25th April 2020 – Letter of his holiness Pope Francis to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020 link
2nd May 2020 – A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales A People who Hope in Christ
3rd May 2020 -Pastoral Letter of the Most Reverend Bernard Longley Archbishop of Birmingham for the Fourth Sunday of Easter-I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full
The God Who Speaks Weekly Meditations by Fr Dries Van den Akker S.J on the Paintings of St Matthews Gospel by Peter Clare. link
A Digital Holy Week? Fr John Waters https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/blog/a-digital-holy-week and https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1420/a-digital-holy-week-
The Rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry link
In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was ‘set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History shows us that when the people pray a surrender to God’s will for their lives, society is transformed. By taking up this personal dedication in 2020, you can be a part of the renewal of this nation, drawing ourselves closer to the will of our loving God, through Mary.
Liturgical Celebrations this Year:
Palm Sunday: 5 April
Easter Day: 12 April
Ascension Day: Thursday 21 May
Pentecost: 31 May
Corpus Christi: 14 June
News archive: link
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Bob Wright, priest of St John Fisher Coventry and the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Recording of Funeral Mass link
Going into hospital? The Catholic chaplain at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire in Walsgrave (and at St. Cross Hospital in Rugby) is Father Evaristus Sunday. Messages for Fr. Sunday can be left on 024 7696 7515. In an emergency contact the hospital switchboard on 024 7696 4000 (open 24 hours) and ask for the chaplain. There is always a Catholic chaplain on call. It’s important to let the hospital nursing staff know at the time of admission that you (or your relative) are a Catholic and would like the Catholic chaplain to visit you while you’re there.
Photographs from the Rite of Election 1st March link
We offer prayers and congratulations to Canon David Evans and Canon Stephen Wright on their appointments as our two new Auxiliary Bishops. Link
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Bob Wright, priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Fr Bob died on Thursday 5 March. Robert Joseph Wright was born in 1951 and ordained on 15 January 1977.He served in the following ministries: Bicester: 1977 – 1981, Nuneaton: 1981 – 1984, Redditch: 1984 – 1988, West Indian Chaplaincy 1988 – 1995. St John Fisher, Coventry 1995 – present. Fr Bob was a very pastoral, gentle priest who will be greatly missed. We pray for Fr Bob’s family, fellow clergy and the parishioners he served over the years. May he rest in peace. Amen. More photos at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmLrQXzB
Tributes paid to Father Bob – ‘inspiring’ Coventry priest who served the city for 43 years CoventryLive.
Coventry Marriage Care – Volunteers needed: Could it be you? Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation providing marriage preparation and relationship counselling services through 50 centres across England and Wales. The Coventry Centre is seeking Marriage Preparation Course Facilitators to present and facilitate marriage preparation courses to small groups of engaged couples. The centre is also looking for Qualified Counsellors. Additionally we need Receptionists for counselling, and a Head of Centre to lead and support our team of facilitators, counsellors and receptionist. Marriage Care will provide all the training needed for the role, and you’ll be volunteering with like-minded people. For more information please visit: http://www.marriagecare.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Mass Times and details of Penance services in Coventry link
The O’ Antiphons link
The Sower. The Advent edition of the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s publication is now available online and in parishes from Thursday 21 November link
2019 General Election Statement and Bishops’ Plenary The Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales have issued a statement on the forthcoming General Election having returned from their November 2019 Plenary meeting in Leeds. Friday 29th November. link
Induction of Parish Priests:
Thursday 5th December at 7.00pm – Fr Paul Burch at All Souls on Thursday 5th December.
We wish them every blessing in their new appointments.
1st of December Coventry Winter Night Shelter (CWNS). The shelter opens on 1st of December, so we are now looking for volunteers to help us. There is an information and training session for new volunteers on Wednesday 9th October, 7-9pm, at The Welcome Centre, 47 Parks ide, CV1 2HG, and further training for all volunteers on the Thursday 17th October, at the same place and time. There is a catch-up information and training session on Thursday 14th November too. Everybody is welcome; no need to register. please contact Helen: email@example.com.
