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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 …


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Archbishop’s Christmas message 

24 Dec 17

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Children Hear Message of Kindness in New Christmas Classic 

20 Dec 17

Pupils at Crackley Hall School were delighted to meet new children’s author Samuel Langley-Swain when he visited the school on Monday 27 November.


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Pony Party puts Smiles on Residents’ Faces 

20 Dec 17

People living in St Joseph’s residential home enjoyed a visit from some special guests – Lollipop and Tinkerbelle, two Shetland ponies.


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FHL Carol Service Remembers Christians in Bethlehem this Christmas 

19 Dec 17

Two hundred Christians, from differing traditions, came together at ‘The Friends of the Holy Land’ carol service held at the Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 15th December.


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Message from Archbishop Bernard Regarding Birmingham Car Crash 

19 Dec 17

My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the tragic road accident in Birmingham; for those injured, for their families and for those who responded and cared for the injured.


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Helping out in the Community 

18 Dec 17

On Saturday 16 th December in sub -zero temperatures, six of our young people went around the streets of Newcastle Under Lyme delivering hot food, drinks and blankets to the homeless.


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Shoe Box Appeal 

18 Dec 17

Bishop Walsh Catholic School was a hub of activity over the past month as students and staff filled and wrapped shoeboxes full of presents and treats for the less fortunate.


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Royal Mail Christmas Stamps Competition 

14 Dec 17

Arwen Wilson, designer of the 2nd Class stamp, said, ‘When I went to Clarence House it was very exciting.


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Archbishop visits Parish and Blesses Diamond Anniversary Couple 

13 Dec 17

Top image: Brian and Bridgette Hallam who have celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this year Archbishop Bernard made his first visit to St Christopher’s Church, Tutbury, on Sunday December 3rd and celebrated the 9 am Mass together with …


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Promoting the Causes 

13 Dec 17

Father Benedict Lodge CP Working on the Causes of Blessed Dominic Barberi and Father Ignatius Spencer Father Ben Lodge is a Passionist priest currently living in St Joseph’s Retreat in Highgate, North London.


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Operation Christmas Child 

13 Dec 17

Children, parents, staff and Governors at Our Lady and St Kenelm in Halesowen get on board with Operation Christmas Child.


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Anti-Bullying and Good Samaritan Week 

13 Dec 17

This week staff and students marked both Anti – Bullying and Good Samaritan Week in school.


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The Andrew Robinson Christmas Redidential 

12 Dec 17

‘God, by calling you, has joined you to his Son’ The first weekend in December is a humbling experience when working with Andy’s Trust.


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The Coventry Christmas Crib 

11 Dec 17

The Coventry Christmas Crib was blessed on the first Sunday of Advent, 3 December at 4.00pm.


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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Installation of Canons at St Chad’s Cathedral 

8 Dec 17

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception took place at St Chad’s Cathedral today with around 300 people having braved a very crisp winter’s day.


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Birmingham City Council votes to stamp out prolife freedom of speech 

7 Dec 17

Life Link One, the regional hub of the national prolife charity Life, is shocked by the Birmingham City Council’s assault on prolife freedom of speech as they voted today to explore measures to punish peaceful activities outside the abortion clinic…


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Fundraising gets a kick-start for the New Year 

6 Dec 17

A unique conference for Catholic fundraisers proved to be a great opportunity to share best practice and success stories from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham.


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Help Secure The Future of Catholic Education 

6 Dec 17

The government in their manifesto promises, had indicated that they would remove the 50% cap on Catholic education allowing the Catholic Church to open new Catholic schools and safeguard the future of Catholic Education The government, under pressure…


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The Key to a Better Future 

5 Dec 17

On 3 December Archbishop Bernard welcomed invited guests to a service of blessing at Tabor House, Birmingham’s new night shelter.


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Warwick University Professor appointed Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences 

5 Dec 17

The Holy Father has appointed as ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Professor John Francis McEldowney, Professor in law at the University of Warwick, School of Law.


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The Whole Class Became Catholics 

29 Nov 17

Earlier this summer a reunion of former Anglican theological students took place in Aldridge.


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Columban Centenary Mass 

28 Nov 17

(Above pic: Archbp Longley with Columban priests, lay missionaries and co-workers after the Mass) Sharing Gospel Joy in the Columban Centenary Year Ellen Teague The Columban Superior General, Fr Kevin O’Neill, joined Archbishop Bernard Longley of …


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Civic Mass 2017 

27 Nov 17

(Above pic) Front Row from left: Rev’d Canon Matt Thompson (Dean of St Philip’s Cathedral), Mr John Hudson OBE DL (High Sheriff), Granddaughter of Lord Mayor’s Deputy, Lord Mayor’s Deputy (Birmingham) Cllr John Lines, Bishop Anne Hollinghurst…


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Come out of the cold and into a Coventry church 

27 Nov 17

A team of volunteers will soon be welcoming rough sleepers through the doors of St Osburg’s Catholic Church in Coventry to ensure they are safe and warm again this winter.


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Teenagers Dress up for Cancer Trust 

24 Nov 17

Students from Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College hosted their first ever Charity Prom Fayre on Friday 13 October.


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Mass for Deceased Brothers and Ladies of Catenians Province 6 

23 Nov 17

Catenians, family and friends from all corners of the midlands came to St Chad’s Cathedral on Saturday 4 November for their Association’s Provincial Mass to remember their deceased members and their families.


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Visit to Marian Shrines of Southern Italy 

22 Nov 17

A group of 30 parishioners from Our Lady of the Wayside, Shirley, took part in a Pilgrimage, organised by Paddy Brennan, to the Marian shrines of Pompeii, Monte Virgine, near Avellino, Amalfi and Naples.


