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The Coventry Ordinariate Mission consists of people from various parts of Coventry and Warwickshire. We gather every Sunday at The Precious Blood & All Souls, Earlsdon, Coventry for the Solemn Mass at 11.15am. Our group pastor, Father Paul Burch, is also the parish priest of All Souls.

We are committed to establishing a strong and distinctive Ordinariate presence at All Souls, in fidelity to the founding vision of Pope Benedict XVI for the Ordinariate. We are very grateful for the invitation and support of His Grace, Archbishop Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham.

If you would like to explore becoming a Catholic through the Ordinariate and live in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, please contact Father Paul Burch on 02476 674 161, who will be very pleased to guide you.


The Coventry Ordinariate Mission is based in the parish of The Precious Blood & All Souls, Earlsdon, where Father Paul is parish priest. On Sundays we gather for the Solemn Mass at 11.15am and play a full part in the life of the parish. Please pray for us.


Father Paul Burch
The Presbytery, Kingsland Avenue, Earlsdon, Coventry CV5 8DX

T: 024 7667 4161


Seventh Sunday of Easter, 12th May 2024

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation), 5th May 2024

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 28th April 2024

Fourth Sunday of Easter, 21st April 2024

Third Sunday of Easter, 14th April 2024

Second Sunday of Easter, 7th April 2024

Easter Day, 31st March 2024

Palm Sunday, 24th March 2024

Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday), 17th March 2024

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 10th March 2024

Third Sunday of Lent, 3rd March 2024

Second Sunday of Lent, 25th February 2024

First Sunday of Lent, 18th February 2024

Quinquagesima, 11th February 2024

Sexagesima, 4th February 2024

Septuagesima, 28th January 2024

The Third Sunday after Epiphany, 21st January 2024

The Second Sunday after Epiphany, 14th January 2024

The Epiphany of the Lord, 7th January 2024

The Feast of the Holy Family, 31st December 2023

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, 24th December 2023

The Third Sunday of Advent, 17th December 2023

The Second Sunday of Advent, 10th December 2023

The First Sunday of Advent, 3rd December 2023

Solemnity of Christ the King, 26th November 2023

24th Sunday after Trinity, 19th November 2023

23rd Sunday after Trinity, 12th November 2023 (Remembrance)

22nd Sunday after Trinity, 5th November 2023

21st Sunday after Trinity, 29th October 2023

20th Sunday after Trinity, 22nd October 2023

19th Sunday after Trinity, 15th October 2023

18th Sunday after Trinity, 8th October 2023

17th Sunday after Trinity, 1st October 2023

Our Lady of Walsingham, 24th September 2023

15th Sunday after Trinity, 17th September 2023

14th Sunday after Trinity, 10th September 2023

13th Sunday after Trinity, 3rd September 2023

12th Sunday after Trinity, 27th August 2023

11th Sunday after Trinity, 20th August 2023

10th Sunday after Trinity, 13th August 2023

The Transfiguration of the Lord, 6th August 2023

8th Sunday after Trinity, 30th July 2023

7th Sunday after Trinity, 23rd July 2023

6th Sunday after Trinity, 16th July 2023

5th Sunday after Trinity, 9th July 2023

4th Sunday after Trinity, 2nd July 2023

3rd Sunday after Trinity, 25 June 2023

2nd Sunday after Trinity, 18th June 2023

Corpus Christi, 11th June 2023

Trinity Sunday, 4th June 2023

Pentecost (Whitsunday), 28th May 2023

Seventh Sunday of Easter (Sunday after The Ascension), 21st May 2023

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation Sunday), 14th May 2023


Fifth Sunday of Easter, 7th May 2023

Fourth Sunday of Easter, 30th April 2023

Third Sunday of Easter, 23rd April 2023

Second Sunday of Easter, 16th April 2023

Easter Day, 9th April 2023


The Precious Blood & All Souls
Kingsland Avenue, Earlsdon, Coventry CV5 8DX


11.15am SOLEMN MASS (refreshments in the Parish Room afterwards)


See the parish newssheet for times of all weekday Masses.

Mass on Thursdays at 7.30pm is celebrated according to Divine Worship: The Missal.



Sundays to Thursdays Evening Prayer (Divine Worship Daily Office) is prayed publicly in church at 5.30pm. All are very welcome either in person or via the livestream


Each month on a Wednesday evening (see poster below for 2024 dates) we have a celebration of Solemn Evensong & Benediction, followed by refreshments in the parish room. This beautiful service gives expression to and preserves for Catholic worship the worthy Anglican liturgical patrimony, understood as that which has nourished the Catholic faith throughout the history of the Anglican tradition and prompted aspirations towards ecclesial unity. Please do join us. List of 2024 dates here

Next Solemn Evensong & Benediction 7pm Wednesday 10th April 2024


DIVINE WORSHIP: The Ordinariate Mass liturgy

The distinctive Mass liturgy of the Ordinariate is used on Thursdays at 7.30pm and on alternate Sundays at 11.15am. Divine Worship is the form of the Roman Rite of the Mass authorised for use in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Its language and many of the prayers included give expression to those aspects of the Anglican tradition which have been welcomed into the Catholic Church through the establishment of the Ordinariate.


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For service times and events this week,

ORDINARIATE FESTIVAL 2024 This year's festival will take place in Manchester and is entitled Lead Kindly Light. See here for details and registration forms.

BENEDICT XVI MEMORIAL LECTURE This, the first, takes place at Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, London on Monday 12th February. See here for details.

EASTER DAY LUNCH A table is booked for members of our community who would like to sit down to lunch on Easter Day, Sunday 31st March, at Harringtons restaurant in Kenilworth. Please confirm your attendance with John Ingram.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKES at John and Sarah Ingram's home. Time in the evening of Tuesday 13th February, times to be confirmed.

IAN O'HARA RIP We pray for the repose of the soul of Ian O'Hara who died suddenly on Christmas Eve. Mass was offered for Ian on Thursday 4th January. We pray for too for Mary and Ann his sisters, and Clare and Rachel his nieces.

CHRISTMAS DINNER Our huge thanks to John Ingram for organising our Christmas mela once again at the Greyhound pub on 19th December. It was lovely to enjoy one another's company over a drink and a meal.

RECEPTION AND CONFIRMATION OF ANN WILSON On the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Thursday 30th November, Ann Wilson was received into full communion and confirmed during Mass. May God continue to bless her and guide her. 

