“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).
This weeks newsletters: All Souls 9/12, Christ the King 9/12, Coventry Ordinariate 9/12, Corpus Christi with St Anne 9/12 Holy Family 9/12, Our Lady of the Assumption , Sacred Heart 9/12, St John Fisher 9/12, St Elizabeth 9/12, St John Vianney 9/12, St Joseph the Worker 9/12, Ss Mary & Benedict 9/12, St Osburg 9/12, St Patrick 9/12, St Thomas More 9/12, University of Warwick 9/12.
Details of Christmas Mass Times and Sacrament of Reconciliation in Coventry: link.
Birmingham Archdiocese News link
4th Rotary Festival of Christmas Tress Holy Trinity Church, Broadgate, Coventry. Following the success of the first three festivals, something magical is happening again with an amazing display of Christmas trees adorning the historic Holy Trinity Church, Broadgate, commencing Wednesday 12th December until Sunday 30th December 2018. More information pdf Booking form pdf
Christmas Service of Nine Lessons & Carols The traditional Ordinariate Christmas Carol Service will be on Sunday 30th December at 6.30pm. I hope we will be present in good number to celebrate the birth of Christ in this beautiful way. Please extend a warm invitation to family and friends who may not otherwise be in church this Christmas. St Joseph the Worker.
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.
The Blessing of the Coventry Crib. This year it took place on Sunday 2nd December at 4.00 pm in the Precinct. Photos link
Advent Vigil: 1st – 2nd December 2018. On the night of Saturday, 1st December, the eve of Advent, there will be an all-night vigil (8.00pm – 8.00am) in St. Joseph’s Church – a night of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament to help prepare us for the great season of Advent. During the night we shall pray the Divine Office of the Church and read the Gospel according to St. Luke (the Gospel we shall be hearing on Sundays in the coming year). Anyone is welcome to come for as little or as much of the night as you want. The hall kitchen will be available for refreshments.
The Syro Malabar Cardinal, George Alencherry Sacred Heart on Monday, 26th November at 5.15pm. This was of interest to the Keralan community. All are very welcome. Link to photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskJHaLu2
Growth and Renewal in the Catholic Faith. As part of a series of evening meetings at St. Joseph the Worker about aspects of the Catholic Faith, Fr. John Udris will be giving a talk about Gaudete et Exsultate: Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. In the parish hall, 7.00-8.00pm, Wednesday, 21st November. All welcome. Come and explore your Faith a bit deeper.
Mass for Deceased Coventry Priests: The annual Mass for deceased clergy of the Coventry Deanery was celebrated at Precious Blood and All Souls Church on Tuesday 13th November at 7pm. Photographs can be found here. A complete list of Deceased Coventry Priests can be found here
Local War Memoril Plaques Held in St Elizabeths: St. Elizabeth’s Church inherited the ‘Local War Heroes Memorials’ from the nearby Vauxhall club [which was earmarked for conversion into flats])in April 2016. This was deemed most appropriate as the Parish held one of its very earliest masses there on 27th November 1912 in what was called a “Commodious” room situated in the then called ‘Highfield Street’ between 1914-18. Some 139 club members served in the Forces including Parishioners. Ten of them made the ultimate sacrifice: W. Boswell; A. Checkley; W. Crawford; J. Frost; F. Furnival; Fr. Greening; J. McDermott; I. Rhodes; A. Taylor and J. Webb/ “We shall not forget them”. Between 1939 and 1945 a further 109 members served in the conflict. To all the fallen – their names will live forever – let us play our part in remembering them.
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 information link
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