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    The Parish of Tividale

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    The parish has two worship centres:
    The Parish Church of St. Michael the Archangel and The Church of the Holy Cross.

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    The Parish

    Tividale is situated on the edge of the Diocese in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell. Its neighbouring parishes to the south are in the Dioceses of Birmingham and Worcester. The 1991 census figures give a population of about 17,000 - but since then there has been a considerable amount of building, mainly flats and starter-homes. The housing mix is about 60% owner-occupied: 40% council rented.

    Until recently Tividale was right at the heart of the industrial "Black Country" with its steelworks, factories and foundries. Sadly, much of this industrial base has now gone to be replaced by newer housing but fewer jobs. Unemployment is quite high, especially among the less-qualified and those of the ethnic minority groups of which there are a substantial number in some parts of the parish.

    There are five LEA Primary Schools in the parish, one Comprehensive School and two Special Schools. Links with all these schools are in place and are continually being strengthened. The local hospitals are all in other parishes, but this sphere of ministry is considered a priority. There is only one residential home for the elderly - this is supported regularly.

    The parish is situated between Birmingham and Dudley - only a mile or so from Junction 2 on the M5. Dudley castle and the Black Country Museum are also only a mile away. The open countryside can be reached within a ten minute drive.

    The Churches

    The Parish of Tividale was established in 1878 to serve the workers in the foundries and factories of this part of Tipton. Right from the start it was a stronghold of the Tractarian Movement. It has maintained an uncompromising devotion to the Catholic Faith and is currently a "Forward in Faith" Parish under the episcopal ministry of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet. Resolutions A, B and C have all been passed unanimously again this year.

    There are two churches in the parish.
    St. Michael's
    The Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel
    St. Michael's lies off the A 4033 about 150 yards east of Burnt Tree Island. The Victorian parish church was demolished about 12 years ago because of serious structural problems. A new church complex was opened in 1996.

    For all enquiries relating to St. Michael's Church please contact Fr. Christopher.

    The picture shows the interior of St. Michael's Church

    Holy Cross Church
    Holy Cross Church
    Holy Cross Church is situated in Ashleigh Road on the Grace Mary Estate on the south side of the A4123. It is a dual purpose building and dates from 1966. The resident priest now lives on the new housing estate a few minutes away from the church.

    For all enquiries relating to Holy Cross Church please contact Fr. Craig.



    The present pattern of Sunday Worship includes a Solemn Parish Mass at the Parish Church and a Sung Mass at Holy Cross Church. There is a Daily Mass and Offices are said together where possible. The liturgy is modern Catholic.

    Main Services at St. Michael's


    11.00 am

    Sung Parish Mass
    Monday 7.00 pmMass
    Tuesday 8.30 pmMass
    Wednesday 9.30 amMass
    Thursday 9.30 amMass
    Friday12.30 pmMass
    Saturday9.30 amMass

    Holy DaysMass at 9.30 am and 7.30 pm

    Morning Prayer9.00 amEvery Day except Tuesday

    Services at Holy Cross
    Sunday9.30 amSung Mass & Rainbow Club for young people
    Tuesday10.30 amMass
    Thursday7.30 pmMass

    Holy Days12.30 pmMass

    Parish Staff

  • Parish Priest
    • Fr. Christopher Marshall
      St Michael's Vicarage
      130 Tividale Road
      Tividale, OLDBURY B69 2LQ
      Tel. 0121-532 7911
      Fax. 0121-532 4153

  • Resident Priest
    • Fr. Craig Fullard
      4 Field Road
      DY4 0TN
      Tel. 0121 520 5102

    The Parish Office
    The Booking of Weddings, Reading of Banns, Baptisms and other services can be made on:
    A Tuesday night at St. Michael‘s from 7.00 - 7.30pm.
    Or at Holy Cross Church on a Tuesday Morning from 11 - 11.30am
    Or by arrangement with one of the clergy.

    Forthcoming events

    Saturday 17th November
    Social Evening at St. Michael's - 7.30 pm

    Tuesday 27th November
    Rural Dean's Visitation at St. James' - 7.30 pm

    Saturday 1st December
    St. Michael's Christmas Fayre

    Saturday 8th December
    Holy Cross Christmas Fayre

    We hope to add the Christmas Services in the very near future.

    Weekly Activities

    Monday afternoon
    Tot and Toddler at St. Michael's

    Monday evening
    Nurture Group at St. Michael's
    Children's Nurture Group at Holy Cross Presbytery (starts in January)

    Tuesday evening
    Choir at St. Michael's
    Youth Club

    Wednesday evening
    New Enquiries Group

    Thursday morning
    Tot and Toddler at St. Michael's

    Friday night
    Bingo at Holy Cross (every other week)

    Please note:
    All the above activities are for both congregations.
    For times of these activities please contact Fr. Craig
    Both Worship centre halls are used for various other community activities in the week.


    This page was last updated on November 25th 2001.
    Please visit us again in the near future.

    Please email the Resident Priest -
    Fr. Craig Fullard with any comments or requests for further information.

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