BAPTISM OF TEDDY AND MOLLY INGRAM On Sunday 15th October Teddy and Molly Ingram were baptised. It was a very happy occasion indeed. Teddy is already in the sanctuary as a boat-boy! Deo gratias!

SUMMER BARBECUE Our annual summer barbecue takes place on Saturday 19th August at the home of John and Sarah Ingram. 

MARCH FOR LIFE COACH A coach will be leaving All Souls at 9.45am on Saturday 2 September for the March for Life UK in London. More details HERE.

JUNE MEETING, Wednesday 21st June Our June meeting will begin at 7pm in the Peace Garden with a short act of worship, followed by meet and eat in the presbytery garden .

APRIL MEETING, Wednesday 19th April                                            Our April meeting on Wednesday 19th April begins with Stations of the Resurrection at 7.30pm in church, followed by an introduction to the Mission Audit which all groups of the Ordinariate are being asked to undertake to help further the mission of the Ordinariate where groups exist. Please be there.


Alleluia, Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

A very happy and blessed Easter to you all. May you know the deep joy and peace of celebrating Our Lord's Resurrection.

HOLY WEEK The full Holy Week schedule for the parish of All Souls can be found here. The Ordinariate community plays a full part in the worship during Holy Week - altar serving, reading etc.

MARCH MEETING: STATIONS OF THE CROSS Our monthly meeting on Wednesday 15th March will begin at 7.30pm in church with Stations of the Cross, followed by short meeting and refreshments in the parish room.

PANCAKES & PRAYERS Our next monthly meeting is on Tuesday 21st February, Shrove Tuesday, in the presbytery. Pancakes and prayers in readiness for Ash Wednesday and Lent...

EVELYN GANNON RIP It is with sadness that we pray for the repose of the soul of Evelyn Gannon, one of the first members of the Coventry group back in 2010, who died before Christmas. Evelyn's funeral takes place at 1pm on Thursday 2nd February.

Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord,

and let light perpetual shine upon her.



We have a very profound affection for Pope Benedict, not least for his creation of the Ordinariates and his generosity of spirit. We’ve also found his teaching to be solid food, both as Catholics and when we were Anglicans in a context where solid food and solid ground were hard to come by. We wouldn't be part of an unprecedented ecumenical adventure called the Ordinariate without the vision and brilliance of Pope Benedict.

As we give thanks to God for Pope Benedict – and raise a glass to him – let’s also pray that he will be with the Father and enjoy the reward of a good and faithful servant.

O GOD, who of thy ineffable providence didst vouchsafe to number thy servant Pope Benedict in the company of thy high Priests: grant, we beseech thee; that as he did fulfil on earth the office of thine Only Begotten Son, he may be numbered in the everlasting fellowship of thy holy Pontiffs; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Absolve, O Lord, the souls of the faithful departed:
from every bond of sin.
Any by the succour of thy grace: may they be found worthy to escape the avenging judgement.
And enjoy the bliss: of everlasting light.
Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon him.

Requiem Mass
Fr Paul offered a private Mass on the morning of Pope Benedict's death, and will offer a public Requiem Mass at 6.30pm on Monday 2nd January. 


COME LORD JESUS! An enormous thank you to everyone who attended and made the Ordinariate Advent Day for the Northern and Midlands groups such a great occasion. The home team did us proud! Lots of people commented on the warmth of welcome, how good it was for us to be together, and on the food! There certainly seems to be an appetite for these days together. Watch this space.

NOVEMBER MEETING Our November meeting on Wednesday 16th November consisted of a Requiem Mass for the deceased members of our group and our relatives, followed by a bring-and-share supper in the parish room. 

FAREWELL TO GAYNOR SMITH With sadness we said farewell to Gaynor on Sunday 16th October, as she and her husband, Martin, move to Bewdley. Gaynor has been a good friend to us all and utterly committed to the work and mission of the Ordinariate. We wish Gaynor and Martin well and send them with our prayers and affection.

OCTOBER MEETING At our October meeting on Wednesday 9th October we celebrated our patron, Saint John Henry Newman, whose Feast Day this year fell on a Sunday. Mass at 7.30pm followed by a bring and share supper.



10 Million too many! Life from conception, no exception!

Cries that rang out around the streets of Westminster yesterday as record numbers of people gathered for this year's March for Life, including a group of us from Coventry and other Ordinariate communities. The March was peaceful, positive and loving - a simple affirmation of the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. The first reading at the Mass celebrated at Southwark cathedral by Bishop John Sherrington set the scene perfectly:

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. (2Corinthians 4)


Update: POSTPONED until 2023 because of the national period of mourning of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

On Saturday 17th Father Paul  will be attending a one-day conference called SHARING THE CHURCH’S STORY in London. The vision of the conference is to bring people together in person for an experience of profound personal renewal and to be equipped for mission. SHARING THE CHURCH’S STORY will be gathering up to 1000 Catholics – lay and ordained - who are passionate about the renewal of the Church in the UK. It's wonderful that two of the speakers/contributors are priests of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham: Father Michael Ward and Monsignor Michael Nazir-Ali.

ORDINARIATE DAY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM 2022 This year's annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was a lovely day. We began with an address at the Anglican Shrine given by the Vicar General, Fr David Waller, and the Liturgy of Sprinkling. Fr Waller encouraged pilgrims to bring to the Lord all the brokenness in our lives, in the wider Church and in the world, in the knowledge that Christ has fixed this world’s brokenness through his one perfect sacrifice on the Cross.

After the Liturgy of Sprinkling we prayed the joyful mysteries of Holy Rosary in procession from the Anglican shrine to the Catholic shrine. Much of the procession was in silence, but as we approached the Slipper Chapel we burst into song as we sang a couple of hymns to Our Lady.

Following lunch in the shrine grounds Monsignor Newton celebrated Mass according to Divine Worship in the Chapel of Reconciliation, from where pilgrims departed for home. Those who were staying over on Saturday night were encouraged to join the Ordinary for Mass at 10.30am on Sunday morning for Mass according to Divine Worship. A good number of pilgrims had stayed in Walsingham on Friday night and took part in Evensong and Benediction.

ASSUMPTIONTIDE BBQ What a scorcher! Our thanks to John and sarah for organsiing and hosting our Assumptiontide BBQ on Saturday 13th August. A very enjoyable day indeed, followed by a lovely Mass for Our lady's Assumption on Sunday 14th August.

JULY MEETING Our last evening meeting was on Monday 11th July beginning in church at 7.30pm for Evensong and Benediction for the Feast of St. Benedict, followed by refreshments in the presbytery garden. A very pleasant evening indeed. 

