Events for Birmingham deacons 2017.
in-service day at St Mary's College Oscott. Saturday 29 April
Our speaker in the morning will be Francis Mohan, and he will be exploring some themes from the Gospel of St John. The afternoon speaker will be Fr Stephen Fawcett, who will take us through last year's apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia.
The Diaconate day is on Saturday 10 June with Mass at St Chad's celebrated by Archbishop Bernard. This is a very important event in the annual calendar. In the past some deacons have sent apologies for not attending, often because of first Holy Communion or Confirmation events in the parish. In case of such a clash of dates, we should consider carefully whether a parish event should take precedence over this one occasion in the year when our Archbishop invites all his deacons to celebrate Mass with him in his cathedral.
This morning at Mass I was admitted to the ministry of acolyte.
Thank you to Monsignor Nicholas France, Fr Francis, Fr Benjamin, Deacon Iain and Deacon Brendan
Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for November 2016
The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for November is: “That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity”.
His intention for evangelisation is: “That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement”.
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.
Wives E-Mail Newsletter
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