Archbishop Bernard Longley paid a visit to Our Lady of The Sacred Heart, Weston in Arden, Bulkington and St Francis of Assisi, Bedworth as part of the dioceses’ series of parish visitations.

His Grace is pictured here with parish priest Fr Michael Gamble’s 93 year old father Mr Ken Gamble.

Also with the Sisters (Daughters Of St Francis de Sales). L to R: Sr Beena, Sr Lisa Therese, Fr Michael Gamble PP and Dean, Mr Ken Gamble, the Archbishop and Sr Mary Jane, Superior

By means of further support and encouragement to both priests and the lay faithful alike, in 2013 the Archbishop, supported by the Bishops, instituted a third series of Parish Visitations to run from 2014 to 2020.

These visitations build on the findings of the first two series, which concluded, on the basis of an audit in each parish, with a series of overall objectives for the future.

The visitations also provide the opportunity to reassess the arrangements between parishes so as to initiate necessary changes and prepare for further change in the future.

The visitations include consultations with parishioners and systematic feedback in each deanery and their particular focus will be the local Church’s social outreach activity and agencies.