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Called to Witness at Harvington Hall

Called to Witness

A vocations event for young people (18+)

Saturday 4th May 2019,

Feast of the Martyrs of England & Wales


This is a unique event for young people to help reflect and discern their own Christian vocation, in the light of the lay and priestly martyrs of the English Reformation, in the evocative setting of Harvington Hall.

Historian Professor Judith Champ will speak about the martyr tradition, presented in the backdrop of 16th century England, with accounts of stories local to Harvington, about family and community, witness and vocation.

Sr. Gemma Simmonds CJ will talk about the challenge of contemporary Christian life and what forms ‘martyrdom’ takes today as we strive to live lives of witness to the Gospel.


Harvington Hall, Harvington, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 4LR.

COSTS: Only £10 per head for those attending to include refreshments.

Attendees will make their own way to Harvington and bring a packed lunch.

OUTLINE OF THE DAY (subject to change)

10:00 Arrivals – tea/coffee – Introductions

10:30 Talk: Prof. Judith Champ – Great Chamber

11:15 Split into two groups to do a “journey in faith” tour of Havington Hall, its grounds and the Georgian Chapel

12:30 Mass for the Feast of the English Marytrs – Parish Church of St. Mary’s, Harvington, celebrated by Fr. Michael Dolman, Vocations Director

13:15 Lunch (bring your own) and drinks

14:00 Talk: Sr. Gemma Simmonds CJ

14:45 Discussion in four break-out groups: led by Archdiocese of Birmingham Seminarians

and Vocation Promoters, on questions provided by Prof. Champ and Sr. Gemma.

15:30 Plenary – Great Chamber

16:00 Holy Half-Hour: Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament – St. Mary’s Parish Church

16:30 Tea and depart


Call: 0121 321 5139 (Tharushi Jayakody)

or 0121 321 5135 (Deacon Owen Gresty)




Chaplaincy Tuesday – What is progressive Judaism?

Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi

All you wanted to know about  progressive Judaism but were afraid to ask!

Come and listen to a short a short talk by Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi who will answer your questions.

Progressive Judaism has its roots in the 19th century when Jews were for the first time able to be free citizens in Germany and had to work out how to live in the modern world. They emphasise the necessity to develop in response to changing times while at the same time remaining rooted in Jewish tradition.

Come on Tuesday  20th November at 6.00pm to the Cadbury Room, St Francis Hall (O2 on the campus map).

24 hours of prayer for Brum Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January

“The love of Christ Compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14)

This is happening on Friday 20th January, 7am – 10pm; Saturday 21st January, 7am – 4pm

St Chad’s is known across the world as a beautiful building with a remarkable history and a rich heritage. But it is first and foremost a House of God. St Chad’s is the Mother Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham which covers five counties. It is a place for worship and prayer, a place where we can meet God and offer him our praise and thanksgiving and bring him our needs and concerns.

I hope that you will capture something of the beauty and the love of God as you explore our web-site. Catholics believe that we all need God, and that we discover and know him through faith in his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus founded the Church so that his message of faith, hope and love could be passed on to every generation. Our mission at St Chad’s is to offer that message of faith to everyone.

God wants to touch your life and to help you achieve your full dignity as a human being. In other words, to become like Jesus the perfect man. I pray that all of us here at St Chad’s can help you in your journey of faith.

To view the timetable for the 24 hours of prayer,  Pray24Brum-running-order.