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Welcome to the website of Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church in Balsall Common. Here you can find details of the parish, our latest newsletter, services and sacraments offered by the Church and, in our parish archive, the events we have held. As a parish we value your privacy. Please follow the link here to learn more about the privacy policy that covers all catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Birmingham,
Father Frank writes
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In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus say: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” May is the month of Our Blessed Lady and these words of Christ, her Son, apply in a special way to her for she is the one who responded faithfully to God’s message saying: “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Mary was the first and perfect disciple of Jesus. She kept his words in her heart and in her life of faithful witness. Because of her loving obedience to Christ, God, the Most Holy Trinity, made its dwelling place in her.
Masses at Blessed Robert Grissold in time of the pandemic

Out of care for the welfare of others please social distance, wear a mask and sanitise hands:

Please stay at home if...
+ You are feeling ill or show any symptoms
+ You suspect you may be ill or have been exposed to Covid 19
+ You have a sick family member at home
+ You have come into contact with someone who is infected


Those attending will be asked to supply contact details for track and trace

Please Note:
+ In the first instance, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once capacity has been reached the stewards will prevent entry
+ Wrap up warm (if necessary) - doors and windows will be left open to increase ventilation wherever possible
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The Diocesan Vision: Unfolding God’s Plan
You may recall a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Bernard Longley was read out at Mass a few weeks ago. It outlined the vision for the Archdiocese as we move forward. Leaflets explaining The Diocesan Vision: Unfolding God’s Plan will be available to take away this weekend. Please pick up a copy for yourself, and take copies for those who are unable to come to Mass. More information on the Vision is available on the Diocesan website here.

