Across the very varied cities and counties of the Archdiocese of Birmingham I am grateful to all our parish communities for the welcome that is readily extended to visitors and newcomers to the parish.
In this Year of Faith, Catholics have become more aware that the Church needs every parishioner to reach out with a word or gesture of welcome to the stranger or those who have drifted from practising their faith.
Please pray for those who are searching for a way back to Church and for those the Holy Spirit is guiding towards the Catholic Church.
As you live your faith day by day a friendly word of witness or a gesture expressing your own faith may shed light on somebody else’s journey to faith in Christ.
Mt Rev Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham