Announcements & Upcoming Events

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonical Establishment of the Oratory

On July 7 at the 10:30am Mass, we will have a Mass of Thanksgiving with Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., and the Procurator General, Fr. Michel Nicholis, C.O., followed by a reception in the parish center. Join us as we give thanks to God for the canonical establishment of the Oratory by our holy father, Pope Francis.

Due to this Mass, there will be no 12pm Mass on July 7 and the only confessions heard that day will be at 8:30am. There will be no confessions at 10am, 11:30am, or 1pm.

Canonical Establishment of the Oratory as a Congregation of Pontifical Rite

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

It is with great joy that we announce that we were notified today (April 18) that on April 7th, Divine Mercy Sunday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, had officially and canonically erected The Red Bank Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a Congregation of Pontifical Right. 

We are so grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis and to our incredible Bishop, The Most Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., who has been so wonderful to us! We are also heartedly grateful to Fr. Michele Nicolis, C.O., the Procurator General and Mr. Alberto Bianco, the Secretary and Archivist of the Oratory, as well as Bishop Mario Aviles, C.O., our first Procurator General, and all our Oratorian brothers from other communities who have guided us, helped us, and who continue to inspire us. We are humbled to be in the company of such good men. 

And most of all, we thank our good and gracious Lord who has bestowed this mercy upon us. And we are also so grateful to all of you, our friends and coworkers in God's vineyard! 

Now, let's roll up our sleeves once again and get to work for God and His Kingdom, the Church!

St. Philip Neri, and all Holy Oratorian Saints and Blesseds, pray for us!

 

- Fr Alberto, C.O., Fr. Nicholas, C.O., Br. Donald, C.O., Br. Daniel, C.O., Br. Zachary, Br. Anthony, and Br. James Bonanno


Click here for the Bishop's story about the canonical establishment of the Oratory in the Trenton Monitor.


Click here for an FAQ about the Oratory for the Trenton Monitor from the Provost, Father Alberto, C.O.

Registration for Forming Disciples

(Religious education/faith formation)

Registration for Forming Disciples, our program of faith formation for children, is now open. You can pick up registration forms at the office or after any of the Masses.

Please mark your calendars for the 2024-25 year of Forming Disciples in your calendars:

Session 1: June 20 to July 3, 9am to 12:15pm each weekday

Session 2 (Faith Explorers Only): August 5 to 9, 9am to 3pm each weekday

Session 3: August 19 to 30, 9am to 12:15pm each weekday

Session 4 (Year-Round): Classes on Sundays from 11:45am to 1:15pm, beginning September 22

Click here for registration forms in ENGLISH and in SPANISH.

Forming Disciples for Teens Session (formerly RCIA for Teens): begins with summer retreat from August 19 to 30, 6:30pm to 9pm each weekday

Registration for Faith Explorers

(Summer activity program for kids)

We are thrilled to announce that registration for Faith Explorers, our summer activity program, is now open! This program for children from 1st to 8th grade is completely free and is from July 8 to August 2, Monday to Friday. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Click here for the registration packet in English.

Click here for the registration packet in Spanish.

Desert Day

Each month the Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory spend a day in prayer, silence and spiritual reading. We invite you to join us for our "Desert Day," a monthly retreat day, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. 

The next Desert Day is June 26. 

Here is the schedule of prayer during the day:

7:30am - Morning Mass

Immediately after morning Mass - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Morning Oratory Prayer

All morning - Adoration in the Church

12:15pm - Mass in Latin

All afternoon - Adoration in the Church

***For the month of July, the all day adoration will be on June 26. There will be NO Solemn Vespers on June 26. Solemn Vespers will be on July 3 at 6:30pm.***

6:30pm - Sung Evening Oratory & Benediction

First Friday Adoration

Please join us for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday,  July 5 from 7pm to 7am on Saturday, July 6.

Liberty Extravaganza

You are invited to join the Liberty Singers to celebrate Indepedence Day with a special concert on Sunday, July 7th, at 3:30pm in the Parish Center. The concert will include both sacred and secular music from various genres and time periods; there will be something for everyone! In addition to the choir, we will be joined by the St. Cecilia Brass Ensemble and there will be a BBQ afterwards in the garden hosted by St. Anthony's Society. 

Click here for the flyer in ENGLISH and in SPANISH.

If you would like to sing for the Liberty Singers Choir, click here to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Shawn Mack at sacredmusic@stanthonysofredbank.net or 732-747-0813 ext. 103.

The Ramblers' Hikes

The Ramblers is once-a-month hiking group for those 14 and older (those under 14 need a parent or guardian with them) meets at 8:30am on the following dates:


July 20 - TBD

August 10 - TBD

September 7 - TBD


You can join us for all or part of the trip. We hike rain, snow, or shine. The only thing that will stop us is lightning or a blizzard.

If you would like to receive text reminders, call Brother Dan at 732-747-0813 ext. 108

The Friends of St. Philip Neri: Lives of the Saints

Meetings are on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30am in St. Crispin House.

Join us in reading about the lives of these saints:

Saint Maximillian Kolbe, beginning May 23rd. Click here for the book.

Various Saints,  from July 18 to August 15.  Click here for the book.

For more information contact Br. Donald at dronning@redbankoratory.net or 732-747-0813 ext. 104.

St. Cecilia's Society Concert & Recital Series 2023-24

Save the dates for these upcoming concerts and recitals: (click for the recordings)

Concerts

December 1, 2023 at 7:30pm - Handel's Messiah, Part One

April 19, 2024 at 7:30pm - Ola Gjeilo's Dark Night of the Soul & Sunrise Mass

July 7, 2024 at 3:30pm - 1st Annual Liberty Extravaganza featuring the Oratory Choir & the Liberty Singers with the St. Cecilia Brass Ensemble

If you would like to sing for our Liberty Extravanganza, click here to sign up and find more information about rehearsals.

Recitals

August 27 at 3:30pm - Carlotta Masci performing "Settecento Italian"

October 29, 2023, at 3:30pm - Mary Klein in Recital featuring piano music of Bach, Schubert, & Lizst

November 19, 2023 at 3:30pm - A Bridge to Naples performed by Pergolesi String Quintet & Soloists Mara Adler O'Kelly and Robin Lee

A Festival of Lessons & Carols: Scriptural readings & time-honored music telling the story of Christmas

June 23, 2024 at 3:30pm - Organ Recital with Peter Isherwood, organist, performing various works for the organ