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February 22, 2023
Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the doorway into our Lenten season of renewal. Masses at churches across the Archdiocese are taking place throughout today. At St Chad’s Cathedral the first Mass of Ash Wednesday was celebrated at 12.15pm by Monsignor Timothy Menezes, Cathedral Dean, and concelebrated by Fr Chris Marshall.…
February 22, 2023
The St Bernadette Relic Tour Team have released a fantastic new legacy film to commemorate 2022’s hugely successful visit. The Relic Tour reached 1 in 4 UK Catholics, with many thousands of people actively participating in the visit. Keep an eye out for our own St Chad’s Cathedral and Lourdes…
February 22, 2023
Many of us will be familiar with the Red Boxes used to collect kind donations, usually found in our homes, parishes and schools. These red boxes provide an opportunity for us to drop in spare change and now give directly - which all adds up to support Missio’s charitable works.…
February 22, 2023
Download the Pope's Message Lent and Easter Resources Dear brothers and sisters! The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all recount the episode of the Transfiguration of Jesus. There we see the Lord’s response to the failure of his disciples to understand him. Shortly before, there had been a real…
February 22, 2023
On Saturday 4 February, St Chad’s Cathedral hosted the annual Day for Religious, at which religious brothers and sisters renew their commitment to the service of Jesus Christ, Light of the World. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley with Fr Simon Bishop SJ delivering the Homily. Fr Simon said:…
January 24, 2023
'Make up the differences between you instead of disagreeing among yourselves...' Pastoral Letter
January 17, 2023
Homily preached by Bp David McGough
January 16, 2023
The head of the Maronite Church and Patriarch of Antioch and All of the East, His Beatitude Cardinal Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, has been welcomed in Birmingham. On Friday 13 January, as part of his first ever pastoral visit to the UK, Patriarch Al-Rahi presided over a Mass in the Maronite…
January 16, 2023
Homily preached
January 5, 2023
#Pray24Brum takes place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January 2023 at St Chad’s Cathedral and online. Each year #Pray24Brum, organised by Birmingham Churches Together, takes place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and provides an opportunity to celebrate unity across different Christian traditions. This year’s 24-hour prayer relay theme…
December 26, 2022
Photo Gallery Photos by Andrew de Valliere
November 28, 2022
On Saturday 26th November, almost 300 Maryvale students from around the world were honoured for their accomplishments at the Institute’s 2022 Further and Higher Education Awards Ceremony, held at the iconic St Chad’s Cathedral, the full recording of which is available on the cathedral website. This was the first physical…
November 21, 2022
Front Row L-R Mr William Ozanne KSG, Mr Justice Antony Zacaroli, Major Samuel Edgar, Lady Justice Geraldine Andrews DBE, Mrs Moorcroft, High Sheriff Mr David Moorcroft OBE, Archbishop Bernard Longley, Lord Lieutenant Mr John Crabtree OBE, Lord Mayor Cllr Maureen Cornish, LM Consort Mr Malcolm Cornish, Judge Thomas Rochford, Judge…
November 11, 2022
Sixth World Day of the Poor, 2022: For your sakes Christ became poor (cf. 2 Cor 8:9) | Francis (vatican.va)
November 11, 2022
https://youtu.be/ysRJ1Ce-AoQ On Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November 2022, ecumenical services were held at Lichfield Cathedral to celebrate the installation of a relic of St Chad, which was gifted by St Chad’s Cathedral Birmingham to Lichfield Cathedral. Archbishop Bernard previously said of the gift: “I am very grateful that our…
November 1, 2022
2022 marks 1350 years since the death of Lichfield Cathedral’s co-patron saint and the first bishop of Lichfield, St Chad. On 8 November 2022 a truly historic moment will see the Cathedral reinstate a shrine of St Chad in the location of the original mediaeval shrine. A relic of St…
October 10, 2022
The beautiful words ‘Ave, ave, ave Maria! Ave, ave, ave, Maria!’ could be heard in the Birmingham night sky as St Chad’s Cathedral bid a fond farewell to the relics of St Bernadette. Clergy and congregation followed the relics procession outside after a farewell Mass on Saturday 8 October. Celebrated…
October 10, 2022
