Parish Groups

SVP link

The St Vincent de Paul Society (“SVP”) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need. Active in England & Wales since 1844, today it continues to address social and material need in all its many forms.

The aim of the Stourbridge ‘S.V.P’ is to follow the example of Saint Vincent de Paul and our founder Blessed Frederick Osanam, through prayer, by helping the needy in our parish and visiting those who are elderly or housebound. Three times a year we also organise a Mass and tea where transport to church is provided and old friends can enjoy a get together after Mass. To fund our work we rely on donations from people in the parish and from fund raising events. We also need help from people to let us know where there are families or elderly people who would like our help or a visit. We are very grateful for all the support we receive.

Further information can be obtained from Mary Orchard at mary.orchard@talktalk.net or by visiting the national website at www.svp.org.uk.

Association for the Propagation of the Faith link

The APF is the principal mission support organisation of the Catholic Church. It’s objective is to ensure that young churches have the necessary funds to build churches and schools, to lead people to learn about Christ and build a better world.  In England and Wales funds for the Missions are collected through the famous Red collection Boxes. These can be found in 200,000 homes and they have helped raise millions of pounds for the missions. The collections from the Red Boxes and World Mission Sunday enable the Church in England and Wales to share in spreading the Gospel in each of the 1,062 mission dioceses in the world.

The Stourbridge branch of the AFP is looking for help with its Mission. For more information contact Diana Bloore at: dianabloore46@hotmail.com.

Catenian Association

The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of Catholic laymen. We meet socially, reflecting the mutual support and sharing of common values that is found within the Association. The Association derives it’s name from the Latin word ‘catena’ or ‘chain’ and each local branch of the association is described as a ‘circle’ signifying the links in the chain. Our emblem  consists of a continuous chain of links surrounding a cross, reflecting the mutually supporting and Christian nature of our organisation.

The 230th Circle of the Catenian Association was founded in 1966 as the Stourbridge Circle and we are located in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom. We are actively seeking new members and we would be happy to speak to anyone who is interested in our Association. For more information about us and our Circle, please click here.

Life

LIFE is the leading pro-life charity in the UK, helping thousands of women, men and children.  For 38 years LIFE has been the leading pro-life charity in the UK, helping thousands of women, men and children by providing help and support to some of society’s most vulnerable people.  LIFE Care offers pre- and post-abortion counselling as well as practical support to women and men facing unintended pregnancy or who are suffering after abortion.  LIFE Housing offers accommodation and support for pregnant women and young mothers.  LIFE’s Education Programme engages with young people in schools, colleges and universities, encouraging them to consider a range of issues, from abortion and embryo research, to sex and relationships. LIFE’s Fertility Care Programme offers natural, effective treatment to married couples trying to conceive.

We are always looking for new members to join our friendly, informal group. If you would like any further information please contact Helen Bryan on 0121 602 8715 or see the national website at www.lifecharity.org.uk

Music Group

Our Lady and All Saints is blessed with a vibrant musical community. There are two regular music groups that support the liturgy; the Choir and the Music Group.  The two groups take weekly turns to support the liturgy at the Sunday 10:30am Mass.

Music Group. The Music Group has a contemporary style and includes wind, brass, strings and percussion instruments with guitars. Singers are always welcome and if you want to sing with us, please make yourself known to the group. If you are interested in joining, come and have a chat with us after the 10:30 Mass.

Choir.  Choir rehearsals are held on Thursday from 8:00 – 9:15 pm and on Sunday at 10:00 am to make final preparations for mass.  We also hold additional practices on the first Saturday of the month from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. The choir meets socially for celebratory parties and barbecues.  We are always looking for new voices and so if you enjoy singing please come and talk to us.

Street Pastors  link

Street Pastors are out in Stourbridge on Saturday nights engaging with people on the street to care, help, listen and chat, to build trust and create a safer community. Stourbridge Street Pastors is an initiative of the ‘Churches Together’ in Stourbridge,  and has drawn volunteers from many of the local churches. It’s an exciting way to put our faith into action and make Jesus present in the streets of our community. Street Pastors are trained for the role and can be identified by their distinctive blue uniforms. The project operates in partnership with the police, the local authority and other key agencies to reduce crime and improve community safety. Is God calling you? Stourbridge Street Pastors are recruiting new Street Pastors so that our presence in the community can be extended. The current group of Street Pastors is a great, supportive and cohesive group that you will enjoy being a part of. We urge you to give this ministry prayerful consideration.

Find out more at www.streetpastors.org.uk or contact us at stourbridge@streetpastors.org.uk