We have been experiencing problems with our internet provider, Vodafone, and there was no internet connection to the house all morning today. This mean that Mass could not be livestreamed at lunchtime. Many apologies for this. Hopefully, the disruption has finished and we will not have problems on Sunday, Fr Mark
Today we pray for Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and the Consecrated life, that many will hear the call to follow Christ to chare the Good News! There will also be a special vocations webinar hosted by the Archdiocese on Tuesday evening at 8.00pm looking at models of holiness which will be all about our parish patron Blessed Carlo. If you would like to sign up for this webinar, go to - Quo Vadis? | Birmingham Vocations Then on Wednesday we will be having our monthly Blessed Carlo Mass, which this month will be at St Bernadette's, and we will also be praying for vocations at that Mass.
MANY THANKS to all of you for your kind Easter Offerings and gifts to the priests over Easter and AGAIN MANY THANKS to everyone who worked so hard to make all the Easter Services so beautiful across our three churches. So many people were involved with all the preparations that went on in the background: the stewarding, the music, the flowers, the cleaners, the readers and the servers. It was a great start to our Easter Celebrations which continue now through to Pentecost.
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We now begin the most solemn week of the church’s year.
ON TUESDAY the following churches will be open for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and priests will be available for confession. You have the choice of going anywhere in the deanery: St. Anthony, Fordhouses; St. Chad and All Saints, Sedgley; St. Joseph, Wolverhampton; St. Mary and St. John, Wolverhampton; St. Michael, Penn; Our Lady and All Saints, Stourbridge; Our Lady of Lourdes, Kingswinford; St Patrick, Wolverhampton; The Sacred Heart and Holy Souls, Tipton. This is the last chance to go to confession before Easter as the sacrament is not usually supposed to be celebrated between Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday.
ON SPY WEDNESDAY there is no Mass in the parish as all the priests concelebrate Mass with the Archbishop at 11.30 am in the Cathedral in Birmingham. At this Mass all the sacred oils are blessed for the sacraments in all the parishes for the next year. If you want to watch this, go to https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-chads-cathedral-birmingham
Really, the three great services of the Triduum should only be celebrated in one church, but so that all three communities within our parish have an opportunity for some of the services, we celebrate Maundy Thursday in St Bernadette & SS Peter & Paul and then on Good Friday in St Michael’s and SS Peter & Paul and then the Easter Vigil in St Michael’s. As we are one parish, please realise that all three churches belong to you.
ON MAUNDY THURSDAY we remember the last Supper that Jesus celebrated with his apostles. On this night he gave us the commandment to love one another, (Mandatum in Latin, which eventually in old English became Maundy) and the sacraments of the Holy Mass and the Holy Priesthood. At this Mass we recommission all the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion of the parish. (If you are not around this week, please let Fr Mark know so that you can be recommissioned at a later Sunday in Eastertide) At the end of this Mass the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the main tabernacle to a side chapel to commemorate Jesus’s agony in the garden of Gethsemene. It is a wonderful tradition to remain in silent prayer after this Mass or to return later for a period of time for the “watching of the Blessed Sacrament” watching and praying with Jesus in the garden.
At this Mass we have a collection for the poor. This year the proceeds will go to food vouchers to be given out in our local food banks.
ON GOOD FRIDAY we remember the moment when Jesus offered his life for the salvation of the world on the cross on Calvary. The most important service is the Solemn liturgy at 3.00pm but as well as this, we traditionally mark this day with moments of prayer, such as at Matins, the stations of the Cross and Walks of Witness. This year the young people of the parish will lead us in a walk of witness in the city centre at 1.00pm.
ON HOLY SATURDAY we remember that Jesus truly died and laid in the tomb. It is a sombre day and the celebration of Matins is a moving liturgy commemorating the emptiness of this day. No sacraments are to be celebrated usually on this day (apart from in danger of death). For this reason, there are no confessions at St Michael’s on Saturday morning.
ON HOLY SATURDAY NIGHT after the sun has set, we gather at St Michael’s at 8.30pm to celebrate the Solemn Easter Vigil. At this service listen to how God prepared the people of Israel through the Old Testament for the coming of the Saviour. We then celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and we renew our baptismal promises. Those adults who have been preparing for baptism are then baptised and confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. At the end of Mass, the Paschal Candles for each of our churches are lit and we process outside where there will be Fireworks to celebrate the Resurrection.
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The University of Wolverhampton and City of Wolverhampton Council want to better understand how Covid-19 has impacted the lives of people living, working and studying in Wolverhampton and how this has affected the mental health and wellbeing of different communities within the City. This short survey will ask about, your wellbeing, how aspects of the pandemic have affected your wellbeing. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. We would like people aged 16+ who live, work and/or study in Wolverhampton to complete the survey. There is a prize draw for £150 first prize and two runner up prizes of £50 at the end that people can choose to opt into once they have completed the survey. More information is available when you click on the link to the survey. To access the survey click the hashtag: #WolvesWellbeingandMe. You can watch a video telling you more about this work here: Empowering Communities Project - #WolvesWellbeingandMe
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This Friday is the Feast of the Annunciation and Pope Francis has asked us to set aside times of Adoration between Midday on Friday and Midday on Saturday as a global act of conversion to the Lord. He also will be consecrating Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart to Mary to claim all hearts there for peace. In our parish we are setting aside two 3 hour periods of Adoration: 3 hours at SS Peter & Paul on Friday afternoon and 3 hours at St Michael’s on Saturday Morning. (We are including the hour of Adoration on Thursday at St Bernadette’s in this intention.) There will be sign up sheets in St Michael’s and SS Peter & Paul this weekend so that there will be continuous prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Please consider offering half an hour of prayer for peace during this extended vigil.
