News and Events
LOURDES 2020 0NLINE PILGRIMAGE
Although we cannot travel to Lourdes in person this year, we are arranging an online programme of events #Lourdes2Brum.
Please consult the DIOCESAN WEBSITE FOR ANY DEVELOPMENTS TO THIS PROGRAMME, as changes may be made for reasons beyond the control of the organisers.
Each day will feature a live streamed Mass from a different location, a live streamed liturgy and then a pre-recorded collaborative Marian procession. Alongside the daily schedule, video reflections will be published, reflecting on our time in Lourdes.
The programme will be updated with links closer to the start of the pilgrimage, and you will be able to download a liturgy booklet to accompany you.
Sunday 24 May 15:00 Archbishop Bernard Celebrates the Opening Mass from St Chad’s Cathedral
20:00 Virtual Marian Procession (Glorious
Monday 25 May 10:00 Mass from Middlesborough with Bishop Terry Drainey
17:00 Livestreamed Zoom liturgy: Service of Healing and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Fr Tony Rohan
20:00 Virtual Marian Procession (Joyful mysteries)
Tuesday 26 May 10:00 Mass Our Lady and St Brigid, Northfield with Fr Cecil Rogerson
17:00 Livestreamed Zoom liturgy: Stations of the Cross with Fr Craig Szmidt
20:00 Virtual Marian Procession (Sorrowful mysteries)
Wednesday 27 May
10:00 Youth Mass from St John the Baptist, Alton with Fr Paul Whieldon
20:00 Virtual Lourdes Concert with CJM Music
Thursday 28 May 9:30 Mass from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Bulkington with Fr Michael Gamble
17:00 Zoom liturgy: Reconciliation with Mgr Tim Menezes
20:00 Virtual Marian Procession (Luminous mysteries)
Friday 29 May
9:30 The Rosary, followed by: 9:50 Thanksgiving Mass from Our Lady of Lourdes Yardley with Canon Sean Grady
17:00 Zoom liturgy: Thanksgiving with Bishop David McGough
NOTICES AND FUTURE EVENTS
PRAYER WHEN MAKEING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION DURING A LIVESTREAMED OR RECORDED MASS
“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you in my
soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.”
WELL DONE ST. JOHN FISHER CRAFT GROUP
The craft group have managed to send approximately 200 laundry bags up to the QE which is great.
Our next project is face masks to wear in public places as requested by the government. We are selling them, £3 each or 2 for £5. All money will go into the Three Parish SVP pot so that we can continue to support our vulnerable brothers and sisters in the community.
VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Although we cannot join together in Lourdes this year, we can join in a spiritual pilgrimage to the Sanctuary and we ask you to form part of the Marian Procession.
As part of a daily liturgy programme, we will have a virtual procession every evening and invite you to add your voice to the prayers.
We ask for a Hail Mary, Glory Be and Our Father - in three separate videos.
Find out how to join and keep an eye out for the developing online programme on the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage page
The virtual pilgrimage will start with a Mass on Sunday 24 May at 15:00, celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley from St Chad’s Cathedral.
The SVP thanks parishioners and friends most sincerely for all their food donations over the last few weeks. These donations have enabled us to make up 65 large food parcels, which have and will continue to be delivered to families, who find themselves struggling during these trying times. Many parcels have been given to families through our 4 primary schools :- St Columba’s, St John Fisher, St Brigid’s, and St James’, while some have been distributed to families/individuals in the local community. We all know that the impact of this pandemic will cause hardship to many families and individuals for a long time to come. Therefore, would you please continue to purchase just a few extra non-perishable items from the list when you do your own shopping. IF YOU ARE IN THE VULNERABLE CATEGORY PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO SUCH SHOPPING. If you know anyone who is struggling and would welcome some extra support by receiving a food parcel, please don’t hesitate to contact Pauline on: 07810 557197 By working together we can help to ease the burdens of others and make a positive difference. HOW TO DONATE: Our Lady of Perpetual Succour: Food donations can be dropped off at the parish hall on Thursday 28th May between 11:00 and 12:00 St John Fisher: Food donations can be dropped off at the church car park to Angela and Carmel between 10:00 and 11:00 on Thursday 28th May. St Brigid’s: Donations can be dropped off at your convenience, to Janes house: 1221, Bristol Rd South.( Between Bodenham Road and the Meadows school) please leave in the porch. All donations will then be delivered to Our
Lady of Perpetual Succour parish hall on Thursday 28th May to be made up into more parcels ready for distribution.
Please choose items from the following list: Toilet rolls, toothpaste, soap, shower-gel, shampoo, washing up liquid, pasta, rice, baked beans, tomatoes, tuna, tinned vegetables, soup, tomato ketchup, mayo, jam, jelly, tinned fruit, rice pudding, custard, squash, cereals, long life milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, biscuits/treats, crisps THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNFAILING HELP AND SUPPORT
Mgr. John Armitage, the Rector at the national Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, would like to invite each diocese to take part in a simple initiative – a Rosary Relay on 31 May 2020. Each diocese has been asked to pray the Rosary during a designated hour. The Archdiocese of Birmingham has been asked to pray the Rosary at 10:00 on the 31 May, Pentecost Sunday, and the Archbishop shall lead the Rosary, live-streamed, from St Chad’s Cathedral on that morning.
