The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Helping our Neighbours at the Manchester Oratory

This year, the Feast Day of St Philip Neri who founded the Oratorians, was translated from Sunday 26 May to the Bank Holiday on the 27th. Invited to assist at the celebratory Mass by our friends and neighbours at the Manchester Oratory was our own Fr Darren Jones, Parish Priest of the Bradford Parish of St Blaise.

The Mass was celebrated by fellow Yorkshireman, Fr Richard Bailey CO, and was entirely – and exquisitely – sung in both English and Latin. The Homilist was Salford diocesan priest Fr Peter Hapgood-Strickland who spoke of St Philip Neri’s life of ‘Humour and Humility’.

Guests of the Oratorians: Fr Peter Hapgood-Strickland and Fr Darren Jones

The Manchester Oratory has a relic of St Philip Neri: a piece of cloth containing drops his blood. It was Fr Darren’s privilege and joy to present this relic for veneration by members of the congregation who had come to the Oratory at St Chad’s Church in Cheetham Hill from across several northern dioceses, including the Diocese of Leeds.

Venerating a Relic of St Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians

The Oratory Church of St Chad, Cheetham Hill

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