BAPTISM OF DREW REED It was a great joy to celebrate the Baptism and Confirmation of Drew Reed on Thursday 2nd June (photo above). Drew is the latest new member of the Coventry group, and he is most welcome.

RECEPTION OF JANE CAMERON On Tuesday 10th May Jane was received into the full communion of the Catholic Church as a member of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. It was a joy to welcome her.

RECEPTION OF FERDINAND AND NATASHA VON HOLSTEIN On Saturday 9th April Father Paul received Natasha and Ferdinand into the Catholic Church as members of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Ferdinand and Natasha celebrated their first Holy Week and Easter Triduum with us as Catholics. Thanks be to God.

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM in April a good number of the group joined other members of the parish of All Souls on a very enjoyable and spiritually enriching pilgrimage to the national Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. Hopefully this will now be an annual event.

ORDINARIATE OFFICE BOOK The Ordinariate's very own Office Book is now available for distribution.

Divine Worship: Daily Office (Commonwealth Edition) contains Morning and Evening Prayer from the Anglican prayer book tradition, now approved for use in the Catholic Church through the Personal Ordinariates.

This edition contains the complete Lessons for Morning and Evening Prayer (RSV Second Catholic Edition), following the 1961 Lectionary.

Together with optional office hymns, antiphons, and other texts, the ‘bookends' of Matins and Evensong are also enriched by the provision of the Lesser Hours of Prime, Terce, Sext, None, and Compline.

The Divine Worship: Daily Office is beautifully produced for the Ordinariate in leatherette, with rounded corners, gilt edges, and multiple ribbons for ease of use.


• Proper of Seasons

• Proper of Saints and Holydays

• Commons

• Morning and Evening Prayer

• Prime / Terce / Sext / None / Compline

• Psalter

• Lectionary

• Appendices

Additional Features:

2030 pp

6 satin ribbons

Red/Gold gilding


RECEPTION OF JANET WATERS APRIL 2021 It was a joy to witness the Reception of Janet Waters into the Catholic Church on 29 April as a member of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Father Paul received Janet during our regular Thursday evening Mass. Wonderful also to have Janet's son, Fr John Waters, with us for such a special family occasion, and to preach the homily. When it is safe to do so, we will properly welcome Janet and raise a glass or two.



CANONISATION OF ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN A group of us were fortunate enough to be present at the Mass of Canonisation of John Henry Cardinal Newman in St Peter's Square in Rome on Sunday 13th October. What an amazingly happy and exhilarating occasion it was. So good to be with Catholics from all over the world and to celebrate our Catholic faith. We also celebrated Mass in the Venerable English College with our Ordinary, Monsignor Newton, attended a Vigil of Prayer and Music Concert at St Mary Major and attended the Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Cardinal Nichols in St John Lateran. In between these wonderful liturgies there were lots of opportunities to eat and drink together. When in Rome...! We ask our new Saint to pray for us now that we're back in the parish and with much work to do. St John Henry Newman, pray for us and the Church in this land.

Almighty and eternal God, we offer heartfelt thanks and praise for the life and witness of Saint John Henry Newman. In him you have given us an inspiring example of a priest and teacher heroically devoted to the pursuit of holiness and the salvation of souls. Through his intercession and his teachings we ask you to pour out your blessings on all your children who seek your truth, so that all may come to know and love you in the one true fold of the Redeemer, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FAREWELL MASS AT ST. JOSEPH'S Our final Sunday at St. Joseph the Worker will be Sunday 22nd September and our first Sunday at All Souls Earlsdon will be Sunday 29th September. We will join with our friends in the parish of St Joseph's for a farewell Mass and supper to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham on Tuesday 24th September at 7pm.

SPONSORED WALK & CYCLE RIDE ALONG HADRIAN'S WALL Please pray for those taking part in the sponsored walk and cycle ride along Hadrian's Wall this week, 18-21 August. We wish them well and a safe return.

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY We celebrate the Solemnity of Our Blessed Lady's Assumption into heaven with a Solemn Mass on Thursday 15th August at 7pm.

GATHERING TO PRAY We are in a period of change and transition, which is both exciting and unsettling. I'd like therefore to invite people to gather at Aquinas House at 7pm on Wednesday 14th August so that we can pray together and encourage one another. "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. " Philippians 4: 6-7

BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN'S CANONISATION At last we have a date for the canonisation of our Patron, Blessed John Henry Newman. The Vatican announced last week that Newman will be 'raised to the altars' on Sunday 13th October 2019. Thanks be to God.

MASS OF THANKSGIVING AND RENEWAL FOR PRIESTS On Friday 28th June Father Paul and Father Paul will be joining priests from all over the country in Westminster Cathedral for a Mass of celebration and  renewal. Other priests of the ordinariate will be there too, of course, with our Ordinary, Mgr Newton. Please pray for all our priests. 

CORPUS CHRISTI Our Mass on the great feast of the Body and Blood of Christ concludes with a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. This is an act both of our faith in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist and of devotion to him who is, as he promised, always with us.

OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM DOWRY TOUR: ST. CHAD'S CATHEDRAL, BIRMINGHAM The image of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel at Walsingham is coming to St. Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham Thursday 20th -Saturday 22nd June. The itinerary for the triduum of prayer ahead of the re-consecration of England as Our Lady's Dowry can be found here.

JUNE DEVOTIONS TO OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM Our devotions to Our Lady of Walsingham for the month of June will take place on Monday 10th June at 7.30pm (please note that this is the 2nd Monday of the month, not the usual 1st Monday).

MEETING JOHN HENRY NEWMAN Oscott College presents a series of talks over three consecutive evenings, Wednesday 19th - Friday 21st June, introducing the inspiring life and influence of Blessed John Henry Newman. You are welcome to attend one or all three, whichever suits you best. Timings 6.30-9pm. Advance bookings only, places limited. Tickets £5 per evening, to include a light supper. For more information and bookings telephone 01213215026 or email

ASCENSION DAY The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord is on Thursday 30th May. Observe this Holyday of Obligation at our Solemn Mass at 7pm.

MAY DEVOTIONS TO OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM Our monthly evening of devotions to Our Lady of Walsingham takes place on Monday 6th May at 7.30pm, following the 7pm Mass.

ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN! A very happy and blessed Easter to you all. May the Risen Lord bless you richly and walk with you.

HOLY WEEK You are very welcome to join us for any of our services in Holy Week, the week in which we celebrate Christ's death and resurrection that changed the world for ever.