Parish Events

Looking for the rest of the Parish Event List? We have archived the list from our old site but you can still view them here.
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TitleDescription
04.06.2022Special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre On Saturday 4th June, there will be a special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre from 10 30 – 12 o’clock. Coffee, tea, soft drinks with home-made cakes and pre-wrapped biscuits. All refreshments free to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Special for the Jubilee - Come and have a try at decorating a biscuit with a regal theme (biscuits and icing sugar provided). All welcome. Organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell.
24.05.2022AscensionThis Thursday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should be at Mass if we are able. There will be a 9.00 am Mass at St Francis, , Baddesley Clinton. All welcome
15.05.2022Quiet Morning‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’. Mark 6 v 31. Meet at the Old Hall, Temple Balsall (adjacent to the church). Saturday, 21st May. Coffee will be available at 9.30am as we arrive for a prompt 10.00am start; finishing at 12 noon. In the Season of between Easter and Pentecost, The Revd Jane Braund, Methodist Minister – Balsall Common, will help direct our thoughts before we find our ‘own individual space’ within the beautiful grounds and buildings.“In order for the morning to be helpful to those attending we can only take a maximum of 30 people. Please submit your name to Doug Timmis (01676 534346) as soon as possible.
15.05.2022St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley HeathSt George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath is a caring and inclusive school. We have a few remaining Nursery and Reception places available for September 2022. Please feel free to make an appointment with the Head Teacher Nicola Wright, who would be delighted to show you round the school to meet our wonderful staff team and children. Please visit our website for further information www.stgandt.solihull.sch.uk or call / email the school office on 01564 774906 / office@stgandt.solihull.sch.uk
15.05.2022Maureen CarrollAfter previously receiving an award from the Queen, Maureen Carroll was at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday as a guest at the Queen’s Garden Party. Maureen is going into St Joseph’s Care Home in Coleshill on Monday 16th May for two weeks respite.
15.05.2022ConfessionFather is available every Saturday between 5:15-5.45 pm at St Francis Baddesley Clinton, or by arrangement.
13.05.2022Our Lady of FatimaA Mass commemorating Our Lady of Fatima will be celebrated at 9.00am at St Francis church, Baddesley Clinton on Friday 13th May. All welcome.
13.05.2022Baptism of Benjamin CowlingPlease pray for Benjamin who will be baptised here on Saturday and also for his parents and Godparents that, together with them, we may be obedient to the voice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
10.05.2022Early start Tuesday Mass will be at 9.30am on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting.
08.05.2022Bob JonesOur many thanks to Bob Jones who is taking a deserved rest from his duties as Parish Treasurer. He has served the Parish in this capacity for a great many years and the excellent way he has exercised his duties has been recognised by Archdiocese and auditors. I am also very grateful to Mike Fairbrother for being willing to take on this role - I’m sure we all wish him well and will give him our support.
01.05.2022Easter RaffleA big thank-you to everyone who donated chocolates/bought raffle tickets. The response was great, and we managed to raise the sum of £220, which will be added to parish funds. The winners were Judith & Bysshe Gibbs, Chris Mitchell & Celine Burley. Many thanks to all. Teresa.
24.04.2022WelcomeWe welcome Father Fleming from the Columban Fathers, who will celebrate Mass for us today and next Sunday.
17.04.2022Easter OfferingThank you for the collection today which is the customary Easter offering to your priest. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit which is shown in so many ways in the life of the Parish.
17.04.2022Thank youMany thanks to the members of our choir for their hard work in preparing the music for our Easter services. This year has been particularly challenging due to illness, holidays and a reduction in the number of people in the choir post lockdown. Special thanks to Linda Chesshire for her hard work in rehearsing the choir whilst Ellie and I were away; and to Nick Pitarello, Adam Rolleston and Goodwill Nkomo from our community choir ‘Synergy’ who stepped in to sing with our church choir at short notice to ensure we had enough voices to sing the Easter pieces. Our choir really need some new members so if you enjoy singing and might be interested in joining us, or would like to join our new Community Choir, Synergy, please contact me on iehclarke@btinternet.com or call me on 07976731471. Ian & Ellie Clarke.
17.04.2022Special thanks Special thanks To Ian, the choir and Linda, our organist, who have enhanced the liturgies of the Easter Triduum so well. Also, thanks to all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can celebrate the Sacred Liturgies. Fr Frank
17.04.2022Tea and coffee after Sunday MassTea and coffee after mass will resume on Easter Sunday. A rota will be sent to all concerned shortly. Best wishes Louise.
15.04.2022Good Friday - Churches Together Walk of WitnessGood Friday - Churches Together Walk of Witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am and end with a Simple Lunch at the Methodist Church
14.04.2022Ministers of the EucharistRe-commissioning of the Ministers will take place during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. All Ministers are asked to make every effort to attend, if possible.
10.04.2022Save the Children Coffee MorningLast week’s Coffee Morning in Berkswell raised £960. Thanks for your support
