Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops
of the Catholic Church in England and Wales
Archbishops Bernard’s Easter Message
Grace shares his greetings this Easter season, “a most unusual Easter for
all of us”, and invites us to pray together.
An Easter Message from Fr. Paul
Pain and suffering are often peoples’ biggest obstacle to
faith. “If there is a God”, they reason, “why does he let
people suffer?” They conclude that there is no God, or that if there is a
God, he doesn’t really care about us.
Our Christian faith says otherwise. The truth revealed on the Cross is that God cares desperately about us. He is Love, and suffers for us, and suffers with us. Where is Jesus in all this, you ask? Look at the Cross to find the answer.
Like the women who stood by Jesus in his death and were the first witnesses to his resurrection, we recognise in the awesome events we have just been celebrating the dawning of a new hope for the life of the world. This is about the whole world changing – a new creation.
Our Easter celebrations are not about providing an escape route from life’s troubles, including deadly diseases; but about believing that even in our deepest despair God brings new life.
I wish you all a very happy and hope-filled Easter.
Alleluia, Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
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,
Daily Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
Fr. Paul writes: every day, 12noon-1pm, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in church and live-streamed. There are so many people who need our prayers during this time of pandemic. Why not bring them all to Jesus in the silence of adoration?
Some suggested prayers during Adoration:
Strong in Tribulation This book produced by the Holy See in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is intended to be “a little help offered to all, so as to know how to discern and experience God’s closeness and tenderness in pain, in suffering, in solitude and in fear.” It contains prayers, including prayers of intercession for those in need; information and advice on how to receive the Lord’s grace when unable to participate in the Church’s sacramental celebrations physically; and recent homilies and words of Pope Francis.
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.
We appreciate that some of our parishioners may be struggling financially at this time and we pray they are getting the support they need.
However, the diocese has been receiving numerous enquiries from parishioners who would like to continue giving during this period when we cannot attend our parishes in person.
The diocese has now set up a system for parishioners to make online donations to their parish.
There is a donate button (top right) on the home page of the diocesan website – www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk.
From there, donations can be made to our parish via credit or debit card.
How to donate online
Visit the diocesan webpage – www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk
Click on Donate (top right).
Click on Donate.
Enter your Contact details.
Click next and complete your Payment details.
To make a donation to All Souls select Coventry: Earlsdon.
Please click on I want to Gift Aid my donation if you are able.
Click next and enter your card details.
Finally click on Donate by card.
Giving by Standing Order
Perhaps you might also consider setting up a standing order to All Souls, as this remains the most cost effective way for parishioners to donate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the parish bank details.
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.