1st December 4pm – Blessing of the Crib in Coventry City Centre. Photos online at: link
Saturday 16th November 10.30am . 10 Years of supporting Christians in the Holy Land on Saturday 16th November 10.30 am in The Cathedral Church of Saint Michael, Coventry there will be an ecumenical service in attendance will be His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. More details and registration for the event can be found on our website – www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk
Sunday, 20th October 3.00 pm, Coventry Intercultural Mass, at St. John Fisher Church (CV2 3DL). It will be followed by refreshments and a taste of different cultural foods in the Parish Centre.
Archdiocese of Birmingham GDPR resources link
Catholic Students at Coventry University: there is Holy Mass every Tuesday in the Faith and Spirituality Centre (Hub) 3rd Floor at 1:10pm. Fr. Jimmy the chaplain is available everyday for prayer and for any discussion. You can contact him on 07906124756, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic students at the University of Warwick: there is Holy Mass in the Chaplaincy each Sunday (12.30) and also on Thursdays and Fridays (12.15). There is also Morning Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at St. Joseph’s, Cannon Park, at 7.30 every Thursday morning, followed by breakfast, and Evening Chapel (prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and supper) at St. Joseph’s each Friday, 6.00pm. Fr. Harry, the Catholic Chaplain, can be contacted at 02476 419111 or email@example.com. For further details see www.sjtwcoventry.org.uk.
Friday 4th October. Blessed John Henry Newman Novena starting Friday 4th October link
Sunday October 6th 11.30am. Coventry University Students. Welcoming New Students to our Parish. Please note that on Sunday October 6th we shall officially welcome new students to our parish during the 11;30am Mass. I Invite Old Catholic students to let new students know about this and help them to find where this church is. There will be light refreshments served to students after Mas in the parish hall
Sunday 6th October 2019 at 3.00pm Blessing of Animals for the Feast of st Francis. We celebrate the Feast of St Francis, the Patron Saint of Animals, on 4th October. To mark this feast there will be a special service at St Patrick’s Church, Deedmore Road, CV2 2AA for the blessing of our pets. Please come along and bring your all your pets big and small on Sunday 6th October 2019 at 3.00pm. The service will be very child friendly so bring the younger members of the family in particular.
6th October at 3.00pm. Blessing of the Graves concludes with St Paul’s – 6th October at 3.00pm
On Sunday 29th September the Coventry Ordinariate moved from St Joseph the Worker to All Souls where Father Paul Burch will be Parish Priest.
A new priest in our deanery! Fr Sebastian Namattathil has been appointed Parish Priest for St John Vianney and Our Lady of the Assumption parishes. He will reside at St. John Vianney Presbytery.
Fr Sunday at St Osburg’s has been appointed as the new Hospital Chaplain to UHCW.
Friday 13 September 8pm at St john Fisher, Tiverton Road, CV2 3NR . The Knights of St Columba based in Coventry are holding a quiz night to raise funds for the Knights work (ksc.org.uk). Come and support the Knights work for the church and submit a team from your parish. A good Knight will be guaranteed. For more information please contact Peter Sturgeon 07565966103 Ptsturg@aol.com @KSCCoventry93
Use of Social Media – general interest paper by Con McHugh 15th July 2019 link
Archdiocese of Birmingham Sower Magazine. The August edition is now available online to read at link and paper copies are available in church’s throughout the archdiocese.
Sunday 1st September 2019. Annual Harvington Pilgrimage link
Fr John Waters was Ordained a Priest at St Chad’s Cathedral on Saturday 20th July. He celebrated his first mass at All Souls Church on Sunday, 21st July at 11.15am. Photographs from his first mass are now available at link.
Mgr Louis McRaye RIP. Aged 104 . Former Warwick University Chaplain:link
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. A Priests Prayer link
Dowry Pilgrimage of the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham 20 June: link
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published its report on the Archdiocese of Birmingham, as a case study of the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday 20th June. link
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham 11 May link
Easter Monday Mass is traditionally held at St. Osburg’s. Bishop William Kenney will Celebrate the Eucharist along with the priests of the deanery. There will be no morning Masses in the parishes on that day, but the priests will come together with their parishioners to celebrate that Mass at 10.00am on Easter Monday to continue celebrating Easter together as Christians of this city.
