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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.


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Funeral Arrangements – Fr Geoffrey Hargreaves RIP 

10 May 17

Fr Geoffrey died at St Joseph’s Home on Sunday 30th April 2017.


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School Charity Drive Raises Over £1000 for CAFOD 

9 May 17

Students at Blessed William Howard Catholic High School in Stafford have raised £1,074 for CAFOD in response to the humanitarian crisis.


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Medal for Woman who Survived Siberia 

9 May 17

A Catholic woman has been awarded the Siberian Exiles Cross, nearly 80 years after she was forced from her home in Poland and bundled into a cattle truck bound for a remote and unforgiving outpost of northern Russia.


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Is Your Parish Planning a Project? 

8 May 17

Do you need support to plan, develop and fund your idea? As each parish undertakes its mission in its own way, it is great to see that so many are committed to making improvements to our churches, halls, presbyteries and other buildings for which we …


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50th Anniversary 

8 May 17

Children in Coventry have gone back to the 60s to celebrate their school’s 50th anniversary.


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Rev Fr Geoffrey Hargreaves, RIP 

2 May 17

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Geoffrey Hargreaves who died at St Joseph’s Home, Coleshill, on Sunday 30th April.


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Archbishop Bernard Longley thanks women at Annual Men’s Mass 

18 Apr 17

  Archbishop Bernard Longley thanked women for their roles ‘in Christian leadership (in) schools and parishes, for the irreplaceable witness of Religious Sisters in the life of the Church’ and for women in our families, at the annual Easter Men…


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Lord Mayor Praises School Children for their Fundraising Efforts 

13 Apr 17

The Lord Mayor of Coventry has praised a group of schoolchildren for their fundraising efforts, dubbing them a ‘credit to the city’.


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Chrism Mass 2017 

12 Apr 17

Archbishop Bernard Longley’s Chrism Mass homily draws inspiration from the words of Blessed John Henry Newman: Let us not ‘squander’ our gifts ‘on ourselves’ and ‘our own reputation’, but let us use them for the ‘good of His Church…


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St Bede’s Through to ESFA National Final! 

10 Apr 17

St Bede’s current Year 8 have always been a talented bunch of footballers.


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Girls raise almost £400 for Cancer Research and Dementia with Charity Football Match 

7 Apr 17

Four girls from Blessed William Howard Catholic High School have raised just under £400 for Cancer Research and Dementia.


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‘Living through, with, and beyond the experience of death’ – Archbishop Bernard visits St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney. 

6 Apr 17

On Thursday 30 March 2017, Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham spent a day visiting St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney.


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Youth St Vincent de Paul Society and Mini-Vinnies Donate £600 to Age UK 

6 Apr 17

On Friday 27 January 2017, twenty-two students from Year 7 Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College and also three Mini-Vinnie’s from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Wardon went to Lower Wick Community Swimming Pool.


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Harvington Classroom Blessing 

6 Apr 17

Harvington Class was the star this particular week (20 Oct 2016) at St Benedict’s School in Atherstone.


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Walking for Our Lady 

3 Apr 17

On 1 May 2017, as part of the ongoing campaign to raise funds for the enhancement of the Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham, Father Paul, Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Anne’s Church, will embark on a sponsored walk of 186 miles.


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Marvellous Mums Bake on Mothers Day! 

3 Apr 17

Instead of putting their feet up and having a rest on Mothers Day, mums from Our Lady and St Kenelm Catholic Primary School in Halesowen, spent their Mothers Day weekend baking and selling cakes at Church and at school, to raise funds for Mary …


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Meet a Missionary 

29 Mar 17

Would you like to meet a Missionary? Talking to a Missionary whilst they are out working in their specific area could help you and help the Missionary.


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Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 1517 

27 Mar 17

St George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Southwark , Sunday 26 March 2017 A joint commemoration of the 500 th Anniversary of the Reformation was held at St George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Southwark, hosted by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most …


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A Welcome Return for Bishop Robert 

6 Mar 17

On Thursday 16 February Bishop Robert Byrne, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham made a welcome return to Our Lady Help of Christians, Kitts Green to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation.


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Halesowen Welcomes Bishop David for Visitation 

6 Mar 17

It was a great joy for the parish of Our Lady and St Kenelm, Halesowen to welcome Bishop David McGough for his visitation over the weekend of 11/12 February.


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Female academic from Birmingham honoured by Pope Francis for her work in helping to train priests for the 21st century 

27 Feb 17

Professor Judith Champ, Church History Lecturer and Academic Tutor at Oscott College (the seminary of the Archdiocese of Birmingham serving the Catholic Church in England, Wales and Scotland) has become a Dame of the Order of St Sylvester.


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Bishop Kenney echoes South Sudan Bishops’ call for humanitarian assistance for the conflict and famine hit country 

24 Feb 17

Bishop William Kenney, auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, has called on the world to wake-up to the man made humanitarian disaster playing out in famine-torn South Sudan – a country he visited in 2012.


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Visitation of Fatima Statue to St Chad’s Cathedral 

17 Feb 17

Nearly one hundred years ago, from May to October 1917, Our Lady appeared to three young shepherd children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, at Fatima in Portugal.


