Sunday, 31 October 2021
Friday, 8 October 2021
Tomorrow is the Feast of St John Henry Newman, founder of the Oratory in Birmingham where High Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 11am. This replaces the usual 9am low Mass on Saturdays. First Vespers will follow the 5.45pm low Mass tonight at 6.30pm. Directions are available in the sidebar.
Monday, 13 September 2021
High Mass will be offered at the Birmingham Oratory tomorrow for the Feast of the Holy Cross at the usual time of 7.30pm. This replaces the usual 5.45pm low Mass.
The Birmingham Oratory Choir is looking to recruit choral singers for High Mass and Vespers. This is a paid position. If you are interested please see the advert below.
Wednesday, 4 August 2021
In his post-mortem following Ireland's referendum on a constitutional amendment to allow same-sex marriage, Roberto de Mattei quotes Dom John-Baptiste Chautard from his book 'The Soul of the Apostolate' which always stuck with me:
A holy priest coincides with a fervent populace; a fervent priest - a pious populace; a pious priest - an honest populace; an honest priest - an impious populace.
|Ordinations in England and Wales since 1860 (compiled by the Latin Mass Society)|
I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered (Matthew 26:31 ESV).
Saturday, 31 July 2021
Despite the publication of Traditionis Custodes, there has been no immediate change to the 1962 Missal Mass schedule in the Birmingham and Black Country area, and we are grateful to Archbishop Longley for giving permission for these Masses to continue as things stand. The Maryvale Mass remains suspended, and given the imminent departure of the Brigittines from Maryvale, its future is unclear regardless of the Motu Proprio.
Meanwhile, the Oratory has published its music list for August:
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
The Oratory will celebrate High Mass at 7.30pm tonight for the Feast of SS Peter and Paul, which replaces the usual 5.45pm low Mass. Directions are in the sidebar.
The Oratory has also released its music list for July as follows:
Thursday, 3 June 2021
The Birmingham Oratory will offer High Mass today for the Feast of Corpus Christi. This will replace the usual 5.45pm low Mass and is the second High Mass celebrated at the Birmingham Oratory this week (excluding the usual Sunday Mass) following a beautiful celebration for the patronal Feast of St Philip Neri on Monday, transferred from the 26th May in the Extraordinary Form due to the Octave of Pentecost.
Saturday, 8 May 2021
Saturday, 27 March 2021
The Birmingham Oratory has released its programme for Holy Week and Easter which was not available at the time Mass of Ages was published:
Note that the High Mass on Palm Sunday begins half an hour earlier at 10am rather than the usual time of 10.30am, and the Maundy Thursday High Mass is at the earlier time of 6pm to accommodate Tenebrae at 8pm (in previous years this would have been celebrated at 9am on the next day).
Although there is a Mass scheduled for 11.30am at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury, please note that this must be booked in advance. Please also note that the usual Friday Mass at Wolverhampton has been moved to Monday this week.
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Just a reminder that tonight, as usual, High Mass will be offered at 7.30pm at the Birmingham Oratory for Ash Wednesday, replacing the usual 5.45pm low Mass. Please note that from Sunday, there will be an additional Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7.30am in addition to the High Mass at 10.30am: this replaces the 10.30am low Mass in the Upper Cloister Hall that was introduced as an overflow Mass when church services resumed after the first lockdown.
Sunday, 31 January 2021
There will be a High Mass on Tuesday at the Birmingham Oratory for Candlemas at 7.30pm, replacing the usual 5.45pm low Mass. The image below lists the music for this Mass, along with the other High Masses that will be celebrated in February.
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Monday, 4 January 2021
Despite the announcement by the Prime Minister today that England will go into a third national lockdown, this time communal worship will still be permitted. The Oratory January music list is as follows:
Thursday, 31 December 2020
New Year's Day falls on a Friday this year, which has a few implications for the celebration of the EF in the area:
1) The first Friday Mass Acocks Green will NOT take place
2) The usual 6.30pm Friday Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton has been moved to 7pm on Christmas Eve. This was announced at late notice and does not appear in the church newsletter published over the weekend.
3) There will be a High Mass at 12 noon at the Birmingham Oratory, replacing the usual Octave 9am Mass.
I wish you all a Happy and Holy New Year.