to the website

of the Church of England Parish

of Saint Francis of Assisi,

Friar Park.

The Church is to be found on

 Freeman Road,

Wednesbury WS10 0HJ.  

To navigate around the pages of the site, simply click on one of the headings shown at the top of each page

Saint Francis' is known as a welcoming church. With an efficient heating system it's warm as well! And there's decent coffee after the Sunday Mass!!!

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website, but do please know that you are always welcome  to come in the flesh and visit this 'hidden gem' of the Midlands

Large print readings sheets are available each week, we are wheelchair accessible (and we have an accessible toilet too!), and there is an induction loop for those with hearing difficulties. If you need help to get from the roadside to the church, our welcomers are always on the lookout for you.



To see our current PCC Safeguarding Statement,

just click on the safeguarding button above


Our Parish is served by
Father Ron Farrell ssc
Telephone    (0121-) 556 5823
e-mail            father.ron@btinternet.com

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Changes to worship

From Midnight tonight (4 November) public worship in the whole of the Church of England is suspended again. 

I will continue to live-stream the Daily Mass and the Sunday 9.45am Mass on my personal Facebook page FrRon Farrell. The words and readings for the Sunday Mass will be given below, as will the weekly bulletin, which gives intentions for prayer for the living and the departed

In your kindness pray especially for the repose of the soul of MAY SKIDMORE who died earlier today. Her body will be brought into church on Thursday 26 November at 3.30pm and her funeral will take place on Friday 27 Nov ember at 3.00pm, followed by committal at Sandwell Valley Crematorium. Pray for her family too


Sunday and Daily Mass continue to be live-streamed on Father Ron's Facebook page (FrRon Farrell) at the usual times if you are unable to join us in person

To ensure that there are not too many people at either of the Sunday Masses, please phone Father Ron and 'book you place' for the Mass you wish to attend. 

We can probably seat about 40/45 at each Mass 

For each Sunday you will find the newsletter and the texts (prayers and readings) for the Mass below

Normal times for Worship


Sunday Masses


[and 11.15am once lockdown finishes]

Daily Mass

Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am

Wednesday and Friday 7.30pm

Saturday 10.00am.

But please check on this page

for any changes to the normal

 schedule of services,

especially at Easter and around

 the Feast of Saint Francis

(at the beginning of October)

A Change to Church of England

Marriage Regulations


We are now required to see evidence of British or EEA (or Swiss) nationality before we can book weddings. We would ask everyone who wishes to book their marriage here to bring with them their passport, or a valid EEA identity card, or their birth certificate. However, if a birth certificate is the only form of identification, you will also need to bring a recent utility bill, bank statement, or driving licence to provide evidence of your use of the name on the birth certificate (or provide evidence of change of name).

If one of the (or both) parties to a marriage is a non-British/EEA national, then a Superintendent Registrar's License will have to be obtained,and you will need to go first to the Register Office; there is a 28 day 'waiting period'between giving notice to the superintendent registrar and the issue of the license. You will need to satisfy the registrar of your freedom to marry in this country (this may involve documents from the home state) and provide any other certification that s/he requires (so this process may well take some time). 

Bookings for weddings, banns of marriage, and baptisms (christenings) can be made on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm in church 


Please come to church on a Wednesday evening at 7.00pm.

Please note we ask for a £100 non-refundable deposit to book a wedding, and also take a look at the note above about the new Church of England Marriage Regulations 


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