News Archive

Friday 2 December 2016

Advent and Christmas at the Oratory

Next week we will keep the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There will be Solemn First Vespers and Benediction on Wednesday 7th December at 6.30pm.

On Thursday 8th December there will be a Solemn Mass at 6pm, at which Fr Aldo Tapparo will preach.

Other events for Advent and Christmas may be seen  below:


Before every Mass - and on Christmas Eve from 10.00 am - 6.30 pm

Saturday 17th December                                                                                                7.00 am - Advent Rorate Mass by candlelight

Wednesday 21st December
8.00 pm - Carol Service

Saturday 24th December, CHRISTMAS EVE

6.30 pm - Vigil Mass with carols

The Church reopens at 11.00 pm

11.15 pm - Carols and Readings Midnight Mass at midnight

Sunday 25th December, CHRISTMAS DAY

8.00 am - Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form)

9.30 am - Parish Mass, with Children’s Liturgy

11.00 am - Solemn Mass

5.30 pm - Solemn Benediction

Monday 26th December, ST STEPHEN’S DAY

Mass at 10.00 am only

Saturday 31st December NEW YEAR’S EVE

10.00 am - Low Mass
6.30 pm - Vigil Mass
11.00 pm Mass and Benediction for New Year

Sunday 1st January - NEW YEAR’S DAY - Mary Mother of God

8.00 am - Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form)

9.30 am - Parish Mass

11.00 am - Solemn Mass

6.00 pm Benediction (no Vespers)

6.30 pm - Evening Mass

Monday 2nd January

Mass at 10.00 am only


6.00 pm - Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form

Saturday 7th January

3.00 pm - Children’s Epiphany Procession and Benediction in the Crib

The Fathers and Brothers of the Oxford Oratory wish you a happy and holy Christmas



Saturday 19 November 2016

The End of the Holy Year

The Holy Year of Mercy ended today at the beginning of the Confirmation Mass this morning. Bishop William Kenney processed through the door and solemnly closed it.

Congratulations to all those who were confirmed from our Parish and school.

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Monday 14 November 2016

The Closing of the Holy Door of Mercy

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The Year of Mercy ends next Sunday, on the feast of Christ the King, when the Holy Father will close the Holy Door in St Peter's Basilica.

Bishop William Kenney, C.P. will close our own Holy Door on Saturday 19th November, at the end of the Confirmation Mass, which begins at 11 o'clock.

This means that the final procession through the Holy Door will be at the end of the 10 o'clock Mass on Saturday.

Monday 7 November 2016

The ruined Basilica of San Benedetto

You will have seen in last week's news the destruction by earthquake of the Basilica in Norcia, which houses the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica.


Fr Cassian Folsom, the Prior of the Benedictine monastery at Norcia, which had already evacuated after the earlier earthquake to temporary accommodation outside the city, sent us the following message in thanks for our prayers:

"Thank you so much for your prayer and your closeness to the community in this time of disaster. The material damage is beyond imagination, but the miracle is that no one was killed or badly injured. The monks are all safe, thanks be to God. After the Aug. 24th earthquake we ordered two pre-fab houses and assembled those at our property outside the walls. So we are able to live our monastic life in our new quarters. This experience has only strengthened the community. The tremors continue. Do keep us in your prayers."

Wednesday 2 November 2016

The Art of Dying Well

As today is All Souls' Day, it is a good time to contemplate our own mortality. The bishops of England and Wales have produced a new website:, which is called 'The Art of Dying Well'. It is well worth viewing, and has lots of helpful information about preparing for death, and coping with the death of loved ones.