St Chad’s Cathedral hosted the annual Civic Mass on Sunday 26 November 2023, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Many of those engaged in public life in Birmingham were invited to the 11.30am Mass including the Lord Mayor, members of the Judiciary, The High Sherriff of the West Midlands, MPs and Councillors.

The civic guests represented the cultural, political, religious and academic life of the city.

Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley. 


As World Youth Sunday was also marked this weekend Ellen Turner, part-time chaplain at Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Kings Heath and Yemisi Wisoba from the Kenelm Youth Trust (KYT), gave talks on youth ministry.

Main photograph (above): Civic Dignitaries with faith leaders and city councillors

Front Row L-R: Mgr Timothy Menezes, WMP Cadet Samina Iqbal, WMP Cadet Sahib Gahir, Lady Mayoress Vidya Wati, Lord Mayor Cllr Chaman Lal, Bishop Anne Hollinghurst, Archbishop Bernard Longley, High Sheriff Wade Lyn CBE, Vice Lord Lieutenant Louise Bennett OBE, Liam Byrne MP, Cllr Muhammad Afzal, Mr Arvinder Jain, Commander Ambrose Hogan .

Back Row L-R: Judge Aspinall JP, District Judge Bristow, Prof Peter Childs, Chief Supt North, Mr Justice Keehan, LL Cadet Corp. Cronin, Dean Matt Thompson, Judge Rochford, Judge Gosling.

Photo Gallery by Con McHugh

Civic Mass - 23 November 2023