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Inspirational Artwork heading to Sutton Coldfield Church 

21 Nov 17

An inspiring, life-size statue of Christ, made exclusively of nails, will soon be installed at a Sutton Coldfield church.


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Education, Empathy and Engagement – Schools Across the Archdiocese are Called to Action 

21 Nov 17

Father Hudson’s Care is calling on support from primary and senior schools across the Archdiocese as it launches new material for students and teachers.


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CAFOD Harvest Fast Day 

20 Nov 17

On Friday 6 October, children at St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School in Coventry celebrated CAFOD Harvest Fast Day in style.


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St Chads supports #RedWednesday campaign 

19 Nov 17

St Chad’s Cathedral is now bathed in a warm, red glow and will be until this coming Friday as part of the national #RedWednesday campaign.


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Malvern Hills Parishes Pilgrimage to Walsingham 

17 Nov 17

Following a lunchtime conversation between the parish priests of the Malverns parishes it was felt that a joint pilgrimage to Walsingham would be a good thing to offer.


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Schools Minister praises St George and St Teresa Primary School on visit 

17 Nov 17

St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School, Solihull was praised by Schools Minister Nick Gibb on a special visit yesterday.


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Kenelm Youth Trust Charity Ball 

17 Nov 17

The Trustees of the Kenelm Youth Trust were delighted to host the annual charity ball to celebrate the work of the trust and raise much needed funds to continue the fantastic work for the young people of our diocese.


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Ecumenical Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation 

15 Nov 17

An Ecumenical Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation was held on Sunday 29 October in Coventry Catholic Cathedral with guest speakers Bishop William Kenney and Senior Pastor Albrecht Köstlin-Büürma.


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Tamworth Church’s Creative Juices 

15 Nov 17

What to do with all those apples? We were letting thousands rot in our gardens so St John the Baptist Parish and Sacred Heart Church held another Apple Festival on the weekend of 15 October.


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Remembrance Thank You 

15 Nov 17

Once again St Thomas More Catholic School in Sheldon Birmingham remembered the Military who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe.


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Diocesan Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Fr Patrick O’Sullivan 

10 Nov 17

As is customary when a priest of the Diocese dies abroad, there will be a Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr Patrick O’Sullivan, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Wednesbury, WS10 9DL on …


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Bicester Presentation Convent Given New Lease of Life 

10 Nov 17

It was mentioned in September’s Catholic Today that a ‘SOLD’ sign hung on the Convent in Bicester, occupied by the Presentation Sisters since 1953.


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Y-PRAY? An exciting weekend conference for younger women – booking now open. 

8 Nov 17

What do you get if you put a guest speaker, a gifted worship leader and young Christian women in one place for a weekend? You have prayer and praise, laughter and tears, thinking and speaking, sharing and caring.


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Turning Red for Faith and Freedom 

7 Nov 17

St Chad’s Cathedral will be bathed in a warm, red glow later this month as part of the national #RedWednesday campaign.


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Funeral arrangements for Fr Pat O’Sullivan 

1 Nov 17

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Reverend Patrick (Pat) Joseph O’Sullivan Retired Priest of the Archdiocese who died on Monday 30th October 2017 at Tralee Hospital, Ireland ******** The Funeral Mass will be at St.


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Caritas Social Action Network publishes resources for first World Day of the Poor 

31 Oct 17

Resources to help parishes to celebrate the upcoming first World Day of the Poor on the 19 th November 2017 are now available online at http://www.


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Rev Fr Patrick O’Sullivan RIP 

31 Oct 17

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr.


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The World Meeting of Families 21st-26th August, Dublin 2018 

31 Oct 17

It’s All About Love A new Diocesan programme to celebrate the joy of love is to be launched in January.


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Local Christmas cards will be sent both near and far to raise funds for organ Elgar must have played 

31 Oct 17

Worcestershire couple Bill and Charlotte Carver are raising money for the organ refurbishment at St Wulstan’s Church in Little Malvern; they’ve been associated with the church for thirty years and it’s a cause they both want to support.


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Sowing the Seeds for Absent Loved Ones 

31 Oct 17

A memorial garden dedicated to friends and relatives who have passed away outside of the UK will be formally blessed next month (Nov).


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Silver Celebration 

26 Oct 17

On Sunday 1 October Archbishop Bernard celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady and St Michael, Shipston-on-Stour to mark the 25th anniversary of the consecration of the Church.


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A Sleepover with a Difference! 

24 Oct 17

A member of our Cathedral staff, Andrew De Valliere, is taking part in next month’s Big Birmingham Sleepout 2017.


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Closing Celebration of the Fatima Centenary Year 

24 Oct 17

You are invited to the: Celebration of the closing of the Fatima Centenary year on Sunday 26 th November at St Peter Apostle Church, Leamington Spa 3pm to 4pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament including the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary 4pm…


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Coventry School Opens New Sensory Room 

24 Oct 17

A new sensory room which will support some of the most vulnerable children at a Coventry school and act as a lasting legacy to a well-known construction worker has been officially opened.


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Bishop Kenney’s Pastoral Visit to South Sudan 

23 Oct 17

Bishop William Kenney has sent an update from his Pastoral visit to South Sudan.


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Pedal Power Proves a Great Source of Support for Homeless 

23 Oct 17

On 1 October, over 200 cyclists and walkers gathered at Cannock Chase to raise money for Birmingham’s new homeless shelter, Tabor House.


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Come Home for Christmas 

20 Oct 17

We’re keen to welcome more people back into our faith and need your help to do that.