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 (email@example.com) 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.