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Welcome to
St Mary’s Church,
Harvington

The Catholic Church of St Mary’s Harvington, shrine of St John Wall and the English Martyrs, was built in 1825.

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Welcome to our parish website.

This week we are invited to take part in an online Lourdes pilgrimage starting on Sunday 24th May with Archbishop Bernard Longley’s opening Mass at 3pm live streamed from St Chad’s Cathedral. The week features daily Mass, liturgy and Rosary ‘processions’. Find the full programme on www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/lourdes-pilgrimage

 

Sunday 24th May marks WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY. As the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales remind us ‘The way we communicate in situations of self-isolation and separation has shifted from hand shaking, hugging and close contact to encounters though phone, tablet and computer screens. The virtual has replaced the physical.’. https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/wcd20/

Pope Francis takes storytelling as his theme for this year:

“In an age when falsification is increasingly sophisticated, reaching exponential levels (as in deepfake), we need wisdom to be able to welcome and create beautiful, true and good stories. We need courage to reject false and evil stories. We need patience and discernment to rediscover stories that help us not to lose the thread amid today’s many troubles. We need stories that reveal who we truly are, also in the untold heroism of everyday life.”

The Pope’s message in full may be found here: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-01/message-world-day-communication-life-history.html

 

With best wishes for the week ahead

from The Parish Office, St Mary’s Harvington

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Saturday 16th May 2020

Welcome to our parish website.

In line with government guidelines, the church premises remain closed for the time being. Although the church doors are locked, parishioners still enjoy the blessings and prayers offered to us by Fr John when he says Mass each day at St Mary’s.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke to presenter Justin Webb on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 14th May about how Catholic Churches can be safely re-opened for private prayer as the UK government eases its lockdown restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. https://www.cbcew.org.uk/cardinal-on-safely-re-opening-churches-for-private-prayer/

With best wishes for the week ahead

from The Parish Office, St Mary’s Harvington

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Saturday 9th May 2020

Welcome to our Parish website.

Normally the ‘Latest News’ from our parish in May would be all about our Summer Fete held annually in the garden of the Priest’s House at Harvington in June. This year all such plans are on hold while we do our bit to avoid the spread of Covid-19 and until we are allowed to gather together in numbers again. Keep watching this space … maybe for quite some time!

In the meantime, news from the parish this week may be found in the newsletter through the tab on this website as well as the additional pictures contributed by our Children’s Liturgy Group on the ‘Special Interests’ tab.

The Archdiocese of Birmingham website provides information, news and notices of events from around the Archdiocese and beyond: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/

With best wishes for the week ahead

from The Parish Office, St Mary’s Harvington

(Lily of the valley – https://www.clipart.email/download/47744.html#.XraU5hHYyqE.link)

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Saturday 2nd May 2020

Welcome to our Parish website.

The ‘Special Interests’ section has been updated this week. The pictures of rainbows and tributes to the NHS were contributed by members of the Children’s Liturgy Group, Terry & Barrie Mayne sent us a photograph of their shed after it had been visited by their thoughtful grandchildren and Mike Jones’s photographs remind us of how beautiful the Priest’s Garden at Harvington is at this time of year.

We have received two pastoral letters this week one from Archbishop Bernard and one from all five Archbishops of England & Wales. Please find each of them here:

Pastoral letter of the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, for the 4th Sunday of Easter 2-3 May 2020

Pastoral Letter from the Archbishops of England & Wales:

A People who Hope in Christ

With best wishes for the week ahead ..

From the Parish Office, St Mary’s Harvington

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Saturday 25th April 2020

Welcome to our Parish website.

Although the church doors are locked, parishioners still enjoy the blessings and prayers offered to us by Fr John when he says Mass each day at St Mary’s.

Many of us have watched Masses being live streamed from churches in our locality https://www.mcnmedia.tv/cameras/county/west-midlands as well as places much further afield. In the newsletter for the week published on this website you will find a message from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales regarding Spiritual Communion and a prayer by St Alphonsus Liguori.

Don’t forget, Fr John’s homily and reflection on the Sunday Readings is to be found by clicking on the ‘READINGS AND HOMILY’ tab on the menu.

With best wishes for the week ahead …

from The Parish Office, St Mary’s Harvington

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Saturday 18th April 2020

Welcome to our Parish website. We hope you are keeping safe and well during these unusual times. Here at St Mary’s we are trying to keep our Parish community up to date and in touch with one another in various ways including through this, our website.

As ever, Fr John’s homily and reflection on the Sunday Readings is to be found by clicking on the ‘READINGS AND HOMILY’ tab on the menu.

Another tab takes you to the NEWSLETTER, published and posted each weekend. This week’s newsletter includes:

  • Information about daily Mass intentions
  • Anniversaries to be remembered this month
  • A note about donations to the parish
  • An urgent appeal for the local FOODBANK
  • A reminder about St George, in readiness for his Feast Day on Thursday
  • The Feast of Divine Mercy – a brief history

With best wishes for the week ahead …

from The Parish Office, St Mary’s Harvington

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ALLELUIA!

