Saint Philip the Apostle Catholic Church: Rorate Caeli Mass


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

We move back to Tier 3 restrictions after Wednesday and public Mass can be celebrated in church again.

There will be Mass on Thursday morning, December 3rd, at 10 am

and on Friday December 4th at 7.00 pm


Please remember:

we have to leave the doors and windows open to ensure adequate ventilation. It may be cold in church, so wrap up warm.

observe the usual Covid-19 precautions see below*

Details of Christmas Mass Times and the necessary registration system  will be posted here from Monday 7th  December 

a link to a document you might want to send to your MP on our right to pray and worship together in a crisis


ADVENT begins this Sunday. It is a very evocative religious season because it is interwoven with hope and spiritual expectation: every time the Christian community prepares to commemorate the Redeemer's birth, it feels a quiver of joy which to a certain extent it communicates to the whole of society.
In Advent, Christians relive a dual impulse of the spirit: on the one hand, they raise their eyes towards the final destination of their pilgrimage through history, which is the glorious return of the Lord Jesus; on the other, remembering with emotion his birth in Bethlehem, they kneel before the Crib.
The hope of Christians is turned to the future but remains firmly rooted in an event of the past. In the fullness of time, the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary: "Born of a woman, born under the law", as the Apostle Paul writes (Gal 4:4).
Today's Gospel invites us to stay on guard as we await the final coming of Christ. "Look around you!", Jesus says. "You do not know when the master of the house is coming" (Mk 13:35). The short parable of the master who went on a journey and the servants responsible for acting in his place highlights how important it is to be ready to welcome the Lord when he suddenly returns.
The Christian community waits anxiously for his "manifestation", and the Apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthians, urges them to trust in God's fidelity and to live so as to be found "blameless" (cf. I Cor 1:7-9) on the day of the Lord. Most appropriately, therefore, the liturgy at the beginning of Advent puts on our lips the Psalm: "Show us, O Lord, your kindness, and grant us your salvation" (cf. Ps 85[84]:8).
We might say that Advent is the season in which Christians must rekindle in their hearts the hope that they will be able with God's help to renew the world.
Indeed, we will find the good fruits of our hard work when Christ delivers to the Father his eternal and universal Kingdom. May Mary Most Holy, Virgin of Advent, obtain that we live this time of grace in a watchful and hardworking way while we await the Lord.

Pope Benedict XVI


*For those attending church, the wearing of a face covering is mandatory unless a person is exempt. 

When travelling to, entering, and inside places of worship, people should observe strict social distancing from anyone not in their household. 

In addition, the usual guidance applies at this time regarding hygiene, hand sanitising and people with symptoms not attending church .

Bishops’ Conference Statement on Safeguarding  -  November 20th




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Live-streamed and recorded daily Holy Masses from the York Oratory

Click here  for the 24 hr live-stream of Masses & devotions at the Walsingham Basilica

Click here for a live-stream of the Traditional Latin Mass (FSSP)

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