Discover St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham

The national lockdown announced on January 4th 2021 does not affect public Mass. Our churches remain open and will maintain the highest standard of social distancing and sanitising. As public worship continues to be allowed in the midst of so many restrictions, let us witness to our faith and enjoy this freedom. The Catholic community continues to pray for all affected by the coronavirus: for those living with the virus and for those who have been bereaved; for all involved in healthcare; for key workers, school staff and for the most vulnerable members of society.

We ask those attending to bring a piece of paper with their name and phone number written on it and place it in the container provided for this purpose.
The Cathedral now has the QR code facility for you to register your attendance through the Covid 19 app, as an alternative to giving in your details.
Please read this Track & Tracing before attending.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Monday to Friday 11.30am to 12 noon
(before the 12.15 Mass)
Saturday after the 10am Mass and after the 2pm Mass


9.30am Live Stream School Mass
Celebrant: Bishop Stephen Wright
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& 12.15pm

Friday 12.15pm

Saturday 10.00am
Annual Guild of St Stephen Mass
Celebrant: Bishop William Kenney
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Third Sunday of Lent
Saturday Vigil 2.00pm
Sunday 10.00am & 12.00noon

Prayer of Spiritual Communion
(St Alphonsus Liguori)

My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of
the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.


Prayer of Spiritual Communion for the Year of St Joseph (2021)

Jesus Christ, our Redeemer,
Son of God and Son of Mary,
through the intercession of St Joseph,
your earthly Guardian and guardian of the Church,
unite us with the gift of your Real presence,
your Sacrament and Sacrifice,
which feeds your Church along the path of holiness.


Spiritual Communion Prayer for Lent

Lord Jesus Christ,
Living Word of God,
during this holy season,
we unite ourselves with your desert experience of fasting and prayer.
Consecrate our Lenten practices,
satisfy our hunger 
with the food of your Body
made present on this altar.


A Prayer of Spiritual Communion
for Vocations to the Priesthood

Lord Jesus Christ,
Eternal High Priest,
offered as a Sacrifice on the Cross
to take away the sins of the world:

I unite myself with your sacrifice on the altar,
with the Eucharist which I cannot receive.

You have given to your Church the Sacrament of Baptism
through which your people are made holy.

You have given to your Church the Sacrament of the Priesthood
by which the banquet of the Eucharist is set before us.

I pray today for all priests,
who through their consecration
make present in your Church
your real and abiding presence.

I thank you for the gift of the Priesthood.
I praise your wonderful presence in the Eucharist.


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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