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Stafford’s Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company Boasts TWO of England’s top Performing Primary Schools 

22 Mar 18

Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company is delighted that two of its seven Stafford-based primary schools have received letters of congratulations from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards.


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Anglo-Saxon Day Helps Junior 4 Discover The Dark Ages 

22 Mar 18

On Thursday 8 March Junior 4 left modern day Britain behind to discover all about the Dark Ages.


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St Edmund’s Day Mass 

22 Mar 18

This year the Feast of St Edmund took place on Friday 1 December 2017.


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Tea Dance brings Generations Together 

21 Mar 18

Tea dance brings generations together On Monday 19 March 2018, primary schoolchildren from St Peter’s Catholic Academy, Cobridge, joined older people for an afternoon of intergenerational singing and dancing.


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Funeral Arrangements – Deacon Philip Prince RIP 

20 Mar 18

Reception of the Body (No Mass) Palm Sunday 25 th March 2018 at 5 p.


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Catholic Ethos and Practical Skills 

20 Mar 18

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Lichfield has recently acquired a beautiful new altar cover which has been produced in-house by two parent volunteers and children at their Friday afternoon sewing club.


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Reaching Out to Raise Awareness and Funds 

20 Mar 18

During the spring term up until Easter, Margot Scotford, Lucy Davis and Megan Cox are visiting Catholic schools across the Archdiocese to encourage children to take part in Father Hudson’s Good Shepherd Appeal.


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Andrew Robinson Winter Camp 2018 

19 Mar 18

‘The Kingdom of heaven is close at hand’ The Andrew Robinson Young People’s Trust have ran a Winter Camp for the past 7 years! Each year 5 days are given to 45 young people especially chosen by key staff from Coventry schools in disadvantaged …


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God’s Gardeners 

19 Mar 18

It’s that time of year again! In every corner of the Diocese, an unsung army of horticultural heroes are beginning to emerge from their winter hibernation, dusting the cobwebs off their wellington boots and ceremoniously rolling out the lawnmowers…


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A Musical Weekend in Bournemouth 

19 Mar 18

For the twentieth year running Catenians from across the Midlands made their way in early February, down south to the seaside resort of Bournemouth for their annual Provincial Weekend way.


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Children’s Mental Health Week 

16 Mar 18

The week 5-9 February was the National Week for Children’s Mental Health.


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The Rosary Catholic Primary School achieve the Investors in Pupils Award 

16 Mar 18

At the Rosary Catholic Primary School, we, as a school, have been working hard towards the Investors in Pupils Award for the last year.


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Olympic medallist opens new Coventry facility 

16 Mar 18

Olympic gymnast and medallist Beth Tweddle recently opened ‘Ready Steady Gymnastics’ new facility at Saint Augustine’s Sports Centre in Radford.


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Fr Philip Newbold Returns to Dine in the Archdiocese 

16 Mar 18

Caught on camera at the end of 2017 was Fr Philip Newbold, who retired last year from the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Hednesford, to live in Lancashire.


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Induction of Parish Priest at St Osburg’s 

16 Mar 18

At 7pm Thursday 22 Feb 2018, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle, Fr Pontius Bandua, a member of the Apostles of Jesus Missionaries was inducted as the Parish Priest of St Osburg’s Parish.


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Students Perform Wizard of Oz 

15 Mar 18

A cast of over 50 student performers supported by a band of almost 20 student musicians performed ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Stafford’s Blessed William Howard Catholic High School last week.


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Education Cannot Wait 

15 Mar 18

For the last 5 years Christ the King Parish in Coventry have been supporting the ‘Friends of Ibba Girls School’ with a £5,000 per year commitment for five years to help pay a teacher’s salary in the Ibba Girls school.


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Pupil Voice Event 

14 Mar 18

School children from Coventry have raised thousands of pounds for charities which support those in need across the city.


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Tabor House Reaches Out to Help More Homeless People 

14 Mar 18

Birmingham’s only year-round night shelter, Tabor House, has announced that it can now support more people experiencing homelessness as it has expanded the number of beds available.


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Primary pupils from Nursery to Year 6 took part in celebrating 24 Hours For The Lord 

13 Mar 18

St Michael’s Catholic Academy in Wolverhampton is fortunate enough to have a chapel and from 9am- 3.30pm on Friday 9th March, this enabled the whole school to take part in Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.


