‘Lead Kindly light’: St John Henry Newman of Birmingham

Wednesdays in Lent, 2020 at 7pm- 8.30pm. Newman Gallery, St Margaret Mary Church, 59 Perry Common Road, Birmingham B23 7AB

Tickets from Fr Simon Ellis, Tel 07985 753391    margaretmaryperrycommon@gmail.com

4th March Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham.                      
John Henry Newman and Blessed Dominic Barberi, and the need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

11th March   Margaret Holland, Chaplain, Newman University.                  Newman’s vision for a Catholic University and how we seek to live that vision at Newman University in Birmingham.

18th March Fr Peter Conley, author of a new book on Newman’s humanity                    
Light in the darkness of bereavement.

25th March (The Annunciation) Fr John Udris, Oscott College.
Newman and Our Lady, full of grace.

1st April Dr Paul Shrimpton, author of two books on Newman.                     Newman and the White Rose Resistance to extremist ideology.

Responding to the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Living Eucharist

 Behold, the Lamb of God
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

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Commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 – 27th January


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To prepare for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 parishioners from St Nicholas joined with pupils at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School and Bishop Walsh Catholic Secondary School to prepare a candle in solidarity with victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

To learn more, watch the video linked to here:

Responding to the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Living Eucharist

John proclaims the Lamb of God. Let us pause and ponder him.

Draw near and take the body of the Lord
And drink the holy blood for you outpoured:
Saved by that body hallowed by that blood,
Whereby refreshed, we render thanks to God.

Salvation’s give, Christ the only Son
By his dear cross and blood the vict’ry won.
Offered was he for greatest and for least,
Himself the victim and himself the priest.

With heav’nly bread makes those who hunger whole,
Gives living waters the thirsty soul.
The judge eternal, unto whom shall bow
All nations at the last, is with us now.

  • Acknowledgements: Latin hymn, 7th Century
  • Photograph: (c) 2013, Allen Morris. Mosaic Sion Abbey, Jerusalem.

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Preparing for the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Living Eucharist

In its exile in Babylon Israel experienced desolation and believed itself abandoned by the Lord. They were promised freedom, liberation and newness.

But God did not only promise these good things to Israel. They were to be offered, through Israel, to the whole world.

The Church associates Jesus with this service, and with the servant identified in the passage from Isaiah we hear at Mass this Sunday.

That same hidden mystery of salvation entrusted to Israel and fulfilled in Jesus is entrusted to the Church also, and to be fulfilled in and by all her members.

  • How might people see the light of salvation in you?
  • What might obscure that light?

Isaiah 49:3,5-6

(NB the text set for Sunday is given below in bold and in ‘quote sections’ below; the rest is the immediate biblical text from which the Lectionary text is extracted)

48.1 Hear this, O house of Jacob,

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Annual Diocesan Mass for Servers

The Thanksgiving Mass 2020 will be celebrated on Saturday 7th March 2020 by Bishop David McGough in St Chad’s Cathedral at 12 noon. Followed by refreshments in the Grimshaw Room.

For those servers who plan to attend, please bring your normal serving attire and be sure to wear your medals. Priests and Deacons to vest in purple (Saturday in Lent). Aim to arrive in plenty of time to vest in the crypt with your parish group, ensuring a place in the procession into the cathedral.  Please direct family members and other non-vesting guests to sit in the side aisles only, as the seating in the main body of the cathedral will be reserved for vested servers and all this space will be needed. Please ensure servers travel as light as possible as there is limited room and the cathedral takes no responsibility for personal items left in the crypt, which will be locked during the Mass.  

Car parking in the cathedral car park is limited and many places are reserved.  There are plenty of on-street parking places and multi-storey parking close by.  Please be in contact if you require disabled access.

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: A group photograph will be taken and may be used for publicity purposes on social media/websites.  If any parents do not wish their child to be photographed, they must instruct their child not to take part in this.  They will have the opportunity whilst the final procession moves to get into place for them to leave their seating place and wait at the back of the cathedral whilst the photograph is being taken.

Servers attending are asked to confirm details by signing up in the parish Sacristy (by 2nd February)

Silent Film Evening

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St Barnabas Church
High Street
B23 6SY

Saturday 18th January 


Live piano and organ accompaniment to

RUNNING WILD (1927) featuring W.C.Fields and BACON GRABBERS (1929) starring Laurel & Hardy.

Tickets are £7 adults and £4 students/children.  Available in advance from Reception or on the night at the door.  Refreshments will be on sale.

Preparing for the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Living Eucharist

The editing of this Sunday’s psalm for its placing in the Lectionary mutes the complexity of the text.

The voice we hear at Mass sings of trust in the Lord and availability for his purpose. We are encouraged to hear the voice of Christ in the psalm.

However read on, our psalmist is aware of his iniquities and failings: this is not Christ!

But the love and compassion of God is not only for the righteous. It is for others too who have need of the Lord – and saved by him, even in our frailty we can be his effective servants, bearing witness to the Good News.

Psalm 39(40):2,4,7-10

(NB the text set for Sunday is given below in bold and in ‘quote sections’ below; the rest is the immediate biblical text from which the Lectionary text is extracted)

Psalm 40 (39)

1For the Choirmaster. Of David

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