WE HAVE A DEDICATED PAGE FOR INFORMATION AND RESOURCES WHICH YOU CAN USE DURING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS SITUATION. IT IS AVAILABLE FROM THE MENU OR BY CLICKING HERE
Following the instruction from the Government on 23rd March church will be CLOSED until further notice.
Please be assured that Mass is being celebrated daily at 9.30 am and can be followed via Youtube,
Live streamed daily Mass from All Souls
During the suspension of public worship and closure of churches Father Paul is offering Mass in church every day, (including Sundays) at 9.30am. Watch the live stream on our Youtube channel here: Mass from All Souls. The text of An Act of Spiritual Communion is available here
Note: We hope to improve the quality of the stream in due course. At the moment our technology is a bit basic and we have a very echoey sanctuary and a huge expanse of very reflective marble to contend with! Like many people and parishes, we are new to live streaming and have a lot to learn!
Message from Fr. Paul regarding the Coronavrus
Welcome to All Souls. More than ever, our website is a vital source of information and means of communication at a time when we are unable to come together for public worship and the regular gatherings of parish life. I hope that you will return here often to keep in touch with what’s happening and to use the devotional resources available which help us maintain the rhythm and discipline of daily prayer.
Although all public worship is suspended until further notice, I will offer the Mass in church daily at 9.30am WITHOUT A CONGREGATION. Mass intentions continue to be published on the weekly newssheet and are displayed on the noticeboard outside church. Hopefully within the next day or two we will be able to live-stream the Masses, so that we can gather together virtually. Please see the Coronavirus section of our website for an Act of Spiritual Communion to pray when it is not possible to receive Holy Communion. Our use of technology will greatly assist our spiritual life during this time of separation, but let’s not forget that we are always united in spirit and in prayer, even when there’s no WiFi connection!
Please let me know if you need help yourself – spiritual or material – or if you know of someone else who does. Present circumstances are unpleasant for everybody, but for some people this is going to be a very distressing time indeed. It would be terrible if they had to suffer it alone.
Please be assured of my prayers for you.
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 are 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 has moved to its own dedicated page on the website.
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.