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Archdiocese of Birmingham
 
July 2020
Hello to our seminarians
 
Meet the diocese's seminarians, introduced by His Grace Archbishop Longley on Zoom.
 
Do you have any questions for the four due to be ordained this year?
 
Due to the current pandemic the ordinations will now take place in September instead of this month (July), to allow for a bigger congregation.
 
Meet the seminarians
Reopening our Churches
 
It is wonderful news that over 170 churches across the Archdiocese have now reopened for individual prayer and/or public worship.
 
Churches are opening at different times and on different days and you are advised to check the parish website, or call ahead, to ensure it is open before you travel.
 
All parishes have undertaken a thorough Risk Assessment before they open.
 
When you visit a church please follow the guidance in place to ensure safety at all times.
 
Divine Renovation
 
Attached you will find news and information from the latest Divine Renovation newsletter.
 
It's great to see the Archdiocese of Birmingham getting a mention - the highest number of parishes downloading the DR Covid Parish Resource Kit was from our Archdiocese.
 
Divine Renovation offer valuable information and resources which are proving a great support as we start to embrace the work Towards a Diocesan Vision: Unfolding God's Plan.
 
 
Discover Divine Renovation
Supporting Your Parish
 
You have asked us how you can continue giving to your parish during the pandemic.
 
Parishes still greatly need your support, even more so without their weekly congregations and visitors.
 
We do though recognise that many parishioners may be struggling financially, and there is no expectation to give where you are unable to do so.
 
You can donate via standing order or single donation.
 
Donate here
 
 
Catholic Voices survey 'Coronavirus, Church & You’
 
Catholic Voices is collaborating with researchers as part of a major survey assessing responses to the Covid-19 crisis among Catholics in the UK.
 
This survey, which will form part of a wider survey of UK Christian responses to the present crisis, is intended to capture Catholic experience and help us understand it better. The survey takes the form of an online questionnaire and has already received 1,500 responses.
 
 
Tabor House to reopen - volunteers needed
 
Can you help out at Tabor House, Birmingham's only permanent night shelter?

It is set to reopen on Monday 27 July and is in need of volunteers for shifts - evenings, weekends and overnight.

Three online Zoom information meetings are being held for potential volunteers:

Monday 13 July at 3pm.
Wednesday 15 July at 7pm.
Monday 20 July at 6pm.
 
 
Information meetings for Tabor House
Date for your diary! Online Justice and Peace Assembly
 
This year the Birmingham Justice and Peace Commission will host its annual Assembly online during the Month of Creation.
 
The theme is The Climate Emergency.
 
Sessions will run online from September 28 to October 4.
 
 
Justice and Peace Assembly 2020
Oberammergau Pilgrimage 2022
 
Bookings are now being taken by JC Journeys for this five day Pilgrimage in June 2022.
 
Experience the world-renowned Oberammergau Passion Play.
 
Find out more
 
Marriage preparation at a time of social distancing

The need to socially isolate has had an impact on couples preparing for marriage in parishes.
 
UK course provider Smart Loving is supporting them by providing sound Catholic marriage preparation online.
 
One lesson per week over nine weeks gives couples time to practice the tools and form new habits. At course end, couples are emailed a certificate and report to give to their celebrant. To obtain a course guide please email smartloving@talktalk.net
 
 
Celebrants can review the course here It's grounded in Catholic theology with Imprimatur and accepted internationally in Catholic churches.
 
The diocesan Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator, Lianne Pap, has also given her endorsement and support of this organisation.
 
 
Live Masses Online
 
Daily live streaming of Masses continues at St Chad's Cathedral.
 
If your parish does not offer a live streaming facility please join us.
Please follow us online
 
If you are on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram please follow the Archdiocese of Birmingham online.
 
Our accounts are being used more than ever before to share news, events and information.
 
We hope you are finding this e-newsletter useful. Please remember to share with anyone you think will benefit, and encourage them to subscribe via the website.
 
If you have any news, events or information you’d like to share this way please email it to communications@rc-birmingham.org marked ‘For Newsletter’.
 
It's great to see information coming into us which we can share with others, please keep it coming!
 
 
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