Discover St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
During this time of national observance of being alert to the spread of infection, there is no public Mass anywhere in our Diocese, or indeed across the country. Sadly, therefore, until further notice, our Cathedral must remain closed.

There will be Mass celebrated in the Cathedral each day for your intentions. This will be behind closed doors.

We are very grateful for the installation of a live stream facility to enable our parishioners, people from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham and visitors near and far, to participate as best they can in the acts of worship that will now lead us through the latter stages of Lent to the Passion of Our Lord in Holy Week and the Joy of the Resurrection. Live Stream Notice

Please see the Archdiocese of Birmingham website ( for prayers during this time of national illness and for guidelines issued by Archbishop Bernard Longley and by the Bishops of England and Wales. May God bless you and your families at this time.

Please pray for your priests too. These are difficult times for everybody.

Please keep an eye on our website and on our St Chad’s Cathedral Twitter account for regular updates.


Welcome to St Chad’s, the first Catholic Cathedral erected in Great Britain in 1841 following the Reformation of the 16th Century.

St Chad’s was designed by the great Gothic Revivalist Augustus Welby Pugin, who was also responsible for the Palaces of Westminster and the iconic clock tower of Big Ben.

The Cathedral is home to the relics of St Chad, which were originally interred in a shrine at Lichfield Cathedral in the year 672 AD.

The Cathedral celebrated its centenary in 1941 and was designated a Minor Basilica by Pope Pius XII.

St Chad’s is known across the world as a beautiful building with a remarkable history and a rich heritage. But it is first and foremost a House of God. St Chad’s is the Mother Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham which covers five counties. It is a place for worship and prayer, a place where we can meet God and offer him our praise and thanksgiving and bring him our needs and concerns.

I hope that you will capture something of the beauty and the love of God as you explore our web-site. Catholics believe that we all need God, and that we discover and know him through faith in his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus founded the Church so that his message of faith, hope and love could be passed on to every generation. Our mission at St Chad’s is to offer that message of faith to everyone.

God wants to touch your life and to help you achieve your full dignity as a human being. In other words, to become like Jesus the perfect man. I pray that all of us here at St Chad’s can help you in your journey of faith.

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