The Oratory began as a group of lay people coming together each day to pray in the room of St Philip Neri.

Five hundred years ago in Rome St Philip gathered around him people who were preoccupied with the cares, not only of life and work, but of what it means to be faithful to the Church and become a closer disciple and friend of Christ. Familiar conversation on the Word of God, prayer, song, and friendship with one another was St Philip’s way of helping them grow in love of the Lord, and this is what we do together in all our groups: an ancient formula for ordinary Catholics today.

Oratory Young Adults

Oratory Young Adults is our series of meetings for young Catholics who frequent the Oratory. Our series of events for young adults aged 18–35 takes place on a Friday night once a month.

We meet to discuss a question that is important to us as young Catholics, share some catechesis and a piece of scripture before spending a short time in prayer together in church. Many of us continue our time at the pub across the road.

Whether you are a strong and devout Catholic, consider yourself to be trying hard to be faithful, or usually find that “Church Groups” are not for you there is a place for you at each of our events for young adults at the Oratory. Come and see!

You can see what’s happening on our Facebook page @oratoryyoungadults.

For the dates of this year’s meetings, click here.

Men’s Oratory &
Women’s Oratory

We have monthly group meetings for men and women of all ages once a month. There is no formal membership, so newcomers are always welcome. This is a great way to meet like-minded Catholics, to deepen our understanding of our faith and to spend time in prayer together. Cafe Neri is open for the beginning of the meeting. There is a talk and discussion lasting around 30 minutes, concluding with a time of prayer in church. Meetings begin at 7:45pm in the parish centre and end around 9pm. For the dates of this year’s meetings, click here.