This year (2018) sees the 160th anniversary of the building of the Parish Church, dedicated to St. Ambrose. It was built in 1858, during the years when Rev. Fr. Ambrose Courtney was Parish Priest. Subsequently, he went to Australia, and it was there he died.
We shall celebrate this important milestone in the history of the Parish on St. Ambrose's Day, December 7th, with a Sung Evening Mass and a visiting preacher, Fr. John Sharp, former Archivist of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
During the latter part of this year we shall be engaged in the Deanery Visitation, and Bishop +Robert Byrne (Cong. Orat.) will be with us over the weekend of November 17th & 18th. While he is with us, he will present the Diocesan Ubi Caritas award to Mr. & Mrs. Leo & Sylvia Kealey in recognition of their exceptional support of the church over many years, including the years when they were parishioners of Our Lady & St. Patrick's, Birchen Coppice; a church & parish which closed over 40 years ago.
On the evening of the Visitation Sunday, Mr. Philip Standing will receive the gold medal of the Guild of St. Stephen, for Altar Servers, in recognition of this service over half a century.