News Archive

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Corpus Christi Procession this Sunday


The annual Deanery Corpus Christi Procession takes place this coming Sunday, and this year will be led by Bishop Robert Byrne, Cong. Orat.

The procession leaves from our church at 2.30pm, stops at Blackfriars for a sermon by Fr Robert Ombres, O.P., and concludes with Benediction at the University Chaplaincy.

Particpants are warmly invited to wear uniforms, academic dress, first Communion outfits, etc.

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Street Party for the Queen's Birthday


We will be celebrating the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen with a Street Party, from 12.30-4pm on Sunday 12th June. Savoury food will be laid on, contributions of cake are welcome, and entertainment will be provided for all age groups. The bar will be open. All are very welcome.


Thursday 12 May 2016

Saint Philip's Novena begins soon

The novena in preparation for St Philip's Day begins next Tuesday (17th) at 6.30pm. There will be novena and Benediction each day at 6.30pm (Sat/Sun at 6pm) until 25th May.


On the feast itself (this year Friday 27th May) there will be a Solemn Mass at 6pm, at which Fr Julian Large, Provost of the London Oratory, will preach.

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Wednesday 11 May 2016

Bournemouth Oratory-in-formation



Following quickly on the announcement last week, of a new  Oratorian community being set up in Cardiff, we can happily report that there is to be an Oratory in formation at Bournemouth in Dorset. The Bishop of Portsmouth has kindly  and enthusiastically inaugurated this initiative, and has invited our Fr Dominic, together with two priests of the Archdiocese of Southwark, Fr Peter Edwards and Fr David Hutton,  to take over the running of the Parish of the  Sacred Heart  in the city centre - only  a couple of hundred yards from the sea.

The Church is a fine late Victorian building and is the mother church of the city. The Society of Jesus established the parish but withdrew in 1969, since when, the parish has been served by priests of the Portsmouth Diocese. The bishop has described the parish as 'a community of communities', there being significant numbers of Polish, Filippino and Brazilian parishioners. There are many language schools and hotels in the parish and much student accommodation. The number of homeless people living in the city  is growing, and the bishop has asked the Fathers to focus attention on ministering to those in need.

Fr Dominic, who will be responsible for the formation of new members and the setting up of community life there, has also been nominated chaplain to the University of Bournemouth.

Please do keep this venture in your prayers. It is  wonderful that St Philip will become known in a new place, to  a new parish community.


Saturday 30 April 2016

800 Years of the Dominicans

Yesterday the Order of Preachers marked the eight-hundredth anniversary year of its foundation with a celebration of Vespers in Westminster Cathedral, at which Fr Daniel and Fr Richard were very pleased to be present.


The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster presided, and the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, O.P., preached.


The Oratory has much to be thankful to the Dominicans: St Philip said that everything good in him was learnt from the friars at San Marco in Florence. In Rome, he used to take the Dominican novices for picnics, saying, "Eat! It makes me fat to watch you." Philip had the key to the side door of the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, so that he and his followers could go into the choir for Compline. It was there that the Forty Hours' Devotion was first introduced to Rome, to pray for a favourable judgement on the writings of Fra' Girolamo Savanarola, whose portrait hung in Philip's room, with a  halo drawn by the saint himself. During the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the Minerva, Philip went into an ecstasy and declared that the Pope had ruled in the Dominicans' favour, at the very time when this decision was later discovered to have been made.


Many of our own community have benefited from a Dominican education, and we pray that our brethren at Blackfriars, and the whole Order of Preachers, may continue to flourish for the next eight-hundred years.