Parish Groups

Brothers of the Secular Oratory

The Oratory began in Rome with a group of men who met informally in St Philip’s rooms for prayer, recreation and spiritual guidance from the saint of joy. The community of priests which we now call "the Oratory" was formed later to care for the spiritual needs of this group as it outgrew St Philip’s rooms and became known in Rome and around the world. But it was the laymen’s group that came first. Wherever the Oratory is to be found this informal origin is recalled by the Brothers of the Secular Oratory. Brothers continue to meet on Sunday evenings after Benediction (about 5pm)  with the same goal, growth in holiness in the way of St Philip. There is social time, a spiritual conference and the Office of Compline sung together. Please contact Br Adam if you would like to know more.

Women's Oratory

Meets on the 1st Monday of each month. There is adoration at 11:30am followed by Mass and the Blessing with the relic of St Philip. There will be some social time after in the Upper Room. Please bring your own lunch. This is a wonderful opportunity for women to come together and pray and enjoy some social time. New members are always welcome.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

This is the oldest society in the parish dating back well over a hundred years. Members work for the deprived, sick and lonely in our parish and elsewhere in the city. If you would like to help with this work please contact the Parish Priest.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a worldwide group fostering spiritual formation in the spirit of Our Lady and offering practical and spiritual help to others. At the moment this group is not meeting but we hope to revive if anyone would be interested in this work and spirituality. Please contact Br Adam for information.

Occasional Talks - Catholicism and the Arts

We have occasional one-off talks or a series of talks about Catholic Faith and Spirituality, usually in the evening in the Upper Room at St Wilfrid's. If there are any talks currently on offer details can be downloaded here.

St Wilfrid's Bellringers

The St Wilfrid's Bellringers ring the ten bells in the tower before the 6:15pm Mass on Saturday and the 10.30am and 12 noon Masses on Sunday. They practise on Thursday from 7pm to 9pm. They also ring for weddings by arrangement. stwilfridsbellringers.org.uk

Life Ascending

Life Ascending meets in the Upper Room on the last Wednesday of each month after the 12.10pm Mass until 3pm. All in their middle and later years welcome.

Newman's Group (Young Adults)

The group seeks to provide spiritual and doctrinal formation to young adults aged 17-30, and to encourage young Catholic adults in the living of their Faith. There is social time, occasional talks and outings. Meetings start at 7.30pm and end with Night Prayer in the church at around 9.00pm. The meetings are held in the Upper Room (entrance via car park) on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, except in August. If you would like to know more, please contact Fr Stephen. Newman's Group has a Facebook page.

Coffee after Mass

Coffee and Cake are served for parishioners and visitors after the 10:30am Mass on Sundays, sometimes in support of approved charities. If you can help with this by going on the rota please contact the Parish Priest.

Choirs

We are always looking for musicians to enhance our Sunday liturgy.

There is a small choir to support the singing at the 10:30am Sunday Mass. We have hymns, simple motets and congregational Mass settings. We are looking for both male and female voices. Please contact Br Adam for information.

At the 12:00pm Latin Mass we have the Schola Sancti Wilfridi a traditional choir that sings plainchant and polyphony. Singers are also welcome to support the Fathers at Sung Latin Vespers on Sundays at 4:00pm.

We also award four choral scholarships each year, one in each voice, to sing classical church music at the 12 noon Sunday Latin Mass and at Vespers and Benediction. To find out more about these, please contact the Director of Music, Dr John Ridgeway-Wood.

Please let us know if you would be interested in helping with our music.