24 Hours for the Lord
"Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life”
In response to Pope Francis call to have “24 hours for the Lord” on Friday 4th March to Saturday 5th March during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, invites all Catholics of the Archdiocese, including the baptized who feel estranged from the institutional church, to participate in a time of prayer, liturgies and reflection that will be held in the designated Jubilee Churches and Places of Pilgrimage, or to visit a local church during those twenty-four hours.
In our church, on Saturday 5th March, there will be the Pilgrimage Mass with Procession through the Holy Door and prayers to Our Lady of Oxford, Mother of Mercy, at 10am. After this, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed (and on all Saturdays of Lent) until Benediction at 6pm.
Confessions will be heard continuously on 5th March from 9.40am - 6.30pm.
This “24 Hours with the Lord” is an opportunity for all to be experience a sense of belonging and welcome in the company of Jesus.
Sacramental Reconciliation is a way of “rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning ... (and it will be) for every penitent. .... a source of true interior peace” [Misericordiae Vultus n. 17]. Pope Francis said, “Mercy will always be greater than any sin”. [MV n. 3]