Welcome to the parish website of St Ambrose's, Kidderminster. We are beginning A YEAR FOR OUR PARISH, in which we will try to raise the profile of the parish in our homes, in our families and our own personal lives.
One parishioner says we must 'THINK PARISH'. Our membership of the parish calls for us to offer some of our time to its life and work. We have many different groups - pastoral, sacramental, social - and many activities in which our parishioners are involved.
All will seek to attract new members, new participants: all with the aim of becoming ONE SPIRIT, ONE BODY IN CHRIST.
We hope; also, to renew our pattern of worship, making the Mass the centre and the impulse of all that we do together, A completely new approach in our parish to support our families in the religious upbringing of their children is being introduced, and the explanatory letter follows this notice.
New Guidelines for the Reception of Early Sacraments
There will be several important events in our parish this year. during the fourth week of Lent, we are having a RETREAT WEEK, and some distinguished visitors will be helping us. it will be based on key phrases from the Mass:
Tuesday April 1st: 'Let us call to mind our sins'.
(A penitential service led by Fr Stephen Goodman, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Wolverhampton).
Wednesday April 2nd: 'The Word of the Lord'.
(Two sessions of Scripture study for Lent, led by Revd Rose Lawley, Acting Team Rector of St Mary's, Kidderminster; and Revd John Williams, Pastor Emeritus of Franche Baptist Church).
Thursday April 3rd: 'This is my Body, This is my Blood'
(Eucharistic Devotions led by Fr David Gnosill, Parish Priest of Corpus Christi, Coventry).
Friday April 4th: 'Behold the Lamb of God'
(A Celebration of the Mass, in which the Principal Celebrant & homilist will be Fr Gary Buckby, Parish Priest of Our Lady & St Rose of Lima, Weoley Castle).
Saturday April 5th: 'Go, and announce the Gospel of the Lord'
(A Parish symposium).
This year is also the 75th anniversary of the Mass Centre in Tenbury Wells. There will be a TRIDUUM of PRAYER in celebration of this milestone, visiting our three churches.
Wednesday June 25th, Our lady's, Habberley.
Thursday June 26th, St Ambrose's
Friday June 27th, A Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in Sacred Heart Church, Tenbury.
The Triduum will be preached by the Very Reverend Joseph Gavigan, Administrator of St Nathy's Cathedral, Ballaghaderreen, (Diocese of Achonry, Ireland).
Charles Duncombe is to be ordained as a Permanent Deacon in St Chad's Cathedral on Sunday, July 20th.
We have dedicated this year to the Holy Family of JESUS, MARY & JOSEPH and we pray that in our homes, our families and our school we may, "wherever we may be, faithful members of God's Holy People" (Rite of Baptism).
Fr Douglas Lamb, Parish Priest.