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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.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

SS Peter & Paul and the Feast of the Precious Blood

The post-Easter season concludes with two wonderful feasts, the latter of which is not celebrated in the revised calendar. I am please to say Fr Paul returned to duties today at Wednesbury after not being able to celebrate Mass on Sunday and for the Sacred Heart, so there will be Masses at Wednesbury both on Wednesday and Friday. The Birmingham Oratory will as usual replace the usual daily 5.45pm low Mass with a High Mass at 7.30pm for SS Peter and Paul. As the Precious Blood falls on a first Friday, there will be a Mass at Acocks Green which has not occurred for a couple of months due to the priest not being available and the Jubilee Bank Holiday. Finally the Friday Mass returns at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton after taking a break for the annual novena leading up to the patronal parish feast.

Wednesday 29th June (SS Peter & Paul - Holy Day of Obligation)

6.30pm St Mary-on-the-Hill, Wednesbury - Low Mass

7.30pm Birmingham Oratory - High Mass (n.b. no 5.45pm Mass)

Friday 1st July (Feast of the Precious Blood) - all Low Masses

5.45pm Birmingham Oratory

6.30pm Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Wolverhampton

6.30pm St Mary-on-the-Hill, Wednesbury

7pm Sacred Heart and All Souls, Acocks Green 

Directions for all of these Masses are available in the sidebar


Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Sacred Heart Masses

There will be a Sung Mass at the usual time (5.45pm) at the Birmingham Oratory for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. The usual Friday Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour has been cancelled due to the annual Novena taking place this week, but there is an additional Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 6.30pm. Directions to these Masses are available in the sidebar.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Corpus Christi and Friday Mass Cancellation

High Mass will be celebrated at the Oratory at 7.30pm for the traditional date of Corpus Christi, which has been moved to Sunday by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. This replaces the usual 5.45pm Mass. There will also be a Low Mass celebrated at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 6.30pm.

Finally, please note that due to First Holy Communions taking place, there will be no third Friday Mass at St Dunstan's this week.

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Bank Holiday Mass Changes and Ordination News

The daily Latin Mass at the Oratory will take place at 9am on Bank Holiday Thursday and Friday. The First Friday Mass at Sacred Heart and All Souls is cancelled this month. 

Please keep Br Dominic of the Oratory in your prayers as he is ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on Friday at 12 noon. The Music list for June, including for this Mass, is available below.



Wednesday, 25 May 2022

The Feasts of the Ascension & St Philip Neri

The Feast of the Ascension can be celebrated regionally in the 1962 Missal in two churches: at St-Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 6.30pm, and at the Oratory at 7.30pm, which is a High Mass replacing the usual 5.45pm Low Mass. Directions to both churches are available in the sidebar.

The 26th May would normally be the Feast of St Philip Neri, founder of the Oratory. This will instead be celebrated on Sunday at the Oratory. The music lists for these Feasts are available below.


THURSDAY 26TH MAY – THE ASCENSION

7.30pm HIGH MASS

Missa Ascendens Christus Victoria
Ascendens Christus in altum Victoria
Fanfare Mathias

SUNDAY 29TH MAY – OUR HOLY FATHER S. PHILIP (transferred)

10.30am HIGH MASS

Kyrie from Missa Brevis in F Bach
Missa Aeterna Christi Palestrina
Respice in me Sewell
Fulcite me floribus Valls
Toccata en RĂ© majeur Lanquetuit

4.30pm VESPERS

Pangamus Nerio Sewell
Magnificat VIII Anon.
Pater noster Guerrero

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Holy Week and Easter 2022

 


Above is the Oratory schedule for Holy Week - I hope you did not miss the beginning of the Palm Sunday High Mass which started half an hour earlier to accommodate the extra rubrics! Note that High Mass of Maundy Thursday is at the normal daily low Mass time of 5.45pm and not 6pm as advertised in Mass of Ages. Tenebrae takes place at 8pm every night from Spy Wednesday to Good Friday, comprising Matins and Lauds of the next day. It is likely that the Mass on Bank Holiday Monday will be at 9am rather than the usual time of 5.45pm.

The Friday Masses at St Dunstan's and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton are obviously cancelled - there was an additional Mass on Monday of Holy Week at the latter and there will be another Mass on Easter Sunday at 8am. Directions are in the sidebar.

I wish all readers of this blog a Happy and Holy Easter.


Friday, 18 March 2022

St Joseph, Quarant'ore and the Annuciation

There are several additional Masses over the next week for the Solemnities of St Joseph and the Annunciation. High Mass will be offered at 11am for the Feast of St Joseph on 19th March, replacing the usual 9am Saturday low Mass. A few days later, on 22nd of March, High Mass will be offered to open the Quarat'ore: this will be at 7.30pm, replacing the usual 5.45pm low Mass. Finally on the Feast of the Annunciation, there will be two High Masses, one at the Birmingham Oratory and one at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton, both at 7.30pm - again this will replace the daily 5.45pm Mass at the Oratory. There will also be a low Mass at 6.30pm at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury. Directions to all of these churches are available in the sidebar.

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Ash Wednesday 2022

High Mass will be celebrated at the Oratory in Birmingham tonight to begin the season of Lent in the traditional form. As usual, the 7.30 High Mass replaces the usual daily 5.45pm Low Mass. Low Mass will be celebrated at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 6.30pm. Directions to both of these churches are available in the sidebar.



Tuesday, 1 February 2022

The Purification of the BVM

High Mass will be offered at the Birmingham Oratory tomorrow on the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary which marks its foundation as the first Oratory in the English speaking world. It will take place at 7.30pm instead of the usual 5.45pm low Mass. There will also be a low Mass at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 6.30pm. Directions to both of these Masses are available in the sidebar.

The Oratory has also released its music list for February which includes the music for Candlemas:



Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Epiphany

The Birmingham Oratory will celebrate High Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany at 7.30pm tomorrow, replacing the usual 5.45pm low Mass. A low Mass will however be celebrated at St Mary-on-the-Hill in Wednesbury at 6.30pm. Directions to both of these Masses are available in the sidebar.

Below is the January Music list for the Birmingham Oratory, including the music for the Mass of the Epiphany:



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