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Ebbsfleet Chrism Homily 2014

“Let us recognize our need of all the gifts of God that these holy oils signify.” 


Confirmation at St James the Great, Hanslope

Confirmation at St James the Great, Hanslope, Bucks, on Gaudete Sunday, 15 December 2013


St Agatha, Sparkbrook with St Barnabas, Balsall Heath

Priest in Charge

(House for Duty)

St Agatha, Sparkbrook with St Barnabas, Balsall Heath


This parish, a mile south east of the City Centre, has a predominantly Muslim population of 4,000.  It has two churches, one a Grade 1 listed, nationally-known beacon of the Catholic tradition in the Church of England and the other in the heart of the residential area, with an adjacent Children's Centre.  The congregations are largely gathered, but active and faithful.


They seek a priest who will:

  • lead and deepen their life of sacrament and prayer and their witness to the Faith in this ethnically and culturally diverse area;
  • direct their efforts to work with local Christians of all traditions;
  • be visible on the streets of the parish, helping the congregation to engage with the local community;
  • enthusiastically support the Junior School and Children's Centre and strengthen their links with the churches;
  • secure the future of the parish within the Diocese and the Catholic movement.

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet writes:


A beacon is intentionally conspicuous - like a city set on a hill, it can't be hidden.  It's job is to attract attention, a job that St Agatha's famous tower does with great confidence.  It's those two qualities - being conspicuous and confident - that have not only shaped the history of the parish, but also describe well what will be needed in the future from its priest and its people for its life and growth.  This dedicated, prayerful and fun-loving all-age parish community, needs a priest who will develop not only their confidence in relation to their mainly Muslim-near-neighbours in the area, but also their capacity as a welcoming and nurturing community in the catholic tradition of the CofE.


We have the community, now we need the priest ... If you are in a position to offer God's people in Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath experienced priestly ministry in return for a good house near the centre of Birmingham, please visit the parish website http://www.saintagathas.org.uk/jsite/ and read these documents prayerfully.  If you would like a conversation, please feel free to telephone me on 0118 948 1038.


Closing date for applications: 8th September.

Details and application form from The Archdeacon of Birmingham

Tel: 0121 426 0403

PA's e-mail: MargaretH@cofebirmingham.com


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