Safeguard the future of Catholic education The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents some schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. By her own admission, the Secretary of State has said the rule has been ineffective and adversely affects Catholic families. By forcing Catholic schools to turn away Catholic school children on the basis of their faith, the very principle of a Catholic parent’s right to choose a Catholic education is under threat. Please click link to support
Saturday 3rd February from 9.30am to 4.00pm. Christ the King will be hosting a Day of Evangelisation, A day consisting of keynote speakers and workshops, in preparation for two large events this year in the life of the Church: the World Meeting of Families (21st – 26th Aug) and the Adoremus: Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress (7th – 9th Sept) 2018. Please bring a packed lunch. For more information contact: Paul Northam at email@example.com or Sr Gillian Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Details of Christmas Mass and penance Service Times – link
Listen to Archbishop Bernard Longley being interviewed for the BBC WM Sior Coleman show earlier in the week and played on the radio today (24/12) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05pn015 … Part 1: 20:22-24:45 mins and Part 2 32:18-25:22 mins.
Also listen to Archbishop Longley’s Christmas Message on BBC WM Llewela Bailey show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05pn01g approx 44 mins in
Watch Fr Toms Christmas message recorded on 23rd December link
Photos from Cardinal Newman Christmas 2017 Mass are now available at link. Thank you to the school teachers, students, and Fr Pat Brennan. Merry Christmas.
Chapel of Unity at Coventry Cathedral. Sunday 17th December 2pm. German Lutheran Advent Service Service at Coventry Cathedral. Poster link
The Blessing of the Crib in the Coventry Precinct took place on Sunday 3rd December at 4.00pm. Photos…link
The Coventry Winter Night Shelter is now open once again for a fifth year 2017. St Osburg’s is hosting the night shelter on Wednesday evenings/Thursday breakfast. For more information visit http://hopecoventry.org.uk/projects/coventry-winter-night-shelter/. Volunteers needed to help Coventry Winter Night Shelter. For more information click here. Come out of the Cold and into a Coventry Church link
St Joseph the Worker. Advent Vigil 2nd – 3rd December 2017. On the night of Saturday, 2nd December, the eve of Advent, there will be an all-night vigil (8.00pm – 8.00am) in St. Joseph’s Church, Canley – a night of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament to help prepare us or the great season of Advent. During the night we shall pray the Divine Office of the Church and read the whole of the Gospel according to St. Mark (which is the Gospel we shall be hearing on Sundays in the coming year). The vigil is open to anyone. You are welcome to come along for as little or as much as you wish. The hall kitchen will be available for refreshments if desired, and you can have a lie-down in the hall if you want. Fr. Harry Curtis. Tel: 024 76419111. Address: 1 De Montfort Way, Cannon Park, Coventry, CV4 7DU
Christ the King. A Prayer for Ireland – Sunday 26th November. The Church of Christ the King in Coventry are organising a Holy Hour on Sunday 26th November at 2.30pm. The intention of the Holy Hour is to pray for the Republic of Ireland, as it prepares to debate Section 8, concerning the rights of the Unborn Child. All are welcome to join them in prayer. Poster link
Fatima Centenary News- Sunday 26th November marks the end of the Centenary Year commemorating Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima in 1917. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 3pm to 4pm, ending with the rosary, at St. Peter, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE, a pilgrimage church of our Archdiocese during the Fatima Centenary Year. There will be a light refreshment after the service. All welcome.
Alzheimer/Dementia Awareness Evening – Thursday 23rd November at 7pm in the Library at Christ the King. Guest Speakers from the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, University Hospital, Admiral Nurses and Carers Centre.
Tuesday 14th November 7.00pm. Deanery Mass for the Deceased Clergy of the Deanery. Every year the priests of the Coventry Deanery assemble to celebrate Mass for all the priests of the Deanery who have died. This year it was held at Sacred Heart Church. List of Deceased Coventry Clergy to pray for link .Photographs from Mass link
Evensong at 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.
