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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.
It’s not exactly ‘Twenty-one and never been kissed…’, more ‘Third time lucky…’
Ordained nearly 25 years, Fr Allen has three time been parish priest but never before been formally inducted as parish priest
However what Westminster never managed to do, Birmingham did and did with some style.
There was a splendid induction ceremony and a warm re-welcome at tonight’s Mass.
The letter of appointment from Archbishop Bernard (see below) was solemnly read by Deacon Timothy Whitwell and the ceremony of installation conducted with great dignity and style by Fr Gabriel McGuire.
The reception afterwards was much appreciated! Thanks to all who put in the time and effort baking and arranging and serving.
To read the letter of appointment from the Archbishop more easily, click here: Installation
You chose Dominic as a minister of your love.
His teaching and example helped many to find
pardon and peace in the unity of your Church.
Grant that we may follow in the same way of love
and so gain an eternal reward.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
His ministry is recorded in a brief note in a parish register of c1929, itself quoting from a programme for Erdington Abbey’s 1909 Parish Bazaar.
The little chapel of St Nicholas, in Boldmere Road, Wylde Green, near to Sutton Park, owes its existence to the illustrious Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman, the first Archbishop of Westminster who built it in the year 1840 when President of St. Mary’s College, Oscott, in honour of his patron saint, from designs of the great Gothic architect A. Welby Pugin. Apart from the interest attaching to its foundation, the chapel will ever be held sacred to the English Catholics through its connection with the Venerable Fr Dominic, the saintly Italian Passionist, who received Cardinal Newman into the Church.
During his residence at Oscott College, where he was earning the English language, Fr Dominic several times celebrated Holy Mass here, so did Cardinal Newman.
Unfortunately the chapel was closed about the year 1870 and remained closed for about 13 years until on Ascension Day 1883 it was happily re-opened for Divine Service…
For more of the parish history please click here.
Blessed Dominic, pray for us.
Image of B. Dominic is from a window of the former Passionist Convent at Daventry, and was sourced here.
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.