Tomorrow, the Friday of the 5th week of Lent, is a day of prayer for victims and survivors of abuse.
The following prayer is suggested for your use.
since your mercy has been revealed
In the tenderness of your Son Jesus Christ,
who said to his disciples:
“Suffer the little children to come unto me”,
we pray that your Church may be a secure home
where all children and vulnerable adults are brought closer to your Beloved Son.
May all those who have been abused
physically, emotionally and sexually by your ministers,
be respected and accompanied by
tangible gestures of justice and reparation so that
they may feel healed with the balm of your compassion.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Please pray too for the leadership of the Church as they seek to find better ways to take responsibility for the sins of her minsters, and for the continued care of those damaged and hurt by those sins.
Jesus with children. Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool. (c) 2006, Allen Morris.
This afternoon at 5pm there is a meeting in St Nicholas church for prayerful reading of one of the parables of Jesus – followed by conversation, coffee and cake.
This week we re-encounter the parable of the two brothers…
Do come – and spend time with the Lord, and enjoy the company of fellow-seekers of his love and wisdom.
Painting of the parable of the two brothers by Rembrandt. Hermitage, St Petersburg. (c) 2015, Allen Morris
A group of children preparing for their First Communion are visiting Lichfield Cathedral on Sat 10 March for a guided tour.
Other parishioners are welcome to join us. Meet outside the great West Door at 2pm (unless it is raining when we will meet inside).
Lichfield Cathedral. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.
Sadly our First Communion Group trip to St Chad’s planned for today has had to be cancelled because of the weather and state of the roads etc.
Hopefully it will be rearranged for during the Easter break or shortly afterwards.
In the meantime please pray for better weather next Saturday, 10th March, when we are due to visit Lichfield Cathedral, the site of the Cathedral established around the former shrine of St Chad.
The visit to Lichfield is open to all parishioners. Meet outside the great West Door (unless it is raining when we will meet inside) at 2pm.
The prayer services to mark Women’s World Day of Prayer locally have been cancelled because of the inclement weather. And schools are closed.
However, our monthly service for the sick and elderly, a service of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and with the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Sick will take place at 11am as usual, and also Mass tonight at 7pm, as well as Exposition and Confessions from 6pm.
Please keep in your prayers those who are working to keep roads and pavements clear; those in the emergency and care services; all those people who are isolated and alone; and those who are homeless or unable to heat their homes.
It is perhaps a good time to note that our Lenten Alms collection (made up of individual donations and of our collection on Maundy Thursday) will go to Tabor House, the (still) new permanent Night Shelter for the homeless in Birmingham, which runs under the auspices of Fr Hudson’s Care.
Archbishop Bernard invites you to join with him in praying the Novena Prayer:
O God, who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic
to the heights of holiness, learning and apostolic zeal
and made him a powerful minister of your mercy, listen to our humble request.
We pray that you will, in your goodness,
grant a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Dominic,
so that the Church may further honour him on earth
and that many more people will come to know and invoke
the help of this faithful servant of the Church.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Mary, Mother of Holy Hope: Pray for us.
Blessed Dominic Barberi: Pray for us.