Access useful liturgical texts
A work-in-progress document of liturgical texts that clergy might find helpful and which are not so easy to find.
Useful liturgical texts
Prayers and Readings for Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest (Feast of the Lord; Years A, B and C) celebrated on the Thursday after the Solemnity of Pentecost.
Eric Kirwan is the Chief Operating Officer for the Archdiocese, with effect from Monday 8 March 2021.
Currently the Chair of Directors at Holy Family Catholic Multi-Academy Company (MAC) in Warwickshire. Prior to taking up this role he was a successful Chief Executive Officer with experience in both the private and charity sectors.
If a Child (anyone under the age of 18) or Adult at Risk is in immediate danger you must contact the Police on 999.
If you have other concerns and there is no immediate danger, please contact the Safeguarding Team.
The Safeguarding Team is available Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm and can be contacted via:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0121 230 6240
We operate a duty system whereby there is a Safeguarding Advisor available during operating hours to respond to calls. Administrators will take the details of the initial contact and one of our available advisors will call you back as soon as possible.
Anyone who brings concerns or allegations to the notice of the Church will be responded to sensitively. All concerns and allegations will be addressed using the Church’s national procedures and in a timely manner.
If you have a concern out of hours that cannot wait the following agencies can be contacted:
Police: either via 999 or 101 or Local Authority children and adult services. Most local authorities run an out-of-hours helpline, details of which can be found on their website. Find out who is your Local Authority
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000, free helpline. Call if you are worried about a child. Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and at weekends 9am – 6pm. NSPCC helpline
Childline: 0800 1111
16-17 yr olds are legally classed as children and therefore fall within child protection procedures.
Caroline Bletso and Faye Fawcett are the Press and Media Relations Officers for the Archdiocese, managed by Deacon Paul O'Connor.
The team supports parishes and schools in all communication matters and responds to media enquiries.
Caroline and Faye are also responsible for managing the Archdiocese website, social media accounts and producing an e-newsletter.
The Sower, the diocesan magazine, is available here
Between them Caroline and Faye have extensive experience of working in the communications sector.
Contact the Communications Team:
Caroline Bletso - 074 6467 4630 - [email protected]
Faye Fawcett - 078 2378 9457 - [email protected]
Deacon Paul O'Connor - 079 4480 3701 - [email protected]
Also contactable via [email protected]
About the Archbishop
Email [email protected]
Email [email protected]
Archbishop's House8 Shadwell StreetBirmingham B4 6EY
Pastoral Letter Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (21-22 January 2023)
Pastoral Letter - 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26-27 February 2022
Ash Wednesday - 2 March
Rite of Election - 6 March
Mass of Thanksgiving for the Directors and Governors of our Catholic Schools - 5 April
Palm Sunday - 10 April
Chrism Mass - 13 April
Easter Vigil - 16 April
Mass for HM the Queen - 9 September
Requiem Mass for HM the Queen - 18 September
Civic Mass 20 November
Christmas Second Sunday - 3 January
Baptism of the Lord - 10 January
Ash Wednesday - 17 February
First Sunday of Lent - 21 February
Feast of St Chad - 2 March
Third Sunday of Lent - 7 March
Fifth Sunday of Lent - 21 March
Chrism Mass - 31 March
Trinity Sunday - 30 May
Permanent Diaconate Ordination - 4 July
Permanent Diaconate Ordination - 4 September
Guild of St Stephen Mass - 25 September
Blessed Carlo Acutis Parish - 10 October
Midnight Mass - 24 December
Rite of Election - March 2020
St George's Day - Thursday 23 April
Pastoral Letter - Fourth Sunday of Easter - 2 May 2020
Pentecost Sunday - Sunday 31 May 2020
Health Carers Mass - 18 June 2020
Episcopal Ordinations - 9 October 2020
Ordination of Permanent Deacons - Sunday 1 November 2020
Guild of St Stephen Mass - February 2019
Ash Wednesday - 6 March 2019
Pastoral Letter - 6/7 April 2019
PALM SUNDAY 2018
CHRISM MASS 2018
GOOD FRIDAY 2018
EASTER VIGIL 2018
Pastoral Letter - Feast of Corpus Christi 2-3 June 2018
Wolverhampton SS Mary John 11th Sunday Per Annum. 16 June 2018
Ordination to the Priesthood Jason Mahoney and Robert Carey 7 July 2018
Stella Maris Mass 15 September
Diocesan Celebration Day Homily 14 Oct 2018
Civic Mass 25 November 2018
Walsingham Festival Coventry - 8 December 2018
Christmas 2018 - Midnight Mass at St Chad's Cathedral
Pastoral Letter - 29 and 30 December 2018
Trinity Sunday - Sunday 7 June 2020
Corpus Christi - Sunday 14 June 2020
Episcopal Ordinations +DE +SW 09 October 2020
Supporting parishes and diocesan projects to access funding through grants, trusts and other income generation.
