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An Invitation from Archbishop Bernard Longley 

10 Mar 16

Archbishop Bernard is inviting parishoners across the Archdiocese to attend a faith renewal course piloting on two Saturdays in May at Oscott College.


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Archdiocese appoints a new fundraising specialist 

9 Mar 16

The Archdiocese of Birmingham has appointed a new Head of Development, Steve Baylis, to focus on fundraising and grant applications.


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Hundreds Enter Churches Across the Archdiocese During Nightfever 

9 Mar 16

In response to the call of Pope Francis for 24 hours for the Lord, seven parishes across the Archdiocese of Birmingham took up the challenge of throwing open their doors for Nightfever on the first Friday in March.


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Celebration of the Feast of St Chad 

7 Mar 16

St Chad’s feast day, March 2, was celebrated at the Cathedral as a designated Day of Prayer for employees of the archdiocese, in the Year of Mercy.


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Charity Bike Ride 

7 Mar 16

As a way of raising money for education projects and schools in the Gambia, staff and students at Birmingham’s Newman University have taken part in a sponsored bike ride – but they haven’t had to go very far! The eight-strong team was being …


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Catechists in Ireland Sucessfully Complete Course Run by the Maryvale Institute 

7 Mar 16

The first course for lay catechists in Ireland, run by the Maryvale Institute, in partnership with a diocese there, has concluded with an awards ceremony in Cork.


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Diocesan Focus Days 

24 Feb 16

Wednesday March 2nd, the feast of St Chad, is the diocesan designated day during the Jubilee Year of Mercy to pray for all employees of the archdiocese.


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Canon Sean McTernan RIP 

21 Feb 16

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon Sean McTernan, Priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham who died this morning (Sunday 21st February) in Dublin where he has been cared for in retirement for the past two years.


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Diocesan Focus Day Prayer for Refugees and Migrants, 20/21 Feb 2016 

17 Feb 16

Sunday 21 February has been designated in the Archdiocese of Birmingham as a Focus day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.


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Archbishop Longley gives thanks for the many gifts that Religious Congregations bring into the life of the Archdiocese 

15 Feb 16

At a Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral, to mark the closing of the Year for Consecrated Life, Archbishop Bernard Longley said he was grateful that Religious communities small and large are present in every part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham offering …


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Funeral Arrangements – Mgr Michael Williams RIP 

9 Feb 16

Monsignor Michael Edward Williams, Priest of the Archdiocese, who died on Monday 1st February 2016, at Nazareth House, Manchester: The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s College, Oscott, Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5AA on Thursday …


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Rector of Oscott installed as a Canon at St Chad’s Cathedral 

4 Feb 16

The Rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, Father David Oakley,  was installed as a Canon of St Chad’s Cathedral in a ceremony on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.


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Jubilee Day for Universities and Seminaries 

3 Feb 16

In the Diocesan Programme for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the weekend of 6/7 February 2016 has been identified as a Day of Prayer for those in Higher Education, especially in our Diocese.


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Praying for a Miracle for the Cause of Blessed Dominic 

2 Feb 16

During his life on earth and in particular in his work in preaching and teaching, Blessed Dominic enjoyed a reputation for sanctity.


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Mgr Michael Williams RIP 

2 Feb 16

The Archdiocese of Birmingham ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Mgr Michael Williams a priest of the Diocese who died yesterday, 1 February 2016, at Nazareth House, Manchester, where he had lived for many years.


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Archbishop Confers the Sacrament of Confirmation for Our Lady’s 

1 Feb 16

For the first time in the recent past Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Tile Cross was delighted to welcome an Archbishop to the Parish Church of Our Lady Help of Christians for the confirmation of their year 6 children on Thursday 21 January …


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Anglican theologian brings out Lent course based on Pope Francis’ The Joy of the Gospel 

31 Jan 16

A leading Anglican theologian, Paula Gooder, has published a Lent study guide based on Pope Francis’  much acclaimed recent reflections on mission and evangelism, published as Evangelii Gaudium (‘The Joy of the Gospel’).


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Archbishop Bernard joins staff and students for Mass at Rugby school 

29 Jan 16

Archbishop Bernard Longley has celebrated Mass at Rugby school and given a talk to the school’s Philosophy and Theology society.


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Bp Robert Byrne reports from the Eucharistic Congress 

26 Jan 16

The 51st International Eucharistic Congress opened in Cebu, the Philippines on Sunday 24th January 2016.