REQUIEM MASS FOR BRIAN McLAUGHLIN RIP We gather as family, friends and worshipping community at 12noon on Wednesday 10th April to offer a Requiem Mass for Brian McLaughlin who died in February. The Mass will be followed by a lunch reception in the hall.

THANK YOU to all those who supported our recent Cafod 'Hunger lunch' and to those who organised the event. All proceeds, of course, to Cafod.

MOTHERING SUNDAY LUNCH Lunch will be served in the hall after Mass on Mothering Sunday, 31st March. You are very warmly invited.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS We will follow the Stations of the Cross on the Thursdays of Lent at 7.30pm, following the 7pm Mass.

PANCAKES AND BURYING THE ALLELUIA On the Sunday next before Lent we will enjoy pancakes in the hall after Mass, ahead of Ash Wednesday. We will also bury an inscription of the word Alleluia in the church grounds and resurface it on Easter Day.

SECOND MIRACLE ATTRIBUTED TO PRAYERS OF BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN APPROVED Pope Francis has approved a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, opening the way for Newman's canonisation. Pope John Paul II pronounced Newman Venerable in 1991 and Pope Benedict XVI beatified him in 2010 during his State Visit to the United Kingdom. This is wonderful news, particularly for those of us placed under his patronage in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Vatican has not yet announced a date for the canonisation, but it is expected to be in October this year. More details to follow. Deo gratias.

ASH WEDNESDAY SOLEMN MASS We commence the penitential season of Lent with Solemn Mass at 7pm on Wednesday 6th March.

BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN RIP We pray for the repose of the soul of our friend Brian who died in Southam on Sunday 10th February. May he rest in peace. A Requiem Mass will be offered for Brian on Wednesday 10 April at 12noon in St Joseph the Worker church, Coventry, when his family from various parts of the world will be present.

MONSIGNOR EDWIN BARNES RIP We are saddened by the death of Monsignor Edwin Barnes on 6th February, his 84th birthday, but thankful for his example as a committed and faithful priest of Jesus Christ. We offer a Requiem Mass for him at 7pm on Monday 11th February and pray for Jane his widow and their family. May he rest in peace.

THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD This feast to concludes the Christmas cycle falls this year on a Saturday, so please make every effort to be present at Mass at 10am on Saturday 2nd February. The Mass will begin with Blessing of Candles and Procession.

NEW YEAR'S DAY As well as marking the beginning of a new calendar year, January 1st for us is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Join us to begin the year in the best possible way with Solemn Mass at 12noon.

A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO YOU We wish you all a very happy Christmas. May the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas, and may you know the presence of Emmanuel - God-with-us.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES Times of Christmas Day services  are as follows:

24th Dec       11.30pm Office of Readings  

                      12am MIDNIGHT MASS

25th               10.30am Morning Prayer

                      11am SOLEMN MASS

Please join us to celebrate the Birth of Christ. You are most welcome.

ADVENT BEGINS As we celebrate the Church's Advent liturgies we make our own the hope-filled longing of the people of ancient Israel. As we look forward to the celebration of the birth of the Messiah at Christmas, we look forward also to our Saviour's second coming in glory. Come, Lord Jesus!

SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS Make our traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight part of your Christmas this year. In this beautiful service hear the Christmas story told through Bible readings and some of the loveliest Christmas carols. We would love to see you on Sunday 30th December at 6.30pm. More details here.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE Join us for our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 8th December, 11am-1pm. The Prize Draw will be drawn after Mass on Sunday 9th December.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY We offer our Solemn Mass on Sunday 11 November as a Requiem for all those who have died in war and conflict, and pray for peace and justice for all men, women and children. Our Mass is preceded at 11am by a short Act of Remembrance.

ALL SAINTS' DAY Join us to celebrate the grace of God at work in all the saints at a Solemn Mass on Thursday 1st November at 7pm.

ALL SOULS DAY A Requiem Mass will be offered for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed at 7pm on Friday 2nd November.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Thank you to all those who supported our coffee morning for MacMillan Cancer Care on Saturday 13th October. You raised a magnificent £432.

FEAST OF BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN Thank you for joining us for a Solemn Mass at 7pm on Tuesday 9th October in celebration of our patron, Blessed John Henry Newman.

THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM This is a major feast for those of us who belong to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. We gathered to honour Our Lady of Walsingham with a Solemn Mass at 7pm on Monday 24th September. Refreshments after Mass in the Jordan Room. Poster here.

THOMAS AND CHRIS CONFIRMED On Sunday 16th September the Ordinary confirmed Chris and Thomas during our Solemn Mass. Thomas and Chris then received the Lord's Body and Blood in Holy Communion for the first time. In his homily the Ordinary spoke to Thomas and Chris of the importance of three Bs: Believing the Faith of the Church as handed to us by the apostles; Belonging to the Body of Christ, the Church, and not just being an individual believer; and Behaving, how our faith ought to change the way we behave. After a very joyful Mass we tucked into  delicious lunch in the hall. All in all a very happy and uplifting day. Our prayers and best wishes to Thomas and Chris, and thanks to Monsignor Newton for encouraging us with his words and presence. Photos to follow.

ADOREMUS EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS Six members of our community made the journey to Liverpool for the second day of the three-day National Eucharistic Congress on Saturday 8th September. What an uplifting and encouraging day it was, to be fed so amply by the teaching of Bishop Robert Barron and to kneel in adoration before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament with around seven thousand other Catholics from across the country. The ordinariate was well represented - from the sea of people packed into the Echo Arena we spotted friends from various ordinariate groups, including Monsignor Newton. Thank you to the Bishops for this excellent initiative and to the organisers for their formidable efforts in pulling off such a wonderful event. May the congress lead to a renewed love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and a worthier celebration of the Eucharist in our parishes. O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine!

DEVOTIONS TO OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM On Monday 3rd September after the 7pm Mass we gather for our monthly devotions to Our Lady of Walsingham. These include intercessions, other prayers, hymns and silence. Please join us for this informal service lasting about 30 minutes.

FATHER DONALD MINCHEW RIP Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Father Donald Minchew, priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, who died peacefully in hospital on 16th August. Jesu mercy, Mary pray.

VISIT OF MONSIGNOR NEWTON TO CONFER THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION Monsignor Newton, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be joining us on Sunday 16th September to celebrate the 11am Solemn Mass and to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation of Chris and Thomas. Please pray for them both as they prepare for this special milestone in their Christian journey of discipleship. Details. 

