Birmingham's annual Civic Mass took place at St Chad’s Cathedral on Saturday 20 November.
Bishop David Evans was the Principal Celebrant and Preacher at the Mass, which is a special occasion in the cathedral calendar as a number of civic dignitaries, members of the Judiciary, Service Chiefs and representatives from Ecumenical and Faith groups gather to celebrate the great and diverse City of Birmingham.
Due to the ongoing pandemic it was a smaller congregation than usual but still a wonderful opportunity to share a moment of prayer for all those who contribute and continue to work together for the common good.
Amongst the guests were Cllr Mohammed Azim, Deputy Lord Mayor, and Professor Deirdre Kelly, a Diocesan Trustee and Deputy Lord Lieutenant, who gave the first reading.
There were also representatives from the Church at Carrs Lane, Birmingham Council of Faiths, Her Majesty’s Judges and Magistrates, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and the Birmingham and Warwickshire Royal British Legion.
The guest list also included representatives from Fr Hudson’s Care, the Diocesan Education Service, a number of schools, the Inter Religious Commission, St Chad’s Cathedral Association, the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage and several Diocesan Trustees.