The Birmingham Oratory
The English Oratory of Saint Philip Neri was established by John Henry Newman in mid-19th Century Edgbaston, Birmingham, and then in Brompton, London. The Oratory itself was founded by St Philip Neri in mid-16th Century Rome, and consists of priests living in community, leading a common life. Names connected with the Oratory include the hymn writers Father Edward Caswall and Father Frederick Wilfred Faber, and the novelist J. R. R. Tolkien, whose guardian was Fr Francis Morgan, the inspiration for whose Two Towers is believed to be twin towers visible from the Oratory and for whose Elvish village of Rivendell may have been the community's retreat at Rednall.
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Sunday Mass at 5.45 pm (Vigil); 8.30 am (Low); 10.30 am (Solemn Latin); 12 pm (Family); 12.45 pm (Tridentine); 5.30 pm (Organ).
Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 7.30 pm on Sundays.
Confessions towards the start of Mass (except earliest) on weekdays and Sundays.
On Saturdays, confessions from 10.30 am to 12 noon and 5 to 6 pm.