Archbishop Bernard’s explanation: The dispensation from Easter Duties
At 12 noon, Sunday 29 March, England was rededicated to the Dowry of Mary.
Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrated the Mass at St Chad's Cathedral
Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi: on Friday 27th March, 2020 for the victims of the coronavirus and for all who are working so hard to care for the sick, the dying and the bereaved:
Do you need help? If you are elderly or in any way vulnerable, please let us know what help we might provide for you at this difficult time. Please phone 0121 705 0228 or email email@example.com
Chat and Pray: If you would like to chat and pray on the telephone with someone please phone Marguerite:
07926 523 274
St Chad's Cathedral: St Chad's Cathedral Live Stream; More information about live streaming from the Cathedral
Churches of the diocese with live streaming: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/parishes-with-live-streams
The Saltmine Passion Play Audio Drama: Three 15-minute episodes: Jesus’ triumphant procession, the crucifixion and resurrection
Divine Mercy Image: “Let's Seal the Doorposts” - people’s homes and families and the coronavirus
Daily mass and reflection with Bishop Robert Barron: https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
From Isolation to Evangelisation...: A message from Evangelisation Fieldworker, Maryvale Institute
Faith at home: Childrens liturgy and stations of the cross
CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC
CLOSURE OF CHURCHES: MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHBISHOP - 24 March 2020:
As a sad but necessary consequence we must, from this morning, ensure that the doors of all churches and chapels in the Archdiocese are closed to the public and that they remain permanently locked until these restrictions are lifted. In this way we shall continue to play our part within every parish in fighting the Coronavirus and to show our solidarity with all those who are striving to overcome the current pandemic.
In the meantime it will still be a great consolation to your parishioners to know that Mass is being celebrated daily in their local church and that they are spiritually united with the celebrant and with one another as beneficiaries of the Sacrifice of Christ.
The Prime Minister also stated that all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals, must henceforth cease. I would ask you to continue to follow the restrictive measures already put in place by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in relation to baptisms, marriages and funerals.
Our natural instinct as Catholics to gather together and to pray in the real presence of Our Lord is expressed in the Second Eucharistic Prayer: Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit. The live-streaming of Mass from twenty-three of our churches (with the Cathedral soon to join that number) is proving to be a great spiritual resource and a powerful way of expressing and deepening our communion in Christ during these challenging days.
Please continue to keep in your prayers all those working in the NHS and all those who are ill because of the Coronavirus. I particularly thank all our Hospital and Healthcare Chaplains, working alongside deanery clergy and volunteers at this time, for the hope and trust in Our Lord that they are fostering and for their support of healthcare staff and patients alike.
Please remember that Pope Francis has called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25 March at 11am UK time (midday in Rome). Please take good care of yourselves so that you are able to care for others.
With my prayers and kindest wishes.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
Most Rev Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham
A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference - 18 March 2020
Liturgical Advice from the Catholic Bishops' conference of England and Wales - 18 March 2020
Letter from Archbishop Bernard: Diocesan Liturgical Guidelines - 18 March 2020
LETTER TO PARISHIONERS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
19th March 2020
Dear Parishioners, Parents and Guardians,
Father Paul, Deacon Kevin and I are writing to assure you of our prayers and solidarity at this difficult time for you and your families, for our society and for our world in general.
The latest guidelines we have received from the Archbishop and the Bishops’ Conference (see links above) is that “the celebration of Mass will not be in public in any setting.” This will begin from Friday evening, March 20th, and will continue until further notice. Further guidelines will be received in respect of Holy Week.
Archbishop Bernard has written “The measures outlined may seem very drastic, but they are a necessary and proportional temporary response to protecting the most vulnerable in our society.”
Father Paul and I will celebrate a private Mass each day. We will offer the Mass for your intentions and for the intentions requested. As you will be unable to receive Holy Communion during this period you may wish to make a spiritual communion (see overleaf).
We will provide prayers and newsletters both in paper form at the Church and on the parish website.
The Diocesan website lists the various churches in the diocese that have live-streaming of the Mass and you may wish to follow this. There is also the shrine at Walsingham which streams Mass live each day along with other devotions. The Catholic channel E.W.T.N. (Eternal Word Television Network) has daily Mass and devotions. (Sky Channel No.588)
One suggestion that came to me was that at 12.00 noon and 6.00pm each day we would join in family prayer at home. It may be simply reciting the Angelus together or a decade or more of the rosary, or other suitable prayers. In this way we will be strengthening the bonds of family life and of the community of the parish and of the school.
Please let us know if there is anything further we might help you with during these uncertain times, even practical help with shopping or if you would welcome a home visit. If you would like to volunteer in any way, please contact the presbytery. Safeguarding remains a priority and the Parish reserves the right to undertake DBS checking of any volunteers.
Today, March 19th, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary and Father of Jesus. May Saint Joseph be a real friend to us at this time. We know that he had to listen carefully to God in similar troubled times and he showed great faith and trust in God. Let us ask his help as we say the following prayer:
“Loving Saint Joseph may your holy life be an inspiration to me when I find it difficult in the fulfilment of my duties. You are now glorified with Jesus and Mary and are a powerful intercessor at the throne of God.
Blessed Father of Jesus, extend to me the same tender care with which you protected Jesus and Mary that I may walk securely in the path of salvation.
Obtain for me strong faith, ardent love and zeal in doing good with Jesus and Mary, help me at the hour of my death so that I may partake of the children of God and eternally praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Father Dominic, Father Paul and Deacon Kevin
Prayers during this time of illness
“Wednesday Word “ is written by Father Henry Wansborough O.S.B. and contains his reflections on the Sunday Readings. See http://wednesdayword.org/sunday-gospel.htm
Catholic newspapers now online
Due to the Coronavirus, UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers have been posted online at www.ChurchPaper.co.uk
For whatever reason you have chosen to visit this website we hope that it will be practical and inspirational for you. For more information about what is available on the website, please visit our welcome page. If you are enquiring after the times of Services or weekly events please visit our weekly newsletter. Saint Augustine’s community is a very diverse and active community and is served by Father Dominic Kavanagh, Father Paul Devaney and Deacon Kevin O’Connor. We also have living within the parish Father Fred Sheldon, now retired from full-time ministry. Our community is made up of families living within the parish but also those living in the neighbouring areas and who use or visit Saint Augustine’s Church as it is conveniently situated at the beginning of the High Street in Solihull. We hope that your visit will be a prayerful and helpful experience. Please be assured of our prayers for you and may we ask you to remember the parish community in your prayers so that we may continue to be ardent yet gentle servants of the Gospel. Wishing you God’s special Blessings.
Archdiocese of Birmingham
This Parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham: Registered Charity No. 234216.
Churches Together in Central Solihull
This Parish is a participating member of Churches Together in Central Solihull.
Going into Hospital
If you are going into hospital or a care home and want to see a Priest whilst there, please phone one of the Priests on 0121 705 0228, or tell the nursing staff you wish to see a Priest.Father Roger Raven is the Chaplain for Heartlands Hospital and Solihull Hospital and may be contaced at the Chaplain's Office on - 0121 424 1369.In an emergency please contact the switch board -0121 424 2000 and ask them to page the on call Catholic Priest.
St Augustine's Catholic Primary
Headteacher - Mrs J Foley BSc QTS
Tel: 0121 705 4355
Fax: 0121 705 9489