Circles in Province 6: come and join us for the 2020 Annual Flower Festival of St Chad’s Cathedral. Throughout 2020, the Catholic Church in England and Wales, in partnership with the Bible Society, is focusing on meeting Christ in the Scriptures with their exciting new campaign: ‘The God who Speaks’.  2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on: ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600th anniversary of St Jerome’s death, providing us with a strong rationale for deeper diocesan–wide Scripture engagement. This gives us an opportunity to make this an even more spectacular event than ever. We hope you will put the dates in your diary straight away. We are keen to encourage people of all faiths to join us to make this a truly ecumenical event. Due to the link to the diocesan-wide initiative the flower festival will need more careful planning from our point of view. Not only will there be your flowers in the Cathedral but also the publicity material that is touring every diocese in England and Wales throughout the year.

The theme will be ‘The God who Speaks’ for all three categories: parishes, convents and flower clubs, primary schools and secondary schools. This is a very wide theme and may be approached in many different ways.

A coffee morning has been arranged on Wednesday 18 March at 9.30 am, in the Canons’ Dining Room at Cathedral House, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU, organised by Anne Symonds, Vice Chairman of the St Chad’s Cathedral Association. The morning will include guidance being given on the interpretation of the theme, a walk around the Cathedral to choose locations for displays and any questions answered. Wives and widows of Province 6 members: why not encourage your parish to organise a display this year or if you know any flower arrangers who might like to take part.  You will be made very welcome and make many new friends. Please ask them to contact: Anne Symonds on 0121 249 1487 , 07976165799 or annets103@hotmail.co.uk

To see photographs of previous flower festivals go to the St Chad’s Cathedral website and search under galleries. They are also on the diocesan website.

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