The Parish of St Chads
“At St Chad’s we grow in the light of Christ, to share his love and reflect the gospel values”
St Chad's was built between 1839 and 1841 to serve the rapidly expanding Catholic population in Birmingham through the inspiration of Bishop Thomas Walsh, the Vicar Apostolic of the Central District. It replaced a Georgian classical chapel built in 1808. The present Cathedral was designed in north German 13th century style, the world famous pioneer of Gothic revival architecture, and was consecrated on 21 June 1841 by Bishop Walsh. The Cathedral is built of brick with Bath stone dressings. The south-west spire was added in memory of Canon John Moore.
St Chad's was the first Catholic cathedral erected in England since the Reformation. It became the Cathedral formally in 1850 when Pope Pius IX restored the Catholic hierarchy of England and Wales. Cardinal John Henry Newman preached at Bishop William Ullathorne's enthronement as the first Bishop of Birmingham and on many subsequent occasions. The Chapter of Canons was established in 1852.
In 1941 St Chad's was made a minor basilica by Pope Pius XII on the occasion of its centenary. A minor basilica is a church which enjoys a special association with the Pope and is entitled to have the papal coat-of-arms above the front door. The privileges of a basilica include the use of the symbols that are placed in the Cathedral on great occasions. The 'conopoeum', a small umbrella of red and gold silk, was formerly carried over the Pope when he travelled on horseback on official visits. The 'conopoeum' also surmounts the Cathedral coat-of-arms. The 'tintinnabulum' is a lattice-work tower containing a bell, which was used to warn people of the Pope's approach. The Canons of the Chapter wear the scarlet and purple 'cappa parva' for choir dress.
St Edward's Chapel was added in 1933, as a memorial to Archbishop Edward Ilsley, 2nd Bishop and 1st Archbishop of Birmingham. In November 1940 a bomb came through the Cathedral roof, bounced on the floor and exploded when it hit the central heating pipes. The pipes burst and the water extinguished the bomb, thus saving the Cathedral from destruction.
NORMAL MASS TIMES
Monday to Friday: 12.15 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am and 4.30 pm (first Mass for Sunday)
Sunday: 9.00 am and 11.00 am (High Mass)
HOLYDAYS OF OBLIGATION
12.15 pm and 6.00 pm
9.15 am at St Chad's Primary School, Hospital Street, Newtown during school term
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (DEPENDING ON CATHEDRAL EVENTS)
Saturdays from 10.30 am to 11.30 am
CONFESSIONS (DEPENDING ON CATHEDRAL EVENTS)
A priest will be available for Confessions after the 12.15pm Mass during the week, Monday to Friday and following the 4.30pm Vigil Mass on Saturday afternoon. Also, there is an opportunity for Confession after the 10.00am Mass on Saturday during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 12 midday.
His Grace the Archbishop officiates in the Cathedral at Chapter Masses; usually the first Tuesday of the month, on the Feast of St Chad (2nd March), Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Vigil, Easter Monday, Christ the King, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 Dec.) and Midnight Mass at Christmas.
ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Address: Cathedral House
St Chad's Queensway
Birmingham B4 6EU
Telephone:0121 236 2251