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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.


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Chaplaincy Commissioning Mass 

19 Oct 17

This year marked the fourth annual Chaplaincy Commissioning Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral and this year was the biggest yet! Each September, at the start of the academic year, all those involved in Chaplaincy in our Secondary Schools come together to…


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Coventry’s Church’s Life Saver 

18 Oct 17

A life-saving heart-start machine has been purchased in a joint initiative by Our Lady of the Assumption Church and its adjoining Primary School in Tile Hill, Coventry – and has been fitted on the church site in such a position that it can also be …


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Arts Week 

18 Oct 17

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Evesham have been celebrating ‘The Arts’ in a special themed week for the start of the new school Year.


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Our Space: St John Fisher Volunteering 

17 Oct 17

Over the 6 weeks holidays a few members of our Sixth Form volunteered to help out at ‘Our Space,’ an adventure playground and respite care centre for children with special needs and learning difficulties.


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Multi-Cultural Evening 

17 Oct 17

On Saturday, 23 September, St Ambrose’s Parish, Kidderminster, hosted an evening of celebration of their multi-cultural community.


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Golden Jubilee 

16 Oct 17

On Sunday 24 September 2017 parishioners, friends, family, 35 priests and deacons celebrated Monsignor Canon J Daniel McHugh’s 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at St Teresa’s Parish, Dorridge.


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Supporting Mary’s Meals 

16 Oct 17

Well done to everybody at St Mary’s who supported the Mary’s Meals initiative.


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Oscar Romero Anniversary Mass 

16 Oct 17

Children from a Coventry Academy joined together for a Thanksgiving Mass to celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of Oscar Romero.


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UNCOVER SECRETS AND HIDING PLACES THIS OCTOBER HALF-TERM 

9 Oct 17

Families are invited to take a step back in time at Harvington Hall and discover the largest surviving collection of priests’ hiding places in the country.


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FIREWORKS AND MUSIC AT HISTORIC SITE 

9 Oct 17

Youth groups looking for a Bonfire Night to remember are invited to join FUSE, a new event.


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LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING! 

9 Oct 17

If you fancy dancing the night away at a charity ball in celebration of youth ministry then you’re in luck – there are still a few tickets available for this Saturday’s event (14 Oct).


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Send us Your News by Friday 6th October! 

3 Oct 17

Your News is our News! Please send us your news to by Friday 6th October to be featured in the October issue of Catholic Today.


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The Big Sleuth 

2 Oct 17

Following the success of The Big Hoot and The Big Read, Wild in Art and Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity are once again teaming up to bring an utterly ‘bear-illiant’ sequel to Birmingham during the summer of 2017.


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Diaconate Celebration 

29 Sep 17

On the feast of the Transfiguration, Friar Gerard Mary Toman returned to his home parish, All Souls Coventry, to celebrate his Diaconate.


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College Library Shortlisted for Inspiration Award 

29 Sep 17

Princethorpe College is delighted to announce that it is one of only six secondary schools that have made it through to the shortlist for the School Library Association’s 2017 Inspiration Award.


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Mgr Michael Kirkham RIP 

29 Sep 17

We commend to the loving mercy of God Mgr Michael Kirkham of the Lancaster Diocese and former Rector of Oscott College.


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Pupils Join the Fight Against Cancer 

28 Sep 17

A Shelfield school added Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life to their timetable for the summer term.


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Chaplaincy Commissioning Mass 

28 Sep 17

This year marked the fourth annual Chaplaincy Commissioning Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral and this year was the biggest yet .


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Funeral Arrangements – Very Rev Canon David Mellor RIP 

27 Sep 17

Notice of Death and Funeral Rites Very Reverend Canon David Mellor Parish Priest of St Bernadette, Brownhills Dean of Lichfield Honorary Canon of Chartres Cathedral, France Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon David Mellor who died on …


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25 Years of Caring for Children and Young People 

27 Sep 17

In July, New Routes Fostering marked 25 years of supporting children and young people with a celebration at Coleshill Town Hall.


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St Chad Pilgrims’ Progress 

26 Sep 17

Almost 140 people – including the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham and the Anglican bishops of Lichfield, Birmingham and Aston – took part in an historic walk of friendship from Birmingham to Lichfield on Saturday, 23 September.


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Very Rev Canon David Mellor RIP 

22 Sep 17

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon David Mellor of St Bernadette’s Parish, Brownhills and Dean of Lichfield who died on 20 September.


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Sacramental Celebrations 

19 Sep 17

The Birmingham Archdiocese Kidderminster Branch of the Catholic Men’s Society (CMS) were canopy bearers for the Holy Eucharist Procession on Sunday 9 July as part of a Year of Celebration to commemorate the Parish Priest’s (Fr Douglas Lamb) 25 …


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Diaconate Celebration 

18 Sep 17

On the feast of the Transfiguration, Friar Gerard Mary Toman returned to his home parish, All Souls Coventry, to celebrate his Diaconate.


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School and Restaurant Launch Community Growing Project 

18 Sep 17

Produce grown by pupils at a Coventry school will be served up to the community thanks to a partnership with a local restaurant.


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Churches Linked, St Chad Pilgrimage 

12 Sep 17

More than 130 Christians from various Churcheswill undertakeapilgrimage on Saturday 23 September 2017, walking from themidlands hub of the Roman Catholic Church – the Metropolitan Cathedral Church and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham –to the …


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Funeral Arrangments Deacon David Mccaroll RIP 

7 Sep 17

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Deacon David McCarroll who died on 27 th August 2017.


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Fun for all the Family at Father Hudson’s Summer Fête 

12 Jul 17

On 24 June the sun shone down on Father Hudson’s summer fête, which drew people from Coleshill and further afield.


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Fit for Function. Fit for the Future 

5 Jun 17

EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE! To book, please click HERE Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 Venue: RC Church of SS Mary John, Wolverhampton.


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A Statement from Birmingham Faith Leaders’ Group following the terrorist attack in Manchester 

25 May 17

Members of the Birmingham Faith Leaders’ Group are united with so many others of different faiths and none, around Britain and across the world, in condemning the terror attack in Manchester on Monday night.


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Art of Dying Well 

24 May 17

As a Catholic approaches death, there are a series of comforting rites and rituals that can help a person spiritually prepare for the final journey.


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Fatima Centenary Celebration, Leamington Spa 13th May 

22 May 17

Held at St Peter Apostle church and parish centre.


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Fit for Function – Fit for the Future – Securing the 21st Century Church 

17 May 17

Save the date: 20th July 2017 – Fit for Function Fit for the Future 20 July 2017 Do you have an interest in securing the future of our buildings, this this one day conference is definitely for you.


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General Election letter to Catholics of England and Wales 

16 May 17

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a letter to Catholics regarding the General Election of June 8 2017, for their consideration and encouragement to vote: General Election Letter for Catholics from their Bishops The post General Election …


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Parish Raises £450 for CAFOD’s East Africa Appeal 

12 May 17

On Thursday, April 6, members of St Maria Goretti, Parish, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, arranged to have a Refugee Solidarity Liturgy followed by a simple supper of soup, bread and cheese.


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Year 3 and 4 Choral Outreach 

11 May 17

On Friday 7 April 2017, Years 3 and 4 from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Nechells, spent the day at St Chad’s Cathedral.