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY This great summer Marian feast approaches. Wherever you find yourself this summer, make sure you attend Mass on the Holyday of Obligation to honour Our Blessed Lady assumed into heaven. And if you find yourself in Coventry, come and visit us for Mass at 7pm on Wednesday 15th August.

FISH & CHIPS SUPPER on Friday 24th August. More details to follow. Please make it a date.

FATHER TIM BONIWELL CELEBRATES MASS AS A CATHOLIC PRIEST FOR THE FIRST TIME Another happy day followed the day of Fr Tim's ordination. On Sunday 1st July Fr Tim offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the first time. This is of course a very special moment for any priest, but as Fr Tim himself said afterwards during a celebratory lunch, he feels he has finally arrived at where God first called him to be all those years ago. Ad multos annos!

EIGHT NEW PRIESTS FOR THE ORDINARIATE It was a huge joy and privilege to be with eight men as they were ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Birmingham on Saturday 30th June 2018. Among them was our very own Father Tim Boniwell. Our congratulations go to him and we surround him with our prayers as he exercises his priestly ministry among us. The oratory was packed to the rafters with members of the ordinariate - priests, deacons, religious and laypeople, as well as supporters of the ordinariate. Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrated the Mass according to Divine Worship beautifully and Monsignor Newton preached an excellent homily. A very happy day for the ordinariate. Deo gratias!

SOLEMNITY OF ST. PETER & ST PAUL, APOSTLES Our 7pm Mass on Thursday 28th June was a Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of the Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul. The Solemnity is a Holyday of Obligation when we should endeavour to be present at Mass.

SOLEMNITY OF THE BIRTH OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST On Sunday 24th June we celebrated the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. Such an important is this that it replaces the Sunday in Ordinary Time.

MONTHLY ROSARY & DEVOTIONS TO OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM Beginning in September we will follow our 7pm Mass on the 1st Monday of each month with the Rosary and Devotions to Our Lady of Walsingham. These devotions will last about 30 minutes. Needless to say, all are most welcome. No previous experience of the Rosary required - just a willingness to pray!

PREPARATIONS FOR DEACON TIM'S PRIESTLY ORDINATION are underway. At the invitation of Monsignor Newton, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, His Grace, Archbishop Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, will ordain Tim Boniwell and seven other men (currently transitional deacons) to the Sacred Priesthood at 12noon on Saturday 30th June 2018 at the Birmingham Oratory. The following day, Sunday 1st July, Deacon Tim will celebrate the Holy Mass for the first time as a Catholic Priest at our Solemn Mass at 11am.

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church: give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are now to be called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and to the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen. 

SUMMER BARBECUE John and Sarah Ingram very generously invite us again to join them for a summer BBQ on Saturday 14th July. Let's hope the blistering weather holds for a while longer!

CORPUS CHRISTI In unity with Catholics all across the globe we celebrated on Sunday 3rd June the Body and Blood of Christ with Solemn Mass followed by a Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. It was a beautiful reminder of the goodness and graciousness of God in his provision of Bread for the journey for his children. 

TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO THE CALENDAR This year two beautiful additions have been made to the calendar of saints and celebrations. The first is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, to be kept on the Monday after the Feast of Pentecost. The second is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, to be celebrated on the Thursday after the Feast of Pentecost.

FEAST OF PENTECOST (Whitsunday) Our Solemn Mass for the Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated according to Divine Worship at 11am. As always on Sundays, Mass is preceded by public Morning Prayer.

ASCENSION DAY It was a joy to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord's Ascension recently, and on its proper day, following the decision of the Bishops of England and Wales to return it to the 40th day after Easter Day. Being a Holyday of Obligation the congregation was a very healthy size. It was pleasing to have a larger then normal congregation to experience a Solemn Mass celebrated according to Divine Worship.

 PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF DEACON TIM BONIWELL We are very much looking forward to the occasion of Deacon Tim's ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday 30th June 2018 at the Birmingham Oratory. At the request of the Ordinary, Archbishop Bernard Longley will ordain Tim and several other men currently ministering in the ordinariate as deacons. Deacon's Tim's inaugural Mass as a Catholic priest will be at St. Joseph the Worker, Coventry at 11am on Sunday 1st July.

CONVERSION Most of the group met at Aquinas House on Wednesday 11th April for the next of our monthly evenings of catechesis and prayer. This time we embarked on Bishop Robert Barron's DVD series entitled CONVERSION. Our focus was on the experience of blind Bartimaeus and how conversion can be considered an experience of enlightenment or restoration of sight. Our next session will be in May, date to be confirmed.

A VERY HAPPY EASTER From the Coventry Ordinariate Mission a very happy and blessed Easter to you. We began our Easter celebrations at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening and on Easter Day morning gathered  for Solemn Mass. Easter is not over in a day, so please join us during the Easter season, Sundays at 11am.

THE CHRISM MASS The Chrism Mass was celebrated on Monday 26th March (Monday of Holy Week) at 11.30 at Our Lady of the Assumption, Soho. At the invitation of the Ordinary, the principal celebrant and preacher was the new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Edward Adams.This is a service in which the priests of the ordinariate rededicate themselves to God as priests; also the occasion when the holy oils to be used in all the communities of the ordinariate are blessed/consecrated.

HOLY WEEK Holy Week began on Sunday 25th March, Palm Sunday. Our Mass on Palm Sundays began outside with the Blessing of Palms and Procession into church. The schedule of Holy Week services is here. 

PASSIONTIDE  From Sunday 18th March we began to turn our gaze more directly to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.

MONTHLY CATECHESIS AND PRAYER MEETINGS On Wednesday 7th March at 7pm we gathered together for the first of our monthly informal evenings of catechesis (teaching on aspects of our faith) and prayer. We will continue in April by making use of Bishop Robert Barron's course entitled Conversion: Following the Call of Christ. Venue: Aquinas House, 6 Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AJ.

ASH WEDNESDAY We began Lent with Solemn Mass with Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday, Wednesday 14th February. It was very good to be joined by so many students from the University of Warwick and other friends.

CANDLEMASS We celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemass) on Friday 2nd February with a Solemn Mass at 7pm. The liturgy began with the Blessing of Candles and Procession around church.

OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Beginning on Thursday 18th January we joined with our brother and sisters of the other churches in praying for the healing of the wounds in the Body of Christ caused by our disunity. As members of the Ordinariate we are committed to praying and working for the full and visible unity of Christians. 

