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    Divine Mercy Sunday - A Brief History

    St Faustina was a Polish nun who received powerful messages from Jesus.

    Jesus appeared to her frequently throughout her life and used her as a way to transmit the message of His Divine Mercy to others. In her diary, St Faustina describes in detail the image of Mercy that Christ instructed her to have painted:

    “The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who dwells in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.” 

    In 1934 St Faustina and her spiritual advisor sought out Eugeniusz Kazimirowski to paint the image (shown above) we all know and love. Jesus insisted when the work was completed that it be placed in chapels and venerated throughout the world.  He promised that grace would come for those who meditated on the beautiful image.

    Pope Saint John Paul II was very passionate about the mission of revealing the Mercy of Jesus to the world. In the year 2000, at the canonisation Mass for Faustina, he announced that the Second Sunday of Easter would now be known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  It must be made clear that this was not done in order to establish a way of honouring Faustina, but to emphasize the meaning of the Resurrection and the depths of God’s great Mercy and love that is made available to all of His creation. Divine Mercy Sunday is not a new feast day because the Second Sunday of Easter has always been a solemnity known as the Octave Day of Easter. The richness of the Mercy of God comes to us not only through St Faustina’s revelations, but also through scripture and the history and tradition of our Catholic Church.

    The feast of the Divine Mercy is the first Sunday following Easter Sunday. In St Faustina’s diary, Our Lord explains how to obtain the unique graces on Divine Mercy Sunday:

         1)  Go to Confession (20 days before, on, or after Divine Mercy Sunday);
         2)  Receive Holy Communion  (20 days before, on, or after Divine Mercy Sunday);
         3)  Pray with and for the Pope; 
         4)  In any church or chapel, recite an “Our Father”, “Creed”, and a prayer to Jesus (e.g. “Merciful Jesus I trust in You”)
    in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, or participate in services honouring the Divine Mercy devotion.


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    May their Souls and the Souls of all faithful departed

    Rest In Peace.  Amen.

    We are saddened by and regret sharing the
    following very sad news with you.
    We offer the grieving families our prayers and
    condolences over their bereavement.


    Albert Wynn

    Alwyn Manley

    Andy Blunt

    Angela Brooks

    Anthony Walters

    Audrey McDonnell

    Barbara Dixon

    Bernard Oakley

    Bernard Ward

    + Bishop David McGough

    Catherine Brady

    Cathleen Hopkins

    Cecilia Rolasson

    Derek Millard

    Derek Rafferty 

    Eileen Price

    Eileen Sexton

    Elsie Holden

    Emiliana Plant

    Evelyn Turtle

    Florence Cox

    Fr D Lloyd

    Fred Edwards

    Fred Wilkes

    Gerry Mulligan

    Giuseppe Salamdeno

    Glenys Slater

    Gwendoline Taylor

    Harry Jones

    Hazel Shakespeare

    Hedwig Granger

    Henry Ryan


    Irene Drummond

    Irene Jones

    Ivy Rollason

    John Hickman

    John Price

    Josephine Cox

    Josie Johnson

    Joyce Boyle

    Louisa Blackwell

    Maggie Gregg

    Margaret Corcoran

    Margaret Gordon

    Marie Nicholls

    Mark Kinsman

    Martin Bridge

    Martin Coohill

    Mary Shepherd

    Mary Spiteri

    Matthew O'Toole

    Mavis Glover

    Michael Bowen

    Michael Clark

    Nigel Sommerfield

    Pope Benedict XVI

    Queen Elizabeth II

    Rob Taylor

    Rosemary Sheran

    Shirley Stanley

    Theresa Mitchell

    Thomas Moore

    Veronica Boyle





    Dear Parishioners,
    Please notify us of your sad bereavement as soon as you feel able to,
    so that we may announce it here in our Parish Obituary column. 
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
    Thank You.

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     Monday Afternoons  2:00pm-4:00pm

    Thank you to all the members for your support and to all
    who organize this very successful club

    7:30pm till late. Tickets £3 include Raffle

    Ballroom, Sequence and Line Dancing
    Bring your own refreshments. Come along, you will be very welcome

    Wednesday Afternoons 1:30pm-3:30pm.  Entry £2

    Our weekly get-together for Over Sixties.  Come along for a coffee, a chat, a quiz and a game of Bingo
    Contact Maureen Burford (Tel: 07976 226950) for more information or just pop in on Wednesdays






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    Because space on our website is normally restrictred to events in both our parishes, it is difficult to include other informative data of the sort that are useful to as wide a range as possible for the benefit of our parishioners. This is only a minute amount of what is available on the government website but the links below included here lead to many other areas of additional help and support.

    Unlike the wording of the title, not "everything" is included else there would not be room for the Newsletter and Parish Events! However, all the links open a treasure of useful services that not all people know existed.

    Click any of the blue underlined links below to open the link page of your choice.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19):

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    UPDATED WEBSITE (May 2022)
    The older version of the Dudley Deanery website is no longer available.

    The updated version is now hosted in the main Birmingham Archdiocese website.
    All the churches in the Birmingham Archdiocese are now listed in eleven separate deaneries.

    The unified listings contain much more information for each church than previously.

    The table below lists twelve churches in the vicinity of Dudley for your convenience
    Please click any of the blue links to visit the church website of your choice

    English Martyrs - Blackheath Our Lady of Lourdes – Kingswinford
    Our Blessed Lady & St Thomas of Canterbury - Dudley St Chad and All Saints - Sedgley
    Our Lady & All Saints - Stourbridge St Francis Xavier - Oldbury
    Our Lady & St Hubert - Warley St Mary - Brierley Hill
    Our Lady & St Kenelm - Halesowen St Peter & the English Martyrs - Lower Gornal
    Our Lady of Lourdes - Cradley Heath The Sacred Heart and Holy Souls - Tipton


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    Adult Education (Maryvale Institute): 0121 360 8118

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