HAPPY EASTER!

Thank you for visiting our website.

Please refer to the menu to find the Readings and Fr John’s homily for Easter Sunday as well as the newsletter for the coming week.

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EASTER TRIDUUM

We draw to your attention that Liturgical Celebrations will be live streamed between now (Thursday 9th April) and Easter Monday from St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham (https://www.stchadscathedral.org.uk/). All liturgies will be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley:

  • Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30 pm &
    Watching at the Altar of Repose until Midnight
  • Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3.00 pm
  • Holy Saturday Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter 8.00 pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass 11.00 am
  • Easter Monday Mass (13th April) 10.00 am
St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham: Tabernacle doors, bearing their image of Our Lord with the Angel of the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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SATURDAY 4th April 2020 

Thank you to everyone who checks in to this website. We hope you are finding it useful during these days when we are unable to attend St Mary’s in person but want to stay connected and informed about everything going on in the parish.

  • For up to date parish information please refer to the newsletter via the relevant tab/menu link.
  • The Readings for Passion (Palm) Sunday may be found in full on the Universalis website: universalis.com/20200405/mass.htm
  • Fr John’s homily for Sunday 5th April may be found on the ‘Readings and Homily’ tab/link.
  • Once again may we draw your attention to possibility of watching live streaming of Masses from St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham and several churches in the West Midlands UK via: mcnmedia.tv/cameras/county/west-midlands

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SATURDAY 28th March 2020

 A few things to note for the week ahead:

  • For the first time from this Sunday, 29th March, Masses at St Chad’s Cathedral will be live streamed daily. The launch Mass of this new live streaming facility will be at 11.00 am for the Rededication of England to Mary. Archbishop Bernard Longley will celebrate this Mass, concluding with the prayers of Rededication. https://www.stchadscathedral.org.uk/
  • Fr John has again added his homily under the three Readings for this Sunday to be found on the ‘Readings & Homily’ tab above.
  • Please see the NEWSLETTER for the week commencing 29th March by clicking on the tab above to keep up to date with Parish news.
  • Don’t forget … clocks go FORWARD at 1.00 am on Sunday 29th March 2020!

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TUESDAY 24th MARCH 2020

A MESSAGE FROM Fr John:

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Monday evening (23rd March) further steps must be taken to combat the spread of Coronavirus in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS.

Archbishop Bernard Longley has written today ‘As a sad but necessary consequence we must, from this morning, ensure that the doors of all churches and chapels in the Archdiocese are closed to the public and that they remain permanently locked until these restrictions are lifted.  In this way we shall continue to play our part within every parish in fighting the Coronavirus and to show our solidarity with all those who are striving to overcome the current pandemic’.

At St Mary’s this means no one is allowed to enter the church premises at any time at all until restrictions are lifted.

Whilst writing may I remind you that Pope Francis has called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25th March at 11am UK time (midday in Rome).

Please be assured, I am remembering you and your loved ones in my daily Mass at St Marys.

God bless you all.

Fr John

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SUNDAY 22nd MARCH

Good Morning! It is likely to be a strange feeling not to be going to church to attend Mass in person today. At St Mary’s Fr John will be celebrating Mass privately without a congregation. Please remember him in your prayers. The Readings for today’s Mass and Fr John’s homily may be found on the ‘Readings & Homily’ tab above.

As Cardinal Vincent Nichols tells us:                                            ‘Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days.  These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.’ www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/news

Live- streaming of Masses is advertised on the Diocesan website (www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk). Here is a link to West Midlands churches:  https://www.mcnmedia.tv/cameras/county/west-midlands 

Please refer to this week’s NEWSLETTER for Parish news.

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WEDNESDAY 18th MARCH

The CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES have issued a directive in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches.  This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice. The full letter, signed by Vincent Cardinal Nichols, President and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Vice-President of the CBCEW may be found here:https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/news/letter-on-public-acts-of-worship-in-catholic-churches-in-england-and-wales

A message from Archbishop Bernard Longley may be found here: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/blog/archbishop-bernard-discusses-the-coronavirus

At St Mary’s, Masses will be said privately for the intentions already requested from Saturday 21st March onward. Whilst Mass is being celebrated privately the church will be closed but open for private prayer at all other times.

Confessions will be heard at 10.30am each Saturday following Fr John’s private celebration of Mass.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers a message of hope with Jesus Christ at its centre: www.youtube.com/channel/UCknR9Qdz8f_T4Mi6bHpVH3w

The Wednesday Discussion Group at St Mary’s will not meet until further notice. Wednesday Word documents may be found by copying and pasting this link: www.wednesdayword.org/parish/index.htm

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Prayers and images of the Stations of the Cross displayed on the walls at St Mary’s may be found on the ‘Special Interest’ tab on this website.

Mass Times

As noted above, in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in church.  This will apply to all churches in England and Wales from Friday, 20th March 2020, until further notice. 

Preparation and reception of sacraments

For more information about the preparation and receipt of sacraments please contact the Parish Priest.