Erdington Abbey

Parish Mission

4th - 10th June 2022

After a hundred years of sharing our faith with the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (The Redemptorists), we look back through the eyes of many generations that form the Erdington Abbey story. A story we continue, guided by enduring ideals of our faith passed on through these many generations on whose shoulders we stand. At the heart of these ideals is the Erdington Abbey ever-unfolding understanding of the Gospel, that everyone belongs, everyone deserves a chance, no insignificant person was ever born. As Erdington Abbey parish, celebrating a century of grace with a Mission from the Redemptorists is very special and historical. To be part of this mission week is carving your name in the enduring story of our faith in gratitude to God and those who kept the faith and passed on to us. Come let us begin as if we never started.!!! Bring family, friends and neighbours. 


Parish Mission

This is a good way to start our Centenary celebrations. I hope you are looking forward to being spiritually refreshed with the help of our Redemptorist Fathers: Charlie Corrigan, Tim Buckley and Charles Randall CSsR. The mission will start on Saturday 4th June and finish with our Centenary Mass on Friday 10th June at 7.00pm, followed by refreshments in the Hall afterwards. 

Parish Afternoon Tea

In the Hall, Saturday 18th June 2-4pm. Tickets are selling very fast! They are available from the Parish Office price £7.00. All proceeds from the sale of the tickets and the Raffle will go to the Restoration Fund. If you have any donations for the Raffle, please bring them to the Parish Office. If you are a baker and would be happy to make cakes/scones or you feel you would like to be part of the team, then please contact Barbara on 373 2900 or Parish Office 370 0143.


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 Elias Gweme C.Ss.R - Rector & Parish Priest


Upcoming Events

PARISH MISSION

In preparation for our Centenary we will be having a Parish Mission from Saturday 4th June-Thursday 9th June. Our mission will be given by Frs Charlie Corrigan, Tim Buckley and Charles Randall CSsR. This is something we can all look forward to and benefit from as a parish community. I hope you will put these dates in your diary. 

CENTENARY CELEBRATION

Friday 10th June at 7.00pm. A very important day in the life of our parish. Please write this date in your diary and be part of this wonderful occasion. 

PARISH AFTERNOON TEA

As part of our Centenary Celebrations and fundraising for the Parish, we will be having an afternoon Tea in the Hall, on Saturday 18thJune from 2pm until 4.00pm.

If you are a baker and would be happy to make cakes/scones or you feel you would like to be part of the team, then please come to a meeting on Tuesday 3rd May at 7.30pm in the Hall. Contact Barbara on 373 2900 or Parish Office 370 0143. Tickets will go on sale from the Parish Office from Tuesday 3rd May, £5.00 each. A wonderful opportunity for the Parish to gather for an enjoyable afternoon. 


Archbishop Bernard's Easter Message

Archbishop Bernard Longley gives his Easter Message for Easter Sunday 2022. He reflects on three of the things he is holding in his thoughts this year.


Car Park Closing Times

The barrier to the church car park will be locked at the following times below in order for us to secure the property:

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday - 8.00pm

Tuesday & Friday - 5.00pm

Saturday & Sunday - 7.00pm


Walking Together

SYNOD PRESENTATION was held in the Hall on Friday 25th February. The meeting offered the parish an opportunity to participate in on-going Synod of the Church where we, as a parish, discussed and offered our views on the future life of the Church. Thank you to all who came along.

A Handbook for the Synodal Journey

Pope Francis wants to hear from the whole Church about what is happening in local parishes. He and Archbishop Bernard Longley would like to know what individuals think we should all be doing to help make our parishes better.

Click on the above document to get the latest COVID guidance for churches from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales.


Digital Collection Plate

Please click the link above to donate to The Abbey Parish


We pray for...

Dee Dunston, Easton Hurd, Phyllis Carey, Evelyn Rose, Janina Surowiec, Stephen O'Reilly, Theresa Floyd, Alec Bragington, Diane McDermott, Peggy Murphy, Gerard Cusack , Maxine Desmond, Alex McClure and Joan Caston who are sick.

We also pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


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.


Updated COVID-19 Guidance


More about donating via our Digital Collection Plate

You will find our Digital Collection Plate [DCP] as you come into the church. This is a new way for you to give your collection to the parish and hopefully for visitors coming to the Abbey to donate any offering they might like to give to the parish. 

It is very easy to use. First of all if you are a Gift Aider, you will need to click on the donation button above to register (you will only need to do this once). Press the 'Donate' button, it will then ask for your name, post code and email address only. Once you have registered you can either donate on this website each week or use the Digital Collection Plate in the church with the same card

If you are not a gift aider, choose the amount you would like to donate and tap your card. If the card doesn't register then insert your card in the slot at the top of the card machine and put in your pin number. This initiative will benefit the parish in all sorts of ways so please, if you can, use the DCP. Of course we will still have the usual collection bags at the offertory for those who wish to use them. Any queries please email the Parish Treasurer at: pt.stthomas-stedmund.bham@rcaob.org.uk


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