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Deacon Philip Prince RIP 

12 Mar 18

Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Philip Prince, Permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, who died in Oxford on Friday 9th March 2018.


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St Philip Neri Catholic Church, Smethwick – 125th anniversary – memories wanted! 

8 Mar 18

The Parish of St Philip Neri, Messenger Road, Smethwick, B66 3DU celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018.


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Damage averted by roof funds 

5 Mar 18

By Caroline Bletso An historic Birmingham church is celebrating after being given a much needed cash boost to save its roof.


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Playwright Edward Bond to deliver inaugural lecture at Newman University, Birmingham 

5 Mar 18

Caption: Playwright Edward Bond to deliver inaugural lecture at Newman University, Birmingham On Monday 16 th April, Playwright Edward Bond will be visiting Newman University in Birmingham to deliver a lecture titled ‘The Third Crisis: nihilism and…


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Raising the church roof to celebrate 50 years of local radio 

2 Mar 18

By Faye Fawcett Hundreds are expected at a Catholic church in Stoke-on-Trent next week for a very special radio recording.


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Fr Martin Newell CP appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court today at noon and given another 28 days to pay fine 

28 Feb 18

Fr Martin Newell appeared at Birmingham Magistrates court today for non payment of a £515 fine resulting from a protest at the DSEi Arms Fair in 2009.


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Newman Hosts Successful Cathedrals Group Choirs Festival 

28 Feb 18

Saturday 24th February saw universities from the Cathedrals Group come together to perform as part of the annual Cathedrals Group Choirs Festival.


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From Fields to Faith – new appointment at Archdiocese 

26 Feb 18

A former general manager of the National Trust is joining the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham this week (Thursday 1 March).


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Rite of Election 2018 

21 Feb 18

This annual event took place at St Chad’s Cathedral on Sunday 18 Feb.


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Fr Martin Newell cp in court Feb 28th for a fine from DSEi Arms Fair protest 2009 

19 Feb 18

Catholic priest Father Martin Newell cp, will be in Birmingham Magistrates Court at 10am on Feb 28 th , for non-payment of a £515 fine resulting from a protest at the DSEi Arms Fair in 2009.


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Birmingham Churches Together 

19 Feb 18

A short survey has been launched by Birmingham Churches Together, and as many people as possible in the Birmingham and Solihull areas are being encouraged to take part.


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Servers Commitment and Dedication is Celebrated 

19 Feb 18

It was a sight to behold at St Chad’s Cathedral today (Sat 17 Feb) as hundreds of altar servers from across the Diocese gathered to take part in this year’s Guild of St Stephen Annual Mass.


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Local Church Wins Award for Living Simply 

16 Feb 18

The Live Simply award has been given to parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby, in recognition of the efforts of individuals and the parish as a whole to live simply, to live sustainably with creation and to live in solidarity …


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What Kind of Person do You Want to be? 

16 Feb 18

Bishop David spent a morning with all the staff and Governors at Our Lady and St Kenelm Catholic Primary School in Halesowen, reflecting on their RE teachings and Catholic Life in school, using the Catholic Pupil Profile as a guide.


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A Rosary Club at Work 

15 Feb 18

St Dominic’s Primary School at Stone, in the parish of The Immaculate Conception and St Dominic, boasts a Rosary Club.


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We Welcome Lent 

14 Feb 18

Copy and pics by Faye Fawcett Hundreds of people have gathered at St Chad’s Cathedral this lunchtime to mark the start of Lent.


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Building a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world 

14 Feb 18

Mike Weaver, Our Lady and St Kenelm Parish, Halesowen We were delighted to welcome Thom Flint and Matt Neville from CAFOD to our parish on 10 th February to explain CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe and the importance of parishes in supporting the Lenten …


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Archbishop Bernard’s First Visit to St Christopher’s 

12 Feb 18

Archbishop Bernard made his first visit to St Christopher’s Church, Tutbury, on Sunday 3 December.


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Children get Green-Fingered for Community Project 

12 Feb 18

Children from an academy in Coventry have put their gardening skills to the test to help to create a community remembrance garden.


