“Seek First His Kingdom” (Matt 6:33 NIV)

Thanks to the Rector, Canon David Oakley we have been invited to hold our Celebrate weekend at St Mary’s College, Oscott. This is the Seminary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham for the formation of priests and deacons. The historic and beautiful college building was designed by Augustus Pugin and Joseph Potter and completed in 1838. It is built around a central quadrangle in red brick and has a wonderful view overlooking the city of Birmingham. The main talks and Mass will be held in a marquee erected in the extensive grounds and other rooms will be used within the College buildings.

Oscott is a place where those in formation for priesthood deepen their relationship with the Lord and prepare for mission. We would be delighted if you were able to join us for Celebrate Birmingham, and to share in this vision of coming to know the Lord better and to living your own mission in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 - Canon David Oakley, Rector St Mary’s College, Oscott.

The weekend programme includes 3 main talks, praise and worship, seminars and workshops, Mass, dramas, Adoration, prayer ministry and time for chatting over a cup of tea. So that parents with children can really benefit from the weekend, there is a full programme of activities for all young people from Reception age upwards plus a warm, welcoming crèche for the younger children.


Sat 1st July 2017, 09.00 - 20.30
Sun 2nd July 2017, 09.00 16.00

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St. Mary’s College, Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 5AA
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Get in touch:

Call Lisa: 01564 772238

Call Angela: 07958 726783

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Fr. Paul Keane

Fr Paul  is the Vice Rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, and a priest of the Diocese of Brentwood. Born in London, he read history at university. He was an Associate Member of the Sion Community and is Chaplain to Joel’s Bar, the national young adult stream at Celebrate.

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Maria Rodriguez

Maria works for Premier Christian Radio as presenter of the Woman to Woman radio show and associated conferences. She has been a member of Cor et Lumen Christi Community for 17 years, currently serving on their leadership Council.

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Charles Whitehead

Charles and his wife Sue began the Celebrate Conferences. A gifted International speaker and author of three books, Charles is also Chairman of the International Charismatic Consultation. He has served as an advisor to the Evangelisation Agency of the Bishops Conference, and is a member of the Bishops Home Missions Committee. He’s the Chairman of Catholic Evangelisation Services, the producers of CaFE DVD materials.

As well as input from: Fr David Oakley, Jenny Baker, Martin Carter, Louisa Grundy, and the Catholic Bible School.

Children and Youth Streams

For older children and young people we have streams led by enthusiastic young adults experienced in working alongside this age group and are familiar with the issues they live with. 

  • Crèche for children under reception age
  • Little Fishes for reception to year 2
  • Brightlights for years 3 and 4
  • Living Waters for years 5 and 6
  • Ignite for years 7 and 8
  • Chosen for years 9 to 10
  • Revelation for years 11 to 13

At the closing Mass the streams will lead the conference in helping us all to reflect on the readings and they will lead us in prayer and worship. Parents can relax, knowing that their children will be enjoying their streams. 

Children in the crèche must be accompanied at all times.

Collective liturgy, worship and drama

‘Only in the act of praise and worship can a person learn to believe in the goodness and greatness of God.’ C.S. Lewis

Drame from RISE Theatre

A professional Christian theatre company with a passion for delivering exciting, original, transformative theatre. They work in schools, churches, events and festivals across the UK with the aim of inspiring people of all ages to realise their full potential in life.

Praise and Worship from ONE HOPE PROJECT

Our music will be led by One Hope Project, a group of gifted young musicians and singers with a passion for praise and worship in the power of the Holy Spirit.


  • ADULTS 26 and over - £40
  • YOUTH 18-25 (Main conference) - £30
  • CHILDREN (5-17) - £15
  • CRECHE (0-4 Years old) - FREE
  • FAMILY GROUP (Maximum fee) - £100

All fees include a Saturday evening meal.  At lunch time on both days, sandwiches will available to purchase or you can bring your own packed lunch. Early booking is advised to especially in the children's streams to avoid missing out.

Book Online

Click the button below to book and pay online by credit/debit card.

Bookings close at 17:00hrs on Friday 30th June 2017.

Postal Booking

Postal bookings must be accompanied by a cheque made payable to 'Birmingham Celebrate' for the full amount and sent with the form to:

Mrs L. Plimmer, 17 Trehern Close, Kowle, Solihull, B93 9HA

Bookings close at 17:00hrs on Friday 30th June 2017.


Quotes from Previous Attendees

The celebrate weekend brings the joy of the gospel alive in the hearts of those who attend. I would highly recommend them.
— Fr David Oakley
This was my first experience of Celebrate. I felt welcomed, comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.
— Michelle
Thank you very much for an amazing weekend. Our daughter is already asking if we can go next year so I will be looking out for the booking forms.
— Oonagh and Dannii