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Fatima Event at St Peter Apostle, Leamington Spa 

17 Feb 17

Fatima Centenary Celebration Saturday 13 th May 2017 St Peter Apostle, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE CHURCH 9.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession 9.40 Morning Prayer 10.00 Mass – Our Lady of …


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Black Country Community Grants Programme – now open 

17 Feb 17

Are you running employment support activities in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton? ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme which is distributing £900,000 in small grants in the Black Country region between…


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Ubi Caritas Award to Parish Fundraiser 

15 Feb 17

The Dawn Mass on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Bicester, Oxfordshire saw a welcome addition to its liturgy in the formal recognition by the Archdiocese of the efforts made by a team of …


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Day of Recollection 

15 Feb 17

The Year of Mercy ended on 27 November, so to celebrate the reflections and works that had happened through the Year, St Austin’s Primary School held a day of recollection.


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The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme 

15 Feb 17

We are able to claim the VAT back on the majority of works undertaken on any of our Listed Places of Worship.


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Unveiling of Portrait at Maryvale 

15 Feb 17

On the evening of 20 December, the staff and families of Maryvale Institute gathered at the house for the annual Carol Service and party.


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Meeting with Israeli Ambassador 

12 Feb 17

On Wednesday 8 February 2017, His Grace, Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, attended a meeting which took place at Singers Hill Synagogue between the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group (representing the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu…


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Extension for grants re alarms and protection systems 

10 Feb 17

The Allchurches Trust has extended its grant scheme for church roof alarms The Allchurches will give a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of an alarm or protection system approved by the church’s insurer (whoever that may be), and in return, the …


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Leaving a Lasting Gift to your Church: The Importance of Legacy Giving 

8 Feb 17

For many, leaving a gift within a will is a final opportunity to make a lasting difference to the future of a parish community.


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Mass for Religious, St Chad’s Cathedral, 4 Feb 2017 

6 Feb 17

Saturday 4 Feb at St Chad’s Cathedral saw the celebration of the Mass for Religious.


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Joint Catholic-Anglican Bishops’ Conference 

2 Feb 17

Catholic and Anglican bishops came together in Birmingham for a two-day joint meeting this week (31 January – 1 February).


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‘Jesus Christ has something relevant and vital to say to us in the midst of the world’s concerns…’ 

1 Feb 17

By His Grace, Archbishop Bernard Longley As first appeared in The Times, Register, 28 January 2017 It has been difficult to preach this month without acknowledging and referring to people’s uncertainties about the year ahead.


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Christian Unity Week 

31 Jan 17

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international observance kept annually between 18 and 25 January.


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Star Treatment for Don 

31 Jan 17

Birmingham’s Broad Street Walk of Stars was increased by two recently when Toyah Wilcox and Don Maclean were added to the illustrious list of stars inducted.


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Archbishop helps out at Birmingham City Centre Soup Kitchen 

16 Jan 17

Archbishop Bernard Longley helped out at the Birmingham City Centre Soup kitchen on Friday night.


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24 hours of prayer in and for Birmingham at St Chad’s Cathedral 

12 Jan 17

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2017 as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


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Immaculate Conception Mass at Birmingham Oratory 

19 Dec 16

His Grace the Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley was the Celebrant at Birmingham Oratory for the Solemn High Mass of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.


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Four churches of the Archdiocese of Birmingham benefit from funding from the National Churches Trust 

15 Dec 16

36 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, including four churches in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, are set to benefit from a £596,000 rescue funding package from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church repair …


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Christmas Concert 

15 Dec 16

Last night saw the return of the St.


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Year 9 Take Over Day 

14 Dec 16

On Friday 18 November West Mercia Police came into college and worked with all Year 9 students.


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Visit from Mel Clarke – Paralympic medalist/GB para-archery 

14 Dec 16

On Monday 5th December, Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College were privileged to be able welcome Paralympic medalist/GB para-archery squad member Mel Clarke into our college as our Sky Sports Living for Sport mentor.


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Our Lady of the Wayside School Shoebox Appeal 

14 Dec 16

Children from Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary School in Solihull were keen to reach out to asylum seekers and newly settled refugees to show them that people do care.


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Month of the Holy Souls 

14 Dec 16

Month of the Holy Souls, graves blessed at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception, Bicester, Oxfordshire.


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Kids Lit Quiz 

14 Dec 16

Two teams from Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College competed in the Kids Lit Quiz Regional Heat at the Butts Arena, Coventry.


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Diocesan Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham 

8 Dec 16

‘Today’s feast of the Immaculate Conception marks the moment when God’s loving-mercy broke into the world in a new way, becoming a reality in the human nature of the eternal Son of God, born of the immaculate Virgin Mary’, said His Grace, …


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Annual Mass for Deceased Clergy 

29 Nov 16

On a beautifully crisp, sun-drenched autumnal morning Bishops and Clergy of the Archdiocese of Birmingham gathered at St Mary’s College, Oscott, on Mon 28 Nov, for the annual Mass for Deceased Clergy.


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First Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 

25 Nov 16

55 pilgrims from this Archdiocese and the Anglican Diocese of Worcester returned recently from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land described by them all as ‘wonderful’ The pilgrimage was led by Archbishop Bernard Longley and Bishop John Inge.


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Civic Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral 

21 Nov 16

On Sunday 20 th November at St Chad’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Birmingham, on the Feast of Christ the King, His Grace, The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, welcomed all to this celebration and to the closing of the Jubilee Door …


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Annual Mass for Deceased Family Members of Catenians Province 6 

18 Nov 16

St Chad’s Cathedral saw a full congregation for the annual Mass held by Province 6 of the Catenian Association to remember their deceased members and their families.


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Sowing the Seeds 

18 Nov 16

Eighteen candidates within the Rugby Deanery successfully completed the Foundations in Catechesis course, Sowing the Seeds run by Father Eddie Clare and Sister Gillian Murphy of Maryvale Institute.