oratory 9.00 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday 1st January 2020
Octave Day of Christmas
Oratory 12.00 noon High Mass

*OLPS - Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Cannock Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 8PG
#SMH - St Mary on the Hill, St Mary's Road, Wednesbury, WS10 9DL
Oratory directions in sidebar

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Advent Rorate Masses and Forty Hours

During Advent, Rorate Masses will be taking place at the Birmingham Oratory on Saturday mornings at 7.30am (this replaces the usual 9am Mass) and on Thursdays at 7am at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton - directions to both of these are available in the sidebar of this blog. The Oratory will also be holding a shortened Forty Hours devotion beginning with High Mass in the Extraordinary Form next Friday 13th December at 7.30pm.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

All Saints and All Souls 2019

As usual, there will be High Mass at the Oratory for All Saints (7.30pm 1st November) and All Souls (11am 2nd November) replacing the usual 5.45pm/ 9am low Masses respectively. The Oratory has released the music list these two Masses as well as all other Masses taking place in November; these are detailed in the graphic below:

In addition to the Masses at the Oratory, the holy day of obligation of All Saints can be satisfied with the usual First Friday Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redditch (6pm) and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton (6.30pm), which will both be taking place. The first Friday Mass at Sacred Heart and All Souls in Acocks Green has however been postponed to the 8th November 2019.

There is also an additional 12 noon Mass at St Mary on the Hill in Wednesbury for All Saints, and one at 11am on Saturday for All Souls.

There will also be a High Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton at 12 noon for All Souls.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Pontifical High Mass in honour of St John Henry Newman



Just a reminder that on Friday, Archbishop Bernard Longley will celebrate Pontifical High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory following St John Henry Newman's canonization in Rome over the weekend. The Mass is at 7.30pm, which may be later than previously advertised (at the time the Autumn edition of Mass of Ages was printed the time was 7pm). I don't believe the usual 5.45pm low Mass will be taking place on the day but have not been able to confirm this.

Please also note that the usual third Friday Mass at St Dunstan's will not be taking place and lifts will be offered to the Oratory for this special occasion instead. Please do your best to attend to thank the Archbishop for his interest in administering to the traditional Catholic community and also to show the strength of numbers there are in the traditional Catholic movement.

Friday, 11 October 2019

The Feast of St Wilfred at Lichfield

With all the excitement of the Newman canonization on Sunday, I have forgotten to advertise an extra Mass at 10 am tomorrow (12th October) at Holy Cross, Upper Saint John Street in the centre of Lichfield for the Diocesan feast of St Wilfred.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Cardinal Newman's Feast and Canonisation

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman will be canonised by Pope Francis in a ceremony in Rome on Sunday. It goes without saying that many of the community of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Birmingham, which was founded by Newman himself, will be in Rome to witness the first Englishman canonistion since the Forty Maryrs' by Pope Paul VI in 1970. The following events will take place to celebrate Blessed John Henry Newman's canonisation:


On 9th October, Blessed John Henry Newman's Feast, there will be low Mass as usual at 5.45pm the Birmingham Oratory. Please note there is no High Mass at 7.30 as there was last year. The date coincides with the second Wednesday of the month, so there will be low Mass at the Maryvale Institute Chapel, which was his first home in Birmingham. 

The 10.30am Mass at the Birmingham Oratory on 13th October will be a Missa Cantata and not a High Mass. The canonisation will be shown live and repeated at 2.30pm in the Upper Cloister Hall. There will be no Vespers and Benediction on this date, but Solemn Vespers, Benediction and Te Deum will be said a week later at the usual time of 4.30pm on 20th October at the Birmingham Oratory.

Most importantly, Archbishop Bernard Longley will celebrate his third Pontifical High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm. Please do your best to attend one or all of these events being held to celebrate the canonisation of Cardinal Newman.


Monday, 9 September 2019

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross falls on Saturday and the Oratory have made a late change to the schedule: there will now be High Mass at 11am instead of the usual low Mass at 9am. There will also be a low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury. Directions to these churches are available in the sidebar.





Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holyday of obligation. As usual, there will be High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory at 7.30pm, replacing the usual 5.45pm low Mass. However, there will be a low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 5.30pm. Directions for both of these Masses are available in the sidebar.

Please note there will be no second Wednesday Mass at the Maryvale Institute tomorrow and it is hoped these Masses will resume in September after last month's Mass was cancelled as well.

The August music list for the Oratory, including for the Mass on the Assumption, is available below.


Monday, 8 July 2019

Votive High Mass of the Precious Blood

This Friday, there will be a High Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton as detailed in the poster below - directions are available in the sidebar.



St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury has also released its Masses for the next quarter, available at the bottom of the page on the following link:

https://www.saintmaryswednesbury.org.uk/traditional-latin-mass.html

Please note there is a low Mass at 6pm for the Feast of St John Fisher and St Thomas More tomorrow (9th July 2019). Again, directions can be found in the sidebar.

Friday, 28 June 2019

SS Peter & Paul on Saturday

Please note there is no 11am High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory on Saturday on the proper date of the Feast of SS Peter and Paul as was advertised in the most recent Mass of Ages - there will instead by a Missa Cantata at 9am with High Mass celebrated at the usual time of 10.30am on Sunday as an external solemnity.

There is, however, a low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 11am. Directions are in the sidebar.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Corpus Christi 2019

There are two Masses in the region tomorrow for Corpus Christi: a High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory at 7.30pm, and a low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill, Wednesbury at 12.30pm. The Oratory Music list for June, including the music for the Mass tomorrow, is below.


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