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Jubilee for Catechists Pilgrimage to Rome 

25 Jan 16

Pope Francis has invited those involved in Catechesis to take part in the Year of Mercy Jubilee for Catechists in Rome from 23rd to 25th September.


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Bp Byrne heads to the Philippines for a Eucharistic Congress 

20 Jan 16

Bishop Robert Byrne is the representative of the English and Welsh bishops at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress which is being held in Cebu in the Philippines from 24th-31st January.


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Bishop Byrne celebrates Mass with the Holy Father 

20 Jan 16

Bishop Robert Byrne was in Rome for the feast of The Epiphany where he concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis.


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Archbishop Longley preaches at Belfast’s Anglican Cathedral 

20 Jan 16

Front row: The Very Reverend John Mann, Dean of Belfast; the Right Reverend Alan Abernathy, Bishop of Connor; the Most Reverend Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor;  the Most Reverend Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh; the Reverend Dr Ruth …


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Flower Festival at Olton Friary 

18 Jan 16

Church Of The Holy Ghost And Mary Immaculate otherwise known as OLTON FRIARY presents A Flower Festival to be on display in the church between 5 th -7 th February 2016 on the Theme:  ‘Forgiven and Chosen’ This combines the Jubilee Year of Mercy …


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Rev Mark Carter RIP 

17 Jan 16

The Archdiocese of Birmingham ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Rev Mark Carter, one of the Staffordshire deacons of the Diocese who after a long illness died in hospital on Friday.


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New Health Care Chaplaincy Course at Maryvale Institute 

12 Jan 16

The Maryvale Institute in Birmingham has launched its latest new course – a one-year certificate programme specially designed for the formation of lay people and religious who work in chaplaincy roles – both paid and voluntary – in hospitals …


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Praying for our Parents and Grandparents 

9 Jan 16

In our Diocese today, 10 January, on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we pray for all parents and grandparents as they witness to the love and mercy of God in their families and teach their children in the ways of faith.


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‘Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest’ (Matthew 9:38) 

8 Jan 16

The priesthood is a call from Jesus Christ to live a relationship with Him by serving His people.


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Multi-faith concert in Birmingham 

8 Jan 16

Members of Birmingham’s Christian, Sikh and Muslim communities came together at the Elgar Hall at Birmingham University in December for a concert to promote unity and dialogue involving local school pupils under the leadership of the international …


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Diocese Appoints Two New Evangelisation Workers 

7 Jan 16

Following the success of the Proclaim 15 National Evangelisation Conference hosted in Birmingham over the summer, the Archdiocese of Birmingham has placed the New Evangelisation firmly at the top of its mission agenda with the recent appointment of …


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Christmas funding boost for St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Burslem 

5 Jan 16

A much loved church in Burslem in Staffordshire has been awarded a £40,000 payout from the National Churches Trust.


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Archbishop Longley leads Advent Service at Father Hudson’s Care 

23 Dec 15

Archbishop Bernard Longley joined staff, trustees and clients of Father Hudson’s Care to lead an Advent service of reflection and carols for staff, volunteers and service users.


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Bishop Byrne helps serve lunch for two hundred Birmingham homeless people 

21 Dec 15

Bishop Robert Byrne helped to serve lunch for nearly two hundred homeless men and women in Birmingham at a Christmas party organised by the SVP.


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Children at Maryvale school make up Christmas hampers for the elderly 

21 Dec 15

Children at Maryvale School in Birmingham have made up Christmas hampers for local  elderly people living alone in the area who are supported by the Maryvale Community Project,  The Project serves to meet the needs of older people and disabled …


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Advent is a Time of Preparation 

15 Dec 15

Advent is a very busy time at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Evesham.


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Beat the Challenge 

15 Dec 15

Children at St Augustine’s school definitely beat their Head Teacher’s challenge this year! Mrs Angela Scull led an assembly during which she shared her shoe box for the Christmas Child appeal.


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Magical Christmas Jigsaw 

14 Dec 15

Sixty Crackley Hall Key Stage 1 pupils took part in a musical Christmas extravaganza at sister school Princethorpe College’s Chapel on December 4.


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Archbishop Longley opens a Holy Door at St Chad’s Cathedral 

14 Dec 15

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has opened a Holy Door at St Chad’s Cathedral in the city centre, through which pilgrims are invited to walk to seek pardon for wrongdoing and to rekindle faith.


