Tonight Archbishop Bernard visits Bishop Walsh School to celebrate a Mass to in thanksgiving for the school’s 50 years.
And he plants a tree in commemoration of the anniversary…
An interesting day at Headingley, yesterday, with Archbishop Bernard ,Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Dr Judith Champ and Mgr John Armitage.
Not to watch the cricket (!) but for a gathering of Birmingham clergy to reflect on the history and future of the mission of the secular priesthood in England, and especially in Birmingham Archdiocese.
Judith’s book – see below – formed part of priests’ preparation for the day, and a focus for our discussion. The book and the day are part of a broader process helping the Church consider its future priorities and strategies…
The book is available in good Catholic bookshops (support them!) and from here.
Who is the day for?
The day is for children aged between 5 and 13 who have a particular need or disability. (eg Down’s syndrome, learning or physical disability, autism, ADHD etc) It might mean that they cannot access Catholic education. It is also for their families and carers.
Why such a day?
Pope Francis invites us to: “spread a culture of encounter, solidarity and hospitality towards persons with disabilities” Sometimes families may feel excluded or unsure about bringing their children to church. We are all created in the image of God and He loves us just as we are with our gifts and limitations and strengths and weaknesses. We invite you to celebrate God’s love for each one made in the image and likeness of God.
Where? and when?
The day will be held in Father Hudson’s, St Catherine’s Day Centre, Off Coventry Road, Coleshill B46 3EA on sunday 9th October from 11am -4pm
For more details and to book places please click the link below.
To read the letter click here:Pastoral-Letter-Second-Sunday-of-Lent-20-21-February-2016
For the Novena Prayer click here.
O God, who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic to the heights ofholiness, learning and apostolic zealand 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 earthand that many more people will come to know and invoke the helpof this faithful servant of the Church.We ask this through Christ Our Lord Amen.Mary, Mother of Mercy: pray for us.Blessed Dominic Barberi: Pray for us.Blessed John Henry Newman: Pray for us.
To read the pastoral letter from Archbishop Bernard please click here: Pastoral-Letter-Second-Sunday-of-Advent-5-6-December-2015
The image of the prayer card showing Bd. John Henry Newman and Bd. Dominic Barberi mentioned by the Archbishop is shown below, as is an image and prayer of Ven. Catherine McCauley.
If you wish to read again the letter from Archbishop Bernard regarding our response to the challenge of the gospel and the challenge of our times you will find it below.
The additional information to which he refers can be found here.
The collection of non-perishable foodstuffs will be organised shortly and details given well in advance in the parish newsletter.
Thank you to all of those who have offered their time and skills to welcome and extend hospitality to those refugees coming to make their home in Birmingham. Your details have been forwarded on to Father Hudson’s Care. If anyone else wishes to offer that sort of practical help, please contact Fr Hudson’s Care directly.
So, while we wait for the ‘seeds for the sowing’ which are the fruit of the workshops and suggestions of what initiatives might be taken forward in different parishes and communities…
Photographs all © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk
A great gathering of Catholics from across England and Wales took place in Birmingham yesterday.
They were warmly welcomed and the day introduced by Archbishop Bernard. His text has not been published yet, but will be posted here, as soon as possible.
In the meantime the key note speech from Cardinal Vincent can be found here.
Other resources from the day – videos and key points of the worskshops – will be made available to parishes in a resource being prepared in time for Home Mission Sunday, 20th September 2015. This will help parishes and their members plan for the effective sharing of the gospel of God’s healing love and mercy during the Jubilee Year of Mercy being celebrated from 8th December this year.
In the meantime we are urged to pray for the success of Proclaim 15.