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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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The week of prayer for Christian unity begins this week. The vision of the Church presented by the scriptures is of Christ’s mystical body - the place where God is gathering into one all peoples, nations, races, and tongues and dissolving all barriers and disagreements. The new humanity of the Church, reborn in and through Christ, can never live separate from others or with hatred or hostility against others. According to the Christian vision the new humanity of the Church must be one for it is out of the one Father that they have been reborn. It is for this unity that we pray this week.
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.
Date
TitleDescription
16.01.2022WelcomeToday we are pleased to welcome Father Michael Dolman, Rector of Oscott College, to celebrate the Mass.
16.01.2022Get TogetherDue to the increased risk presented by the Omicron Covid variant, we have decided not to have a Get Together in January. We will hopefully have our first one of 2022 on Wednesday 2nd February at 10.30 am in the Parish Meeting Room.
16.01.2022Pope Francis’ Invitation to the Synodal ProcessIn preparation for our participation in the Synodal Process I have devised a questionnaire to help us reflect, individually and in small groups, on how we can respond to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today. I would be pleased to receive written responses to those questions which most interest you and I will use your written responses in formulating a response to the Archdiocese who will forward a summary of the feedback from parishes to the Synod on Synodality in Rome in 2023. The questionnaires are available at the back of the church
16.01.2022Millennium ProjectThe Bottle is back in the narthex. Any loose change can be deposited in the Bottle and the contents will eventually be sent to Fr Ed O'Connell, a Columban priest working with needy communities in Lima. We have been supporting Fr Ed for many years now. Columban calendars are available in the narthex too.
09.01.2022Local Coronavirus updatePlease click on the link to see an update from local Coronavirus Community Champion
02.01.2022BulletinVolunteers are needed to join those who ensure the printing of the weekly Bulletin for the Mass - full instruction will be given. Volunteers share the responsibility for the printing of parish news and notices for a limited number of weeks. Please contact Fr Frank for further details if you are interested.
25.12.2021Christmas OfferingThe collections at the Christmas Masses are for your Priest
24.12.2021Christmas MassesClick on the link to see when Masses will be celebrated at Blessed Robert Grissold this Christmas
19.12.2021Local Coronavirus updatePlease click on the link to see an update from local Coronavirus Community Champion
19.12.2021The Sacrament or ReconciliationI will be hearing Confessions by arrangement after masses this week
19.12.2021ThanksThanks to Claire Kean for her work in raising funds and acquiring gifts for our Christmas charities and to all those who have generously supported her efforts
19.12.2021Millennium ProjectThe Bottle is back in the narthex. Any loose change can be deposited in the Bottle and the contents will eventually be sent to Fr Ed O'Connell, a Columban priest working with needy communities in Lima. We have been supporting Fr Ed for many years now. Columban calendars are available in the narthex too.
19.12.2021Notice from the ArchdioceseThe wearing of face coverings (masks) is now mandatory in places of worship. There are exemptions for priests, for the public proclamation of spiritual readings and for those who have a legitimate exemption.
19.12.2021CAFOD World GiftsBuy a Christmas gift that makes a difference! Help provide emergency support to a family in urgent need this Advent. The World Gifts range will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of families living in poverty. Shop online at www.worldgifts.cafod.org.uk
12.12.2021100 Club Winners in the recent drawCongratulations to our winners in the recent draw: 1st Prize £130 Bob Jones; 2nd Prize £100 Meghan Westall; 3rd Prize £80 John McLellan; 4th Prize £40.00 Margaret McLellan
12.12.2021Save the Children Christmas FayreA few ‘thankyous’ for the Fayre a couple of weeks ago. Over £1,000 was raised, which will really support the work of ‘Save the Children. A fantastic amount considering the wintry weather on the day. Thanks to all who helped, Terry, who helped set up and clear away, also having the task of clearing the snow away. Thanks also to Father Frank, for use of the hall. Congratulations to those lucky parishioners who won raffle prizes. In addition, a large cake tin, with a blue lid pear-like has gone missing from the kitchen. If someone took it home to carry cakes, please return it to Terry. Thank you. Julia Greensall
12.12.2021Notice from the ArchdioceseThe wearing of face coverings (masks) is now mandatory in places of worship. There are exemptions for priests, for the public proclamation of spiritual readings and for those who have a legitimate exemption. Please note that our choir have all taken lateral flow tests with a negative result before singing on a Sunday
12.12.2021Sad NewsPlease remember in your prayers Thomas Powditch, a former member of the parish, who has died suddenly. Please also remember his family.
