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Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald with his first cousin Ray Fitzgerald (Photo: Józef Łopuszyński)

Egypt nuncio returns to Walsall

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald celebrates the golden jubilee of his priesthood at his home parish

Archbishop Longley celebrated Mass in Rugeley, Staffordshire, on the Feast of SS Peter and Paul and blessed two commissioned glass etchings in memory of Deacon James Tully Rowe who died in 2009    (Photo: Józef Łopuszyński)

Archbishop Longley blesses two glass etchings in Rugeley, Staffordshire, commissioned in memory of Deacon James Tully Rowe

Bishop Philip Pargeter, Fr David Duggan and Fr Dominic Chukka (Photo: Józef Łopuszyński)

Fr David Duggan marks the Diamond Jubilee of his priesthood

Ten boys and nine girls received First Holy Communion at Holy Trinity, Wolverhampton     			        Photo: Józef Łopuszyński

Nineteen children receive First Holy Communion at Holy Trinity, Wolverhampton

The Stations of the Cross are re-enacted at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School in Walsall

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School hosts Walsall Stations of the Cross

Painsley Catholic College wins a sapling from the tree in Amsterdam (Lynne Machin)

School wins Anne Frank tree prize

An Anne Frank sapling is planted at Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle, Staffordshire

Children from St Mary’s the Mount Roman Catholic Primary School, Walsall, took part in a carol service at St Mary’s the Mount Catholic church in December. As readings, carols, and class items were performed, pupils from one of the classes gradually built a ‘living nativity scene’ on the altar (Photograph: J Lopuszynski)

Pupils built a ‘living nativity scene’ on the altar at St Mary’s the Mount church, Walsall

Auxiliary Bishop William Kenney of Birmingham asperges the coffin of Fr Colin Fortune at Holy Name church, Great Barr

Requiem Mass for popular Birmingham priest

Fr Colin Fortune, parish priest at Holy Name church, Great Barr, is mourned

At St Mary’s the Mount Roman Catholic primary school in Walsall, West Midlands, Reception and Year One pupils performed a Nativity Play. Pictured, left, are George Howell as Joseph and Isabella Rounds as Mary. Cath Amos, headmistress, said: ‘The Nativity reminds us all that Christ is our Saviour who came to save us all.’ Also before Christmas pupils gathered at the parish church hall in Walsall, above right, to sing carols in aid of Mencap (stories and photography: Jozef Lopuszynski)

Pupils sing carols for Mencap

In the West Midlands, happy pupils celebrate Nativity and sing carols for learning disabilities charity

Bishop McGough addresses the people of St Christopher’s, Codsall

Bishop praises parish

Auxiliary Bishop David McGough of Birmingham consecrates church in Codsall, Staffordshire