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July 2020, newsletter #2: A chance to visit Lourdes next month, Workplace Chaplaincy news and online events for you!
Interviewed on Zoom ahead of September ordination
 
Watch our four transitional Deacons, due to be ordained as priests this year, reflect on when they felt the call to priesthood.
 
 
Watch interview
Reopening our Churches
 
Over 200 churches across the Archdiocese have now reopened for individual prayer and/or public worship and it is a delight to see people coming through the doors.
 
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.
 
Travel to Lourdes in August
 
An opportunity has arisen to journey to Lourdes next month (August) on what would have been the annual Erdington Abbey Lourdes Pilgrimage.

Thirty places are available.
 
Please note this trip is not being managed by the Archdiocese of Birmingham in any way.
 
We are sharing the information on behalf of the Erdington Abbey Lourdes Pilgrimage.
 
 
Trip to Lourdes
 
New Chancellor sought
 
Newman University is seeking to appoint a new Chancellor.
 
The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the University, an ambassador and advocate for Newman who will attend graduation and other events as a communicator and model of Newman University’s values.

Suggestions of potential candidates are requested by August 31.
 
 
Workplace Chaplaincy Birmingham-Solihull
 
The Summer newsletter of Workplace Chaplaincy CIGB is attached.
 
On its website you can also read through the Annual Review 2019/20 (written pre Covid-19) which describes some experiences for the team:
 
  • giving bereavement support
  • celebrating a new birth at work
  • listening to retailers stuggling with the downturn
  • gathering together a worship community in a residential complex
  • building up our inter-faith relationships
  • .. and discovering that God’s timing is amazing!
 
 
Visit Workplace Chaplaincy CIGB
Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series continues
 
The Word of God for a World in Pain by Dr Scott Hahn.
 
Live stream lecture hosted by the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality in Oxford on 8 August at 3pm.
 
The renowned Catholic theologian, Dr Scott Hahn, Professor of Biblical Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio (USA), will explore the healing power of the Word of God for our world in pain.
 
 
Book your place
Live Masses Online
 
Live streaming of Masses continues at St Chad's Cathedral.
 
If your parish does not offer a live streaming facility please join us.
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.
 
 
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