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Funeral Arrangements for Fr David Condron 

10 Feb 18

Reception of the Body and Mass: Tuesday 20th February at 7pm St Francis of Assisi, Southam Street, Kineton, CV33 0LL Funeral Mass: Wednesday 21st February at 12 noon St Peter Apostle Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AA Followed by refreshments in …


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Gathering of Religious 

9 Feb 18

A Time for Everything By Veronica Nathan (Congregation of Mater Ecclesiae) “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell in unity”.


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Novena for the Cause of Canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi, 1-9 March 2018 

9 Feb 18

With the encouragement and support of Archbishop Longley, there will be another Novena of Prayer in the Archdiocese of Birmingham for the Cause of Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God.


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In its 50th year Newman is set to host the Cathedrals Group Choirs Festival 

8 Feb 18

2018 is the year in which Newman University, Birmingham celebrates its 50 th anniversary and throughout the year the university will be hosting a number of events for staff, students, alumni and members of the public.


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A New Year and a New Start for Roy 

8 Feb 18

Run by Father Hudson’s Care in partnership with Caritas Archdiocese of Birmingham, other charities and business people, Tabor House offers accommodation and support to people in Birmingham who are experiencing homelessness.


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School Enjoys Pearl of Africa Choir Concert 

8 Feb 18

On 5 December, pupils, staff and parents from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett enjoyed a magnificent concert by the Pearl of Africa Choir.


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Sacred Heart, Aston – Fundraising Efforts 

6 Feb 18

It was standing room only at Sacred Heart and St Margaret Mary in Aston today (Sun) as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate their fundraising efforts.


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Duke Officially Opens Church’s New Thanksgiving Garden 

6 Feb 18

The Duke of Marlborough and his family officially opened a new Thanksgiving Garden at the St Hugh of Lincoln Church in Woodstock on Sunday, 28 January .


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Gift Aid Co-ordinator Wendy Cleary Turns 75 

6 Feb 18

On 11 January 2018, Gift Aid Co-ordinator Wendy Cleary turned 75 and invited Curial office staff to celebrate with her at Cathedral House.


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NEW BOOK – Stations of the Cross 

2 Feb 18

Fr Michael Sharkey is a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.


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Rev Fr David Condron, RIP 

1 Feb 18

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr David Condron who died suddenly yesterday morning at the George Elliot Hospital, Nuneaton following a short illness.


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Archbishop Bernard Longley Blesses Refurbished Organ 

30 Jan 18

His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley was welcomed to St Wulstan’sChurch in Little Malvern on Sunday 21st January to bless their refurbished organ.


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Sharing in the Hope 

30 Jan 18

A visit to the Holy Land has once again proved an inspirational experience for Bishop William Kenney.


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Ringing in the Changes 

30 Jan 18

An ambitious scheme to raise £45,000 to restore iconic bells to their former glory has been launched at a Grade II listed church.


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Serving up at the Soup Kitchen 

30 Jan 18

Visitors to a popular soup kitchen will be served by the Archbishop of Birmingham next month (Feb) when he once again joins volunteers.


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Celebration time at Grade II listed church 

14 Jan 18

(Copy and photos by Faye Fawcett) It was standing room only at Sacred Heart and St Margaret Mary in Aston today (Sun) as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate their fundraising efforts.


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Please join us at #pray24brum 

11 Jan 18

The Archdiocese of Birmingham will be supporting next week’s 24-hour prayer event in the city.


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Retired priest, Fr Edmund Motherway, celebrates 100th birthday 

11 Jan 18

As Fr Eddie Motherway, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, living in Ireland, reaches the age of 100, Archbishop Bernard Longley said: ‘I wish to congratulate Fr Edmund Motherway on behalf of all his brother priests in the Archdiocese …


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Marking the festive season in style 

5 Jan 18

The St Vincent de Paul Society from Our Lady Of Mount Carmel, Redditch, organised a Christmas party for the 6th year running for homeless people in Birmingham.


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No More Leaks for The Sacred Heart and St Margret Mary, Aston, Birmingham 

4 Jan 18

Please support further fundraising efforts at Dedication Mass The Sacred Heart and St Margret Mary Church in Prestbury Road, Aston, Birmingham will be holding a special Dedication Mass at 11:00am on Sunday January 14 th 2018 to mark the completion of…


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Christmas Midnight Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral 

25 Dec 17

‘Tonight we are caught up in a most extraordinary story – the longing for a Messiah that stretches back for thousands of years in the memory of the People of Israel – and the plan for our salvation that stretches back to the beginning of time …