Kevin Baugh is the Funding Officer.
It is our role to support parishes across the whole of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. We are paid for through the Parish Levy, so come at no extra cost to you. We can support you in a number of ways including:
Contactless Giving Enquiries
We have co-ordinated a pilot exercise for Contactless Giving throughout a number of parishes within the Diocese.
It has now been decided to review the various learning points from this exercise before adding additional parishes to the scheme. Once we have a better understanding of the benefits (and challenges) which Contactless Giving has delivered, we will then put in place a plan for a much wider “roll-out” across the Archdiocese.
In doing this we may look to co-ordinate the operation at Deanery rather than individual parish level, using just one business supplier for the equipment.
If you have any contactless giving enquiries, feel free to send your details to [email protected] but please bear with us for the time being. As soon as we are in a position to take this forward, we will get in touch.
Project & Grant funding Enquiries
If your enquiry relates to building project or site development funding, please contact the Property Team: [email protected]
For general fundraising enquiries, please contact Kevin Baugh: [email protected]
Julia Hale, HR & Admin Officer
Tel: 0121 230 6224
The Safeguarding Office is a safe point of contact for survivors of abuse. We are here to help.
The Archdiocese of Birmingham Safeguarding Team is available on:0121 230 6240 or by email on: [email protected]
We support survivors who were abused when they were children and those who have been abused as adults. We recognise that speaking out about abuse can be very difficult and distressing and you may not have felt able to tell anyone before. We are here to support you to share your experiences.
Our staff will do all they can to listen to you and support you to find the help you need. You can speak to them without giving your personal details.
The Archdiocese is committed to supporting those who report being harmed and commits to the National Safeguarding Standards:
“Standard 3: Those that report having suffered harm receive a compassionate, caring and timely response, and are provided with access to appropriate support, advice, and pastoral care.”
Support and a listening ear is available from the Safeguarding Team but we also recognise that people may need/want to access support from other sources, we offer signposting and support to anyone who approaches us. You will be heard, be supported, and have your concerns taken seriously.
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role at the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.
If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.
Safe Spaces opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm, Saturday 9am-1pm and Sunday from 1pm-5pm (excluding bank holidays, subject to review).
Tel: 0300 303 1056Email: [email protected]LiveChat: www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.ukWebsite: www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk
The Survivors Trust The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK
NAPAC – Supporting Recovery From Childhood Abuse
Mind -For information for support around abuse - Guide to support options for abuse - Mind
Rape Crisis England & Wales
Victims' Code - Victim Support
MACSAS Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors
Survivors Guide from The Isaiah Journey
Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham
The Reverend Canon David Ernest Charles Evans was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
He carried out his studies in preparation for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome and was awarded a licentiate in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
On 29 July 1978, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
He subsequently held the following offices: parish vicar at Saint Mary’s, Walsall (1979-1981) and at Saint Aloysius, Oxford (1981-1983); formator and vice-rector at Saint Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham (1983-2001); parish priest at Saint Austin’s, Stafford (2001-2006); episcopal vicar for Coventry, Warwickshire, and Oxfordshire (2006-2007); parish priest of Saint Theresa’s, Chalbury, Oxon (2007-2012).
Since 2014 he has served as parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Rednal, and since 2019, Episcopal Vicar for Birmingham and Worcester.
He is a member of the Birmingham Metropolitan Chapter, a Judge of the Birmingham Metropolitan Chapter, and a member of the Bishops’ Conference Department for Dialogue and Unity.
He has served on the English Anglican- Roman Catholic Committee and the Bishops’ Conference Committee for Faith and Culture.
Birmingham Cathedral & South, Birmingham East & North, Kidderminster & Worcester.
-Affirm & strengthen Catholic life in the Pastoral Area-Represent the Archbishop locally-Facilitate initiatives to strengthen and encourage the life of deaneries and parishes-Carry out formal visitations to parishes-Celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation
82 Old Oscott HillKingstandingBirminghamB44 9SP
0121 243 1877
Closing Date: March 20, 2018
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Debbie Jones is the Data Compliance Manager.
