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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi, founded the Franciscan Order, patron saint of animals and the environment (1181-1286).

Welcome to our Deanery Website. On this site you will find contact details and links to websites, where they exist, for all the Catholic Parishes in the Deanery, together with Mass Times and  details of our Catholic Schools. Our website brings together the resources of the Coventry Catholic Deanery and provides information about Deanery wide activity.  Coventry  is one of eighteen  deaneries which make up the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. The Coventry Deanery has the following parishes: All Souls,  Christ the King and Our Lady of Lourdes with St Augustine’s, Corpus Christi with St Anne’s, Holy Family, Our Lady of the Assumption, Sacred Heart, St Elizabeth, St John Fisher, St John Vianney, St Joseph the Worker, St Mary and St Benedict, St Osburg’s, St Patrick, St Thomas More.  Canon Tom Farrell, Dean of Coventry and Parish Priest of Christ the King.

This weeks newsletters:

All Souls 17/9, Christ the King 17/9, Coventry Ordinariate 17/9, Corpus Christi with St Anne 17/9, Holy Family 17/9, Our Lady of the Assumption 17/9, Sacred Heart 17/9, St John Fisher 17/9, St Elizabeth 17/9, St John Vianney 17/9,  St Joseph the Worker 17/9,   Ss Mary & Benedict 17/9, St Osburg 17/9, St Patrick 17/9, St Thomas More 17/9, University of Warwick 17/9 .

Peter Martin is a Holy Family Parishioner, and a familiar face in many of the surrounding parishes. He has started to walk the Camino de Santiago 878km / 545 miles between the 25 August and the 8 October 2017, six weeks. He is a 72 year old, and has been training for several months. Since he started training earlier in the year he has walked over 900 miles and done the Malvern Hills 10 times. Peter is fund raising for Zoe’s Place, which is a home-from-home for babies who have life limiting or terminal illnesses and special complex needs, offering palliative and respite care for babies/infants from birth to five years old. More details of Zoe’s Place and his sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/peter-martin72 So far Peter has raised £1,577.50.  Read his latest blog on this page or click here for summary.

Fr Andrew Franklin who has been assisting Canon Tom Farrell at Christ the King has been appointed Parish Priest of St Joseph’s, Whitnash within the Leamington Spa group of parishes. We shall greatly miss him in our deanary. He starts his new position on Monday 18th September.

Weekday Mass Sheets: 

18/9 doc pdf, 25/9 doc pdf, 2/10 doc pdf, 9/10 doc pdf, 16/10 doc pdf, 23/10 doc pdf, 30/10 doc pdf, 6/11 doc pdf, 13/11 doc pdf, 20/11 doc pdf, 27/11 doc pdf

Coming Up:

Blessing of the Graves.  Lenton’s Lane – 24th. September at 3.00 pm. London Road – 1st October at 3.00 pm.

The Friends of the Holy Land are holding a National Gathering on Saturday 30th September 10.30am
4.00pm, at the Parish Centre, St Francis of Assisi Church Kenilworth CV8 1HL. The day will focus on what FHL does best: firstly, by sharing news of the challenges faced by Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, and secondly, by describing the support FHL currently gives to over 2,000 of those Christians. A warm invitation is extended to new and existing supporters. There is no charge and lunch is provided. Poster link. To book, contact the office on 01926 512980 or email
office@friendsoftheholyland.org.uk

St. Joseph the Worker Parish Mission. Sunday 1st October – Sunday 8th October.  We have invited the Sion Catholic Community to guide us on our journey as we prepare for the Consecration of the church next year.  The Team will spend a week with us, visiting homes and organising activities. There will be a Mission Mass every day and other Services during the week.  During the day the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the church and visitors are warmly invited to support the Team in prayer as they go around the parish. The theme of the Mission will be:
“Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”
Our Mission Prayer:
Help us, Lord, to receive you with an open heart this day.
May our community receive your grace and deepen its faith in you.
Make us lights to shine forth your love, giving life and hope
to those who have fallen away or have never known you.
Please pray for the parishioners of St. Joseph’s and for the Team that our Mission may be a time of great blessings. The timetable is still being finalised but there will be Mass at 10.00 am Monday-Friday.  All welcome.

Fatima News.  Centenary Year. A special indulgence is available at St Peters on the 13th of each month up to 13th October if you visit us on these days. A new statue of Our Lady of Fatima is now on display. There is also a pilgrim leaflet available by the Fatima display area with details of the indulgence and with other information and resources. For more information, please call Peter Dimambro on 01926 428399.

