The Coventry Ordinariate Mission consists of people from various parts of Coventry and Warwickshire. We gather every Sunday at Saint Joseph the Worker church in Coventry for Solemn Mass at 11am, preceded by the public celebration of Morning Prayer at 10.30am from the Divine Office of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham as found in the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham.
All Catholics, not just members of the Ordinariate, are welcome to attend any of our services, as are those who are not Catholic but wish to come along or learn more about the Catholic faith.
A full list of our Sunday and weekday service times is given below; in addition we have a weekly Coffee Morning in the hall on Saturdays from 10.30am til 12noon, to which all are very welcome.
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 024 7669 3752, who will be very pleased to guide you.
A NEW HOME
From the end of September the Coventry Ordinariate Mission will have a new home in the parish of The Precious Blood & All Souls, Earlsdon, where Father Paul will be parish priest. Please pray for us as we prepare to leave our home of eight years and begin a new chapter in our life and mission.
Go before us, Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy attain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.