Tel: 0121 230 6271
Episcopal Vicar (Coventry, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire)
Canon Paul Fitzpatrick is Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Henley on Thames.
He is also the Dean of the South Oxfordshire Deanery.
He is the Chair of the Care of the Clergy Committee.
The Administrator of the Johnson Association, which cares for the Sick and Retired Priests of the Archdiocese.
He teaches NT John at St. Mary's College, Oscott, our Diocesan Seminary.
Banbury & Warwick, Coventry & Nuneaton, Oxford (North & South).
31 Vicarage RoadHenley-on-ThamesOxfordshireRG9 1HT
Tel: 01491 573258Email: [email protected]
Birmingham Metropolitan Tribunal Cathedral HouseSt Chad’s QueenswayBirminghamB4 6EX
Frances Paisley: [email protected]
Episcopal Vicar (North Staffordshire, Stafford, Lichfield and Walsall and Dudley and Wolverhampton)
Canon Paul McNally is Parish Priest of Holy Trinity, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Sacred Heart in Silverdale.
He is the Dean of the North Staffordshire Deanery.
Also the Chair of the Council of Priests.
North Staffordshire, Stafford, Lichfield and Walsall and Dudley and Wolverhampton.
Holy TrinityLondon RoadNewcastle-under-LymeStaffordshireST5 1LQ
Tel: 01782 616483Email: [email protected]
Reverend Paul O’Connor, BA (Hons), BPL, MRTPIHead of Planning, Archdiocese of Birmingham
0121 230 627007944 803701
As a qualified town planner, Deacon Paul can provide advice on how to progress planning matters and can assist parishes when there is proposed development near to them.
Where parishes are considering repairs or alterations to listed churches they can gain support and resources from the Historic Churches Committee.
Alternatively for repairs or alterations to non-listed churches advice is available from the Art and Architecture Committee. Deacon Paul can provide advice on approvals required and procedure to follow.
Deacon Paul can provide advice on burial ground issues, including columbariums.
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
The Safeguarding Team.
Head of Safeguarding - Claire Reay
Safeguarding Advisor - Sarah Fullard
Safeguarding Advisor - Beverley Lewis
Safeguarding Advisor - Georgina McCaugherty (on maternity leave)
Administration Support Officer - Jackie Crawford
Administration Support Officer - Angela Arkley
Safeguarding Cathedral HouseSt Chad’s QueenswayBirminghamB4 6EX
Tel: 0121 230 6240
Email: [email protected]
Philip Pargeter was born in Wolverhampton on 13 June 1933. He was educated at St Hilda’s Primary School, Northenden, Manchester and at St Bede’s College, Manchester. He studied for the priesthood at Grove Park (1951 to 1952) and at St Mary’s Seminary, Oscott (1952 to 1959). He was ordained priest on 21 February 1959.
Bishop Pargeter served at Cotton College from 1959 to 1985 as a member of staff, Housemaster (1975 to 1984), Rector (1982 to 1985) and as parish priest for the local community (1984 to 1985). In June 1985 he was appointed Administrator of St Chad’s Cathedral. He was made a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1986.
A keen ecumenist, Bishop Pargeter became Chairman of the Birmingham Council of Churches in 1988. In this capacity he has worked to forge stronger ecumenical links in the Birmingham area. He was ordained as titular Bishop of Valentiniana and auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham by Archbishop Couve de Murville 21 February 1990.
On 31 July 2009, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Pargeter’s resignation as Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham in accordance with canons 411 and 401§1.
Bishop David - RIP
The main role of the property team is to provide advice and guidance for management of parish property.
The property team also manages all property held centrally by the Archdiocese.
The team can advise you on the upkeep, maintenance and development of parish properties, health and safety compliance to ensure the effective running of buildings for parishes and communities.
The department supports with planning, inspections and surveys, lettings, maintenance and refurbishment.
Where parishes are considering repairs or alterations to listed churches they can gain support and resources from the Historic Churches Committee. Alternatively for repairs or alterations to non-listed churches advice is available from the Art and Architecture Committee.
Head of Diocesan Property
0121 230 6248
0121 230 6232
Listed Building Support Officer
0121 230 6289
For maintenance plans, building maintenance, repairs, advice on Quinquennial Inspections and subsequent Project Management, Accessibility Audits, asbestos and legionella issues.
Also for listed churches and associated parish buildings.
Management of Allegations and Concerns
Handling of DBS-related Complaints