The chapel at St Joseph’s Care Home, Coleshill, was full to bursting on Monday 4 March for the unveiling of a new icon. The icon of the Holy Family – Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and, appropriately for the care home, St Joseph – was painted with love and prayer by Coventry artist Noreen Thornhill.


The icon joined a lectern, made by Tamworth artisan Aleks Voicis, and a tabernacle donated by Canon Peter Taylor. These new items were blessed by Fr John Dewis at the beginning of Monday’s Mass, with Canon Peter and Fr Sean Turley concelebrating and Noreen Thornhill in attendance.

Fr Dewis and Noreen Thornhill


Fr John explained that icons are common in the eastern rite of the Catholic Church, and this one includes Greek letters representing the Holy Family. After Mass, the congregants joined Father Hudson’s Chief Executive, Andy Quinn, the Head of Adult Care, Ed Brown, and the Registered Manager of St Joseph’s, Shelley Perryman, for tea and cake in the Terrace Café.

Mass is celebrated daily at St Joseph’s Care Home by resident priests, and is open to all who want to come. The priests are supported by a team of dedicated volunteers.

Daily Mass is just one of the things that makes St Joseph’s, run by Father Hudson’s Care, so special. Residents, whether they are Catholic or not, appreciate the activities on offer, the food, the caring staff, the facilities and the peaceful ambience.

If you think that you or a loved one may be ready for the care offered by St Joseph’s, call 01675-434500 or e-mail [email protected].

Respite bedrooms are available for those wanting to give St Joseph’s a try before making a permanent move. Shelley and her team look forward to welcoming you.