Archbishop Longley’s Pastoral letter 6/7th April link Audio Recording:
Pray the Rosary with Our Lady of Coventry Every Friday at 1:40pm in Lent, in May and in October at ‘Our Lady of Coventry’ statue in Priory Gardens, near Holy Trinity Church, Broadgate. This tradition was started by St. Thomas More Justice & Peace Group in 2003. Poster link
Annual St Patrick’s Day Mass: The Annual Mass in honour of St Patrick will be on Thursday 14th March at 8pm at St Mary and St Benedict’s Church.
The 3 Hail Mary’s Play – written by Tommy Marren (Co. Sligo) Thursday 14th & Friday 15th March @ 7.30pm, South & City College, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SU. For ticket information please contact: John Fitzgerald 0121 622 3763
Fr Tom Walton officially takes up residence at St John Vianney Presbytery and the post of Parish Priest for both Our Lady of the Assumption and St John Vianney on Monday 4th March. His First Mass at St John Vianney will be at 9.30am on Monday 4th March. His first Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption will be at 12.10pm on Monday 4th March.
Photographs from the Mass of Thanksgiving for 60th Anniversary of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Rt Rev Philip Pargeter. St Mary’s College, Oscott. Saturday 23rd February 2019. link
Saturday 9th February. Altar Servers Mass 2019 link
The Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral invite you to the annual service for Christian Unity on Saturday 19th January at 1pm. Speaker: Revd Dr Gabrielle Thomas. Everyone Welcome. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019. “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” Deuteronomy 16:18-20. 2019 poster Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019
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.
Details of Christmas Mass Times and Sacrament of Reconciliation in Coventry: 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
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
Changes in the Deanery 14 October 2018 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
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.
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 .
Holy Cross Multi-Academy Company – Consultation letter for parents and parishoners – link
Diocesan Celebration Day Photos from Sunday 14th October online at 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
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
Wednesday 11th July 2018 6 pm. The Apostle of Jesus Golden Jubilee celebrations: The Apostles of Jesus celebrated 50 years since the foundation of their order on 22nd August 1968. The Order was Founded by two Comboni Missionaries Fr. John Marengoni and Bishop Sisto Mazzoldi. The institute started its mission in England in 2002 at St. Elizabeth Coventry in the Archdiocese of Birmingham where it ministers to three parishes, St. Elizabeth (2002), St. Mary’s and St. Benedict (2008) and St. Osburg (2015). To mark the Golden jubilee of their foundation a thanksgiving Holy Mass was celebrated by His Lordship Bishop William Kenney at St. Osburg on 11th July 2018 starting at 7 pm. Photos linkFriday 6th July. All Souls 1pm. Ordination of Friar Gerard Toman.
St Thomas More Flower festival 22-24 June 2018. Photographs link
Sunday July 1st. The Deanery is organising a bus to Hednesford leaving Christ the King at 1.30pm returning at 8.00pm. Please ring the Presbytery if you would like to book a place. The cost will be £8. Call 024 76591618 to book a place.
Congratulations and best wishes to Fr. Jimmy Lutwama on his Silver Jubilee on Sunday 24th June. A truly great celebration. May God bless him with continued joy in His service. Photos link. MCN live stream recording link
Year for Priests link . The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 8 marks the start of a Year for Priests in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. This is a year of thanksgiving, prayer and celebration for the priests of this diocese, in preparation for a national celebration of priesthood on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart in 2019. Archbishop Bernard’s Pastoral Letter 3 June 2018 – link
Deanery prayer group. A new prayer group for the Deanery. This prayer group is aimed at young people 18 and over and is simply called the “18+ Prayer Group”. The first meeting will be at St Joseph the Worker on Wednesday 20th June at 7pm. There are refreshments from 7.00 to 7.30pm with the meeting at 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
St Elizabeths .Sunday 24th June. Share the Journey. Pope Francis has launched this event to campaign for the rights of people on the move. The Holy Father is encouraging us to support this global event. CAFOD has taken up this call and have launched a new campaign in support of migrants and refugees by aiming to walk 24,900 miles. The J & P group of our parish have organised an event to be held on Sunday 24th June to walk round the school ground, 6 times or 1 mile. in solidarity with migrants and refugees and in response to Pope’s call. Councillor Khan will join us. Our young people of the parish will also use the occasion to raise funds to support the activities of the youth, including 2019 WYD. Poster link
Photographs from the Vocation’s Mass. Thursday 24th May at 6:30pm at St Patrick’s Church led by Archbishop Bernard link.