12.12.2021Christmas Giving to Father Hudson's ProjectThis Advent we are going to collect gifts for Father Hudson's. They have asked for Christmas selection packs, Family Biscuit or Chocolate boxes. Family presents eg a family game, and Gifts for adults eg toiletries or winter accessories. Either wrapped (with a label stating who it is for) or unwrapped. If you prefer to give a gift voucher for food or other gifts, that would also be lovely. (Please see the enclosed leaflet for details of this) We will be collecting all gifts /vouchers at church on the 5th and 12th Dec- Just put your donation in the box under the tree. We will also have a box there for food donations for the food bank. Please also see the notice in the Narthex. Thanks for all your donations – Claire.
08.12.2021Immaculate ConceptionThere will be a Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St Francis Baddesley Clinton at 9.00am on Wednesday 8th December.
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16.01.2022
Today we are pleased to welcome Father Michael Dolman, Rector of Oscott College, to celebrate the Mass.
16.01.2022
Due to the increased risk presented by the Omicron Covid variant, we have decided not to have a Get Together in January. We will hopefully have our first one of 2022 on Wednesday 2nd February at 10.30 am in the Parish Meeting Room.
16.01.2022
In preparation for our participation in the Synodal Process I have devised a questionnaire to help us reflect, individually and in small groups, on how we can respond to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today. I would be pleased to receive written responses to those questions which most interest you and I will use your written responses in formulating a response to the Archdiocese who will forward a summary of the feedback from parishes to the Synod on Synodality in Rome in 2023. The questionnaires are available at the back of the church
16.01.2022
The Bottle is back in the narthex. Any loose change can be deposited in the Bottle and the contents will eventually be sent to Fr Ed O'Connell, a Columban priest working with needy communities in Lima. We have been supporting Fr Ed for many years now. Columban calendars are available in the narthex too.
09.01.2022
Please click on the link to see an update from local Coronavirus Community Champion
02.01.2022
Volunteers are needed to join those who ensure the printing of the weekly Bulletin for the Mass - full instruction will be given. Volunteers share the responsibility for the printing of parish news and notices for a limited number of weeks. Please contact Fr Frank for further details if you are interested.
25.12.2021
The collections at the Christmas Masses are for your Priest
24.12.2021
Click on the link to see when Masses will be celebrated at Blessed Robert Grissold this Christmas
19.12.2021
Please click on the link to see an update from local Coronavirus Community Champion
19.12.2021
I will be hearing Confessions by arrangement after masses this week
19.12.2021
Thanks to Claire Kean for her work in raising funds and acquiring gifts for our Christmas charities and to all those who have generously supported her efforts
19.12.2021
The Bottle is back in the narthex. Any loose change can be deposited in the Bottle and the contents will eventually be sent to Fr Ed O'Connell, a Columban priest working with needy communities in Lima. We have been supporting Fr Ed for many years now. Columban calendars are available in the narthex too.
19.12.2021
The wearing of face coverings (masks) is now mandatory in places of worship. There are exemptions for priests, for the public proclamation of spiritual readings and for those who have a legitimate exemption.
19.12.2021
Buy a Christmas gift that makes a difference! Help provide emergency support to a family in urgent need this Advent. The World Gifts range will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of families living in poverty. Shop online at www.worldgifts.cafod.org.uk
12.12.2021
Congratulations to our winners in the recent draw: 1st Prize £130 Bob Jones; 2nd Prize £100 Meghan Westall; 3rd Prize £80 John McLellan; 4th Prize £40.00 Margaret McLellan
12.12.2021
A few ‘thankyous’ for the Fayre a couple of weeks ago. Over £1,000 was raised, which will really support the work of ‘Save the Children. A fantastic amount considering the wintry weather on the day. Thanks to all who helped, Terry, who helped set up and clear away, also having the task of clearing the snow away. Thanks also to Father Frank, for use of the hall. Congratulations to those lucky parishioners who won raffle prizes. In addition, a large cake tin, with a blue lid pear-like has gone missing from the kitchen. If someone took it home to carry cakes, please return it to Terry. Thank you. Julia Greensall
12.12.2021
The wearing of face coverings (masks) is now mandatory in places of worship. There are exemptions for priests, for the public proclamation of spiritual readings and for those who have a legitimate exemption. Please note that our choir have all taken lateral flow tests with a negative result before singing on a Sunday
12.12.2021
Please remember in your prayers Thomas Powditch, a former member of the parish, who has died suddenly. Please also remember his family.
12.12.2021
This Advent we are going to collect gifts for Father Hudson's. They have asked for Christmas selection packs, Family Biscuit or Chocolate boxes. Family presents eg a family game, and Gifts for adults eg toiletries or winter accessories. Either wrapped (with a label stating who it is for) or unwrapped. If you prefer to give a gift voucher for food or other gifts, that would also be lovely. (Please see the enclosed leaflet for details of this) We will be collecting all gifts /vouchers at church on the 5th and 12th Dec- Just put your donation in the box under the tree. We will also have a box there for food donations for the food bank. Please also see the notice in the Narthex. Thanks for all your donations – Claire.
08.12.2021
There will be a Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St Francis Baddesley Clinton at 9.00am on Wednesday 8th December.
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