The Oratory’s group for young adults meets in St Wilfrid's Hall. Meetings begin with hot snacks and drinks from 7.30pm. Talk at 8pm. Social after until 10pm.

Thursday 25th January: "Anti-Catholic History: The Rehabilitation of Baron Scarpia" by Piers Paul Read.
The Catholic novelist Piers Paul Read looks at the villain of Puccini's opera Tosca, telling a story that shines a light into the dusty corridors of history and so lays bare the truth behind Puccini’s "villain".

Thursday 22nd February: "The Catholic Church in Britain during the Great War (1914–18)" by Father Nicholas Schofield
Fr Schofield is the Archivist for the Diocese of Westminster and a noted Catholic historian.

Thursday 22nd March: "The Attack on Marriage: What it means and how we can fight back" by Thomas Pascoe
Mr Pascoe is a Catholic and member of the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), founded to defend the true meaning of marriage in face of the same-sex marriage bill.

Talks in April & May: Yet to be arranged.

Thursday 28th June: "Stem cells and medicine: where are we now?" by Professor Neil Scolding.
Professor Scolding is a Catholic and Burden Professor and Director of the Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences. He has a clinical and research interest in the biology of multiple sclerosis and in particular in the clinical and experimental exploration of cell-based treatments. He last spoke to us in defence of life and against euthanasia.


Sadly, Saturday 20th January is the last night at the shelter in St Luke’s. There may be other options for the rest of the winter, but please don’t volunteer any more this year to Nina. It has been a great experience. Thank you all for being so generous with your time – especially on a Saturday!

The ReStart Charity ( are looking to start a two tier mentoring initiative. This is what they told us:

We are initially looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming either a mentor or a befriender. Both will have very similar training and supervision, although mentoring will be a six-month commitment and the onus on meeting the mentee would be very much up to both parties. For the "befriending" option, the commitment would look more like one or two months, with meetings with the mentee restricted to Saturdays at the Drop-in. At this stage, we are interested in getting an idea of numbers, anyone that is keen on finding out more. We will be writing to everyone that registers an interest soon. Please email directly (mentioning that you have come through the Oratory) at

All those aged 18-35 are welcome to attend