“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  Coventry 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 21/10, Christ the King 21/10, Coventry Ordinariate 21/10, Corpus Christi with St Anne 21/10, Holy Family 14&21/10, Our Lady of the Assumption 21/10, Sacred Heart 21/10, St John Fisher 21/10, St Elizabeth  21/10, St John Vianney 21/10,  St Joseph the Worker 21/10,   Ss Mary & Benedict 21/10, St Osburg 21/10, St Patrick 21/10, St Thomas More 21/10, University of Warwick 21/10 .

Older newsletters available here link

Changes in the Deanery Fr. Louis from Our Lady of the Assumption and Fr. Jonathan from St. John Vianney have now moved to their new appointments in Dudley and Acocks Green.

Weekday Mass Sheets:

22/10 pdf doc, 29/10 pdf doc, 5/11 pdf doc, 12/11 pdf doc, 19/11 pdf doc, 26/11 pdf doc

Birmingham Archdiocese News link

St Elizabeth’s Creation day Mass. Sunday 16 September 2018. On Sunday 16 September St Elizabeths Church held a Creation Day Mass as part of our Live Simply commitment and in response to Pope Francis call to care for creation and the environment we will live.
To this end the Youth Group were instrumental in setting it all up organising the whole Mass with a banner stating Care for Creation our Common Home and another one called Global Healing. We also decided to have a Harvest Festival with donated food going to the Peace House Night Shelter which looks after refugees and Coventry Foodbank. The Mass started with a hymn of St Francis of Assisi. The hymns were all on a theme of Creation. The young people processed to the altar with various flowers, fruit. One of the altar servers spoke about our responsibility for the environment we live in and how our activities were causing pollution.
During the Service the little church sang “If I were a Butterfly” and towards the end of the service there was a film showing called “Heal The World” with this song while that was being played all the youngsters processed towards the alter with the food that was donated along with flowers and fruit.
It was a beautiful Mass with thought provoking issues for our world today. Photos link
Maria. St Elizabeths Justice & Peace Group.

Intercultural Mass at St. John Fisher parish on 21st October at 3.00pm. If anyone would like to take part—a word of welcome in your Native language at the beginning of the mass or a Reading, a bidding prayer , sing a hymn. You are welcome to do so. You are all invited to join for refreshments in the parish centre after the Mass .

Welcome Mass at St. Mary & Benedict Church: for Coventry University students who have newly joined the University, will be on Sunday 28th October 2018 at 11.30am followed by a cup of tea/coffee in the parish hall for all. We invite all the students to be present for the Holy Mass.

Eucharistic Ministers: St Joseph the Worker have the following events a Training Day for new Eucharistic Ministers. St. Joseph’s hall and church, 11.00-3.30, Saturday 27th October. No charge. Light refreshments provided, but bring a packed lunch if you want something more substantial. They are also having Day of Recollection for all Eucharistic Ministers. St. Joseph’s hall and church, 11.00-3.30, Saturday 24th November. No charge. Light refreshments provided, but bring a packed lunch if you want something more substantial.

Mass for Deceased Coventry Priests: The annual Mass for deceased clergy of the Coventry Deanery will be celebrated at Precious Blood and All Souls Church on Tuesday 13th November at 7pm. Every parish is asked to be represented at this Mass. The support of our parishioners for this Mass would be greatly appreciated.

Coventry Winter Night Shelter. The Winter Night Shelter is preparing to open again this year. There is a training evening for those who have worked at the Night Shelter before, on Monday 29th October at 7pm, at the Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, CV1 2HG. Why not think of helping!  More informationlink

Diocesan Safeguarding Review. Archbishop Bernard has commissioned a review of our current safeguarding/child protection practices in light of the National Catholic Policies and Procedures. This review is to be welcomed as a means of ensuring that our systems to protect our children and young people are as effective as possible. This review is being conducted by an independent charity called SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence). As part of the review SCIE would like to speak with any individuals who have had experience with any safeguarding issues within the Archdiocese, and have experience of working with our parish safeguarding representatives and the safeguarding team at the Archdiocese. Anyone impacted by abuse issues can contact the safeguarding team on 90121 230 6240 (emergency out of hours 07976 516629). If you are able to contribute to this important review and share your experience with SCIE then please contact Hugh Constant using Hugh.Constant@scie.org.uk or 0207766 7374 or 07872 602207.

