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 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.
The Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel
There are two churches in the parish.
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 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
Sung Parish Mass
|Holy Days||Mass at 9.30 am and 7.30 pm|
|Morning Prayer||9.00 am||Every Day except Tuesday|
|Services at Holy Cross|
|Sunday||9.30 am||Sung Mass & Rainbow Club for young people|
|Holy Days||12.30 pm||Mass|
Fr. Christopher Marshall
St Michael's Vicarage
130 Tividale Road
Tividale, OLDBURY B69 2LQ
Tel. 0121-532 7911
Fax. 0121-532 4153
Fr. Craig Fullard
4 Field Road
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.
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.
Tot and Toddler at St. Michael's
Nurture Group at St. Michael's
Children's Nurture Group at Holy Cross Presbytery (starts in January)
Choir at St. Michael's
New Enquiries Group
Tot and Toddler at St. Michael's
Bingo at Holy Cross (every other week)
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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