Fortunately the rain in morning passed and the sun came out for the lovely parish social B-B-Q which took place along with the celebration of the anniversary of Fr. Linh's ordination.
It was very well attended by the parish and we had a wonderful time as a community. Great food, great company, and fun activities for children. With many hands, everything went well.
Thank you to everyone involved.
Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham with over 400 people in attendance including family members, friends, members of the parish and VIP's such as the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr John Crabtree, OBE and local Civic Dignitaries from Burntwood and Lichfield.
Noel was invested as a Knight of The Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great and commented “I am deeply honoured to have received this award and it was a privilege to be presented with it from Archbishop Longley at the Investiture Mass at my local church last weekend.”
Congratulations to Noel for his honour and a thank you for such a wonderful occasion for the whole parish and community.
Photographs are courtesy of Robert Yardley Photography : http://www.ryphotography.com/
On Saturday 9th February 2019 St Joseph's altar servers, together with Fr Linh and Deacon Tony travelled to Birmingham's St Chad's cathedral to celebrate the Guild of St Stephen Thanksgiving Mass with The Most Reverend Bernard Longley.
They joined over 300 fellow servers and members of the Guild from across the diocese all of whom processed into the cathedral and during the mass renewed their Guild promise. This wonderful prayerful day ended with a slap-up meal back in Burntwood at the local McDonalds.
Full set of photos (233 of them) available at : www.flickr.com/photos/155145153@N08/sets/72157703268534512
The Guild Promise.
'I offer myself to God almighty,
to blessed Mary, our Mother and to our holy patron, Saint Stephen.
And I promise to do my best to serve regularly with reverence and understanding,
for the glory of God, the service of his Church, and my own eternal salvation.'
Congratulations to 17 children from our parish who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday 3rd Feb 2019 by Bishop David McGough. We wish them and their families every blessing. May the Holy Spirit be always with them and guide them in their lives.
On the Feast of St. Stephen (26th December), all altar servers have renewed their commitment during Mass. We are delighted to welcome some new members and more importantly, two of our servers have received their silver medals to mark their 10 years of commitment to serve in the parish.
Congratulations to Zach and Florence. May the Lord through the intercessions of St. Stephen, our patron Saint, continue to bless us and help us fulfil our duties as altar servers.
On the 24th October, St Joseph’s and St Theresa’s school opened two new classrooms, introducing a completely new concept to the school.
Both classrooms are ‘open to the elements’ allowing learning in an outdoor environment.
The project was the brainchild of Headmistress Isabel Walker and the design teams at Cameron Homes and Chasetown Civil Engineering.
The design allows children to enjoy the fresh air while being stimulated by the innovative and creative environment, helping to develop life skills, personal interaction and structured education.
Thursday 11th October 2018
By Father Gwilym Lloyd, Dean of Lichfield
In a beautiful Mass on the evening of 11th October 2018, Fr Linh was officially inducted as our parish priest.
The Mass was attended by clergy and people from the Archdiocese and beyond.