Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for June 2016
Much is spoken nowadays about ‘standing in solidarity’, but there’s a danger that our best intentions might not actually mean very much. There’s a very real danger that when we ‘stand in solidarity’ we might just be making an empty gesture. When we ‘stand in solidarity’ we have to ensure that we are actually making some kind of impact on those we are ‘standing in solidarity’ with. This month Pope Francis asks us to consider his prayer intention, “….That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.”
Posted by ZENIT Staff on 29 May, 2016
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of the Pope’s homily during the Holy Mass concluding the Jubilee for Deacons this morning in St. Peter’s Square. Deacons and their families from all around the world were invited to make a pilgrimage to Rome in order to participate in this major gathering on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Jubilee for Deacons, May 27-29, was a celebration for deacons, along with their wives and children:
Click Here: Pope’s Homily at Jubilee for Deacons
Photograph thanks to Deacon Bill Baines
We would like to welcome Rev Fr Harry Curtis as Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, in succession to Fr David Bazen.
Fr Harry is currently the chaplain to Warwick University and Parish Priest of St Joseph the Worker, Coventry and he will retain these responsibilities alongside his new work in support of the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese.
Divine Mercy Retreat
13 February 2016
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
St Teresa’s Catholic Church
The Presbytery, Brook Road
Ilford IG2 7JA
Jubilee Year of Mercy
The Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on 8th December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and it is an opportunity to reflect on how we carry out the Lord’s wish that we should be ‘Merciful like the Father’.
During the coming year there will be opportunities for specially prepared Liturgies and Reflections. These may be celebrated or offered as parish, deanery or diocesan events. Parishes are encouraged to join with other Catholics from around the deanery at their nearest Jubilee Church to celebrate some of these Liturgies, especially Penitential Services in Lent.
Each year we receive many blessings through our diocesan pilgrimages. This year pilgrimages take on a new focus as we look to our Diocesan Jubilee Churches and Pilgrimage Places as particular sources of grace and renewal. Pilgrimages to Rome during the Extraordinary Holy Year
All our pilgrimages in 2016 will develop the theme of ‘Merciful like the Father’.
There will not be an official Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome but we will direct pilgrims to parishes that are already organising groups to travel to Rome.
The British Ambassador to the Holy See, Mr Nigel Baker, has produced some information regarding the visits of pilgrim groups from England and Wales to Rome during the forthcoming Holy Year. This information is provided for your advice and, where appropriate, for forwarding to interested groups.
Pope Francis' message to the Diaconal community, the first time he has spoken specifically to Deacons as Pontiff:
In view of the first International Study Conference on the Permanent Diaconate, Paul VI stated on 25 October 1965: “Surely the Council acted in accordance with a providential inspiration of the Holy Spirit when it decided to renew the original ministry of diaconate at the service of the People of God.” It is in this conviction that I ask you not to relent in your commitment to a diaconal Universal Church and a world of solidarity. You are ambassadors of Jesus Christ who rejects anything related to authority and puts human hierarchies upside down like anyone who serves. You are ambassadors of our incarnate God who shows solidarity up until death and beyond death. You are called to accompany other people on their way to incarnation, in solidarity, everywhere in the world.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this commitment. At the same time I ask you to accompany me and my ministry with prayer. I also promise to take your concerns to the Lord and cordially impart to you my Apostolic Blessing.
Headteacher and Accounting Officer for the multi-academy.
Archdiocese of Birmingham
ST JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC COLLEGE
a part of Christ the King Catholic Collegiate Multi Academy Company
11 – 18 MIXED COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL
Group 6 School with 937 pupils on roll
Archdiocese of BirminghamPrayer Calendar 2015
for Priests and Permanent Deacons of the Diocese.
We pray for our diocesan priest and permanent deacons and all those across the world, that they would convey the love for God to all people
30-Oct Fr Krystof Paiak and Dcn Anthony Hartshorn
31-Oct Rt Rev Philip Pargeter and Dcn Melvyn Harwood
01-Nov Fr Stefan Park and Dcn Paul Hender
02- Nov Fr Roger Peck and Dcn Peter Hesketh
03- Nov Fr Jonn Peyton and Dcn Anthony Hewitt
04- Nov Fr Anthony Pham-Tri-Van and Dcn John Higgins
05- Nov Fr Stephen Pimlott and Dcn Stuart Hill
06- Nov Fr Dawid Piskorz and Dcn Robert Hughes
07- Nov Fr John Pitchford and Dcn Terry Hum
A pastoral letter from the Bishops of England & Wales on Home Mission Sunday.
Today is Home Mission Sunday and to emphasise its importance this pastoral letter comes to you on behalf of all the Bishops of England and Wales together.
This day is the moment when we invite every member of the Catholic community to pray for, participate in and support the work of evangelisation in England and Wales. This is our task of deepening, sharing and proclaiming our faith, sensitively and confidently, wherever we may be.
St Thomas More Catholic Academy,
Longton Hall Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 2NJ
11-18 Mixed Academy. NoR 1021
Level 6 scp 21-25 £19,742-£22,212 pa. (37 hours per week Whole Year)
Required immediately, the Academy Representatives of this aspirational 11-18 mixed Catholic Academy wish to appoint a Lay Chaplain who will work with staff, students, local clergy, Academy Representatives and Directors to promote and further develop the Catholic ethos and spiritual values of our Catholic school. Application packs can be downloaded from our website www.stmca.org.uk
All appointments made are subject to satisfactory references, DBS checking procedures and medical clearance.
Closing Date: 12 noon Thursday 1st October 2015
Interviews: Week commencing 5th October 2015
STM Catholic Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.
Press release - 13 July 2015
Pope Francis praises commitment to evangelisation at once in a generation Birmingham conference
Pope Francis sent a special message to around 900 attendees, representing Catholic parishes from across England and Wales, at a ‘once in a generation’ national Catholic evangelisation conference in Birmingham at the weekend.
The message from the Holy Father was read out at the beginning of the event: Pope Francis 'assures all of those present of his spiritual closeness and prayers as they reflect on the call to be
Please pray for Kevin O’Connor, Paul O’Connor, Michael Lennon and Mike Horsnall who were ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on Sunday 28th June 2015 at St Chads Cathedral, Birmingham.