The Birmingham Archdiocese held its third annual Romero Mass, celebrating the life and inspiration of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was murdered 24th March 1980. The Mass is also a celebration of justice and peace work throughout the parishes of the Birmingham Archdiocese, where priests and parishioners works hard to create a just world for everyone. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, who said in his homily ” you and I are called to love our neighbour in any way we can, whether that’s in our J&P group, through CAFOD, or in any other way… We’re called to be men and women of the world who show our love through our care to one another.”
The readings were read by Ashwin Thomas & Markus Beeker of St John Fisher Catholic College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the bidding prayers were read by Josh Gannon of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Birmingham. The gifts were offered by Hannah Youles, Bridget Phiri and Sheila Mwale of Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Sports College, Wolverhampton and Gus Dix of St Thomas Aquinas. All the music for the Mass was provided by the talented musicians and singers of Hagley Catholic High School, Hagley.
Mass was followed by a talk by Sarah Smith-Pearse of CAFOD’s LAtin America team who spoke about CAFOD’s current work in El Salvador and the legacy of Archbishop Romero in El Salvador.