The Anointing of the Sick was central to Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral this lunchtime (Saturday 8 October) and it felt very much like Lourdes was here. Many people took the opportunity to receive the Sacrament in the presence of the relics of St Bernadette. The cathedral was full, with…
October 10, 2022
On the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Friday 7 October 2022, the Archdiocese of Birmingham welcomed the Relics of St Bernadette. From Friday evening through to Monday afternoon (10th) the relics have been entrusted to our care. Hundreds of people gathered at St Chad’s Cathedral for a Liturgy…
September 26, 2022
Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages…proclaiming the Good News. I am delighted to join you today for the Annual Festival Mass for the Birmingham Central Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society – most familiar to all of us as the SVP. We offer this…
September 20, 2022
Homily and Welcome from Archbishop Bernard
September 11, 2022
Homily from Archbishop Bernard Longley given on Friday 9 September; the day following the sad news of the death of Her Majesty. Homily
July 25, 2022
On Saturday 23 July, surrounded by family and friends, two new priests were ordained at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham. Steven Fleming and Toby Duckworth were ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by Archbishop Bernard Longley. During the ordination rite, the candidates promise ‘to celebrate the mysteries of Christ, faithfully and religiously……
July 25, 2022
St Chad’s Cathedral was a joyous place to be as a Service of Praise took place to welcome the Commonwealth Games. Churches across the city have worked together to organise and host the ecumenical service just days before the Games begin. In attendance yesterday (Sun 24 July) were Her Majesty’s…
July 18, 2022
Prayerful congratulations to Andrew Lansberry and Martin Casey who have been ordained as permanent deacons to the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Archbishop Bernard Longley ordained Andrew and Martin to the Permanent Diaconate in front of their families, friends and fellow Deacons at St Chad’s Cathedral on Sunday (17 July). The word…
June 21, 2022
This year's Corpus Christi Procession in Birmingham took place on the Feast Day on Sunday 19 June. Following Mass at St Michael’s Church on Moor Street the procession was led through the streets arriving at St Chad’s Cathedral for a small service with Benediction. The procession returned in-person after a…
June 18, 2022
A day of celebration and history has taken place at our Diocesan Mother Church, St Chad’s Cathedral. The event on Saturday 18 June was organised collaboratively by the Cathedral Team and the Archdiocese of Birmingham History and Archives Commission. It began with Mass, including the Rite of the Dedication of…
May 11, 2022
News from the Catholic Bishops' Conference Spring Plenary 2022 Resolution An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58) A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the…
April 23, 2022
A series of 3 Zoom sessions for University Students on the subject of Discernment Quo Vadis Poster
April 17, 2022
Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? As soon as the Sabbath had ended, with its restrictions on work and travel, a group of women, including Mary of Magdala, Joanna and Mary the mother of James, went to anoint the body of Jesus.  They left at the…
April 16, 2022
The ecumenical Good Friday Walk of Witness made a welcome in-person return to Birmingham. Many people gathered to take part after two years of Virtual Walk of Witnesses because of the pandemic. The event marks Christ’s journey to the cross and started from The Church in Carrs Lane and concluded…
April 14, 2022
Diocesan clergy gathered together at St Chad's Cathedral for the first time since the start of the pandemic to celebrate the Chrism Mass. (Wednesday 13 April) During Holy Mass priests renewed the promises they made on the day of their Ordination to serve God and his people. This Mass symbolises…
April 13, 2022
The Diocesan response to The Synod has been completed and sent to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The Synodal Pathway Team met the recent submission deadline after working through hundreds of responses from parishes, schools, agencies and individuals. During the month of March various ‘reading groups’ gathered at St Chad’s Cathedral…
April 11, 2022
