Newsletter 04 August 2018

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection: What more ordinary ways can heaven and earth be linked than in the most ordinary of foods. It means that in the ordinary events of our lives, God makes his home in us and becomes part of us.

Jesus is the bread that fulfils all our hunger and thirst. Jesus frees us to follow him not to achieve self-satisfaction, not to get anything that is in it for us, not even to attain or maintain peace of mind. Jesus frees us to embrace God’s redeeming will to restore what God created and humanity to what God intends. Such faith does not mean separating the spiritual out of the social. It means putting God rather than us at the center of both. When we do, we will receive great graces from God.

We Pray for the Sick: Donni Coakley, P J Tunney, Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon and Pat Hillman.

Please Pray for the Souls of the recently departed: Nicholas Nelson, Carmel McCrann and Michael Dorris.

Sat 04/08 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Hugh Fitzgibbon (RIP)
Sun 05/08 11 am 18th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Joseph Norman
Tues 07/08 6 pm Feria Betty Grogan (RIP)
Wed 08/08 11 am Memorial of  St. Dominic Betty Grogan (RIP)
Thurs 9/08 6 pm Feast of St. Teresa Benedicta (Patron of Europe) Betty Grogan (RIP)
Fri 10/08 11 am


Feast of St. Lawrence Mary Hanrahan
Sat 11/08 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Teresa Regan
Sun 12/08 11 am 19th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Pat Kennedy (RIP)
Confessions and Rosary

Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Second collection

Today there’s collection for the new church hall.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme

for children attending non-Catholic schools, please email your child’s details to the church office.

Journey in Faith

Beginning Thursday 6th September at 7 pm in the Lady Chapel, there will be a weekly event to discuss the Catholic Faith. This program is aimed at people wishing to join the Catholic Church, but also to those Catholics who wish to learn more about their own Faith. Tea and Coffee provided.

Anyone interested in attending, please speak to Fr Mario.

Birmingham “Clean Air” Zone

As you may have heard, Birmingham is going to introduce a “Clean Air” Zone similar to the Congestion Charge in London. St Catherine’s Parish Church falls into this Zone. This would mean that anyone who drives to Mass on a Sunday would have to pay to enter the Zone. The Council are insistent that this will go ahead. There is still time to voice your opinion by going onto the Birmingham Council website and filling in the survey. The survey remains open until the 17th August. If the Council are going to introduce this Zone, we should at least push to have a Sunday exemption for Mass goers. St Chad’s Cathedral also falls into this Zone.

SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence)

Archbishop Bernard Longley has commissioned a review of our current safeguarding/child protection practices in light of the National Catholic Policies and Procedures. This review is to be welcomed as a means of ensuring that our systems to protect our children and young people are as effective as possible. This review is being conducted by an independent charity called SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence). As part of the review, SCIE would like to speak with any individuals who have experience of working with our parish safeguarding representatives and the safeguarding team at the Archdiocese. Anyone who is impacted by abuse issues can contact the safeguarding team on 0121 230 6240 (emergency out of hours 07976 516629).

If you are able to contribute to this important review and share your experiences with SCIE then please contact Hugh Constant ( or 020 7766 7374 or 07872 602207).


Church Repairs and Conference Centre

We need to raise approximately £50,000 over 5 years to cover the cost of essential Church repairs and a new Conference Centre with Kitchen.

Need Cost
Essential Church repairs £32,500
Conference Centre £14,000
Total £46,000 + VAT

Our thanks to Kieran and Monica who generously bought and donated tea bags, coffee and biscuits, which we will be enjoying on Sunday mornings after Mass.

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