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On 8 January 2015, approximately two hundred staff and students from Years 11, 12 and 13 were able to hear the testimony from Holocaust survivor, Steven Frank, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

On Friday 16 January, St Bernadette’s choir took part in the ‘Young Voices 2015’ concert, held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Many of our readers may have heard of the saintly Passionist priest, Fr Charles Houben who spent many years in the Passionist Retreat of Mount Argus in Dublin. It is less well known however, that he began his ministry as a priest here in our Archdiocese in 1851. He lived at Aston Hall and Cotton in Staffordshire from 1851 until 1857 and in Broadway in Worcestershire for a year in 1866.

Early last Autumn I spent two and a half weeks walking on one of the long distance foot paths that runs through France down to the beginning of the much better known, and more frequented, Spanish Camino: 280 or so kilometres of outstandingly beautiful countryside, from Le Puy to Figeac, seventeen nights in hostels with a wonderful variety of fellow pilgrims, most evenings spent around a large dining table, in respectful discovery of other people’s lives as well as in enjoyment of some excellent French food!

The Photo is of a Christmas Oratorio taken in the late 1950’s. The school, St Mary’s The Mount, Walsall put on the Oratorio for 3 days just before Christmas.

Last year Bishop Challoner Catholic College, celebrated its diamond jubilee.

The Blessing of the Crib in Coventry City Centre took place on the first Sunday of Advent at 4pm in Coventry City Centre Upper Precinct. The service was led by Canon Garry Byrne, the Dean of the Coventry Deanery.

Crackley Hall’s Key Stage 2 Christmas Service marked the last of four separate concerts held in the space of one week; and what a rapturous finale it proved to be. Once again Crackley Hall performed in the glorious setting of Princethorpe College’s Chapel, a finer backdrop to the concert you could not wish to have.

This term the children and staff of St Joseph’s, Nechells, Birmingham have been focusing on WWI with a theme of Peace and Reconciliation.

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