Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for October 2016
Is ethical journalism a thing of the past? There’s no doubt about it, journalists need help and support to stand up to the pressures from those who want them to be servants of big business or of political masters. Journalists who do not want to be mouthpieces for owners or political dogma, or other vested interests need our support. This month we are asked to join in Pope Francis’ prayer intention “….that journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.”
Appointments to the Directorate team
Fr Harry Curtis announced that Deacon's Jack Foxall and Kevin O’Connor have joined his ‘directorate’ team.
Jack’s area of responsibility is to be ‘Ministry and Pastoral Care’; this is in essence a matter of keeping in touch as regards the welfare of deacons, their families and deacon’s widows. In that role Jack will be assisted by the Area Pastoral Deacons, whose job it is to provide local eyes and ears and a port of call.
With sincere thanks to Adam Nicholls for all the help he has given as an APD, Jack is for the time being taking over from him as APD for Birmingham and Worcs – i.e. Bishop Robert’s area.
APDs please make sure that Jack is kept informed about the autumn area meetings, so that he can hopefully attend. His email Deacon Jack Foxall
Deacon Kevin O’Connor is being asked in particular to assist Deacon Pete Middleton in his role as Director for Formation, which covers all aspects of the pre-ordination Oscott years of formation, but also to assist Deacon Gerard Nosowski who looks after post-ordination on-going formation and events organisation (e.g. Diaconate Day).
Deacon Paul Russell will continue his advisory role to Fr Harry and the team.
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JULY 18, 2016. Volume 1 Number 1
New Director of the Permanent Diaconate
In February we welcomed Rev Fr Harry Curtis as Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, in succession to Fr David Bazen.
Fr Harry is currently the chaplain to Warwick University and Parish Priest of St Joseph the Worker, Coventry. He will retain these responsibilities alongside his new
work in support of the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese.
Jubilee of Deacons, Rome
Year of Mercy 2015 – 2016
Day of Pilgrimage to Aston Hall Stone
Sunday 21st August 2016, from 12 noon
Open Air Mass -3pm Main Celebrant, Bishop David McGough.
Free Car Park and Refreshments
Holy Door and Veneration of the Relic of Blessed Dominic Barberi with an exhibition to Blessed Dominic
The Sacrament of Reconciliation available
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass in the footsteps of St Dominic.
Those who have been unable this year to take advantage of gaining the Jubilee indulgence may like to take advantage of this opportunity.
Departure should be around 5pm
Posted by ZENIT Staff on 29 May, 2016
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of the Pope’s homily during the Holy Mass concluding the Jubilee for Deacons this morning in St. Peter’s Square. Deacons and their families from all around the world were invited to make a pilgrimage to Rome in order to participate in this major gathering on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Jubilee for Deacons, May 27-29, was a celebration for deacons, along with their wives and children:
Click Here: Pope’s Homily at Jubilee for Deacons
Photograph thanks to Deacon Bill Baines
We would like to welcome Rev Fr Harry Curtis as Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, in succession to Fr David Bazen.
Fr Harry is currently the chaplain to Warwick University and Parish Priest of St Joseph the Worker, Coventry and he will retain these responsibilities alongside his new work in support of the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese.
Jubilee Year of Mercy
The Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on 8th December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and it is an opportunity to reflect on how we carry out the Lord’s wish that we should be ‘Merciful like the Father’.
During the coming year there will be opportunities for specially prepared Liturgies and Reflections. These may be celebrated or offered as parish, deanery or diocesan events. Parishes are encouraged to join with other Catholics from around the deanery at their nearest Jubilee Church to celebrate some of these Liturgies, especially Penitential Services in Lent.
Each year we receive many blessings through our diocesan pilgrimages. This year pilgrimages take on a new focus as we look to our Diocesan Jubilee Churches and Pilgrimage Places as particular sources of grace and renewal. Pilgrimages to Rome during the Extraordinary Holy Year
All our pilgrimages in 2016 will develop the theme of ‘Merciful like the Father’.
There will not be an official Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome but we will direct pilgrims to parishes that are already organising groups to travel to Rome.
The British Ambassador to the Holy See, Mr Nigel Baker, has produced some information regarding the visits of pilgrim groups from England and Wales to Rome during the forthcoming Holy Year. This information is provided for your advice and, where appropriate, for forwarding to interested groups.
Pope Francis' message to the Diaconal community, the first time he has spoken specifically to Deacons as Pontiff:
In view of the first International Study Conference on the Permanent Diaconate, Paul VI stated on 25 October 1965: “Surely the Council acted in accordance with a providential inspiration of the Holy Spirit when it decided to renew the original ministry of diaconate at the service of the People of God.” It is in this conviction that I ask you not to relent in your commitment to a diaconal Universal Church and a world of solidarity. You are ambassadors of Jesus Christ who rejects anything related to authority and puts human hierarchies upside down like anyone who serves. You are ambassadors of our incarnate God who shows solidarity up until death and beyond death. You are called to accompany other people on their way to incarnation, in solidarity, everywhere in the world.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this commitment. At the same time I ask you to accompany me and my ministry with prayer. I also promise to take your concerns to the Lord and cordially impart to you my Apostolic Blessing.
Archdiocese of BirminghamPrayer Calendar 2015
for Priests and Permanent Deacons of the Diocese.
We pray for our diocesan priest and permanent deacons and all those across the world, that they would convey the love for God to all people
30-Oct Fr Krystof Paiak and Dcn Anthony Hartshorn
31-Oct Rt Rev Philip Pargeter and Dcn Melvyn Harwood
01-Nov Fr Stefan Park and Dcn Paul Hender
02- Nov Fr Roger Peck and Dcn Peter Hesketh
03- Nov Fr Jonn Peyton and Dcn Anthony Hewitt
04- Nov Fr Anthony Pham-Tri-Van and Dcn John Higgins
05- Nov Fr Stephen Pimlott and Dcn Stuart Hill
06- Nov Fr Dawid Piskorz and Dcn Robert Hughes
07- Nov Fr John Pitchford and Dcn Terry Hum
A pastoral letter from the Bishops of England & Wales on Home Mission Sunday.
Today is Home Mission Sunday and to emphasise its importance this pastoral letter comes to you on behalf of all the Bishops of England and Wales together.
This day is the moment when we invite every member of the Catholic community to pray for, participate in and support the work of evangelisation in England and Wales. This is our task of deepening, sharing and proclaiming our faith, sensitively and confidently, wherever we may be.
Please pray for Kevin O’Connor, Paul O’Connor, Michael Lennon and Mike Horsnall who were ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on Sunday 28th June 2015 at St Chads Cathedral, Birmingham.
Flower Festival. St Chads Cathedral June 12-13 and 14th 2015.
Displays by Flower Groups from around the Diocese and beyond. Refreshments served all day in the Grimshaw room.
Concert by Junior Choir after 4.15pm Mass on Saturday.
Orchestral Concert. 5pm Sunday 14th June given by Birmingham Schools Wind Orchestra. Directed by Adrian Taylor. Soloist Prof. David Saint. Followed by wine and canopés. Admission £7.50 includes concert and refreshments.