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Fr Mark visited the Ukrainian Catholic Church last Sunday 6th March to express our solidarity and prayers for peace. For more information about fundraising activities in the parish, check out the latest edition of our bulletin which is ready to download from the home page.
GREAT FIGURES OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH Every Monday Lunchtime why not come and join us in an Ecumenical Lenten journey looking at significant followers of Christ through the centuries. We meet in St Peter’s Collegiate Church for Soup and rolls at 12.00 noon and then there is a short talk at 12.30pm followed by Q&A and its all finished by 1.00pm. It’s a chance to see the beauty of Wolverhampton’s oldest Church and meet with fellow Christians from across the city. Both Fr Mark and Fr Sean will be giving talks in the series.
The Synodal Pathway Report that was fed back to the diocese is now available on our website.
Click here to read the full report : Synod 2021-23
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The bishops of England and Wales have issued a new set of guidelines for Lent and Easter. The good news is that things are more or less back to normal, with certain simple measures still in place. It does mean we are able to return to a full celebration of the Easter Triduum. Click here to download the full statement.
You may not be aware, but we have a Ukrainian Catholic Church here in Wolverhampton where there is Mass once a fortnight. Opposite the church is the Ukrainian Centre at 35 Merridale Street West. They are collecting Medical Equipment (but no medicines) and clothing to support those who are suffering. If you are able to help out with any medical equipment or clothing, please ring Andrew Duda on 07801 950588 and he will be able to arrange to meet you at the centre.
This evening at St Michael's we had the first of our monthly Masses with Blessed Carlo. In each of our three churches we have a shrine to Blessed Carlo with a prayer intention box. These were collected to be laid on the altar with our relic of Blessed Carlo at the special Mass. In the photo above you can see the intentions with the relic of Blessed Carlo which was placed in the Lady Chapel for half an hour for people who came for private prayer before the Mass. Many commented on how special this time of prayer was, and how it felt like Adoration. This is hardly surprising because Blessed Carlo was so devoted to Adoration himself and now he intercedes with Jesus for us to come closer to him in the Blessed Sacrament.
From next Monday there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Lady Chapel before Mass each week from 5.50pm to 6.25 pm and then Mass will start at 6.30pm.
Following President Putin’s decision to recognise the independence of the self-declared Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, Russian troops launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. Church leaders and organisations have issued various statements in response to the crisis throughout the week. A compilation of these, alongside a selection of relevant news articles, can be found here.
For those who wish to make a financial contribution to help the people of Ukraine, please consider giving to the Caritas or Aid to the Church in Need appeals.
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The image used in this article was uploaded to Wikipedia by Arikkel under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 Licence.
There will be a special Mass tonight in the Lady Chapel at St Michael's to pray for Peace in Ukraine. Please let people know.
There will also be another Mass tomorrow, Saturday at SS Peter & Paul and Online at 10.00am.
Sadly someone is sending out email pretending to be Monsignor Mark Crisp. The email even has his photo attached.
If you receive an email from email@example.com please do not reply to it and report it immediately.
Remember, only deal with an Email coming from the parish if it finishes with rcaob.org.uk
This view of Dresden is an example of what war in Europe looked like at the end of World War II.
Let us keep praying for peace in the Ukraine. Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us!
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This year’s Racial Justice Sunday falls on 13 February 2022. The theme is "In the Image and Likeness of God" celebrating different presentations of the Holy Family from different countries and cultures. For more information go to Racial Justice Sunday 2022 - Catholic Bishops' Conference (cbcew.org.uk) You can download resources and posters and listen to the Our Father and Hail Mary in many of the languages of the church.
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The First of our Blessed Carlo Intercession Masses will take place at St Michael’s on February 28th, the second will be at SS Peter & Paul’s on April 1st and the third will be at St Bernadette’s on May 11th. There will soon be a collection box in each church next to his image, so that you can leave your prayer intentions.
These boxes will be emptied each month and the intentions from all three churches will be placed on the altar at this special Mass with the relic of Blessed Carlo.
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For those who are still cautious about meeting in person, there is an extra Synodal Path Meeting this Friday 4th February by Zoom.
Meeting ID: 812 6237 8366
The codes were omitted on the paper copy of the bulletin. So please notify your friends that the codes are now here on the website and indeed on the updated online bulletin.
The Bishops’ Conference has released new COVID guidance for churches in England and Wales. Noting that the main form of virus transmission is “via personal oral or nasal aerosol”, the guidance recognises that people may choose to continue wearing a face covering. However, there will be no requirement for formal social distancing in church buildings. Holy water stoups may also be refilled. To see all the changes, click here.
Specific guidance for each church in our parish can be found here:
St Bernadette, St Michael, SS Peter & Paul.
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The first of our meetings take place today (Saturday) at 3.00pm in each of our three churches. The second set of meetings will be on Saturday 5th February. Please note that the third meeting has been moved forward to February 19th so that we can collate our comments and feedback to the diocese by the end of February.
The bulletin is now ready to download from the home page. If you are unable to attend any of the meetings, we may be having a zoom meeting in February. You can also give feedback on our new page by clicking on the SYNOD 2021-23 page.
If you are coming to SS Peter & Paul for Mass at the moment, you will discover even more road works and extra traffic lights. So please leave more time than usual in order to get there.
Also ignore the sign that says "Road Closed" because it isn't!!
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