New Bishop of Oswestry Announced

Fr Paul Thomas SSC has been announced as the new Bishop of Oswestry. His consecration will take place on Candlemas (Thursday 2nd February 2023).

Fr Paul has recorded a video (here):

The letter from the Bishop-designate to the people of the See of Oswestry can be read here:

You can read The Prime Minister’s Appointments Office – here, the Statement from the Bishop of Lichfield – here, and the Statement from the Bishops of the Society – here.

Please pray for Fr Paul, and give thanks to God for the appointment of our new bishop.

The Annual Catholic Evangelism Lecture

For anyone who missed it, the Annual Catholic Evangelism Lecture is now up on the Diocese of Sheffield YouTube channel.

The Rt Rev’d Tony Robinson SSC, Bishop of Wakefield, delivered the lecture last Friday night at St Matthew’s Church, Sheffield.


Please also read the below from the diocese:

Dudley MBC has pledged to provide housing for 20 Afghan families.  So far it has housed 16, but cannot find suitable accommodation for the remaining four because there is a general shortage in the private rental sector.  If you know of anyone with a property which might be suitable, please contact The Reverend Canon Dr Stuart Currie at 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II gives a wide smile for the crowd from her carriage as she leaves Westminster Abbey, London after her Coronation.

It is with great sadness that we learn that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died today, Thursday 8th September 2022. May she rest in peace, and rise in glory.

The Sunday service at St. Edmund’s remains at the usual time of 11 AM for anyone wishing to pay their respects.

An online book of condolence is available here:

Messages from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York can be read at their respective links.

Tributes from Bishop John and Bishop Martin can be read on the diocesan website.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Royal Dockyard Chapel in Pembroke Dock, Wales.

Latest News

Cradley Heath Community Link urgently needs volunteers.

The Project was set up to meet a need within the community, by enabling families struggling with the cost of providing school uniform for their children, to receive good quality items free of charge. The vision being, to prevent children being stigmatised as well as excluded from school due to the lack of proper clothing and the stress which such action ultimately causes.  School uniform is often very expensive, especially if it is branded and only obtainable from certain retailers. 

Currently we are receiving donations of unwanted or outgrown uniform which will enable the project to meet its objectives as, once items are sorted, packed an labelled, they are then ready to be given out to families in need.   This all sounds very simple, and it is, but it is also a lot of hard work and we urgently need volunteers to help with the sorting and packing and labelling.

Many families have already benefitted greatly from the project and, as a volunteer, it can at times be very emotional but also deeply rewarding – it is a privilege to do God’s servant work in this way and to show his love to those in need.  Seen as a re-cycling project it is also eco-friendly which not only helps the local community but the world as a whole.

For more information please see here:

The Dudley Benefice is running an Alpha Course. The course is open to anyone who wants to know more about being a Christian. Details are in the poster above.

The next Church Union Lecture is on Saturday 13th August at St Mary’s Parish Church, Walsingham

Great news! We’re all set for this year’s Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham Cathedral: Saturday 3 September at 11am.

Looking ahead – On Friday 23rd September, The Diocese of Sheffield Lecture in Catholic Evangelism is at St Matthew’s, Carver Street, Sheffield.

The speaker is The Right Revd Tony Robinson SSC, Bishop of Wakefield

To book a place for this free event please visit…/annual-lecture-on…

Change to Service Time this Sunday 24th July 2022

This Sunday, the Queen’s Baton Relay will come through Dudley. This will necessitate some road closures in Dudley between 12PM and 6:30 PM. This may cause problems for those who park in town, so a decision has been made that the Mass this Sunday will start at 10:30 AM. To ensure that vehicles are removed from the town centre, everyone should promptly leave church after the service.

To see which road will be closed please see here:

If you want to know where to see the baton, please see here: