Some dates for 2017
Here are a few dates for your diaries.
Thursday, 2 February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and a big celebration for the Oratory. It was the day Blessed John Henry Newman started the Birmingham Oratory so in a way it is our birthday.
There will be a Sung English Mass at 6pm with the blessing of candles and a procession. At the end of Mass we will enthrone the new statue of Our Lady of York in the Lady Chapel. This will replace the statue that was stolen in the 1970s. Afterwards there will be a party in the Rectory.The new statue was carved in Oberammergau in lime wood. Our Lady has a White Rose of York at her neck and together with Our Lord she is holding a golden rose. The rose has a single red thorn as a sign of the Passion. This reminds us that with the help of Our Lord and his Blessed Mother our own trials can become a pathway to glory.
On Saturday, 8 July at 12 noon, Fr Richard will celebrate his Silver Jubilee of Ordination with a Mass at St Joseph’s followed by a party in St Joseph’s Hall.