58 years at St Agatha's (and more to come...)
Arthur Cardin recently celebrated a special birthday and invited the community of worshippers at St Agathas to join him in celebration. Arthur first worshipped here in 1960
On Saturday 7th April, a group of women who had never previously met gathered outside St Agatha's to participate in a three-hour adventure, exploring how the commodification and mythologising of breasts within our society - from bra shops to art galleries, from religion to sex - impacts on how we relate to our own breasts. The walk, commissioned by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of their 'Coming Out' exhibition, and originally created with the support of Still Walking festival, was the brainchild of Claire Collison. Artist, writer, and breast cancer survivor, Claire designed the original walk for London, but certainly found plenty of relevant content for a Birmingham version, and a highlight of the tour was being given access to St Agatha’s relic. Claire would especially like to thank Priscilla Rainford, who was so welcoming, and provided such an informative introduction to Saint Agatha.
with the relic of our patron
St Agathas people took part in the eumenical walk of witness on Good Friday. Starting at St Christopher, Springfield the march snaked through terraces , main roads and Sparkhill Park finishing at St Barnabas. Th walk is a way of bringing our faith outward showing that we want to share the news of Our Lord's resurrection.
St Barnabas was the fullest its been for perhaps 25 years!
150 people of all ages joined together to celebrate mass and to commemorate our patron St Agatha V.M. We were fortunate to have the Bishop of Beverley, the Rt Revd Glyn Webster,to preside and preach.He reminded us of the poweful lessons lived out by Agatha and how that message is so important in toda's world, Mass was celebrated in the usual St Agatha's style with the organ supplemented by a trumpeter, a soloist and a large team of servers supporting the Bishop and 10 priests.A relic of our patron was exposed afer the mass,
Bishop Glyn celebrates
The Bishop preaches
Fr John Luff with the relic of our patron