With the weather forecast being uncertain for Easter Monday it was a wet and blustery day in Coventry for the Easter Monday Mass at St Osburg's, the Mother Church of Coventry. This year Canon Paul Fitzpatrick was the principal celebrant and concelebrated with priests from across the deanery. As per tradition this is the only Mass in the Coventry and Nuneaton Deanery on Easter Monday. 

Canon Tom Farrell started the mass welcoming Canon Paul Fitzpatrick the Episcopal Vicar for the Pastoral Area of Coventry, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.

Canon Paul thanked Canon Tom and then mentioned that it was good to be back at St Osburg’s where he had visited as part of the ongoing Deanery visitation. He thanked those present and the choir for the lovely entrance hymn.

During his homily Canon Paul spoke about how it only took one word for Mary Magdala to be transformed. One word from Jesus changed her life.  "Mary" as Jesus spoke to her with her own name. Jesus speaks to us all to follow him and be the messenger with the good news he has risen for us all.

Reflecting on his visitations, Canon Paul mentioned that he has seen the joy and happiness across the deanery as part of confirmations and visitations and seen many who want to be called. Canon Paul asked if each of us could invite ‘another’ to mass to know and feel welcome in our church. Our vison as a diocese is to be one that goes out finds others and brings them home.

At the end of mass Canon Paul again thanked the choir - led by those from St Mary and St Benedict. He mentioned the closing assembly in May/June for the parish visitations that have occurred over the last year,  that will talk about changes as the Diocesan plan is implemented. He also announced a new Sunday evening Mass at St Osburg’s at 6pm.

The Easter Monday mass was recorded on YouTube: 

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Easter Monday Mass - St Osburg's Coventry

No refreshments were possible due to work required in the parish hall. Donations to the parish can be made online.

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The Coventry and Nuneaton Deanery consists of the following churchess: Our Lady of the Angels (Nuneaton) , Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Bulkington) & St Francis of Assisi (Bedworth) , St Anne (New Arley) & St Joseph (Nuneaton), St Benedict (Atherstone), St. Joseph (Monks Kirby) , All Souls, Christ the King & St Augustine’s, Corpus Christi &  St Anne, Holy Family, Our Lady of the Assumption & St John Vianney, Sacred Heart, St John Fisher, St Elizabeth, Ss Mary and Benedict, St Osburg, St Patrick , St Thomas More & St Joseph the Worker. Deanery website Coventry Catholic Deanery