Friday 13th October marks the centenary of Our Lady’s last apparition and great miracle at Fatima. St Peter’s, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE is a pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese during the Fatima Centenary Year and there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9.30am to 12.20pm and 5pm to 6pm. This will be the last chance to gain the special indulgence when you visit St Peter’s on that day. There will be a special votive Mass for Our Lady of Fatima at 12.30pm. 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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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
Monday’s . 7pm-9pm. All Souls. Sowing the Seeds course. A foundation course for those interested in becoming catechists and those who would like to improve the their knowledge of their faith. Programme details link
Sunday 15th January. 40 years of the Ordination of Fr Robert Wright. You are all very welcome to a Thanksgiving Mass at 11.30 am on Sunday 15th January 2017 to celebrate 40 years of the Ordination of Fr Robert Wright at St John Fisher Church, Tiverton Rd, Coventry, CV2 3DL and to a Buffet afterwards in the Parish Centre.
Hospital Chaplaincy. Fr Paul Burch has been appointed full time Catholic chaplain at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. Please pray for Fr Paul as he begins this new ministry.
Details of Christmas Reconciliation Services and Mass Times link
St Patrick’s Parish Mission – 3rd to 11th December. Poster link. Newsletter link. We are all One in Christ. It is now just two weeks until the start of our mission. We would like to advertise it as widely as possible around the neighbourhood to give people who don’t usually come to church the opportunity for some spiritual preparation for Christmas.
Blessing the Crib took place in the city centre near Marks and Spencer on 27th November 2016, the First Sunday of Advent at 4pm.
Deceased Priests of the Coventry Deanery link
Link to photos form the Closing Ceremony for the “Year of Mercy” on Sunday 20th November 2016 at St Mary & St Benedict’s with Evening Prayer link
On Tuesday 8th November at 7pm, Mass for deceased Clergy of the Coventry Deanery was held at St Mary & Benedict’s, a church also nominated as a Jubilee Church for the year of Mercy. Each year in November Mass is celebrated for the repose of the souls of all the priests and deacons who have served the parishes of the Coventry Deanery. The Mass was led by Canon Tom Farrell, the Dean of Coventry. The Parish Priest, Fr Jimmy Lutwama, thanked everybody for coming and his parishioners for providing the refreshments. All the parishes were represented by parishioners and clergy, and the names of all the deceased priests were read out and prayed for. Deceased Priests of the Coventry Deanery link Photos link
Thursday, 27th October, 7pm. St Joseph the Worker Parish Hall . You are invited to an unusual entertainment about the local history of Coventry and Warwickshire using the medium of 3 dimensional audio visual shows on Thursday, 27th October, 7:00 pm in St. Joseph the Worker Parish Hall poster link
Sunday, 16th October, 3pm. COVENTRY INTERCULTURAL MASS at St John Fisher Parish.
Sunday 9th October 6pm Music concert with Dan Callow at Christ the King. Link to Photos link
Sunday 25th September 3.00pm. St Elizabeth’s Triple celebration. The church is 100 years old, St Elizabeth’s school is 100 years old and Good Shepherd school is 50 years old. At 3pm on Sunday 25th September Mass was celebrated with Archbishop Bernard Longley. Photos from Lens Art Ltd link. Visit St Elizabeth’s website for more photos and videos link
Saturday – 24th September, Pioneer One Day Retreat. Poster link
St Osburga Civic and Religious Celebrations 9/11th September link
On Saturday 24th September, Pioneer One Day Retreat. Poster link
Coventry Pioneer Regional Committee Invite you to a One Day Retreat at Ss Mary and Benedict Church. On Saturday 24th September commencing at 11.00am with light refreshments. 11.30am – Retreat Leader – Fr David Nixon (MSC). Concluding with Mass at 4.00pm. All Welcome. Please contact – Deacon Gerry O’Reilly on 024 76 333881.