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Closure of the Hagley Road and limited access to Union Street  19th/20th June.  The Council are aware of our Masses over the weekend and will try and grant access to Union Street where possible.  Please be aware this weekend 12th/13th June,  there will be no access to the Hagley Road from the Ring Road all traffic will be diverted via Oldswinford Cross.

Please click on the following link for further details : Information on restricted access to Union Street 12th 13th June 2021    X3552 Hagley Road, Stourbridge (Ph2)

Changes to Masses : 

There will be no Saturday 10am Mass on 26th June and 3rd July. Due to the celebrations of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  Due to restrictions these Masses will be by invite only.

Please visit our new Parish Centre Page to watch see the work being completed in the Youth Room – more updates added today. (18th June 2021)


READERS Thank you to those who have volunteered to read at Mass. We have completed a weekend rota for June and a weekday rota going forward into the future.  If anyone else would like to join the rota you are most welcome, please contact the parish office. If any readers want copies of the readings or any guidance, please speak to Fr Philip.  

ADULT INSTRUCTION – Due to government restrictions, adult instruction classes did not take place in 2020/21. It is expected that they will be possible later this year.  We hope to begin classes in October 2021, which will take place weekly (with the occasional break) until Easter on 4th April 2022.  

These classes are especially intended for;  

  • adults who are considering baptism and confirmation and becoming members of the Catholic Church  
  • adults who are already baptised in other denominations and are considering becoming members of the Catholic Church.  
  • adults who are already baptised Catholics, but have had little instruction in the Faith. 

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about this is asked to contact Fr Philip at the presbytery. When home visits are permitted, he hopes to make individual visits to meet up and talk about the process over the summer.   

For the time being, it is vital that anyone considering instruction comes to Mass on Saturday evening/Sunday each week and starts to engage as much as possible in the life of the Church.  

BAPTISMS – Currently baptism is only permitted when in danger of death. Baptisms will recommence in Church with a maximum of 30 from no sooner than Monday. 17th May. Baptisms with unlimited numbers attending will be permitted no sooner than Monday, 21st June.  

Parents requesting baptism are reminded that baptism can only be celebrated if the child has a baptised Catholic parent. Evidence of the Catholic parent’s baptism will be required (i.e. valid baptismal certificate) Under normal circumstances only children living within the parish can be baptised here.  

Those who have completed a booking form are now welcome to contact the presbytery to agree a date for a baptismal preparation session with Fr Philip, and a provisional date for the baptism after 17th May.  

Those who have made a telephone or other enquiry, are invited to obtain a booking form to be completed and returned to the presbytery.  


The Government made the following announcements on Monday 22nd February 2021.

During this current lockdown Funerals are able to continue with up to 30 people. Weddings and Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstances – with numbers limited to 6.

From the 29 March 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 6 people.
  • Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstances and limited to 6.

No earlier than the 12 April 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 15 people.
  • Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstance and limited to 6.

No earlier than the 17 May 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 30 people.
  • Baptisms will be allowed with up to 30 people.

No earlier than the 21 June 2021

It is hoped that all legal limits on social contact will be lifted. At this time, we do not know what this will mean for collective worship with regards to social distancing and the use of face masks.

Until we are advised otherwise. we must all continue to follow the rules in place for collective worship.  Social distancing both inside and outside Church, the wearing of face coverings, provide contact details for Track and Trace purposes. Only those from one household or support bubble can sit together.  You are eligible to form a support bubble with another household of any size if:

  • you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support,
  • you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability.
  • your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
  • your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5 or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
  • you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults.
  • you are a single adult living with one or more children who are under the age of 18 or were under that age on 12 June 2020.

For more details visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household#who-can-make-a-support-bubble

Please follow the instructions of our stewards, as without these volunteers giving generously of their time, we would not be able to open Church at all.

If you have any questions/queries, please email olas.stourbridge@rcaob.org.uk


Follow the daily Readings at Mass. Universalis or Alive Publsihing

Make an Act of Spiritual Communion –  This can be done whilst you watch a live stream of Mass by saying the following prayer:

“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.”

The God Who Speaks Weekly Meditations by Fr Dries Van den Akker S.J on the Paintings of St Matthews Gospel by Peter Clare.  link 

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