Posted by: catholicrelics | September 21, 2009

A ‘Celebration for Priests’ in Birmingham

St. Thérèse’s arrival at Birmingham Church marked by ‘Celebration for Priests’

3926854049_2a43371ec3It was a double celebration for hundreds of parishioners, pilgrims and visitors to the Church of Sacred Heart & St. Teresa in Coleshill, Birmingham this afternoon as the arrival of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux was marked by a special liturgical celebration for the priests of the diocese.

Known for her concern and care for priests, it is only fitting that the visit of her relics coincides with the Church’s ‘Year for Priests’.

The liturgy was led by Rev Fr Timothy Menezes, a parish priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and the preacher was Canon John Udris, Catholic Dean of Northampton Cathedral, who has written extensively about St. Therese. The liturgy included a ‘Litany of Priesthood’ which celebrated the priest saints of the universal church and the Archdiocese.

Fr Timothy Menezes said: “St Therese, as so many have said, is a saint for almost everybody, such is the breadth of her appeal, for one who lived such a short life. As well as being patron of the missions, she is known to have had a deep respect for the priesthood, and to have corresponded with priests. So too priests today are sustained by the prayers of their people but also, the prayers of contemplative men and women. In particular, in our diocese, the prayers of the Carmelites and the Poor Clares and many other religious are of great value to us, as is their witness to Christ.”

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