A Year for Priests 2018-2019. On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart 2018, there began a year of thanksgiving, prayer and celebration for the priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. For more information click here.  A Priests Prayer link

England to be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary in 2020.  Dowry Tour – The Dowry of Mary Pilgrimage Triduum.  During the course of 2018 to 2020 the statue of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham will be taken to each Cathedral in England for a three-day triduum of prayer, as part of the preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020. Each visit will take place between a Thursday and Saturday. “A moment of great promise …. for the Church in this country and for our mission” Cardinal Vincent Nichols website link  St Chad’s Birmingham – 20th to 22nd June.

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Archive  link

Holy Cross Multi-Academy Company – Consultation letter for parents and parishoners – link

St Joseph the Worker about link, University of Warwick chaplaincy about link

Diocesan Celebration Day Photos from Sunday 14th October online at link

Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress, 7-9 September  2018.  Resources link Photos link

“The Gift” A Life in the Spirit You are warmly invited to join us on a new and exciting DVD Course which has been given an Apostolic Blessing by Pope Francis. “The Gift” will be presented at St Osburg’s over six Thursday afternoons from 1.30- 3.00pm, beginning on Thursday 27th September.

Friends of the Holyland link– National Gathering on Saturday 22nd September 1030am – 4.00pm at the Parish Centre, St Francis of Assisi, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL.  A day of solidarity…standing shoulder to shoulder with the beleaguered Christians of the Holy Land.  Guest speaker Sami El Yousef, CEO of the Latin Patriarchate and native of Old Jerusalem. Photos link

St Elizabeth. Creation Day Mass on Sunday 16 September.   You are invited to join us as we celebrate the season with a Care of Creation Service on Sunday 16 September at 11.15 am in St Elizabeths Church, St Elizabeths Road, Coventry.  Join us as we respond to Pope Francis’ call to re-affirm our personal vocation to be stewards of creation and to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care. Photos link

St  Anne’s   40 anniversary 14th September at 7pm for Mass of the Exultation of the Cross to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Church. Photos link. Archdiocese news article link


Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress, 7-9 September  2018. On 7-9 September, over 10,000 people will gather in Liverpool for a most wonderful and historic event, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress (Adoremus). Photos available at link

World Meeting of Families: Testimonies including Fr Michael Brandon link

Fr Moses Climbs Snowdon for a Charitable 50th Birthday 16th August 2018 link

St Osburg’s. The Parish Kitchen refurbishment work is now  complete. The work took 6 weeks to complete, from 23rd July to 5th September. Fr Pontius Bandau, Parish Priest, would like to register his sincere thanks to Steve Baylis (Head of Development Archdiocese of Birmingham), David Brooks (CEO Archdiocese of Birmingham)  and   Tim Richardson (Chief Designer), for their coordination and support. The hall is now open for hire for ceremonies eg  for  Baptism, Birthday, Wedding, Community meetings, Graduations,  Choir training or rehearsals and funeral events). Please call the Parish office  on  024 76220402 for more information or to book.

Sunday 2nd September. Diocesan Pilgrimage to Harvington Hall, the Shrine of the English Martyrs will be on . Harvington Hall brings to life the fascinating history of the survival of Roman Catholic families and clergymen during the Reformation of the late sixteenth century. Mass was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Robert Byrne CO, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham with clergy and seminarians from Oscott College. The weather was perfect and the grounds were full. The Very Rev Canon David Oakley, Rector of Oscott College, delivered the Homily, which focused on martyrs.  More information on the parish church is available here.  To find out more about Harvington Hall, please link. Photos link

St. Thomas More Parish  double celebration on Friday 20th July at 7.00pm. Mass celebrated 75 years as a Parish and the 50th anniversary of the Church. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley followed by a barn dance in the school hall. Photographs link Article on Mass link

Ordination of Fr Gerard at All Souls Friday 13th July 2018. link1 and link2

Coming up:

St. Elizabeth’s Church. Fr. Moses and his parishioners invite you to join them on Sunday 12th August for Mass in St. Elizabeth’s Church at 2.30pm and after for a BBQ and cultural dishes to celebrate the Annual African Multicultural Mass. All are welcome!

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