By Józef Łopuszyński
His Grace the Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley together with the Auxilliary Bishops of the Birmingham Archdiocese started their Deanery visitations by visitng St Mary of the Angels Parish on October 7th.
Archbishop Longley explained, “Tonight, I’ve come to the Walsall Deanery to begin the Visitation together with Bishop David and the Dean, Father Michael Leadbeater.”
“Over the next three or four months we’ll be visiting all the parishes in the Deanery of Walsall and we’re beginning the first of six years and a new cycle of visitations around the eighteen deaneries of the Diocese beginning this year in each of the three pastoral areas with one of the deaneries, in this case Bishop David’s Pastoral area in Walsall.”
“In particular, of course, we want to see something of the life of the Parishes, to share in prayer with the Parish over the weekend, and to meet with parishioners.”
“But our particular focus for this cycle of visitations is to see something of the social mission of the Church, and to see the ways in which parishioners and parish organisations - and also ecumenically - reach out into the local community, living the Gospel and evangelising through social outreach. “
“So that’s the particular focus for our visitations over the coming weeks.”