Mass of Thanksgiving


All are welcome to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban mission on Saturday 25th November 2017 in the parish church of St. Catherine of Siena in Birmingham.

Two days before the Mass is the Feast of St. Columban, patron of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, and this is the day chosen by the Society to begin our centenary celebrations.

We are delighted that the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, will be the main celebrant and that Fr. Kevin O’Neill, the Columban Superior General, will give the homily.  They will be joined on the altar by Fr. Peter Hughes, the Columban Director in Britain.

Fr. O’Neill will be travelling to Britain from Ireland, where he will have attended their Mass and celebration for St. Columban’s Day and he will bring with him the Centenary Pilgrim Altar Cloth, which will be used as the altar cloth for the Mass.

Following the Mass, all are invited to join the Columban community in Britain for an informal reception in the school hall of St. Catherine of Siena RC Primary School, which is next door to the church.  There, you will have the opportunity to see some Columban images from the past and present day and can claim your copy of an exclusive new booklet and prayer card produced for the centenary.

Many have already informed us that they will be attending and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you and the opportunity to express our thanks for your participation and support.

If you wish to attend, we would be grateful to know that you are coming. Please e-mail to or call the Mission Office on 01564 772 096.

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