EPIPHANY SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS On Sunday 7th January at 6.30pm we celebrated a traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight.  Seasonal refreshments were served afterwards. More here.

SOLEMNITY OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD We began the secular new year with a Mass to celebrate Mary Mother of God at 12noon on Monday 1st January 2018.


CHRISTMAS SERVICES Our main Christmas Day Solemn Mass was at 11am. At midnight on Christmas Eve we joined the parish for Midnight Mass (with Carols & Readings at 11.30pm).

CRIB SERVICE Our annual Crib Service took place on Christmas Eve at 4pm, a short informal service suitable for children and families. In celebration of the Saviour's birth we told the Christmas story once again and the children brought the figures to the crib. O come, let us adore him!

SUNDAYS OF ADVENT On the Sundays of Advent, beginning on Sunday 3rd December, we will use Divine Worship, the order of Mass proper to the ordinariate, for our Solemn Mass. Divine Worship is a form of the Roman Rite for use by Catholics belonging to the ordinariate which incorporates prayers and language derived from the Anglican tradition.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY On Sunday 12th November we offered our Solemn Mass at 11am as a Requiem Mass for those killed in conflict. Mass was preceded by a short Act of Remembrance.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE Thanks to the hard work and commitment of so many people, and the generosity of friends from the parish and elsewhere, our Christmas Fayre at the beginning of December raised just under £900. A tremendous effort, thank you.

ALL SAINTS' DAY As is our custom, we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints, Wednesday 1st November, with a Solemn Mass at 7pm followed by wine and snacks in the Jordan Room. Poster here.

ALL SOULS DAY We offered a Requiem Mass for the Faithful Departed on Thursday 2nd November at 7pm. In particular we prayed for those whom we love but see no longer. Names of the dead were read aloud during the Mass.

CLERGY FORMATION DAY The clergy of the ordinariate gathered on Thursday 12th October for a formation day in London. We were blessed on this occasion with the presence of Fr Aidan Nichols OP who spoke to us, from his wealth of knowledge, on the subject of spirituality. After Mass and lunch the Ordinary briefed clergy on the summer meeting of the Ordinaries of the three Ordinariates in Australia. Gill James, our Safeguarding Liaison Officer, also gave a presentation.

FEAST OF BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN We celebrated the Feast of the Patron of the Ordinariate with Solemn Mass on Monday 9th October, followed by wine and nibbles in the Jordan Room. Details here.

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM We celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday 24th September with Solemn Mass at 11am followed by lunch in the hall. Details here.

DEACON JONATHAN CREER ON SUNDAY PLACEMENT From Sunday 10th September we welcome Deacon Jonathan Creer to our Sunday Mass. Jonathan is a sixth year seminarian for the ordinariate at St. Mary's College, Oscott. he will be with us on most Sundays of tern time until Christmas.

DEATH OF JACK GANNON Our dear friend and brother Jack Gannon died peacefully in hospital surrounded by his family on Saturday 2nd September and fortified by the rites of Holy Church. We pray for the repose of his soul and for Evelyn and their family. Jack and Evelyn would have celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary five days after Jack's death. Jack's funeral will take place at St. Joseph the Worker on Friday 15th September at 2pm, followed by committal at Canley crematorium. Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

DEATH OF HE CARDINAL CORMAC MURPHY O'CONNOR We join the Catholic faithful of England and Wales in praying for the repose of the soul of HE Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster, who died on 1st September. Jesu mercy, Mary pray.

DEACON JONATHAN CREER It seems that deacons are like buses; we haven't enjoyed the ministrations of a deacon in six years, then three come along at once! Deacon Tim of course is  permanent member of our community (though next summer will be 'Father Tim'); we have said farewell for a while to Deacon Thomas Mason, recently on placement, and Deacon Jonathan Creer (a seminarian at St. Mary's college, Oscott with Deacon Thomas) will be joining us for Sunday Mass for most of the Sundays of term time. It is a real pleasure and uplift to have them with us.

DEACON THOMAS MASON It has been a pleasure to have Deacon Thomas Mason with us for the last few weeks on placement following his ordination as deacon in June. Deacon Thomas has been gaining some experience of an ordinariate community and also of hospital chaplaincy. Deacon Thomas will, God-willing, be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood next summer to serve the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. From here he returns to Oscott college for  a final year of formation and study.He and Jonathan Creer, also a seminarian at Oscott, will be the first two men to be ordained priest for the ordinariate having undergone the usual seminary formation for a Catholic priest Both men were Anglicans prior to being received into the Catholic Church but neither was in Anglican Orders. We wish Deacon Thomas every blessing for the coming year and look forward to seeing him in the future.

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY We celebrated the great feast of the entry of Our Blessed Lady into the glory of heaven with a Solemn Vigil Mass on Monday 14th August at 7pm. Mass was followed by nibbles.

SUMMER BBQ Our summer barbecue this year took place not after the Sunday Mass, but on Saturday 12th August from 2.30pm at the home of John and Sarah Ingram, 60 Lord Lytton Avenue. WE express our thanks to John and Sarah for their generous hospitality and sense of fun.

SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER & PAUL On Thursday 29th June we celebrated the Feast of the two Princes of the Apostles, Saint Peter and Saint Paul with a Solemn Mass at 7pm, celebrated according to Divine Worship. Well done everyone for turning out in good number.

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM A number of us headed to 'England's Nazareth' for the ordinariate's annual pilgrimage on Saturday 24th June. The sun shone on a couple of hundred pilgrims from groups across the country as we gathered in the Abbey grounds for Sprinkling and then took part in a Rosary Procession from the village to the National Shrine, where after lunch and free time we gathered in the Chapel of Reconciliation for Mass. As ever, it was a joy to be in Walsingham and to receive the warm welcome of the Rector, Monsignor Armitage. We ask that Our Lady of Walsingham will pray for the ordinariate which bears her name, keeping all its members faithful to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to the particular vocation which is ours.

ORDINATION OF TIMOTHY BONIWELL AS DEACON We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Timothy Boniwell on his ordination to the diaconate in the Catholic Church. Tim was ordained deacon with nine other men by Bishop Robert Byrne at an uplifting and inspiring Mass on Saturday 17th June at St James' Spanish Place, London. Bishop Byrne kindly stepped in as the ordaining bishop at the eleventh hour after Cardinal Pell was taken ill a week before the ordination. Tim deaconed our Sunday Solemn Mass for the first time on Sunday 25th June, after which we celebrated his ordination with a lunch in the hall. It was also a joy that day to welcome members of the Torbay Mission who joined us on their way home from the Walsingham pilgrimage the previous day.