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Blessed Dominic and The Sacrament of Reconciliation 

7 Dec 15

As we begin the Year of Mercy  it is good to remember the definite focus it has upon a renewed understanding on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and how we too receive the mercy of God and in turn are merciful to others.


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Blessed Dominic Barberi and the Year of Mercy 

1 Dec 15

Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God was born near Viterbo, Italy in 1792.


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Biography 

1 Dec 15

Catherine McAuley was born in Dublin in 1778 to a wealthy Catholic family, but family bereavement and deteriorating circumstances exposed her to poverty at an early age.


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Bishop David McGough and Canon Gerry Breen Installed at Lichfield Cathedral 

24 Nov 15

Bishop David McGough, auxiliary of Birmingham and Canon Gerry Breen, Dean of St Chad’s Cathedral, have been appointed as Ecumenical Canons of the Anglican Cathedral in Lichfield.


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Medal for Sister Teresa Burke for Fifty Years of Ecumenical Work 

24 Nov 15

Sister Teresa Burke, who has devoted herself to ecumenical work in the Archdiocese for fifty years, has been  awarded a Bene Merenti medal.


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Civic Mass, St Chad’s Cathedral, 22 Nov 2015 

22 Nov 15

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has recalled the deadly attacks in Paris in his homily at the annual Civic Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral attended by the city’s civic leaders as well as members of the judiciary and …


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The Door of Mercy 

16 Nov 15

I was not personally excited when Pope Francis announced that a Jubilee Year of Mercy would begin on 8 December.


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Harvest Festival 

16 Nov 15

On October 22.


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Maryvale Institute’s Graduation Ceremony 

16 Nov 15

Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented the awards at Maryvale Institute’s graduation ceremony at St Chad’s Cathedral to over two hundred and fifty students from all parts of the world who have completed further or higher education programmes of study…


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Pinking up Awareness for Breast Cancer Care 

16 Nov 15

Princethorpe College charity minded Sixth Formers blitzed the school day with a wash of pink costumes all to raise vital cash for Breast Cancer Care.


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Archbishop Longley offers prayers for Paris attacks 

14 Nov 15

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has offered prayers at St Chad’s Cathedral, for the victims of the attacks in Paris.


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Funeral Arrangements: Fr Aengus Donlon RIP 

12 Nov 15

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Aengus Gabriel Donlon, priest of the Archdiocese who died on Wednesday 4th November 2015 in hospital in Coventry.


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Diocesan Annual Report 

11 Nov 15

To read the Trustees Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2014 please first press on the title and then you will be able to   click here The post Diocesan Annual Report appeared first on The Catholic …


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Coming Soon… 

10 Nov 15

Truth Telling and the Media The post Coming Soon… appeared first on The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham .


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Sacred Heart Church, Aston – Intercultural Day 

9 Nov 15

The post Sacred Heart Church, Aston – Intercultural Day appeared first on The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham .


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Progressio Ecumenical Service at Temple Church 

9 Nov 15

Archbishop Bernard Longley was in attendance at an ecumenical choral service to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Progressio at the Temple Church in London’s historic legal district.


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Maryvale Institute Scholarship Award 

6 Nov 15

The post Maryvale Institute Scholarship Award appeared first on The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham .


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Westminster Abbey Service 

6 Nov 15

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley,  has attended a special choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.


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Rt Hon Jack Straw and former British Ambassador to the Holy See Francis Campbell debate freedom of speech and respect for religion 

6 Nov 15

FORMER LORD CHANCELLOR DEBATES FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RESPECT FOR RELIGION The Rt Hon Jack Straw will sit on the panel alongside the former British Ambassador to the Holy See The former Home Secretary will share his views on the conflict between …


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Fr Aengus Donlon RIP 

6 Nov 15

The Archdiocese of Birmingham ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Aengus Donlon, retired priest of the Diocese who died earlier this week at Coventry Walsgrave Hospital.


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Funeral Arrangements: Fr Brian Whatmore RIP 

4 Nov 15

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Terence James Brian Whatmore, priest of the Archdiocese who died on Monday 12th October 2015 whilst on holiday.


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Archbishop Longley joins Chinese Methodists for celebration 

26 Oct 15

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, gave the sermon at a service to mark the 21st anniversary of the presence of the Chinese Methodist Church in Birmingham.