Discover St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham

Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
Mass begins at 10.50am at the War Memorial with the
Royal British Legion Act of Dedication & Silence.
Please be in good time.

Ringing Remembers – World War I

Church bells across the UK remained restricted throughout the course of the war and only rang freely once Armistice was declared on 11th November 1918. On this day the ringing of bells erupted spontaneously across the country, as an outpouring of relief that four years of war had come to an end.

Her Majesty’s Government’s ambition is for bells to ring out at 12.30pm on 11th November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which signalled the end of the First World War.

This will be a symbolic way to give thanks for the end of war 100 years ago and will replicate the national outpouring of relief that took place at the end of the war as news of the Armistice filtered through and bells which had long been silent rang out.

Bells ringing out at 12.30pm will help mark the shift in emphasis from Remembrance in the morning to thanksgiving in the afternoon for the end of war and for peace. This will coincide with the start of the People’s Procession, as 10,000 members of the public march past the Cenotaph in a nation’s thank you.

The Cathedral is taking part in this initiative along with other Birmingham City Centre Churches and Churches across the UK.

Usually the Cathedral bells are rung half-muffled on Remembrance Sunday but the request is that they are rung open on this occasion.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.



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 Chads

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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