Ash Wednesday is on 6 March. There will be Mass with the Blessing and Distribution of Ashes at St Joseph’s at 9.15am and at St Wilfrid’s at 12.10pm and 6pm in the Extraordinary Form. There will be Stations of the Cross on all Fridays in Lent in place of Exposition at 11.30am
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We are delighted to announce that Pope Francis today signed the decree approving the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, the founder of the English Oratory. This opens the way to his canonisation later in the year. Below is a press release from the Birmingham Oratory giving details of the miracle.
The Fathers and Brothers of the York Oratory in Formation are delighted that our own Bishop Robert has been appointed as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle by Pope Francis. It will be a great pleasure to have him as a near neighbour in Newcastle and look forward to welcoming him here whenever his duties allow. Meanwhile he is assured of all our prayers. Here is the report from the Catholic Herald.
The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple - or Candlemas - is an important feast for the Oratory as it is the anniversary of the establishment of the Oratory in England at Birmingham in 1848. We will have a Sung English Mass with the Blessing of Candles and a Procession, followed by prayers to Our Lady of York. After Mass there will be a party in the Oratory House.