St. Gerard’s Church is situated on Yatesbury Avenue next to St. Gerard’s Catholic Primary School.
Before the church was built, during the 1970s, Mass was originally celebrated in the Parish centre. Even though it had encountered much financial debt, the church was granted permission from Archbishop Dwyer to proceed with the building in the spring of 1980.
The Blessing and Opening of the Church was led by Bishop Leo McCartie, 22 December 1981.
Fr Michael Knight became the second Parish Priest and remained in this position for over 35 years. Our green tower was a project that he was extremely proud of. He will always be remembered as someone who dedicated his life to serving others.
All debts of the church were finally paid off during Fr Knights time as Parish Priest and on 21st June 2001, the church was consecrated by the Most Rev Archbishop Vincent Nicholls.
Those of you who remember John Paul II’s visit to Coventry in 1982 will have your own memories of the day of this momentous occasion. Here at St. Gerard’s, we have our own very piece of history from that day, because the altar (well, half of it at least) has graced our church for the last 30 years. It continues to be the focus of all of our masses and we feel a great sense of pride that this spiritual and historic altar forms the centrepiece of our church. For information about the altar, have a look at our blog page