Event - Year 6 at St Chad's Cathedral

14 October 2019

As part of our Confirmation programme, Year 6 visited St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. St Chad’s is known across the world as a beautiful building with a remarkable history and rich heritage.

We discovered that the Cathedral was built between 1839 and 1841 and was the first Catholic Cathedral built in England since the Reformation. Pugin who also designed the palaces of Westminster and the iconic clock tower of Big Ben designed it.

After a wonderfully informative tour including visiting the crypt, we celebrated mass with Fr Gerry. We experienced a very spiritual day, which has prepared us for our forthcoming Sacrament of Confirmation.

Michelle: It was interesting because we found out the history of it. For example; when St Chad’s was first opened, there was one spire. Then, Pugin’s son added another.

Jamie: We learnt many interesting stories depicted by the stained glass windows. These told us about what life was like in King Henry VIII time.

Joseph: I was amazed by its history. Also, I was inspired by Pugin’s designs and how distinctive they are.

"Confirmation strengthens us to defend the faith and to spread the Gospel courageously." Pope Francis


The pulpit.
 
The impressive organ.

Stories of the crucifixion told within the art.
 
The Mercy Chairs, an area for priests celebrating mass.

The altar.
 
In the crypt decorated by Pugin.

The coat of arms.
 
Chapel of the Hardman family.