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October 25, 2017
For the first time in its history, a drone has been used to capture images and video footage of the amazing interior of Birmingham’s Catholic cathedral. Canon Gerry Breen, cathedral Dean, is working with the Bishops’ Conference and CVS International to capture the stunning interior of the Metropolitan Cathedral &…
September 28, 2017
This year marked the fourth annual Chaplaincy Commissioning Mass at St Chad's Cathedral and this year was the biggest yet. Each September, at the start of the academic year, all those involved in Chaplaincy in our Secondary Schools come together to celebrate and to be sent out into their communities filled with…
September 26, 2017
Almost 140 people – including the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham and the Anglican bishops of Lichfield, Birmingham and Aston - took part in an historic walk of friendship from Birmingham to Lichfield on Saturday, 23 September. The 18-mile St Chad Pilgrimage marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The…
July 20, 2017
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, midlands Church leaders will take part in a walk of friendship on Saturday 23 September 2017. The walk will begin at the midlands hub of the Roman Catholic Church – the Metropolitan Cathedral Church and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham – and…
April 18, 2017
Archbishop Bernard Longley thanked women for their roles ‘in Christian leadership (in) schools and parishes, for the irreplaceable witness of Religious Sisters in the life of the Church’ and for women in our families, at the annual Easter Men’s Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham on Monday.   The…
April 12, 2017
Archbishop Bernard Longley’s Chrism Mass homily draws inspiration from the words of Blessed John Henry Newman: Let us not ‘squander’ our gifts ‘on ourselves’ and ‘our own reputation’, but let us use them for the ‘good of His Church’ At the Chrism Mass on Wednesday 12 April which saw the gathering…
February 17, 2017
Nearly one hundred years ago, from May to October 1917, Our Lady appeared to three young shepherd children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, at Fatima in Portugal. In 2017, the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) in England and Wales will be promoting the Centenary of the Fatima…
February 6, 2017
Saturday 4 Feb at St Chad’s Cathedral saw the celebration of the Mass for Religious. His Grace, The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, was the Principal celebrant and preacher. The Cathedral was pleasantly full with representatives from all the various Religious Orders across the diocese. Concelebrating with His…
February 2, 2017
Catholic and Anglican bishops came together in Birmingham for a two-day joint meeting this week (31 January - 1 February). This was the fifth joint meeting in the past 10 years, with previous meetings in Leeds and London. These meetings aim to foster spiritual communion; to identify and develop programmes…
January 16, 2017
On Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January, during the Week of Prayer For Christian Unity, St Chad’s Cathedral hosted 24 hours of prayer in what has now become an annual event, in which different churches and Christian groups from across Birmingham come together to pray in, with and for our…
January 6, 2017
We are pleased to announce that the Gammarelli tailors will be coming to the UK February 2017. We will be in Birmingham (St Chad’s Cathedral Crypt) on the 2nd and 3rd of February. We are anticipating a high demand so to avoid disappointment please make an appointment via our website. The UK visit website…
January 3, 2017
Midnight Mass on BBC One on Christmas Eve year was from St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham with Archbishop Bernard Longley as the Principal Celebrant. The Mass at Midnight was televised live by the BBC. It began by candlelight at 11.45pm with the Blessing of the Crib. Available via bbciplayer  www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08692jk The…
December 19, 2016
Mass timesPLEASE NOTE THAT THE 12.15pm MASS FROM MONDAY 19th TO FRIDAY 23rd DECEMBER WILL BE IN ST PETER’S CHAPEL IN THE CATHEDRAL CRYPT. (Crypt door will open at 11.30am). THIS IS DUE TO PREPARATION WORK FOR OUR TELEVISED MIDNIGHT MASS ON CHRISTMAS EVE. THE CATHEDRAL MAY BE CLOSED DURING THIS…
December 8, 2016
‘Today’s feast of the Immaculate Conception marks the moment when God’s loving-mercy broke into the world in a new way, becoming a reality in the human nature of the eternal Son of God, born of the immaculate Virgin Mary’, said His Grace, Archbishop Bernard Longley in his homily celebrating this…
November 22, 2016
After the success of the Birmingham Churches Together 24 hours of prayer at St Philip’s Cathedral two years ago, and The Church at Carrs Lane last year, St Chad’s Cathedral are delighted to be welcoming the event this year, under the title “All are Welcome”. With a new format spread…
November 21, 2016
