Welcome to our Website

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Parish of St Thomas & St Edmund of Canterbury or, as it is more affectionately known, The Abbey. 

We are based in the bustling suberb of Erdington in the Northern part of the wonderful City of Birmingham. 

It is thrilling to share our faith with the Erdington Abbey Parish Community. 

Here, so many cultures and nationalities are represented, reflecting the coming together of God's people in His Kingdom. This has not only enriched this great parish but has brought joy and fun.

In addition to the army of men and women who undertake whatever is necessary for the good of the parish, the Abbey is a true Community of prayer and to this end you are welcome to join us at Mass, Holy Hour, Novena and Adoration.

I look forward to seeing you at The Erdington Abbey soon.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Kieran Brady C.Ss.R - Parish Priest


11th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2024

Please do take the time to download this weeks bulletin where you will find out what is happening in the parish and wider diocese.

We Pray For...

Dee Dunston, Easton Hurd, Theresa Floyd, Maxine Desmond, Teresa Monteiro, and Kath Buckley who are sick and please pray for Mary (Maureen) Dooley, Anne Maria Turbitt (Known as Nancy Turbitt), Margaret Murphy, Mary Callaghan & Gerry Walsh who have recently died.


Live Streaming of Mass at the Abbey


Summer BBQ '24 - Click the poster for more details

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes Hednesford - SUNDAY 7TH JULY - click poster


It probably hasn't escaped your attention that a General Election has been called for Thursday 4th July 2024. 

If you click on the poster to the right you will find information and guidance on key issues of importance to us, as Catholics, to help inform how we vote. 

Gospel values inform how we look at the world as Christians. These values can also offer a different way of looking at politics, a way that puts the common good before self-interest.

Throughout this election season we will be seeking answers which will help the poor, the marginalised, and the vulnerable. We seek a society in which all families can flourish and where we care for our common home, where we offer a welcoming hand to strangers in need, where we look out for those struggling to get on. Families are the heart of our communities and society.

We seek, therefore, political leaders who can reflect and share these values. But this is not just about leaders, it is about us. We are not merely the passive recipients of politics but active citizens. An election is the best time for us as Christians to speak out, to get involved, and to lead. We hope that these resources will help in that endeavour.

Issues

There are many issues of interest to Catholic voters. Here we focus on seven:

Criminal Justice, Domestic poverty, family life and taxation, Education, Environment, International relations, human rights and peacebuilding, Life Issues, Migration

Registering to vote

Please note, if you haven't registered to vote in the general election, you must do so by 23:59 on Tuesday, 18 June 2024. If you are eligible, you can do so here: gov.uk/register-to-vote. Photo ID is necessary in order to be permitted to vote. Use this link for more information: gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate


Cardinal's Message

President of the Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, is asking voters to be active rather than passive to engage with politicians on the key issues. "You want to know what your candidate will think and say on your behalf when that candidate gets into Parliament," says the Cardinal. "I would like to put forward a theme for us all to think about. How do we seek to construct a society in which families can flourish? That's the bedrock". Watch the message below. 


Father Hudson's Care - A New CEO

SVP & CAFOD Working Together in the run-up to the General Election

As Catholics, we know that tackling poverty and injustice are among the most important issues politicians should act on. St Vincent de Paul Society and CAFOD have produced a guide for Catholics for the General Election, with suggested questions to ask candidates. Please see cafod.org.uk/encounter or svp.org.uk/encounter for more information.


17th June - 23rd June 2024

Join the Zoom Meeting using the link opposite.
If you are able to attend please email comms@fatherhudsons.org.uk in order for them to manage numbers. 

As many of you are aware twelve months ago, Father Hudson's launched the Welcoming Church Initiative which was based around four themes, homelessness, disability, older people and refugees / migrants. Each group has moved forward, and action groups have been set up.

Week commencing 17th June is the start of National Refugee Week and to mark the occasion he Father Hudson Refugee Group will be hosting a Zoom meeting starting at 7pm on Monday 17th June, where several speakers will be discussing what is happening across the archdiocese. It also offers you the opportunity to ask questions / comment. We are delighted to welcome representatives from the Diocese of Salford.

To join the meeting please click on the link below from 6.45pm

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89863517023?pwd=JRXgfcAeDeEE3in5xNqJo3flxGfbOb.1

Meeting ID: 898 6351 7023

Passcode: 808460


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena 2024 Erdington

Healing Nights:

19th June Wednesday 7.00pm Novena & Mass – Fr. Kieran officially launches our 9 days of Prayer.

20th June Thursday 7.00pm Novena Mass – Fr Isaac followed by a time of prayer and praise led by the Prayer group. Sr. Josephene Walsh DHS will be the Speaker.

There will be some time for prayer and sharing and Confession.

21st June Friday 7.00pm Novena Mass & Healing Service – Fr. Gwilym followed by a time of Prayer and a Healing Serviceled by Fr. Gwilym.

Adoration will take place with the opportunity for Healing blessings from several priests. There will be the opportunity for Confession.

Fr. Dan Baragry CSsR a leading Irish Redemptorist Priest directs the next week of Novena.

He will preach about the Novena on all Sunday Masses

22nd June Saturday 9.30am Novena Mass – Fr Dan followed by Confessions

25th June Tuesday Evening 7pm Novena & Reconciliation Service

Our School s will be involved in Our Novena week. Let's make this a time of Celebration for the whole Community.

Monday – Thursday 24-27 June Novena

Masses and Preaching

10am & 7pm

NEW PASTORAL AREA MEETING  - PLEASE ATTEND

I asked a small group of parishioners to attend an initial gathering to see how we could begin to work together as a cluster of parishes in a new pastoral area. We met at St. Peter and Paul's hall and they will meet again to organise a public meeting of parishioners from St Mary and John's, St Peter and Paul's, St. Gerard's and The Abbey. We are being encouraged to gather as Priests and People at St. Peter and Paul's Hall on Tuesday 18th June between 7 – 9pm. This is an important meeting helping to shape how we work together going forward. I would love to see a good representation from the Abbey at this meeting hosted by the Dean and a small working group. See you there….. Fr. Kieran CSsR


FREE David and Goliath Christian Roadshow in Birmingham on Tuesday 18th June at 09:15am. 

Retrouvaille Marriage Programme - Finding each other again.

The next Retrouvaille programme begins with a weekend in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire from 14-16 June 2024 with 12 virtual post sessions on Wednesdays thereafter.

Retrouvaille is a Catholic programme but is open to married couples of any faith, or none. It is offered as a gift from the Catholic Church to any married couple who wishes to heal the difficulties they are experiencing in their marriage.
The programme is presented by trained volunteers who themselves have experienced the programme and want to share the benefits they have experienced first-hand in their own relationships. The presenting team on the weekend also includes a priest who has experienced the programme and believes that it has something to offer couples in difficulties. 

For further information or contact us for a chat about what we are doing. Our numbers are 07961 391889 (Caroline) and 07884 490235 (Michael).


Need help to come to mass?

The SVP would like to help collect parishioners who are unable to get to Mass on their own on Sunday by arranging to pick them up from their home using the facility of the minibus to bring them to the 10.30 Mass each Sunday. If you think you would benefit from this service please contact Ronnie Sweeney (SVP member) on 07958939449.

Please click the link above to donate to The Abbey Parish

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