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 regularly with the same goal, growth in holiness in the way of St Philip. Here in York the Brothers meet every other Wednesday evening for spiritual reflection, a time of silent prayer and recreation. For more information please contact Fr Stephen.
St Philip’s first association was of lay people - the priest’s community came later. They met in the Oratory daily, where one of the Brothers or Fathers would read from Scripture or a spiritual book. One of the Fathers delivered a discourse on what they had just heard, or St Philip would ask those present to discuss a given topic. The talks were always on prayer, the lives of saints, the virtues and Church history. A period of meditation followed, then litanies and the ‘Oratory Prayers’. The York Women's Oratory meets on the third Friday of every month at 7.30pm. For more information please contact Sue Whitaker.
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, a worldwide group fostering spiritual formation in the spirit of Our Lady and offering practical and spiritual help to others meets on Wednesday at 10.30am in the Upper Room. Please contact Br Adam for information.
Exploring the Catholic Faith
This group meets most Monday evening at 7:30pm from September until Pentecost to help people deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith. Catholics who want to share their faith or to get to know it better are welcome to come to help others who may wish to become Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation or by being received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Each meeting includes a systematic presentation of Catholic teaching together with opportunities for prayer, questions, and meeting other Catholics and enquirers. We end most evenings with the Office of Compline sung in church.
In the year 2016/2017 we will be using the Evangelium Course.
Please contact the Parish Priest to find out more.
Parents and Toddlers
This group meets in the Upper Room on Mondays after the 12.10pm Mass during school term time. It enables parents of pre-school children to get to a weekday Mass and have some social time and play time with children afterwards. More information from Jenny Melbourne.
The Children's Liturgy takes place most Sundays during the first part of the 10.30am Mass providing a Liturgy of the Word aimed at children of below first holy communion age. If you would like to help with this or attend with your children please contact Marion Hall.
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.
York Aquinas Reading Group
The York Aquinas Reading Group meets on the third Friday of each month in the Upper Room at St Wilfrid's. The group is reading the Summa Theologica of St Thomas Aquinas with help from the English Dominicans. readingthesumma.blogspot.co.uk
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 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.
The Church Cleaning Group meets after the 12.10pm Mass on Saturdays (except when impeded by weddings or baptisms) for cleaning the church and the sacristy. The work lasts about an hour. Jobs can be found for all talents, from polishing and folding to heavy duty cleaning and climbing. There is tea and coffee afterwards and the fathers and brothers do their bit along with the volunteers. Please contact Br Henry.
We are always looking for musicians to enhance our Sunday liturgy. We have a Music Group made up of singers and instrumentalists. They provide a variety of music for the Parish Mass on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30am.
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 6.00pm.
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.