This weeks newsletters:
All Souls 21/5, Christ the King 21/5, Coventry Ordinariate Mission 21/5, Corpus Christi with St Anne, Holy Family 21/5, Our Lady of the Assumption 21/5, Sacred Heart 21/5, St John Fisher 21/5, St Elizabeth 21/5, St John Vianney 21/5, St Joseph the Worker 21/5, Ss Mary & Benedict 21/5, St Osburg 21/5, St Patrick 21/5, St Thomas More 21/5, University of Warwick 21/5.
Vacancies in the Archdiocese of Birmingham:
Head of Communications and Community Development. Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Head of Communications & Community Engagement will set and guide the Archdiocese’s strategy for all communications, websites and community engagement.
Press and Media Relations Officer.Reporting to the Head of Communications & Community Engagement, the Press & Media Relations Officer will on a day to day basis be responsible for external communications for the Archdiocese providing support to senior members of the Clergy, its Parishes, Schools and Academies.
For an informal discussion/job description for either role please contact Gerry Dryden, Director of Human Resources via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (0121 230 6224). The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd June 2017.
“The Gift” – Life in the Spirit Course. A series of five talks on Thursday evenings at 7.15pm. Next talk Thursday 25th May and 8th June.
Thursday 25th May. Coventry Deanery Vocation’s Promotion Mass, is on Thursday, 25th May, 6.30 pm, at Holy Family Church. Poster link
Thursday 25th May 7.30pm – Archbishop Bernard preaching at Coventry Cathedral
21st -27th May. Rob Ridley, parishioner of St Thomas More and Chair of Governors at Bishop Ullathorne, is planning a long distance charity cycle ride where he will ride the length of France over six days. Starting on May 21st from the ferry in Calais, he will head for Paris before heading south until he reaches Lourdes on Saturday 27th May, 1009km later. The following day Rob will complete his journey climbing several thousand feet, until he reaches the Spanish boarder high up in the stunning Pyrenees having conquered the Col du Pourtalet and hopes to be back in time for the start of the opening Mass of our Diocesan Pilgrimage. Rob is riding for Cancer Research UK so that they can continue the fight against cancer. During the journey, Rob will be remembering all of the family and many friends lost to this awful disease. You can sponsor Rob here link. Rob will be funding 100% of the costs associated with this trip with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. Any support you can give Rob in completing this challenge would be greatly appreciated.
Visitation of Fatima Statue to St Chad’s Cathedral: Nearly one hundred years ago, from May to October 1917, Our Lady appeared to three young shepherd children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, at Fatima in Portugal. In 2017, the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) in England and Wales will be promoting the Centenary of the Fatima apparitions through a program of visitations to Cathedrals by the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and Relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco. This will start with a Visitation of the Statue and Relics to Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 18 February 2017, with Cardinal Vincent Nichols crowning the statue and presiding at Mass, and will continue until October with visits to 18 of the Cathedrals in England and Wales, including the St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham Archdiocese, from 29-30 July 2017. For details about these Visitations go to: link
There are 5 priests in the Coventry Deanery who are celebrating jubilees this year and Holy Family will host a Deanery Mass and celebration on Friday 30th June. This includes the 60th priestly anniversary of Fr Bernard Anwyl, 16th March 1957 and the 25th priestly anniversary of Fr Patrick Brennan, 5th July 1992.
Sunday 13th May. Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham. The Deanery has organised two coaches one from St John Fisher and the other to depart from Christ the King. If you want to go to this pilgrimage please contact either Fr. Bob or Canon Tom as soon as possible and mention which pick-up point you intend to use.
Saturday 13th May. Fatima Centenary 1917/2017 – Celebration Event. This will be taking place at St Peter Apostle church Leamington Spa which is a pilgrimage church in the Archdiocese for the Centenary Year. Please come and bring a friend. A packed lunch will be needed. For parking please use St Peter’s multi storey car park. For details see www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk Timetable Fatima event
Easter Monday Mass: All the priests with their parishioners gathered on Easter Monday at St. Osburg to cerebrate Easter. Photos from Easter Monday Mass link
Sunday 23rd April. 2pm. Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated in St. Mary’s and St. Benedict.
Sunday, 23rd April. 6.30pm Christ the King. “The Gift” – Life in the Spirit Course. The Deanery is organising Talks on Prayer beginning after Easter. There is an Introduction Evening on Sunday, 23rd April at 6.30pm in the Library at Christ the King, followed by a series of five talks on Thursday evenings at 7.15pm on Thursday 27th April, 4th, 11th 18th, 25th May and 8th June. Prayer is an essential part of our life as Catholics which we often neglect. Please consider supporting these talks.
Rite of Election 5th March 2017 at St Chad’s Birmingham. Photographs link.
Change of Mass Times:
St Mary & St Benedict / St Osburg. From the weekend of 18th/19th March 2017. St. Osburg Saturday for Sunday 5:30pm Sunday 11:30am St. Marys and Benedict Sunday 9:30am and 11:30am.
St Elizabeth’s Mass Time changing. The 11.30am Mass will now be brought back to its original time of 11:15am from Sunday 12th March.
Guidance on Leaving a Lasting Gift to your Church: The Diocese has made a new leaflet available to all 227 parishes to assist people who may want to consider leaving a legacy to the Church. The Importance of Legacy Giving link, pdf copy of leaflet link
Monday 20th February. 7.45-9.15pm. St Thomas More. LiveSimply.
Looking for a New Year’s challenge which will both enrich your parish community and transform the lives of those overseas? Why not make 2017, a LiveSimply year in your parish! You are warmly invited to our LiveSimply evening on Monday 20th February, 7.45-9.15pm at St Thomas More parish, 112 Knoll Drive, Coventry, CV3 5DE. Light refreshments served from 7.30pm. There will be the opportunity to learn more about CAFOD’s LiveSimply Award, which encourages parish communities to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor, and to explore how your parish might like to get involved. Poster
Wednesday 15th February. 7-9pm. Christ the King. Using social media for parish Catechesis & Evangelisation. Poster
Welcome Father Pontious and Father Sunday to St Osburg’s. They arrived on Wednesday January 25th 2017 and are Religious Missionary priests from the Apostleship of Jesus. It has been a very long journey, a journey that ends well. The Religious Missionary Institute of the Apostles of Jesus supplies priests to St. Mary’s and Benedict, St. Elizabeth and St. Osburg. It is the first Religious Missionary Institute to be founded in Uganda in 1968 by two Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers) Very Rev. Fr. John Marengoni MCCJ and Rt. Rev. Bishop Sisto Mazzoldi MCCJ.
Photos from St Osburg Confirmation on Thursday 26th January 2017 link