Newsletter 12 August 2018

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection: During times of stress, anxiety, or packed schedules, we often do not feel like eating, family and good friends will make sure we do by urging us that we will need to eat to “keep up our strength.” We know this to be true.

In the same way, to say going to Mass and receiving Eucharist won’t add to your life is like saying that seeing your dearest friend or spouse wouldn’t improve your day. In Eucharist we can receive so much peace and love in Christ, we feel close to God.  Friendships take time to develop though an investment of oneself. The more we invest in our friendship with Christ, the more we come to Him in the union of the Eucharist, the more we will taste the delight of His love and see transformation in our lives. Have you ever had a powerful experience of God after receiving the Eucharist?

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 11/08 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Teresa Regan
Sun 12/08 11 am 19th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Pat Kennedy (RIP)
Tues 14/08 6 pm Vigil Mass of the Assumption Mary Hendrick (RIP)
Wed 15/08 11 am &

6 pm

Solemnity of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Tony McGonagle (RIP)
Thurs 16/08 6 pm Optional memorial of St Stephen of Hungary Sarah Spencer
Fri 17/08 11 am


Feria Sarah Spencer
Sat 18/08 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Kevin Andrew Collum (RIP)
Sun 19/08 11 am 20th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Fr. Michael McKenna
Confessions and Rosary

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

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

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

Wednesday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. The 6 pm Vigil Mass on Tuesday evening will fulfil the obligation. There will be two Masses on the Feast day at 11 am and 6 pm. Please do your best to attend Mass.

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. To register your comments see:

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


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