Saturday 14th October 2017. You are warmly invited to the 13th Birmingham Diocesan Justice and Peace Assembly Saturday 14th October 2017 10:30a.m. to 4:15p.m. at St Peter’s Catholic School, Whitefields Road, Solihull, B91 3NZ.  This years theme is “Peace Pope Francis and the call to active nonviolence.” Guest Speakers: Pat Gaffney – Pax Christi and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, James Trewby – Columbans – J&P Education. Assembly Poster 2017,  Workshops Summaries Sheet 2017,  Assembly 2017 Programme Registration Form. For more information contact Janet Vaughan Administrator, Birmingham J&P Commission email: bham.jandp@gmail.com

Coventry Cathedral on Sunday October 29th at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in an ecumenical commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday October 29th at 4 pm. Our guest speakers will be Bishop William Kenney and Senior Pastor Albrecht Köstlin-Büürma. Music will be led and performed by the Choir of Beverley Minster.

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St John Fisher. Coventry Intercultural Mass. Sunday 17th September 3.30 pm. Archbishop Bernard is the Chief Celebrant, followed by a hot and cold buffet of food from all over the world. If anyone would say a word of welcome in their native language at the beginning of Mass, pray a Bidding Prayer, take part in the Offertory Procession in their national costume or would like to sing a hymn in the Mass, please contact Fr. Bob Wright on 02476443459 by Wednesday 13th September.

Blessing of the Graves. 10th September – St Pauls.  17th September – Canley.

Photos from Annual Pilgrimage to Harvington Hall at https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2itELq. Sunday 3rd September. Principal Celebrant Bishop Robert Byrne.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor dies aged 85. link

Annual Celebration of the Multicultural Mass of the African Day 2017 Sunday 13th August. Theme: The Family. St Elizabeth’s, CV6 5BX. Fr Moses and the parishioners of St Elizabeth’s cordially invite you to join them for their celebration of African Day. Followed by BBQ and shared cultural dishes in the parish garden.

Fatima News Sunday 13th August. St Peter’s, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE is a pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese during the Fatima Centenary Year and a special indulgence is available on the 13th of each month if you visit us on these days. On Sunday 13th August there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions and Fatima prayers from 3pm to 4pm. Please see the pilgrim leaflet by the Fatima display area opposite the piety shop for details of the indulgence and other resources. For other information contact Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk

Friar Gerard Mary Toman returns home 6th August 2017. On the feast of the Transfiguration,  Friar Gerard Mary Toman returned to his home parish, All Souls Coventry, to celebrate his Diaconate. Friar Gerard was ordained to the diaconate the previous Sunday at Blackfriars, Oxford. Gerard was baptised, made his First Holy Communion, and was confirmed at All Souls as well as being a pupil at All Souls Catholic Primary School. Friar Gerard has been in formation with the Conventual Friars in Oxford for some years. Friar Gerard preached a moving homily on the Transfiguration, praying that we too might be transformed by the Holy Spirit. The parish toasted him with a glass of Prosecco in the parish room after Mass. Also present were Deacon Paul Rabvukwa, Diocesan Seminarian John Waters and of course, parish priest, Fr Michael Brandon. Fr Michael congratulated Friar Gerard on his ordination and said, “Vocations  bear witness to the great love and devotion to be found in this parish. It is you, the people of God, who have created these Vocations by your prayer and faithfulness.”

Friday 14th July. Holy Family Jubilee Celebrations. Photos link Congratulations Fr Bernard Anwyl & Father Patrick Brennan.

Friday 30th June. Coventry Jubilee Celebrations. On Friday 30th June many parishioners in the Coventry Deanery gathered at Holy Family Church for a Mass to celebrate Priests with various anniversaries. Fr Bernard Anwyl (Holy Family) marked sixty years of Priesthood. Fr Bob Wright (St John Fisher) marked forty years and Fr Pat Brennan (Holy Family), Fr George Bennett (St Patrick’s) and Fr Jonathan Veasey (St John Vianney) all celebrated twenty-five years. The photograph includes Canon Tom Farrell the Dean of Coventry who made a presentation to them. Photographs at https://flic.kr/s/aHskZrocZq

Saturday 17th June. Annual Pioneer Rally.  Sat 17th June 2017 6.30pm Mass Pioneer Hall, Broad Street, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 5AX Followed by Social and Dance, Refreshments provided. Entertainment by Little Jimmy.

Fatima News You are invited to St Peter’s, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, on Tuesday 13th June, they are the pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese during the Fatima Centenary Year. A special indulgence is available on the 13th of each month up to 13th October if you visit us on these days. A new statue of Our Lady of Fatima is now on display. There is also a pilgrim leaflet available by the Fatima display area opposite the piety shop, with details of the indulgence and with other information and resources.

Coventry Deanery Vocation’s Mass.  Thursday, 25th May, 6.30 pm, at Holy Family Church. Photographs link

Archbishop Bernard preaching at Coventry Cathedral. Thursday 25th May 7.30pm. Photographs link

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