COLLECTIONS DURING THIS TIME
Offering to the Parish can be made in on of the following ways;
1. Put your collection aside each week, and
bring it when normal practice resumes,
2. Either, placing the usual Sunday gift-aid
envelopes through the letterbox at the
Presbytery, or put it in any unspecified
envelope with a non-gift-aided donation.
3. Using the donate button on the Diocesan website. This is clear and simple to use for people who have internet connections and bank cards. They just need to make it clear which Parish the donation is for. Also, there is another option of downloading a standing order form, but this would require them obtaining the
Parish bank account details from us and then sending the SO form to their respective bank.
4. Use the link on home page
5. Consider setting up a Standing Order
The account details for St. John Fisher are;
NatWest; Sort Code 60-15- 26;
Account Number 44335628
The account details for Our Lady & St. Brigid are;
St. Brigids RC Church;
Sort Code 60-15- 26;
Account Number 85880205
FROM THE ARCHBISHOP
I have been asked by the Friends of the Holy Land to send you the following important message.
As a Patron of FHL, I am kept informed of the wonderful work they are undertaking with a very small team of paid staff and many volunteers both over here and in the Holy Land. Coronavirus is changing the lives of all of us but for so many Christians, especially in the West Bank but also Gaza, Israel and Jordan, it is devastating. So many are dependent for their income on pilgrimages and tourism which disappeared overnight in early March. For many they have no government support nor even a health service which can handle this crisis.
So, FHL launched an appeal in March for those impacted in Bethlehem and widened it on 3 April as a Pentecost Challenge to cover the whole of the region. They secured match funding for the first £100,000 and, with a few days to go to Pentecost, are close to reaching the target but are seeking help from your parishioners to get over the line. will direct parishioners to the FHL website where more information is available. You may also wish to view the news story on our diocesan website
Thank you for your support to help those worse off than ourselves, as FHL strive to maintain a Christian presence in the Holy Land and please keep the FHL staff and volunteers plus those in the Holy Land in your prayers.
With my prayers and kindest wishes.
SPIRITUAL READING DURING THIS TIME
Spiritual reading is a practice of reading books and articles about spirituality with the purpose of growing in holiness.
Spiritual reading is devoted to the reading of lives of saints, writings of Doctors and the Fathers of the Church, theological works written by holy people, and doctrinal writings of Church authorities. . It is different from Lectio Divina which focuses on the Bible.
The biblical basis is St. Paul's advice "Attend to reading" (1 Tim 4:13) which meant that Timothy his disciple should "apply to the reading of holy books, not in a passing way and for a short time, but regularly and for a considerable time," said St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church on Moral theology. St. Bernard of Clairvaux said that "spiritual reading and prayer are the arms by which hell is conquered and paradise won."
Some books you might like to get hold of as a start;
· GOD OF SURPRISES by Gerard Hughes, SJ
· RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL by Henri Nouwen
· FALLING UPWARDS by Richard Rohr, OFM Cap
· SPIRITUAL DIRECTION by Henri Nouwen
· THE DAY IS FAR SPENT by Robert Cardinal Sarah
Saint Augustine says that "he who wishes
often to be with God ought to pray frequently and read pious books," and all spiritual writers after him, without exception, have insisted on the necessity of spiritual reading for all those who wish to lead a really interior and supernatural life.
RESOURCES DURING LOCKDOWN
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have collected a range of online resources for those looking for spiritual sustenance during times of isolation.
Fr Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine monk from Worth Abbey in West Sussex, has produced materials on specifically for the lockdown period.
Fr Stephen Wang from the university Chaplaincy in central London has created a Youtube channel called ‘Pause for faith: Catholic life, conversation and prayer’.
You can join him at:
Brother Richard Hendrick, a priest-friar of the Irish branch of the Capuchin Franciscan Order, has been a recent contributor to the Catholic Voices webinars:
GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
If you or anyone you know is a Catholic, is in hospital and would like to see the Chaplain you need to explicitly ask. You can do this by making this request. If it is not urgent, please ring Fr. Charles Miller on 0121 371 4568 and leave a message. In an emergency, please ask a nurse to call the Catholic priest who is on
WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
World Communications Day 2020 falls on Sunday 24 May as much of the world remains in lockdown as we attempt to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pope’s World Communications Day
message focuses on storytelling, truth and
who we are in God’s eyes. He looks to the Bible as “the great love story between God and humanity” with Jesus at its centre.
The Pope has prayed for – and asked us to pray for – all those working in communications during the Coronavirus pandemic. On 1 April he invited us to pray for “those who work in the media, who work to communicate today so that people are not isolated… who help us to bear this time of isolation.”
On this annual day, Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those professionals who work in Communications. And particularly for those who are responsible for communicating on behalf of the Catholic Church in this country.
The Archdiocese of Birmingham has a dedicated communications team.
Caroline Bletso and Faye Fawcett, overseen by Gerry Dryden, are on hand to help with all communication matters.
They can be contacted via
The Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, is also the Bishop for the Media. He will be celebrating Mass at Salford Cathedral at 11:00 on Sunday.
O Mary, woman and mother, you wove the divine Word in your womb, you recounted by your life the magnificent works of God. Listen to our stories, hold them in your heart and make your own the stories that no one wants to hear. Teach us to recognize the good thread that runs through history. Look at the tangled knots in our life that paralyze our memory. By your gentle hands, every knot can be untied. Woman of the Spirit, mother of trust, inspire us too. Help us build stories of peace, stories that point to the future. And show us the way to live them
GOD BLESS, KEEP WELL AND STAY SAFE Fr. Cecil