PENTECOST As we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, we pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the whole Church, and upon our ordinariate community in Coventry.

Breathe in us, O Holy Spirit, that our thoughts may all be holy. Act in us, O Holy Spirit, that our work, too, may be holy. Draw our hearts, O Holy Spirit, that we may love but what is holy. Strengthen us, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard us, then, O Holy Spirit, that we always may be holy. Amen  (Prayer of St. Augustine to the Holy Spirit)

CONSECRATION OF ST. JOSEPH'S With the parish community we look forward to the consecration of St. Joseph's next May. On Sunday 4th June, the Feast of Pentecost, there is an open meeting after the 9am parish Mass and before the 11am  ordinariate Mass for people to find out more about what the consecration of a church entails and its significance. Members of the ordinariate community are being encouraged to attend and to give their support to the preparations for this special event in the life of the parish.

EASTER SUNDAY Following a very busy Easter Triduum - the liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil - we celebrated the resurrection of the Lord with a Solemn Mass followed by Easter Egg Hunt and Bring and Share lunch. Once again, people demonstrated their devotion and their commitment to the group by giving their all during Holy Week and the Easter celebrations. Thank you all and a very happy Easter.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE  An outline of the services of Holy Week can be found here. The main services are: Palm Sunday (9th April) 11am Blessing of Palms, Procession & Solemn Mass 11am; Maundy Thursday (13th April) 7pm Mass of the Lord's Supper; Good Friday (14th April) 3pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion; Holy Saturday (15th April) 8.30pm Easter Vigil; Easter Sunday (16th April) 11am Solemn Mass. You will be most welcome at any service.

CHILDREN'S STATIONS OF THE CROSS There will be a service of Stations of the Cross at 10.30am on Good Friday especially for children and families, lasting approximately half an hour.

CHRISM MASS The Chrism Mass will be celebrate at Our Lady of the Assumption & St Gregory, Warwick Street, London at 11.30am on Monday of Holy Week. Though this is a service primarily for the priests of the ordinariate, all are very welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT on the Monday evenings of Lent (not including Monday of Holy Week) at 7.30pm (that is, immediately after the 7pm Mass) we will follow the traditional Stations of the Cross. Please join us for this beautiful devotion in which we  reflect both on the enormous depth of God's love and the cost of following Christ Crucified. Lasts about 30 minutes.

MONSIGNOR NEWTON'S PASTORAL VISIT Monsignor Newton made a pastoral visit to the Coventry Mission on Sunday 19th February and was the celebrant of our Solemn Mass. During the Mass Monsignor Newton blessed our newly purchased weekday Mass vestments and copes bought in memory of our dear departed friends Nerida Hooton and Gloria Long. Mass was followed by a Ploughman's Lunch in the hall, during which it was good to be able to speak informally with Monsignor Newton.

ARTS & FAITH: LENT This year we will be taking a fresh look at this season of penitence and renewal through the lens of sacred art. Each Wednesday there will be an informal session reflecting on a piece of sacred art relating to the Sunday Gospel of the week. The evenings will be held at Aquinas House (6 Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AJ). Poster.

INDOOR GAMES EVENING & SUPPER We had a fantastic evening of indoor games and Fish & Chips Supper on Friday 24th March at the home of John and Sarah Ingram. Hopefully to be repeated!

BLESSING OF CANDLES, PROCESSION & SOLEMN MASS FOR THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (Candlemas) On Thursday 2nd February at 7pm we gathered  for our celebration of Candlemas. This is a most beautiful service which we began the liturgy in the narthex with the Blessing of Candles followed by a procession.  Poster.

PRAYING FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY During the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity we joined with Christians of the other churches in praying for the unity of the Church. In humility and penitence we look and work for the day when all obstacles to full and visible unity will be overcome.

OPEN HOUSE AT AQUINAS HOUSE In the afternoon of New Year's Eve members of the group gathered at Aquinas House  to relax, eat and drink! A lovely way to end 2016 and begin 2017 together.

EPIPHANY CAROL SERVICE On Sunday 8th January 2017 at 7pm a good number of us gathered for an Epiphany Carol Service of Lessons and Carols by candlelight. The service followed the pattern familiar to television viewers and radio listeners of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College, Cambridge. Though Christmas was by early January a distant memory for many people by early January, we continued our celebrations of the birth of Christ in this beautiful way. Afterwards we enjoyed some seasonal refreshments.


FATHER PAUL APPOINTED CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS COVENTRY & WARWICKSHIRE In addition to being priest of the Coventry Ordinariate Mission, Father Paul has been appointed Catholic chaplain at UHCW. This involves offering spiritual and pastoral care to patients, relatives and staff in one the country's largest teaching hospitals. Please keep him in your prayers as he takes up this extra responsibility.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE Our annual Christmas Fayre was held on Saturday 3rd December, 11.00am-1.00pm in the hall. A great time was had by all.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM On Remembrance Sunday, 13th November, we offered a Solemn Mass of Requiem for the fallen in conflict. Immediately before Mass we made a short act of remembrance including a two minutes' silence.

CONGRATULATIONS TO PHILIP & CLAIRE BARRACLOUGH We extend our warmest congratulations to Philip and Barraclough who were married at St. Joseph's on Friday 21st October, surrounded by family, friends and members of the Coventry ordinariate community. It was a beautiful and happy occasion. May the Lord abundantly bless their marriage.

SUNDAY LUNCH FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING After our Solemn Mass on Sunday 20th November, the Solemnity of Christ the King and the last Sunday of the church year (also the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy), we sat down together to a beautiful Sunday lunch in the hall, so generously provided and prepared by John Ingram. Our thanks go to John and to everybody who helped prepare the food, serve tables and clear away afterwards. It is always so good to spend some leisurely time with one another, especially over a good meal. Well done everybody - another lovely occasion to remember.

