History

In 1878 the Parish Priest of S. Mary Abbot in Kensington London, Dr. William Dalrymple Maclagan was made Bishop of Lichfield. He had worked hard in the Parish of S. Mary and his parishioners wished to show their appreciation in some way. The new Bishop asked that a sum of money be given for the maintenance of one or more curates in the Black Country which was part of his new Diocese.

The district that he chose was West Coseley with Swan Village.

In 1879 it became a Mission District and Fr. George Castriot de Renzi left the Parish of Cradley Heath to become its first Mission Priest.

Bp. Maclagan visited West Coseley in Dec. 1881 and announced that The Earl of Dudley had given a site for the new church together with £1000 towards the cost.

The Foundation stone was laid just 3 months later on St. Chad’s Day 2nd March 1882.

The church took only 12 months to build and was consecrated on 28th March 1883 and became a separate Parish on 14th April 1884.

The Church is built of red brick and supported by stone pillars after the Early English style of Victorian Gothic architecture. It has a chancel, nave, north & south aisles and a porch at the west end. The Lady Chapel lies at the east end of the south aisle and contains the only pillar that is carved.

The Church was originally built with a small spire housing a single bell (the spire was removed in 1967 and replaced with a bell housing at the west end of the south aisle).

The sacristy is part of the original building but the choir vestry was added in 1923 and the organ chamber in 1925.

From the very first St. Chad’s was influenced by the ˜Catholic Revival and ˜The Oxford Movement in The Church of England. Fr de Renzi introduced altar lights as soon as they were considered legal in the Church of England in 1892 and by 1920 incense was being used and the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Lady Chapel.

This caused members of the Protestant Reformation Society to stand outside church on some Sunday mornings and hurl missiles & insults at the congregation.

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St Chad's, Coseley.

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Sunday 19th September is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
"Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me."

Parish Mass is at 11.00am or if you are an early bird, we have a Low Mass at 8.00am.
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St Chad's, Coseley.

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St Chad's, Coseley.

Thank you to all who came along to our Coffee Morning today. All those who worked so hard to put this together and keep the tea and coffee flowing, the crafter's and all those who came and spent. It was wonderful to welcome so many new faces as well as meeting up with old friends. £385.20 was raised today! Thank you, again! ... See MoreSee Less

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St Chad's, Coseley.

Just a reminder, folks! It's this Saturday.
Hall accessible from 9am for Crafter's to set up their tables.
Event begins at 10.30am.
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