On Sunday 20th November at St Chad’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Birmingham, on the Feast of Christ the King, His Grace, The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, welcomed all to this celebration and to the closing of the Jubilee Door of Mercy. Dignitaries in attendance included The Lord Mayor…
November 15, 2016
By, Fr David Mellor, Archbishop’s representative for Prison Chaplaincy On Sunday 6th November Bishop Kenney spoke in St Chad’s Cathedral about his recent meeting with Pope Francis in Lund, Sweden. That occasion was during the visit of the Holy Father to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,…
October 27, 2016
ST CHAD’S CATHEDRAL ASSOCIATION Thirteenth ANNUAL DINNER Canons’ Dining Room, Cathedral House Friday 18th November 2016 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm Principal Guest The Most Rev. Bernard Longley Archbishop of Birmingham After dinner entertainment by Don Maclean Well known comedian and BBC broadcaster and a member of our Association Fabulous Raffle…
August 28, 2016
“Holiness is not the luxury of the few,”  Mother Teresa once said, “it is a simple duty for each one of us.” Archbishop Bernard Longley has described Mother Teresa’s canonisation as a highly significant moment for the church throughout the world in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. At a Thanksgiving…
July 19, 2016
The Archdiocese of Birmingham is celebrating the Ordination of three new Priests – Fr Chris Yule, Fr Tomas Zuna and Fr Simon Baker.  The Ordinations took place at St Chad’s Cathedral. The chief celebrant, Archbishop Bernard Longley, in his welcoming address, thanked their parents “for the gift of three new…
July 19, 2016
Archbishop Bernard Longley has ordained two new Deacons: Tim Anthony and Keith Millage, at a Mass at St Chad's. Welcoming them to the Diaconate, the Archbishop outlined their mission: "Through sacramental ordination your lives are radically changed because they are now conformed to the life of Christ who came not…
June 27, 2016
An opportunity to see parts of the Cathedral not normally open to visitors, and hear about its fascinating history. A Victorian Gothic masterpiece by AWN Pugin, St Chad's was the first Catholic cathedral to be built in England after the Reformation. This year we are celebrating our 175th anniversary. Event…
June 24, 2016
The new Anglican Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave, has paid a visit to St Chad’s Catholic Cathedral in Birmingham, to pray and to venerate the relic of St Chad prior to his installation in September.  Welcoming him, Archbishop Bernard Longley described it as an opportunity to…
June 16, 2016
St Chad’s Cathedral is reporting a huge increase in numbers of visitors during the Jubilee Year of Mercy – ten thousand in one recent week.  A Pilgrimage of Mercy has been created around the inside of the Cathedral with pilgrims having the opportunity to encounter various aspects of mercy as…
June 15, 2016
Relics of St Anthony of Padua On Saturday 25th June the Cathedral will host a visit of the Relics of St Anthony of Padua. The relics will be available for prayer and veneration from 7.00am. Mass will be celebrated at 10.00am and 4.30pm (Vigil for Sunday). Veneration will resume after…
June 10, 2016
Hundreds of people made the journey to St Chad’s to venerate the miraculous relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe which was brought there for six days in May. Pope Saint John Paul II proclaimed in 1979: ‘The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be the centre from which…
April 17, 2016
The Pilgrimage visit will start with on Friday 13 May with the Service of Reception at 7.00 pm followed by Mass, the principal celebrant being Canon Gerry Breen, and Prayers led by Father Jeremy Howard. The Knights of St Columba, with whom the Guardians have a National Partnership Agreement, to…
April 7, 2016
Ten people were baptised or received into full communion at the Easter Vigil Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham.   In his words of welcome to the ten, Archbishop Bernard Longley said : “As you receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit together in this Easter confirmation may you always…
March 24, 2016
Hundreds of priests from across the Archdiocese gathered at St Chad’s Cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass - the occasion on which the holy oils are blessed and when the priests and deacons renew their promises to serve God and his people. At the start of Mass, Archbishop Bernard Longley…
March 21, 2016
For a good number of people who gathered on Palm Sunday evening in the evocative setting of the Pugin Cathedral of St Chad, Birmingham, the presentation of the Way of the Cross in music and drama was a moving and uplifting start to Holy Week. A company of some 50…
February 17, 2016
At a Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral, to mark the closing of the Year for Consecrated Life, Archbishop Bernard Longley said he was grateful that Religious communities small and large are present in every part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham offering their witness of prayer. Archbishop Bernard told the congregation…