PRAISE TO THE HOLIEST  IN THE HEIGHT A good number of us took part in the ordinariate Year of Mercy pilgrimage to the Birmingham Oratory, the National Shrine of Blessed John Henry Newman on Saturday 8 October. And what an inspiring, uplifting and happy day it was. Pilgrims from all over the country came to honour the Patron of the ordinariate and left with a spring in their step. After a period of time for Confession in the morning, Monsignor Newton celebrated Holy Mass according to Divine Worship, the Eucharistic Liturgy proper to the ordinariate, during which we sang Newman's Praise to the Holiest in the height, Lead, kindly light and Firmly I believe and truly. The Ordinary reminded us in his homily that though the future is uncertain and circumstances in the ordinariate are not perhaps what we might otherwise have chosen for ourselves, we must have the unshakable confidence of Newman in the goodness and providence of God, and say: one step enough for me. After the Prayers for the Canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman and Veneration of the Relic, we broke for lunch, during which pilgrims enjoyed chatting with friends from other regions of the country. In the afternoon we were treated to an excellent address on Newman and the New Evangelization  by Rev Dr Stephen Morgan, a Newman scholar, deacon in the Diocese of Portsmouth and a member of the Ordinariate FInance Council. The Provost of the Oratory, Fr Ignatius Harrison, also spoke to us very entertainingly about Newman and how he might have viewed the ordinariate's Eucharistic Liturgy, and encouraged us quite firmly to work on developing more fully the ordinariate's distinctiveness within the Catholic Church. the pilgrimage was rounded off back in church with Benediction and last visits to the Newman Shrine.

The previous evening a large number of pilgrims had gathered in St. Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham for a glorious celebration of Choral Evensong and Benediction, a sublime start to a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days.  

Prayer for the Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman here.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING At our Mass on Sunday 9 October we gave thanks to the Lord for all the blessings we receive from his hand, including our daily food. Members of the congregation brought non-perishable items of food and offerings of money as a token of their thanks. All food items will be donated to Carriers of Hope, supporting refugees in Coventry. All monetary donations will be donated to Christian Aid.

JACK AND EVELYN GANNON 70th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY We extend our warmest congratulations to Jack and Evelyn Gannon who celebrate their 70th, yes 70th, wedding anniversary on 7th September. What a remarkable achievement and witness to the sacrament of marriage.

JOHN AND SARAH INGRAM 1st WEDDING ANNIVERSARY With a just a few years to go to equal Jack and Evelyn, John and Sarah Ingram celebrate no less a happy occasion, their 1st wedding anniversary, on 5th September. We wish them every blessing and many more years together.

SOLEMN MASS AND PIE & PEAS FOR OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM The Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham is Saturday 24th September. We will celebrate the titular solemnity of the Ordinariate with a Solemn Mass at 7pm on FRIDAY 23rd September, followed by a Pie and Peas Supper in the hall. Please join us on this very special occasion. Poster here.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE BIRMINGHAM ORATORY We are very much looking forward to welcoming members of the ordinariate and others to the West Midlands for the ordinariate's first pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Patron, Blessed John Henry Newman on Friday/Saturday 7/8 October.

GLORIA LONG RIP Our dear friend and sister, Gloria Long, sadly died in the Lord on Wednesday 27th July 2016 at the age of 78. Gloria was the first member of the Coventry group to be received into the Catholic Church, by Father Michael Stack, Catholic chaplain of University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on the afternoon of Maundy Thursday 2011. In the same hospital, five years later, Gloria died peacefully, surrounded by her family and the prayers of the Coventry ordinariate community. Though, owing to ill-health, Gloria was never able to worship with us at Saint Joseph's, she was very much united with us, receiving Holy Communion as she did at home each week and being very much in our prayers and thoughts. On his pastoral visit to Coventry a few years ago Monsignor Newton visited Gloria and administered Holy Communion to her at Abbey Park Nursing Home, an occasion which she remembered with fondness often. Our prayers are with Gloria's family at this time, particularly her three sons, Andrew, Craig and Neil.

Gloria's body was received into St. Joseph's on Thursday 18th August at 6.15pm in preparation for her Requiem Mass at 12noon the following day.

Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.  

Jesu mercy, Mary pray.

CHURCH ALIVE On Wednesday evenings of term time our children meet for an hour of teaching, fellowship and food at Aquinas House, beginning at 7pm. Poster here.

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGES During the Year of Mercy the ordinariate is making pilgrimage to various shrines and holy places around the country. The programme of pilgrimages is here.

VISIT OF THE KENILWORTH CIRCLE OF THE CATENIAN ASSOCIATION It was a great joy to welcome members of the Kenilworth Circle of the Catenian Association to our Solemn Mass on Sunday 27 June, including Peter Roddy, its President for this year. Several of the wives of members of the circle are Anglicans, and it was especially good to welcome them to our community. The Mass was offered for the intentions of the Kenilworth Circle and for the Catenian Association.

'OUR FATHER' SCHOOLS COMPETITION PRIZE-GIVING SERVICE On Monday 6 June we welcomed some of the children from Coventry church schools who took part in this year's Handwriting and Artwork competition based on the Our Father. Every child who took part received a copy of Saint Luke's Gospel, the two winners from each school an additional book on the Beatitudes and the overall winner a further book, crucifix and £200 for her school. Following the service, in which we reflected on the meaning of the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples and handed out the prizes, we enjoyed refreshments in the hall. Well done to all the children who took part.

I'LL SING A HYMN TO MARY On Saturday 28th May we hosted  a very successful and enjoyable fund-raising hymn-sing in aid of the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. By requesting a Marian hymn in memory of a loved one or for some other reason, and making a donation, a magnificent £550 was raised, which will help the ordinariate purchase new Mass vestments for the Slipper Chapel. Everyone received a keepsake programme, listing the dedications and hymns. Thank you to everyone who sent in requests and those who came along. After 17 hymns, based around the 15 Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, we fully deserved the delicious supper that followed. Photos to follow soon.       

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO HOLYWELL On 7 May 13 of us from Coventry joined the ordinariate pilgrimage to Holywell in North Wales, the shrine of Saint Winefride, led by the Ordinary. The day began with a Liturgy of Penitence, during which pilgrims were given the opportunity to make their confession. Mass was then celebrated by the Ordinary, followed by a beautiful lunch in the Guest House of the Holywell Bridgettine Sisters. After lunch Benediction was given back in the church, and we then processed with the relic of Saint Winefride down to the holy well, where some of our number were brave enough to bathe in the waters. Not for the fainthearted! A lovely day was had by us all in this very holy place. Photos here.



                Our Lady of Walsingham,

                            pray for England.     

The Baptism of Teddy and Molly Ingram, Sunday 15th October 2023.

Come Lord Jesus! Ordinariate members from the North and Midlands come together for an Advent Day.

A very warm welcome to Ann Wilson who was received and confirmed on the Feast of Saint Andrew, 30th November 2023