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At The York Oratory, we live a community life of service, following the example of our founder St Philip Neri.
Everyone is invited to come for refreshments after Mass on Sundays! The Oratory Church | Upper Room, after 10:30am and 12 noon Masses St Joseph’s | After 9:30am and 12 noon Masses More House | After 12:15pm Mass
Sunday Oratory takes place in the Oratory Upper Room after our 12 noon Sunday Mass and refreshments are provided. Following this, there are various activities that you can get involved in, such as Latin classes or the Dante Reading Group. Vespers are at 4pm, and are followed by tea. Note this is term time only.
If you aren’t sure how to read the Bible or it seems confusing, come along to the Upper Room at the Oratory, on Tuesday at 1pm (we also hold sessions on Monday at 7:30pm). Fr Daniel will read and explain a few chapters of the scriptures with opportunities to ask questions. Tea and coffee will be available and you can bring your lunch.
Our founder St Philip Neri gathered men around him, teaching them to pray and encouraging them in holiness. Today, the Brothers of the Little Oratory meet at 2.30pm on the 4th Sunday of the month. If you would like to come along, please get in touch with us. Those who wish to be more closely joined to the Oratorian life may make a formal commitment, while others can take part as they wish. Note, we don't meet in August.
If you aren’t sure how to read the Bible or it seems confusing, come along to the Upper Room at the Oratory, on Mondays at 7:30pm (we also hold sessions on Tuesdays at 1pm). Fr Daniel will read and explain a few chapters of the scriptures with opportunities to ask questions. Tea and coffee will be available.
This prayer group meets in St Joseph’s Church. All are welcome to join for an hour of prayer and community.
The Newman Group is for young adults, aged 18-35, and meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at the Oratory Church. The group shares a time of silent prayer followed by a talk and socialising. Please contact Fr Stephen to learn more. Note the Newman Group doesn't meet during the month of August.
The peal of ten bells in the Oratory Tower is rung by an experienced and enthusiastic band of volunteers. They ensure that the faithful are called to worship at the 10:30am and 12 noon Masses every Sunday and come together when weddings are proclaimed and significant civic and national events are celebrated.
The Schola sing the chant for the 12 noon Mass on Sundays and rehearse in the Oratory's Upper Room. The Schola is open to new members so please contact us if you are interested in joining!
The choir sings a variety of chants, motets, and hymns. If you are interested in joining please get in touch. Rehearsals usually take place at the Oratory Church.
This chant group is open to those who have already sung Gregorian chant and to those who have no experience at all! The group meets at More House during term time.
If you would like to help with refreshments after the 10:30am Mass please get in touch. There are plenty of people on each rota, so your turn won’t come around too often. This is a brilliant way of welcoming people to our church.
If you would like to help with the Oratory Church housekeeping, please come along on Mondays after the 12:10pm Mass. We eat a packed lunch in the Upper Room before tackling the work and people of all ages take part.
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