Thank you for visiting the website of the Catholic Church of The Precious Blood of Our Lord & All Souls’ in Coventry (usually called All Souls’ for short!), and welcome. We are a parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham working in collaboration with the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
All Souls’ is a vibrant Catholic parish serving the local communities of Chapelfields and Earlsdon, west/south-west of Coventry city centre. The church building is of cathedral proportions, rising proudly above Hearsall Common, and provides a truly magnificent sacred space for God’s people to gather to worship him in the beauty of holiness. If you have never visited All Souls’, we hope you will be inspired to do so. You will be very welcome.
Our mission is simply to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those we meet. We believe in the vocation and mission of the Church to bring to people the fulness of life and salvation in Jesus Christ, through the Sacraments, the Scriptures, the Teaching of the Church and Prayer.
Much like ourselves, our website is currently under reconstruction, so we apologise for what is missing. Please do let us know what you would find helpful to see here. We hope you enjoy your visit and encourage you to return often for updates. Our website is updated weekly. We also encourage you to bookmark this page and add it to your favourites folder for easy future reference.
If you are ever visiting All Souls’, please do make yourself known so that we can welcome you to the parish. If you already a parishioner, but haven’t been to church for a while, the door is always open.
May God bless you.
Father Paul Burch
The Parish Newsletter is produced each week and gives details of Mass times and intentions for the week ahead.
There are always news items, financial matters and anniversaries. If you are unable to attend Mass then you can download the latest newsletter from here
Considering Having your Child Baptised at All Souls?
Parents should come to Mass and make the necessary arrangements with Fr. Paul. Here is some useful guidance:
A Brief History of All Souls
It was decided in 1917 to build a church at Earlsdon as a local memorial to Catholic soldiers and sailors killed in the First World War. Funds were raised, and a site bought in Kingsland Avenue. The parish of All Souls, Earlsdon, was created in 1923 and the church of the PRECIOUS BLOOD AND ALL SOULS, the only new Roman Catholic church to be built in central Coventry after 1893, was opened in 1924. The church, a tall, impressive building, comprised at first the nave only, designed by G. Cave of Coventry. Transepts, side-chapels, sanctuary, and sacristies were added in 1938, to the design of Bower Norris. The finished church was of reinforced concrete frame construction, faced with pink brick and having stone dressings. The Romanesque style of the nave was reproduced in a simpler form for the eastward extensions of 1938.
In the Blitz of 1940, a high explosive bomb landed just outside the walls of the church, damaging the newly built transepts and sanctuary. The building was made safe but it was very spartan, with concrete floors, a wooden altar rail and unplastered walls. The pulpit and pillars were bare and there was no stained glass in the windows. Parishioners used an odd assortment of benches and chairs fixed together with strips of wood and a few kneelers here and there, which were very worn and threadbare.
War damage claim went part of the way to finance the cost of repairs but more was needed and it was not until 1963-64 that it was possible to complete the interior of the transepts and sactuary culminating in the church we see today.
A more detailed history, written by Jean Keenan (a longserving parishoner and former All Souls schoolteacher) can be found by below.
Note the history below was produced for the Coventry Deanery Website.