Christ the King Catholic Primary School 80th Birthday. On Friday 8th June Christ the King will be celebrate 80 years since the formation of their school. There will be a Mass at 9.15am followed by refreshments. If you, or anyone you know, has been part of the school family over the last 80 years and would like to join them on 8th June, then please contact the school on 024 76335790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Michael Jordan RIP. Fr. Michael died on Friday 11th May 2018 at St. Joseph’s Care Home, Coleshill, where he has been resident for the last few years. Fr. Michael had been Parish Priest at St Joseph the Worker from 1969 to 2009. Funeral Arrangements: Reception into St Joseph the Worker 5pm Sunday 3rd June, Requiem Mass 12 noon Monday 4th June.
Sunday 3rd June 3pm. Corpus Christi Processions from St. Osburg Church to the ruins of the cathedral. Children making their First Holy Communion are particularly welcome to join in this procession dressed in their First Holy Communion clothes. More information to follow. Cancelled for this year as it would clash with the large Motofest event around the ring road.
The Vatican has declared two new feast days:
Monday after Pentecost will mark the “Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church” according to the Vatican’s decree. The feast day will fall on May 21 this year.
Thursday after Pentecost will honour Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. The feast day will fall on May 24 this year.
Consecration of st. Joseph the Worker 1st May 2018. His Grace, Archbishop Bernard Longley, consecrated the church on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, 1st May, 2018 at 7pm. Photos available at link
Coventry school children journey back in time. Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School welcomed children from five other schools across the city and further afield for a Mousike Ensemble event – a specially-written production to combine music and learning. April 2018. link
Fr Louis turns ‘celebrity chef’. New kitchen up-and-running at Our Lady of the Assumption. April 2018. link
Diocesan Pilgrimage: There will be a coach leaving Christ the King for the Diocesan Walsingham Pilgrimage on Saturday 12th May at 7.45am for an 8.00am depar-ture. There will no other pickup points Payment will be in advance and places can be booked through Fiona at Christ the King Parish Office (024 76591618). The cost will be £15 per person.
The Society of St Gregory are holding a Spring Gathering Day at St Thomas More’s Church on Saturday 5th May.
Sister Anne Bagnall. Many of us will know Sr. Anne Bagnall, one of the Holy Rosary sisters who serve in Christ the King Parish. Sr. Anne died on Wednesday last week and the funeral will be at Christ the King on Friday 20th April at 9:15am. May she rest in peace.
Easter Monday Mass 10am 2nd April at St Osburg’s. Link to photos https://flic.kr/s/aHskyFVw9y
Photos from the Chrism Mass at St Chads Wednesday 28th March. The blessing of the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumen, the oil of Chrism. Link to photos https://flic.kr/s/aHsm94UZeo
The Coventry Winter Night Shelter fifth year. Thanks to all who have helped with the Winter Night Shelter. The Night Shelter closed at the end of March and will look to grow and develop next year, especially with a focus on helping people to find permanent accommodation
Exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery. On Friday 9th March, the Coventry Irish Society is launching a month-long exhibition, ‘Irish Heart, Coventry Home’ at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. The exhibition is free and will stay open until April. Website link
Photographs from the Induction of Fr. Pontius Bandua as the Parish Priest of St. Osburg on 22nd February 2018. link
St. Thomas More Parish is celebrating their 75th anniversary of the founding of the parish. As a part of their celebration they are organising a Parish Mission from 17th Feb to 4th March led by the Sion Community. All are welcome. More inforamtion link
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.