February 5, 2016
The Rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, Father David Oakley,  was installed as a Canon of St Chad’s Cathedral in a ceremony on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The Rite of Installation took place in the presence of His Grace, the Archbishop and the chief celebrant was…
December 14, 2015
The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has opened the Door of Mercy at St Chad's Cathedral in the city centre, through which pilgrims are invited to walk to seek pardon for wrongdoing and to rekindle faith. Archbishop Longley said that the opening of the Door of Mercy, following the…
November 24, 2015
Bishop David McGough, auxiliary of Birmingham and Canon Gerry Breen, Dean of St Chad’s Cathedral, have been appointed as Ecumenical Canons of the Anglican Cathedral in Lichfield. The ecumenical appointments are the first in the Cathedral’s history. The Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, said  “The Christian Churches are…
November 22, 2015
The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has recalled the deadly attacks in Paris in his homily at the annual Civic Mass at St Chad's Cathedral attended by the city's civic leaders as well as members of the judiciary and diplomatic corps. Archbishop Longley echoed the words of…
November 14, 2015
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October 9, 2015
Vigil for Syria The Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, has  hosted a Vigil for Syria at St Chad’s cathedral under an image of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt and the words “We too were refugees!” Representatives from the city’s faith communities and civic life gathered in solidarity with asylum…
October 6, 2015
October 5, 2015
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September 25, 2015
A Mass of thanksgiving for the newly appointed Bishop of Nottingham, Patrick McKinney, has taken place at St Chad’s Cathedral. Bishop Pat was a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham before being ordained to the episcopate in July and many of his  former parishoners in Stourbridge  travelled in to St…
June 16, 2015
Birmingham shares its week in Lourdes with fellow pilgrims and friends from the dioceses of Middlesbrough and Plymouth. Following our inter-diocesan Mass Mgr Charlie Cavanagh, former pilgrimage director for the Scottish diocese of Paisley who travelled with Birmingham for our anniversary, is pictured in front of the Grotto with Canon…
June 16, 2015
A branch of the poverty charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), which hands out food at a Birmingham city centre soup kitchen has won funding that will secure its work for a year. The SVP group, from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Redditch, was one of…
June 15, 2015
On Sunday 14th June, Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrated the Association of St Chad’s Mass in the beautiful adorned cathedral of St Chad. The closure of the Flower Festival served as a stunning backdrop for the Mass and a pertinent setting for His Grace to comment on the Pope’s forthcoming encyclical…
May 20, 2015
Sunday 17th May, the feast of the Ascension, at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham saw the gathering of the Hospitality crew for a special ‘Blessing of Hands’ Mass prior to the departure of the pilgrimage on Saturday 23 May. The Mass was celebrated by the Dean of the Cathedral and…
May 8, 2015
This was a very powerful and moving experience. It was also difficult in that we had some very small share in the suffering and anguish which asylum seekers go through in their journey to freedom and in their grief for loved ones, many of whom have been brutally murdered or…
April 16, 2015
Where Can I Put My FlowersVisitors from around the archdiocese gathered on wednesday 15th April in St Chads Cathedral, Birmingham to launch this years annual Flower Festival, and to organise the special places in the Cathedral for their displays. Churches and schools from many denominations are welcomed to take part in the event which is…
April 14, 2015
St Chad’s Cathedral Fifth Annual Flower Festival12 - 14 June 2015 St Chad’s Cathedral and Minor Basilica is still known as one of A W Pugin’s gems and he was determined along with the Earl of Shrewsbury that it would be filled with works of art and have magnificent stained glass windows by the Hardman’s. In…
April 7, 2015
Archbishop Bernard explained that Christ did not choose to reveal his resurrection to huge numbers of people but rather to a small number of men and women who would be his witnesses. Their eyes were opened and they came to believe for themselves.  We all come to faith through the…
April 5, 2015
In his homily at the Easter Vigil Mass at St Chad’s cathedral Archbishop Bernard Longley began by showing how through the readings from the Old Testament [read at the Vigil] we have accompanied the Jewish people in their longing for the Messiah. The Archbishop explained that: ‘Their long journey of…
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