Welcome Message from Father Michael Brandon

Welcome to the Precious Blood of Our Lord and All Souls. Our Lord Jesus Christ shed his Blood out of love for the whole human race. The special vocation of this parish is to celebrate and proclaim that love.

The church was built to commemorate all those who died in  the Great War of 1914-18. The church also sustained serious bomb damage in the Second World War. It is therefore our particular duty and joy to pray for the souls of the faithful departed and to work for peace and justice throughout the world.

From an architectural and aesthetic point of view All Souls is arguably the most beautiful Catholic church in Coventry. At the heart of our life is prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist, and we hope that what happens in church reflects the beauty of God and enables us to live in joy and peace with ourselves and one another.

The fairly extensive grounds around the church have been improved recently. We now have a lovely Peace Garden with a marble statue of Our Lady, Queen of Peace. This garden is available for prayer and quiet reflection throughout the year.

This is a busy parish with lots going on. As priest in charge, it is my aim for leadership and ministry to be a shared endeavour. To help achieve this the parish have elected a parish pastoral council. Many people work with great dedication to make our parish such a vibrant and happy community.

Understanding God's dealings with us is a lifelong process. Every year we prepare people of all ages for full communion with the Catholic Church. Many children are prepared for the sacraments in partnership with our own school. But however long we have been Catholics we've always got more to learn! Each year we try to put on courses and spiritual talks to encourage this learning process.

May God bless you all

Fr. Michael

Mass Times:

Saturday: 10.00 am,

Sunday: 9.30am and 11.15 am

Holy Day Masses:

9.30 am and 7.00 pm

Confession:

Please see newsletter for times of confessions

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 following this link.

Note the history link above was produced for the Coventry Deanery Website.

Considering having your child baptised at All Souls?

Parents should come to Mass and make the necessary arrangements with Fr. Michael. Here is some useful guidance:

About Baptism

What we offer children

Parish Newsletter

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<--------

peace garden

The Peace Garden, dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Peace, is a place of beauty and prayer, for young and for old, a sanctuary of tranquility in a busy world. At the furthest extremity of the church car park through the archway the Peace Garden is available at all hours of the day and night. If you enjoy gardening and would like to help maintain the garden and surrounding area please speak to Fr.Michael or Carol. Alternatively just come and relax!

 

News

 

Ordinations

Friar Gerard Mary Toman was ordained Father Gerard at All Souls at 1 pm on 6th July. This was followed by a wonderful and very well attended celebration in the Presbetry garden afterwards. Furthermore John Waters will be ordained deacon at Our Lady of the Snows, Palazzola near Rome on Sunday 15th July.

Five Year Anniversary

On Saturday June 30 we celebrated the fifth anniversary of our regular meetings with the Muslim Iqra community. It was a time to reflect on what we had learned over the past five years. We were joined by members of the other Christian churches in Earlsdon and Chapelfields.

Christian Aid Week 2018

Christian Aid Week runs from May 13 to May 19 this year. As always we need as many volunteers to do street collections as we can muster. There is a list of streets in the porch. Please put your name down if you are over 16 and well enough to do a collection. The customary cake sale will be held after the Masses on May 13. Here's a pciture of the fare on offer last year to whet your appetitie.

 

Everything Stops for Tea

Afternoon tea and musical entertainment on Saturday May 25 from 4 pm to 6 pm Tickets are £5 each, obtainable at Sunday Mass or by calling 07941565311.

 

Easter Triduum 2015

The Triduum started with the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. After Fr. Michael washed the feet of six men and six women, the Blessed Sacrament figuratively crossed the Kedron Valley to the Altar of Repose where the faithful kept watch until midnight. The consecrated host was used at the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday.
On Holy Saturday a fire was lit outside the Church. The flames were sufficiently high to dispel the night darkness.
This fire was used to light the Easter Candle. Led by the fire of the Paschal Candle alone, the faithful re-entered the Church.
Readings from Sacred Scripture were followed by the Baptismal Liturgy during which candidates received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

 


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Parish Picnic 2/7/2017