Holy Week has started with the celebration of Palm Sunday Masses across the Archdiocese. Archbishop Bernard Longley was principal celebrant at today’s 11.30am Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral (Sunday 10 April 2022). It began outside, by the entrance to the crypt, with prayer, the reading of St Luke’s Gospel 19:28-40…
April 1, 2022
We are pleased to say that since we sent out our last update on the response to Ukraine, Fr Hudson’s Care has received numerous offers of sponsorship/accommodation and of translation skills in Russian and Ukrainian. The evident enthusiasm for support from our parishes and parishioners is a great testament to…
March 31, 2022
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Basilica of Saint Peter 25 March 2022 O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from…
March 31, 2022
Lord Jesus Christ,Prince of Peace and Saviour of the World: Our world is in need of your peace at this time,as we see the effects of evil deeds. We hold before you our brothers and sisters in Ukraine:those who are living through the trauma of staying,under threat of their lives…
March 19, 2022
Our Diocesan response: Dear All in our Archdiocese, Many people want to help those who are having to leave their home country of Ukraine, who will be offered refuge in this country until it is safe and possible to return. The Archdiocese and Caritas Archdiocese of Birmingham have asked Father Hudson’s Care to coordinate…
March 9, 2022
The pathway that you are walking is a life-long search for holiness and itwill lead you towards perfect holiness in the Kingdom of God. (Archbishop Bernard Longley) Candidates and catechumens from across the Archdiocese gathered to celebrate the Rite of Election to make a significant step towards their reception into…
March 2, 2022
Today is Ash Wednesday, the doorway into our Lenten season of renewal. Masses at churches and schools across the Archdiocese will take place throughout today. At St Chad’s Cathedral the first Mass of Ash Wednesday was aimed at schools, which were invited to join via the cathedral’s live stream. Archbishop…
February 28, 2022
St Chad's Team: Beryl, Mary, Thomas and Hanh, are fighting malnutrition by taking part in the Walk Against Hunger challenge. The money raised will go to help the world's most vulnerable women, men and children. £12 can buy the basic ingredients for a new mum to make sesame seed paste…
January 29, 2022
Here is the Participation Sheet for our Parish Zoom Gathering on Monday 7th February at 7pm based on a small number of the questions from the original Synod Walking Together document. In this Participation Sheet you will see that we will only address Q. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10,…
January 16, 2022
This is the Sunday on which the Church begins its proclamation of the Gospel of the particular year, this year the Gospel of Luke which we listen to Sunday by Sunday in Year C, especially in Ordinary Time. Sunday of the Word of God.pdf (pcpne.va)
January 16, 2022
The Pope writes a message on Peace each year which is here: LV World Day of Peace 2022 - Dialogue Between Generations, Education and Work: Tools for Building Lasting Peace | Francis (vatican.va) Peace Sunday focuses on the importance of the active promotion of peace and non-violence. The organisation Pax…
January 16, 2022
‘Cursillo’ began in Spain in the 1940’s,  and the name simply means ‘a short course’.  It has become a world-wide, tried and tested method of adult faith development.  It is a way of making our discipleship effective and furthering the mission of the Church.  The movement has papal approval and…
December 22, 2021
His Grace, Archbishop Bernard Longley gives his Christmas Message for 2021 from the crib scene at St Chad's Cathedral Birmingham. Archbishop Bernard's Christmas Message 2021 | Birmingham Diocesan Trust (birminghamdiocese.org.uk)
December 18, 2021
Christmas Explained: Why the Season of Christmas is important in our Christian life, when it is and what richness does it hold for us? With Mgr Tim Menezes, Dean of St Chad's Cathedral Birmingham. As the Synod asks us to take a greater part in the life of the Church,…
December 9, 2021
This video is about the Season of Advent and is produced by the Liturgy and Worship group as part of the Diocesan Vision.  As the Synod asks us to take a greater part in the life of the Church, these seasonal videos remind us of things that are basic but…
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