10.04.2022Easter OfferingThe collection at Mass at Easter is the customary Easter Offering for your parish priest. If you are away this Easter you can make this offering to your priest at any time by leaving a cheque payable to Rev Frank Smith or cash in an envelope marked ‘Easter Offering.’ Thank you for your support.
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04.06.2022
On Saturday 4th June, there will be a special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre from 10 30 – 12 o’clock. Coffee, tea, soft drinks with home-made cakes and pre-wrapped biscuits. All refreshments free to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Special for the Jubilee - Come and have a try at decorating a biscuit with a regal theme (biscuits and icing sugar provided). All welcome. Organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell.
24.05.2022
This Thursday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should be at Mass if we are able. There will be a 9.00 am Mass at St Francis, , Baddesley Clinton. All welcome
15.05.2022
‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’. Mark 6 v 31. Meet at the Old Hall, Temple Balsall (adjacent to the church). Saturday, 21st May. Coffee will be available at 9.30am as we arrive for a prompt 10.00am start; finishing at 12 noon. In the Season of between Easter and Pentecost, The Revd Jane Braund, Methodist Minister – Balsall Common, will help direct our thoughts before we find our ‘own individual space’ within the beautiful grounds and buildings.“In order for the morning to be helpful to those attending we can only take a maximum of 30 people. Please submit your name to Doug Timmis (01676 534346) as soon as possible.
15.05.2022
St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath is a caring and inclusive school. We have a few remaining Nursery and Reception places available for September 2022. Please feel free to make an appointment with the Head Teacher Nicola Wright, who would be delighted to show you round the school to meet our wonderful staff team and children. Please visit our website for further information www.stgandt.solihull.sch.uk or call / email the school office on 01564 774906 / office@stgandt.solihull.sch.uk
15.05.2022
After previously receiving an award from the Queen, Maureen Carroll was at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday as a guest at the Queen’s Garden Party. Maureen is going into St Joseph’s Care Home in Coleshill on Monday 16th May for two weeks respite.
15.05.2022
Father is available every Saturday between 5:15-5.45 pm at St Francis Baddesley Clinton, or by arrangement.
13.05.2022
A Mass commemorating Our Lady of Fatima will be celebrated at 9.00am at St Francis church, Baddesley Clinton on Friday 13th May. All welcome.
13.05.2022
Please pray for Benjamin who will be baptised here on Saturday and also for his parents and Godparents that, together with them, we may be obedient to the voice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
10.05.2022
Mass will be at 9.30am on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting.
08.05.2022
Our many thanks to Bob Jones who is taking a deserved rest from his duties as Parish Treasurer. He has served the Parish in this capacity for a great many years and the excellent way he has exercised his duties has been recognised by Archdiocese and auditors. I am also very grateful to Mike Fairbrother for being willing to take on this role - I’m sure we all wish him well and will give him our support.
01.05.2022
A big thank-you to everyone who donated chocolates/bought raffle tickets. The response was great, and we managed to raise the sum of £220, which will be added to parish funds. The winners were Judith & Bysshe Gibbs, Chris Mitchell & Celine Burley. Many thanks to all. Teresa.
24.04.2022
We welcome Father Fleming from the Columban Fathers, who will celebrate Mass for us today and next Sunday.
17.04.2022
Thank you for the collection today which is the customary Easter offering to your priest. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit which is shown in so many ways in the life of the Parish.
17.04.2022
Many thanks to the members of our choir for their hard work in preparing the music for our Easter services. This year has been particularly challenging due to illness, holidays and a reduction in the number of people in the choir post lockdown. Special thanks to Linda Chesshire for her hard work in rehearsing the choir whilst Ellie and I were away; and to Nick Pitarello, Adam Rolleston and Goodwill Nkomo from our community choir ‘Synergy’ who stepped in to sing with our church choir at short notice to ensure we had enough voices to sing the Easter pieces. Our choir really need some new members so if you enjoy singing and might be interested in joining us, or would like to join our new Community Choir, Synergy, please contact me on iehclarke@btinternet.com or call me on 07976731471. Ian & Ellie Clarke.
17.04.2022
Special thanks To Ian, the choir and Linda, our organist, who have enhanced the liturgies of the Easter Triduum so well. Also, thanks to all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can celebrate the Sacred Liturgies. Fr Frank
17.04.2022
Tea and coffee after mass will resume on Easter Sunday. A rota will be sent to all concerned shortly. Best wishes Louise.
15.04.2022
Good Friday - Churches Together Walk of Witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am and end with a Simple Lunch at the Methodist Church
14.04.2022
Re-commissioning of the Ministers will take place during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. All Ministers are asked to make every effort to attend, if possible.
10.04.2022
Last week’s Coffee Morning in Berkswell raised £960. Thanks for your support
10.04.2022
The collection at Mass at Easter is the customary Easter Offering for your parish priest. If you are away this Easter you can make this offering to your priest at any time by leaving a cheque payable to Rev Frank Smith or cash in an envelope marked ‘Easter Offering.’ Thank you for your support.
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