The parish has been able to obtain a rather rare treasure -- a note which is handwritten by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.
In his own handwriting it says,
March 1, 1879
I thank you for your kindness in sending me a cutting from the "Christian World." It is very gratifying to me to find so much sympathy from those who, alas, are parted from me in religious views.
Very truly yours
John H Newman
The envelope with stamp and postmark accompanies the note, and it is addressed to Absolom Peers Esq, 60 Aston Road North, Birmingham.
We will have this properly placed in a sealed frame, and it will be located near the Shrine of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman in the baptistry.